Welcome to the latest stop on the Blog Tour De Force!
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I am a sucker for first love gets a second chance stories. Or just first love stories, period. There is absolutely nothing like that very first heady trip off the cliff–even if you wind up with someone totally different. That first one will shape you.
I suppose this is a thing for me because my first love so often pops into my mind as I’m writing romance. Especially now as I’m up to my eyeballs in teen romance with my current project, Red. It’s really handy to be able to conjure up what it felt like to be eighteen and in love for the first time. I was convinced he was The One. Of course he wasn’t, and I’m delighted with my hubby, and First Love is happily married to his wife, but I’ll be forever grateful to him for giving me that experience to draw from to add some reality to my fiction, because young or first love is so often very different from forever love.
Take Rachel for example (she was yesterday’s stop on the Tour). In the midst of her fantastically hilarious Best of Rachel In The OC (which is a must read with a bottle of good wine and some chocolate, and a box of tissues because you will laugh so hard, you’ll cry), Rachel gives us a heartwrenching view into her first serious relationship. The humor of the rest of the book is really enhanced by the counterpoint of the serious issues raised by her first love. He was possessive. Violent. And he helped to make her the rock-solid, fiercely-strong chick we know and love. She came out of the crucible of that experience stronger and better able to appreciate the solid relationship she has with her hubby
In my own debut, Forsaken By Shadow, Embry is absolutely shaped by her love for Gage–and by her belief for all those years that she’d killed him. Without that experience, without having had him in her life, would she have ever become the controlled, kick-ass IED agent that was needed to help rescue her father from Fort Hurley? And having lost him once, I think she was absolutely more appreciative of getting a second chance in the end–even if she didn’t think she deserved it.
In Pull The Trigger (by tomorrow’s fab hostess Melissa Ecker), the heroine Rebecca Harper gets out of a marriage to a cheating bastard of a man and winds up finding solace–and passion–in the arms of cop Justin Cain, source of a massive crush since fifth grade. He helps her find herself and gives her the strength to make the decision what she really wants out of life. With plenty of steam along the way. :wink wink:
What about you? How did your first love shape you? Tell us in comments and earn a shot at a free ebook copy of Forsaken By Shadow, a 2011 UFC calendar, and a chance to get a character named after you in my next Mirus book! For a bonus entry, pop back over to Rachel‘s and tell me what her term is for the truly horrific pants some men wear. And just for playing, all commenters will receive a FREE COPY of my latest release, Devil’s Eye in the e format of their choice (so please be sure to leave an email address).