When we first started chatting about the Do It Again Anthology, we had the idea to do an anthology where the books centered on a second chance or bouncing back theme. I love second chance stories. But as I thought about what to write, I thought about Raven. Raven had shown up in Aloha to You as Adriana's fellow small business owner and purveyor of excellent brownies. (And tea. Let's not forget that tea.) I have plans for quite a few characters in the City Complications Series, but I didn't previously have a plan for Raven. And then I thought about Marcus, who shows up in a story that isn't out yet, and suddenly I had an idea.
And so Repeated Burn was born. The idea of Raven, having been dumped by her boyfriend right as her business was starting and having to revisit all of that when said ex moves on again. That his newest ex shows up because she doesn't know what to do. That Raven would deliver the new ex to her brother Marcus and that she and Marcus would find themselves drawn together. Except, of course, when you've become used to people doubting your dreams, well, it's hard to trust that you can date someone who won't be a problem. And on Marcus' side, when you've fallen into the role of helping your sister clean up her messes, it gets hard to step out of that role.
It was also important to me that there wasn't really rivalry between the ex's. Sometimes that's warranted. But just as often, no one understands the specific foibles you had been dealing with like your ex's other exes.
My TL:DR promo:
*Coffee shop and bakery owner
*Meets corporate hotel dude
*The older brother of her ex's new ex might be the hotness
*Contains brownies and so much coffee