Golden Leaf Spotlight on Romantic Elements: Jane Porter

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away! To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Romantic Elements: “The Good Daughter,” by Jane Porter (Berkley)


“You took a picture of me,” he said, looking into her eyes, his voice nearly as deep as the engine’s growl.

She opened her mouth and then shut it.

“Why?” he demanded.

“I liked your bike.  Thought it’d make an interesting picture.”

His dark eyes narrowed and his head tilted, glossy black hair sliding over prominent cheekbones.  “You a cop?”


“What do you do then?”

“I’m a teacher.”

“And what do you teach?”

“High school English.”

“Then why are you taking pictures?”

“It’s a hobby.  Gives me something to do when I’m not grading papers.”

“How do I know you’re really a teacher?”

“Why would I lie?”

“People do all the time.”

“Well, not me.  I’m a Catholic School teacher,” she said.  “I have to be moral.  It’s my job.”

“You took a vow of morality to teach English?”

“No.  But what kind of example would I set if I went through life lying, stealing and cheating?”

“I didn’t know women like you still existed.”

“The world is full of good women.”

“I haven’t met any.”

“Then you’re hanging around with the wrong crowd.”

“You don’t like me.”

“I don’t know you.”

“But you’re still forming opinions.  Making judgments.  You know you are.”

Good luck to Jane and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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