This is a guest post by author Olivia Gaines
My Obsession with the Happily Ever After by Olivia Gaines
Okay. Okay. I believe in fairy tales. Sue me. It will not stop me from writing the stories I believe in my heart should be and need to be told. I am a contemporary romance writer which means I take an old fable, update it with a twist, and give the women a happily ever after. Truth be told, that’s what we all want.
No, we don’t want some Alpha male, walking through the door, pointing at everything, including the damsel in distress and saying “mine.” This isn’t yours buddy. You haven’t made a single down payment, kept up with the maintenance and you don’t even know how this operates. Personally, I’m offended that this random stranger has labeled the woman as his, then kisses her and share this passionate night and now they are riding off into the sunset on his Harley to have babies.
Shut the front door.
Get out and never come back.
This is not the happily ever after I am obsessed with, and here’s why. If we remember, yes, some of you may have to go back a bit further than others, to your first time, it wasn’t that great. There were no earth shattering climaxes where tears ran from the corners of your eyes at the tenderness of the connection with your love. It was three humps with a chump who barely figured out what he was doing and you were crying all right, but not for the reasons he thought.
I have written that scene into a story, in Montana, where she believed it was going to be wonderful and it wasn’t. This is where my happily every after comes into play. This horrible experience with her husband becomes a teachable moment for them both as she takes this handsome hunk who is accustomed to getting his way with women and makes him slow down, and learn how to love her. Le sigh. In the end, they find their way to love through understand and working towards a common goal.
Fast forward to my latest entry into my Modern Mail Order Bride series, with On A Rainy Night in Georgia, I do introduce a damsel in distress. She in in distress in the worst way, and in labor. She shows up on our hero’s doorstep in labor. Yep, a baby is coming out of her Mommy maker.
This story stretched me as a writer, because there was no fast way to the happily ever after, and I can’t do it in one novel. I took my time, taking you through each day with Zeke and Tameka, as she begins to heal, hope and they find a solution to get them off the mountain. My obsession of course, leads me to the solution that he is going to have to marry her, adopt the child, and give her his name in order to get all three of them off the mountain.
You can learn a great deal about someone in 21 days, or on a road trip, or even working on a project.
You can also learn the true meaning of sacrifice and what it takes to love another person.
The Neary brothers are about to learn all three in this trilogy about brothers who find love in the most untraditional manner, but find the perfect partner in which to share life. The happily ever after just became a great deal more interesting, with an Olivia Gaines twist.