SOURCE: May 2017 Romance Writers of America—New York City Chapter newsletter

Wonder WomanWhat makes a strong heroine?    It’s only my opinion, but I think a strong heroine is one who, like a tree in a storm, knows how to bend with the wind and remain standing after it passes. No matter what happens in her life, particularly with the matters of the heart, she moves forward with her life.

How can a heroine evolve?   A heroine should move from being co-dependent on her partner and wishy washy to a strong woman who knows what she wants in life and how to achieve her goals, both personal and professional.

What attracts us to the strong heroine?   We admire her courage in the face of adversity and cheer her on through same. We also worry that she will achieve her goals. Men find strong heroines sexy because they are not shrinking violets who cling to a man’s arm. They know how to make a man feel like a man without being needy.

So sorry for the typo. I spoke to students last December of 2016 regarding STEM Communications Training.

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JL Regen


Margo Simmons is ecstatic when she inherits her uncle’s Manhattan apartment and a handsome sum of money. To her chagrin, there are strings attached. She must be gainfully employed in a job for a year. Everything in Margo’s life has complications. When she meets the man of her dreams, she anguishes over how to fulfill her secret desires for a loving relationship because he is still emotionally tied to his deceased wife and afraid to open his heart again. To replace her fractured childhood growing up with a distant stepfather, Margo becomes the guardian of an elementary student who longs for connection and closeness. As the story evolves, readers will see how these individuals unite. Secret Desires is written from the heart and speaks to anyone who has suffered a loss and had to start over.

J.L. Regen’s book was inspired by a real life story of lovers who join hearts against many odds. She lives in the New York metropolitan area, is a published photojournalist, has short suspense stories online, and has taught special education and English as a Second Language to students around the globe. This is her first contemporary romance. She has also published three nonfiction books.

Karen Phillips resides in California and has a diversified list of clients.

Contact: J. L. Regen


Website: Joansbookshelf.com

For order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (E-book format. ISBN:97809984099-0-0) as of February 14, 2017

 Cover by Karen Phillips

  1. L. is available for interviews and book readings