One of the things Jennifer and I have in common is a love of cheese. A few years ago, she recommended a favorite cheese brand to me, unaware that the cheese factory is located in a tiny “unincorporated community” not far from my house. If I remember correctly, the only other business in the area is a bar.
The village of Miracle, Wisconsin, in my Miracle Interrupted series is a bit bigger, with a population of 629, but the place that employs the most people is still a cheese factory. There’s also a small grocery store, a beauty salon, a bar/restaurant, and a fine Italian dining restaurant. In my novel-in-progress, Miracle Pie, the heroine makes pies and delivers her pies to area businesses and residences.
I love Italian food, I love pies, I love cheese, I love my cat, I love my dogs. And miracles. I really love miracles. So why not put what I love in my books? In Jennifer’s second Bigtime book, Hot Mama, the fiery superhero Fiera can eat enough to feed a dozen people and she never gains weight. I can imagine what fun Jennifer had writing that character. (Fiera shows up in Jennifer’s latest Bigtime book, Nightingale, which I thoroughly enjoyed.)
I also love men that love women and vice versa. A few years ago, a friend blogged about yum-yum love in books, comparing to antagonistic love. A heroine and hero who actually like each other, compared to a heroine and hero who dislike each other but can’t fight their wild attraction. That stuck with me, because unless the author is skillful, I don’t always believe in the antagonistic romance plot.
So far, most of the books I’ve written have the yum-yum love. Probably my least yum-yum couple is in Dead People, my second published book. And they aren’t antagonistic as much as two people with prickly personalities. When you read my stories, you know that after The End, when the heroine is PMSing and grouchy and bloated, the boyfriend/husband is still going to love her. And when he does something stupid (which is bound to happen, because he is a man), she’ll love him, too.
Like Jennifer with her Bigtime series, the main characters from one Miracle Interrupted story will show up in future stories, which is fun for me and I hope for readers. The third book, Miracle Lane, is just released! I’m excited about it. Here’s the description:
She forgot how to hate, and now she’s learning how to love …
Brain-damaged Nia Beaudine can’t remember her life before The Accident. Someone intentionally ran over her and left her for dead. Now she’s living in the ‘witch’s house’ she inherited in the village of Miracle, relearning how to live on her own. Well, almost on her own – the talking cat helping her cope is a bonus. But when a hate-filled family member shows up with a gun, Nia knows she needs real help.
Former Army Sergeant and PTSD sufferer Rob Ackerman regularly covers for his identical twin, the village constable, and answers Nia’s emergency call. This strange young woman immediately sees he’s not his brother. In return, he sees that the only way she can fully live in her new life is to find out why someone in her old life tried to kill her … and might try again.
As they dig up Nia’s past, the attraction between them grows. Their brains may be damaged, but their bodies and hearts are working just fine.
Edie is generously offering an e-copy of Stardust Miracle for giveaway. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and answer the following question: What kind of yum-yum love would you put in a book?
The giveaway is open to those 18 and older and will run through midnight EST, Wednesday, Oct. 24. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the blog on Friday, Oct. 26.
ALL ABOUT EDIE
You can find Edie at her website, Facebook, and Twitter. She’s very proud of being a co-editor of Entangled, a Paranormal Anthology, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There are 11 authors, and three are New York Times bestselling authors – including Jennifer! The e-book is only $2.99. Buy it, enjoy it, and help find a cure for breast cancer.
In addition to her paranormal and sci fi romances, Edie is enjoying writing her new Miracle Interrupted magical realism series. The novella Must Worship Cats is the first book. If you love cats, that’s the book for you. The next two novels are Stardust Miracle and Miracle Lane. For the pie lovers, Miracle Pie will be available in December.
Thanks so much for being here today, Edie.