I’m working on my eighteenth book right now and there’s this thing that happens every single time. Every single time, I forget how hard it is. I think once I type “the end” I tend to forget the blood, sweat, and tears that go into each book!
But I’m in the spot now that I’ve been in so many times before, where my brain feels way too full of details and I don’t sleep well. When I start to get toward the end, I find it hard to really rest well because there are (fictional) conversations going on inside my head and I’m thinking about how a scene should or shouldn’t play out.
And this time, I’m paying close attention to how the hero of the book is coming across. I think I’ve shared in the past that sometimes I tend to be a little too easy on the male characters. Confession—I think it’s because I love my heroines so much that I just want them to be happy! So sometimes, I probably make the hero just a little too perfect. (because my heroine deserves it! Ha!)
But with Grant Ward, the male point of view character in my upcoming release A Reservation for Romance, I’m being a little tougher. Grant is a little different than most of the heroes I’ve written in the past. He’s in his thirties and has had a good bit of life experience. He’s not a young guy just starting out. And I think that life experience impacts his interactions with the heroine, Brooke Lockwood. Grant is not as likely as a younger, more inexperienced guy to think things will work out based on a feeling or only be attracted to a pretty face and cute figure.
Here’s the blurb for A Reservation for Romance:
Widow and single mom Brooke Lockwood knows it’s time to move on with her life. She can’t let fear hold her back any longer. But when her attempts at dating don’t go well, Brooke all but gives up. She’ll just be the extra wheel on her family’s upcoming vacation.
Grant Ward runs Brooke’s favorite coffee shop, and she’s known him since elementary school. He was even friends with her late husband. Grant returned to Arcadia Valley after suffering a tragedy of his own. When he learns of Brooke’s plight, he has a solution: if she’ll go with him to his brother’s wedding, he’ll go on vacation with her family. It’s the perfect plan until the sparks between them begin to fly. Can Brooke and Grant let go of the tragedies of the past and the fears of the present and make a real reservation for romance?
And now I’m curious: Who is the most (or one of the most) memorable male character you’ve ever read? What made them so memorable? I think one who sticks out for me is Rhett Butler. I still remember reading Gone With the Wind the first time and being utterly devastated at the end.
A Reservation for Romance is the final installment in my Homegrown Love series, part of the Arcadia Valley Romance Collection. It will release later this month. (as a side note, for those wondering, there will not be a pre-order for this one. Be sure to check the Arcadia Valley website later this month to order your copy!)