Family Traditions. Family Ties. Family Drama?
With the holiday season upon us, emotions run high and energy low. But no matter if you shop til you drop on Black Friday or enjoy the ease of Cyber Monday in your pjs, you will be making a list and checking it twice for family members who are naughty and nice.
For me, the holidays are filled with traditions and family ties. Most of us have a designated day when the tree is decorated, a relative that’s impossible to buy for, or an uncle who you’ll want anywhere but on your couch.
Yes, family ties are a part of the holidays and so is the family drama that bubbles up in the midst of our family traditions. But just when you believe it’s time to appear on the “Jerry Springer Show,” why not take a deep breath, attend a yoga class, volunteer at a local charity or take a look at the notorious Luttrell family in my second book, The Golden Rose of Scotland. When find yourself immersed in my story, you may hold off on consulting “Dr. Phil” after all.
The Ladies of Lore Book II is set in 1486. The year when King Henry VII is crowned and the Tudor House is born, bringing together the feuding houses of Lancastrians and Yorkists. In the story you’ll find the phrase, “for better or worse,” takes on a new meaning when the heroine and hero are joined together for all the wrong reasons. Here’s an excerpt:
She began to kick her legs in protest, thinking he’d give up the domineering way he was treating her and set her back on her feet, but instead, her resistance fueled the need for him to swat her bottom a few more times as he continued unrelentingly down the corridor.
“You will regret this, Lachlan,” she said in a muffled voice with her lips pressed against his back.
A deep chuckle was the only response he gave. It rumbled through her, making her more aware than ever that he could force himself upon her. He had the legal right now.
A loud thwacking sound brought Rosalyn out of her dread quickly when she realized Lachlan was kicking the chamber door open with his hands full of her squirming arse.
“Put me down, Lachlan. Put me down. This is not the way you want to start our marriage,” she demanded, struggling even more violently after he’d kicked the door shut. “If you arenae careful it will end before it’s begun.”
When you add to the equation a notorious father, and a fiercely competitive brother, that can only equal a family drama that will let you forget your own. Here’s another excerpt:
“Not welcome at my own brother’s betrothal? What would father say?”
“I don’t give a devil’s damnation what father would say. Frankly, I’m getting rid of the lot of you.”
“Rid of us? Your family? Pray tell, man, has the idea of marriage made you mad?”
“Actually, quite sane.” Lachlan squared his shoulders in the mirror.
“Brother, sanity can’t be measured by the one claiming it, you understand?”
“Nor can a family bond be honored by the one breaking it,” Lachlan declared, turning to face his twin.
“But family is about blood, not bond. Heraldry, not heart. Legacy, not love,” Ethan said.
Lachlan flung the wet rag toward his brother, but the bastard ducked just before it would have stung his face.
Now there’s a sibling rivalry that would put any mother to shame. Yet, there’s always good in the bad children, and some bad in the good ones. But Ethan is one very, very bad boy. You must read it to find out how bad, of course, and what Lachlan must do to keep Ethan from “spoiling his good fun.”
As you get ready for your good fun this holiday season, be thankful for family, even if you have your differences. At least you won’t resort to poisoning one of them like my characters do. Not on purpose anyway.
So when your nerves are frazzled and you just can’t bear to deliver another fruit cake or wrap one more gift, indulge in a bubble bath, splurge on a foot massage or to read a good book. I have a couple I can recommend.
Marisa Dillon has published two novels with Soul Mate, The Lady of the Garter and her new release and second book in the series, The Golden Rose of Scotland. Here’s where you can learn more about Marisa and her adventures, not for the faint at heart: Amazon Author Page, Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.