I admit I'm a diehard romantic. I love to read fantasy, horror, and suspense. I sometimes read literary fiction, steampunk, and nonfiction. But when it comes right down to it, a good romance captures my heart every single time.
That's probably why I blend romance into everything I write. I can't help it. There's nothing more alluring to me than the love connection (sorry for using the cheesy phrase) between two people who aren't expecting it.
CHASING LUCK released a little over a month ago. I'm thrilled with the reviews so far. This book is the first of the Serendipity series, New Adult Romantic Suspense.
My hero from CHASING LUCK is Ace. During the beta and critique process, I got quite a bit of feedback on him. Comments from readers let me know that he was a major contender for a book boyfriend. He's charming and sarcastic. Fearless and caring. Sexy and devoted. Sort of a bad boy who thinks he doesn't need anyone. He's exactly the right match for Malerie, the heroine of the story. And that's why they work together.
Sparks flew while they were on the page.
The second Serendipity book is coming along nicely, and I'm excited every time I open Scrivener (writing software program) to add more words or polish a scene. This is how it should be for a writer. If you aren't having a love affair with your book, you need to reevaluate what's going on with it.
In my current manuscript, I have no problem with the suspense plot. The aspect that takes more time is the new chemistry that must be created. I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes my characters tick and why these two are even attracted to each other. It's easy to imagine physical attraction. But what beyond that makes two people work as a couple? What makes their relationship qualify as a heart-wrenching, soul match? Yes, I went all cheesy on you again.
A while back, I discovered a video and it's one of my favorites. Tom Fletcher, singer from McFly, is a romantic sort. He's a little on the goofy side, but has the Robert Pattinson messy hair thing going on. And he obviously is so in love with his bride. Since this video (and he posts plenty), he's documented his wife's pregnancy in a monumentally sweet video. I thought I'd share the wedding one today. I hope it gives you something to smile about on a Monday.
CHASING LUCK is on sale on Amazon for under a buck this week. Click here to grab your copy.