Submission Samples from the Romance Genre

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: FROZEN ICONS

Logline: Terry Fosco thought she could plan and control everything, but falling in love with your sperm donor is as out of control as it gets; Frozen Icons, a deslecsic love story.

Synopsis: Terry Fosco, a successful and attractive political cartoonist is "stalking" George Riani, a New York opthalmologist through the streets of Manhattan. George, knowing he is being followed, confronts Terry and learns that ten years prior when George was in medical school, she purchased his semen from a sperm bank and gave birth to his two children. Terry has sought out George because she wishes to obtain another donation from George and conceive a third child. George refuses but, riddled with curiousity, agrees to visit Terry and her two children at their home in Chicago. The two end up dating and making love. Several mornings after their first sexual encounter, George abruptly ends the relationship when he finds Terry's home ovulation test in the bathroom. George returns to New York anry but longing for his newfound children. He ends up sueing Terry for joint custody in a case that baffles the New York family courts. The subplots are funny and the ending is happy.

Title: He's the One

Logline: Christopher finds out his best friend, Jenna, has become a surrogate mother. Then he finds himself falling in love with the man Jenna's having the child for--a guy who drives him crazy.

Synopsis: After a certain age, Christopher believes, a man can have a partner or a career, but he can't have both. When his best friend, JENNA, becomes a surrogate mother for her friend, PARKER, Christopher has met his match. While supporting his best friend through her pregnancy, he finds himself falling in love with Parker who represents the opposite of everything he's so far believed in the course of his life. Despite their initial dislike and differences, the two men begin to fall in love. At first Jenna is happy, but then as the men's relationship deepens and the arrival of the baby comes nearer, Jenna freaks out and develops health issues related to stress. When Christopher recognizes that his best friend's health and that of his lover's baby are in jeopardy because of his relationship, he is forced with a heartbreaking choice.

Title: Heart on Fire

Logline: Set against the Red Bull air race series a young American pilot find his passion, comes to terms with his past and discovers love like no other.

Synopsis: Ethan Nolan a young cocky race plane pilot in the Red Bird air race series, crashes at the end of his first season and survives. Ethan and his team claw their way back competing in the next years' series against friends, foes and their past. The action of the Red Bird air race series takes Ethan Nolan, his new girl friend Daava Penning, his crotchety crew chief Max Freemont and the rest of his team to San Diego, Tucson Az., Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Lisbon Portugal. Along the way, Ethan discovers that he is competing with his past, an obsessive competitor that has ties to his past, and the love of his life. Struggling to finish the series and win a world championship, Ethan finds that passion triumphs over obsession.

Title: Frozen Icons

Logline: Terry Fosco thought she was in control of everything; but falling in love with your sperm donor is about as chaiotic as it gets. Frozen Icons: a dyslexic love story.

Synopsis: FROZEN ICONS, a romantic comedy, begins with Terry Fosco, a successful political cartoonist, "stalking" George Riani, a New York opthalmologist through the streets of Manhattan. George, confronts Terry and learns that, ten years prior, she purchased his semen from a sperm bank and gave birth to his two children. Terry has sought George out to acquire another donation to to conceive a third child. George refuses, but riddled with curiosity, agrees to visit Terry and her two children in Chicago. The two end up dating and making love. Several mornings later, George abruptly ends the relationship when he finds Terry's ovulation test in the bathroom. Feeling used as a "stud service" George returns to New York wounded and angry, but he longs for his newly found children. After many futile attempts to attain Terry's permission to visit the children, George sues her for joint custody in an unprecidented case. After several unpredictable and hysterical turns in action, love prevail

Title: 2nd Guessing

Logline: Thirty years later,a funeral reunites the high school super jock and the homecoming queen bringing back lost memories of burning passion and guilt-ridden heartache.

Synopsis: Larry and Diane had an on and off relationship in high school.It ends abrubtly when Diane visits Larry at college and he decides they lose their virginity.She feels it's date rape.Diane settles in Asia where she marries Jon,a slick businessman. Larry spends his entire career as an accountant at the local bank playing second fiddle to his high powered executive wife Helen.Years later Diane returns home for her mother's funeral.A sentimental Larry pays his respects.Emotions take over and they spend days catching up. Diane recounts the night at college and finds Larry had blacked out from drinking and had no recollection of the event.He feels shame but she foregives.They make love and start to plan the rest of their lives together.Jon appears after having embezellement charges dropped.Helen's promoton out of town falls through.Larry and Diane must make a choice. WGA Registration # I38026

Title: The girl with the broken smile

Logline: Sofia is a 30 year old African American woman, who is surrounded with pain and loss from her past. James, a white man, comes into her life, when love is the last thing she wanted.

Synopsis: With the help of her friend Isa, Sofia decides to make some changes in her life on New Year day (2008). Isa is an Arab man, whose face will not be revealed untill the end. While she is trying to take charge of her life, love happens. For Sofia, love and people is something that truly scares her, as they are not guaranteed to last. Whether she expected or asked for it, 2008 will be an eventful year for Sofia. This is a story about love, no matter the race, color or background.

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: Flowers In Her Hair

Logline: A former Vegas showgirl resists the possibility she can find happiness with a quirky Elvis impersonator

Synopsis: At forty three Angel thinks life has passed her by. All she ever wanted was to be a Vegas showgirl. That came and went along with perky boobs. Rocky, wanted to be a singer. And he succeeded, as an Elvis impersonator, although that never got him past Bar Mitzvahs and weddings. What he's ever wanted is to meet the perfect girl to marry and have babies. The two meet one evening on the Brooklyn Bridge, where they consider ending it all. They decide instead to go for Chinese. Angel is Rocky's perfect fit, but she doesn't see a lot of security with him. He doesn't even have a job. Rocky needs a big break or he's going to lose her. After a couple of bombed auditions he makes it to the Big Break TV contest where he freezes on stage until his friend, Bum, who turns out to be a long secluded famous rock star, appears and strums a sizzling backup. The duo win the Big Break. The couple return to the bridge with a new baby named Presley. WGAW#1449349

Title: For Two

Logline: A couple blinded by love learns to accept that their paths must diverge through the wisdom--and love--of a skeptical columnist who has been secretly writing about their relationship for three years.

Synopsis: Jamie Nelson attends to Michelle Miller's every need, and that's the way she likes it. Neither pays the inequality much mind; it's in the name of love, after all. Nikki Janes, the love-skeptic author of a relationship column in a popular Chicago magazine, was inspired by the couple's daily coffee dates. She has secretly spent the past three years telling their tale in her column, both the ups, and as of recently, the downs. One fateful day, in need of rescue, Jamie meets Nikki. Before long, Nikki finds herself involved, Jamie finds himself in love, and Michelle finds herself in fear of losing the love she took for granted. Through the wisdom in her column and her passion for life, Nikki opens their eyes to the love they had and lost, and opens their hearts--maybe even her own--to the possibility that true love awaits every soul. It just might be worth fighting for. "Dessert is meant for two. That said; I hope you all find somebody to share with." - N. Janes, final column