“I have been in love with story all my life,” says Gayle Roper, the award winning author of more than forty-five books. “Give me a story with strong characters and a captivating plot, and I’m one happy reader. Or writer.”
Among Gayle’s awards are the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, the Carol Award from American Christian Fiction Writers, two Inspirational Readers Choice Awards, and three HOLT Medallions. She has been a Christy finalist three times and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Book Report.
For her work in training Christian writers Gayle has won special recognition from Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, St. Davids CWC, Florida CWC, and Greater Philadelphia CWC. She lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, spending time at the family’s Canadian cottage, gardening, and eating out every time she can manage it.
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DANGER AND ROMANCE!
I’m a sucker for the innocent bystander heroine. She sees something she shouldn’t. She goes someplace that puts her in danger. She witnesses a crime. Through no fault of her own, her life is now in jeopardy. As I sit in my comfy chair reading, I imagine innocent me getting caught in such a circumstance. I’m hooked.
At first my heroine’s floored by the unexpected event that puts her at risk. How could this be happening? All she did was walk down the street or claim Great Aunt Martha’s legacy or try to buy milk as the convenience store was being robbed, all things I could have done except I don’t have a Great Aunt Martha. But I’d like to if she’d leave me a crumbling mansion I can turn into a B&B by sheer grit and determination which I’m sure I could find some of somewhere.
Of course my heroine already has a personal problem to deal with. She just got dumped by the guy she planned to marry. Of course we know he wasn’t the right one for her. Or she just lost her job, undermined by a nasty co-worker who wants her position. Or the nightmares are back with extra ferocity. If she could just remember….
Enter our hero. But not to rush to the rescue. Women’s rights have led to a major change in the purpose of the hero. He no longer appears to save the day because the little woman can’t manage on her own. No, he’s there for her to save even as he helps her somehow. Mutuality. She may save him psychologically while he does the physical saving, but not always. It’s this saving of each other that makes their relationship healthy with all the potential necessary for HEA (happily ever after).
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