Part of the fun of writing contemporary romance is creating unique, fun, or interesting ways for the hero and heroine to meet. Over the years I’ve used real-life things to inspire cute meets in my books. Like the time back when my husband was a youth director. We took a busload of teens to a Christian concert in a huge church gym in Little Rock. I had over a hundred dollars in my wallet from the youth fund to pay for snacks for the kids. Once we found our seats, several of the kids wanted to go get drinks and snacks. I pulled out my wallet full of fives and ones and promptly dropped it. Several other people sitting around us helped gather it all up and gave it back to me. I thanked them profusely, while thinking the entire time, if that happened anywhere else, the money would have been gone. But we were with a bunch of Christians. The experience inspired the opening scene of Rodeo Reunion, when my heroine dropped her wallet in a restaurant and of course the hero picked up her money for her.
I’ve had my hero and heroine meet in a church, a post office, a historic mansion, an advertising agency, and a wedding. I’ve even had them meet in a bar. That was based on a real life story a former co-worker told me thirty-five years ago–long before I started writing. She’d gone out with friends and they decided to go to a bar. She’d never been to one and didn’t want to go, but had no choice since she wasn’t driving. A man hit on her, so she ran and hid in the bathroom. But a girl came in the bathroom and tossed her cookies. In Rodeo Ashes, my heroine ended up in the bar when friends drove her there. She planned to stay in the car, but a guy was headed her way, so she darted in the bar. A guy hit on her, the bathroom incident happened, so she went back in the bar. The persistent guy hit on her again and the hero came to her rescue, pretending to be her boyfriend.
One of my heroines was attacked and she fainted in the hero’s arms, one remet the hero when she went to his concert and he pulled her on stage and sang to her. That was inspired by a dream. Back when Michael Bolton rocked the love songs of the late 80’s, my husband I went to a concert. Michael ran out in the lobby during a break and did a few songs floor level on the opposite end from the stage. That night I dreamed, that I was in the lobby when he ran through. He grabbed my hand and pulled me on stage, where he sang Georgia on My Mind to me, because I used to live in GA. When he finished singing, he asked me to dinner backstage and I said. . . I’m married. Because I’m faithful, even in my dreams. My husband got a laugh out of the dream and it inspired a great meeting in a book for Rodeo Song.
Another book wasn’t inspired by real life thankfully, when my hero came to stay at his friend’s guest house, only to find a statue wielding heroine with a black eye. My H & H remet when he moved in next door and she brought a dessert to welcome the new neighbor only to realize he was her best friend in high school, the one she inadvertently fell in love with. My hero and heroine have met when they each inherited half a dude ranch. One couple remet when he hired on as a ranch foreman at her dad’s ranch. Another met when she hired him to build cabins at her sister’s ranch. Lately, my H & H have met when she came home to sell her childhood ranch and he’d bought the one next door after she’d hidden their daughter’s existence from him for seven years. One hero met the heroine, when he got bucked off a bull and woke up in the hospital with a 2 year memory loss. My last hero and heroine met when he learned his brother had twins and signed them over to their aunt. And my next hero and heroine meet when her grandmother’s dog barks him off his horse.
That’s eighteen books. And every time it gets harder to come up with something fresh. My favorite two H & H meetings are Melissa Tagg’s From the Start and Denise Hunter’s The Goodbye Bride.
So tell me your picks for favorite H & H meetings in Inspirational Contemporary Romance novels. Just the titles and authors, no spoilers please. I only spoil my own books. All comments will go in the drawing for a copy of The Cowboy’s Missing Memory. Deadline: August 3rd.