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Sherri is giving away a copy of Rag Doll. Read on down on how to enter.
Scruffy or Handsome?
By Sherri Stewart
In many romance novels or novellas, the lead males are handsome. They have sapphire blue eyes, chocolate brown eyes, or emerald ones that sparkle, probe, and have the ability to see into the soul. Their hair is chestnut or chocolate, but never brown or red. Whenever they touch the female lead, electricity happens. We used to call it static electricity, usually caused by the heat inside during the winter months—the same sensation that causes socks to stick to the back of our skirts and our hair to fly up after being brushed.
In many of my books, the scruffy guy is overlooked for the handsome guy, but Mr. Scruffy usually wins in the end. It takes time to fall for a scruffy-looking guy. His clothes need pressing and his car smells like a locker room. My husband’s Vega came by the smell honestly—the backseat was full of hockey skates. But I noticed things about Bobby—the way he searched for a watering can for a Russian defenseman who was having trouble growing a houseplant. Or the way he always brought me back a candy bar or a keychain from whatever city the team was playing in.
In Rag Doll, Ben Farris is handsome and tall and rich. But he’s also kind. He stands up for the underdog; when he makes a promise, he keeps it; and cares deeply about God. Because of his strong character, his eyes sparkle, his teeth gleam, and his touch could start a car.
Appearance can get in the way of sound judgment. In I Samuel 16:7, God warned Samuel about Saul. “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I’m so glad I wasn’t deceived by the polished, debonair Patricks of my youth. Patrick’s character was as bland as a piece of paper. I’m more than glad that I gave the scruffy guy a second glance.
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Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel, sprinkled with romance and a strong message that challenges her faith. She spends her working hours with books—either editing others’ manuscripts or writing her own. Her hobby is traveling to potential settings for future stories. Next stop: Israel. Sherri lives in the Orlando area with her family and lazy dog, Lily. She loves to chat with readers about their ideas and questions.
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