|'(Enter your name here),' he sighed, 'you're the most
beautiful woman I've ever seen'
By: Liza Cooperman
January 10, 2000
[Enter hero's name here] stood watching as the fading sunlight caught
the ends of her [enter hair colour here] hair, turning them a golden hue.
The whole time they were together, the feelings that had been hidden for so long
suddenly came rushing back to life. Every turn of her head, the brush of her
arm, even the sound of her laughter, made him want to hold her and smother her
with kisses. And those breathtaking [enter colour here] eyes.."
If you've always dreamed of being a character in a romance novel swept off
your feet by the airbrushed arms of Fabio (or standing in Fabio's place, for
that matter), here's your chance. And all it takes is a few clicks of a button.
Romance By You, a division of Book By You Publishing is a London, Ontario -
based company that offers personalized romance novels, co-written by none other
than you. Fill out a questionnaire on the company's Web site
(www.romancebyyou.com) and select names, features and places to personalized.
You can even include your pet.
The plot of the story, titled Love's Next Door, revolves around
four main characters: the heroine, her best friend, the hero and a female
villain. In addition to the character names, there are more than 30
characteristics to personalize, such as hair colour, eye colour, nickname and
favourite drink. For those who can't think of a nickname, the Web site offers a
few generic suggestions: Bubbles, Fizzle, Love-bug or strangely Beano. (It's in
your best interest to pick something. If you leave it blank, they'll use
"Cuddles" as a default.) Can't think of a female villain? Why not try a few of
their suggestions: Sharon Stone, Lorena Bobbit, Yoko Ono or everyone's favourite
Once the order is completed it takes two to three weeks (or perhaps a little
longer in the rush before Valentine's Day) you will receive a 140-page,
professionally bound novel, which also has a personalized front cover and spine.
The company, whose motto is "live the fantasy," describes Love's Next Door
as a magical tale of filled with comical antics and practical jokes that tells
the story of true romance." All this for a mere $29.95 plus $2.95 shipping
anywhere in Canada. These books will be shipped via priority mail. To order your
book, visit the company's Web site at www.romancebyyou.com, or order by phone at
1-877-659-4844. The cutoff for Valentine's delivery is February 4.
Reprint courtesy of the National Post.