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Kissing Kendall (Maritime City)
Kendall Grisbaum is finally taking charge of her life—pouring her heart into opening a new bakery business and even allowing her best friend Georgie to play matchmaker for her. Trouble is, the one guy she secretly wants is Georgie’s older brother, Brad, who is decidedly off limits.
Brad can’t seem to get his little sister’s best friend out of his mind. He and Kendall used to be close friends, too, and as a local policeman, Brad can’t help but play protector, looking out for Kendall. When he offers to help her renovate her new bakery space on the side, their friendship—and their attraction—flares back to life.
Amid the temptation of doughnut muffins and blueberry cobbler, a new temptation draws them both closer. Can they take a chance on love when it means risking their friendship, even when not doing so risks everything?
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Naming the Characters by Jennifer Shirk
I love naming my characters. It’s one of things I HAVE to have done before I even can plot.
What’s in a name really? Why do we romance writers linger around names so much—especially for our heroes?
Well, I think it’s because a name carries an IMAGE.
And we all want our hero to have the image of being strong and masculine and handsome. We don’t want our heroine to fall in love with a wienie. So we don’t want a wienie name for our hero.
I think that’s why we see the standbys such as Jake, Jack, Sam, Nick, Matt, Ben, and even in my recent book Kissing Kendall…Brad.
They’re classic. It’s easy for a reader to picture a hero with a name like one of those.
When I decided on Brad, I wanted a name you didn’t see too often (like Jake or Jack) but still short and solid and no nonsense. After all, he was a policeman.
Successful. Intelligent. Solid. Athletic. Dependable.
(Seeing Bradley Cooper and Brad Pitt on the movie screen nudged me in the direction of the name Brad too.):)
Just to be sure, I did some research on the name Brad as well. According to the book The Name Game, “Brad” carries the perception of someone being very successful.
But that totally worked! Because Brad and Kendall live in beach town and I figured he just had to do some surfing on his days off. You know, to keep in shape.
When he wasn’t out fighting crime. :)
Thanks so much for having me!!
How about you? What kind of Hero names do you like to see when reading romance novels? Classic standbys? Or the newer trendier names?
About the Author
Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy--which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.
She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime.
Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.
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