Hi, everyone! It’s lovely to be back, and I want to send a huge thank-you to Delilah for letting me return.
I’ve been thinking about family in story lately, mostly because I’m working on the third book in a tiger shifter series, and so far two of the heroes and one of the heroines are siblings, and I think another brother may get a story one of these days.
Family is a lovely way to tie a series of stories together, isn’t it? As readers, we meet parts of the hero or heroine’s family during their story, and we sometimes fall in love with them along the way and want to spend more time with them, too. Luckily, we get to do that with some of our favorites. One of my very favorite family series is an old Nora Roberts series, her ‘Stanislaskis’—I think Luring a Lady was one of the very first things I read by her, and I was totally hooked, moving on to her ‘Donovans’, and then on and on. Meeting siblings or cousins gives us extra insight into the hero or heroine, doesn’t it? How do they interact with the people close to them, versus someone they don’t know as well? Who do they confide in? What issues do they still carry with them from growing up in their family?
And in some cases, we get glimpses into those siblings’ or cousins’ lives that make us want to see them work through their own issues and find a happy ending, too. In my “Medusa” trilogy, I have three cousins, which was fun in its own way—lots of us have cousins we spent time a lot of time with as children, but maybe as adults, we’re too far apart distance-wise to do that as often as we would like.
Some of us have siblings we don’t get to see as much as we like because they live in different parts of the country, or even in a different part of the world. My sister (whose birthday is today! Happy birthday!) lives five states away, and we aren’t able to see each other very frequently. But that relationship is interesting and complicated, as sibling relationships often are. My tiger siblings still live mostly in the same area, but they have some things in their past that have shaped the adults that they are now.
I could make a very long list of series I love with family stories, but that would go on for days, and I’m pretty sure Delilah has other guests on her schedule, so I’ll refrain. But I would like to know what some of your favorite family romance series are. I’ve got a trade paperback copy of the first book in my “Medusa” series to give away—everyone who answers the question by 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 will have their name entered in a drawing (via RandomResult.com) for the book. Now, I’m going to get back to work on my hot tiger shifter—he’s a little cranky right now because his pregnant mate doesn’t take orders well. Silly tiger.
The Medusa Trilogy, Book 1
When Kallan Tassos tracks down the current Medusa, he expects to find a monster. Instead he finds a wary, beautiful woman, shielded by a complicated web of spells that foils his plans for a quick kill and retrieval of her protective amulet.
Andrea Rosakis expects the handsome Harvester to go for the kill. Instead, his attempt to take the amulet imprinted on her skin without harming her takes her completely by surprise. And ends with the two of them in a magical bind—together. But Kallan isn’t the only Harvester on Andi’s trail…
Hunting Medusa: http://tinyurl.com/jdwqjb5
About the Author
Elizabeth Andrews has been a book lover since she was old enough to read. She read her copies of Little Women and the Little House series so many times, the books fell apart. As an adult, her book habit continues. She has a room overflowing with her literary collection right now, and still more spreading into other rooms. Almost as long as she’s been reading great stories, she’s been attempting to write her own. Thanks to a fifth grade teacher who started the class on creative writing, Elizabeth went from writing creative sentences to short stories and eventually full-length novels. Her father saved her poor, callused fingers from permanent damage when he brought home a used typewriter for her.
Elizabeth found her mother’s stash of romance novels as a teenager, and-though she loves horror- romance became her very favorite genre, making writing romances a natural progression. There are more than just a few manuscripts, however, tucked away in a filing cabinet that will never see the light of day.
Along with her enormous book stash, Elizabeth lives with her husband of twenty-two years and two young adult sons, though no one else in the house reads nearly as much as she does. When she’s not at work or buried in books or writing, there is a garden outside full of herbs, flowers and vegetables that requires occasional attention. You can visit her at www.ElizabethAndrewsWrites.com
I like the Sullivans by Bella Andre. And the Chase Brohters by Lauren Dane.
I have enjoyed the Thompson siblings in Vivian Arend’s Thompson & Sons series… The VonBrandts in Krystal Shannan’s books… and more!
Shelly Laurenston’s Pack and Prides series does a fantastic job of showing all the ins and outs of families. Both the kind you are born with and the kind you make yourself. Plus I totally love her snarky, bad ass heroines.
I’ve read a few of those, Debra, Colleen and Judy. (I have to say I adore Shelly Laurenston’s books, including her G.A. Aiken stories!). Plenty of family. 😀
Lauren dane does great family books whether they be paranormal or contemporariy. Dana marie bell does great family whether they are blood or not
I have to admit that when I first read the word “family”, Bella Andre’s Sullivans immediately jumped to mind. However, I’m a FIRM believer that family isn’t always made of blood… so I often find myself intrigued by the families created by MC authors – such as Jamie Begley’s Last Rider’s MC “family”. One author that combines the two that I’ve just caught up on the series is Ann Mayburn’s Iron Horse MC – there are currently four books that featuring identical twins Swan & Sarah. Not only do you see the nature vs. nurture results, you see an MC family – flaws, traitors & all – and some kick-ass stepmom love!
I bet there are people scribbling down notes for their next book-shopping binge. 🙂
Woohoo! We have a winner: Colleen C, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can get your info and send you your book! 😀
Thank you so much Elizabeth!!! Sending email now! 😀