White roses are the flowers that symbolize Old Enough to Know Better because they represent renewal and new beginnings. I’m pleased to offer this sexy romantic comedy in our new Love Blooms on Main Street Romance Collection.
(This post includes a Giveaway. Read below for details.)
That’s what Stormy, the heroine, needs even though she doesn’t know it or accept it.
Sean, the hero, 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. But 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 did something I’d always wanted to do. I used a literary motif. A motif is an object or idea that repeats itself throughout a literary work. I’d always admired books that successfully incorporated a motif of some sort.
An example of this is Texasville by Larry McMurtry, one of my favorite books. I loved the way McMurtry used the slogans on the tee shirts Karla wore to build characterization for her and Duane, her husband, as well as to indicate moods and situations.
So in writing Old Enough, 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 it also is the underlying premise of just about any good romance novel ever written.
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 knew something 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
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Bestselling romance author Joan Reeves lives her happily ever after with her husband in the Lone Star State. Her books, available as ebooks and audiobooks, all have the underlying theme that is her motto: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Readers, sign up for WordPlay, Joan’s email list/newsletter. Joan also publishes Writing Hacks, a free newsletter for writers. Find Joan at SlingWords, her blog and follow her on Twitter.