Today on the FlipSide, I have the pleasure of featuring a guest post by Susan Stoker, author of Protecting Caroline as she tours the internet in support of its release. But before we get to that, let’s take a moment and introduce her…
Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She is quite the romantic and even met the love of her life on “Hotmail classified” before online dating and sites like match.com even existed!
Susan has been reading romance novels since middle school and once crossed out the names of the main characters in a book and changed them to her own and to the name of her crush. She’s been writing scenes for years, developing her unique writing style.
Susan loves writing but her true passion is adopting dogs from rescue groups and shelters. Susan and her husband have had a total of nine “rescued” dogs since 2000 including a variety of basset hounds and bloodhounds. She has recently branched out and adopted a basset/terrier mix who acts more like a terrier than a basset (i.e. digging, eating a couch and being hyper).
So without further ado, I give you Susan and…
The Importance of Happy Endings In Romance
I am a FIRM believer in happy endings in romance novels. I do not like the new trend of cliff hangers that make a reader buy three, four, five, ten…books before they get that HEA. I think most of know that life is NOT like a romance novel. We have to work, we get sick, we have to clean up vomit by our kids and we have to dust and vacuum…you get the picture. Reading romances is a way for us to “escape” our reality for a bit.
We can read about heroines that are just like us in size, or the way we want to be. We can put ourselves in their world for a few hours. I laugh when I read reviews of my books that say, “This wasn’t realistic.” Um. Yeah. That’s the point. When people read paranormal books do they think to themselves, “this is crap, it’s totally not real”? I digress, but my point is that authors write what WE like as well. We write over-the-top heroines and heroes because it’s fun. Because it’s nice to escape reality now and then.
With that said, closing the loop in the story leaves the reader with a happy feeling. They are left happy in the knowledge that the people they’ve been reading about for the last few hours managed to get over all the hurdles us mean authors put in their way (ex’s, family, kidnappers, sickness, criminals, etc etc etc). I mean, if two people don’t end up together, is it really a romance novel?
Thank you Susan! Now let’s take a quick look at Protecting Caroline… Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will whisk you away to Amazon!
Matthew “Wolf” Steel hated flying commercial. Luckily his job as a Navy SEAL meant he didn’t have to do it very often. He’d been unlucky enough to be assigned a middle seat on the cramped jet, but fortunately for him, the woman next to him was willing to switch seats with him. Hoping for a relaxing flight, Wolf was pleasantly surprised at the good conversation and sense of humor the woman had as they flew 36,000 feet over the countryside.
When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she’d ever seen. She also never expected he’d be so easy to talk to. She knew he’d never be interested in talking to her if he hadn’t been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride.
Neither Wolf nor Caroline were prepared for a terrorist hijacking of their plane, but if Caroline thought that would be the last time she’d see, or need, Wolf, she’d be sorely mistaken.
Start the SEAL of Protection Series with Caroline and Wolf’s story.
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