I have a special offer available on Amazon right now. The ebook version of my April 2011 Love Inspired Historical release is FREE! Yes, you read that correctly. The Kindle ebook addition of Book Four in my Charity House series, THE LAWMAN CLAIMS HIS BRIDE, is available on Amazon for $0.00, now through the end of the year.
For those of you who have read any of the other books in this series you already know that Charity House is no ordinary orphanage, but rather a unique home for the by-blows/mistakes of prostitutes and gunslingers. By its very nature, Charity House lends itself to unique stories.
THE LAWMAN CLAIMS HIS BRIDE is no exception. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, the book reintroduces two familiar characters, Logan and Megan. Both entered the series in Book One, THE MARSHAL TAKES A BRIDE.
Because my hero and heroine have been around from the beginning of the series I found myself faced with a rather large problem. Logan and Megan met and fell in love in Book Two, HANNAH’S BEAU. But Megan was too young and Logan wasn’t ready to be a family man. Well, that’s what everyone said anyway. But no matter what they’ve been told, they can’t help loving one another.
The reader finds out in Book 3, LOVING BELLA, that Logan has taken a job in San Francisco to make a living worthy of his beloved. He plans to marry Megan as soon as he returns home. There is no doubt these two will end up together.
But therein is the heart of the problem.
What fun is a romance novel where the hero and heroine are already in love before the book even begins? More importantly, how was I supposed to accomplish the daunting task of writing a full-length novel with zero romantic conflict? Can you say: Boring?
Under the circumstances, I did what any self-respecting writer would do. I started playing the “what if” game.
What if one or both of them is only in love with the idea of being in love? What if they’ve each built up the other in their minds to impossible proportions? What if a newly appointed US Marshal comes home to marry his one true love, only to find her in jail for murder?
Now I had the makings of a story.
But wait. There’s more.
Another issue I wanted to tackle was the touchy subject of intimacy between newly married Christians. We in the church tell our youth that a strong physical attraction will translate into a strong sexual connection once vows are spoken, but not before. Never before. Christians, especially Christian women, are taught from a very early age that intimacy is bad, bad, bad. Unless, of course, inside the sanctity of marriage.
But isn’t that sending our girls a confusing, dare-I-say mixed message? For a bride’s entire life she’s taught that intimacy with a man is something to be avoided at all costs. “Don’t even think about it, much less do it,” she’s told. But then, on the night of her wedding, she’s supposed to flip some invisible switch and suddenly intimacy is a good thing.
Want to know how I, as a believing Christian and a mother of a teenage girl, addressed this very touchy issue in THE LAWMAN CLAIMS HIS BRIDE? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
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