When I received the cover for my newest book, I sighed. Not with pleasure. The people look like humans, even attractive humans, and the colors are nice. It’s just generic and my people and the story are not! The heroine is Texas born and bred and can’t curtsey to save her life. The word subservient is not in her vocabulary. The hero, a crown prince, is accustomed to getting his way (except with his sisters). He’s doing his best to be a stand-up ruler guy unlike the playboy princes who preceded him. It’s a fun trip watching these two work things out.
One of the fun scenes I wrote was set during a family dinner at a table dressed with crisp linens, fine china and sterling silver. Amazing wine and food were served. Ahh, the life of privilege. What could be better? An enjoyable, peaceful meal. Yes?
Not so fast. This family squabbles. Particularly the Prince and his sisters. I realize most of us haven’t dined with royalty, but we’ve eaten with other families, and we’ve sometimes been caught between the devil and the deep blue sea of a “squabble”. My heroine faced the same quandary. She handled it quite well and issued a challenge to everyone at the table to play a game of “chicken scratch”. This is a game my in-laws have passed onto us. Amazing how a game of “chicken scratch” can make you forget your squabbling.
So when you get caught in the middle of some family squabbling, how do you handle it? Do you excuse yourself to the powder room and never return? Try to change the subject … ten times? Drink more wine? Tell me, tell me, tell me. I’m giving away two prizes today. One book from my backlist and a $15.00 gift certificate to Amazon.com
Squabble on! (And if you should wish to take pity on me and buy my book so I don’t have to start working at a fast food place, here’s the link to purchase THE PRINCE’S TEXAS BRIDE http://www.amazon.com/Princes-Texas-Bride-Harlequin-Special/dp/0373655975/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303269459&sr=1-1