Five Must-Have Ingredients for Romance
1. The first ingredient in the recipe for a great romance is one likeable or redeemable hero. If our hero is bland and doesn’t have any memorable qualities, he’s going to fall flat. And we don’t want that. We want to connect with our hero, understand what makes him tick. In Kill or Be Kilt, Laird Ian Munro is a battle-hardened warrior who thinks he’s not worthy of a woman’s love, especially one as young and innocent as Lady Elizabeth Walsingham. Will Ian’s self-conscious behavior destroy his only chance to find happiness? I hope not.
2. The second ingredient in the recipe for a phenomenal romance is one likeable, feisty, or redeemable heroine. In Kill or Be Kilt, Elizabeth has pined after Ian for years. But the man pays her no heed. In fact, he avoids her for years. Elizabeth decides she’s wasted enough of her life in the Scottish Highlands and gives fate a little push in the right direction. She makes up her mind to attend court in the hopes of finding a proper English suitor. Who needs a stubborn alpha Highlander anyway, right? *raises hand* Me! Me!
3. The third ingredient in the recipe for an exhilarating romance is a sufficient amount of sexual tension. We all love that undeniable attraction that makes our hearts skip a beat. Ian and Elizabeth are no exception. When Ian becomes Elizabeth’s self-appointed bodyguard at court, he’s forced to face facts about himself...like the strange need to protect her from all courtly predators. But poor Elizabeth discovers having a Highland laird as a bodyguard is not all it’s cracked up to be, especially when the dastardly man frightens off all her potential suitors.
4. The fourth ingredient in the recipe for a page turning romance is the introduction of a good villain. This person becomes an obstacle in the path of love between the hero and heroine. In Kill or Be Kilt, the villain keeps Elizabeth and Ian guessing until the end. Will true love find its way? That’s why I love writing romance.
The final ingredient in the recipe is location, location, location. And there’s nothing like the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. Readers experience rolling hills and moors, centuries old castles, sunsets over the loch and much more. All views are fabulous in bonny Scotland. Elizabeth and Ian live in the Highlands, but their adventure takes them to England where they stay in luxurious Hampton Court Palace. Elizabeth is particularly fond of the history of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and I don’t think there’s a better place to explore than the royal court of King Henry. But when advisors to the Crown are being murdered, let’s hope Elizabeth doesn’t have the same fate as Henry’s beloved Anne.