Toddlers and Puppies and Families, oh My!
A big thanks to Lush Book Reviews for hosting me today and allowing me the special opportunity to guest blog!
I must admit The Marriage Bargain has been my favorite book to write so far. A writer is always told one cardinal rule in romance fiction. Keep the focus on the characters and the romance at all times. Oh, and the second is a happy ending.
But what I loved so much about writing this book, was the chance to incorporate some elements I never dared to implement before. For instance, my heroine’s family is key in the story and the reason she marries the hero in the first place – to save her childhood home and keep her parents and siblings safe. Of course, my hero knows nothing about these lofty intentions, and instead believes she is only greedy for money. This gives us a good conflict, but add in a hero who hates emotional entanglements such as family, children, and animals, and you have the makings of a fun story. I adore a man who is all uptight, sexy, and likes his order to be challenged and pushed by the messiness of entanglements. Fun, fun, fun! These are some of the things he has to deal with:
A young toddler who forces my hero to do the unthinkable.
A stray dog who pushes emotional buttons from my hero’s past.
An old fashioned Italian family who likes to hug, fuss, and frustrate my hero.
Definitely messy. Definitely uncomfortable. But these items in life are what makes love happen, and that’s the most fun about reading a romance for me. Challenging my characters and forcing them to grow.
What extra elements do you love to read about in your romance?
What type of challenges do you like to throw at your own characters?
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