Join us in welcoming author Sherelle Green as she shares her view on romance and introduces us to her debut novel.
Take it away Sherelle!
In college, one of my English professors made a statement about the romance genre that I knew I’d never forget the moment the words left his lips. I’ve always been an avid reader and devoted romantic, so I was slightly offended when he said that romance novels are the cause of many failed relationships. According to my professor, women begin to fantasize about a man that doesn’t exist and it gives women the unrealistic notion that the world is filled with perfect men.
I remember sitting upright in my desk chair and glancing around the room wondering if anyone was as surprised as I was about his observation on romance novels. His comment was welcomed by a parade of laughs from the female students and cheers from the male students, but I appeared to be the only student dissecting his words. Back then, I’d already decided that there was no way I wasn’t going to follow my dream of becoming a published author and my first novel was definitely going to be in the genre of romance. But as I sat there observing the other students and listening to my professor dive even deeper into his opinion of the romance genre, I was forced to analyze exactly why I wanted to write romance and why I loved the genre so much.
Romance is extremely personal and to be a romantic, one must willingly give a piece of themselves to someone else. Whether that piece is a sweet card, kind words, warm birthday wishes or that forever kind of love, a true romantic is able to show affection and display a certain sense of vulnerability. I’ve often said that I am in love with love and whenever I say that, I often receive more than a few confused faces. Being in love with love gives me a different outlook on relationships whether those relationships are two people in love, a great friendship or a close-knit family.
My debut novel, A Tempting Proposal, is centralized around the tight bond that the hero and heroine have with their families and their desire to honor family promises and commitments. While I was writing A Tempting Proposal, I reflected on the closeness of my own family and the way we interact with one another. I focused on certain individuals who play a larger family role as well as others whose role in the family is not as pertinent. Sometimes, when you step out of your own shoes, you’re able to catch certain gestures or recognize particular family quirks that once went unnoticed.
Although my literary inspiration is vast and unstructured at times, family dynamics, the way people interact in social settings, and the development of all types of relationships are a few of my main inspirations. I enjoy writing stories filled with captivating characters and intriguing relationships, never knowing what character will demand to be written next. When I think about my professor’s statement, I wish back then I would have spoken up and told him that although romance novels give women the opportunity to engross themselves in a great love story and fantasize about the perfect man, we do realize that all men aren’t perfect. We realize that like all human beings, men have flaws and won’t always make the right decisions or be there to save a damsel in distress. But, had my professor truly read the words embedded in the pages of a great romance novel, he would have understood that the hero and heroine may not be perfect…but they are definitely perfect for each other.
About A Tempting Proposal
Winner Takes All?
Workaholic event planner Imani Rayne needs to slow down or she’ll surely burn out before she reaches thirty. Fulfilling her beloved grandmother’s last wish could be the closure she needs. But purchasing a breathtaking lake-view estate in her Chicago hometown comes with one string attached. His name’s Daman Barker, and he’s bidding on the same property. Worse, Imani has to team up with Mr. Sexy And He Knows It to plan the gala of the year.
When Daman goes after something he wants, he usually gets it. And his latest venture is no exception. Only, this time he has a partner. Vibrant and savvy, Imani is arousing desire Daman knows he should resist. But when a family revelation threatens all that he cherishes most, Daman will risk everything to turn a business merger into a passionate union between two loving hearts.
“Would you like me to massage that knot out your neck?” Daman asked as he placed his laptop back in his bag.
Imani hadn’t responded and continued rubbing her neck. When her eyes finally connected with his, her slight nod gave him the confirmation he was waiting for. When Daman reached Imani, he pulled her chair away from the desk so he could have better access to her neck.
When his hands initially touched her, she tensed under his grip. After a couple minutes of kneading the knot, Imani loosened up and relaxed. Her skin was as smooth as velvet and the soft moans escaping her lips sounded heavenly to his ears. He wished he was making her moan for another reason, but he’d take what he could get.
“Right there, Daman, don’t stop,” Imani whispered. Daman shifted his weight and wondered if she was purposely saying things that would remind him of sex. Her voice was sensual and the deeper he kneaded the knot, the more she leaned into him.
He wondered if she would make him stop if she realized he could see her lace bra peeking out of her dress. The dress wasn’t low cut, but as he towered over her while massaging her neck, he couldn’t help but look.
Daman’s hands left her neck and ventured to her shoulders, performing a massage method that he usually saved for the bedroom. He’d been told by women that his hands were lethal, so naturally he began using this information to his advantage. He wondered how far Imani would let him go.
“Thank you,” Imani said, breaking the direction of his thoughts. “I really appreciate it.” She pushed the chair even farther from the desk so she could stand.
“My pleasure,” Daman replied as he held out his hand to assist her. Taking his hand, Imani pushed from the seat and lost her footing. Daman caught her by the elbow and pulled her into his embrace.
He expected Imani to break from his grasp after she regained her balance. After several seconds, she remained in his arms…their faces mere inches from each other. His eyes ventured to her glossy, pink lips. He never noticed how great lip-gloss looked on a woman before. Although he liked how it looked, he wanted to kiss her lips until there was no shine left. There was nothing sexier than a thoroughly kissed woman, and he could imagine Imani’s lips looked even better after being kissed.
Her felt her breath quicken as her eyes darted from his eyes to his mouth, as if mirroring his own thoughts. He wanted to kiss her, nibble on her lips. All he needed was one taste to feed his curiosity.
He slowly eased her onto the desk so she could maintain her balance. He kissed her neck, softly at first and then with a little tongue. She moaned in pleasure, grasping his head to keep him in place. But he didn’t want to kiss only her neck. He wanted more.
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: 2 winners – each will receive an autographed copy of A Tempting Proposal and a classic novel from an award-winning African American author!
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How to enter: Leave a comment or answer the questions – Are you a romantic? If so, why? If not, why? NOTE: you do not have to include your email address.
Deadline to enter: July 5th @ 11:59 PM CST. Winners will be notified via email, and their names will appear in the comments section below on July 7th.
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes open to U.S. entrants only, unless stated otherwise.
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About the author:
Sherelle Green is a Chicago native with a dynamic imagination and a passion for reading and writing. As a young girl, she channeled her creativity and turned her thoughts into short stories and poems. Although she loves to read all genres, romance holds a special place in her heart.
Her love for romance developed in high school after stumbling across a hot and steamy Harlequin novel. She instantly became an avid romance reader and decided to pursue an education in English and Journalism. Nothing satisfies her more than writing stories filled with compelling love affairs, multifaceted characters, and intriguing relationships. A true romantic, she believes in predestined romances, love at first sight, and fairytale endings.
Sherelle’s first novel is entitled A Tempting Proposal. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and she loves connecting with readers and other literary enthusiasts.