OS: Welcome to Jodie Griffin, here to talk about Twice in a Lifetime and the importance of Secondary Characters!
Hi! I’m Jodie Griffin, and I write contemporary romance and kinky erotic romance. I’m here to talk about my sixth published book, TWICE IN A LIFETIME, a contemporary female/female story with mature characters—and my first story for Riptide! I’d like to thank all the blog hosts for letting me stop by, and I hope you take the chance to visit all of their sites. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card.
SECONDARY CHARACTERS: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO THIS STORY?
Hi! I’m Jodie Griffin, and I write contemporary romance and kinky erotic romance. I’m here to talk about my sixth published book, TWICE IN A LIFETIME, a contemporary female/female story with mature characters—and my first story for Riptide!
This story is a book about second chances, and about finding love after having—and losing—it. These older characters have already lived and loved and gathered people into their lives. Important people. People who aren’t just in the periphery, but who are vital to them—family and friends. While writing this book, I decided those people had to be a part of this story, or you wouldn’t get the whole picture of who Eve and Talia are.
Talia’s a widow who’d been married for 23 years when her husband died, and she’s got two daughters. Lila, her oldest, is an electrician and works in the family business. Rissa, her youngest, is away at college studying engineering. She’s still tied to her late husband’s family, and we see all of them throughout the story.
Eve’s been single, but her son Derrick is her heart. And while she’s proud of him for all he’s accomplished, she misses him terribly while he’s deployed. Her parents and siblings are important to her too—and they keep her sane while Derrick is in harm’s way.
Those strong family ties are one of the things that bring Eve and Talia together. I wanted to include their adult children in the story because, grown or not, they’re still a significant part of Eve’s and Talia’s lives.
The very first pages of this story bears that out. Talia’s getting texts from her daughters on her first day at her new job; Eve is late and stuck in line behind Talia at the metal detector because of a stressful, early-morning call from her son.
Along with seeing how each parent was with their own child/children, it was also important to me that we see Derrick interacting with Talia, and Lila and Rissa interacting with Eve. After all, if Eve and Talia wind up together (and hey, it’s a romance, so we KNOW they wind up together!) they’re all going to be family—and their relationship will be bigger than just the two of them. Thanksgiving dinner was a good way to do it, as were later scenes that I won’t spoil for those of you who haven’t read the book yet!
All in all, the kids and their reactions to their parents dating was one of the best parts of TWICE INA LIFETIME to write. I had so much fun teasing all of them—parents and children. And I hope you enjoy what they bring to the story.
I’d like to thank Open Skye Book Reviews for letting me stop by, and I hope you take the chance to visit all of the other blog sites that are part of this tour. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card.
When widow Talia Wasserman applies for a job with the local police department, she’s shocked to discover she’ll be working for Lieutenant Eve Poe, an officer she’d met—and been attracted to—during a long-ago citizen’s police academy workshop. Fifteen years later, the spark is still there, and no one’s currently in Talia’s life or in her bed. But there’s just one teeny, tiny problem. Eve is her boss, so she’s completely off-limits.
Eve feels a sizzling connection with Talia from the very first, but Talia works for her, and that’s just a bad idea. Besides, Eve needs to focus on the person sending disturbing emails to her office, and not on the woman who quickly makes herself invaluable to the department. It’s too bad her heart doesn’t agree with her.
Then Eve is badly injured in the line of duty, and Talia’s worst fears are realized. She may lose her chance at happiness with the woman she’s come to love, and she can’t survive that kind of loss twice in a lifetime.
About Jodie Griffin
Jodie Griffin didn’t always want to be a writer. She spent hours reading, but school papers were written one painful word at a time. Then a story idea came, demanding to be put on paper. After years of practice, she took the leap, submitted her first manuscript, and hasn’t looked back.
Jodie is also an avid photographer, a chocoholic, and a lover of bad puns. When she’s not writing, she’s likely out stalking the moon for that perfect shot.
Jodie’s own happily ever after includes one incredibly supportive husband and one future heroine. Visit Jodie at www.jodiegriffin.com.
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To celebrate the release of Twice In a Lifetime, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 27, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!