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Monday, August 12, 2013

Addison Fox: Come Back To Me


As a writer, it’s fun to play with different ideas – love at first sight, enemies to lovers, mistaken identity – all can be fun places to start a romance and see what ensues between hero and heroine. A personal favorite of mine, though, are reunion romances. Couples who had something special that had to end at some point in the past.

For those of us who have been in a relationship that ended, I think reunion romances allow us to play the “what if” game. What if things had been different? What if “x reason” hadn’t happened, could we still be together? Or what if “y circumstances” that pulled us apart had never happened?

What’s fascinating to my writer’s brain is that when we play “what if,” we always imagine something better. That eternal optimist inside of us imagines positive scenarios where something better than what happened…happens.

What we don’t know – what we can never know – is what the outcome would have been. But all too often, we don’t think through the possibility that things could have been worse.

This was an underlying theme in my most recent release, JUST IN TIME. Roman Forsyth and Avery Marks are childhood sweethearts whose relationship ends when Roman leaves their hometown at 19 to go play in the NHL. Avery and Roman have a love for the ages – but the lives they’re called to require him to go and her to stay. Avery’s got a family commitment she can’t leave behind to go with him and Roman can’t deny his talent and stay in his small hometown in Alaska.

It’s only when they get back together almost fifteen years later that both begin to understand who they’ve become and maybe gain a little bit more understanding of the reasons why.

I hadn’t intended to go down this path as I imagined this book in my mind. This is the third book in a trilogy and all along I knew Avery and Roman would be a reunion romance, but it wasn’t until I was actually writing the book that I began to think about the what if’s around staying or going. And the realization that everything that happens to us in our lives works to make us the people we are today.

For me, that was the great lesson I took away writing this book. There are moments in our past that drive us, motivate us, make us happy or make us sad – and a million other emotions that are locked in those memories. But it’s the people we are today that have the choice to be happy. To be fulfilled. And to reach out and grab our dreams.

I say go for it!

Thanks for joining me today! So my question is, what do you think about reunion romances? Two commenters today will win copies of JUST IN TIME.

XOXO,
Addison

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Despite early ambitions of being a diver, a drummer or a doctor, Addison Fox happily discovered she was more suited to life as a writer. She lives in Dallas and - thankfully - doesn't have to operate on anyone. You can find her at her home on the web at www.addisonfox.com. Her latest book, JUST IN TIME, is out now from NAL/Signet Eclipse.

You can visit her at her website at www.addisonfox.com or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/addisonfoxauthor or on Twitter: www.twitter.com/addisonfox

***Addison's winners are Martha Lawson and Lory Lee!  Please email totebag@authorsoundrelations.com with your mailing information!***

23 comments:

Mary Preston said...

With reunion romances I love the fact that they already have history. It's like a time capsule.

traveler said...

Reunion Romances are always lovely to explore once again since they are meaningful and have more depth.

Jo's Daughter said...

Know what it feels like to wake up every day and wonder, what if? After a period of sadness I found comfort in reading reunion stories. I guess that at first I kept hoping for a door to open once again and get my own HEA. No such luck, but I'm still hooked on those romances where obsticals are overcome and love finds a second chance :) So your book sounds pretty good to me !!

Laurie G said...

I like reunion stories. I just finished one by Nicola Marsh MARRIAGE:FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE, Brittany and Nick hook back up for all the wrong reasons after a 10 year separation. They eventually wake up to the fact that they do love and need each other in their lives! There is something satisfying about characters finding their way back to their "soul mates".

I'd love to see how Roman and Avery admit to still loving each other.

Close friends of mine, Bette and Tom, hooked up about 10 years ago. They dated in HS but both ended up married to other people. Bette moved back to my hometown, started dating Tom and now their combined families have 6 grandchildren. They are so happy together!

Pat Cochran said...

Love reunion stories, but would not want
one for me! I only had two HS boyfriends
& wouldn't want to reconnect with either.
In fact, I recently heard from one of the
two who suggested we get together on his
next trip into town. I very quickly "lost"
his email!

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

I love reunions! And I love Alaska!

Martha Lawson said...

I love reunion stories! I love how they resolve their problems and get back together. Thanks for the chance to win.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Maureen said...

I like reunion romances because the emotion is already there between the two characters.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

penney said...

Hi Addison
Great blog today.
I love the reunion romances these are one of my favorite romance books. I'm looking forward to reading this!
Penney
penneyw at sbcglobal dot net

Beautiful Disaster said...

Reunion romances make for a great story. I have read many over the years and enjoy them.
Thanks :-)
Lori

lorih824 at yahoo dot com

Emily Baucom said...

I love reunion romances because of the history they already have and I love that it is based in Alaska. I am not sure I have seen a romance novel based in Alaska and I just love Alaska, I am going to make sure to add this series to my wish list, they sound great.

Addison said...

I totally agree, Mary - you get a little bit of shorthand to understand why these two are falling in love so quickly!

Addison

Addison said...

I think you've hit on the exact word, traveler - lovely! :-) It's truly one of my most favorite types of romances to read.

Addison

Addison said...

Thanks, Jo!

And I know what you mean about that door opening. I read something once that comforted me - don't spend too long looking at the closed door because you may miss a new one that's opening. It may be a bit too pithy, but it did make me look at things a bit differently!

Addison

Addison said...

Laurie - I love, love, LOVE this story about your friends!!!

And I've been eyeing that book by Nicola Marsh - I need to pick it up!

Addison

Addison said...

I love it, Pat!!! One of my best friends feels the same way - she has NO interest in reconnecting with her high school or college boyfriend. She's perfectly happy to keep both of them firmly in the past! :-)

Addison

Addison said...

Thank you!!!! And thanks so much for joining me today! :-)

Addison

Addison said...

Thanks, Martha! I totally agree - I love seeing them work things out!

Addison

Addison said...

That's a great point, Maureen! There's this ready-made connection that's very easy to quickly fall back into with a reunion romance.

Addison

Addison said...

Thanks, Penney!!! And thanks for visiting with me today!

Addison

Addison said...

Me too, Lori! And I'd wager the majority of my keepers are reunion romances, too!

Addison

Addison said...

Thanks, Emily!

I had a blast using Alaska as a backdrop for the series. It really became like it's own character for me!

Addison

Lory Lee said...

I think it's very romantic since they already have a history of being together. It's easier to fall in love again. Perfect example is the love story of Prince William and Duchess Kate. After a dramatic split, they got back together and the rest history.

Beautiful cover by the way. :)