Feeling a little nostalgic

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Someone asked me not too long ago what my favorite theme was to read in books. Hmmm, tough one. I’m a sucker for anything paranormal, suspense or fantasy. Honestly, I’ll give pretty much anything a try, but favorite favorite?

One of my earliest memories is of watching Cary Grant’s “His Girl Friday” curled up in my mother’s lap one night when I was sick. I couldn’t have been more than seven or eight at the time, but the hook of a handsome reporter and his whip-smart female partner exchanging witty repertoire while they sniffed out the facts must have taken root in my young mind and set my preferences for all future reading and viewing.

Call me old-fashioned, but that’s one storyline I absolutely love above all others — the simple premise of a reluctant hero and heroine teaming up for an investigation — and giving each other a little hell in the process. Yep, I’m a product of my youth, when I spent waaaay too much time with my head buried in books or my eyes glued to the TV. It probably all started with my set of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys books, but then again, I still get giddy whenever I see a Scooby Doo marathon on TV. I absolutely adored “Remington Steele,” and how could I ever forget making a mad dash home from high school every day to watch my favorite daytime supercouple Jack and Jennifer on “Days of Our Lives” – two reporters who got into all kinds of fun trouble together snooping out the truth in Salem. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but in college, I cared more about watching “Lois and Clark: The Real Adventures of Superman” and “The X-Files” than I did partying or, God forbid, doing homework. Yes, I was a total geek, and yeah, still am. For the record, these days, I’m totally in love with “Castle” on ABC, and have you read any of Marie Force’s The Fatal Series? Great stuff!

My debut release with Carina Press, Cry Wolf, is my own nostalgic homage to that “His Girl Friday” type of story, with maybe a little bit of “The X-Files” sprinkled in for flavor. My hero and heroine, Sean and Andrea, are reporters trying to prove whether or not a small-town urban legend is a hoax while fighting their own animal attraction in the process.  I had tons of fun writing it, and I hope anyone who reads it enjoys it too.

What about you? What’s the one theme you just can’t seem to resist when it comes to reading? Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Cry Wolf along with a $10 gift card to Amazon. Thanks, and good luck!

Cry Wolf is now available through Carina Press. You can find out more about Angela Campbell and her debut novel at www.angelacampbellonline.com. Follow her on twitter @angelacampbel.

18 thoughts on “Feeling a little nostalgic”

  1. P. Kirby says:

    I also like a bit of witty repartee between characters, with emphasis on “witty.” I have found that some writers get carried away with the verbal sparring and it ends up reading like antagonism. The trope works (for me anyway), if and only if, I get a strong sense that deep down the characters really like and respect each other.

    Remington Steele. Oh, boy, that brings back memories. I was sooo in love with Pierce Brosnan.

  2. Dee J. says:


    Congrats on the release!
    I’m totally on board with your TV choices. I was glued
    to Remington Steele and X-Files. Nothing tops great witty banter! How about Moonlighting? (Am I dating myself? LOL.)

    Your book sounds great! Looking forward to reading it.

  3. Kathy Ivan says:

    Ah, the shows you listed bring back such fond memories. Remington Steele, X-Files. (Yes, Dee, Moonlighting–even if it does date us LOL)

    And I’m a sucker for all the old Cary Grant romantic comedies. There’s nothing like a tall handsome man throwing out some classic lines to make my heart all aflutter. ;-)

    Congratulations on the new release. It sounds terrific.

  4. Na says:

    My favorite story lines are those about second chances and reunions. I can never resist them and like seeing them in all genres: paranormals, contemporaries, urban fantasies…etc. They appeal to my emotional side the most. Happy release to your book!

  5. Oh yes, Dee, Moonlighting was also a favorite. And I was also in love with Pierce Brosnan on Remington Steele. :)

  6. I love Cary Grant :) And Moonlighting :) I love H/h teaming up to solve a mystery while exchanging verbal foreplay :) Looks like a great story, Angela!

  7. Jane says:

    Congrats on your release, Angela. I cannot resist the revenge theme in books in both historical and contemporaries.

  8. Love Cary Grant! Especially when he teamed up with Audrey Hepburn!

    I guess I’m a sucker for tortured heroes of any kind. I love characters with dark, angsty pasts. Scarred heroes (physical or emotional)–bring ’em! :)

  9. Cynthia, who doesn’t love tortured heroes with dark, angsty pasts? Huge Edward Cullen fan right here (or should I admit that, not being a tween/teen?) ;)

    Patricia, I agree, finding the right balance with witty banter is a challenge for most writers. I tried very hard not to cross that line into antagonism with my characters, and fingers crossed, I hope I pulled it off!

  10. Wow, nostalgia’s right! I used to love when the couple I babysat for went out after bowling league, because it meant I could watch all of Remington Steele instead of missing part while they drove me home. I was on after Simon & Simon, which I also loved.

    The romance trope that always grabs me is friends-to-lovers. Witty banter is icing on top. :)

    I just added the Cry Wolf sample to the “to buy” folder on my Kindle. Good luck! :)

  11. Misty Simon says:

    Loved Moonlighting! And Magnum P.I! I think the one thing I can’t resist puts me in a basket with Na. Second chances are divine. But second chances with a little witty banter and some mystery solving? Scrumptious.

    I watch Scooby Doo as often as I can :)

  12. Jody W. says:

    I’m a sucker for friends, or at least well-versed acquaintances, to lovers. While it’s fun to get a meet-cute to begin a story, too, sometimes you’re just in the mood for two people who already know each other finding out they don’t REALLY know each other :)

  13. Angela –

    I love old movies, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, oh I could go on. I enjoy stories about strong heroes and heroines that need to work with each other to get their happily ever after.

    Congratulations on your release. I know you must be excited.

  14. azteclady says:

    Ohhhhhhhh a young Pierce Brosnan, smart dialogue and mysteries to solve!


    Sorry, I’m back now.

    Congrats on the release!

  15. Daphne Carter says:

    I’ve been dying to read your book ever since I saw the awesome review it got on the USA Today site. :)

    My favorite trope, dare I admit it, is enemies turned lovers. Congrats on your release!

  16. Daphne L says:

    I just wanted to say congratulations on your release. I have to admit, I too love stories where two people who don’t necessarily get along are put into a situation where they are forced to work together and end up something more…! I’m dying to read this one.

  17. Congratulations, Cynthia Justlin! Random.org selected your comment as the winner of the book and gift card. Thanks to all who commented!

  18. azteclady says:

    Congrats, Cynthia and thank you, Ms Campbell.

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