Angst, the A word. Iím not a big angsty person. Iím low-key, donít like a lot of
drama, and tend to shy from entertainment where my emotions are being tugged up
and down and making me want to hurl as if on a roller coaster. Iím more the fun
and sexy storygoer, the one who likes her romances to end in a happily ever
after and for the main characters to be likeable.
So, yeah, okay, thatís not always realistic, and not always possible. A lack of
conflict, I learned early on in my writing career, is BORING. Why am I even
invested in lukewarm happy people? What obstacle must they overcome to get to
blissful love ever after? Because thatís where the magic is. In watching two
flawed characters grow and develop throughout a story into characters you root for.
In JUST THE THING, I
wanted to deal with grief. The book is still uplifting and funny, but itís got
an undertone of real vulnerability in the main characters who both deal with
loss in different ways.
Zoe, the heroine, has lost her twin, and itís deeply affected her. She faces her
grief head-on, accepts her crying jags, and does her best to treasure her
sisterís memory by remembering her.
Gavin, the hero of the story, is a medically retired Marine with wounds. His
physical hurts have healed, but his emotional ones linger. He suffers from
survivorís guilt and PTSD, and though he covers his pain with laughter and
jokes, heís unable to let go of the past.
Watching these two help heal each other and themselves was the best part of
writing the book. While Iím a true fan of sibling banter and the humor that
comes from pranks, sarcasm, and full out fun scenarios, getting my characters in
tune with themselves and their pain actually had me tearing up while writing
But as always with my stories, the heart of the book is the love that flourishes
between the characters. Family love, romantic love, self love. Because love is
that four letter word that canít be said or experienced enough.
What do you think about Marie's "A" word? Is it necessary in a romance? Leave
a comment below with your thoughts and you might win a copy of JUST THE THING
A FLING MIGHT BE JUST THE THING...
Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for
deaths he couldn't prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym
brings some stability to his life―along with a gorgeous leggy woman who won't
give him the time of day.
Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She's
been struggling to bury her grief, but it isn't until she signs up for a
self-defense class with its distractingly hot instructor that she begins to come
out of her shell again. With the memory of her sister telling her to live a
little, Zoe decides a fling with buns-of-steel Gavin Donnigan might be just the
Soon they're sparring both in and out of the gym. And for the first time in a
long time, each is looking forward to tomorrow.
Sensual | Romance
Contemporary [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: July 1, 2017, Paperback /
e-Book, ISBN: 9781492631880 / eISBN: 9781492631897]
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, USA Today
bestselling author Marie Harte
has over 100 books published with more
constantly on the way. Writing romance, and in particular erotic romance, across
the genres, she's created stories set on other worlds, among paranormal
creatures, and between normal men and women seeking true love.
Marie is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in
Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, sheís
constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit her website and
fall in love.
17 comments posted.
I like variety in my romances and yes having to deal with things whether mentally or physically adds to the storyline for me.
(Colleen Conklin 6:21pm July 12)
I don't think angst is needed in every romance but a bit of conflict to reflect real life makes the stories more interesting.
(Anita H 4:24am Monday)
I think a small amount of angst in a romance can add to the story, but don't like it in my own life.
(Anna Speed 12:17pm Monday)