Day 9 Meredith Bond – Love That Lasts

Love in the Long Run

Most romance novels are about people falling in love. They invariably end just with the couple committing to each other in some form. In my sweet Regency romances, they end with a kiss; in hotter romances, they end with the couple consummating the relationship both physically and emotionally. But then what happens?

Well, I have to admit, my most favorite fan letters have been readers telling me what happens next: they go on to have two children and then go on an archaeological dig in Greece (for A Dandy in Disguise where Rose and Fungy both have a love of the classics and archaeology). Whatever it is that happens next lives on in the reader’s mind as they contemplate these two characters, the hero and heroine, who have come alive for them. It’s beautiful and what every writer wishes for.

Meredith BondBut what does happen with love in a marriage? I’ve now been married for over twenty years and am still madly in love with my husband. My parents-in-law celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary not too long before my father-in-law passed away. His passing devastated my mother-in-law, naturally, and it wasn’t just because she missed having him around. It was because even after such a very long time together, she was still wonderfully, thoroughly in love with him.

Certainly, the love I write about—new love, falling in love—is very different from older, mature love. I’m sure there must be romance novels about this kind  of mature love. The love that comes with truly knowing someone—all of their quirks, habits and oddities. The love that comes with living with someone day in and day out.

When I think about celebrating love, I think of this older love, because while it is wonderful to have a new love, it is the love that withstands the test of time which I believe is truly worth celebrating. So, my hat off to everyone who reads this who has loved for a good number of years.

Enjoy your love. Celebrate your love. Take another look at the person you love and appreciate them. Give your love an extra kiss tonight before you go to sleep and let them know how much you love them—a word (or three) will make a difference.


Instead of me recommending a book to you, I’d love it if you could recommend one for me. Do you know any romances about people who’ve been happily married for years?  (Other than Eve and Roarke – that’s too easy! ;o) ~Bobbi )

 Questions for the Author:

1 – Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did:

Certainly the scariest thing I ever did was to go to India to meet my, then, boyfriend’s (now husband’s) parents. We were thinking of getting married, but he needed them to meet me first and approve of this odd American girl he’d met.

2 – Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

I started writing because I was bored. I didn’t have a job, nor prospects for getting one after moving to Western Massachusetts with my husband. With nothing to do, I started writing a book just like the Georgette Heyer books I loved to read. The rest, as they say, is history.

3 – Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

It would have to be Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer. It was the very first Regency romance I ever read. The first romance I’d ever read. I loved it from beginning to end and I’ve been reading them ever since. Of course, I’ve expanded my reading habits to include all romances, but that first book was the one that started me off. Thanks, Mom, for insisting that I read that one.

Meredith is happy to give away one signed copy of Air: Merlin’s Chalice to U.S. readers (entry form below) and one e-copy of Air: Merlin’s Chalice to international readers (enter here).

merrybondMeredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart”, Meredith’s paranormal romances include Magic In The Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story “In A Beginning”. Her traditional Regencies include The Merry Men Quartet of which An Exotic Heir and A Dandy In Disguise have recently been republished. Meredith also teaches writing at her local community college. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer.

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