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Things I Would Like To See More Of In Romance by Heather Slade

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

The answer is always, “yes, you can.”

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never get it.

Did you ever wish you could meet someone again for the first time?

I don’t just write romance, I jump in and roll around in it. I’m incurable. And an optimist.  I love the idea of meeting someone again, for the first time. Having that second chance at love whether it’s with someone you know, or someone you’ve just met. Reaching for the dream that you believe is impossible to achieve, because you wake up one morning and say, “what the hell—I’m going for it.”

I’d like to see more leaps of faith in romance. One of my favorite poems was written by George Sand. It begins, “Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy.” I love the idea of throwing out all reason and allowing ourselves to fall in love without allowing fear to talk us out of it.

I believe there comes a time in everyone’s life, when they wonder what if? Or is it too late for all my what ifs? Letting love in, even when we think that phase of our life is over.  Deciding it’s time, finally, to make a a lifelong dream a reality.

Bold, confident women who are comfortable in their own skin—someone who doesn’t need to be saved.

Strong, smart, sexy, and equally confident men—who take the lead without hesitation.

Relationships that are built on mutual respect and admiration—unconditional and accepting love, with a hefty dose of a healthy and hot sex life.

Interesting storylines that are different than the self-made billionaire dominant who rescues the impoverished yet captivating much younger woman.

I love the Toni Morrison quote, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

If you read what I’d like to see more of in romance, I suppose I’ve taken Toni Morrison’s advice. At least I hope I have.

About Heather Slade:

I write stories set in places I love with characters I’d be happy to call friends. I have two series out, Butler Ranch and Cowboys of Crested Butte.

Butler Ranch is set in one of the hottest wine regions in the world tucked in the hills north of San Luis Obispo on the central coast of California. Take a peek at this series with a different kind of cowboy in a place where winemaking, lovemaking and mischief-making abound.

The Cowboys of Crested Butte takes place in some of my favorite Colorado towns. Crested Butte isn’t only one of the best ski areas in the world, it’s also home to Flying R Rough Stock and the hotter than all get out cowboys who run it, some who have been NFR World Champions, and even a rock star or two.

I write women who are an incredible package of abilities, each in their own way. They’re self-confident, successful, intelligent and strong. While some men may not be able to handle women like that, the men in my books yearn for them.

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ThePromiseEBookCoverAbout the book:  

The Promise is a completely different contemporary western romance.

Can fulfilling a promise to his dead brother bring love into Brodie Butler’s life again?

When Butler Ranch winery manager Brodie Butler’s brother is killed in action in Afghanistan, his mother enlists him to fulfill a promise she made to her older son. She needs him to find Peyton Wolf, his brother’s lover, and deliver a sealed box to her.

Brodie expects to deliver the news and the box to Peyton then return home to deal with his own grief. But instead of closing a chapter in his late brother’s life, Brodie opens a new one in his own when he meets a woman he could envision himself being with forever. 

But would Peyton ever be able to love him like she loved his brother? And could he deal with his guilty conscience for wanting the woman his brother had intended to have as his wife?

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