Thursday, May 22, 2014

Let the Battle Begin!

When brainstorming for a book idea that became Rival Hearts, I came up with the premise of a battle of the sexes story. I hadn’t written a book like this before, so I was intrigued. Who doesn’t love a challenge?

"Randel’s rich characterizations of Ben and Molly and the complexity of their
relationship will keep readers’ attention." - Publisher's Weekly


Enter Molly and Ben, rival magazine editors competing for the same promotion. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, will do anything for the job, including going along with their boss’ idea to switch places. Molly must compete in an outdoor event, Ben must help assemble a quilt.

Let the fun begin!

Through this story, I had fun with the fish-out-of-water scenario. Molly, not an outdoorsy kind of girl, has to dig deep to complete her assignment. 

Ben, a very confident man, has to admit he may not know how to do everything and ends up learning a new skill while quilting. The learning curve, not to mention landing the promotion, is a big deal for both of them.

On top of all this, I added a romance. Who doesn’t love watching two rivals realize they are perfect for each other? Adding a romance to this story gave it another emotional layer I loved writing.

So, my question to you is, who would win in a battle of the sexes? Do the guys have what it takes? The women? Do you prefer indoor activities or being in the great outdoors? Drop me a line. 

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