What is the appeal of roller coasters? Based on years of experience, here's my official answer:
Riding a roller coaster is like falling in love.
Think about it. You often have to wait a long time (those queue lines!), it takes bravery and encouragement from your friends (sometimes this includes very bad advice), and the endorphins and adrenaline are enough to fuel a trip to the moon.
Roller coasters and romance are a lot alike, but one of them is much safer. With an amusement park ride, you get to wear a seat belt, you have plenty of company, you know you'll stay on the track no matter how crazy it gets, and you'll arrive in one piece at the final station. Love doesn't come with a safety record and the assurance you won't go off the rails. You can close your eyes and hang on, but you can't control where you'll end up. That's what I love about romance. The rush, the risk, the sweet reward.
In my Harlequin Heartwarming novel due out later this year, my hero owns a summer resort and amusement park. He runs Starlight Point, but a summer romance takes him on a ride more thrilling than any of the coasters at his park. I can't wait to share Jack and Augusta's roller-coaster-romance Sweet Summer Starlight with you.
How about you? I'd love to hear about your favorite roller coaster rides or fun stories from a trip to a theme park or amusement park.
Please reply with a story, a memory, or a list of your top ten rides. Summer is on the way! I hear the roller coaster climbing the hill...