Monday, June 8, 2015

Opposites Attract…or Do They?

With: Barbara White Daille

Congratulations to "Emily B.", the winner in Barbara's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

It takes all kinds to make a world, or so they say. That’s one of the reasons I love being a romance author:  having the chance to write about many heroes and heroines and secondary characters, all with different backgrounds and interests and goals. For this post, we’re putting an emphasis on different.

There are many well-loved story lines in romance. One of them is the opposites attract tale, where the hero and heroine don’t have much—or maybe anything—in common but still manage to find each other, work their way through to a resolution of their conflicts, and fall in love.  

The “opposites attract” story happens often in real life, too. For example, I’m a very big reader, and you’ll find my reading material on the couch, the kitchen table, my nightstand, and in every room in our house. While I read everything from romance, mystery, and biographies down to—yes, I’ll admit it—the backs of cereal boxes, my husband reads the sports pages in the Sunday paper. (And the books I write, of course!)

We know a couple who have very different pastimes. She lives for hobbies such as zip-lining and mountain-biking; he would much rather putter around in their garden. Another couple we know take turns going out together on each of their favorite dates. One night, this couple will dress up, have dinner at a fancy restaurant, and attend the opera or the theatre. Another night, they’ll wear jeans and T-shirts while chowing down on hot wings and drinking beer at the neighborhood bar.

Pete and Jane, the hero and heroine of my upcoming (July) book, A Rancher of Her Own, are as different as night and morning, from their personalities and lifestyles to the people and places that mean the most to them.  

Jane’s a city girl, through and through.  She dresses in head-to-toe black, has an exciting job that keeps her on the move to many different cities in many different countries, and if there’s one thing she knows about herself, it’s that she’s not looking for a relationship.

Pete’s a dyed-in-the-wool cowboy who couldn’t care less if he never leaves his small hometown. He’s more than content to stay on the ranch he manages and where he lives with his two young kids. And if there’s one thing he’s certain of, it’s that he won’t get involved with some smart-mouthed city slicker who doesn’t care about having a family.

Sounds like they have every reason not to get together, doesn’t it?  But just as in real life, if this mismatched couple can figure out how to solve their conflicts and meet in the middle…well, they just might have a chance at a happy-ever-after.

Here’s a quick clip for you from the story:

Arms crossed, Pete leaned against the doorframe and watched Jane go up the ladder. “You do realize that sticker on the step you just breezed past says not to climb any higher, right?”

“I need to find the best angle.” She sat astride the top of the ladder, one foot braced on the paint tray. After a few clicks with her camera, she frowned and glanced toward the window near the head of the tub. “Can you move that curtain to one side?”

“It’s bright as day in here already.”

“The sun’s going down, though, and I want to catch the light streaming in across the bubbles.”

He’d called it right about her liking things just so. He flipped up the bottom of the curtain to loop it over the rod.

Again, she frowned. “Not exactly the effect I was looking for.”

“You really are a perfectionist, aren’t you?”

For a moment, her lips pressed into a tight, straight line. Then she smiled. “You ought to see my hospital corners when I make a bed.”

“Was that an offer?” The words slipped out of his mouth before he’d had a chance to think about the consequences. What was it about Jane that scrambled his brain?

She gave him a slow smile. “Cowboy, if I made you an offer, it would be perfectionistically clear.”

The image that brought to mind left him breathless. He turned and shoved the fabric across the rod, then stood looking through the window. One way or another, he needed to forget these thoughts he was having about her.

Or find out if he actually had seen that spark of interest from her earlier.

Have you got an opposites attract example from a relationship of your own or of someone you know?  Share it with us, and your name will be tossed in the hat to win one of Barbara’s backlist books.

Abouth the Author:
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara’s new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began in April 2015 with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and continues with A Rancher of Her Own in July and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal in December.

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A Rancher of Her Own 
Barbara White Daille – July 2015

Ranch manager Pete Brannigan has no interest in playing tour guide to a city slicker like Jane Garland. But spending a few days with the headstrong photographer is a small price to pay for everything her grandfather has given the single dad. Though Pete's drawn to Jane's sharp wit and striking beauty, he won't hurt his young children by falling for another woman who puts her career before family. 

Jane's seen the world through her camera…and used it to shield her emotions. With Pete, she can finally let her guard down. If only he could do the same. Despite their powerful bond, Pete still can't trust Jane with his kids or his heart. But if he keeps pushing her away, he may ruin any chance their relationship has to develop. 

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  1. My husband and I are opposite in many ways. But, we do have shared morals and values which is good. I do like that we have different strengths. I am better at planning, He is better at doing. yenastone at aol dot com

    1. Tammy - I think you've hit on one of the best things about putting opposing personalities together - the ability to work from each other's strengths. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Opposites do attract and in my case did last - over 30 years. He grew up hearing that family was everything. I didn't hear that at all. He wanted everything done just right but never remembered to do it. So I was his reminder. We worked well together and raised 4 great kids.


    1. Jo-Anne - that's a lovely story and can be the basis of a great romance novel. I've written stories (and am right now working on another) in which that difference of opinion regarding family plays such a big role in the conflict.

      The good thing about being the author is, I can make sure everything works out all right! :)

      So glad it did for you and your sweetheart, too - and congrats on your 30-plus years.

  3. Opposites do attract and in my case did last - over 30 years. He grew up hearing that family was everything. I didn't hear that at all. He wanted everything done just right but never remembered to do it. So I was his reminder. We worked well together and raised 4 great kids.


    1. Thought I was seeing double! ;) Responded to this one above.

  4. Thanks to JCR for inviting me to drop in to chat with you all! I'll be popping in and out all week, so feel free to keep those comments and questions coming.

  5. not a romantic story. But my best friend and I are as opposite as they come. She is loud, outrageous, outgoing. I am very shy, quite, don't like loudness. I said something about us being so different and she she told me we completed each other. I am the nice have she is the naughty half. LOL

    1. LOL, regencygirl! Your best friend sounds pretty smart.

      Opposite do work well with friendships, too. I'm right now brainstorming a book with a heroine and her BFF who are complete opposites...until her BFF tells her it might work to her advantage with the hero if she makes a few changes. ;) It's going to be one fun book to write!

      Thank you for commenting.

  6. Me and my hubby are opposites in some ways while in others we are alike. It's the yin & the yang that keeps our relationship interesting and special. xondraday(AT)yahoo(DOT)ca

    1. Xondra - I'll second that on opposites being interesting and special, both in real life and in fiction!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. My paternal grandparents were total opposites he did his thing she did hers were married for over 50 years.

    1. Kim, that's great proof opposites can still make a relationship work. Thanks for sharing!

  8. My grandparents were opposites... she was a tiny outgoing woman and he was the quiet gentle giant...

    1. An interesting combination, Colleen. In a way, each is almost an opposite mix within him/herself, too.

      I love reading all these stories.

  9. don't know any

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  10. My grandparents are pretty opposite, my grandpa is loud and talkative and my grandma is more shy and quiet but they have been together almost 50 years now.

    emilybaucom at yahoo dot com


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