When I sit down to write a book, I don’t always know whether a secondary story line will evolve on the page. More often than not, I know who the secondary characters will be and how they’ll be used to move the story along, but I never imagine giving them their own story—at least not in the same book! In my latest Out of Bounds book, Foolish Games, I introduce readers to Annabeth Connelly, the young mother of the book’s hero, Will. Annabeth had Will when she was only sixteen, so she’s in her late forties when the book takes place. She’s never married and she’s still a little vulnerable where her son is concerned. But, aside from that, she wasn’t doing anything in the book. She was in danger of becoming a plot point and nothing more.
Around the time I was struggling with what to do with poor Annabelle, an author I admire had posted a query on Facebook asking her readers what age they thought the perfect hero and heroine should be. Believe it or not, there were an abundance of comments asking for older heroines! And just like that, Annabeth was getting some of the same sexy action her son was getting. But first, I had to find the perfect soul mate for her. One who could help her overcome her vulnerabilities.
In the first book in the series, Game On, readers got to meet Hank Osbourne, the General Manager of the Baltimore Blaze. A dashing guy, Hank intrigued me from the first time he appeared on the page. So naturally, he was the perfect guy for Annabeth. Even better, he was already in the second book and I didn’t have to invent anyone else. Hank and Annabeth’s scenes were some of the easiest to write and definitely my favorites. Perhaps it’s because I’ve hit the big 5-0 myself and I could relate to all of Annabeth’s insecurities. I would NOT want to be out there dating again!
I hope you enjoy Hank and Annabeth’s romance as much as I did. Oh, and another secondary character also shouted from the pages to be heard—Brody Janik. But Brody is a bit larger than life to just be part of a secondary story. He demanded his own book—Risky Game, coming May 6, 2014.
Do you enjoy readings books with a secondary plot? If so, what are your favorite secondary story lines?
Bridal gown designer, Julianne Marchione knows better than to lose her head at a client’s wedding. But much to her embarrassment, a mix of migraine medication and a smoking hot football player lead to a steamy one night stand resulting in a surprise pregnancy. Julianne has every intention of leaving her NFL hookup far in the past until her son, Owen, is born with a life-threatening blood disorder that requires a transfusion—and Julianne is not a match.
Will “William the Conqueror” Connelly grew up tough shouldering the stigma of being a bastard child born on the wrong side of the tracks. He refuses to let any child face the same discrimination. When he finds out about Owen, he’s furious that Julianne kept his son a secret. But when he sees her again at the hospital, he realizes that his feelings for her go far beyond anger.
Will insists that Owen recuperate at his home in North Carolina, and he’s adamant that Julianne become his wife—even if it’s only a temporary marriage in name only. But will their simmering attraction ever lead to a real connection? Or are they just playing foolish games?
Tracy is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and signed copies of GAME ON and FOOLISH GAMES to one random winner.
Author Tracy Solheim has written her share of best sellers and note-worthy books. Unfortunately most of them line the shelves of dusty government offices around the world never to see the light of day. She hopes to change that with her series of contemporary romantic fiction novels published by Berkley Books.
“I guess you could say I’m a frustrated sports writer at heart, but I love writing—and reading—books centered around sports. I can thank my dad for that. He introduced me to Dick Francis novels when I was a teenager and I was hooked. I am also a big fan of the happily ever after endings of romance novels, so it was only natural that I combined the two elements in my fiction debut.”