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Brooklyn Ann Love & Shredding
I’ve been asked why rock stars make good romance heroes; the truth is, they don’t. So why did I choose to write about them? Because they’re challenging.
Successful musicians are on the road constantly, whether they’re on tour, heading to the recording studio, making music videos, attending award ceremonies; they’re not home much and they’re not about creating stable environments. There’s little time for a serious love relationship. Other challenges include rampant drug use in the industry and the constant temptation of fans throwing themselves at band members – read groupies.
In the first two books in my Hearts of Metal series, I solve the always on the road issue by having my heroines working alongside the heroes as part of the band – you’ll have to wait and see how I solve that one in book 3. The reality of sex and drugs as commonplace in the world of Heavy Metal demanded careful handling; I tried to balance fantasy fulfillment with reality.
Another constant challenge is handling gender dynamics. The Heavy Metal world is male dominated, so my heroines have to overcome sexist assumptions and prove themselves worthy of being one of the guys while maintaining their female identity.
Challenges aside, rock stars are a delight to work with. Besides their larger than life personas, a man carrying a guitar can be, and often is, an aphrodisiac. Music has always been a great passion of mine and I am overjoyed to explore that love on the page.
With Vengeance, features Katana James who faces the daunting task of filling the shoes of Bleeding Vengeance’s revered guitarist who I killed off in the last book. Her growing attraction to the bassist, Klement Burke, who has a secret identity and a mysterious, malevolent stalker, lends credence to the road to love with a rocker is paved with struggle. The book releases in May and I hope you’ll enjoy the adventure. Rock on.
Jane Lynne Daniels The One Who Got Away
You remember. The way your heart beat extra fast when you heard that voice, the breathless anticipation when you were about to see him, the exhilarating highs and lows of a love so intense, it forever marked your heart.
And then it was over. The timing might have been wrong, you both were too young, or there were obstacles too big to overcome.
You moved on. He moved on. But you never forgot. You tucked that memory in a special place, where no one but you could touch it. Every once in a while, a song, a place, a scent brings it out of hiding and you smile. And wonder. Oh so briefly – what would have happened if things had turned out differently?
It’s one of the most popular tropes in romance. I’m sure there are as many reasons for that as there are romance readers, but I like to think it’s because once we love that deeply, we never forget the person or the feelings. If we have occasion to take that shiny memory out and play with it for a moment, we’re reminded of who and what we once were in a different time and place. And how far we’ve come. Or not.
My Love Rewritten series, as well as my new Love Unscripted series, launching with Kiss and Confess, are all about a second chance with that one person the heroine never could forget. The couples meet again, often in the most unlikely of circumstances, and the flame reignites.
What we don’t act on in real life, we often enjoy reading about.
Because once in a while…we wonder.
Adele Downs Once More on the Merry-Go-Round
When I started writing Luxury Model Wife, I had no intention of telling a story about second chances. I wanted my novel to be about a woman that overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds who deserves to win the rewards of a deep and abiding love after having lost what she believed was her shot at happiness.
If we’re not fortunate enough to find that type of happily ever after, we want to believe it is possible. Our search for validation of the premise is often found in the romance novels we read. It’s why the trope is popular and enduring.
And, it gives us hope.
Like my heroine, I know about second chances at love and career. I also know how hard it is to be self-supporting and to struggle. Yet, despite the odds, I’ve learned it’s possible to meet Mr. Right, raise a family, and form an unbreakable bond. So far, ours has lasted thirty wonderful years.
Romance and true love are real. We read and write romance novels because we know that with the right partner, life-long love is possible. The struggles of daily life may – and often do – get in the way and stay with us, but with love, kindness and compromise, we can overcome anything.
Every heart deserves a second chance at happily ever after.