Have you ever wondered how some couples maintain marital bliss for decades? What special secrets do they possess to keep their passion alive year after year?
You probably think I’m going to share those secrets with you. Nope. I’m hoping you’ll do it for me.
I’m in the middle of writing Dying for a Dude, book four in my humorous romantic mystery series, and I am stumped. I can’t decide how far to ramp up the romance between my feisty single soccer mom protagonist, Laurel McKay, and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Detective Hunter AKA Detective Hunk.
One reviewer has described my series as being filled with sexual tension. But that’s only because no one ever gets to have SEX in my books. So everyone is very very tense!
There’s nothing I enjoy more than creating romantic conflict in the pages of my books. And I should probably admit, the pages of my life – but that’s a subject for a different blog post. Still, I’m worried that once I allow my couple to unite, those exciting fireworks they’ve shared throughout the last three books could be reduced to embers.
It occurred to me that keeping the magic alive between a couple in a book can’t be much different than maintaining it in real life. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I can’t think of a more appropriate time for people to share their stories. I’d love to know how you and your loved one keep your romance going strong. It’s obvious my approach could use some work.
As for those authors out there, feel free to tell us how you keep those flames burning between the characters in your books.
With enough help from all of you, who knows what heights Laurel and Tom’s relationship can achieve. And given enough motivation, one of these days I might write a HEA (happily ever after) of my own!
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