RALEIGH, N.C. — A tropical paradise ... a candlelit dinner ... perhaps a champagne-filled bubble bath.
For many of us, the closest we will get to a life like that is to read about it. But, with help from a company called
it is easy to star in your own romance novel.
Picture this: A beautiful sunset. A deserted beach. You and your special someone.
"He ran his hand around her waist and pulled her close," author Kathy Newbern wrote, "and placed his lips on hers."
You do not even have to leave home. Just slip between the covers, and you'll find more romance than you can handle.
"These are a romp," Newbern said. "They're campy. They're tongue-in-cheek."
Newbern was talking about custom-made romance novels. She is one of the authors.
For about $50, you can be in Tahiti, Fiji, Key West, Fla., or anywhere. Here is what you do: Fill out an online questionnaire with details about you and your certain someone. Then pick which version you want -- mild or wild.
"It is definitely spicy," Newbern said of of the wild version. "We like to say it's titillating, but tasty."
Newbern said people want a little romance for all sorts of reasons -- anniversaries, birthdays, weddings.
"Also," she said, "we've had military families tuck one of the books in a duffel bag is he is deployed overseas."
Some of the titles are "Another Night in Paradise," "Love's Bounty" and "Awake My Love."
Newbern and her husband, J.S. Fletcher, started writing the romance books 12 years ago. They said local orders placed now will arrive by
With the books, you get a chance to get away, say the right thing, be romantic and look lovingly into her whatever-colored eyes.
Now, that is a novel idea.