Have you ever watched a friend or relative debate the merits of two different potential boyfriends? Ever done so yourself? Ever (gasp!) wondered if the husband you chose is the right one?
True confession time: I have done all three of those things. I’ve bitten my nails watching a friend choose between the bike messenger and the wealthy banker. I’ve let the super-handsome skydiver go to embark on a wonderful relationship with the chubby, geeky engineer. And I’ve wondered, with some anguish, whether I was right to marry the conservative, traditional finance guy instead of the liberal, sensitive writer (I still think yes… although that marriage’s demise is a whole other story).
I guess it’s no wonder that my Sacred Bond series kicks off with a love triangle. Since readers keep asking how I came up with the premise for such a looong series, here’s a piece of the story.
- A Christmas Bond was the first Sacred Bond story I wrote. This prequel novella, set in the year 2000, tells the story of a lonely veteran who’s started a residential school for at-risk boys and finds himself spending Christmas there with four of them. When one of the boys steals the baby Jesus from his neighbor’s lawn nativity scene, John Moretti has to connect with the neighbor’s pretty granddaughter to solve the mystery, and in the process, he helps her to reconnect with God. Of course, they fall in love! But out of somewhere, explaining John’s history, I wrote this line: “It had been in just such a car that he’d made the biggest mistake of his life, one he was still paying for. And still nursing that same old flame.” What? Where did that come from?
- I kept on puzzling about that question as I pulled together the Sacred Bond Christian romance novels, one for each of the four at-risk teenagers who grew up to be heroes. Finally, it came to me. I wrote Before the Bond, a 1980s-set short story about a college girl who breaks up with her handsome, successful premed boyfriend and has a few dates with the bad-boy townie who works as a handyman
at her college. Yes, you guessed it: the handyman is a young John Moretti. Emily and John make a serious mistake, and Emily has to choose: should she go back to the future doctor, or take the huge risk of jumping on the back of a motorcycle with John? What would YOU do? You can read that story for free when you sign up for my newsletter right here: http://www.leetobinmcclain.com.
- We catch up with Emily eighteen years later in A Bond for the Holidays. Yes, she married the premed student, who’s now a stable, successful doctor. But their marriage is thrown into turmoil when the secret from Before the Bond comes back to haunt them. How does a happily-married couple keep their family together when their faith and trust and history is called completely into question… at
Christmas? Find out how it all resolves in A Bond for the Holidays, featuring Emily, her husband Robert, and, yes, our bad-boy friend, John Moretti.
What about you? Would you choose a stable doctor or a bad-boy handyman? Ever struggled with a romantic choice, or advised your daughter or sister about one? Comment TODAY for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Maybe you’ll use it to buy the two Christmas-themed boxed sets I’m in this year. John’s story, A Christmas Bond, is in Home for Christmas, and Robert and Emily’s story, A Bond for the Holidays, is in Love’s Gift. Both collections feature wonderful authors and faith-filled stories to lift your spirits… and each set is only 99 cents. It’s our Christmas gift to you, our readers.