Monday, May 9, 2016

The Story Behind the Story ♦ Ginger Solomon


· Book Title – Second Choice

· Publisher – Clean Reads

· Release date – 4/28/16

· Genre – contemporary romance

Book Synopsis:

Set to be married in less than a month, Princess Anaya Vallis’s intended runs away, leaving only a cryptic note behind. Her father insists the wedding go forth as planned with a new groom. She has days to make a second choice.

Titus Vasco is like a ship without a rudder, floating through life without purpose. Until she calls. He accepts her proposal without hesitation.

But wedded bliss does not come easily. Two virtual strangers brought together by unforeseen circumstances must learn to trust each other and God’s plan for their lives in order to achieve the happily-ever-after they both long for.

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The Story Behind the Story, by Ginger Solomon

I’ve shared in other blogs how difficult Second Choice was to write, or at least to begin, but I haven’t shared my thought process in creating this story.

First, you need to know that the basics were hinted at in One Choice, so I had to go with what was established there. Second, it couldn’t be simple. I had to shake things up for my characters. The story would be boring otherwise. If Princess Anaya, the heroine in Second Choice, married and lived happily ever after with her first choice then, well, there wouldn’t be a story. Nor would it be exciting to read. And finally, I had to find her perfect match.

But what would her perfect match look like? Anaya is a strong-willed character, to which I can attest, since she decided to be stubborn about telling me her story. To make a long story short, she refused to speak to me for months after One Choice released, despite my constant hounding. Some people just won’t be pushed, and she’s one of them. When I thought about the type of man/husband she would need, I realized he’d have to be pretty laid back, but he’d also have to be self-assured enough to take control if necessary. Titus Vasco is that man.

In Anaya’s own words, “This man would make her life interesting. One minute he acquiesced to her wishes, the next he took control and made decisions for himself. She found it rather confusing.”

So now I had her guy, how would I get him into her life? At first, I assumed her first choice, Peter, would decide that palace life was not something he wanted, but then later in the story, I found out the real reason for his disappearance (no spoilers, sorry).

So now that he’s out of the picture, I had to figure out how to get Titus into her life. In comes Baba—her father, the king. He’s not as hard-hearted as I sometimes made him out to be, but he does push his children to be everything that God has made them to be. In this case, he insists that the wedding go forward as planned, and that Anaya choose a new groom, immediately.


As you can see, I have put Anaya in a very uncomfortable situation. Obviously, things work out for Titus to marry her, but not before she has to go through a few stressful days. Which turns into a few stressful weeks, but now I’m getting into the story, and that’s cheating.

I hope you enjoyed this brief look into my thought process as I began Second Choice.

About Ginger:

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Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers [ACFW], president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.

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  1. My pleasure, Ginger. I'm going to have to add your books to my TBR list, which is about to topple over. :) Thanks for sharing.