How’s this for a plot for a contemporary romance novel: an average American woman is invited to Denmark to participate in a “This is Your Life” type of reality show about her famous half-Danish cousin, whom she’s never met. Let’s say the producer who invited her is mysterious and attractive and may or may not be involved in the cousin’s sudden disappearance…
One of those sentences is actually true, and you can probably guess which one. Last month, my brother and I flew to Copenhagen to meet two of our three cousins for the very first time—one of them on a television program. She had no idea we were coming or that she was even going to be on This is Your Life (she’s a multiple-award winning actress, truly one of the finest in Denmark). My brother and I were the final guests of the show and when the door opened to reveal us standing there, her look of surprise and happiness was priceless. But it wasn’t as profound as the joy we all shared in making this family connection for the first time.
I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity and not because I got to visit Denmark for the first time or because I got to be on television (though hair and makeup rocked!). It was all about seeing family and forging a bond that will undoubtedly last our lifetimes and hopefully beyond as our children continue these relationships. We all found a deep sense of belonging, of finding something that we perhaps didn’t realize was missing. Much like a romantic love connection in a romance novel! (Um, without the romance.)
The first three books in my Secrets & Scandals series bring together three heroes and three heroines who didn’t realize what their lives were missing. In Her Wicked Ways, a wealthy debutante with London at her feet discovers love and purpose in a backwater village orphanage. In His Wicked Heart, her brother’s life is turned upside down—for the better—by an actress who teaches him the meaning of family. And in To Seduce a Scoundrel, a blackguard finds redemption with the love of a determined young woman who will stop at nothing to find her happily ever after.
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What crazy exciting thing has happened to you that sounds as if it’s straight out of a book or a movie? Or, what crazy exciting thing do you wish would happen to you? One random commenter will receive a $10 gift card to the online ebook retailer of their choice. Bonus: If you also sign up for my newsletter while this giveaway is open, I’ll throw in an ebook copy of the fabulous Heiress Without a Cause by my good friend Sara Ramsey.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and three cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcy-burke.com, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/darcyburkefans.
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