The Path to Love is Paved with Good Intentions and a #Giveaway

Circe, a woman with very bad intentions

Barbara Monajem here.

We’re all familiar with “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I have always disliked this saying. I understand what it means – that good intentions are useless if you don’t act on them – but it always seemed to me as if it was dissing the good intentions themselves, which is unfair. Sure, you have to act on your good intentions, but you won’t act on them if you don’t have them in the first place.

And lots of people don’t. Just read the tabloids while waiting in line at the supermarket, and you’ll be bombarded with bad intentions. A is cheating on B. C is plotting revenge on D. E and F hate one another, and Y bullied and tormented Z.

Yucky, isn’t it? So anyways, I was thinking about author branding the other day (not because I wanted to, but because promo is necessary), and trying to figure what my promise is to the reader (besides happy endings in a romance, a solution to the crime in a mystery, etc.., because those are given).

What do I want to promise? That my characters have good intentions. That even when they screw up (which everyone does sometimes), they turn themselves around, they do their best to mean well, and they continue to mean well. (Not the bad buys, of course. They are allowed to be as bad as is necessary to make a good story.)

I want to promise that good intentions are the means to a successful relationship. That with good intentions on both sides, along with a willingness to learn and believe that the other means well, characters can overcome the conflicts and misunderstandings that divide them and come out stronger in the end. Of course, this doesn’t apply only to characters, but to real people, too. I’d sure like to see more heartwarming headlines in the supermarket line.

Since I like to do a giveaway, I’m offering a lucky commenter one of my books, ebook or paperback (when available), winner’s choice. Comment on anything you like — good intentions, whether I should put a recipe page on my website, where you would go if you could travel back in time, or just that you’d like a chance to win a book.


(BTW, this set of novellas was just released! 9 novellas by 9 authors, both Regency and Medieval, only 99 cents. My contribution to the set is my magical Regency novella, Lord Quickthorn’s Bargain.)

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Barbara Monajem started writing at eight years old. She has wandered from children’s fantasy through mystery to paranormal and historical romance. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

13 Responses

  1. Lisa Brown

    I would love to travel back in time to Regency England to see how people lived. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  2. Mary Preston

    I’d love to be able to travel back in time, just as long as I could return at any time. Ancient Egypt does fascinate too.

    • Barbara Monajem (@BarbaraMonajem)

      Hi, Mary. Yup, I wouldn’t want to be stuck back there, unless maybe with a rich romantic hero, LOL. Ancient Egypt is fascinating! I think I’d like to be there at the time of Cleopatra, so I might get to see some hunky Roman soldiers, too. 😉

  3. sabrinatemplin

    I’m glad your books are filled with good intentions 😀 And if I could travel back in time I’d go to Italy to when my great grandparents decided to come to America or just before that maybe.

  4. Alyssa Alexander

    I adore this post! Having been with the same man for 20 years (18 of them married), knowing that the other person is acting with good intentions is a must. It clears up minor hurts and misunderstandings if you believe their intentions are good, no matter how the actions come across.

    On a side note, if you put up a recipe page, send me the link. Hunting for new recipes is a favorite pastime of mine!

    • Barbara Monajem

      Hi, Alyssa. I’m pretty sure I’ll do the recipe page, if only to keep track. I just realized I have to look in several places (including my old, very slow computer) for my recipe for beet slaw. Either that, or I can hope that memory serves me well).

  5. H. S. Stavropoulos

    I would travel back in time to ancient Greece where my family is from. I’d also love to time travel to meet the ancient Celts.

    • Barbara Monajem (@BarbaraMonajem)

      Hi, H.S.! I would love to go to Ancient Greece! (But modern Greece will have to do, if I can convince my dh, who is more interested in Rome.) Yeah, I’d like to see the Celts, too. 🙂

  6. Barbara Monajem

    And the winner is…Sabrina! I’ll email you about how to claim your prize. Thanks so much for the comments, everyone.