By guest blogger Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy
I’m excited to be a guest here on Romance Junkies and finishing up my blog tour for my newest release, The Wild Irish Sea. Even though my stories are categorized as romantic suspense, they are weighted far more heavily on the romance side than the suspense side. That’s because I happen to be an incurable romantic. That’s right, while you might not guess it just by looking at me, and those who don’t know me well (and a few who believe they do) will be surprised, I believe in love!
Go ahead and hum that old Huey Lewis song along with me, because that’s the kind of love I like to write about. The kind you hope for but can’t quite let yourself expect. Then it sneaks up on you and BOOM!
This is what happens to my hero and heroine in my latest release, The Wild Irish Sea, and I had a lot of fun watching them get unexpectedly broadsided by love and then earning their happily-ever-after.
My heroine, Amber O’Neill has only felt genuinely close to one person in her entire life, her twin brother, Parker. Mostly, that is due to their mental connection that they’ve shared since birth. Unfortunately, their unique ability also singled them out and led to adults trying to exploit them and treat them like lab animals. The twins quickly learned that they could trust no one except each other.
Trust issues led to Amber being very unlucky in love. At the beginning of The Wild Irish Sea, she’s recovering from a recent and painful divorce. Her brother and husband didn’t like each other, and so Amber never confided completely to her spouse about her mental connections with Parker. Consequently, the marriage crumbled. This issue never arises when she meets Kevin Hennessey, the hero of The Wild Irish Sea, because she quickly discovers she has a mental connection to him that she’s never had with anyone else. The connection she shares with Kevin is unique even from the one she has with her brother.
Kevin Hennessey is a man with a dark and tragic past. He once had everything – wife, child, and career – but lost it all in a disastrous series of events for which he blames himself. Fortunately, he continues to have that noble quality which prevents him from turning away a person in need. Also, no matter how devastated and unworthy he feels, he still carries that tiny spark of hope and longing in his heart.
And it is up to Amber to fan the spark and convince him he is worthy. Throw in the mystery and suspense elements, and she certainly has her work cut out for her (as did I)! But I had lots of fun along the way writing about those first tingles of attraction, the anticipation of spending time with the person, or even just seeing them again, the tentative first conversations and the discoveries of learning about someone new. And of course, the good old Ka-POW as love strikes you when you least expect it.
Since this is a blog dedicated to romance books, I know you all believe in love (Hurray)! But please tell me some of the things you most like to read about a couple falling in love. Is it the first kiss? Their denial of the obvious when the other is near? Their cautious moves to see if their feelings are returned? All of the above or something completely different? And please, how do I get this Huey Lewis song out of my head?
I’m giving away a copy of The Wild Irish Sea to one commenter (chosen at random).