My latest series from Harlequin Desire features a rivalry/feud, which is a nice basis for a series of books. The set-up lends itself to lots of natural conflict but also a lot of fun situations for writing. I was inspired to write the series after one of our many trips to Stratford-Upon-Avon.
What made the stories so much fun was the fact that we are human and nothing makes me want to do something more than being told I can’t. So if I were a Chandler girl and I was told by my grandfather that all the Montrose boys were off limits, I’d be the type of person who’d spend hours pursuing them.
I have always been contrary in that way and I have to be honest and admit it’s gotten worse over the years. As soon as I hear you can’t do that or that’s impossible something inside of me perks up and accepts the challenge.
The thing is and this is what I sort of used for Cari in HIS INSTANT HEIR is that I’m not a rebel. I’m a good girl and I like following the rules. So every once in a while I bite off more than I can chew by dealing with these two differing impulses inside of myself.
What about you, are you the type of person who likes to follow the rules? Or as soon as you hear someone say it can’t be done, do you go ahead and do it just because. :)
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My first memories of Dr. Who are seeing some episodes on PBS on a weekend afternoon. It involved a guy dressed really funny (to me) who spoke in an accent I had a bit of trouble understanding and when my mom said to turn the TV off and go outside I wasn’t that bothered.
Fast forward a few years and I’m watching BBC America and this show comes on with Chris Eccelston and a companion called Rose. She’s clearly in love with him and he’s a hard man–who has lost everything and lives by his own code. I am instantly hooked. He’s the kind of hero I love and I like the romance between him and Rose. And I watch like three episodes when all of a sudden he’s dying…what?!
He regenerates, which is totally cool and really builds that romantic conflict for Rose because the man she loves now has a different face, a different personality and though he remembers her he’s not in love with her yet. I was a little reluctant to accept David Tennant as the Doctor but he won me over and that love story continued to grow until Rose was the one who left. There were new adventures and new companions and I enjoyed them all watching the tortured hero until once again he regenerated into a new face and a new person I was sure I wouldn’t like but eventually did. Now he’s regenerating again and there will be another new Doctor who I’m not sure I’ll like…but I see the pattern and know I will eventually love him.
It’s been 50 years since the Doctor first made his appearance and he’s changed and grown over that time. Have you been a long time Dr Who fan? Who’s your favorite Doctor?
When I was growing up (I shouldn’t admit to this) but we had two TVs in our house a big color TV in the living room and a little black and white TV in our kitchen that had to be “warmed up” before the picture could be seen clearly. My mom was really strict about how much TV we could watch and what type of stuff we watched. We didn’t see many cartoons and my parents made all of the TV choices in our house.
After school my mom would allow one 30 minute show on the little black and white TV and usually it was The Brady Bunch. Then the TV was off and it was homework or playing outside time. My mom was also a huge fan of sending us outside to play, which I’m grateful for because she forced my sisters and I to make stuff up. I think that’s why I like writing and telling stories.
Then after dinner we’d all grab our pillows and my sisters and I would lay on the floor in front of the TV in age order. I’m still not sure why we did that but we’d line up oldest to youngest and dad would turn on the big color TV and we’d watch our show for the night.
I grew up with Family Ties and Growing Pains and The Cosby show. So I’m really looking forward to catching The Michael J. Fox Show and The Crazy Ones.
We also watched the A-Team, which we loved. My sisters and I sometimes played that we were the S-Team in our backyard. Our last name was Smith… This season I’m looking forward to a couple of action packed shows Sleepy Hollow (It’s not in the UK yet!) and The Blacklist. I have had a major crush on James Spader, well since I was watching TV at my parents’ home on the living room floor.
Because I love fairytales and am addicted to Once Upon A Time I’m also really excited about it’s return and the spin-off Once Upon A Time: Wonderland. There is a show staring in the UK called Atlantis that also looks really good.
Okay, I seem to have a full calendar of TV watching ahead of me. What are you looking forward to?
You know how some people seem to have a lot of patience and can just take wait for things to happen? I’m not one of those people. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve leaped into something and then had to deal with the fall-out. But to be honest that doesn’t bother me. I like the excitement of dealing with all of that stuff. It’s so much better than sitting around and WAITING!
It’s safe to say that I’m a lot like my Godiva (pictured) in that I’m standing at the door ready for whatever may come my way. I also like to sit in the sun and will do anything for a treat.
Cari Chandler, the heroine in my latest release HIS INSTANT HEIR, is the same way. She can’t stand waiting. She’ll rush into things headlong rather than sit on the sidelines. Something that causes her no little amount of trouble once the father of her infant son comes back into her life.
Sure there’s the problem that he and his cousins have just executed a hostile take-over of her family’s gaming company. But what’s really on her mind is the fact that he’s her baby’s father, he doesn’t know he has a son and she’s not sure he deserves to know. But her sense of fairness makes her tell him and all sorts of problems ensure.
Now she has to spend time with the one man who loved her and left, her family’s sworn enemy and try not fall for him a second time because this time he might take more than her heart.
Are you good at waiting? Do you leap before you look like me or are you more cautious? I’m giving a copy of HIS INSTANT HEIR today to three lucky blog commenters.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only American there last week. In fact, I know I wasn’t as my niece from California was with me. But I felt I was doing something distinctly British and fulfilling a childhood dream of mine by attending.
The world seems so much smaller today than it did when I was little. When countries and states seemed so individual and distinct. Now every town and to some extent country (I’m not that well travelled) all have the same look and feel.
But there are some events and places that to me just embody the spirit of the different countries or towns. Let’s face it you can’t go to Daytona and not see the speedway. Or to Paris and miss the Eiffel Tower. And for me one of the most British things I could do was to attend Royal Ascot.
I mean it is where Eliza Doolittle had one of her crucial tests to see if she could pass for a society lady. And the K girls did their best to pass for British ladies wearing our hats and betting on the horses.
It was a bit of an adventure trying to figure out how to read the racing form since I don’t gamble and had never been to a horse race before. But my 15-year-old niece had been to one so together we muddled through.
We bought a “lucky dip” for £2–a computer generated ticket that had picked a horse to place in all six races. We were feeling pretty good that we might win that £40,000 pot and spent the money in our minds while we ate our lunch at the Silver Ring Bistro. And then we started getting serious about reading up on the horses.
And it seemed our “lucky dip” wasn’t that lucky. The first horse Tawhid only had two stars and wasn’t expected to do very well. But when the first race started and we stood up as everyone else was doing waiting for the pack of horses to race right in front of us…well we spotted Tawhid and his jockey moving up through the field and watching on the monitor we saw him cross the finish line in third.
It was all very exciting and I have to say even though I’m not a gambler I was tempted to go place some other bets as we waited for the next race. Unfortunately our second horse came fourth so we were out of any chance of winning.
But that didn’t spoil our day.
Tell me something that makes a place distinctive for you and I’ll choose one winner to receive a copy of Summer of Scandal–six novellas set in the horse racing world of Bridgehampton, which includes my novella CEO’s Summer Seduction and a Royal Ascot pen.