Romance literature is my love – no pun intended. I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember and have been writing for several years. As a secondary and collegiate English teacher, I appreciate almost any type of writing, but this genre is my favorite, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute to it.
I have been an English teacher since 1995 and cannot imagine myself doing anything else — unless, of course, it’s writing novels all day.
I spent the first 33 years of my life in Arizona, but recently made a leap of faith as my husband, daughters, and I packed up everything and left our family and friends behind to move to northwestern Kentucky. We have certainly been blessed in that decision as we have found a new and loving community in which to raise our two beautiful girls.
Another leap of faith encouraged me to begin my own editing business www.editedwrite.com where I am able to put my years of proofreading and editing experience in the classroom into a new and profitable environment.
While teaching is my career, I certainly enjoy writing in every spare moment I can find. And I hope you enjoy reading what I have written. Cindytroy.com
Contemporary romance is a subgenre of romance novels, generally with the setting after World War II. The largest of the romance novel subgenres, contemporary romance novels are set in the time when they were written, and usually reflect the mores of their time. Heroines in the contemporary romances written prior to 1970 usually quit working when they married or had children, while those novels written after 1970 usually have, and keep, a career. As contemporary romance novels have grown to contain more complex plotting and more realistic characters, the line between this subgenre and the genre of women’s fiction has blurred.
Most contemporary romance novels contain elements that date the books, and the majority of them eventually become irrelevant to more modern readers and goes out of print. Over half of the romantic fiction published in the United States in 2004 (1468 out of 2,285 books) were contemporary romance novels.
Katherine Bosley enters her thirties with a new resolve: to live her life only for herself and her special needs daughter. Through with controlling men, she moves to a small town determined to make a fresh start. As a single mother, she certainly has no time for the attentions of a local toy store owner, no matter how devoted he seems to both her and her child. When she finally gives in to her desires, her past threatens to tear apart her world and nearly succeeds, proving to her that while she may not need someone who is just playing with her heart, she does need someone who is Playing for Keeps.
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Second Chances tells the story of a true love lost to the ravages of cancer, leaving 35-year old Chase McCormick alone to care for his four-year old daughter. He seeks help from newly divorced and newly independent AnnaDevereaux who sees this as an opportunity to escape her own childhood nightmares and perhaps become part of a real and loving family. Anna’s troubles date back to her own mother’s murder when Anna was just a child. Now, twenty-five years later, Anna herself is the target and she and Chase work together to keep her safe as well as solve the mystery behind who is trying to kill her. Their investigation takes them back a quarter of a century, and nothing can prepare them for the links that they discover between their families. And the links all lead to murder. Both Chase and Anna must make a decision of whether or not the danger is worth seizing this second chance at love.
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