by: Shannyn Schroeder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 27, 2018
Publisher: Shannyn Schroeder
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More than business...
Determined to show her father she's capable of running the family business, Elizabeth Brannigan sets out to save his struggling Chicago bar. But she'll need a little help dealing with the rough crowd. When she encounters the handsome co-owner of a thriving Irish pub, she's more than ready to take on those late night shenanigans.
Colin O’Leary’s father passed away before he could prove to him that he wasn’t a screw-up. Now he wants to show his brother he’s responsible enough to own a bar of his own. And Elizabeth just might be the saving grace he's always needed. Can they mix a little business and pleasure or will the merger destroy everything?
*Originally published in 2014*
I love writing contemporary romance because it allows me to be comfortable about writing what I know, what I’m familiar with. For example, I write stories set in Chicago because I grew up there. My world building in some cases is easier than if I wrote paranormal or sci-fi. However, writing contemporary romance has some unique challenges that you don’t find in other genres. For instance, I can’t rely on having an alien race to create conflict for my characters. My hero and heroine won’t ever be rushing to save the country from terrorists.
Contemporary romance, and my books specifically, are about average, everyday people. Rarely do I introduce extraordinary circumstances. Something to Prove is the third book in the O’Leary series. Across the books, I have a teacher, a couple of bar owners, a real estate agent, and, okay, one self-made millionaire. For the most part, my characters are people you might know in real life.
As much as I love the comfort of writing about real-ish people, it also means that I have to figure out conflict. For me, the conflict almost always comes from within the characters. I like to choose a hero and heroine who are opposites. Fundamentally, they might be similar, but on the surface, they’re opposites. That creates fun tension and conflict. In addition, each person enters a relationship with his or her own problems and baggage they need to overcome to find the HEA. That emotional piece is often a good source of conflict.
Since each character is different and they have their own histories, that’s what keeps the romance fresh. I can use the same plot or trope and because the characters are different, the story will be fresh. The characters use their voices to remain unique. At some point in my writing career, my approach might change, but for now, I’m happy to let the characters lead the way.
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The O’Leary Series:
More Than This ~ Review
Something to Prove ~ Review
Catch Your Breath ~ Review
Just a Taste ~ Review
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today. The 6-book O’Leary series has wrapped up, as well as 2 Hot & Nerdy new adult trilogies. She’s currently working on her next series.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
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