December Harlequin, Unguarded, my heroine and hero have their own traditions. Not necessarily for Christmas, as this isn’t a Christmas book, but for other things in life—good and bad. My heroine, Rhiannon, is part of a big family that likes to gather regularly to celebrate all of life’s small accomplishments—and since she’s from Texas, those gatherings are usually gigantic backyard barbecues complete with brisket and potato salad. Shawn, my hero, is pretty much on his own, but he and his friends have their own weekend traditions, including basketball games and poker nights.
A tradition that both of them share, however, is one that involves keeping their own hearts safe—that of pushing away anyone who gets too close. Rhiannon was the victim of a brutal rape two years before the book opens, one that ruined her marriage, her career, and her self-confidence. While she is finally beginning to get her life on track she is so used to distancing herself from everyone and everything, that she nearly lets Shawn get away. And Shawn, who has a bit of a dark past himself, has spent nearly a decade hiding beyond a carefree personality, refusing to ever drop his guard.
Writing this story was difficult at time, heart-wrenching at others, and also deep down wonderful, especially as I got to watch two of the wariest characters I’ve ever written slowly learn to trust themselves again … not to mention, each other. Their tradition of not trusting anyone slowly dissolves and what’s left is, I think, a truly wondrous thing.
So, as the holiday season gets into full swing, what are some of your traditions—that you love or that you wish you could let go. Leave a comment and be entered to win the first book in this trilogy, From Friend to Father.
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