Today, I’m very happy to welcome Courtney Milan on Book Lovers Inc. Courtney is the author of fascinating historical romances, her latest book Trial By Desire was released in September. It was a 5 Stars read for me (my review here). Let’s give a warm welcome to Courtney who will be telling us everything about HEAs.
If I were to pick a single defining characteristic for my books, I would say they’re emotionally serious mixed with a healthy dose of funny. (Which tells you that I’m a total cheater; that’s TWO defining characteristics, not one.)
For my first book, the funny was easy to find–my heroine told fortunes, and my hero was a scientist, and in the clash between right and wrong lent itself to some inherently amusing situations. In the case of Trial by Desire, the serious was easy to find: Kate, the heroine of my book, hid abused women from their husbands. Ned, the hero, suffered from occasional depressions in a time period where there were no clinics who could even diagnose the condition, let alone suggest any sort of treatment. Neither of these are light subjects.
But I also know that if I wanted my readers to believe that Ned and Kate would live happily ever after, that I would need to find those light moments. I firmly believe that a couple who laughs together–and who can laugh at themselves–can solve almost any problem, and do so happily. And so the hardest part of writing this book was finding the funny moments–the parts where the two of them could step away from a world that demanded their attention, and just smile.
In many ways, light-heartedness isn’t taken seriously. If you see a cup as half-full, people call you a Pollyanna, and accuse you of wearing rose-colored glasses. But optimism isn’t about wearing blinders. It’s about choosing to find joy in things, about actively striving to be happy. It’s about being strong in the face of adversity, and not succumbing. One of the things I love about romance is that it shows that happy endings aren’t pat. They aren’t a foolish rose-colored fantasy of a grim and uncaring world. Happy endings are HARD: they’re hard to reach, and hard to maintain, but always worth it if you make the effort to reach for it. And a book that pulls off a triumphant ending is one that lives on in readers’ minds.
I am firmly in love with happy endings, both for my characters as well as myself, my dog, and my readers. In honor of that, I’d like to give away a copy of Trial by Desire to one commenter. To get the discussion rolling, let’s try this question: What’s your favorite happy ending, and why does it work for you?
About the author:
Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat.
Before she started writing books, Courtney experimented with numerous occupations. She has trained dogs, written legal briefs, sold newspaper subscriptions, and written computer programs. Having given up on actually being able to do any actual things, she’s taken to heart the axiom that “those who can’t, teach.” When she isn’t reading, writing, or sleeping, she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.
Courtney loves hearing from readers. You can visit her on the web and find out more about her and her newest releases at http://www.courtneymilan.com/
About the Book:
She cannot forget the fire he ignited…
In the three years since her husband left her, Lady Kathleen Carhart has managed to forge a fulfilling life for herself. But when Ned Carhart unexpectedly returns, she finds her tranquility uprooted—and her deepest secrets threatened. Though she has no intention of falling for Ned’s charms, Kate can no longer deny the desire that still burns in her heart.
Or the promise of his love…
Ned is determined to regain his wife’s trust by using unbridled seduction. But just as Kate surrenders to Ned’s passion, her carefully guarded past threatens to destroy her. Now Kate must place her faith in the only man she’s ever loved, and the only one who has ever betrayed her…
Courtney Milan is offering a copy of Trial By Desire to one (1) lucky commenter.
All you have to do is answer Courtney’s question
or just leave a meaningful comment about the post.
Please leave us a way to contact you
(email in blogger profile or twitter name is okay-
no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open Internationally!
Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 17th and
we will announce the winners on Sunday.
Bonne Chance everyone!