Cute title for this post, right? I’ll admit I had fun coming up with it. While working on my third book in my men of K2 Special Services, it struck me that animals have shown up in all my books. It wasn’t anything I planned, they just decided to nose their way into the story.
Dogs are adorable, and loyal, and all that, but I’m a cat person. They’re sneaky, sometimes peculiar, other times disdainful, but I love the little devils. They make us laugh with their silly antics.
In THE LETTER, my hero, Michael, had a three-legged cat named Peggy. He also had a few imaginary felines, but it would take too long to explain the reason for that. You’ll just have to read the book if you want to know. Peggy and friends played a role in reuniting Michael with his lady love, and Peggy even attended their wedding wearing little kitty clothes.
A person’s reaction to animals gives us insight into their character. It tells us whether we can trust them or not. Is he uneasy around the dog, does the animal raise his hackles or give a low growl when he’s around? Nope, we can’t trust that dude, can we? Does her cat curl up on the hero’s lap, purring louder than the rumble of a Harley while he strokes kitty’s spine with long, elegant fingers? Yep, that’s the man we want.
In THE TRAINING OF A MARQUESS, it was horses, in CRAZY FOR HER, due out September 1st, it’s killer Dobermans that turned out not to be so vicious after all. For SOMEONE LIKE HER, coming early 2015, it was back to cats, a fat, gray and white cat named Mouse.
(In memory of my own fat, gray and white furry Mouse.) In book three of the K2 Special Services series, it’s a battered kitten with a bent tail and part of an ear missing that my heroine found in an alley.
I already know what kind of animals will be in book five. My hero will have military dogs he managed to bring home from Afganhastan, and my heroine will have cats. Uh oh, I see some fur flying in that one.
That leaves me with book four. Although I’ve not decided, I’m thinking something different…a bunny or talking bird, or maybe this little cutie. I do know I’ll probably never be able to write a book without an animal of some kind in it.
Before I go, here’s a silly dog.
Do you like animals in your romance novels? Do you have a favorite romance book you loved that included an animal character? I’d love to have a list to add to my TBR pile.
Romantic Pursuit Trivia Question – What secret does Logan Kincaid, my hero in CRAZY FOR HER, hold close to his heart?
A hint can be found here: http://www.sandra-owens.com/crazy-for-her.asp