Why I Love Second-Chance Romances

I was thinking about my favorite tropes (I have many!) and why they appeal to me so much. One that I really love is second-chance romances. This strikes me as odd for a pretty big reason: I used to not believe in them! I truly thought that if a couple broke up, it was a sign they were not meant to be together, and it was ridiculous for people to keep getting back together and breaking up again.

Second Chances

To be fair, my frame of reference was high school relationships. 🙂 It wasn’t until I started gathering adult-relationship data that showed me that the second-chance romance could really work.

What I love about the second chance in romance novels is that the two characters already have a frame of reference for each other. There’s a history there, and it is so rich, so explosive, and so poignant that it’s impossible to ignore. I especially like a second chance romance if several years have passed. It’s usually given the characters enough time to allow the pain to dull somewhat, and nostalgia to creep in. It’s also given them time to grow beyond whatever didn’t work out for them in the past.

Their chemistry has to be pretty high, too, if they’re willing to risk that pain to give each other another try. So I love that, too.

And there’s occasionally groveling. And pining. And a bit of angst. So those, with the chemistry and the shared backstory, are probably what I love most about second-chance romances.

How about you? Do you like or love the trope? Hate it? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Want to read one of my second-chance paranormal romances?

Fierce Heartbreaker

Savage Yearning

Savage Penance

Wild Reunion

Bound to Forbidden

Exes and Exorcisms (out in February)

Filthy Cowboy is Out Now!

I have been waiting and waiting for this book to come out, and I’m so thrilled to finally be able to give it to you! Stetson has intrigued me from the very beginning of the Junkyard Shifters series. He was a reader, he wore a cowboy hat, and he wasn’t very talkative. To be honest, I knew very little about him until I started writing Filthy Cowboy. It was only through writing his and Dew’s story that I truly discovered who he was–and the man surprised me in many wonderful ways!

And Dew, our quiet librarian heroine, has a frisky side.

JS4 play with myshelf

Here’s my love list for Filthy Cowboy:

  • poet hero
  • cowboy hero
  • librarian heroine
  • references to The Bachelor
  • a dark backstory
  • scary bad guy!
  • the Junkyard setting

I hope you love Stetson and Dew’s story as much as I do! ❤

Paranormal Chick Lit #PCL Group Release!

The #PCL (Paranormal Chick Lit) authors have a major treat for you today–seven new books, released all at once! Ready for some paranormal romance comedy to keep you laughing through December? Look no further. 🙂

PCL launch graphic

Billionaires and Bodybags, by Keira Blackwood and Liza Street, is available on Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Witch in Charge, by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix, is available on Amazon.

The Demon You Love, by Tami Lund, is available on Amazon.

Suck My Life, by Andie M. Long, is available on Amazon.

Flipping the Bird, by Carrie Pulkinen, is available on Amazon.

Hot Flashes and Granny’s Ghost, by Julia Mills, is available on Amazon.

Accidentally Married to a Demon, by Mila Young, is available on Amazon. (Check back later for the link! I don’t yet have it.)

Sassy Supes is a collection of Paranormal Chick Lit stories, and it’s available free through BookFunnel.

Learn more and view even more upcoming titles on the Paranormal Chick Lit website! ❤

Looking Ahead to 2021!

Last week, I mentioned being more of a futuristic-thinking kind of person, and that really is me 100%. I dutifully marked the books published in 2020, and don’t get me wrong, I love all those books! But I’m also way more energetic when I think about the books to come!

Here’s the plan so far (which is, as all things in the future, subject to change):

January 11th: Filthy Cowboy

February 16th: Blood Beast

February 24th: Exes and Exorcisms (with Keira Blackwood)

April 3rd: Lullaby of Death (with Skye MacKinnon)

April 26th: Forbidden Fangs #3 (no title yet) (with Keira Blackwood)

May 10th: Filthy Prince

August 16th: Spellcaster Embraced (with Keira Blackwood)

2021 books

Do I have more planned in 2021 than what’s discussed here? You betcha. But past a few months, things get a little fuzzy, so we’ll stop with these seven books. (Only five are pictured, because I ran out of room in my little graphic, and it’s late at night as I write this so…this is all for now.)

I absolutely want to write more Charmslinger books (I even have a title picked out for Book 3!) and at least one more Junkyard Shifters book beyond Filthy Prince. There are other projects I desperately want to tackle, also, and I struggle daily with the essential pain that I can’t fit more writing hours into each day. Trust me, I’ve tried to write more. The result is migraines and a stiff body and no time with my family. So, slow(ish) and steady is how I have to roll.

Thanks for letting me blather on about the future, because this is my jam! ❤