Monday, June 29, 2020

Romance Stories With Children by Laura Scott

Good morning and happy Monday! Laura Scott here with a question for readers. Do you like books that feature heroes and heroines with children and if so, why or maybe, why not?

I have written over 50 books for Harlequin - more than 25 of them Love Inspired Suspense. Having kids in books is something our editors love to see and as a mother, as much as I love kids, I'm often torn by this particular trope. 

I'm going to be honest, our problem child (who is now a nurse and no longer a problem, thankfully) nearly broke us apart. We managed to survive, celebrated 35 years of marriage in May, but there were times especially during the teenage years, when I thought kids were highly overrated. Ha!

Sure, kids are cute, but raising them is no picnic. It's stressful, and never easy. Too much discipline, or too little. Of course the kids in our stories are always cute and adorable, not necessarily doing some of the things real kids do. Hence my dilemma.

I'd like to hear what you as readers think? Is it romantic to fall in love with a single mom or dad? 

My 54th book for Harlequin, Guarded by the Soldier is available on July 1st. This is the story of a pregnant mom with a little boy on the run from mercenaries determined to kill her. Of course, Ryker isn't going to let that happen. 

I would like to offer a free book to one person who tells me what they do or don't like about single mom/dad stories. I'd love to hear from you! 

Sincerely, Laura Scott

He’ll put his life on the line…

If it means protecting a little boy and his pregnant mom.

After months of searching, security expert Ryker Tillman finally finds Olivia Habush and her young son—just as they are attacked by mercenaries. Now safeguarding Olivia, her unborn child and little Aaron is the former special ops soldier’s new mission. But to save the family burrowing into his heart, Ryker must figure out why someone wants them dead…

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  1. Generally speaking, as a reader I don't really care one way or another. I base what I read on more than if the person is a single parent or not. I will not read a book just because a person is a single parent, and I won't avoid reading one if they are.
    I have written a handful of single parent stories for the same reason as you.

  2. Laura, thank you for your sharing with us about your dilemma. Like Kimberly, I don't choose a book based upon whether or not it includes the single parent trope. Perhaps if I were a young single parent, I'd be especially drawn to those books!

  3. I love putting kids in my books. And my kids aren't always the best behaved children. I like to read books with or without kids.

    1. I like to make my kids a little naughty too....

  4. Sorry for my delay in responding, we lost power in the storm yesterday.

  5. Yes, yes, yes, I love kids in books. Especially the quirky ones. It makes the story seem more real.