By Tara Mills, author of Caution: Filling is Hot, Forest Fires, and In Love and War
I’ve wondered what leads people to choose their professional paths. Was it opportunity, income potential, simply knowing someone on the other side of the executive door? Do prestige, parental pride, and social approval carry weight in our choices? Perhaps. I think the answers will be as individual and diverse as we are.
The career paths that really consume my imagination are those that put people in harm’s way. What drives a person with years of study in their field, not to mention financial investment, to choose an alternate path? What possesses doctors and surgeons to leave their comfortable homes and incomes to work in dangerous and difficult conditions around the globe instead?
It’s hard not to admire people who see the bigger picture rather than themselves in the foreground. More than likely, they’ll be the one’s snapping the picture, not posing for it. They’re predisposed to looking outward, taking everything in, and leaving their egos at the door. Helping others is what motivates them.
That’s how my journalist, Dylan Bond, emerged from the pages of my new Crimson Romance, In Love and War. He’s not interested in money. His own personal comfort doesn’t even merit a passing mention in his diary when he’s covering conflicts around the globe. There’s nothing more important to him than getting to the truth and giving voice to those who’ve been silenced. Journalism isn’t simply Dylan’s profession; to him, it’s a risky calling worth answering. Who wouldn’t love a man like that?
As it turns out, there are women who might not appreciate a man willing to put his neck on the line, day in and day out. Interior decorator, Ariela Perrine, is a perfect example. Personal tragedy and the loss of both parents at a young age made her cross those self-sacrificing hero types off her datable list. They’re at the top, written in bold black marker and underlined so many times the page ripped through. Unfortunately, Ariela’s literally swept off her feet when she falls for Dylan.
How much will they risk personally? How much can they each afford to sacrifice in order to make a relationship work? Sometimes love really is worth fighting for, but picking your battles isn’t so easy – especially when lives are at stake.
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