Born in Long Island, New York, have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, California, and Oklahoma. Lived three years in Italy and Germany while in USAF.(Air Police: K-9 section). Now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Married after whirlwind romance to same wife for over 30 years. Currently run my own real estate school in Oklahoma. Like to study foreign languages for a few months just to see how they work. Also like Latin and giving speeches. I’ve taught Philosophy, Advertising, Property Management, and many real estate subjects at the University, Community College, and Technical School level. Now writing non-fiction book on the Romance genre. I was trained to be a philosopher and history teacher but have worked mostly in advertising, marketing, and real estate.
Available as a 2-in-1 special from Mills & Boon in the UK. Also available as an eBook.)
To become a finalist for ‘Book of the Year,’ a romance needs something very special going for it! The book must clearly say, “This is it!” to the judges. I found Wanted: Father for her Twins to have that special something.
Sympathetic Heroine & Emotional Writing!
What I liked best about this book is the very sympathetic heroine, Rosie Jefferson. It won’t take many pages before you fall in love with Rosie and begin rooting for her. She’s a GP who has 'inherited' her sister’s twins when her sister and brother-in-law are killed in an accident. Rosie's whole life is turned upside down in one day. She gives up everything for the eight year old twins. The hero, Nick Masters, is a Kiwi and ENT specialist. He’s handsome and ideal father material. So far so good. The story is heartwarming and makes for great reading but there is more: the heroine’s internal conflict.
The Heroine vs the Heroine!
The internal monolog going on in the heroine’s head is the best I’ve read in a romance. The major conflict in this story might be said to be the heroine vs. the heroine. That's because what she wants most is also what could be the worse possible thing for her. It is fascinating to watch Rosie struggle with the idea of a romance at a time when a romance is last thing she should be preoccupied with.
The Perfect Hero...If!
Dr. Nick Masters would make a great father, husband, and helpmate but he has indicated that he has no intention of committing to a relationship any time soon. Should Rosie waste her time and risk her heart on a long shot who is likely to bring even more unhappiness into her life? It’s a tough decision but it’s intriguing to watch Rosie struggle with it.
Your Heartstrings Will Sing!
Emily Forbes is an expert at pulling on the reader’s heartstrings. In the very dramatic scene below, the boy twin, Charlie, is going to speak to Nick, his ENT doctor. This is very emotional because the boy suffers from a form of mutism. Charlie is in his bed and looking out the widow where he can see the stars. His mother and father were very recently killed.
“That’s my dad’s star. When Mum and Dad died, Lucy and I saw those stars shooting up to heaven. That smaller star, just next to Dad’s, is Mum. They’re always together.” Charlie was whispering now but in the stillness of the room Nick had no difficulty hearing him. “He can see me when I’m sleeping. He stays awake all night to watch me. I leave my curtains open so that when I wake up during the night I can see him.”
I love emotional writing like this. It makes this romance extra special.