I want to welcome Terri Osburn to the blog today! I’ve known Terri for some years, after crawling aboard the gone, but not forgotten, blog the Romance Writers Revenge, where I set up a bar and served drinks to the crew. Terri’s been working on her writing skills for years and years… Where I just threw myself into the water to see if I could swim, Terri took the time to actually learn things. Gotta admire that!
Nominated for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart in 2012, she went on to conquer the world and has taken her place as a force to be reckoned with in contemporary romance. I’m a big fan and the Anchor Island series is fun, heartwarming and sexy. Just enough sexy.
I’m looking forward to when she strolls to the stage to accept a RITA.
Please, put your hands together for my dear friend, Terri Osburn!
(And stick around…follow the link…she’s having quite a contest!)
Thank you to Maureen for allowing me to bring the Belated Book Blog Tour for UP TO THE CHALLENGE, the 2nd in my Anchor Island Series, to your blog. Since you’re one of my closest friends, it seemed only fitting to do a blog about friendship.
As a reader and writer of romance, I love a good love story. I enjoy watching two characters collide into each other, spar and swoon, and eventually give in to the love that neither can deny. But, the love story is not the only kind of relationship in a good romance.
I love reading about friendships. Whether it’s character who have been inseparable since kindergarten or ones who meet somewhere during the course of the story. There’s a certain rhythm to watching any relationship grow and thrive. Or stumble along on its way to something new and real.
In my Anchor Island series, Sid Navarro and Beth Chandler are complete opposites. Strangers when Beth arrives on Anchor Island in book 1, MEANT TO BE. An added obstacle to their friendship is that when the series starts, Beth is engaged to the man Sid has loved for half her life. Not the best circumstances upon which to build a friendship.
And yet they do. The women find a common ground and develop a real affection. Not one either would come out and discuss, but the connection is there nonetheless. By the second book in the series, which is Sid’s story, the friendship has grown to include Will Parsons (who goes on to become the heroine of book 3.) The women have a standing Girl’s Night at Opal’s Sweet Shoppe, where they treat themselves to their favorite desserts, share they’re hopes and fears, and laugh. A lot.
There are several scenes in book 3, HOME TO STAY (coming May 2014) that center around these three friends, and those scenes were some of the most fun I’ve ever had while writing. Is there anything better than spending time with your girlfriends? The women who accept and understand you, but at the same time would call you on your bullshit without hesitation?
We hear the word bromance thrown around a lot these days. I have a friend who used the word womance in referring to her girl crush on a famous singer. I love this word, and I think we need to embrace it more. Women get a bad rap for being catty and competitive. Thankfully, that is not my experience. I say we celebrate the womances in our books.
What are your favorite womances in the books you read? Do you like books with a larger cast of characters where many different relationships are developed by the end? Or do you prefer an author keep the focus on the main love story?
One lucky commenter today will win a kindle version of UP TO THE CHALLENGE, and if you’ll hop over to the contest page on my website, you can enter for the Belated Blog Tour grand prize of a Kindle and a $10 Amazon gift card to get you started.