I just had a fan send me an email asking about my favorite alpha. Here is my response!!!!
It’s hard to choose a favorite…each one means something to me and I’ll give you a little insight into my writing.
When I first started this journey, I had a vision of a scene in my head where a couple was going to be set up by their friends and meet in a bar. The man doesn’t want to do it, thinking mistakenly, that the woman was much older. It turns out to be a rotten first date and then they have to learn about each other to move forward. This was my first book Emma’s Home. I wanted to write a “small town romance, where the lives and loves of friends along with delightful secondary characters fill out the steamy romance”. Thus, Emma’s Home was born. Some readers feel like I wrote my first series out of order and in a sense they are right. When I wrote EH, I had no idea if I would write another book, if anyone wanted to buy it. I was pleasantly surprised at the response. There were 2 other couples in EH (friends of hers and the heroes) and I decided to “go back a year in time” and write their love stories. So, Laurie’s Time and Carol’s Image do take place a year before EH.
I never intended to write a suspense, but in writing EH I created a small town mystery and discovered I loved that aspect of writing. So all of my books contain some suspense.
By the time I finished Carol’s Image, I wanted to write a “darker romantic suspense that takes place in a big city” and Love’s Taming was born. Love’s Tempting and Love’s Trusting rounded out that series.
There are pieces of me in all my stories. Emma was a high school counselor (I was for 24 years). Laurie was an elem. school teacher (I worked in elem schools before that) and has a health issue that my daughter has. Carol had an issue that many of my high school students dealt with.
The heroine in Love’s Taming is a veterinarian (my oldest daughter is a vet); Love’s Tempting has a software engineer (my youngest daughter is a soft. engineer). In Love’s Trusting, I brought back a couple from Emma’s Home and had them a few years older now.
In the Love’s Series, I wanted the next series to be former military who now had a security agency. They were introduced in the Love’s Series and so there was crossover. Each of those stories begin with a life-changing incident in the military. Their women have careers that I am familiar with (social workers, musicians, CASA workers)
And now the Saints series, is a spin-off from the Alvarez Series. Bethany’s Mountville cabins came from where my daughter got married this past fall. (name change but a similar layout).
Here are my thoughts on my alphas:
Jake – loved his loyalty to his ailing mother and fitting that in with falling for Emma
Rob – loved the idea of a reformed playboy (who actually regrets his years as a player) and his desire to care for Laurie
Tom – strong and steady; completely supportive of Carol
Shane – willlingness to give it all up for the Annie
Matt- sees beyond Lily’s scars
BJ (Brad) – learned from his past mistakes and is not willing to let go of Suzanne
Gabe – his love for not only Jennifer, but her brother as well
Tony – sense of duty; learning to move past grief opening his heart up to Sherri
Vinny – his fun-loving personality, but how swept away he is for the quiet musician (Annalissa)
Jobe – the idea of second love with Mackenna and learning to give up control
Jack – learning that he had room for love and fitting Bethany into his world
Cam – his unwavering desire to rescue and protect Miriam
So now you know all about my characters!