Submission Samples from the Romance Genre

Title: Waltzing Emily

Logline: Emily's ordinary existence is no competition for her fantasy life, but when true love comes her way, these two worlds collide to give "reality" a whole new meaning.

Synopsis: Emily is dreading her 30th birthday. Unable to hold a job, lose weight or keep a man, her life is no match for her two wildly successful sisters - Tracy and Lila - and sex-crazed mother. The only escape from her dreary routine is her lush fantasy life of captivating a room at a 1920's speakeasy or having an all-consuming romance a la "Like Water For Chocolate." When Adam, a charming schoolteacher, moves into her run-down NYC walkup, Emily braces herself for a leap of faith, hoping real life will finally surpass her fantastical daydreams. But jealousy over Lila's engagement to Nathan drives her to muse about a steamy love affair with the gorgeous fiance. While Emily grapples with the guilt of having thoughts of such betrayal, her dueling worlds meld further and further into one confusing existence. Just as she is about to come clean, she learns that her sisters' lives are not as perfect as they seem, between Tracey's unwanted pregnancy and Lila's failing grades at law school.

Title: Paternity Leave

Logline: Jack doesn't want the baby - just the time off.

Synopsis: Ad exec Jack Hadley's fed up. Dozens of his co-workers go on paid paternity leave, leaving Jack with all of their work. He decides that he, too, wants to take paternity leave. So with help from a friend, he devises a plan to convince his employer that he's becoming a daddy. Enter the distractions: Merri, Jack's beautiful new boss, and Bell Baby Products, a bothersome new advertising campaign that Jack now has to lead. But babies aren't Jack's thing. He's the sports advertising guru, for god's sake. So while he's falling for Merri personally, he's falling from her graces professionally. And bigger obstacles arise: an obsessed, mostly-out-of-work actress turns on him; a money-laundering mobster wants him dead; and a militant sorority sister becomes hell-bent on taking him down. In the end, Jack faces three dilemmas: being exposed as a fraud, being "offed" by the mob, and losing the woman he loves. And all because he wanted a little time off. Go figure.

Title: You Can't Hide From Love

Logline: Twenty years later, Samantha is on a quest to find her high school sweetheart. He's changed a bit.

Synopsis: Samantha, a thirty something woman in a mid-western town is dumped for the last time. she seeks the one person that made her feel happy, her high school sweetheart, only to find he's a Presbyterian minister. With help from her dysfunctional family and her daughter, she must confront her true desires and her faith. "You Can't Hide From Love" is a romantic comedy for the whole family. The lead character, Samantha, is a strong female protagonist. This is one of three scripts I have to offer. "The Blue Tomato" and "Casanova of Cleveland" are also available for your viewing. Please feel free to contact me at the information below. Sincerely, Jeff Ringgold WGA#: 1093162

Title: Tangled Hearts

Logline: Aidan, a young bachelor with a promising mortgage business partners with Nadia, a 40 year old gold digger. Heavy drinking, business woes and a shared denial of romance, creates an odd pair.

Synopsis: AIDAN, a 28 year old playboy who drinks a lot, has a promising mortgage business and loves the single life. NADIA, a 40 year old gold digger who married men for their money in the past, also drinks too much and values her independence. When they meet, Nadia uses her powers of seduction to convince Aidan to bring her into his business. The more time the two spend together, the more attracted they become to one another. They begin using pet names, speaking in romantic baby talk and having sex in public places, all while continuing to drink in excess. Aidan fears losing his freedom as a bachelor and resists the notion that he has fallen love. Nadia fears she has lost sight of her financial reasons for tangling with Aidan and she, too, resists the idea of love. As the mortgage industry collapses, money begins to run out and their jobs become less and less stable. Feelings of love collide with self-preservation instincts and a new chapter of their life together begins.

Title: Broken Promise

Logline: After unkowingly starring in a sex video while intoxicated, a fading pop singer returns to her small town Pennsylvania roots where she discovers a lost love and finds the road to redemption.

Synopsis: At 17, Jamie and Bryan were in love and spent their summers together at a small country lake in Pennsylvania. She became a pop superstar and Bryan was an aspiring writer with dreams of greatness. The love struck teens made a promise to one another that no matter the future holds, they would always return to the lake to see each other - a promise Jamie breaks. Ten years later, Jamie is an alcoholic, the star of a sex video, and struggling to save her career. Bryan is a bitter frustrated writer working at a cell phone store and a widower trying to raise his 8 year old daughter, Katie. Trying to start her life over, Jamie returns back home and is reunited with Bryan for the first time since leaving him behind. He hates what Jamie has become and is still bitter over her broken promise and jealous of her success. Jamie befriends Katie who helps her find herself again, rediscover her true music, and become the kind of person Bryan can love all over again.

Title: 213 Melissa

Logline: After raising his daughter by himself, Scott Brooks loses her in a tragic car accident. Can beautiful Melissa put his life back together or is it the love of another little girl?

Synopsis: After divorcing, Scott Brooks loses his daughter in a tragic car accident. Emotionally distraught,he loses his job and goes to work as a Sales Counselor at the cemetery where Heather is buried. He meets Melissa who is going through a divorce and having emotional issues of her own. They connect but the timing isn't right and she drifts away. Feeling lonelier than ever, Scott leaves the cemetery and the city and becomes a Fire Fighter in Atlanta where he carries Sophie Tolliver out of a burning building. The smiling eight-year-old fills a void for Scott but had he seen "signs" that meant his relationship with Melissa was a matter of fate? 213 Melissa is a story of love, loss, laughter, redemption and heroes.

Title: It's Belissimo

Logline: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy loses girl because of peculiar family secret. Boy finds a way to win girl back.

Synopsis: In this time that we are living in there are two things that are true. The first thing being that life according to the news is depressing. The second thing being that a good film has the ability to restore lost hope. And hope is something that is needed in this time of economic struggle. My screenplay has the potential to be the type of film that can bring hope to our generation. Nicole is a recent college graduate who is ambivalent about her future. All she knows is that she wants to sing. But she is too scared to live her dream until she meets Giovanni. Giovanni is a music virtuoso visting from Italy, who is also ambivalent about his future. When Giovanni meets Nicole, he offers to teach her to sing, and by doing so, he brings Nicole and himself back to life. Nicole and Giovanni fall in love, but their love is never realized because of the other life that Giovanni is destined to live in Italy causes the demise of what would be. Giovanni overcomes the obstacles to win Nicole.

Title: Eureka!

Logline: British actor Michael Cox conceals his identity when arriving in a small resort town in Arkansas. Little does he know this secret could cost him the only woman he has ever truly loved.

Synopsis: EUREKA Synopsis Miranda Garrison is a divorced woman in her early 40's. She owns her own shop in the Victorian resort town of Eureka Springs, AR. Although she is attractive, she does not conform to the media's image of beauty. She is a woman over forty with a real woman's body. She's kind, funny, and open but due to her past experiences, she does not readily trust men and she is resolved to spend the rest of her life alone never making the mistake of letting someone into her heart again. British movie star, Michael Cox, arrives home in London from location in Australia to find his young wife in bed with the director of his last film. Without confronting them, Michael returns to the airport where he makes a decision to travel to America to the Eureka Springs, AR, where his next movie is to be filmed in four months. Upon arriving in Eureka Springs, Michael finds that neither the residents nor the tourist recognize him as Mickey Cox the movie star. After not being able to even have dinner in peace in London due to his fame, he finds this fascinating and appealing. He soon meets Randa and her dog Bronte. Randa owns a retail shop in town and has an apartment to rent above the shop. Without revealing who he is, he takes a job in her shop and rents the apartment. Although Randa is wary at first, they become fast friends. Randa finds herself sharing all her thoughts as well as her dream of purchasing the old Victorian estate called Bellwood outside of town. Michael also op

Title: Years of Sleep

Logline: An African-American woman travels to a Native American medicine man for healing from her depression. She falls in love with him and gets involved in the trail that besieges his family.

Synopsis: Years of Sleep is about an African-American woman who travels to a Native American medicine man for healing from her depression. As she gets better, her relationship with the medicine man gets deeper and love blooms. As they are getting closer, the medicine man's nephew is kidnapped which leads to his mother being tried for fraud. Throughout this ordeal, Jasmine becomes an integral part of the family as she discovers a key piece of evidence that helps the sister go free.

Title: Purple Dusk

Logline: To renew contact with the girl of his dreams, Rex Ford blunders into a scheme to embezzle money from her husband's bank.

Synopsis: Rex is hopelessly in love with Sarah who, although in a troubled marriage, would rather just use him; not only to help husband Angus payoff his gambling debts, but to keep the bookies' from making-good on their threats. Possessed of a single- mindedness, Rex obliges Sarah to whatever she wants, and the three enter into a high-stakes scheme of theft from the very bank that employs Angus.