By Caroline Clemmons
Do any of you remember the old TV sketch called “That Was The Week That Was”? There are times—especially this year—when I feel as if I’m living in a television sketch or a horror movie instead of reality. Or, perhaps I’m on a parallel plane and I can’t get back to the real world.
This is why I love writing fiction. I can invent any scenario I want and make it turn out happily for everyone but the villain(s). Writing and reading romance books makes me happy—especially when the news and life create horrific scenes.
My firm belief is that romance novels and novellas bring hope. Hope we can redeem past wrongs. Hope for a better world. Hope for better families. Hope for tomorrow. Hope!
Whether you prefer your romance novels sweet and clean or hot and steamy or somewhere in between, the theme is the same. Hope for happiness. Isn’t that what we all wish for?
Unfortunately, life doesn't always grant our wishes. This year has been tough for Hero and me. In addition to health crises, my cousin to whom I'm closest lost her husband, my husband's sweet cousin lost her husband, my sweet and funny second cousin lost her life to cancer that was misdiagnosed until it had spread.
|Mina in her chapeau for the|
Red Hat Society luncheon
This past week a dear friend died who was a member of the local book club I attend, Book Divas. Mina was a kind, generous, fun, compassionate person who is certain to be missed by everyone who knew her. Another dear friend, Karren, with those same qualities, was the one who requested the sheriff’s office make a well-check visit early Saturday. Mina—Karren’s best friend—hadn’t answered her phone or texts. Fortunately, Karren’s husband accompanied her to Mina’s home and waited with her. When the sheriff’s deputy arrived and broke in the door, Karren didn’t have to face alone the terrible news she already suspected.
|Mina in her Elf costume for|
our book club's annual
Dear Friends, life is far too short! Don’t let old hurts fester and grudges separate you from friends. Keep in touch with family members. Don’t let a day pass without telling those you love that you love them.
Go forth and love one another! Give one another hope! And, when in doubt, read a romance.
(In loving memory of Mina Faye McClendon Bruner. R.I.P., Sweet Friend)