Monday, September 17, 2012

Friends to Lovers Guest Blog with Christi Snow

Why friends to lovers?

One of my favorite tropes to read is friends to lovers. As a result, when I sat down to write my first book I knew that this was a trope that I wanted to use. The reason I love featuring friends to lovers is that in these stories, these couples already genuinely like and know each other. They already have that bond.

For Jake and Cassie, the hero and heroine of Operation: Endgame, they’ve been best friends since they were 10 and 8 years old.  That’s a twenty plus year history between them as friends. I don’t care who you are, when you know someone that well, it provides such an amazing foundation to the relationship.

Jake and Cassie have an even stronger bond though because of Chris, Cassie’s twin brother. Originally these three were the Three Musketeers throughout their West Texas neighborhood. The three of them were inseparable until they became adults. Even then, the guys both went into the Air Force and all three of them have maintained close ties. 

But that bond is also what stresses their relationship for Jake and Cassie. The book starts with the sudden death of Chris, an Air Force F-22 pilot. Jake is a pararescue jumper (PJ) in the Air Force and his team are called out to extract the downed pilot, not knowing that it’s his best friend Chris. Weather moves in and the extraction is delayed by 18 hours in which time Chris is tortured and killed. Not only has Jake lost one of his best friends, but he feels responsible because his team didn’t make it there in time. Guilt.

After the funeral, Jake and Cassie are both having a difficult time dealing with their grief and in a moment of passion turn to each other. This simply compounds Jake’s issues because he promised Chris that he’d never touch Cassie. Guilt…again. It can be a big-time motivator between friends.

But that’s the amazing thing about good friends. Regardless of what happens, they can be called and counted on when things get really bad. Six months after Chris’s funeral, things have gotten really bad for Cassie. As a semi-celebrity from her military history work on a videogame, she has a stalker and it’s up to Jake to come home and protect her. They’ve barely talked the last six months, but they still have that bond of friendship that’s absolutely unbreakable. And then it becomes more….

So what do you think about the friends to lovers trope? Are you a fan or not?

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Operation: Endgame
By Christi Snow

genre: Romantic Suspense

release date: Sept 14, 2012 (ebook, print book is available now)

word count: 84,857 words
page count: 302 pages

retail price: $11.99 for print; $2.99 for e-book
ISBN: 978-1477483787 or 1477483780

Story Overview:

It’s been six months.

Six months since Jake Madsen let Chris Robertson die.

Six months since the passion between Jake and Cassie, Chris’ sister, stepped over the line.

But now Cassie’s being stalked and it’s time for Jake to swallow his guilt, grief, and lust so he can save her life, even if it’s a life without him. He owes it to his dead friend and he owes it to Cassie. He’s fallen in love with her, but she doesn’t have to know that for him to keep her safe.

Releasing September, 2012

Information about the trilogy:

Set in Lubbock, TX, all three of these books feature former active duty Air Force officers and the women they love. All the girls have ties to Texas Tech and the entire series features the sights and scenery of West Texas life. Book #1, Operation: Endgame, features Cassie Robertson, a military history professor at Texas Tech and Jake Madsen, an active duty Air Force Pararescue Jumper (PJ) home on leave for Christmas. This is book #1 in the When the Mission Ends Trilogy.

Book #2 is Operation: Endeavor (releasing January, 2013)

Book #3 is Operation: Endurance (releasing April, 2013)

Author bio:

As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But...she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes.
When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she'd written over 150,000 words and hasn't stopped since.
She's found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. She's truly living the dream and loving every minute of it.
Her tagline is... Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She's loving this adventure!

Twitter: @ChristiSnow