Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday! Welcome to our hop and thanks so much for joining us. We hope you are staying safe and healthy.

I came up with this week’s challenge:

Scent is very important in life and in our stories. Tell us your favorite and why it inspires you.

It’s hard to choose just one scent that inspires me. Each is unique and brings up emotions or memories. I love the smell of ginger. It reminds me of Hawaii and some wonderful times I spent there. It elicits feelings of romance and lush foliage and warm tropical nights.

Bergamot reminds me of afternoon tea and cold afternoons, sitting with friends and sharing stories.

And coconut which smells of tanning oil and the beach and lazy days.

Laundry fresh from the line, infused with fresh air and sunshine, and anything cinnamon baking in the oven (or chocolate chip cookies) brings on the warmest feelings of comfort and home.

I like my male heroes to smell of the ocean and citrus and leather and—man. My heroines are fragrant with lavender or roses or strawberries. These just seem the right choices to bring on romance.

If we’re talking about fresh flowers, there is nothing like my three favorites: freesia, pikake and gardenia. I don’t know of any perfumer who has been able to capture these in a bottle, but in a bouquet they are weddings and joy and love.

I’m one of those with a very sensitive nose, so I am definitely drawn to people who have the hint of something delicious. Nothing too sweet or too overpowering, but just a whisper that can made me think of some new experience I’ve yet to have. And I am always open to new combinations of perfumes that take me to foreign lands and exciting new passions.

Now let’s pop over to Clair Brett and hear about her favorites…

Clair Brett

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