Old Movies and Romance Novels by Megan Slayer
I love to watch old movies, like from the 30s and 40s. There’s something about the romance of the black and white films that gets to me. Maybe that’s the point, but I love them.
Anyway, I happened to be watching an old Joan Blondell movie when the characters for We Belong Together started talking to me. I wondered what it would be like to have not one, but two of those debonair actors chasing one girl. But the characters that had shown up had other ideas. They wanted each other, too. That was a twist I hadn’t seen coming, but I liked it.
But that wasn’t the end of the story. I had to let it percolate a while. Two actors and one woman is a good premise, but what brought them together? So, I wrote the general outline down and walked away from it. That’s something I do probably too much. I let the story be and figure out something else first. The thing is, putting space and time between me and the novel helps. I get a better perspective and know how to tackle the problems I see in it.
While I let the story sit, I’d watched more Joan Blondell movies and a few with Jimmy Stewart. The romance kept getting to me. The lushness, the beauty stuck with me. But then life snuck in, too. I’m not just a film buff, but I’m a mom first. I take that role seriously. Most of the time, I write after everyone else is in bed or while they’re at work/school. When they’re home, I’m with them.
One Saturday, as with many in the fall, I was at a cross country meet. I watched the runners and cheered our school on. At the same time, the characters came back and spoke to me. I could see them among the people at the meet, blending in and cheering on their runner. That’s when it hit me. I knew the missing piece to the story. When I got home, I jotted down the notes I’d made mentally so I could get back to the story. Once I had that piece, I took the story off the shelf. These characters, complex and determined, were fun to write. I loved getting them together and going along with them on the journey.
I doubt the characters would’ve shown up had I not binged on black and white movies. But then again, maybe they would’ve. I’m not sure. All I know is I’m glad I wrote Liam, Dare and Sarah. I’m glad I let these characters have their second chance. It’s a wild ride, but worth it. I hope you think so, too. I hope you enjoy We Belong Together.
When the broken road leads you home, we will find each other.
Dare Evans left the small town of Kenton for the bright lights of Hollywood. The moment he climbed on the plane, he missed his college sweetheart. Coming home was always in the cards and a chance sighting is the catalyst he needs. But he’s not alone.
Liam Turner never thought he’d find love so soon after his divorce, but then came Dare. He’s in love and the happiest of his life—but he’s a secret. Dare, the hottest man in the movies, isn’t supposed to be married and certainly not to Liam. Liam’s learned to live with the charade because he knows Dare’s heart…that is until he finds out about Sarah.
Sarah Morrison wants nothing more than to teach at the college, raise her son and live her life. Celebrity was never in her cards. Then Dare and Liam walked back into Kenton. She never forgot Dare…or as she knew him, Daryl. He’s been the only one for her. When she meets Liam, her thoughts change. What if Liam could be the one? What if both men could be? Is she strong enough to withstand the bright lights of fame intruding on her existence?
Can these three people find a way to be together when the rest of the world says they should be apart? When the past joins the present to make a future, love is possible.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of ménage featuring m/m/f and m/f/m pairings, voyeurism. This book also contains scenes of murder, references to abuse, rape, stalking.
Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.
When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm