Guest Post: From Father to Son by Carrie Lofty + Giveaway

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Today I’m really excited to welcome author Carrie Lofty here at Book Lovers in celebration of her newest release in her series The Christies. Carrie Lofty, after Cape Town, travels her readers at Glasgow this time and only one thing I can say about Starlight: it was magical!

Carrie stops here today with a guest post about the special relationship between father and son, because after all, Starlight is based on that very relationship. Alex, will do everything and anything within his power for his son. And don’t forget to check at the end of the post for your chance to win a copy of Starlight 🙂


I always think of U2’s “Red Hill Mining Town” when I think of STARLIGHT. It’s one of the essential songs that made up my playlist. The song opens with the phrase “from father to son.” STARLIGHT is very much a story about generations, particularly the relationship between a father and his son.

In the Christies novella “A Little More Scandal,” I introduce William Christie before he was a successful 19th century industrialist. He has a two year old son by his first (late) wife, who he rarely sees. Having come from a poor background, William doesn’t trust himself to raise a son on his own, and would rather leave the task of raising a proper citizen to his Society in-laws.

Too bad his second wife, Catrin, believes that arrangement is totally unacceptable! She becomes the step-mother who guides the hero of STARLIGHT, Alex Christie, to manhood.

History repeats itself in tragedy. Alex’s first wife also dies in childbirth, leaving him with Edmund, a son born prematurely. Only, Alex is anything but the hands-off dad his father was. Edmund is Alex’s whole world—the only connection he has left to his late wife and what he’d hoped would be a fair, happy future. When his son is threatened…well, Alex is an astronomer by training but a brawler at heart.

This burden of responsibility is passed unwillingly, unwittingly from William to Alex to Edmund, with the adults just doing their best to make sure the next generation is safe and cared for. That doesn’t mean complete agreement in how they see the world. After all, what would be the fun in that?

Alex doesn’t necessarily have his head in the clouds—not even as a astronomer!—but neither did he need to scrape himself up out of the gutters just to make something of himself. William had already done that, a generation before. In sending his son back to Scotland to earn his inheritance, William made the choice to show Alex his roots. An education is one thing, but knowing where one comes from is a huge part of what makes a family. Shared connections. Shared community. And an appreciation for what sacrifices were made before you.

So in returning to Scotland to earn his inheritance and save his son, Alex brings the three generations full circle. He brawls in a pub. He plays soccer with the locals. He has a run-in with constables. He even finds within himself the capacity for great passion, violence, and love—parts of himself he might never have known otherwise. What started out looking like cruelty on William’s part became the making of Alex, and even united Alex with a lady love of his own: Polly Gowan, another stubborn, clever woman who has it in her heart to raise a beloved step-son.

What’s next for me:

Now that RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick STARLIGHT has hit the shelves, I’ll be looking forward to the release of HIS VERY OWN GIRL, a historical romance set in World War II. It’s not women’s fiction. It’s not literary fiction. It’s a genuine romance, complete with sexy times and a happy ending. Look for it September 4th as a Pocket Star digital original novel. I cannot wait to see how readers respond!

I’ll also be launching a new co-written pseudonym, Katie Porter, with my long-time friend and critique partner, Lorelie Brown. Our “Vegas Top Guns” series of contemporary erotic romances will debut from Samhain on July 31 with the release of DOUBLE DOWN, which is also a RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick. Two more from the series, INSIDE BET and HOLD ‘EM, will follow in August and September. You can learn more about these and future books at our website.

So Book Lovers, what is your favorite father/son relationship from either a movie or a book? Why?

Thanks again to Book Lovers Inc. for having me!

About the Author

Carrie Lofty holds a Masters degree in history, which she puts to good use as a historical romance writer and lecturer on the craft of writing. Active within the Romance Writers of America, she also weight trains and soaks up movie trivia like a sponge. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two daughters.

Co-writing as Ellen Connor, Carrie’s RITA™ nominated NIGHTFALL, from the “Dark Age Dawning” trilogy, won RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Best Futuristic Romance of 2011.

And as Katie Porter, Carrie and her long-time friend and critique partner, Lorelie Brown, write contemporary erotic romance. Their “Vegas Top Guns” series debuts in July with DOUBLE DOWN.

Where to find Carrie

Website | Facebook |Twitter


About the Book

An esteemed astronomer, Alex Christie, the eldest and most steadfast of the Christie siblings, has never possessed his late father’s ruthless business drive. But to protect his frail infant son from his cruel father-in-law’s bid for custody, the young widower must undertake Sir William Christie’s posthumous million-dollar challenge: to make a Glasgow cotton mill profitable. At sea in an industrial world of sabotage and union agitation, Alex meets Polly Gowan, daughter of a famed union leader, who hopes to seize a mysterious saboteur without involving the police. Because a sympathetic mill master would aid her cause, Polly becomes Alex’s guide to urban Scotland. From soccer games to pub brawls, Alex sees another side of life, and feels free for the first time to reveal the man–vital and strong–behind his intellectual exterior. Polly is utterly seduced. Their ambitions, however, remain at odds: Alex vows to earn the mill bonus to save his child, while Polly fights for the needs of her people. Is there strength enough in their sparkling passion to bind them together in their quests– and in a lasting love that conquers all?

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Carrie has generously offered a copy of her latest release, Starlight to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is answer Carrie’s question: What is your favorite father/son relationship from either a movie or a book? Why?

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is open to all!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, July 28th, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Anna

Anna is a psychologist from Greece.You can almost always find her with a book stuck under her nose,so it's no wonder that all her friends make a joke of her.Apart from reading she dreams of the day she'll be able to travel around the world!Anna also blogs at Books to Brighten your Mood.

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  • Danni T July 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Okay, for some reason I’m having an insanely hard time trying to think of a father/son relationship that I love. So the only thing I can kind of think of is Nora Robert’s MacGregor series. Daniel MacGregor’s relationship with his sons(and other children) is very close. He’s very involved in their life and wants them to be happy.

  • Stella July 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Oh, I LOVE WWII movies and novels so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your next release Carrie, thanks for letting me know, I’m excited! 😀

  • LSUReader July 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    My favorite father/son relationship is Atticus and Jem Finch, from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingkbird. Honestly, I think Atticus is about the best literary father out there. He is honest, loyal, intelligent and courageous. What a wonderful role model for his kids.

  • ClaudiaGC July 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    For whatever reason, I can only think of a father-son relationships in an animated movie. I loved Finding Nemo! It was so cute how the dad freaked out about his son missing. There were so many things where we as humans could relate, too.

  • Ann/alba July 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    the only Father /son I can think of is Dr. Henry Jones Sr &
    Indiana Jones In the movie Last crusade, I adore both Actors especially Sean Connery, The wit & charm they both bring to the movie.
    I sure would like to read this Book the story line sounds amazing.
    Have a good one Ann/alba

  • Jen B. July 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I am currently reading Patricia Briggs’ Fair Game. I have always loved the relationship between Charles and his father. jepebATverizonDOTnet

  • Linda July 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I have to say it’s Luke & Darth Vader’s relationship! Not quite the warm fuzzy relationship huh?! Quite the opposite in fact. 🙂

  • Barbara Elness July 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I love the father/son relationship between Lon and Jupiter in Jenn Bennett’s Kindling the Moon and Summoning the Night.

  • Melissa (Books and Things) July 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    The one I can think of is Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series. There is a father son relationship in there I love!

  • sienny July 13, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Daniel MacGregor with his sons, Allan and Caine, from nora roberts’ the macgregor series. It’s my vision on ideal father/son relationship. He was an involved figure in their lives, but also supportive in whatever decisions his sons made.

  • Mary Preston July 13, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I don’t know that I have a favorite Father/Son relationship. It truth most I read or watch do seem to be Father/Daughter. I had never thought of that before.

  • JessS July 13, 2012 at 5:23 am

    I can’t think of any father/son relationships that I’ve really loved! Usually there isn’t a great relationship, or it isn’t really much of a focus of the story. And, as the person above mentioned, there are more father/daugher or mother/daughter relationships (but that’s probably just because I read a lot of books with a female protagonist).
    Starlight sounds really good (love the cover!!), and although I haven’t read any of your books yet, I’ve got a copy of Flawless which I will read, but haven’t yet due to my insane tbr pile.

  • SoftFuzzySweater July 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

    My favorite was Forrest Gump’s relationship with his son in “Forrest Gump”. You don’t have to be a genius to be a good, patient and devoted father.

    Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you;

  • LisaC July 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I like the surrogate father-son relationship that develops between Carl and Russell in the movie Up.

  • Maria pronounced Mariah July 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I love the relationship that builds between Mick and Nathan in The Perfect Play.

  • Filia Oktarina July 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t know I have a favorite Father/Son relationship. I think Earl Of Edgewood and Sebastian Townshend from Marriage Most Scandalous was most i like.

  • erinf1 July 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    thanks for a great post and congrats on the newest release!

    I can’t think of a father/son relationship right off the top of my head, but I can do a grandfather/grandson relationship cuz I’m reading the latest book right now 🙂 Father Seamus and Michael Bennett from James Patterson.

  • JenM July 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I just read Jenn Bennett’s books and the father/son relationship between Lon and Jupe is just adorable. Patricia Brigg’s series also have great relationships between Bran and his two sons Samuel and Charles. Finally, in Eileen Wilks’ World of the Lupi series, Rule has a great relationship with both his father and his own son.

  • Victoria Zumbrum July 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I like Indiana Jones and his father. I love that relationship

  • Jeanne Miro July 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    My favorite father/son F movie was Field of Dreams which is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson and is from the novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. I must admit I never read the book but my husband had read it before we saw the movie.

    I only have sons and the movie really helped me understand why being their Little League baseball coach had been so important to my husband. Having grown up in a family and being the youngest of all daughters hadn’t prepared me for the special relationship of having sons. Since I worked nights when my sons were toddlers I can still remember my pride in my husband when one of his friends referred to him as “babysitting” the nights I worked. My husband turned to him and said “I’m not babysitting, I’m being a father!”.

    Now that my sons both have sons of their own their wives appreciate my husband for the wonderful fathers my sons have become themselves!

  • aurian July 14, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Thanks for the guestpost. I don’t have a good relationship at all with my father, so it is hard to think of one. I did enjoy the Kowalski family by Shannon Stacey though.

  • bn100 July 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I like the father/son relationship from the Parenthood movie because it was a caring and fun one.

  • Joy G July 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I loved the father/son relationship between Noble Weston and his son Nicholas in Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister

  • Maureen July 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

    The only story I can think of is the Indiana Jones movie where his father shows up.

  • Yadira A. July 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I really enjoy the relationship between the father and son in Sleepless in Seattle because they were both hurt when wife/mother died and the son really does help the father heal that wound and bring the family back together by forcing him into to exploring his feelings and getting out into the dating world.

  • Diah Didi July 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

    My favorite movie would be Life is Beautiful, for I couldn’t think of any book that has the theme… It’s amazing that the father managed to make his son see bright positive things in that kind of situation… Speechless.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway…

  • Joanne B July 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Sam and Jonah Baldwin from Sleepless in Seattle. Sam doesn’t treat Jonah so much as a kid but as a friend. They are both suffering a deep loss of wife/mother. They each help the other try to get over the loss.

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