Thursday, October 11, 2012

Retreat Guest Blogger Robin Covington

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On her fortieth birthday, Robin Covington decided that having a mid-life crisis and finding a boy-toy were far too tacky, so she delved a little deeper into the “bucket list” and pulled out the long-shelved dream of becoming an author. Now, she spends her time writing sizzling romance where the hero and heroine can’t keep their hands off each other.

She doesn’t miss the boy-toy at all.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, and a guest contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today.

Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy.


The Best Friend’s Little Sister Romance – Why I love them

I just turned in “His Southern Temptation the sequel to “A Night of Southern Comfort” and the second book in the “Boys Are Back in Town” series.  I loved writing it (I loved finishing it even more – LOL!) and the main reason is because it was based on one of my favorite romance tropes – the best friend’s little sister.

This is what I love about this kind of story:
Don’t tell me I can’t have it - In this type of romance the hero won’t act on his feelings for the heroine        (or vice versa) because it is forbidden, against the bro-code and off limits.  Maybe it’s the little devil on        my shoulder but I always want something more if I’m told I can’t have it and my characters are no        different.

Secret sex is awesome – Yep, I said it.  The passion is already amazing because this is a romance novel
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so when you add to it the fact that they can’t tell anyone about the hot times between the sheets just makes it hotter.

History is hot – Usually, in these types of stories the hero and heroine have a history.  Maybe they had a crush on each other or were together a long time ago. That long-time build-up, the slow burn leading to the current flare-up of passion is sexy.

The stakes are high – In this kind of romance, two relationships are at stake: the         one between the hero and the heroine and the friendship between the hero and         the brother.  This dual conflict raises the stake and makes the book more         exciting.




Let's Chat:
Do you like the best friend’s little sister trope?  What about it makes it a fun read for you?









41 comments:

calstephanie said...

Hi Robin! I was checking out your website. All of your upcoming releases sound great. Definately adding to my list.

I like the premise of the best friend's sister because of the history thing. When I read these type of stories it makes me wish I had an older brother with a single best friend! LOL

brandi said...

I do like it. Mostly because the little sister's are wanting that guy long before the guy realizes it.

I also like the premise of brother and little sister's bff. Because if something goes wrong (and face it somewhere at sometime something will go wrong), little sis is always going at her big bro with a you screwed up rant. Lorelei James has this in her series involving the McKays. That book was great!

calstephanie said...

I love Lorelei James' Rough Riders series too! :)

brandi said...

did you swing over to the night chat in the oberon room? that was flipping hilarious!

Robin Covington said...

calstephanie: Thanks! I am having a ton of fun working on these books. And I am still amazed at how quickly my writing life has changed in 2012.

Yep- I didn't have an older brother but I did have older male cousins - who may or may not be the models for my heroes in "The Boys" series.
Thanks for stopping by!

brandi said...

Being the oldest of two girls and no male relatives too close by, I missed out on it too!

Sometimes I really wished I had a brother of any age older or younger.

Robin Covington said...

Brandi - I will have to look at the McKays books. And yes - soemthing always goes wrong. That is what makes it so fun!

calstephanie said...

No, I missed the chat last night because they didn't have it listed as Central time and it was over when I got there.

calstephanie said...

I have a brother, but none of his friends were ones that I wanted to date growing up. LOL

calstephanie said...

I didn't have any girlfriends with brothers or cousins either. Kinda sucked. LOL

brandi said...

the book I was talking about is called Cowgirl Up and Ride. it is about AJ foster and Cord McKay. Once you start the series you will be hooked. some books are better than others but it is a great series with family always getting in the way.

calstephanie said...

Yeah, that's a good one. I'm missing the last two or three since I can't access my ereader apps since my laptop crashed. LOL

mary f said...

Hi Robin. After the chat last night I picked up A Night Of Southern Comfort. I'll read it soon :)

RE Question. I think they appeal to me because I've never had a sister Just a little brother. I like to see the family functioning where they love each other...unconditionally

Robin Covington said...

mary f: Thanks so much! Let me know if you like it.

Mybradybunch6 said...

I have read the rough riders also and I love the series. Robin I love a character especially the fact that there is a little sister getting into mischievious trouble. Here is another series for my wish list.

Mybradybunch6 said...

Can I get these as e-books only or paperback?

mary f said...

will do!

robertsonreads said...

Hi Robin,
I agree, your book blurbs have me hooked. I visited your website and added it to my favorites to visit. I also plan to add your books to my wish list at Amazon and plan to purchase one tomorrow.
Thank you for taking the time to visit with us at ORR, it is greatly appreciated.
I hope you have a great day.
Ginger

Mary Jo Burke said...

Hi Robin,

My mom introduced her best friend's little sister to my father's little brother. They were married for 57 years, had 7 kids, 28 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. My mother never missed an opportunity to say 'I'm so sorry.'

Robin Covington said...

Mybradybunch6 - Right now they are only available as an e-book.

Robin Covington said...

Ginger: Wow. I am so glad that you took time to visit my site and marked it as a favorite. Please let me know what you think of my book!

calstephanie said...

I think I'll have to start two lists .. E-book TBRs and then Physical Book TBRs. LOL

Robin Covington said...

Mary Jo - I love that story! Thanks for sharing!

Moran V said...

I read A Night of Southern Comfort and I enjoyed it very much so I'm glad to hear you finished writing the second book in the series.

I love the best friend’s little sister trope.

I don't have a brother (just sisters) so it's really fiction for me- if I had a brother and his friends weren't hot like in books it would have been less fun reading books like that because I would think about my brother's friends.

calstephanie said...

Robin ~ I've never heard of Romance University. What is it?

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Love the post Robin. My favorite books always end up being the ones where the hero/heroine have a history together so I love this type :)

Elf2060 said...

I love tropes that involve people who have grown up together and know each other's foibles yet finally realize that they have strong feelings for one another. Great to meet you and learn about your books.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

My favorite romance trope is best friends-to-lovers, and this is a version of that. I have a little brother and always wondered how life would be different if we were reversed, and also love brother-sister relationship dynamics. The heroine falling in love with the brother's best friend is like fulfillment of all the crushes we have when we're young. A way to live out the fantasy! :)

Shadow said...

Those plots are some of my favorites to read. I really love the complex romance. Especially when things hit the fan. So good! These type of romances are usually an automatic buy for me. Definitely need to grab yours. It sounds awesome! And i always wishes i had an older brother, just so i could crush on his friends and have one of these romances. I did evenually get a brother, but hes 5 years younger. lol So thats a no go. And i love Rough Riders series too. There awesome! Thanks! Have a great night!
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joder said...

I do like that theme as the friction/brotherly protection adds an interesting element to the story. My absolute favorite is friends to lovers as you get to see a slow burn lead to steamy encounters. A relationship feels more natural and believable because of that initial connection.

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Robin Covington said...

Moran V - LOL! I think that if we had men as hot as the romance heroes, it would be hard to get anything done! ; )

I am so glad you liked ANoSC! Lucky's book was fun to write and I hope you like it!

Robin Covington said...

calstphanie - Romance University is a blog site geared toward readers and authors of romance. M -W-F we post guest lectures by authors, publishers, agents, and other fun guests.

Check us out at http://www.romanceuniversity.org

Robin Covington said...

Herding Cats - me too! I loved weaving in Lucky and Taylor's backstory - it was a blessing and a curse for them and fun for me!

Robin Covington said...

Elf2060 - Nice to meet you!

Robin Covington said...

Natalie - Thanks for stopping by! It is a total fantasy and this book was fun to write. When I added in the dynamic of the lifelong friends it made it even better.

Robin Covington said...

Shadow - now I need to read the Rough Riders series as well. You guys all rave about it.

Robin Covington said...

joder - yes! I also wove in that trope in this book because Taylor (heroine) and Lucky (hero) are also friends. Double trouble!

Linda Henderson said...

I do like that trope. It seems to lend itself to a little secrecy and hidden romance to keep the best friend from finding out too soon.

Debby said...

I like to read things that make me smile and those do.

flchen1 said...

I do love this one--I have a fondness for stories where the heroine and hero have a connection, and then build on it. And it's fun to see expectations turned around--the little-sister type of story tends to have a lot of both, where they already know (or know OF) each other, and think the other fits into a particular box... but then that changes! And the fun begins :)

Shadow said...

the first book in the series wasnt my favorite, almost turned me off the books, but the rest..oh my! loved them! :)