Romance is a very ambiguous word for me, it falls into the same bowl as perfection, beauty and genius, it’s in the eyes of the beholder.
When I was a teen romance meant, a box with a friendship ring and a brochure featuring diamond rings that read A Diamond is Forever on my birthday, followed by a stuffed animal and Charlie perfume at Christmas and a box of chocolate covered cherries with a hand written card that claimed, I’ll love you forever. Oh, to be young, naïve and romantic.
In my 20s it meant a hot guitar player in a black motorcycle jacket tearing my fishnet stocking down to my combat boots in one of the bathroom stalls at CBGB, as he whispered nasty compliments in my ear. Believing this was what real, raw, unrestricted romance was to a free spirit.
In my 30s, it was a blue eyed engineer from Massachusetts who put me on his shoulders during a free mike gig, my friends were playing, at Arlene Grocery in lower Manhattan. Followed by a trip to his loft on Allen Street where we played trivial pursuit with a bottle of Sambuca and made love like rabbits until the sun came up. It was making love in taboo places where you could feel the excitement that I believed then defined romance. Like an ATM booth at 3am and during a down pour in the bushes of Central Park was romantic. Looking back, it wasn’t, just messy.
Now romance means caring, loving someone without judgment, looking past their trials, tribulations, scars and bruises and just being with them. Accepting that each other is flawed. It means lots of laughter, some excitement and loads of emotional support. Romance means enjoying someone without needing material recognition. It means wanting to just be with that one special person in the quiet…just together.
That is what I incorporate in my “Immortals in New York” series. Jay and Mia have a lot of personal hurdles to jump through. Both carry many scars and bruises both internally and externally but through it all there is laughter, there’s never a dull moment and they support each other thoroughly. They need each other despite all the new things they learn about each other and the otherworld around them.
A homicide detective who is also the Prime (King) of the beast shifters, just beginning to understand the secrets of his upbringing and getting comfortable with the immortal he is; and a clairvoyant with a mysterious family history, who connected in the most unusual way. They are hopelessly in love with each other and determined to battle the constant circumstances that stand in their way in order to stay together.
They work together to find a way to stop a family curse that predicts Mia will kill Jay, to find an immortal serial killer who’s kidnapping college students and stop another who killed an escort. They understand each other emotionally, loving each other in spite of all the differences and mistakes they make along the way. Most of all, they always bring out the best in each other...now that’s romance.♥
Mimi Logsdon has been writing romance stories since her teens and loves the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Paranormal genres. She has worked in the media industry for over 25 years, and currently works at HBO, Inc. She lives in New York with her husband and pets. One of them, an eccentric cat named George she features in her current romance series, "Immortals In New York."