Happy Independence Day to all of our friends in the States! We'll be celebrating the holiday all weekend long with some wonderful authors, guest posts and giveaways! We hope that you will join us! ☺ To kick things off I would like to welcome author Stephanie Feagan who is joining us with her new romantic suspense, OUT OF CONTROL. And be sure to check back at the end of the month for our Wine Club review of this title!
Patriotism in Romance
I admit, I always choke up during the Star Spangled Banner. It’s usually sung at athletic events and as I look around at thousands of faces singing our national anthem, there’s a distinct sense of camaraderie, of esprit de corps. Politics and disagreements and all the negative we’re bombarded with each and every day fall by the wayside, and for that brief interlude of commonality in music, we are united. We feel patriotic and solid, proud of our country, our heritage, and our people.
RomanceLand is filled with patriots, but not just in military romances. To me, every hero and every heroine are patriots simply because they’re all reaching for one goal – the pursuit of happiness. Isn’t that what America is all about? The freedom to pursue our dreams and ultimately, happiness.
There are, of course, romances that highlight patriotism in varying ways, whether it’s a military romance or cops and Federal agents hunting down the bad guys. Anyone who’s read a SEAL book knows what I’m talking about. And there are romances with civilian, average everyday heroes and heroines who exhibit their patriotism by going the extra mile for their country or their fellow citizens.
When I started writing Out of Control, I had no idea it would turn into a save-the-world book. I usually don’t know where a story is going until I’m deep into it, and this book, like most all of my books, changed direction as I wrote. I knew there was a criminal element behind all the oil well blowouts, but didn’t yet know the motivation – power or greed. My original thought was terrorists, but that seemed too easy. I’m eternally guilty of never taking the easy road, even in real life. That’s probably how I wound up driving over 75 miles on a dirt road in the middle of the Badlands. Difficult, but the scenery was spectacular. I want my books to be that way – difficult, but so worth the bumps.
So the blowouts weren’t set by terrorists, and the ultimate goal of the bad guys to take out loading terminals in Saudi Arabia required an extensive amount of research, but in the end, the story is better for it. Blair and Nick are all that stand between the world and economic meltdown, which surprised me. I thought they’d be made to work together and have witty banter and hot sex and all the rest would be suspense-light, a little plot to make it more flavorful. Instead, I wound up with two average people who go through enormous obstacles and defy death in order to ensure the economic stability of the world. Patriots.
I hope you and yours have a happy, safe, fun-filled 4th of July! Thanks so much to Crystal for having me here today!
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