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Unwrapping a Marriage
by Reana Malori and Michel Prince
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
What do you do when the love that once set you free, feels like it’s holding you prisoner?
Sterling and Elizabeth Jackson have built a life most would envy. A beautiful home, two wonderful children and a very comfortable lifestyle. Yet something is tearing them apart. With divorce looming, they are trying to make it through the holiday season for their family.
With clashing schedules, demands from employers and two busy kids, the former lovers have managed to stay out of each other’s orbit, at least for a while. But Fate, or maybe their well-meaning family, has set them up on a collision course.
Past memories bubble up to the surface and there’s nothing to stem the flow. What once was amazing has turned hurtful and full of pain. But is that the real story? Is it too late for a couple who once lived and breathed for each other to find their way back?
Somber music started playing from the den and Sterling felt a pull to find out what Beth was doing. They’d spent too many nights ruminating within their own thoughts to ever know what the other might be thinking. This was their problem. Why had he come home determined to find a way to get his wife back, only to go into a separate room?
Rounding the corner, he saw her sitting amongst a pile of toys almost reaching the ceiling. Wearing only a tan oversized sweater and pair of fuzzy socks, she looked snuggled in amongst the presents she was wrapping. On the floor where she sat was her half-full glass of white wine, along with the plate of cheese, crackers, sausage and wrapping paper she was measuring. He smiled when he noticed the grapes were all gone.
“I’ve heard of divorcing parents spoiling their kids to compensate for the loss, but don’t you think you went a little overboard?” Sterling asked as he stood in the doorway of the den
Beth didn’t look up from the task at hand. Instead, the hiss of the scissors slicing through the paper disrupted the music. “If you must know, divorcing parents also forget important things, like their kids presents. Sadly, not one of these are for our children.”
“Then why are you being an elf?”
“Because Christine couldn’t be bothered with it I guess. Too much planning for her big trip back home to San Diego to think about the kids in Chicago.” Beth finished taping the paper to the box and then picked up an empty sheet of labels. “Damn it.” She stretched her neck and hunted around without getting up.
Sterling saw a pile on the desk across the room and pointed to them. “Those what you’re looking for?” he asked, a bit afraid to enter the Tetris like maze Beth had created.
“Yes,” she said as she pulled herself up.
Then he caught a glimpse of the crest of her ass right before the sweater dropped to her thick thigh. Sucking in his lips, he felt his hands tingle imagining the feel of it again. Tasting his way from the back of her knee around front as he worked his way to her core.
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Discuss the Joys of Fighting Stereotypes When Writing Characters
A stereotype is a box. It defines, confines and maligns your character. There is no reason that every blue eyed, blonde woman be a ditz. Every black man doesn’t need a criminal record. Not every Asian is good at math. People raised south of the Mason-Dixon line are capable of earning degrees and marrying outside of their family. When you define your character by their race, ethnic background or where they live you are limiting more than your characters. You are limiting yourself as a writer.
The easiest thing a writer can do is fall into the stereotype for their character. Are there times I do it? Yes and no. I write a lot of athletes. Whether it’s a stereotype or the personality of the person that makes them choose the position they play you tend to see kindred spirits in the same position. I have a volleyball player that is the setter. A setter gets no glory, but commands the floor. Much like my character that is unseen most days yet holds the fate of the world in her hands.
There are other stereotypes I write against for a few reasons. The first is I know too many people that you might say are against type. As a writer I want to show that not every black man is a thug or when a white woman is with him that she’s desperate or has highly teased hair. The second is the best way to break a stereotype is to show a character living their life and not trapping themselves in boxes. Readers enjoy a story they can connect to and I believe I bring that to them. No matter the race of the hero or heroine a reader can connect because I write about people, plain and simple.
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Celebrating All Love: Five Tips on How to Write a Multicultural/Interracial Love Story
The key to writing a multicultural/interracial romance is to understand that regardless of the demographics of the characters, always remember that you’re writing a romance. Romance is timeless. Romance crosses all lines and removes all barriers and connects so many people. People of all races just want to be loved. As human beings, we all want to find that one person (or two people, in some instances), who give us peace. Who accept us for who we are. The need for romance and love and happily-ever-after is something that everyone longs for and dreams about. My stories follow that premise at all times, because if nothing else, my stories are full of romance and promise and happily ever after.
The characters should reflect the reality of our diverse and eclectic world. Stereotypes and preconceived notions regarding how individuals in interracial relationships behave. I steer away from stereotypical characters and include characters who are smart, but can sometimes make bad decisions, characters who are educated, but can allow logical thought to take precedence over how their heart feels, and characters who love their families, but who are not perfect and have conflict.
Descriptions are so important. People come in so many shades of pink, tan and brown. Red hair, brown hair, green and blue eyes – the wondrous diversity that exists in this world can be explained in so many ways. That being said, it’s extremely important to know “who” you’re writing about and describe them perfectly. Readers connect with people who are described in a way that they can visualize and that makes sense. Be sensitive to how characters are described.
Always respect your characters, who they are and where they come from. Since my stories usually feature a black woman as the heroine, I try to reflect her as an individual, a friend, her family, and who she is as a sensual woman. She’s more than a one-dimensional figure, and highlighting all the things that make her unique is key to telling a good story. Her mannerisms, tone of voice, and unique phrases are what make her the person she is.
Ultimately, writing multicultural / interracial romance requires the same commitment to the characters and storyline that any story requires. There may come a time, depending on the character’s backstory, where the character’s race may become an issue. And that’s okay. But it should be treated simply as part of the story that can develop into a reason for awareness, acceptance, or ultimately, no reason at all to stop the two main characters from pursuing a relationship or falling in love.
Reana Malori writes Contemporary novels focusing on Multicultural / Interracial Romance. She firmly believes that love in all its forms should be celebrated and her stories reflect that belief. She hopes to weave stories that pull the reader into her world and helps them to share in her universe, even if only for a short time.
An avid reader since the age of 14, she decided to pursue her passion in 2009 and released her first novella, To Love a Marine. Since then, she has released more than 20 books, to include Weekend Fling, Escape to Heaven, Closer to You and Finding Faith.
When she is not writing, you can most often find her enjoying a good book as she is, first and foremost, a romance reader. Reana currently resides in Montclair, Virginia with her husband and two sons who keep her busy laughing, having fun, and making sure she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
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Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.
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