There’s an old joke—you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. And for those of us with, er… “complicated” family we know this all too well!
Having family brings into your life a number of burdens and responsibilities, some willingly accepted and some that are just too darned annoying for words. The drunk uncle who persists on falling asleep/passing out on the couch overnight for every holiday; the younger sister or brother who is determined to carry the title of black sheep and carry it proudly no matter the consequences to anyone else. The cousin who gets away with everything and always has the full support of the family, despite the consequences.
But there’s an even more traumatizing moment—when you introduce your new love to your family. That terrifying moment when you sit down with your potential in-laws and wonder what they think of you and your relationship; whether they’ll approve or not.
I first met my future hubby, Martin Nantus, through a fan letter he emailed to me about some of my X-Files fanfiction. We’d never actually met until he came up months later to not only meet me, but also my family.
To say I was terrified would be an understatement. Nowadays it’s not uncommon to have met someone over the internet but back in 1992 it was still quite the Wild Wild West and meeting and having a relationship with someone you’d never met in person was odd, to say the least.
My mother worried he was an axe murderer. The conversation went something like this:
Me: Why would he come all the way to Toronto from the U.S. to kill me? There’s plenty of women to kill down in Pennsylvania!”
Mother: “Maybe he’s trying to be different!”
You can imagine how that conversation went on.
However, he won her over at the first meeting and now, over twenty years later, she adores him. And I like him a lot too.
I put part of this fear into “Family Pride” where not only does Rebecca discover Brandon’s been lying to her about his parents but also suffers the same fears as the rest of us where family is involved – disappointing her mate by not living up to the family standards.
So I invite you to come along for the third book in the series and see how Family
Book three of Blood of the Pride
Every family has secrets, but some are more dangerous than others…
Rebecca Desjardin isn’t exactly looking forward to meeting Brandon’s parents. The wealthy Hanovers won’t approve of Rebecca’s blue-collar P.I. lifestyle—and they certainly wouldn’t approve if they knew she was a cat shifter.
Rebecca’s Felis senses go on high alert when Michael, Brandon’s father, strong-arms her into taking a quick job for one of his employees. If she doesn’t agree, Michael will dig into Rebecca’s past to prove she’s not fit for his son.
When Rebecca discovers a dead body, she knows Brandon’s father is hiding something. And she must decide if the truth is worth risking Brandon’s love.
Begin the adventure with Blood of the Pride and Claws Bared.
Sheryl Nantus was born in Montreal, Canada, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. A rabid reader almost from birth, she attended SheridanCollege in Oakville, graduating in 1984 with a diploma in media arts writing. She met Martin Nantus through the online fanfiction community in 1993 and moved to the United States in 2000 in order to marry.
She loves to play board games and write haiku, although not usually at the same time. In her past she was a Guardian Angel—no, not *that* type. She also spent over fifteen years in private security, working at hospitals and high-security sites.
A firm believer in the healing properties of peppermint and chai, she continues to search for the perfect cuppa.
You can find her at:
3.) Her website