The Pink Heart Society is delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author Christine Rimmer who is using the opportunity to confess.
Hi everyone. I’m Christine Rimmer. This is my first visit to the Pink Heart Society. It’s great to be here. And so nice to participate in a blog that’s all about series romance. I love series romance. And I’ve been writing it for a very long time!
Let me begin with a confession. I have a thing for bad boys and big bikes. Motorcycles, I mean. Harleys. Choppers, particularly.
My current release, A BRIDE FOR JERICHO BRAVO, is the story of the sixth son of one large branch of the Bravo family. The San Antonio Bravos are seven brothers, two sisters and one recently-discovered half-sister. Under various sub-series titles, such as Bravo Family Ties, Conveniently Yours and The Sons of Caitlin Bravo, I’ve written over thirty stories in this family’s saga, the majority of them for Silhouette Special Edition.
Most families have at least one black sheep. And in the San Antonio branch of the family, that would be Jericho. He’s had a rocky past, made some big mistakes, and done time for them. He is also a genius. He designs and builds custom choppers of great coolness and beauty. Like the one you see here, by Thunderstruck Custom Bikes and named Paranoid. Totally fitting name, IMO.
And what, specifically, is a chopper? Well, according to the Motorcyle Biker's Dictionary it's "A style of motorcycle that appears deceptively light, has a greater angle on the front end than usually seen, and radical styling." The term is derived from former GI's back right after WWII "chopping" factory bikes to make them faster, removing all "superfluous" parts.As I mentioned above, Jericho has been in trouble much of his life. Big trouble. But in the past few years, he’s turned his life around. He’s healed his rift with his family. He’s ready for the love of his life—though he doesn’t realize that yet.
Enter Marnie Jones. If you've been reading my books for a while, you first met Marnie when she was a tough, angry nine-year-old who swore like a sailor in Sweetbriar Summit—which was so long ago, I can’t even find a cover image for it online. And where was I? Oh, yeah. Since then, Marnie has been tamed. As the story opens, she’s just been dumped by her live-in boyfriend. Marnie needs to find a way to heal her broken heart. And to rediscover her wild side. I think Jericho is the one to help her with that...I haven’t really figured out what it is I love about a big, bad guy on a powerful bike. But I do. And Jericho is a great guy, really. He doesn’t realize how great. Marnie is the one to help him see his value as a person. As a man.
I discovered in my research for this book that bikers call any enclosed vehicle “the cage.” Bikers are, to me, all about freedom—the freedom you get on a bike—which is to do with the up-close contact with the outside air, the sense of power and self-determination, of direct connection to the road. Maybe what I love about bad boys on big bikes is just that—the feeling that they live free and wild. That they are outlaws in our modern age.
So what about you? Do find the idea of a big guy on a powerful bike romantic? Dangerous? Or do you not get that fantasy at all?
Christine Rimmer has written over seventy books for Harlequin and Silhouette. Check out her website, for more information on the Bravo family and her other stories. You can also visit her regularly on eHarlequin and at theSilhouette Special Edition Authors Blog