LOVE’S GREAT…UNTIL ITS NOT

By Kathy Clark

Country music aficionados would recognize these lyrics from the George Strait, 2015 song titled Let It Go.  He co-wrote it with his son Bubba Strait and Keith Gattis.  Like all memorable county songs the songwriter tells a story about love, loss, and changes.

“Love’s great until it’s not
Hearts break but the world don’t stop.”

Sounds like a Reality Romance to me.

What makes a good country music song?  According to Country Song Writing for Dummies (seriously?!?) songs with a negative theme will have trouble finding a home. Also blatant downers such as “lost my baby and I’m gonna drown my sorrows in Jack Daniels” (unless they’re tongue-in-cheek) won’t make it either.

What sells best are stories of redemption, new love, reuniting with an old love, and having fun.  Add the HEA (Happily Ever After) ending, and again, it sounds like a Reality Romance.

Country music and Reality Romance have much in common.  Both are all about interesting characters, finding true love, and wonderful stories.  Just check out these excellent examples of Reality Romance plots and conflicts in song:

“If I made you feel second best, girl I’m sorry I was blind. You were always on my mind.”

Willie Nelson YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND

 

“When I’m lying wrapped up in your arms, the whole world just fades away. The only thing I hear is the beating of your heart.”

Faith Hill BREATHE

 

“Yesterday is dead and gone, and tomorrow’s out of sight, and it’s sad to be alone, help me make it through the night.”

Sammi Smith HELP ME MAKE THROIGH THE NIGHT

 

“One more day, one more time, one more sunset maybe I’d be satisified. But then again, I know what it would do, leave me wishing for one more day with you.”

Diamond Rio ONE MORE DAY

 

“Picture perfect memories scattered all around the floor.  Reaching for the phone ‘cause I can’t fight it anymore.  And I wonder if I ever cross your mind?  For me it happens all the time.” 

Lady Antebellum NEED YOU NOW

 

“She needs to know you care. She wants to know she’d needed. She needs to be held tight…Somewhere other than the night.”

Garth Brooks SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN THE NIGHT

 

“I should have kissed you.  I should have pushed you up against the wall.  I should have kissed you, just like I wasn’t scared at all.”

Gloriana KISSED YOU GOOD NIGHT

 

“Baby, if I had to choose my best day every, my finest hour, my wildest dream come true…Mine would be you.”

Blake Shelton MINE WOULD BE YOU

 

You can feel the love, the pain, the longing, and the loss in those songs.  They each tell a story that is rich with emotion and passion.  They are songs about real people living, loving, laughing, and crying.  You ache for them and you want them to succeed and be happy.  Sometimes you can relate these songs  to events and feelings in your life.

 Why write a blog about the similarities between Reality Romance novels and country music?  Because it was fun.  Who doesn’t love star-crossed lovers?  Our Reality Romance novels are about two people, searching for an HEA, but like real life, their romance is interrupted by risks and rewards, careers and failures, kids and dogs, and all the other things that make life interesting.  Add some music, and you’ve got a country hit.

We thought it would be interesting to come up with fictional country song titles for each of our most recent books.  Shown in red are possible titles. 

  • Romantic Suspense, New Adult [Indie published]
    • Due Dates I’m Having a Baby, But It’s Not Yours
      • Killeen Ames, discovers her new life comes with a man she can’t resist who doesn’t know the dark secrets of her past. 
    • Killer Date Love Means Never Letting You Die
      • Reno Marks loves women…as a whole, but he’s never been in love. In fact, he doesn’t really know what it is. In this heart-racing Romancing the Stone-like he finds a woman worth dying for. 
    • Worst Date Ever Loving You Can Kill Me
      • Tulsa Wiggins stakes out a suspected perp by moving into his luxury apartment, inadvertently setting off a chain reaction that could kill them both.
    • Erotic Romance [Loose Id and Indie published]
      • Master Suite Do It To Me One More Time
        • Together our heroine and hero explore the sensuous world of BDSM game. Unknown to him, they have a past.  Can they also have a future?
      • Fantasy Suite Let’s Make Love Like There’s No Tomorrow
        • Samantha checks in the exclusive Fini Luxury Resort & Spa near Aspen, Colorado to get over a broken heart. But her nights with a gigolo show her what she’s been missing…and what she wants forever.  
      • Romantic Suspense [Random House LLC published 3 of the 6 to date]
        • After Midnight Save Me Once. Shame On Me
          • When a hooker saves Denver Cop Sam Morgan’s life, he must find her to discover the truth. But truth is complicated and love comes when you least expect it.
        • Cries In The Night Hearts On Fire
          • Julie Lawrence is a victim’s advocate whose job is to help people who are suffering through their worst nightmare. But who will help her?  Eternal playboy Rusty Wilson fights fires and breaks hearts…until he meets Julie.
        • Deep Night Old Friends, New Lovers
          • Chris and Sara have known each other since they were children. But now they’re grown up and ready to open their hearts to love.
        • After Love Broken Hearts, Lonely Nights
          • DEA agent Nick Archer is in trouble. A K-9 partner becomes the unlikely cupid in this heart-warming story of three broken hearts learning to beat again.
        • Young Adult Romance Time Travel
          • Change The Past Just Trust Me, We’ll Find Out Together
            • The summer that began so badly becomes the most exciting and dangerous for Kelly when she is faced with the dilemma of risking her own life to save someone she doesn’t even know. Is she brave enough to risk it all…especially now that she’s felt the first promise of love?
          • Day At The Beach It’s Too Crowded Being Alone
            • When Austin and Kelly get together with their friends Scott and Zoey for a fun day at the beach on what they think is a deserted island, everything goes wrong from the very beginning. As they try to find a way off the island, Austin discovers his attraction for Kelly, but he thinks she and Scott are a couple, and he won’t do anything to hurt his best friend.
          • Runaway Lover Choose Me Now Or Lose Me Later
            • Their newest adventure takes them to a travelling circus where Zoey falls in love with a charming young man named Jesse who trains tigers. But love is complicated, especially when there is a time change of almost a hundred years and Jesse is the target of a jealous killer.
          • Forever Love Dying May Be Permanent
            • The teens take off on an excursion to the past to visit the historic Stanley Hotel. Their goal is to save a little girl named Emma from a kidnapper. Will they be able to save Emma? Or will they join her as permanent guests in the ghostly halls of The Stanley Hotel?

 

 

Find all about these novels and all our books on our website at http://www.LoveRealityRomance.com and here are the links to the books mentioned in this blog.

 

 

Romantic Suspense, New Adult [Indie published]

Due Dates amzn.to/1RG22gd

Killer Date amzn.to/1VQiH6N

Worst Date Ever amzn.to/1LUTRQY

 

Erotic Romance [Loose Id and Indie published]

Master Suite amzn.to/22apRTb

Fantasy Suite amzn.to/1TAc481

 

Mainstream romantic suspense

[Random House LLC published 3 of the 6 to date]

After Midnight amzn.to/1ZGWCYs

Cries In The Night amzn.to/1ftgfBA

Deep Night amzn.to/1pFZeJu

After Love amzn.to/1RTJIq6

 

Young Adult Romance Time Travel [Indie published]

Change The Past amzn.to/1TeQhmc

Day At The Beach amzn.to/1RnY6VB

Runaway Lover amzn.to/1MwympH

Forever Love amzn.to/1SrCaI3

 

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