Guest Post - Creating Chemistry by Linda Cunningham
Title: Corporate Affair (Small Town Series)
Author: Linda Cunningham
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release date: March 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
A smart, sexy entrepreneur. A wealthy, arrogant ladies’ man set on purchasing her company. And a hotbed of chemistry neither one of them anticipated.
Aiden Stewart is just going through the motions of running the family business, a mega communications company snapping up all the competition. His trip to a tiny New England town to negotiate the purchase of ChatDotCom is nothing more than an interruption in his plans for his next female conquest. The last thing he expects is for Chat’s CEO M. Jordan Fitzgerald to be a woman who takes his breath away.
Jordan is focused on business, not romance. She’s got too much at stake, working to protect Chat’s employees, as well as making sure her family is taken care of. Falling in love is not part of the business plan, but resisting the man she really should not want is proving impossible.
When a rival wants to take over Chat too, Jordan struggles to keep her personal life from affecting the business deal. With secrets that could ruin everything, she has to decide if she can balance business with pleasure.
Linda Cunningham introduces hot new characters in her second Small Town novel, a steamy office romance set in idyllic Clark’s Corner, Vermont.
By Linda Cunningham
Aiden felt the shock hit him between wind and tide. A young woman, who appeared to be not yet thirty, stood behind a large desk. Her My characters are usually attracted to each other the first time they meet, whether they admit it or not. And, also more often than not, my characters consciously try to deny that attraction so as not to upset their personal apple carts, even when they're not all that happy in that cart! That's human nature. Don't rock the boat. A devil that you know versus one that you don't. No venturing outside your personal comfort zone. There are a million trite phrases to describe this denial. This situation helps to fuel the conflict and tension that give birth to the chemistry and then, finally, the love.
This is what I enjoy in books I read. It is a major component in my favorite, classic romances like “Pride and Prejudice” and “Jane Eyre”. I try to impart some of that in the fiction that I write. I also like a practical matter that both parties have to overcome. A secret to be revealed, a tangible barrier than must be surmounted. When physical, as well as emotional effort, is expended, it only serves to reinforce the relationship.
In my books, it seems to work out that it's the women who are more often consummate mistresses of denial. They strive to keep the tension, the attraction, under control. That is, until that one man appears with the sexual, emotional, and intellectual power to undermine their resolve. The chemistry unfolds and the tension grows as the facade of denial is worn away by feelings that are too strong to ignore. I like to make the characters realize that they are stronger giving themselves over to love, to an intimate relationship with another person, than they are alone. I am a firm believer in the power of love. By the time the physical act of sex takes place, the couple is so frustrated with resolving these emotional conflicts that the electricity is almost literally popping around them, like lightning!
Caleb and Lauren fell into bed pretty quickly, then had to back off and reassess whether or not they had made a mistake. Aiden and Jordan could hardly keep their hands off one another, but their respective responsibilities and the circumstances under which they met kept them from acting upon their desires for quite a while. Love grows out of a variety of feelings. Physical attraction, sexual desire, and common goals and values all contribute to a chemistry that lasts. These are the components I try to incorporate into my novels to create a realistic, lasting love between my protagonists.
About the Author:
Linda has written steadily throughout the years, but usually other people’s papers, speeches, or articles for agricultural trade magazines. Her only published work of fiction was a children’s book, “The Copper Angel of Piper’s Mill”, written in 1988 when her children were still small. Now that the kids are out of the house, Linda is writing fiction again, and this time it’s personal! She writes full time and it’s Romance!
Linda lives in a romantic stone house in the green mountains of Vermont surrounded by her gardens and her animals who include horses, sheep, cats, dogs, chickens, a parakeet and various wildlife visitors who wander in and out at will. When time permits, she also enjoys sketching and painting.