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Guest Blogger: Maggie Wells
Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Love Equality

MaggieWellsOne of my favorite parts of being a romance writer is meeting the characters who shape the story. I know that sounds a little odd, but trust me. Beyond giving them a name and a few physical attributes, they are their own people. Sometimes to such an extreme that I have to exert my author-ly influence and reel them back in, or worse, leave tasty tidbits on the cutting room floor.

I love creating characters of all shapes, sizes, colors, and creeds. I like to mix them up and place them in atypical situations. I also love exploiting stereotypes almost as much as I adore sketching out a renegade. Depending on my mood that day, I may resist typecasting or I may embrace it to the nth degree. You never know. Doesn’t matter which way I go, everyone will meet his/her match. It may not be the one they expect, but it all works out in the end.

You see, I believe in love equality.

There are a few preconceived notions about what will play with romance readers. Some people think heroes or heroines should not be over a certain age. They shouldn’t have jobs/lives/families that are too typical, lest they be considered boring. They should be preternaturally good-looking, and effortlessly physically fit.

In other words, they don’t want to hear my love story.

I didn’t meet the love of my life until I was over *gasp* thirty.  I’ve held jobs in accounting, insurance, and human resources. My family is large and noisy, but we all get along disgustingly well. I’m not beautiful, but I don’t scare small children when I smile at them. And as for my body…well, I have a nice rack. Too bad I have the hips, belly, and thighs to match. Still, after eleven years and a lot of ups and downs, our love affair is just as fierce as it was when we fell for one another.

Real life love isn’t perfect. As a matter of fact, it’s often far from it. That’s why I love creating not-quite-flawless characters.

I’ve spent the past year writing a collection of twelve novellas set in a small Missouri town. The Hot Nights in St. Blaise series is centered on a fundraising calendar that changes the lives of the volunteers with the guts to expose themselves in all their glory. Each story is unique, and every relationship as savory as it is steamy. Some of the characters may be pretty, some not so camera-ready. A few may have youth on their side, while others know the richness experience brings to a relationship. A couple buck societal notions, and some push their personal boundaries both in the bedroom and out. This series was great fun to write and I am beyond excited to share it with you!

After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching two imperfect people find perfect love.

Be sure to check out book one in the Hot Nights in St. Blaise series, Jumping Mr. January!

JumpingMr.January

 

When she pitched the idea for The Men and Women of St. Blaise Regional Medical Center fundraising calendar to her Board of Directors, Beth Watkins thought she wrote the perfect prescription for the small town hospital’s budget shortfall.

The moment she got a green light, Beth went after the man she wanted to be her Mr. January and so much more. She had no time to waste. Hunky EMT Robert ‘Spence’ Spencer was leaving for medical school within weeks of the photo shoot she arranged and there was no way on earth Beth was going to miss the chance to sneak a peek at her old high school crush in all his glory.

Focused and dedicated, Spence wants bigger things than his hometown can offer, but when brainy, sexy Beth Watkins breezes back into St. Blaise with a plan that includes getting into his pants, he finds she is the one woman who can offer him something he doesn’t want to refuse.

Be sure to visit my website for a taste of each delicious St. Blaise story coming in 2013.

Buy Jumping Mr. January at: Turquoise Morning Press Bookstore | Amazon | All Romance eBooks

13 comments to “Guest Blogger: Maggie Wells”

  1. sharon chalk
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 7:01 am · Link

    oh Maggie,I am going to go get Jumping Mr January as soon as I finish writing my comment. I love the fact that your calender or stories as it is shown sounds facinating and I love the fact that the women will be all types,not all perfect typical beauties,that is a genre that only lately is coming out and I love it. I used to always read the books where both the h/h were physically hot,because I read books to escape and then I read one about a woman who wasn’t a perfect body,the only thing that I hated was that she had huge boobs,just because someone wears a size 16 or 18 does not mean she is a d or dd cup ,but aside from that ,reading these books has made a change in my life that I love,I am much more confident when I go out now,whereas before I tried to kind of hide,I don’t anymore and I have found that men have responded to me,that my hangup about my weight was with me and not the men,well not all of them anyway,and I have had the confidence to start dating and having a sex life again and its wonderful and if it weren’t for authors like you and a couple of others,whom I won’t mention cause this is your interview,but it has given me the confidence that I used to have in my twenties and though Im hitting 50 now these books have made me feel much more secure and happy with myself and for that I thank you and other authors like you that let women know that not all men want the same thing and I might be what they are looking for,its a wonderful thing!!



  2. Evelyn Jules
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 9:16 am · Link

    Maggie, I think you’re beautiful inside and out, and you write the most beautiful love stories too. I adore the fact that your characters are real. They’re not perfect. They’re not without flaws. Some of them have scars and wrinkles. But they’re beautiful because you make them beautiful. You write them beautifully. I’ve read Jumping Mr. January and instantly fell in love with the Hot Nights in St. Blaise series. Can’t wait for the next installment!! :)



  3. Megan Mitcham
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 10:58 am · Link

    You are beautiful!! With a rockin personality to boot!! I’m so happy your hard work is out. I can’t wait to read them!



  4. ronnie cornett
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 12:09 pm · Link

    Now I have another author to read! :!: :wink:



  5. Melissa Porter
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 5:33 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing.
    I am going to be checking this out. Plus adding to my need to get list.

    :-)



  6. Maggie Wells
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Oh, Sharon – that was the best compliment ever. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it. Sorry I’m so late in responding – I had a troublesome travel day, but I’m in my space now and all is well. Let me know if you give the book a shot! :)



  7. Maggie Wells
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 8:07 pm · Link

    Evelyn – you are the some that prompts me to do more than stare at life in awe. <3 Thank you, my gorgeous girl! <3



  8. Maggie Wells
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Megan – I think you’re pretty spectacular too! Thanks, doll! I can’t wait to see you again so I can hug you hard!



  9. Maggie Wells
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 8:09 pm · Link

    Oh, Ronnie, thanks so much! Let me know if you give me a try. I love to hear from readers!



  10. Maggie Wells
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 8:09 pm · Link

    Thank you, Melissa! I hope you enjoy it! :D



  11. Z
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 8:57 pm · Link

    I love it!!!!
    Z



  12. Madison J Edwards
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      · January 13th, 2013 at 9:23 pm · Link

    Wuv you Mags! I’ve had the privilege of reading Ms. Wells’ first book of the series, and the nights in St. Blaise are definitely going to be HAWT!
    The one thing I’ve always admired about you, Maggie -besides your great rack :) is that you’ve consistently wrote about the comman man/woman. Us women, on the otherside of perky, appreciate that.
    Keep up the good work. Mwah! <3



  13. ELF
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      · January 14th, 2013 at 1:17 am · Link

    It’s wonderful to read about characters that have their flaws and find love anyway, thank you for visiting and good luck with the new release!