Claire McEwen, Author of WILD HORSES, Talks About Why She Loves Family Drama (With Giveaways and Tara Taylor Quinn’s LOVE BY ASSOCIATION Spotlight)

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Family Drama — Why I Love it!

There is a whole lot of family drama in my stories.  My books are full of distant and judgmental fathers, absent, drug-addicted mothers, or siblings competing for parental approval.  My characters are often carrying so much emotional baggage around with them that they need their own personal luggage cart!

Part of the reason I write stories like this stems from my own experience.  I grew up with a ton of family drama. The painful kind that had me toting my own enormous suitcase of old emotion around for many years!  Some of my story ideas occur when I rummage through my baggage and pull out things that I’d like to study more closely.

But I think it’s more than that.  It comes down to the whole reason I love reading and writing romance.  It’s not just the chemistry between two characters that draws me into a story.  It’s the personal and unique transformation that the hero and heroine both go through after they meet each other and fall in love.  It’s the way that love forces us to wrestle with that old emotional baggage and grow into someone better.  Someone more like the person we were meant to be.

My author tagline is ‘Finding Hope, Home and Happily Ever After.’  I find a lot of hope in taking a character caught up in all their old family drama and helping them break free and find happiness.  And when they do that, they are able to love with their whole heart.  I want my stories to instill hope in my readers too, reminding them that no matter what any of us went through in the past, we can grow and overcome and find happiness in the future.

This is the underlying theme of all four books in my new Sierra Legacy series. And the first book, Wild Horses, sets the stage for it all.  I hope you enjoy the books. They are emotional, straight from the heart, and very much about each character’s journey to find healing, hope, and happiness.

What makes you love romance novels?  Is it the character growth or their chemistry with each other?  Do you love humor or deep emotion?  Please share your ideas in the comments and thanks for joining me today!


— Claire

Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.

Claire enjoys discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling, and reading, of course! She loves to write complex heroes and heroines, who grow and find themselves through their search for love.




Wild Horses
by Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin

This wild stallion can’t be tamed

Todd Williams is still the naive idealist he was in college. Only now he’s endangering lives—Nora Hoffman’s to be exact. Nora hasn’t seen Todd since he decided that saving the rain forest was more important than their relationship. Until the night she’s nearly crushed by the stampede he causes. Now Todd is determined to make amends, for everything.

She may not agree with his methods, but even Nora can’t deny the importance of his fight to save the wild horses. With the attraction between them still sizzling and the fate of the horses in the balance, Nora must decide just how much she’s willing to risk.

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Love by Association
(Where Secrets are Safe #7)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin

Love isn’t part of the job…

A tough-as-nails cop, Chantel Harris faces whatever life throws at her, and then some. As part of Santa Raquel’s High Risk team—created by the town’s women’s shelter, The Lemonade Stand—she goes undercover to expose one of the community’s elite as an abuser.

Looking the part is easy, but gaining acceptance into upper society circles is a different matter. That’s where gorgeous and successful lawyer Colin Fairbanks comes in. But Colin is so much more than Chantel could have dreamed. Wanting him is dangerous. Falling for him could ruin everything…

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The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.


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