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Career-Driven Women in Romance
By L. K. Below
I’ve always been able to relate well to career-driven women when reading books. Perhaps that’s because I am one, myself. I’m a bit of a workaholic when it comes to my writing, but my boyfriend and I are working on that.
I often read about career-driven heroines. After all, who doesn’t like to read about a woman who knows how to handle herself? Her commitment to her career adds yet another obstacle that the hero has to overcome before he finally wins her. Before I met my boyfriend, reading about single-minded men finally breaking down the heroine’s barriers uplifted me. It gave me hope that I would find a man to do the same.
Maybe that’s why I decided to write a career-driven heroine in Stone Cold Kiss. Kelsey Donovan is one of the most dedicated women on the planet. In fact, she’s so invested in her job that she flies halfway across the world to Ireland for the express purpose of kissing the Blarney Stone and receiving its purported powers of persuasion. You see, Kelsey has a meeting in less than two days. If she nails the pitch, she’ll be promoted to Vice President of Sullivan Advertising. But Kelsey has one teensy problem — she chokes up if asked to speak in front of a group of people. Hence her reasoning behind making the journey to Ireland.
Kelsey’s commitment to her career plays a large role in the story. In fact, it is the basis for all her hang ups when it comes to men. In the past, she’s been proven right as man after man wanted her to spend less time at her work and spend more time with them. Most of her ex-boyfriends tried to change her into something she’s not — into the feminine ideal they want her to be. So by the time she meets Seamus, she’s convinced that he’ll be the same as all the others.
Of course, Seamus wants her for who she is rather than some fantasy he has in his head, and he’s willing to try anything to convince her that he’s the perfect man. But being with him means that Kelsey would have to move to Ireland — and give up the job she adores so much.
Writing Kelsey was immensely fun, maybe because Seamus was so determined to win her over. Kelsey has a special place in my heart, simply because I am as career-driven as she is, even if my job is different from hers.
What about you? Do you relate better to career-driven women? What type of heroine do you enjoy reading about?
Stone Cold Kiss was released today from Lyrical Press, Inc. Learn more about it, read an excerpt, or buy it here.
L. K. Below writes poetry, romance, and speculative fiction. Under her full name, Lindsay Below, she pens young adult novels. Visit her online at www.lbelow.net or at her blog at http://lbelow.blogspot.com.

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