Travis McCoy’s journey has led him down a road of changes where he found the love of his life and their child. Travis, Penelope, and Max have struggled during their time apart, found their way back home, and finally tied their lives together as a family. Now, Penelope and Travis find themselves on a new journey, one that leads them to the greatest journey of all.
At the brink of dusk, Travis held his arm out to Nadine. She smiled and slid her fingers around his bicep, clutching onto him. They were standing at one end of a covered bridge in Brandenburg Park, at the base of the Red River Ski Area, while Russ, Max, and Penelope stood at the other end. They had placed lanterns and candles along the way to offer a soft, sensual ambiance.
“Are you ready, Nadine?” Travis asked, looking down at the woman who had captured his father’s heart.
“More than ever.” She smiled. The two of them started across the bridge at a slow pace.
In two years, so much of Travis’s life had changed. After an injury ended his professional football career, he had come home to face his past. At the time, Travis had been prepared to fight with his father about the choices he’d made, yet somehow they had been able to rip off the bandages and expose their wounded souls to one another. With everything out in the open, Travis and Russ had begun to mend their tattered relationship and were now closer than they had ever been.
Travis shifted his attention to Max. He had been the person who brought them all together. Max had come barreling into Travis’s life with a bounce in his step and a positive outlook on life that most ten year olds didn’t have. The moment Travis looked from the boy to Penelope, he’d known Max was his son. At first, he had been angry that he’d missed out the chance to be a father to Max, but when Penelope explained why she hid his son from him, he understood.
Travis had been so wrapped up in achieving his dream of becoming a star football player that Penelope had been afraid of telling him she was pregnant for fear of him resenting her for taking away his dream. As much as he had wanted to deny her claims, Travis couldn’t. He wouldn’t have abandoned her or their child, but he could admit that a part of him would have grown to resent her for trapping him in a life that he had never wanted — or that he hadn’t thought he wanted. At eighteen, he was too dumb to know that he could have had everything.
None of that mattered now, though. Travis had allowed himself to love Penelope again, to be the man she’d always known he was meant to become. He became Max’s father, someone for him to admire and strive to emulate. Travis’s life had endured a couple of bumps in the road, but in the long run, he was right where he was supposed to be: on a covered bridge, walking his soon-to-be step-mother down the aisle so she could marry his father.
“Wow, honey, you look amazing,” Russ said as Travis and Nadine stopped in front of him.
Travis took Nadine’s hand and placed it in his father’s. Shifting his eyes up to Russ’s, Travis told him, “Just love her.”
“I do, boy, I do,” Russ replied.
I always find it difficult when a blogger tells me it’s “author’s choice” when it comes down to writing out a guest post. I mean, you would think I could blabber on about any old subject, use eloquent words and phrases, but no. I find it incredibly difficult, but I’m going to give it a go. Since I really feel like I’ve covered every aspect of my Journey books as I possibly can between all four tours, today I am going to talk about romance and why it’s a genre that is becoming widely accepted by literary circles.
In the past, people thought of romance as the trashy, supermarket books that women read, the ones that had a half-naked man with his arms wrapped around a voluptuous woman who clung onto him like he alone could save her. And maybe he could. The majority of these books were written from the woman’s point of view, and the man in the story was damn near perfect.
But lately, I’ve noticed a small shift. More and more writers are delving into the man’s mind when writing their books. Sometimes these men are too good to be true still, but often they have a flaw. Whether it’s pride, arrogance, or something deeper, they aren’t perfect. And that’s a good thing—a great thing, because nobody is perfect, and our book-boyfriends shouldn’t be either.
Another shift that I’ve noticed in the romance genre is the depth of the plot lines. Authors are tackling more taboo subjects, such as Daddy-kink, BDSM, and hardcore erotica. Now, one might argue that the sub-genres don’t really have any romance in them, but that’s not always true. A lot of the newer releases, such as R. E. Hargrave’s The Divine Series, are showing how two people in a committed BDSM relationship can fall in love and find complete happiness. After all, don’t we all want to fall in love?
Lisa Bilbrey is a mom of three and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996.
Finding a love in the written word, she started writing as a way to express herself. From the first word she wrote, she’d found her heart and soul. Always willing to learn, she’s spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller.
In late 2011, Lisa opened Renaissance Romance Publishing with Michele Richard and Laura Braley.
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9/10: Promo/Excerpt: Fandom Fanatic
Review, Promo/excerpt: FS Meurinne
9/11: Guest Post: Lorenz Font
9/12: Interview: Jude Ouvrard
9/13: Review: Lindsey Gray
Review: Sarah Carroll
9/14: Promo/Excerpt: S.A. Jones
9/15: Review: N. Wood
9/16: Review: Mich’s Book Reviews
9/17: Guest Post: Michele Richard
9/18: Guest Post: Jude Ouvrard
9/19: Guest Post: Donna Huber
Review: Anna Crosswell
9/20: Guest Post: Laura Braley
9/21: Guest Post: Elizabeth M. Lawrence
9/22: Interview: M.C. Rayne
9/23: Promo/Excerpt: Jennifer Garcia
Guest Post: Elena M. Reyes
Review: R. E. Hargrave