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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Older Women Are Awesome by @JoanReeves #Giveaway

Next week is the book birthday of my older woman/younger man romantic comedy Old Enough to Know Better.

Celebrations and Giveaways

I'm celebrating the event with a Giveaway.

Up for grabs are 3 prizes: a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card, a Journal, and an audio edition of Old Enough to Know Better.

To be eligible to win, do any or all of these
  • leave a comment on this post along with your email address written out, not as a hot link.
  • sign up for my mailing list/free NL WordPlay and on the form say enter me in Old Enough to Know Better Birthday Giveaway
  • leave a review on any of my books and send me the link to the review at JoanReeves at outlook dot com.
  • Journal and Gift Card winner must be in continental U.S. Otherwise, comparable prize will be sent.
  • Giveaway closes Nov. 28
  • Winner will be notified no later than November 30--after my Thanksgiving guests go home, and I have some free time!!
About Old Enough to Know Better

Stormy needs a new start even though she doesn't admit that to herself. She's hiding from life and scared of making another mistake.

Sean wants to be her new beginning, but he knows he’s facing a serious challenge because Stormy is determined to have nothing to do with him. Why? Because her track record with men sucks. She’s haunted by the mistakes she’s made. Sean has a plan to win her heart. His plan? Whatever it takes!

The Writing Of This Book

When I wrote Old Enough to Know Better, I used a literary motif. A motif is an object or idea that repeats itself throughout a literary work. I admire books that successfully incorporate a motif of some sort.

An example of this is Texasville by Larry McMurtry. I love the way McMurtry used the slogans on tee shirts Karla wore to build characterization for her and Duane, her husband, as well as to indicate moods and situations.

Motif in Old Enough

In writing Old Enough to Know Better, I placed a quotation by a woman at the beginning of every chapter. The quotation actually foreshadows the action and meaning of the scenes in that chapter.

I’ll give you a couple of examples. In Chapter 1, this quotation from Dorothy Parker appears: “There is entirely too much charm around, and something must be done to stop it.”

The chapter goes on to introduce cynical Stormy Clarkson who, despite herself, is attracted to the charming vineyard owner Sean Butler.

Chapter 2 begins with these words from Jane Smiley: “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principles contain it or stand against it.”

Not only does that show the sexual tension that’s growing by leaps and bounds between Stormy and Sean, but also it is the underlying premise of just about any good romance novel ever written.

Older Woman/Younger Man Relationships

Old Enough to Know Better is an older woman-younger man story so let me leave you with one of my favorite quotations about this kind of relationship.

This was said, not by a woman, but by a man who must have known quite a lot about women. Read the full essay here:  In Praise of Older Women by Andy Rooney.

“Once you get past a wrinkle or two, an older woman is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Her libido’s stronger, her fear of pregnancy gone. Her experience of lovemaking is honed and reciprocal, and she’s lived long enough to know how to please a man in ways her daughter could never dream of. (Young men, you have something to look forward to.)” ~ Andy Rooney


What do you think about older women-younger men relationships?

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About Joan

Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. Her books are available at all major ebook sellers with audio editions available at  Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

All of Joan's books have the same underlying theme: It's never too late to live happily ever after. Joan lives her happily ever after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State.

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  1. subscriber already- enter me in Old Enough to Know Better Birthday Giveaway

  2. Larry McMurtry is one of my favorite authors, and Texasville is one of my favorite books of his. Like you, I love the t-shirt slogans. They say so much about the character who wears them!
    Old Enough to Know Better sounds like a fabulous book. It's on my Kindle, waiting for me!

    1. I loved the tee shirt bit because I used to have about a hundred tee shirts! *LOL* Thanks for grabbing OLD ENOUGH. Hope you like it.

  3. Fabulous thank you.

    Already a subscriber: enter me in Old Enough to Know Better Birthday Giveaway


    1. Hey, Mary! Happy to enter you in the Book Birthday Giveaway!

  4. Joan, all your books are so great. I'm looking forward to reading this one. I don't understand why I don't have this one on my Kindle but it will be as soon as I finish this comment. Best wishes for continued success!

    1. Thanks, Caroline. You're the best. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

  5. I think they can work, relationship wise. If the younger person is mature for their age, then age is just a number! Love the sound of this book. blueirishmoon at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Cynthia, for commenting. I agree with you. Got you entered in the OLD ENOUGH Book Birthday Giveaway.

  6. "Old Enough to Know Better" sounds like a great read. I am older than my husband by two and a half years. Age difference is irrelevant once couples are out of their teens. Good luck with sales and promotion...and Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. I'm older than my husband by a bit. Our younger daughter is older than her husband. My nephew married an older woman. Maybe it's in the DNA. *LOL* We're all very happy too. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!


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