I am so excited to be back on the Fresh Fiction blog today! Thank you guys for having me!
So my new book, PHOENIX FIRE, just came out, and when I was thinking of a topic that I really wanted to talk about, the word “bromance” echoed in the back of my skull like a really great idea.
TBH, I think a lot of fiction gets wrapped up in character love relationships and the dreaded triangles. (Haters gonna hate, I guess. I personally like the ones that are well done though.) Not that this is a bad thing! I love a good romantic subplot! I love romance well done. I mean, I write the romance-y things!! But that’s not what draws me in to reading. Character relationships in general are my bread and butter as a reader. Yes, romance is part of that. But there’s so much more to it. Friendships. Family relationship. Enemies turned friends. If I don’t see character connection on the pages, it’s not a story for me. I want relationships to feel real, not matter what kind it is, while I’m immersed in a story world.
What are some of your favorite bromances in fiction? Supernatural, anyone? Can I just … those brothers! And then add Cas into the mix. How about Sherlock and Watson? Or, aaahhhh, please tell me some of you are Merlin fans! Merlin and Arthur. The feels. What about Harry and Ron? Frodo and Sam? Gansey and Ronan? Han and Luke? Dorian and Chaol? I mean, I could go on. But these types of relationships that have fans cheering for their screen time. For their teasing, for their banter, for their awkward man hugs.
You can relate, right? When two characters just have that friendship or familial love for one another that’s deep and real and makes you—as a reader—want more. You fall for their interplay, their unspoken communication, and their unquestionable loyalty. Because who wouldn’t? When it’s done right, and you can sense it on the page or the screen, it’s something to root for. To cheer on. To maybe shed a tear or several over. (I’m looking at you Arthur!)
I love it when these types of deep, meaningful friendships take a center stage. 🙂 And I know I’m not alone. While Phoenix Fire is about a group of three sibling Phoenixes remembering their past cycles through time, hunting monsters, and falling in love all over again, at its heart, it’s a book about loyalty and love—specifically familial love. The scenes with the brothers were some of my favorites for the reasons stated here. They might not like each other first, but the bromance comes alive.
Sometimes in our favorite bromances, they don’t start out liking each other. Sometimes they seem to love giving each other a really hard time. Sometimes there’s one brother who kinda seems to not deserve the unwavering loyalty he receives. But you know that all of them would do whatever it takes for their brother, and it’s so believable, it hurts (right in the feels). Because when push comes to shove, these bros have their “brother’s” back.
And that’s all that matters.
After spending her life in foster care, Ava has finally found home. But all it takes is a chance encounter with hot nerd Wyatt Wilcox for it to unravel.
Now, things are starting to change. First, the flashes of memories slowly creeping in. Memories of other lives, lives that Wyatt is somehow in. Then, the healing. Any cut? Gone.
But when Cade and Nick show up, claiming to be her brothers, things get even weirder. They tell her she’s a Phoenix, sent to protect the world from monsters—monsters she never knew existed. It’s a little hard to accept. Especially when they tell her she has to end the life of a Phoenix turned rogue, or Cade will die.
With Wyatt’s increasingly suspicious behavior, Ava’s determined to figure out what he’s hiding. Unless she can discover Wyatt’s secret in time and complete her Phoenix training, she’ll lose the life, love, and family she never thought she could have
About S.D. Grimm
S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction, which is to be expected from someone who looks up to heroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman, has been sorted into Gryffindor, and identifies as rebel scum. Her patronus is a red Voltron lion, her spirit animal is Toothless, and her favorite meal is second breakfast. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency, her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog, and you can learn more about her upcoming novels at her website.