Five Ways The Simple Soul of Susan isn’t like a Hallmark Movie
December 14, 2020 by noelbranham in People 19 Comments

It’s that time of year! Get your popcorn out and get ready for some cringe-worthy good times involving finding out the real identity of father’s, moving back home to marry someone you went to high school with, and losing your big city job… You know Hallmark Christmas movies! Ok, much hate aside… Everyone enjoys a good Christmas movie. It just feels so predictable and over-done and that can be so comforting this time of year… we are creatures of habit after-all… and I don’t mean nuns. BUT since it is that time of year, let’s set the record straight. Do you know how The Simple Soul of Susan is different from a Hallmark movie? No? Here are five ways: Susan’s dad is not actually Santa. There is no marriage involving a guy named Jeffery/Jeremy/Jack from High School. She isn’t trying to save her family business from an evil corporation that her love-interest owns. There is not the customary ‘accidental tripping’ onto a love-interest’s body. No kissing under a Christmas tree. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But I promise you will love what IS in there. Thanks, as always! XOXOXO

Read More
Fictional Romance: A Real Relationship Killer?
July 14, 2020 by noelbranham in People 7 Comments

You’ve heard it before… All romance novels give readers unrealistic expectations of relationships. Yep. They totally do. But I think most of the time, with life in general, we have unrealistic expectations not only of others but of ourselves. We live in a world where there is always something else to try, buy or satisfy our ever-evolving aspirations of happiness and fulfillment. So here are three things to remember while reading romance novels that will lead to having deep, meaningful, romantic, relationships in real life: Happiness isn’t fulfilled expectations. When you expect your significant other (SO) to see you and romantically sweep you off your feet while pulling flowers from behind your back and force-feeding you chocolates… you may have some unrealistic expectations. Would it be nice? Sure! But there is always something more they could do to make you happy, feeling loved, satisfied, etc. It’s a bottomless pit of desire and implied anticipated actions. We have to realize that no matter how many things we want out of a relationship, we can never receive them all… because realistically, we could never live up to the things expected of us either. Romance is a two-way street. Happiness is the unexpected, […]

Read More
Book Trailer
February 8, 2020 by noelbranham in City, People, Texas 8 Comments

Hey y’all! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked who sings the song in The Simple Soul of Susan’s book trailer. His name is Matt Moberg and he has a lot of really wonderful music. This song was kinda what I imagined if the book ever was picked up by producer (*COUGH *COUGH). Realistically though, I feel like the experience of listening to the song captures the soul of the book. Here are the lyrics and the book trailer if you haven’t seen it in a while: Love On Her Arms Let’s run away for good this timeHer baby blues are gonna make you cryShe don’t know the first thing of falling in loveShe’d love to try, let’s call all our very best friendsTell them that are lives are coming to an endWe’re going farther than standing stillIn five years I’ll get you a ringTake you to the steeple where the church bells singWe’ll thank God and Mom for love, love, loveAnd we’ll look pretty in the video showsKissing in front of our friends and foesTake the classes and say“Hey, I think I can see that love” We’re gonna take the world by stormI want to do […]

Read More
Back to Top