For three years Jared King, Nora King, and Sephy King, have been in my head, on the page and, hopefully filling up your hearts :). But let’s rewind to the beginning and take a look at how one book became a series of three standalone books with connecting characters.
When I started writing Her Best Laid Plans, I knew that my heroine, Amanda Gray, was on a mission to change her life. A proponent of the ‘winging-it’ approach to life, she’s forced to conclude that moving out of the house she shares with her brother, Mikey, is only going to happen if she actually comes up with a plan. A solid plan…maybe, even, a life-plan.
Coming up with said plan becomes Amanda’s greatest challenge – especially when she gets distracted helping out her brother’s best friend, Jared King.
Hmm. Jared King..!
‘…for all that was up-front, solid, responsible and in-control about Jared – there was, lurking just beneath the surface, a hint of danger and a dark sensuousness that any woman would be inclined to want to try and entice out to play.’
Yep, Jared King is the reason one book became three.
From the moment he stepped onto the page, my own plans switched-up on me and my RomCom evolved into something a little bit more because it turned out that this corporate property investor, was way, way more complicated than just a man who loves life most when a plan comes together.
Ten years before, my ex bad-boy businessman hero had walked away from his birth-right…and his family. So when one of his sisters’ tracks him down and tells him their father is dying and that the family business is in trouble…well, let’s just say my RomCom developed a new theme: family!
The bonds between family members can be strong or they can be weak. They can be simple or complicated. They can also be all of these things at once!
As Amanda started helping Jared re-connect with his father, mother, and two sisters, Nora and Sephy, I started realising that Nora and Sephy weren’t through with me. They needed to explore how the absence of the brother they’d hero-worshipped growing up had impacted their lives.
And because life is always better-lived if you can laugh while you learn, I decided it was only fair they each got their own RomCom with a happy ever after too and so three RomComs about love, life, laughter, and family – the King family – were born.
In Nora King’s story, The Love List we learn she took the role of responsible child at nineteen when Jared left and she decided she wanted to be everything her father needed to run the family business.
Now, ten years later, for workaholic Nora, falling in love is totally off her To Do List. She doesn’t have time. She’s too busy doing everything in her power to keep her grief contained while keeping the family business afloat after the death of their father.
Enter sexy, laid-back disaster relief worker, Ethan Love! He’s in town to ask her a special favour and his charm and perception is about to crash through all her barriers and start chipping away at her self-imposed state of suspended animation.
And finally I hope you enjoy the last instalment – Sephy King’s story – It’s In His Kiss. Sephy is the youngest of the King siblings. She reacted to Jared’s leaving by ditching responsibility and embracing full-on rebellious-teenager mode. Now, ten years later, twenty-five-year-old Sephy is determined to prove she’s capable of providing for herself and her daughter, Daisy.
Blurb: It’s In His Kiss
Who do you turn to when things go wrong?
Your best friend. Obviously.
Sephy King’s worked flat-out to make her new lingerie business a success, only there’s a tiny snag – the marketing photos for the launch party are a disaster.
Luke Jackson will help her, won’t he? They just need to strip off, model gorgeous, sexy underwear together and take more photos! So what if the stunning body he’s been hiding makes Sephy’s eyes pop out? And when he holds her, she suddenly wishes they were in her bedroom…alone? He’s her best friend.
Then Luke asks Sephy for a return favour: to pose as his fake fiancée to get his parents temporarily off his back. It’s a risky strategy – but she’s sure she can pull it off.
Until he kisses her…
So there you have it - three RomComs about love, life, laughter and family. Each of them can be read standalone but if you love making book connections, you can always start at the beginning and work your way through!