Hey Romance Novels in Color!! I’m so glad to be back in this space, all up in your face, for another installment of State of the Heart. Today, we’re talking about things that make us want to share love.
It’s December, and if you’re like me you’re about to get down and dirty with preparations for the Christmas season. Yes, Christmas is here, and it’s one of my favorite seasons. Why? Because it’s the greatest time of the year to watch sentimental, made-for-TV, Christmas movies on cable that make me want to share love. I don’t know about y’all, but I plan to be parked in front of the Hallmark, ABC Family, and Lifetime channels for the next three weeks.
I love these types of movies for the same reason I love reading and writing romance, because no matter how cheesy, sappy, brutal, or painful the story is, at the end, love will win. I know that when I sit down to watch one of these Christmas movies, the hero/heroine will always get a happy ending by the time the final credits roll. How awesome would life be if we could guarantee a happy ending waiting at the end of our troubles?
Watching these stories always makes me remember the sentimental things that life often makes us forget. Things like how handsome my husband is when he’s focused on something and he doesn’t know he’s being watched. Or, how much I love it when he pulls me next to him on the couch while we’re watching television. It makes me remember how surprisingly not awkward our first kiss was, and how I love falling to sleep listening to his heart beat. Movies like these make me remember how fun my kids can be during the rare moments when parenting and amusement coincide. You know what I’m talking about, all the good stuff in life we’re too busy to appreciate when we’re living life.
Ultimately, these movies remind me to share love, and take part in the love that surrounds me. It’s so easy to forget that you’re loved. It’s even easier to forget to share that love with your fellowman. Movies like these are like a big flashing neon sign telling you to love someone today. If you truly want to get into the holiday spirit, make certain you sit down and watch one of these movies. I promise you’ll want to pull the person closest to you into a big bear hug.
Which one is my favorite? If I had to pick one, I’d go with A Boyfriend For Christmas starring Kellie Williams and Patrick Mulldoon. A girl wishes for a boyfriend when she visits Santa, nineteen years later she gets her wish. It’s sappy, and sentimental, and funny, but I love it. I watch it every year without the least bit of shame. And if you really want to wallow in all the love, here’s one final thing you can do. After watching a TV Christmas movie, sit down and listen to Boyz II Men’s Christmas Interpretations. If you don’t want to love up on someone after that, then you have a lump of coal where your heart should be.
Which Christmas television movie is your guilty pleasure? What basic human instinct does it satisfy for you? What makes you want to share love during this time of year?
This is LaQuette, your friendly erotic romance author, embracing my crazy…one character at a time.
LaQuette is an erotic, multicultural romance author of M/F and M/M love stories. Her writing style brings intellect to the drama. She often crafts emotionally epic, fantastical tales that are deeply pigmented by reality’s paintbrush. Her novels are filled with a unique mixture of savy, sarcastic, brazen, and unapologetically sexy characters who are confident in their right to appear on the page.
This bestselling Erotic Romance Author is the 2016 Author of the Year Golden Apple Award Winner, 2015 Swirl Awards Bronze Winner in Romantic Suspense, and 2015 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award Finalist in Erotic Romance. LaQuette—a native of Brooklyn, New York—spends her time catering to her three distinct personalities: Wife, Mother, and Educator.
Writing—her escape from everyday madness—has always been a friend and source of comfort. At the age of sixteen she read her first romance novel and realized the genre was missing something: people that looked and lived like her. As a result, her characters and settings are always designed to provide positive representations of people of color and various marginalized communities.
She loves hearing from readers and discussing the crazy characters that are running around in her head causing so much trouble. Contact her on Facebook, Twitter, @LaQuetteLikes, her website, www.NovelsbyLaQuette.com, Amazon, her Facebook group, LaQuette’s Lounge, and via email at LaQuette@NovelsbyLaQuette.com.