Guest Post

Movies that Changed My Life & Made Me a Romance Fan

I recently returned from a signing event and caught a case of Con Crud. I spent several days doing nothing except thinking about ice cream and resting on the sofa.

I took the opportunity to watch several of my favorite movies which are Seasoned Romances.

First up was Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The dialogue is witty and flirty. Audrey Hepburn’s coats are amazing and the supporting cast is filled with stars. Cary Grant is sexy and debonair and I love seeing Audrey Hepburn as the subtle, and not so, aggressor.

Next, Murphy’s Romance. I jumped from the urbane to the ranching life. Sally Field has that spark of youthfulness and James Garner is worldly. I love watching them dance around one another but I knew from the start that Garner’s character knew that slow and steady would win her heart.

A Lion in Winter. So this isn’t technically a romance but there is plenty of sex, power games and relationships. Plus Katherine Hepburn can sting you with her tongue. Peter O’Toole is so masculine and powerful that you can almost feel it through the screen. For me this movie shows the beauty in strength and intelligence. Some relationships are based on respect.

I like my movies to have great dialogue, a twisty back story and females who might not always appear to be strong and yet they are. They have learned their life lessons and are not going to continue repeating their mistakes.

YouForeverFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700ABOUT THE BOOK:

They told themselves theirs was a casual affair… until a positive pregnancy test proved them wrong.

Ashley Needham’s life is finally on track. She has a great job at Cameron Farms, good friends, and is months away from college graduation.

Matt Weiss was convinced he didn’t know how to love until the day a she strutted into his office spitting fire. He fell hard, but to protect his heart and hers, he made no promises.

All that was before the positive test changed their relationship forever. Can casual lovers truly become a couple and forge a bond strong enough to last?


I live on a grain farm southeast of Indianapolis, Indiana with my very patient husband of twenty-five years and our two English Mastiffs, Buster Brown and Ginger. I graduated from Indiana University when it was the #1 party school in the country and I took great pride in helping the school achieve that ranking.

I haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up. I change careers every decade. I have worked in retail, a federal courtroom, travelled across the state closing loans, and behind the scenes in a casino.

I’ve always had an active imagination so when a good friend suggested that I try writing a book, I thought why not, it should be fun. It has, but I have had to work very hard to learn how to do it. I am so lucky for the outpouring of advice and education from so many in the industry, plus the hand-holding and cheerleading from My Gurls. I also have an incredible Ad-man-istrative Assistant, who tries to keep me under control. He rolls his eyes so much that I worry about a permanent condition.

When I’m not working or writing type stuff, I sleep, watch courtroom TV shows, and sports. I was a competitive pro-am ballroom dancer for ten years and I read as many books as I can.

I love to attend Author-Reader Conventions and look forward to meeting you.

Find Melanie online!  Website | Newsletter | Goodreads | Amazon | Facebook | Twitter  

Comments are closed.