I write a character book and I’ve often said that if I could only teach my characters how to type, I’d be in great shape. I usually get an idea of who my characters are as the first step in thinking up a new story.
For MAD, BAD AND BLONDE (out now!) I actually not only had the character but also had the title and the opening lines, which are: “It was the perfect day for a wedding. Too bad the groom didn’t show up.” I knew the hero wouldn’t be the jerk who left my heroine at the altar. And I knew the heroine would be a children’s librarian. As a former librarian myself, I love writing about librarians. I also love writing about Marines and former Marines. Okay, the hero Caine Hunter had to be a Marine. So here’s what I came up with:JILTED AT THE ALTAR!Librarian Faith West is going on her Italian honeymoon solo, but she’s not staying that way for long. Does her sexy rebound man have ulterior motives? When they both return to Chicago, Faith has her hands full keeping former Force Recon Marine Caine Hunter in his place…and out of her bed!
MAD, BADAND BLONDE has already received great reviews, including a highly coveted Starred review from “Booklist,” which describes it as “a rare treat.” Library Journal’s Xpress online review describes it as “a perfect choice.”
Do you pick a book based on the characters? Do you notice the cover first? What makes you buy a book?
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