Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Can You Ever Escape Your Parents?

With: Susan Fox

Congratulations to "Natalija", the winner in Susan's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Even when you’re all grown up—and even if your parents are no longer alive—they influence you in ways you might not even consciously realize. That’s certainly true for the heroine and hero in my new release, FlyAway With Me, the first book in my Blue Moon Harbor series from Kensington Zebra.


Known for its rugged beauty and eccentric residents, tiny Blue Moon Harbor is big on love...

For busy lawyer Eden Blaine, a trip to a Pacific Northwest island she’s never even heard of is far from a vacation. Eden’s ailing mother has tasked her with finding her long-lost aunt, who once had ties to a commune on the island.  Still reeling from a breakup with her longtime boyfriend, romance is the last thing Eden is looking for. But her gorgeous seaplane pilot has her wondering if a carefree rebound fling is exactly what she needs…

Aaron Gabriel has no illusions about happily ever after. His troubled childhood made sure of that. But he does appreciate a pretty woman’s company, and Eden is the exact combination of smart and sexy that turns him on. Still, as he helps her search for her missing aunt, the casual relationship he imagined quickly becomes something much more passionate—and much harder to give up. Can two people determined to ignore romance recognize that their heated connection is the kind of love destined to last?

Do you see clues to Eden’s character? She’s a lawyer and she’s busy, yet she’s the person her mom trusts with a delicate, important task. And, despite being busy, and worried about her mom’s illness, and having just gone through a breakup, Eden agrees to take precious time and to travel to a distant destination.

Eden’s parents are wonderful and gave her and her younger sister a terrific childhood. But… Eden’s the oldest, and for six years was an only child. Her parents are well-educated professionals who had high expectations of Eden—and she’s always done her best to live up to those expectations. She’s organized, analytical, and efficient. She is also driven, obsessive, a perfectionist, and she hates to delegate. Not the most appealing qualities!

“I have to wonder,” Aaron said, “does your conscience whack you upside the head every time you contemplate taking a little time to just enjoy life?”

Yes, even the best parents and the most loving family relationship can result in some “baggage.” I had a lot of fun, in Fly Away With Me, finding ways to get Eden to loosen up, lighten up on the pressure she puts on herself, and be more open to seeing other people’s viewpoints. And of course Aaron certainly did his share.
“Is there any reason you can’t have some fun while you’re trying to track down your aunt?” Aaron asked.
He glanced over, saw her scrunched-up forehead, and figured she was well on her way to getting a frown line. “You sound as if you don’t know the meaning of the word.”
When she frowned even harder, he laughed. “Relax, Eden. Let me help you.”

Because he’s charming and sexy, and also because he’s a good guy who offers to help her on her quest, Eden can’t resist that offer!

Now, let’s look at Aaron. His childhood was indeed troubled. He never knew his father, and his mom was a drug addict and prostitute. Aaron grew up in poverty, with no security, and he devoted himself to protecting his younger sister, Miranda. When their mom OD’ed, her parents on Destiny Island grudgingly took the kids—and made sure they knew what a burden they were.

But Aaron has created a great life for himself. He loves Destiny, loves flying, and loves being his own boss. He portrays an easygoing image. He never talks about his past and he opts into casual relationships only—and is clear about that up front. That’s how he presents himself to Eden, as the carefree confirmed bachelor.

But… He’s seriously damaged, emotionally, by his past. He doesn’t believe that a happily-ever-after is in store for him. But on the plus side, he’s strong and self-sufficient, and he’s totally committed to Miranda (who is now a single parent) and her young daughter.

At first, Eden believes in the façade Aaron presents, but then, as she starts to care for him, she suspects there’s more to him than meets the eye. His defenses come up and he denies it. But over time, as he comes to care for her, too, his defenses crumble.

Eden made him feel things. Respect, maybe even some envy. Annoyance sometimes. Frustration. Tenderness. The shell around his heart had never been endangered by any other lover, yet now it had developed a hairline crack and a weird mix of emotions was trickling out.

Finally, he opens up to her, and here’s what she thinks:
Aaron had told her from the beginning that he avoided serious relationships and now she knew he had a good reason. He’d been so emotionally damaged by his mom’s dysfunction, his grandparents’ rejection, and even Miranda’s risky lifestyle and refusal to let him help. He likely didn’t believe he’d ever find a love that was stable, that he could trust in.
He deserved love—but maybe he was too damaged to ever find it.

Well, it’s a romance, so of course they do end up together. But to get there, they each need to make a significant emotional journey. One that involves overcoming the baggage from childhood, and drawing on strengths that developed in large part because of the way each of them grew up.

I’d love to hear readers’ thoughts about my characters and story, as well as their views about the influence of parents and the baggage from childhood.

Susan will be giving away an autographed copy to one lucky reader leaving a comment or email entry. This offer is open internationally.

About Susan:
International bestselling author Susan Fox, who also writes as Susan Lyons and Savanna Fox, “knows what women want in a contemporary romance” (Publishers Weekly). Her books have won numerous awards and Love Somebody Like You was a RITA® finalist.

Susan is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor.

Purchase links for Fly Away With Me:
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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST August 3rd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. Thanks for hosting me here today!

  2. I so love a story where hero plays an important role in his sister's and her kid's lifes. That always melts my heart :) Looking forward to reading the book.


    1. It melts my heart, too, Natalija. With Aaron, it proves that he's capable of a serious commitment, even though he thinks he's the kind of guy who isn't destined for love and a "happily ever after."

  3. I love the sound of this book, looks to be an interesting series. Plus, I love that cover! :)
    Congrats on your new book, Susan!
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  4. Your book sounds wonderful... seems like it will touch my emotions, which I love when a book does!

    1. Thanks, Colleen. Yes, it will!

  5. Sounds like a lovely start to a new series.
    Even though we lost our Mom thirteen years ago, my siblings and I will often comment ho what her reaction would be to certain situations and how she would hope we would act appropriately.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I lost mine a long time ago too, and I think of her often. She was always really supportive of my writing (instead of nagging me to be a lawyer!) and I know she'd be thrilled to bits to see my books. And yeah, she would definitely want me to act appropriately!

  6. This sounds like a lovely read!

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  7. sounds interestin

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  8. Thanks, Lynn and bn100.

  9. Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading!Thanks!📚❤☺


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