Guest blogger: Terri Brisbin
Greetings from the East Coast of the US! And thanks to ARRA for having me as a guest today!
I have to confess and apologise at the same time. I discovered long ago that I absolutely DETEST reading about kids in romance novels. It might be because of my background having had three children and understanding that children and romance don’t always work well together … that they interfere and get in the way sometimes. So, when it comes to reading romances, I look for an escape, a story unlike my real life, so I can believe it could be me in that story. And when I see romances with children on the covers, I avoid them.
That’s why I have to apologise—to my romance writing colleagues who write marvellous stories that do involve children. And there are tons of them out there if you look at covers on the shelves in bookstores and online! Children are front-and-centre on many Harlequin/Mills & Boon lines and the covers. Um … yuck.
So, that’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise when Fate and my Muse decided to double-team against me and feed me a story idea about 7 years ago that involved a six-year-old little girl! Darn it! Why me? Why a child? Well, I gave up fighting it and wrote the story that became Possessed by the Highlander about a man who is forced into marrying a woman who has an illegitimate daughter. Worse? The hero falls in love with the little girl—Ciara—before he does her mother!! Is that insult to injury?
I contented myself with the knowledge that I’d write it, her, and be done with it, but in the middle of the story, Ciara did the unthinkable! You see, the youngest man in the hero’s ‘men’, a teenager he’s been mentoring, has befriended Ciara because he has many brothers and sisters and she reminds him of one of them. Tavis, the young man, begins to entertain her through their journey home, even carving wooden animals for her to play with along the way. When he presents her with the latest one, a pig, she grabs her mother’s hand, tugs her down close and whispers: ‘I am going to marry Tavis, Mama.’
More than just a childish oath, Ciara’s words caused a flash of story before my eyes and I saw her and Tavis as adults together. In just a few seconds, the whole story flew by and I knew I would have to write that story!
Well, now, almost six years later, I’ve finally written that story! The Highlander’s Stolen Touch is the story of a young woman’s unrelenting love for a man who sees her as a younger sister until the day when she suddenly becomes much more. Ciara never loses faith that Tavis will be hers, but sometimes Fate (and muses, apparently) have other ideas.
I guess I’m glad that I was forced to have a child in that book since it lead to a completely new series for me to write, but I’m not happy about it! LOL!
How about you? Do you like children in romance novels? Dislike? Not care? Let me know and we’ll pick someone to receive a copy of that first book—Possessed by the Highlander—and a copy of one of my digital short stories, too!
Ciara Robertson has loved formidable Highlander Tavis MacLerie all her life. She watched, brokenhearted, while he married and lost another. Now, finally, of marriageable age, Ciara throws her heart at his feet … Tavis knows that innocent Ciara thinks she’s in love with him—but she deserves far better. Painful experience has proved that he’s a far better warrior than husband, and he’s determined never to marry again.
Her dreams shattered, Ciara accepts another man’s hand. Ordered to take Ciara to her husband-to-be, Tavis is tormented—and tempted—every step of the way …
Terri is frantically writing in one of her infamous deadline-mania-o’-writing-binges even while celebrating her newest release, The Highlander’s Stolen Touch! Visit her website for more info about everything!