Kara Leigh Miller & Jody Holford
They can pretend they’re fine…
Moving to NYC is supposed to be the fresh start Kristy Andrews so desperately needs, but she can't seem to shake the after-effects of having been kidnapped last year.
Detective Jackson Reed never meant to kill an innocent man, but knowing that doesn’t change the guilt he lives with every single day.
But they can’t hide forever…
When Kirsty and Jackson meet, the connection is instantaneous, but neither is ready to open up about their pasts. Can love and trust conquer their demons?
In order to have a future, they’ll have to face their past…
When Kristy starts receiving threatening messages, her anxiety kicks into overdrive, but the last thing she wants is Jackson worrying about her.
Jackson may doubt his ability to return to active duty, but he has no doubts about his instincts concerning Kristy. Someone is trying to hurt her, and he refuses to let that happen, even if it means going back to work; something he wasn’t sure he’d do.
As the threats increase, Jackson shows Kristy that strength doesn’t mean facing her fears alone, and Kristy shows Jackson that forgiveness starts from within. Can they save each other before it’s too late? Or will the past come back to haunt them?
Kara lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. When she's not busy writing romance novels, she's spending time with her family or attending one of her many writer’s groups. An active member of The Romance Writers of America and the CNY Writers Haven, Kara is also Managing Editor for Anaiah Press' Surge and Romance Imprints. She absolutely loves to hear from her fans and fellow authors, so feel free to drop her a line anytime!
Jody is a wife, mom, reader, and a writer. She is also a blogger and follower, a word twister, and a
Jody Holford & Kara Leigh Miller - Guest Post
With both of us being writers of Christian and secular romance, we’re cognizant of the differences between the two. The rules are different but we want the same outcome: a story that shows the connection and conflict between the two main characters and results in happily ever
With Christian romance, the emotional and spiritual connection has to lead over the physical connection. This can be tricky because in secular romance, the physical connection often/usually enhances the emotional connection, adding strength and conflict to the relationship.
To create that connection, without the physical aspect, our characters are...willing to wait. When we started writing Jaded Love, we knew the physical wasn’t an option because it’s not what audiences are looking for when choosing a Christian Romance; however, they still want that romantic connection. In truth, having to write about attraction without having characters act on that attraction has made both of us stronger and more visual writers. A look or a casual touch has to have power the way a kiss or caress might in a mainstream romance.
To enhance and heighten the emotion and connection between Kristy and Jackson, we still had a physical attraction but it wasn’t the main focus. Jackson has been slowly closing himself off from the world, going to group and home. He’s been avoiding the idea of going back to work, his family, and his friends. But when he meets Kristy, his instincts, emotions, and protective nature engage and audiences see that she affects him. She gets under his skin without a touch.
For Kristy, the physical attraction is an obvious thing, but, like it is for Jackson, there’s more. She’s reluctant to get close to anyone other than her core friendship group. She’s burying her anxiety rather than facing it. But with Jackson, she can laugh and breathe.
Establishing these character traits and then showing how the two of them slowly pull down the other’s walls-- in a way no one else could-- created the emotional connection that drew the characters to each other romantically, emotionally, and spiritually.
There are several internal and external conflicts that exist within the story and as Kristy and Jackson begin to rely on each other, turn to each other, and need each other, the romance becomes woven into the fabric of the story. It’s there but it’s not the most important piece...it’s part of the whole.
In relationships, real or fictional, we want to know we can rely on our partner. We want to turn to them, know we can tell them anything, and have them accept us for who we are. There is romance in that and it creates an emotional connection and bond that only gets stronger with each conflict they face.
Our goal was to create a story where these two characters provide something for each other that no one else could-- because, just like in secular romance-- they are meant for each other. Why that person? That’s always the question, but sometimes the answer is inconclusive. Part is physical attraction, certainly in the beginning, but God, love and longevity transcend the physical and that’s what we try to focus on when writing a romantic suspense for a Christian publication.
Hopefully we’ve done that in a way that readers will root for their success as a couple and as individuals.