Edit: Thank you so much for all the awesome names! I finally decided to go with Jessica B’s suggestion: Barrington, with a nickname of Bear. It fits the book’s plot beautifully! And the book will be out with a collection of novellas in January, so stay tuned… you all can meet Bear!
Lots of novels explore the glories of the two most popular pets in North America: dogs and cats. I include dogs in all of my Rescue River books for Love Inspired, and a few cats have appeared in my novels, too. But one of the greatest`things about being an author is getting the chance to explore your own interests, no matter how obscure. I did just that in my latest release, A Bond of Hope. And the obscure interest is… birds!
I have always liked birds, outdoor and indoor, but I have a particular fondness for birds in the parrot family. I’ve owned a number of parakeets, two cockatiels, and a Senegal parrot. For many years, when I moved frequently from apartment to apartment, the only allowable pets were small ones, and for me, that was birds.
In A Bond of Hope, Esperanza Lopez has made a business of raising birds. Birds steal earrings and comfort those in distress and, at one point, bring the hero and heroine back together after an awful fight.
So, even though birds rank seventh on the list of most popular American pets—right above snakes and reptiles—they get their day in A Bond of Hope.
I would maintain that dogs and birds are the two most romantic of pets. Why? They’re active and needy enough to get themselves in trouble, forcing the hero and heroine to work together to help them–arguably more colorful than hamsters, cats, or guinea pigs. But when it’s time for human romance, the dog can be relegated to his doghouse and the bird to its cage. Thus they’re far more convenient than that other standby of romance novels, babies… who, as all readers know, demand so much attention that they often block romance rather than enhancing it.
What would you name a romance-novel dog? Specifically, a large male standard poodle? Put your name choice in the comments by midnight November 8th, and I’ll pick one to use in my upcoming novella. And if you’ll stop by my website and sign up for my not-spammy newsletter, you’ll get a free story, Before the Bond. It gives the background for how the Sacred Bond brotherhood got its start.