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‘Why Read Romance?’ with Author Isabella Macotte


Welcome Isabella. I’m looking forward to what you have to share plus hearing more about your new release.

Thanks for having me here, Beth!

Why do we read romance novels?  Probably a whole lot of reasons exist, but most center around escaping from our everyday world to live a life outside the box. Living through a romance novel is about as far as I’ll get to moving into a castle with a gorgeous hunk trained in mystical powers and endowed with unlimited stamina.

As a reader, the hero makes or breaks the story for me. So, as a writer, it was important to create a perfect hero: sexy (obligatory six-pack abs, please), wealthy (for richer or poorer need not apply in this genre), and ready to please in every way. I’ll let you use your imagination for the ‘every way’.  (***Beth making a subtle hero suggestion in the image of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy).

What kind of personality should the perfect hero have? He should be everything the heroine needs and then some.

Enter Bremen Tyler, the hero of my new release The Heart Gem. He loves his Heart Match and soul mate, Hallie Pinefoy, unconditionally and forever, without reservations. Bremen understands Hallie can be maddening, reluctant, and stubborn. But, he loves her anyway.

What do you look for in your romance-novel hero?

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Author Biography

Isabella Macotte grew up in Chicago and now lives in the Midwest. Ever since she can remember, she was reading. Not just fiction but everything she could get her hands on. Science, romance, history and paranormal. Especially paranormal…anything scary, creepy, or gory, she loves it. From light paranormal elements to terrifying monsters, she’ll make up a story to amaze or scare you.

Isabella Macotte writes the kind of romance she loves to read: a story with delicious dialogue, seductive encounters, a dash of the paranormal, and an irresistible hero you will never forget.

Passionate about books, Isabella keeps busy reading, writing and working in a library. But if a few moments remain at the end of the day, she spends them with a wonderful family and sweet bichon pup named Daisy.

BLURB for Historical Romance Heart Gem:

In 1885, a proper Victorian woman’s place was in the home. Convention never appealed to Hallie Pinefoy.

But plans for financial independence through a successful doll-making venture have one impediment. She’s inherited a curiosity shop and a handsome business partner who’s proving to be a delicious distraction.

When Bremen Tyler inherits a shop in coastal England, he breaks from the mystical Ancestral clan to live a normal life. The only way to guarantee a permanent break is to marry his Heart Match, a perfect soul mate. Bremen recognizes the captivating Hallie as his true love, but she isn’t cooperating with his courtship.

If he can retrieve the stolen Heart Gem, an Artifact of Love, he can use it to prove their match. The surface of the Gem reflects the essence of a couple’s future life, but the risks are great. More importantly, will Hallie realize true love doesn’t need proof?

EXCERPT:

Hallie’s bottom shifted from Bremen’s lap onto the cold stone garden bench. Why was he stopping just when the moment was getting interesting? Then she heard the footsteps in the distance, rustling along the garden path. Her head still blissfully dazed, Bremen’s possessive hands moved to straighten the aquamarine gown’s bodice, which had drawn away completely from her breasts.

Clay’s face was an angry red, even in the dark night. She jumped at the intrusion and attempted to yank her hand out of Bremen’s, but his firm palm held on without releasing.

“Bremen Tyler, how dare you encroach on our relationship? Hallie and I have a long-established agreement among our families. You must honor this arrangement and withdraw your presence.” The shrillness of Clay’s voice reverberated through the grounds.

“I haven’t been informed of a promise or understanding. In fact, I have heard from the lady she is uncommitted. A state I’m determined to reverse.” Bremen’s deep voice was low and controlled.

“She would be committed to me if it were not for you. You are confusing her; she loves me but you are filling her head with promises and nonsense.”

“I have given Hallie neither false promises nor nonsense. She knows my true feelings.”

“She also knows my feelings and has said she will consider my offer.”

“If Hallie tells me it is you she wants, I’ll say no other word.”

“Hallie, tell him you will marry me. I believe my request was clear at supper,” Clay demanded.

“My love, make your wishes known, and we will visit the reverend directly,” Bremen countered.

Both men stared, waiting for a decision.~

Sounds super, Isabella.  (Beth added another subtle hero suggestion–big fan of Richard Armitage).

To Purchase the Heart Gem in print or ebook at:  The Wild Rose Press

At Amazon

For more on Isabella please visit her Website at: www.isabellamacotte.com

Did You Not Hear My Lady & BBC’s Robin Hood


Such a beautiful old song, originally written by Handel.  This version is especially fun for fans of BBC‘s Robin Hood.  The producer of the video portrayed the song from Guy’s POV with clips showing him and Marian together.  Unusual, as Sir Guy of Gisborne (played by the hot Richard Armitage) is the Sheriff of Nottingham’s right hand man and Robin’s nemesis in the series, but it works–even though Marian lacks the requisite golden hair mentioned in this classic song.

BBC’s Robin Hood is a different spin on the age old tale of Robin and his merry men, a mostly enjoyable production.  I could, of course, quibble with a few details.  The series is quite a radical departure from traditional Robin Hood tales in more than one way.

If any of you missed out on BBC’s Robin Hood, also carried in America, I’ve included the trailer from Season One.  It gives too much away to include trailers from subsequent seasons.   I admit to not being entirely happy with the way season two went and can see why season three ran into problems.  But it’s still well worth a look!  I wish they’d revive the series, myself.  You can’t have too much Robin Hood.

*I rented the series from Netflix.

Clips from BBC’s North and South


The song is”TO SHOW YOU MY LOVE” BY MIKE SCHMID~plus Clips from the fabulous BBC series North and South.  Richard Armitage is indisputably, exceedingly hot.