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A hand of a person off-camera scratches under a cat's chin.

Romance Prompt #2

Your heroine's never been a cat person. She's never had a pet, and views all animals with mixed alarm and confusion. But when a starving, boney cat shows up on her doorstep, she takes him to the vet right away. She's not a total monster–and when she sees how cute the vet is, she wonders if she could warm up to cats. Or dogs. Or parakeets–he really is that cute.

Your hero became a veterinarian to help those without a voice–and because he was self-conscious about the inheritance that paid for his schooling and cushioned his low salary. Nobody knows he's the heir to the mysterious Caldwell-Belgiorno billions, and he's scared what would happen if they found out. But when a winsome brunette shows up with a starving feline in tow, his heart opens before he can stop it.

How do they dance around what they're hiding (her: her antipathy to animals; him: his money)? What happens when these secrets are revealed? Maybe instead of pretending to like cats, she pretends not to be allergic. What's the poor cat's name?

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College Romance Prompt #1

Your heroine just won a poetry competition. Her poem's going to be published in an anthology put out by a big publishing house. Now she has two weeks to prepare for the party, where she hopes to meet an agent, publisher, publicist, or someone who can help her publish a book of poems she's been working on for ages.

But the bills keep piling up, and she knows most people in publishing come from fairly well-heeled backgrounds. She knows she has to figure out their culture in order to come across as competent and literate. And she has to figure out how to dress: too formal, and she'll look try-hard; too casual, or casual in the wrong way, and it'll be obvious that she's not one of them.

Your hero is a regular at the heroine's day job who's actually nice to her. And he seems to come from a “good family.” Can she let him in on her dilemma? Can she befriend him just to get a sense of what code she needs to follow? And what happens if they start to fall in love–even just a little bit?

A man in an airport, talking on his cell phone, stares outside the window at the tarmac.

Romance Prompt #1

Your heroine's stranded at O'Hare for the next six hours. She heads to the airport coffee shop (or bar, depending on your heroine) and strikes up a fascinating conversation with our hero. T She's so into him, she almost misses her flight–and misses his number, last name, or any contact information to speak of. She doesn't even know where he's flying!

Still, your heroine can't get this guy out of her mind. While on her flight, she realizes that she has something of his, something he desperately needs back. How does she get it back to him? And how do they meet again?

Optional themes: Christmas, home for the holidays, white lies (hero/ine bragging, but truth is different),

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