Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Family Traditions

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One of my favorite characteristics about a hero is what I call the “family-man” trait. A man who loves his family and will do anything for them. **sigh** In Breaking the Rules, my hero, Dr. Colin Calaway, is a true family man. He raises his eleven-year-old son, Jason, all alone since his wife died two years prior. As a single father, he finds family time vital in his busy life. So, he never misses the traditions they set in place.

Calaway Tradition #1: Friday Night Pizza 
Jason and Colin visit Luigi’s Pizza Parlor every Friday. This tradition is important not only to Colin, but Jason as well. Their regular? Medium Pepperoni Pizza – because those green slimy vegetables are so gross! Luckily, on one of their regular Friday Night Pizza Nights, they run into Ms. Robinson, the new pretty principal. Wonder where that leads? You’ll have to read to find out!

Calaway Tradition #2: The Racer
I don’t know what it’s like in your households, but in mine (with three boys) videogames are a big deal. My own boys led to this inspiration for Jason and Colin’s tradition of playing the arcade game – The Racer. What’s even funner is when they talk uptight Ms. Robinson into playing with them. Hope Robinson soon learns that her heart races to have fun with the Calaways.

Calaway Tradition #3: Swimmers
Like father like son is true in Breaking the Rules. Colin was a college swimmer and he maintains those tight abs by swimming and training Jason in their Florida-home pool. Swimming competitions at Harbor Bay Prep is a Saturday occurrence, too. Will Hope and Colin run into each other at the swim meets? 

All in all, family traditions make Colin a true heartthrob. The love of this father for his son definitely tugs at my heart. What family traditions do you have? Leave a comment below and I may use one of your ideas for a future story!

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Breaking the Rules

A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who—even strapped in a cast—has to uphold a competent attitude at all times.

Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs—and their hearts—are worth the risk. Sensuality Level: Sensual

Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd.  She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they’re grown. Learn more about her at 
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  1. Hi Melinda,
    It's good to meet you here. I'm with you--a family man is right up there at the top of the heartthrob list for me too. A man who can relate to kids is super sexy. Your Colin sounds like he's right up my alley--can't wait to read about him and his uptight Ms. Robinson!

    And living in Guatemala is pretty exotic--are you there permanently? I've lived outside the U.S. three times, but always come back after a temp assignment. Good luck with all your writing!

    1. Hi Lizbeth! Thanks for your kind comments. Colin is a dreamy father, for sure!

      Yes, I've lived in Guatemala for 16 years! But, I believe one day I'll end up retiring in the US. I miss it too much.

      Thank you for visiting!


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