Two proposals. One giant dog. Reunited lovers.
Welcome to Glamour, Arizona, where the holidays are never dull. Glamour may be a small town, but the surprises keep coming.
Everybody’s looking forward to Thanksgiving. Only Mac Sharma is a reluctant guest. Even as Anthony and Dean make him feel welcome at the Carrino table, Mac feels awkward among the close-knit group of friends. Life gets even more complicated when Conor Harvey shows up in town.
Mac has been in love with Conor since his university days. Too bad Conor broke his heart—right before he fled to his hometown in Ireland without explanation. Conor is still a wild artist and as sexy as Mac remembers. But they’re no longer kids. This Thanksgiving, Mac must decide if he can once more open his heart to Conor.
In Glamour, life is full of heartwarming moments. As the guys from Glamour learn, holiday magic happens when love is all around.
Skylar talks to us about the future; for her characters anyway. I’m like her friend in that I usually want some kind of epilogue where I see my favorites in the future to show they’re still happy and together. Read and enjoy!
I’ve got a good friend who reads my work early, and no matter the couple or the circumstances, she always begs me for an epilogue where the couple marries and adopts kids. I love her enthusiasm for them to get a happy ending, but I often wonder if that needs to be the end game?
Doesn’t it depend on the couple? Some do need the ring and formal promise. Some do need children to feel complete. But not all.
My children love to sing that song about two people “kissing” in a tree, where “first comes love, and then comes marriage…” Seriously, though, in my mind at least two or three of my main characters would either not get married or want kids.
In A Guy’s Thanksgiving, the couples do discuss these issues. One couple has struggled over the issue of whether or not to adopt a baby. Another couple considers marriage. These decisions felt honest to me. But a third couple, I can’t see ever having kids (dogs, however, are another story). But hey, that’s just me. Never say never. They might get in my head one day and demand I write a book about their future children.
Sometimes it’s hard to see your work objectively as a writer. What pieces of your book attracts attention can be surprising. I’ve had my ups and downs while writing the Guy series. I gotten stuck on the plot a few times, and I’ve revised a scene too many times. In my rush to finish, I’ve not always had time to sit back and be thoughtful about my process, so it’s nice to do that today. As my series ends, I am feeling a little nostalgic for all the couples—the ones who were easy and the ones who were hard—and for the journey this world took me on.
What I enjoyed most about composing this Thanksgiving novella was having the chance for all the couples to interact. I feel satisfied where I am leaving them too. Since I wrote this one as a thank you to fans of the series, I hope readers will agree with my choices.
It’s interesting to me how heterosexual romances even more than M/M romances seem to demand this type of end game for their couples: marriage and babies.
But it makes sense too, right? Our society puts a lot of pressure on couples to do these things. It’s much more difficult to be the couple deciding not to get hitched or not to have kids.
Maybe for that reason I do think it’s be fun to see some romances end differently. Like the couple agrees to an open relationship. Or to never get married. I would want the ending to remain HEA and romantic, but I think it would be interesting to see the stereotypes challenged. For me, what would be most important is that the decision remains mutual and loving.
What about you? What is needed for you to be satisfied at the end of a romance novel? What is your end game when it comes to reading romance?
Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.
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