Though the hero and heroine's relationship is the main focus of a romance novel, sometimes other characters' involvement is just as complex. In my latest release, Rough Waters, the heroine, Samantha, meets the hero during the climax of an ongoing disagreement with the vampire who made him.
Despite his underlying respect and affection for John, Geoffrey is tired of his manipulative behavior. He suspects his vampiric creator's feelings for him have crossed the line of friendship and caring to romance and obsession. Samantha's presence places an added strain on their stormy relationship.
As a reader and a writer, I enjoy third party involvement in stories. Sometimes it adds tension and it usually helps explore various sides of the main characters' personalities. Sometimes a secondary character impacts the story enough to demand one of his own. John's story doesn't end in Rough Waters, but continues in a free piece of short fiction, Awakening, that will be available soon. I'm not so certain he won't be back again, possibly with a longer story of his own. Maybe Geoffrey will have the chance to add "complexity" to John's budding romance with a mysterious castaway. Sometimes payback can be fun.
by Kate Hill
From Changeling Press
Cover Art: Karen Fox
A night of heaven and hell. . .
One moment Samantha is admiring a tattooed man at the gym and the next she's aboard a private yacht with no idea how she got there.
Faced with two mysterious men--one she trusts and one she fears--she experiences mind-blowing sex with a vampire while avoiding death on what turns out to be a brutal party for the criminally insane.
Lured onto his estranged creator's yacht, Geoffrey meets a woman whom he can't resist, but is Samantha part of a scheme to tempt him into indulging in his long-repressed bloodlust?
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About Kate Hill
What do trips around the world, endless nights of breathtaking sex, and a muscular, 6-foot 3-inch, brown-haired, blue-eyed significant other have to do with Kate Hill? Absolutely nothing, but she can dream, can't she? In reality Kate is a single vegetarian New Englander who loves writing romantic fantasies.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and researching vampires and Viking history. Visit Kate online at http://www.kate-hill.com.