This week I have three guests, on Friday, Vivian Arend is kicking off her Cowboy Countdown Contest, tomorrow is my regular guest and today is a very special guest, my friend and fellow Toronto Romance Writer member, Christine d’Abo.
If Christine were a heroine in a novel, she’d be a perfect example of an alpha character. Driven, focused, able to juggle many balls in the air at the same time, and typical of a good heroine, always manages to take time to help out her friends.
First, I want to thank Leah for letting me take over her blog today. She’s a super great friend that way.
*tackle hugs Leah*
I’m often asked how I came up with the idea for the series, and did I have everything planned out from the beginning.
The simple answer to that question is no. When I sat down to write book one, The Bond That Ties Us, I wasn’t even thinking about publication. It was only after that first release hit the e-shelves that I started getting asked for more.
Call me a super shocked new author.
Once I came to the realization there was indeed enough interest in the Eternal Bond books for me to do more, I had to figure out where I would take the stories next. It was clear in my head who each of the subsequent books would follow, but I needed to determine order. Sara was my natural second choice. I knew her the best from book one, and a plot quickly came to mind. Books three and four had me guessing a bit. People really wanted to see Taber’s story. Funny enough, I’d never intended him to be anything more than a secondary character. Amazing how many people wanted to know more about him.
That left Sean as my last story. The more I thought about it, the more it felt right for him to be last. The trauma he suffered in book one left a very deep emotional scar, one he wanted to hide from his friends. It didn’t feel right for him to jump into a romantic relationship when he held himself responsible for the deaths of hundreds of colonists. I would take a special woman to help Sean forgive himself after everything he’d suffered. I didn’t have a grasp on his heroine at that point, so I let him sit.
As a side note, I’m a pantser…normally don’t have a clue about what I’m writing until it comes out. I do mull plotlines over though—usually when I’m doing the laundry or mowing the lawn. I think about the characters and how they interact with others and their environments. I’m a firm believer in character driven plots. As a reader, that’s what I gravitate towards. It’s one of the things I look for in the TV shows I watch. Certainly, it’s one of the things I strive to do as a writer.
Back to Sean. It was a month after Taber’s story had been released that I started working on Sean’s story. It took me a while to come up with the basic plot and who would be moved into Sean’s life. Then, Amy popped into my head.
Oh she was great! I’d been watching a lot of Battlestar Galactica, Fringe and Supernatural at that time. I loved the women on those shows, and the strength of character they had. Amy took on a lot of those traits—independent, resourceful, with a strong sense of family. She had the inner strength Sean needed to kick him out of his darkness and into a better place.
Here is the blurb:
Captain Amy needs money and the Catallian race can provide it. The race showcases the best pilots the sector has ever known. Amy plans on winning it with the help of her new copilot, the mysterious and sexy Sean—as long as she can keep her sex pheromones in check. But her attraction to Sean kicks her body into overdrive, overwhelming them both.
Sean has left friends and duty behind. Intending to heal mind and spirit, he joins Amy as her bodyguard and copilot. Sean has no interest in forming a bond with Amy, even though their lust for each other is undeniable.
As the two find themselves battling their uncontrollable attraction, they are forced to fight a drug lord intent on fixing the race—even if it means taking Amy and her crew out of the running permanently.
The Bond That Saves Us is now available at Ellora’s Cave. You can find all the Eternal Bond books here: http://www.jasminejade.com/s-234-eternal-bonds.aspx
I’d love to hear what you think of the series! Comments (positive or constructive) are always welcome. You can find me on my website at www.christinedabo.com, Twitter—Christine_dAbo, or by my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again to Leah for having me here today.
Christine’s first book, The Bond That Ties Us, is firmly on my keeper shelf. It’s one I often pull out and examine to try to figure out “how she does it” when I’m stumped on a plot point or a scene. So today I’m going to be giving away a copy of The Bond That Ties Us to one lucky commenter.
Since this is going up a little bit later in the day, I’ll not pull a winner until Thursday morning, so check back on my blog then.