Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Making Christmas Memories by Tina Radcliffe

from Issue #50

Tagline: Joan had just enough money for her twins to have their Christmas wish...would the handsome store manager be able to help?

Observations: I haven't pointed out a man to the rescue story in a long time. The man to the rescue story can be about a woman to the rescue too, but there's something about it being the man that I think resonates a little more strongly with the Woman's World readers, because the majority are women.

I mean, look at Steve Lind. The heroine has a big problem and the guy goes way above and beyond the call of duty to help her solve it.  If the man does this kind of thing for a total stranger, what might he do for the woman he loves?

In part, our job as romance authors is to create that perfect hero, the man the reader wants to fall in love with. One way to do that (quickly, in 800 words) is to show a man who not only talks the talk, he walks the walk.

Favorite line: "Sure. It's the season for miracles, right?"

Photo credit: Umberto Brayj (via Flickr CC license)


Pat said...

Kate, I totally agree on showing a hero who walks the walk. I really liked this story.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Love your blog. The Woman's World Writers Guidelines say 2016. Can you please update the info. Thanks so much!

Sandy Smith said...

I believe the date on the Writer's Guidelines is from when they were updated. I think it is still the same today.

Kate Willoughby said...

Sandy is correct. There's nothing that has changed. Those guidelines are accurate.