I'm A Romance Novel Hero!

Written by Ed Williams

Before we get started here, let me tell y’all that what you’re about to read isrepparttar absolute truth. The absolute, unvarnished truth. I swear it on every one of my Elvis and BTO CDs. Now, let’s get right down to it, y’all just focus your eyes onrepparttar 134994 following sentence:

I wasrepparttar 134995 inspiration forrepparttar 134996 male lead in a published romance novel.

Okay, okay, scoff all y’all want. I’m not shootingrepparttar 134997 bull here, I’m shooting just as straight as Annie Oakley. And before I give outrepparttar 134998 name of this book, I need to tell y’all a little about its author and how it all came about.

Trish Jensen isrepparttar 134999 author ofrepparttar 135000 book in question. Those of you who read romantic fiction might know her name, as she’srepparttar 135001 author of several highly popular romance novels, her two latest being “Stuck With You,” and “Against His Will.” Let me also add that Trish (www.trishjensen.com) publishes with Leisure Books, a large New York based publishing house. So Trish is a major league romance author, she’srepparttar 135002 real deal, a veritable BTO of publishing acumen, and she also happens to be a wonderful judge of character, if I do say so myself.

Trish and I met out in cyberspace several years ago because we both frequented a popular writer’s online group at that time. She writes humor, and I try to, so we became friends. I give Trish a whole lot of credit, she gave me lots of encouragement when I first began writing, and I credit a lot of whatever has happened since directly to her. Friends like her don’t just come along everyday, and I’m very proud of her and her accomplishments.

Now, in order to fully disclose, I feel that I need to tell y’all something else about Trish - she’s a yankee. Yep, I know some of y’all may be in shock over this, and I fully understand, but she’s still a good person. The best thing about Trish is that she realizes thatrepparttar 135003 true utopia ofrepparttar 135004 United States is right here inrepparttar 135005 South, and on account of that just about all of her books are set here. She’s so good at writing about us that I sometimes wonder if she’s being totally truthful about never having lived here. There’s some Southern blood somewhere in this girl, for sure.

The Finer Points of Poverty

Written by Timothy Ward

I'm poor. And I'm not ashamed of it. Actually, I'm kind of proud of myself for being poor. It's an accomplishment that many people will never attain. Some people will go through their whole life and never know what it's like to experience some ofrepparttar finer points of poverty like eating ramon noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 5 days a week. My heart goes out to these types of people. The Fourtunate Ones. People who've always had electricity, nice cars, and proper clothing.

I wasn't always poor. I had to work hard at it. I had to quit several jobs without finding new ones. I had to spend 75% of my paycheck atrepparttar 134936 bar when I knew my bills would have easily taken 90%. I had to max out credit cards and never pay on them. I had to give money to females that I knew would never pay it back. And most importantly I had to move to a small town where $6.00 and hour is considered 'good money'.

I didn't know that I was putting myself in line for poverty while I was doing all these things. I just woke up one day and realized that I couldn't pay my car note because I only had 11 cents inrepparttar 134937 bank. And that's when it hit me: I'm POOR! It took me 25 long years but I finally nose-dived belowrepparttar 134938 poverty line. I was now inrepparttar 134939 same category asrepparttar 134940 homeless and welfare recipients. No more was I hindered by riches. I had shed that lifestyle. I got up and fixed myself a mayonaisse sandwich to celebrate. Delicious!

As a poor person I am entitled to certain privledges to whichrepparttar 134941 well-to-do won't every be privy. I decide haved to list a few:

- Instead of lugging around a wallet full of heavy dollar bills I now pay for important purchases like gasoline and food with spare change that I scavenge up aroundrepparttar 134942

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