“A must-have for all writers -- here’s your chance to create deep, well-rounded, flesh-and-blood characters!”
Linda Lael Miller, NYT bestselling author
This 250-page "how-to" is for writers who want to create plausible, likable characters -- each with distinctive strengths and flaws that'll generate conflict between (and WITHIN) these people. Give your characters the quiz to discover their personality type: Perfectionist, Nurturer, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Skeptic, Enthusiast, Leader or Peacemaker. Then see how their wings, arrows and subtypes enhance each one, and how their fatal (or not-so-fatal) flaw can be affected by their own unique strengths.
Gangbanger-turned-counselor Rafe Montoya doesn't want to need anyone...not even his wife. Beth yearns to be needed, because that's the only area where she outshines her brilliant twin sister. When their annual Sisters Vacation ends with a train wreck which kills one and leaves the survivor with amnesia, Rafe invites his injured sister-in-law home to recover. They're both disturbed by the growing attraction between thembut when they discover the survivor is actually Beth, their problems are only beginning.
Being jilted at the altar by playboy Kenny Tarkington made Lucy Velardi vow to raise her daughter, Emma, on her own. She didn't need the help of any Tarkington, even her ex's handsome brother. The undeniable attraction between them wasn't enough, because what Lucy wanted from Conner was the one thing he couldn't givehis heart. But the workaholic attorney was used to taking care of things, and that included Lucy and Emma...no matter how the sight of mother and child sparked painful memories and strong emotions inside him. Though Conner had sealed his wounded heart away, would he risk a second chance at happily ever after with Lucy and his brother's baby?
Romancing the Holidays contains ten short stories, each set during a different holiday (Valentine's Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, etc). In "Criscross," Kelly Hatfield and Jack McCoy are advertising partners. Period. Now they're planning a campaign to fix up her sister and his brother. And they're launching it at the party Kelly's family holds every year to celebrate National Pickle Week. But of course there's nothing between them except an advertising partnership...
When Kirsten Laurence's ex-husband vanished with their three children, her only recourse was to elicit the help of detective J.D. Rydera man with whom she'd shared a past and from whom she still kept a very special secret. Though every instinct screamed not to become involved in Kirsten's plight, J.D. couldn't turn his back on the single mom who still made him long for what he couldn't have. He would help Kirsten recover her missing children...and then he'd walk away. Unless he could admit that her daughter's eyes strangely resembled his own, and that in Kirsten's arms he could come home at last...
Mick's memory had completely vanished, but his instincts were in perfect working orderand insisting he kiss Annelise Brennan senseless. Yet he had to tamp down his desire, for she'd offered him a room at her inn...not a no-strings affair. Without even knowing it, this tender woman smoothed the raw edges of his soul. Still, it wasn't as if he were falling for her! Annelise was content with life in Pineridge; Mick's home was the earth's far corners. She wanted a house full of babies; he was never meant to be a family man. And the second he recaptured his identity, he would be out of her life, because all Mick had in common with this innkeeper was...a daughter?
She had wanted to give her husband his first child, but it hadn't worked out that way for Meg McConnell. Now she was opening her home to a boy with Joe's eyesa child he'd known nothing about. And though this surprise addition brought her tremendous joy, Meg still longed for Joe's love. Their marriage had been a convenient arrangement, but as Joe watched his lovely wife care for his son, the quiet man was overwhlemed by his emotions. Was what he felt for Meg more than mere friendship? Would this unexpected family bring them a love more precious than they ever imagined?
Small-town librarian Sarah Corcoran had enough trouble raising her rebellious nephew. She didn't need Ryana man who had seduced her twin sister years agomaking her job any more difficult. Not to mention throwing her sedate life for a loop. Ryan was about to drift back out of town when he encountered Sarah. She was the picture of her late sisterbut so much more intriguing. And she had a nephew with eyes that were all too familiar...