Storybook Romance Seminar, Part II!

And now, our special guest, the prolific romance author variously known as Monique D’Amour, Cammi Colt and Freya Goodlove, has returned to give us some more pointers on Livin’ La Vida Romantica!

Hello again, darlings! It’s so very lovely to be here again with all of you charming people! The last time we chatted, we discussed the importance of being wealthy. An importance which cannot be overemphasized! However, there are many other things we need to consider as we set out to create our very own Storybook Romance.
“What’s in a name?” is a question that should be carefully considered just as soon as one decides where one’s all-important fortune is to come from. “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet” just doesn’t apply to us who wish to live the Storybook life.
You’ll notice, as you read my own romantic novels (published by Chocolate Hearts Press, and available in handsomely packaged gift sets) that each of my characters has a name that suits him or her particularly well. A few examples:

Storm Kincaid: The down-on-his-luck heir-turned-cowboy of “His Branded Bride.” His name is strong, manly, yet sensitive and sensual, even a bit mysterious. As is the man himself! He is every one of those qualities! What restless, well-heeled rancher’s daughter could possibly fail to at least be tempted by a Storm?
Lady Marguerite Fontainebleu: She’s the heroine of “Captivated By His Captive.” Lady Marguerite is delicate, innocent and the very epitome of feminine grace. Naturally she needed a name to match. And she got it! Plus, what could be more romantic than anything French?
Count Simon de Lecherie: He’s the divinely handsome, but unspeakably evil, anti-hero of “The Chained Maiden.” He’s a count, so his name must carry a healthy dose of “class.” But it also needed to carry a hint of his treachery, his cunning, his lechery.
Campbell Fellowes: A very popular heroine. She’s the icily beautiful, wildly successful, very lonely corporate powerhouse who is the star of “Propositions and Proposals.” She needed to be strong to succeed in a man’s world, yet she also had to retain her femininity, or else where would be the romance? And of course, the surname-as-first-name carries that unmistakable “old money” feel along with it. Of course, Ms. Fellowes came from some very old money indeed!

And don’t forget your houses! Storybook houses very often are named as well, and when they are their names must be chosen with the utmost thought. The patron saint of all romance writers, St. Margaret Mitchell, was expert at naming estates. Tara, Five Elms, Twelve Oaks, all were excellent choices. Go ye, and do likewise! I would avoid christening a country cottage something ponderous like The Hills of Tuscany. A simpler name like Moorsmere or Heatherhill would be more fitting.
By the same token, a sprawling mansion would be made slightly ridiculous if it were given the name Little Brook. No, something more along the lines of Goldenvale or Mont Nouveau is most appropriate, don’t you agree?
As always, I have dearly loved spending this time with all of you, imparting the wisdom I have gleaned throughout my romantic life and career. But the time grows short, and I have a dinner engagement with the Count and Countess of Wexbridgehampton. (Such darling people!) So I must take my leave for the present, but your dear hostess, the Ghostess, assures me that I am welcome back at any time to continue this little seminar. We’ve only just begun! Until then, au revoir, mes amis!

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