Author Sami Lee is here today to raise awareness about breast cancer and talk about her book, Erica’s Choice, and the book Mari Carr has written, Fix You that both address breast cancer.
The Case for Realism in Romance
I don’t know about you, but I like my romance novels as realistic as they can possibly get. I know, I know, romance is just fantasy right? Men with six pack abs, an endless supply of cash and an unwavering love for that one night stand they just can’t stop thinking about. The point is to escape reality. Sure, that kind of fantasy can be fun, and when I am in the mood for it I know where to find it. A little more difficult to locate are those books that take us on the romantic journey of falling in love and having hot sex, while making us think ‘this is not entirely unrealistic. This could ACTUALLY HAPPEN TO SOMEONE! LIKE ME!!!’
(Okay, not to me literally, as I’m married with two kids and don’t know where the hot guys hang out anyway. I’m often told the hardware store, but they’re sure not at my local one).
These books that have the power to make us believe that true, deep love does exist in real life and can overcome all obstacles are the kinds of books I love to read the most. They are the kinds of books I try to write, and I can only hope I do it with even a modicum of success.
In Erica’s Choice, I wrote a book that had the heroine dealing with a mutation on the BCRA1 gene, the recent death of the aunt who raised her and an impending cancer diagnosis…and then I had her meet two hot firemen who indulge in a one night threeway with her that they later can’t stop thinking about.
Fantasy meets reality.
It was certainly an interesting journey. I didn’t set out to write a book like that—if I had known how complicated it was all going to get I probably would have backed away from the keyboard like it was on fire. So I’m really glad I didn’t know how the book would turn out, because now I can’t imagine not having written it. Erica’s Choice changed my life in many ways. For one I know a heck of a lot about breast cancer now, and I don’t forget to do my monthly breast check anymore. You shouldn’t either. If you want to check now, I’ll wait.
*goes to make a cup of tea*
Now that you’ve done that, you should also know that Erica’s Choice, along with Mari Carr’s fabulous book Fix You (which also features a heroine facing a breast cancer diagnosis and finding the love of her life in the process) is available from Samhain Publishing. During the month of October, all sales of either book from the Samhain site will earn one dollar for Pelotonia, an Ohio based organization that directs 100% of funds raised toward cancer prevention research. At Samhain you can download your books in any format including .mobi which suits Kindle to a T, and your books are there forever to be downloaded again at any time. Seriously, I have books on my shelf I bought in 2007. It’s awesome!
Erica’s Choice snippet:
She turned to see Corey standing in the doorway to her bedroom wearing only his jeans and an expression of deep remorse. “Did we hurt you?”
Erica shook her head. She couldn’t let him think that.
“You’re upset.” He stepped into the room and put his hands on her shoulders. “Why?”
“I…I don’t know.” She offered the lie because she knew she couldn’t spill the entire truth to Corey. He was a nice guy—a wonderful guy. He would probably feel obligated to comfort her if he knew…
Erica crossed her arms over her chest, trying to warm her suddenly chilled fingers. She brushed the spot on the side of her left breast where it was.
Erica trembled, horrified anew at the implications of it. The same implications that it had held for Aunt Claire a year ago, for her mother over two decades before that.
“Erica, you’re scaring me.”
Erica had been scared for as long as she could remember.
Thank you for indulging me by reading this post.
About Sami Lee:
Sami wrote her first romantic tales before she’d ever read a romance. In high school she penned stories about all her friends falling in love with fictitious exotic exchange students or reformable bad boys while she should have been listening to the teacher. Some time later (after somehow managing to get through school) she discovered romance novels and wondered how such magical things could have existed without her ever knowing about them.
She spent years writing in an on-again, off-again fashion – writing had become the irresistible rogue boyfriend who wouldn’t hand back his house key. Through numerous jobs, marriage, university, more jobs and toddler taming and kid wrangling, writing is still there. Learn more about Sami at her website.