Monday, July 02, 2007

Cheryl Norman -- Featured Author for July

I'm currently reading Cheryl Norma's Restore my Heart and wanted to share this great book with all of you. The murder-mystery is set in Louisville, KY, my current home-town! It's been fun reading about the place I live.

I've asked Cheryl to be my guest blogger this month and she graciously agreed! Feel free to leave her a comment or ask a question about her book. So in honor of Cheryl's featured book, AND the 4th of July holiday, h-e-r-e'-s Cheryl!

What has romance got to do with the Fourth of July?

Aside from the fact that fireworks is a metaphor for romantic conflict and a <*wink, wink *> euphemism for sexual pleasure, there really is a parallel between the summer holiday and romance. Both celebrate life and freedom of choice. If you live in the United States, you know the significance of July 4, 1776, and why we commemorate it with cookouts, gatherings, and parties.

Or have you really thought about it?

As a romance author, I celebrate love, family, and happy-ever-after endings in each story I write. But think for a moment and you'll see the analogy with Independence Day. Sure, it's an excuse to gather with family, friends, and food, but isn't that also a celebration of love, family, and HEAs? How many romance novels have you read that include a family holiday gathering?

In my latest novel, RESTORE MY HEART, my heroine has suffered a severe injury that should have crippled her. But through determination and pure guts, she's managed to defy the odds and progress from a wheel chair. The story begins with her meeting the hero, a man she feels an immediate attraction to. Despite her physical progress, she still views herself a cripple, unworthy of the love of the hunky businessman.

Naturally, the hero sees past the scars on her body and recognizes the ones in her heart, including the heartbreak of an estranged relationship with her father. She, in turn, gets a wistful glimpse of the hero's friendly, loving family. RESTORE MY HEART is a murder mystery, true, but it's also a couple's journey to finding happiness and restoring their families through the healing power of love.

When I think about my loved ones and the fun we have congregating around the barbecue grill, picnic table, or wherever we happen to celebrate, I don't take the opportunity for granted. I remember what I have is special, something that patriots fought for and our soldiers continue to protect, the freedom of my own pursuit of happiness. Likewise, I don't take love for granted. I cherish each moment I have with family and my terrific husband.

Even if you live outside the U.S., celebrate Independence Day or summer or any holiday with those you love. Do it in the name of romance!

Cheryl Norman


Maddie James said...

Cheryl, you are so on the mark. Nothing in this life should be taken for granted. We never know when our lives can change turn on a dime.

Happy 4th, everyone.


Anonymous said...

Cheryl, Happy 4th of July. I agree. Sometimes, we don't take the time to think about the holidays we celebrate.

Mary McGuire

Anonymous said...

Cheri, happy 4th!

You're so right. As authors, we try hard to give our heroines and heroes options--to choose their own partners, to take the fork in the road leading to happiness, and the freedom to live their lives filled with love.

We're lucky to live in a land where long-ago people shared their ideals and others gave their lives--and still do--so we have the freedom to make our own choices in life. I hope everyone salutes them over the bar-b-q today!

Vanessa Hart said...

Hi Dee & Mary! Happy 4th of July.

You-know-who ;-)

Deb's Book Nook said...

Hey Cheryl! Great to see you blogging here.

I'm enjoying the day off so far. It was nice snuggling with my DH this morning insted of the normal mad rush of getting ready for work and school.

Hope you enjoy your day and the time with your family and friends!

Jennifer Lewis said...

The 4th of July is intimately associated with romance for me because it's my wedding anniversary.

Yes, we figured we'd make sure our nuptials were celebrated every year with a national holiday. This year we're celebrating 15 years.

Have a romantic 4th, Cheryl and everyone!


Maddie James said...

Hey guys. I'm celebrating my "freedom" from the day job today with an all-day writing marathon. I like having this day off to do as I please. The kids are all busy with their stuff, so I'm celebrating in a bit of a different way.

And deb, no dh here to snuggle with, but oh well...

Thanks, all for your comments. Happy 4th!


Magdalena Scott said...

Hi. Just stopping by to see how the Guest Blog is going. I appreciate the conversation.

Don't always manage it, but I try to remember to be thankful for the good in this life. Especially the people who have made, and continue to make, my own life so special.

Have to brag on my teenage son, who remembered to take the flag out today. Happy Independence Day!

Anonymous said...

Jen, happy anniversary!

And kudos to Mag's son for remembering the flag!


Anonymous said...

Deb, cuddling with my DH is something I never take for granted. So glad you enjoyed your day!