I’m delighted to have fellow New Jersey Romance Writers member RoseAnn DeFranco here today with her debut romantic comedy from The Wild Rose Press, Return to Audubon Springs.
Thank you, Babette for inviting me to guest on your blog today. I’ve been following you for so long. It is an honor to be here during the Kindle Exclusive of Return to Audubon Springs.
When I first sat down to write Return to Audubon Springs, the furthest thing from my mind was diving into an array of Classic Romantic Tropes. Of course, I wasn’t planning to write a Romantic Comedy either, but that is another story for another time. As a plotting pantser, I had an idea of where I was going, but allowed my characters to whisper in my ear while I steered the ship. Emma and Rafe had a lot to say and decided only a Reunion Story with a Secret Baby could tell their tale. Then, just because they could, they threw in a side of Class Distinction and a dash of Forced Proximity. There you have it, four Tropes for one story, possibly FIVE if you consider they grew up as close friends and grew into lovers. I find it a bit greedy when the other books in the Brothers of Audubon Springs Series have only one or two Tropes!
Below is a short list of some of my favorite classic Romantic Tropes.
Marriage of Convenience
Sexy Single Dad
Friends to Lovers
Masquerade (Hero, heroine or both pretend to be someone else).
What Tropes do you like to read? What Tropes do you like to write?
When Emma Grant returns to her family’s Audubon Springs beach house to fulfill the stipulations of her father’s will, she has every intention of forcing her former lover out of the house for good. She’s never fit into her wealthy family and would prefer avoiding her past, but with her brother threatening to reveal her young daughter, she has no choice.
Rafe Iuliano has other plans. The wealthy Grants tried to bribe him out of Emma’s life years ago, but he’s determined to prove once and for all that a master carpenter is worthy of Emma and the house.
Their ridiculous and steamy battle for the house reignites the love and passion that bloomed between them years ago. But when Rafe discovers she’s kept their daughter a secret for two years, can he overcome anger and pride to claim his family and the love of his life, or will the deception drive a final wedge between them?
“This is your fault!” Emma shouted.
“My fault?” Rafe blinked through the thick coat of flour. “You’re the one who started this.”
“Yeah, you—Miss Macrobiotic Princess!” They used the barstools for support, and pulled themselves up from the slippery floor. “You’re immovable just like your mother.”
“And you’ve got about as much depth as a toenail. For the life of me, I can’t remember why I was ever with you.”
With a predatory look in his eyes and gait, Rafe advanced. In two long strides he pinned her to the counter, his hands grasping her hips. “Don’t!” His voice, low and dangerous, and his near proximity overwhelmed, charging her body with a jolt of electricity rendering breathing impossible. His gaze locked on hers for an eternity, then without warning, he dipped his head and licked lavishly at the syrup on her chest and neck.
Need and heat consumed her at his touch, fraying what was left of her nerves. She dropped her head back, shivered, and her knees buckled. He held her steady, fully pinned against the counter and continued to feast on her neck. Then with a shake as if waking from a dream, he stepped away, taking his heat with him.
Emma swayed and gripped the counter. Goose bumps rose on her flesh at the storm brewing in his eyes.
“Say or do anything you want to push me out of this house, but don’t ever say you don’t remember.”
You can find Return to Audubon Springs at: Amazon.com
RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing romance. RoseAnn blogs about her writing experiences with her critique partners at the violetfemmes.com. A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family. She would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town Audubon Springs from her BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series. More information about these Contemporary Romantic Comedies can be found at radefranco.com.
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