May 7, 2013

Contemporary: River City Series @ayersbooks #RLFblog

Wanting 
Thanks, Kayelle, for inviting me to be on your blog. I love visiting with new readers. For those of you who don't know me, I write River City novels. They aren't exactly a series, more like a collection. A series is supposed to be read in order, but the glue to my stories is the city itself so they stand alone. They are about young urbanites who live, work, and play in River City. Each one is trying to make the city a little better by volunteering or doing other things within the community.

I love writing these stories. Every one is unique. And if you put everyone into a room, you'll find a few are tight friends and some barely know each other. It's not unisual for old friends to show up in other stories. And if you do read them in order, it's fun. Spoiler: No, Dallas is not pregnant, yet.

When I started writing romance novels I started with Mac and Amanda. That book became Wanting. Amanda had been sexually abused as a child. She's repressed the painful memories and built a barrier to protect herself from ever being hurt again. Mac might want her, but it's going to take every bit of his strength to win her over while handling the demons of her past as they surface.

The second River City novel A New Beginning is Rick and Dallas' story. At eighteen Dallas finds herself kicked out of her home. With no place to go she turns to the one person that she knows who will take her in. Eleven years between them, suddenly Rick is coping with a brilliant but funky teen. She destroys his budget and his sterling reputation. He gives her the opportunity to grow up while fostering her artistic ability. But when Rick is charged with what amounts to kidnapping charges, there's more at stake than his reputation.

A Challenge is the third River City novel. It's Ari and Tate's story. Tate is an athlete and she falls hard for the handsome Ari. She accepts a job in River City to be near Ari, but the job doesn't go exactly as planned. When she discovers she's pregnant, she's got bigger problems.

The fourth River City is Forever. Letitzia has been burned by so many men that she doesn't want to become involved with another man. But Jeffery Lister, MD has fallen in love with her. She builds skyscrapers. He delivers babies. He's always assumed that one day he'd settle down and have a family, but he doesn't have time for them. Can two people with very busy jobs ever have time for more than a casual relationship?

Gerald and Katie's story is A Son. Certain that the child is not his, Katie's boyfriend kicks her out when she announces that she's pregnant. Katie's dreams of a happily-ever-after have been destroyed. Overweight and pregnant, she only wants to be healthy for the sake of her baby. Gerald offers to be her gym partner, but he's fallen in love with her. She doesn't want him tangled in her web. She'd determined to raise her child on her own and protect her son from the prejudice that still exists towards mixed-race children.

Coming later this month is the sixth River City novel, A Child's Heart. At eighteen, Trent graduated from high school, married, and took a job to support his pregnant wife. But when his wife went into labor, he suddenly became a widower with a newborn. The baby has the same heart defect as his mother and needs surgery. Four years later, little Shawn is scheduled for a delicate, experimental heart surgery. Trent's mom has made sure her son has been a good father, but when Cassie walks into Trent's life, everything changes. Cassie is older, has her PhD, and is the city's museum curator. To her, nothing is impossible. She's fallen in love with little Shawn and his daddy.

I love writing these romances because they are romances, but they are more slice of life stories. That means I include the life along with the romance. It's more realistic. We all know how hectic life can get and that impacts the love-life. But our daily lives is a major part of who we are. Strip that away and it's just another romance.

My River City novels do have a bit of heat to them. That heat level fluctuates by the characters. Some couples are more open and others are very restrained. In today's world, most people are not jumping in bed on the first date or even the third. They let those feeling build as they get to know one another. I'm never erotic, but I don't shut the bedroom door. Sex is a normal part of a loving relationship.

Here's a little sneak preview of A Child's Heart. That first kiss is always special and Cassie wasn't prepared for this one. Her intent was to give Shawn a few books.

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10 comments:

  1. Glad to have you here today, E. :)

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    1. This has been so much fun. I've really enjoyed it. Thank you for having me.

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  2. I always love to read your stuff, E! And I like the idea of different stories with the city setting as the glue, rather than a series. Thanks for sharing, Meredith

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    1. Hi, Meridith. so happy to see you here. I hope to be writing these River City books for another twenty years. There will always be young people growing up in or moving to River City. I'm thrilled that you love my books. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  3. I like the same city stories too. The town is as much a character as the people are. Good job.

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    1. Thank you, Jane for stopping by. Yes, the town/city is a character and River City has become very real to me. I actually had to create a map to keep it all straight.

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  4. I love the idea of a bunch of stories all happening in the same place. Seeing little cross-overs tucked here and there are like finding treasure. :) Nice work E. Best luck.

    Rose

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    1. Waving a big hello to Rose. I'm so glad you stopped by. Being able to reuse characters and places, as needed, is fun for the readers. I hope all my readers enjoy River City. Just like any city, it has it's good points and it's bad ones, but it makes it all very realistic. Thanks.

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  5. River City is a wonderful collection of heart-felt stories. Don't miss them!

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    1. Thank you, Michele, for stopping by. And thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you've enjoyed them.

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