BLENDING HUMOR AND ROMANCE
Thanks so much to The Pen Muse for having me here today! It’s a pleasure to be here.
For anyone who’s ever read one of my books, you will likely have understood that humor is almost as
important to me as romance. At least, I certainly hope you were laughing with me and not at me.
There are so many kinds of romance books out there. Books that give you the shivers and books that
make you ache. Books that make you lust and books that make you cry. My favorite have always been
the ones that make me giggle, if not burst into outright laughter.
I’ve always tried to “find the funny” in my love stories and the relationships I create. Why? Because life
is an unpredictable mess of emotion sometimes, and if we don’t laugh, we’ll cry.
So how does an author find the funny? For me, it’s all about exploiting those little quirks that make
us who we are. My heroines are not really serious types. Yes, they can be involved in life-or-death
situations, but they’re the kinds of women who appreciate the absurd. Remember that scene from Mary
Tyler Moore, where Mary couldn’t stop laughing at the funeral? Well, Mary is a good prototype for the
kinds of heroines I write. They’re women who don’t take things too seriously, themselves included.
Pair that goofy girl with an intense Alpha male, one who doesn’t laugh at the same things, and sparks
will fly. Do we dare poke fun at those delicious, gritty Alphas? Heck, yes! Just because they’re gorgeous
men doesn’t mean they’re perfect either. There’s nothing I love more than to see my hero sneering at
the heroine, shaking his head at her antics…only to realize he’s quite enjoying the show.
Throw in some hot sex, and we have the potential to make things even funnier. Let’s face it: sex can be
an earth-shaking, soul-searing connection between kindred spirits. Try a new position, and you could
also end up with someone’s foot in your face. It’s not always a graceful dance!
There are so many reasons to cry in this world. When I read, and when I write, I prefer to smile. I want a
book that will titillate, but also tickle my funny bone. And that’s what I hope to bring you.
Bear shifter Ryland Snow just wants peace. The peace and quiet afforded him at his woodsy retreat, the Ursa Fishing Lodge. As owner of the lodge, Ryland enjoys the tranquil life he’s created among his fellow shifters. He lives to maintain a safe haven for them, away from meddlesome human eyes.
When his rock star brother arrives, bringing trouble in the form of a possible hit man, Ryland is incensed. He’s been cleaning up Soren’s messes as long as he can remember, and is tired of his brother’s lecherous exploits.
Things go from bad to worse when Lia Goodblood stumbles upon Ryland and his lodge. Yes, the reclusive erotica author is easy on the eyes, but the human woman is more trouble than she’s worth. To say nothing of her bizarre fear of furry creatures.
Ryland determines to rid himself of her presence. But when he learns she’s on the run from a crazed fan, Ryland’s protective bear instincts flare. And the bear won’t be denied