Saturday, February 13, 2016
My Favorite Couples!
So today, in honor of Valentine's Day, I'm going to share my favorite couples in my writing. I'm not going to list them in any particular order, because they can be mean to me if I try to play favorites, and I'm not sure that I'll limit myself to ten ... we'll see how it goes.
Beware, there will be spoilers for published books, though I will restrain myself on unpublished books.
Robin and Eric - The Bookania Quests
Everyone's favorite rivals turned lovers. Eric is amazing (seriously, I need an Eric), and Robin is ... Robin. They were not my original plan for the book (I mean, he was already safely engaged, and she ... she supposed to be a side character. But then she took over the book and stole the hero, and I've never looked back. She's a fun character to write. So's he. Their banter is fun to write.
Clara and Andrew - The Rizkaland Legends
Speaking of rivals ... well, Clara and Andrew weren't exactly rivals. They just got stuck together in what was practically an arranged marriage, and ... yeah. She didn't react well. But when she does finally own up to the fact that he's actually a great guy, and maybe it's not the end of the world to like him ... well, they're such an awesome team. I can't wait to get back to them for book 3.
Samson and Madeleine - The Bookania Quests
And now for an actual arranged marriage. Samson and Madeleine were betrothed since childhood, and when his castle was attacted, he and his twin sister (who was betrothed to her twin bother), came to live at her castle. So they have an almost-sibling relationship, and have by this point completely accepted the fact that they will someday marry each other. Even when they are given the option of breaking it off ... they only ever consider it in jest.
Reuben and Petra - The Rizkaland Legends
Petra is among of my first characters. Reuben was an afterthought. I'm not sure how I thought I could pull off her character without him, because they are now inseperable. They grew up together as best friends. He's wanted to marry her since they were five and seven. She's practial and pragmatic. He's fun and humorous. They're such a fun pair, and such a perfect balance for each other ... not that they don't have their issues.
The fact that they have telepathic powers is awesome, too.
Stardrana and Jyson - Half-Hidden
To be honest, I've not really been able to work with this pair as a couple yet, but I do know that they're going to be adorable. For him, it's kinda love-at-first-sight, though she's much more reluctant. (She's been dodging marriage proposals for seven or eight years now. She's grown suspicious of any man.) I can't wait to let you guys read about them.
Shira and Arthur - Bookania Quests
I have a ... slight addiction to ... throwing a wrench in a budding relationship, and suddenly there being a 20 ... 50 ... 100 year gap between the pair. But WAIT! He has a son/grandson/great-grandson just the perfect age for her! Shira and Arthur are exibit A.
Ashna's Parents - Rizkaland Legends
I'm afraid their names border into spoiler territory. But I love these two ... and honestly wish their story was happier.
AXE and Melthorn - Lessons with the Author
This is the top secret series that I started writing three NaNos ago, but still haven't finished the first book yet. AXE and Melthorn are so far the only official ship, and it's only confirmed for the first book so far. But they're fun. She's a bit of a rebel, he's a bit like Andrew in that he lost a parent at a young age and has had to fill in. They're cute.
Ian and Fiona - HaV Academy
He's an ice-powered villain, she's a pyrokinetic hero. They say opposites attract, right? I'm not sure whether or helps or hurts their relationship that they're required to fight publicly at least once a month.
Obsidia and Delany - Worth of a King
Okay, so his dad killed hers. Minor wrench in their relationship - after all, it's not an uncommon situation for Dialcian princesses. What is a wrench is the fact that she has a twin brother who could make Delany's father's claim to the throne illegal.
Amber and Granite - Rizkaland Legends
When you've been married 6,000 years, your relationship has been through some difficult times, and you've probably emerged much stronger for it. Amber might be the villain of the Rizkaland Legends, but her marriage to Granite is one of the most beautiful relationships that I've written. Of course, it hasn't been the happiest of marriages for the last 3,000 years ... but ... ya know ... she is the villain.
Jaqob and Melisza - The New Division
I'm going to go ahead and admit that they are a couple. They grew up together, he's always been protective of her. I've stated before that marriages in this world are always arranged by the twins of the two ... and basically, Melisza's life is in danger at one point, and the only way Jaqob and his sister Tabetha can see to save her is for Jaqob to claim her. Alistaar, Melisza's twin isn't happy about the affair ... but at that point, he's not in a position of any power, at all ... so there isn't really anything he can do about it. Sorry if that's vague ... but spoilers? Still, he's so protective of her, it's so sweet.
Boots and Katrina - Poison Kiss
AKA Puss in Boots and the White Cat. They're adorable. I've been wanting to write a romance between those two fairy tale character since I saw the Sleeping Beauty ballet, but since Push had gone and declared another fairy tale his love interest (and I'm THOROUGHLY looking forward to that one), it didn't work into the official Bookania series. But I have them in Poison Kiss, and it's awesome.
Doranna and Casperl - The Bookania Quests
She's nearly a hundred years older than him, and watched him grow up ... but she also spent a hundred years frozen at the age of sixteen on the top of a mountain. It works out. He's so head-over-heels for her, and completely astonished that he, a mere woodcutter, could do what no prince could ... it's adorable.
And there are more of course ... but I think I should stop there, yes?