Pride and Prejuice and Colin Firth

Today I’m over on Norah Wilson’s blog giving a tour of my work space and talking books, dragons, and Jeremy Renner. In the meantime, I’ve got a special treat for you, my lovely readers!

For today’s Writer Wednesday I asked fellow Montlake author Debra Holland to stop by and tell us why she loves romance. Plus answer a few nosy questions! Here’s Debra:

I started reading romance when I was thirteen. A classmate’s mother read Mills and Boon books, gave them to her daughter who read them, then gave them to me. In those days the romances were sweet, not sexy, totally appropriate for a thirteen-year-old. I’ve been reading romance ever since.

It’s probably no co-incidence that at the same age, I started reading my grandmother’s Ladies Home Journal magazines, and loved the “Can This Marriage be Saved?” column, especially how the therapist helped the couple change. I knew I wanted to grow up and be a marriage counselor, and I never wavered from that goal. What I didn’t know was that I would also grow up to be a romance writer, although that desire came much later in life, long after years of graduate school, a Ph.D, and a thriving psychotherapy practice.

I love to read romance novels, not just because of the romantic elements in the story, but because the hero and heroine change. Their relationship with each other– falling in love–causes them to grow past their limitations and become better people.

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

Pride and Prejudice—the Colin Firth version

Ohhhh, I do love the tasty Mr. Firth! Who is the most romantic couple in history (real or fictional)?

I’ll pick fictional. J.D Robb’s Eve Dallas and her husband, Rourke. Maybe they are the most romantic couple because we get to see their relationship develop over numerous books. They are completely devoted to each other, but don’t have a traditional relationship, and Eve is definitely not a traditional heroine. That’s what makes their love so strong and special. Not to mention that Rourke is the perfect hero!

 I can’t argue there! I’ve got a serious soft spot for Rourke. And what’s your idea of a romantic getaway?

Well the romantic getaway has to first include a romantic man. Either one I go with or one I meet at the destination. Definitely a beautiful beach, privacy, a hotel or house with ocean views, a balcony or patio, comfortable furniture to nap and read on, and someone else to do the cleaning and cooking!

HAHA! Love it! Definitely the best part of any getaway, romantic or otherwise.

Thanks for stopping by Debra!

When her brother announces his marriage, Elizabeth Hamilton suddenly becomes unwanted and unwelcome in the only home she’s ever known. To escape the new mistress of the house, Elizabeth accepts the invitation of her best friend to journey to Montana.

The dirt streets and wooden storefronts of Sweetwater Springs and the hardships of ranch living are worlds away from the refinements of Gilded Age Boston, yet Elizabeth is filled with new hope—and buoyed by a wealthy banker’s attentions. Yet it’s cowboy Nick Sanders who slowly awakens her heart and helps her recognize her strengths. And when a deadly influenza epidemic strikes, Elizabeth will fight for those she loves—and the life she’s ready to claim.

A USA Today bestseller and winner of Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, Wild Montana Sky is historical romance at its best—a warm, uplifting story of new love and second chances.

Debra Holland’s novel, Wild Montana Sky, is available NOW on Amazon!

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