Today, Susan has written a wonderful guest blog…
The Female Balancing Act
We all play it, don’t we? We have so many things to juggle, and each of us has to find her own way of choosing which balls to toss into the air, and figuring out how to keep them moving.
Career, friends, family, health – and let’s not forget, romance!
That’s the dilemma faced by the heroine of my September release, Touch Me. Lawyer Ann Montgomery’s primary goal in life is to build a brilliant career, following in the footsteps of her single-parent uber-feminist mom. According to Ann’s mom, a woman is not only entitled to a good career, she’s obligated to pursue one. And to do it on her own because, after all, “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”
That’s one interpretation of feminism, and Ann has to figure out whether it’s hers. Especially when her devotion to her career is hurting her, physically. She has frequent headaches, her jaw’s locked up with tension, she’s continually taking painkillers. And yet, she really does love her job.
When one of her girlfriends recommends massage to ease her aches and pains, she never imagines the masseur will be a Greek god named Adonis. Adonis Stefanakis is a laid-back guy who doesn’t even work full time. He loves healing people but has no desire to build a brilliant career. He’s exactly the kind of man Ann’s mom would label an unambitious loser.
But as we all know, opposites often attract, and the chemistry between Ann and Adonis is powerful. They quickly turn their relationship personal, and find out the other thing about opposites: they argue a lot, and they challenge each other. Adonis challenges Ann to find a healthier balance in her life and Ann challenges him to grow up and find something to commit to. (And yes, of course they get a happy ending!)
Separately and together, they explore some important issues:
· How much influence should parents have in their grownup children’s lives?
· What does “women’s lib” mean for a young woman today?
· Is there something wrong with a guy who prefers to live a balanced life rather than strive for greater career success and recognition?
· Is there something wrong with a woman who puts career first? Or who puts family and friends ahead of her career?
· How does a woman – or a man – figure out what things are important in life, and find the best way of balancing them?
Most of us have faced issues like this in our lives, and we know the answers aren’t easy. I’d love to hear your opinions.
Thank you so much Susan for that great blog…and for being my guest these last few days. I have really enjoyed it and I am sure readers have too!
Readers, don’t forget to enter Susan’s giveaway mentioned in yesterdays blog. Here it is again in case you missed it:
Susan has graciously donated a prize to one lucky winner. If you enter her website contest and mention you heard about it on “Jennifer’s Random Musings”, you will be eligible to win a book of your choice from Susan’s booklist. You’ll also be entered in Susan’s monthly contest and be eligible to win a prize package themed around the heroine of “Hot Down Under” in The Firefighter (which includes an autographed firefighter calendar from Queensland, Australia!).
Winner for the blog giveaway will be selected sometime after December 8.