Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wild Card Weekend - Change
Romance novels often start at a point of change—either for the hero or the heroine and often both of them.
She's just lost her job but needs money to support her ailing parents. He needs a wife to win that contract with the family focused firm. Do I sense a marriage of convenience story coming up?
The man who loved and left her is suddenly back in town. Sounds like a reunion story with maybe a pregnancy or a secret baby in there too.
A handsome stranger lands on her doorstep one snowy night and our reclusive heroine is suddenly having to open her home and her heart.
Whatever the setup, change is in the air for our hero and heroine. Their worlds are about to be turned upside down. How they grow and change (and the best part of that change is the falling in love) is why we read their stories.
It's all well and good—and easy—to read about change foisted on characters in books. In that case, the bigger the change the better, I say. But what about when change is foisted on you. My teenage daughter is about to leave New Zealand and go and live in Canada for a year as an exchange student. And much as there have been times that I've mentally counted the years till my home was child free the reality of just one child leaving the nest is suddenly overwhelming. I know she will have a fantastic year, but…what about those of us left behind i.e. me?
If that's the biggest change in my life this year then I should probably be grateful. I'll squirrel away the emotions and sense of loss for when I need them for a character in a book and I plan on writing more and reading more (with time saved by not running around after her) but am not sure that will be enough of a distraction. So, I'm on the lookout for good strategies for dealing with change.
I'll give away a copy of my current book The Magnate's Pregnancy Proposal to one lucky commenter.
Sandra's current release is The Magnate's Pregnancy Proposal (Silhouette Desire January 2010)
Chastity Stevens was carrying a Masters child…but not from the brother she thought. Though she'd received in vitro fertilization to carry her dead husband's child, she didn't realize it was his brother's sample she'd used.
Millionaire Gabe Masters had never cared for his brother's wife …or so he always told himself. When Chastity revealed she was pregnant by her late husband, Gabe knew the child was his. Now he would do whatever it took to claim the child she carried—their child—as his own.