Okay, enough cheesy pet puns. I admit that furry friends in books and movies can make me nervous. Anyone who’s seen Old Yeller knows what I’m talking about. Heck there’s even a movie rating website called www.doesthedogdie.com
But this is romance, so take heart. Just as the hero and heroine find happily ever after, so do their beloved dogs, bunnies and horses.
But what about their cats?
Despite their awesomeness, cats are less common in Romanceland. But I’m a cat lover, so giving GETTING IT BACK’s heroine a feline friend felt right. I made Milo an orange tabby, just like this little sweetheart who likes to sleep in my lap when I write.
But as I got to know Amy, my heroine, I realized her kindhearted nature would influence the pet she chose. Amy would give a home to a pet others might consider unadoptable.
That made me think back to a cat I had as a kid. Tiger Tail had just three legs, but lived a long and happy life with our family. So I decided to make Milo a tripod tabby. When sexy Russian figure skater hero Misha asks Amy when happened to her cat’s leg, she answers, “I don’t know. He needed a home. That’s what mattered.”
Milo’s rabbit-hop gait—and his hatred of vacuum cleaners—are both shout-outs to Tiger.
Tripod cats are more than curiosities. They’re fearless, agile, and full of love. This awesome video, used with permission from Button and Taco, stars a kitty who doesn’t let the lack of a front leg hold him back.
And about Milo’s HEA? Well, I’ll give you a hint. Though he doesn’t appear in GETTING IT BACK’s final scene, which takes place in an ice rink, Milo is very much a part of Amy and Misha’s family. When they return home at the end of the day, he’s waiting.
Red Hot Russians, book three
In this second-chances romance, a former top men’s figure skating champion is willing to risk everything for a comeback—except a new start with his long-lost love
An unexpected phone call from the man who broke her heart offers Amy Shepherd an opportunity to return to the work she loves, training elite figure skaters. Except it’s just one figure skater: him. Can she finally forgive and forget?
Figure skater Mikhail “Misha” Zaikov once had it all: medals, money and the adoration of millions. But a devastating injury put an end to his career and his romance, leaving him with nothing but regret over what could have been. His last chance to rejoin the world’s top skaters is now. And there’s only one person who can help him: her.
On Russia’s unyielding ice, Misha must reclaim what he’s lost while facing off against a talented young rival and risking further injury. But Amy soon discovers Misha’s much bigger challenges lurk off the ice. And she’s determined to keep Misha whole and healthy, even if doing so ends his shot at the gold.
Elizabeth Harmon loves to read and write romances with a dash of different.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that keeps her grounded in the real world.
An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food and wine, and talk writing with anyone who will listen. Elizabeth Harmon is a 2016 RWA RITA® Award finalist for Best Romance Novella for PAIRING OFF.