I have a book out this month. THE SAVAKIS MERGER is a November Presents Extra release. Yay! I’m so pleased as I’ve had quite a bit of mail from American and Canadian readers about when it would cross the Atlantic.
When I considered what I’d tell you about the book, what came to mind instantly was the snap and sizzle of energy and high emotion that was a hallmark of the story from the moment I conceived it. It opens in the middle of a love scene (what can I say? Callie and Damon are a very passionate couple) but the fireworks don’t end there. Even when they’re at loggerheads, especially when they’re at loggerheads, the energy levels keep rising.
I loved writing the dialogue. The characters took control and charged off, sparking off each other in a way that was a joy to write. Fortunately they charged in a direction that enabled me to corral them towards a happy ending. Personally I tire of books that are never-ending arguments where the characters simply snipe at each other. With Callie and Damon I believe even the arguments reveal facets of their character and circumstances that help them move their relationship forward.
And who could blame them for a grievance or two? After being railroaded young into an arranged marriage and suffering years of a constrained, celibate life tied to a controlling husband, Callie is free at last. Who could blame her for being miffed when she finds the sexy guy who’s just swept her off her feet has arrived in her home not for her, but to take her shy, unwilling young cousin in a business deal marriage like the one Callie’s just escaped?
As for Damon, after a lifetime pursuing his goal of righting past wrongs, he’s on the verge of success, only to be distracted by a woman who slices straight through his plans. Discovering she’s there as part of her uncle’s stratagem to save the family fortune means she’s played Damon for a gullible fool and he’s all too ready to play her at her own game.
Put two strong-minded, independent characters at odds and of course there will be sparks. But for me Callie and Damon’s story is about far more than the sizzle of passion and the electrically-charged atmosphere. It’s about two people who both hide scars from the past and who work stoically to move on with their lives. It’s about people who’ve made mistakes and are determined to learn from those. Most of all it’s about a couple who have to open their eyes to the possibility of love. They need to move past the snap and sizzle of tension and learn the give and take of a relationship based on respect, common interests and genuine caring. For me, that’s where the aww moment came in – when I saw that their relationship had grown to something richer than high octane passion. That’s when I believed they shared a love that lasts a lifetime.
How about you? What ingredients do you think go into making a love that will last forever?