Hi All! Cynthia D’Alba here. Happy to be here at Contemporary Romance Café. The third book in the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series released on Feb. 4, just four days ago! I’m really excited about TEXAS FANDANGO. Its two primary characters, KC Montgomery and Drake Gentry, both began life as secondary characters in previous Texas Montgomery Mavericks books.
In Texas Two Step, (book one of the series), Drake Gentry makes his appearance as the ex-husband of the heroine. I really never intended for Drake to be more than a secondary character who walks on stage, says his lines, and departs. However, I knew I was going to have a problem when my sister (who doesn’t read romance!) called and wanted to know who Drake ended up with as his love interest. Then I started getting fan mail for Drake! Oh dear. I hadn’t planned on writing his story.
KC Montgomery (Kathryn Colleen) walked into Texas Tango (book 2) and announced that she was there, she was an attorney in practice with her cousin Jason Montgomery (no book for him at this time) and I would just have to deal with her. I know you think I’m kidding but seriously, I was typing away on a scene and wham! There she was. It was like someone jumping up from the audience at a play and saying the perfect line. I knew she would demand her happily-ever-after (which she did.)
Now, I adore KC. She’s a strong, liberated woman who grabs the proverbial “bull by the horns” when the opportunity presents itself. Always “in lust” with Drake Gentry, as her favorite cousin’s husband and then ex-husband, KC kept hands off. But, when he’s free, single and fair game, she decides to go for it.
Secondary characters can spice up a story, fill in backstory for the readers, or even serve to move the story along. I think they are vital to realistic storytelling. After all, who of us doesn’t have a friend, or co-worker, or family member who’s a part of our lives? Unless the hero and heroine are stranded in the middle of an ocean, or cut-off someway from civilization, there will be other people in their lives. The “trick” to writing secondary characters is to make them interesting and compelling without taking the shine away from the hero and heroine.
In a continuing series, the number of secondary characters can be numerous. Balancing their time on page can be tricky. Readers get attached to those characters, sometimes as much as the main characters. I am a huge fan of the JD Robb series. I’ve read them all. The Eve Dallas and Roake series has a large cast of secondary characters. So large, some them are “major” secondary characters (Peabody, Dr. Mira, McNabb, Summerset, etc) and some are “minor” secondary characters (Charles Monroe, Galahad, Trina, etc.) It takes a very talented author to juggle all those characters, give us–the readers–an occasional glimpse into the state of their lives, all the while keeping the main characters on stage and moving the story forward. Whew. Big task.
Now back to my secondary characters, KC and Drake. One of the problems I may have is that some readers have (in their minds) Drake paired off with another secondary character. When I wrote Texas Two Step and introduced Drake, I never intended for him to end up with any other character in that book. So I risk upsetting my readers by not giving him the ending they wanted. But I “knew” Drake so much better than anyone and I knew the type of woman he should have in his life. Strong. Smart. Educated. Independent. So that’s who I gave him.
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Here’s a little more about KC and Drake’s Story.
Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 3
KC Montgomery was eleven when she met the love of her life. Of course, seventeen-year-old Drake Gentry didn’t know she existed, but that didn’t stop her girlish fantasies from growing and changing over the years.
Now, after enjoying a front-row seat to his breakup with his latest girlfriend, she’s been handed an all-grown-up fantasy come true—two weeks at the Sand Castle Resort. With him.
Drake most definitely noticed KC a long time ago, but the timing’s never been right. Now that he’s facing a lonely vacation that was supposed to be for two, it seems only natural to accept KC’s offer to fill in. And as far as her terms go… No strings. No expectations. No holds barred. Drake is no fool—he’s all over it.
But once they’re back in Texas there are invisible strings still hanging between them. Strings labeled attraction, affection…even love. And the more they try to untangle the knots, the tighter they’re bound together.
Warning: Beware of sunburns, whirlpool sex and sand in delicate places.
Want to know more about me? I was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, I’m thrilled to be making my home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. I started writing on a challenge from my husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun.
My first book, Texas Two Step, released in 2012 to outstanding reviews, was a Samhain Publishing best seller. The second book in the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series, Texas Tango, released November 5, 2013, again from Samhain Publishing. I am currently at work on book 4 of the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series (Texas Twist).
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