Why Happily Ever After Endings Are Important To Me by Lynda Aicher (Giveaway)

Posted March 20, 2013 by Shari in Book Tour, Excerpt, Guest Post / 0 Comments

Let’s face it—there is a whole lot of crap in this world. We get bombarded by it on a daily bases from the news, family, friends, internet, everywhere. Life can be the mega bomb of crap all on its own. So when I go hunting for entertainment, I want to feel happy when I’m done. I don’t want to read a book or watch a show that leaves me sad and crying. Those are emotions I don’t need to take with me when the story is done. Yes, I know they’re fictional story, but the emotions they evoke linger just like the story itself can linger in my mind.

So when I read and write, I like a story that makes me happy when I’m done. It’s all right if I cry along the way, but man those two characters better be together when it’s all over. I want to believe that they are happy, in love and all is well. I want to feel that happiness for them.

Have you ever smiled for half a day after you finished a fantastic romance? Have you gotten excited talking about a book because it was that good? Those books make you feel great, right? They make you happy and that’s what romance books are really about.

Does love conquer all? In real life we know that’s not always true. But dang, it makes me feel good to believe in that. It gives me hope and even if it’s only a smidgen of happiness, it’s so much better than sadness or anger. Real happily ever afters are filled with bumps and bruises, but they do exist. Romance stories give us that hope to keep on looking until we find our own.

So tell me, why do you like happy ever after endings?

CARINA_BONDSOFNEED_Cover-e1363355604832Bonds of Need
Book 2 in the Wicked Play Series
by Lynda Aicher


When Kendra Morgan attends a party at an exclusive sex club, she’s not driven by mere curiosity. Hoping to prove she’s put the past behind her, Kendra must instead face up to needs she’s denied for too long. Despite her lingering fears, she can’t resist the temptation to play… 

Deklan Winters has had his eye on his attractive neighbor for months, but only senses Kendra is no stranger to the BDSM scene when she walks into his club. And he can tell that’s not her only secret. What surprises him is his own overwhelming desire to give her what she craves—and to show her a side to the Dom/sub relationship she’s never known.

With Deklan’s guidance, Kendra begins to accept her forbidden needs and to recognize the fine line between pleasure and pain. But when her former Master returns to reclaim her, it will take all her courage—and all of Deklan’s love—to defy her past.



Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. It’s a simple fact that has been true since she discovered the words of Judy Blume at the age of ten. After years of weekly travel as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffer, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator. If writing wasn’t a priority, it wouldn’t get done.

To learn more about Lynda, you can find her at:
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A gulp of fresh air filled her lungs the second she entered the hallway. She stalled there, shaking as she slumped against the wall. She locked her knees to keep herself upright, an act that brought a smirk to her lips. Eric always punished her for locking her knees. One of the first lessons she was taught as a sub was to keep her knees loose to limit the chance of fainting.

She turned her head and stared down the long hallway to the stairway at the end. The faint sounds of the Dungeon drifted down to her like a lure, pulling her in, closer to temptation, to the forbidden acts taking place just beyond her reach.

Closing her eyes, she centered in on the distant crack of a whip, the smack of a paddle against flesh, the wail of a sub timed with the clinking of chains. Her lips compressed as she struggled against the desire to join. The need that tugged at her to walk up the stairs and take what her body so desperately wanted.

She twisted the black band on her wrist, her mark as a visitor to The Den. But her status had been elevated, the red light having changed to green. She could play if she wanted. Her safety catch had been released, and now there was nothing stopping her but free will.

Her decision to make.


Lynda will be awarding a $50 Gift Card to Amazon, B&N or Allromance ebooks, Winner’s Choice, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. To enter comment below answering Lynda’s question: So tell me, why do you like happy ever after endings?

For more chances to win, follow Lynda on her books tour!


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Viki S.

    I like HEA endings because I want every one to be happy. It makes me feel good and it’s also part of my escape into the book. Reading is really a great way to cope, you know what I mean?
    Thank you.

  • Thank you for hosting today.

  • Mary Preston

    I don’t always need a HEA. I want to feel the ending for good or ill.


  • Andra

    I love HEA…There’s usually not a good chance of me re reading without one…

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  • Kate

    This tour is making me seriously want to run out and buy this book asap!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Misty

    I’m with Lynda, daily life throws enough garbage our way, I need a HEA. I make sure the books I read have HEA’s. These days I rarely buy a book without reading reviews and if I see the words “happy for now” ending I click away quickly.

  • laurie g

    don’t always need a HEA. I want to feel the ending for good or ill.


  • Lyra L

    Well in the real live there isn’t always a happy end, so I like one in the stories I read 🙂

    lyra.lucky7 AT gmail DOT com

  • Thank you for hosting me today. It’s a pleasure to be here!

  • Valarie P

    I’m with you, there is too much bad crap in the world to read about it for pleasure. It baffles me how people can read “true crime” stories for pleasure. Why doesn’t everyone want their pleasure reading to end happily? I read to take my mind off of things at work or at home, I want a story that can make me forget all that just for a little while, and your books do let me escape for a short time. Keep writing great stories!

  • Anas

    Do your characters resemble someone you know?

    moonsurfer123 at gmail dot com

    • Nope. None of my characters are based on anyone I know. They all just appear in my head and drive me crazy until they get their story. lol!

  • Rosarita Reader

    There MUST be light at the end of the tunnel, something to look forward to, right? It’s okay for our BBF to be damaged, but we want him to find peace and love at the end of the journey. Otherwise, I want off. I don’t travel anywhere that doesn’t end in a HEA. That’s what gives us the strength to survive the hard times and not give up, isn’t it? So, if a book ends tragically, there better be another book to turn the story around before the finale!

  • momjane

    I used to look at the back of the book before I would read it. Now, if I read a book that doesn’t have a HEA, I don’t ever read anything by that author again.

  • Anne

    I read to escape every day life, so I want happy endings (not that there aren’t any in real life). I hate reading weepers (even if they have a happy ending). I want to feel good when I shut/end the book.




  • Leni

    After investing time in getting to know the characters and seeing how they develop and get through their problems it’s a good way to have a satisfying feeling that all of their hard work was rewarded.


  • Natasha

    I like happy endings because it is great to see the characters happy in the end.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  • Chelsea B.

    I love happily ever afters, because everyone deserves one, and I like to read about characters who actually get theirs. In an uncertain world, it’s nice to know that something works out 🙂


  • bn100

    I like HEAs because that’s the whole point of reading these books


  • Olivia Tan

    i love HEA, bcoz everyone deserve to have HEA..
    thanks 🙂


  • antane

    I like HEA endings because every once in a while I need a mood lifter

  • Trix

    Simple–life isn’t fair, so I like it when books are!


  • Diane Sallans

    I have to have an HEA too, tho some are more satisfying than others. I once read a book that didn’t have a good HEA (in my opinion) and really upset me, so I haven’t read that author again.

  • I love happily ever afters, I hate it when there’s no happy ending, it’s so depressing and I feel so sorry for the characters, an ending isn’t really an ending if it’s not happy. sarah(dot)elizabeth(dot)bookworm(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Amber

    Definitely have to have a happy ending!

  • Definitely a HEA type of reader. Reading is like a mini vacation and I always want it to end on a high note.