A Pinch of Truth, a Dash of Belief~~Rhonda Lee Carver Cooks up Romance

Duke found Lana standing by the window staring out into the shadowed field. The moon shone bright upon her pale beauty. Her gown fit her hourglass shape and her long flowing hair hung in ringlets around her shoulders. She turned to look at him just as he wrapped his arms around her waist. A content sigh fled her lips as she settled back against his chest. He whispered “I love you…” as he produced the black velvet box he had tucked into his back pocket. He held it up and snapped open the lid to reveal the perfect diamond ring…

Stop right there. Above is fantasy. Now take a look at reality.

Duke found Lana standing at the sink rinsing dishes. He asked, “What’s for dinner?” Lana turned just as he gave her a quick kiss on the cheek. She answered, “Frozen meatloaf. I’ve had a busy day at work. I had to pick up Johnny from school because he was sick. He threw up on my shirt,” she pointed out the obvious wet spot on her white tee, “and Suzie is refusing to do her homework.” Duke swallowed the tightness in his throat and attempted not to breathe so he wouldn’t be waylaid by the pungent smell of his son’s lunch all over his wife’s shirt. She wiped her hands on a towel and he got a glimpse of her red silky bra. He felt a tingle in his loins and as he started to reach for her to pull her close a wretched gurgling sound erupted from down the hall. “There goes Johnny’s snack.” Lana wrinkled her nose and pointed into his chest. “Your turn.” She shot him a wink and a smile.

Why do we write romance? Because no matter how much a parent loves their children and a partner loves their significant other, puke, dishes and reality are just no fun to write about. However, if we as writers take a sliver of truth and mingle it in with a whole glop of fantasy, readers will relate to a storyline.

 About:  Rhonda Lee Carver read her first novel at the age of 13. She was hooked. She writes suspense, paranormal, erotica and contemporary. She especially loves bad-ass heroes and smart, sassy heroines. She keeps readers on the edge of their seat with stories of heat and passion. By day she is a mother of three, balancing the dirty day job, soccer games and a cat and dog. By night she is the mysterious seductress tapping away at the keyboard writing tales of intrigue, seduction, sexual encounters and love. She invites everyone to live out a fantasy in her world. Dare to adventure…

Rhonda’s a terrific story teller.   Here’s a blurb for her May 21, 2012 release, Dreaming Ivy, May 21, 2012 from Lyrical Press.

 The Thorntons’ mansion is full of timeless secrets waiting to be unraveled. When small-town journalist Ivy and ghost hunter Max are stuck in the forgotten, dilapidated house, they find more than just a haunting. Ivy finds herself dreaming of the former owners, Marcus Thornton and his lovely wife, Elizabeth. Their profound love was once the talk of the town, and the cause their mysterious, untimely deaths never found. When Ivy’s dreams begin to become reality, the mystery starts to unravel and sheds truth on more than just the past.  Read an excerpt or purchase Rhonda’s books.  WARNING: Graphic language, naughty ghosts, a non-committal male, and a love that endures beyond time and death.

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