As I mentioned last week, I’m working on promotion for MEANT TO BE, Book 2 in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series. It’s Sean Flaherty and Megan Mackenzie’s story and I’m just crazy in love with these two characters. Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes and this is the first time I’ve used it since The Summer of Second Chances (Book 3 in the Women of Willow Bay series), although Sophie and Henry were more colleagues than friends.
What makes this theme fun to write is the fact that the characters already know each other. There’s no getting-to-know-you period in their romance. They have history (okay, yes, it’s a history that I’ve created), so I don’t have to invent first-meeting scenes or first dates or awkward meet-cutes. Not that those scenes aren’t fun to write, too, but this was a different path for me and I enjoyed it.
When you write romance that takes place in a small town, inevitably the main characters are going to know each other already unless you bring someone new to town as I did with Samantha Hayes in A Small Town Christmas (Book 1). Sean and Megan’s story was fun because I did get to create their history with tidbits of events that happened from the time they met in fifth grade.
If you are book blogger and would like participate in the Xpresso Book Tours Book Blitz for Meant to Be, please click and sign up. There will be fun excerpts and giveaways and general merriment. And if you’re a reader who’s been looking forward to the next Four Irish Brothers Winery story, your wait is nearly over! Meant to Be is available for pre-order now and releases on July 18. Enjoy! Enjoy!
As always, mes amies, remember to hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.