Adding parents or children to a story can only add to the story's depth. By giving the characters people to play off of, we see them in a different light.
In Suze Robinson's latest release, WORTH SOMETHING MORE, the author uses the relationship between the hero and his daughter to give a different look at the hero. Now this brooding guy has more on his mind that his company or work, but also his family.
Here's a great excerpt to show just how much his daughter means to him...
“Dad, I get it. It’s a crazy time with the game releasing. I could always move my appointment around and see about staying with a friend during your meetings. It’s not a big deal.”
I slide across the couch and hug her. I never want my daughter to think she’s less important, or that I ever put my work before her. It wasn’t the case, not anymore.
I almost lost her once, and it tore us apart. It broke my family into pieces, and I’ll fight to keep the shattered remains together. Lily is everything to me and nothing comes before her.
“I love you. Please don’t think I’m upset that I get more time with you. You aren’t moving or changing anything, got it?”
“Got it. I love you too.”
We spend the next couple of hours together watching a movie and laughing. Lily’s always able to bring some of that lightness back into my life. We talk about everything and nothing around a bowl full of popcorn and the sounds of lightsabers in the background. It’s the perfect way to spend my evening.
“So, how’s school going? Your mom mentioned we have a couple of projects to work on?” I ask, then toss some popcorn in my mouth. She leans forward to grab a drink of water then rolls her eyes. “School’s okay. The projects she’s mentioned can wait. How’s the game trailer coming along? You still have a meeting in the morning to bring the new team up-to-date with the launch, right?”
“Don’t change the subject. You know how important school is, so why do you say your homework can wait?”
“It’s not a big deal, just an easy science report, and it’s finished, mostly. You know how Mom gets. Which will probably only get worse when I start high school next year. Anyway, the game?” She presses forward, so I let the worries of homework go. She’s right, her mother pushes those things when it’s not necessary. I trust Lily to be responsible.
Kate has three focuses— video games, red wine, and following her dreams. None of those will require her to fall in love, settle down or have kids like her mother wishes and she's quite content with her non-existent dating life.
That’s until Lincoln shows up and literally knocks her on her butt during their first encounter. Subsequent meetings are less than stellar as the gorgeous and broody marketing director comes out of hiding. With a shared love for gaming, Lincoln and Kate form a quick friendship despite their age gap and working relationship.
Fate decides to take a dark twist, testing Kate in ways she couldn't imagine. With a tragic turn of events, Kate's life will take her on a new path, one that might not cross with Lincoln's anymore.
What happens when fate makes you decide between your heart and your dreams?
About the Author:
Suze Robinson is a contemporary romance author. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter. Her passion is writing stories about strong women, hunky book boyfriends, and happily ever afters.
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