When I sit down to write my characters for any story, I’m often drawn to astrology to make sense of the traits I have in my head. Usually, I pair together opposite signs in the hopes that their differences help create some tension. Who doesn’t love some good tension in a story, anyway, am I right? But this time, sitting down to write Tilli’s Second Chance, I knew that the plot had plenty of tension, and my characters had history already. It was time for a pairing of similar signs this time around!
The pairing of a Capricorn and a Taurus is an interesting one. Tilli the Capricorn and Kaito the Taurus are both earth signs, which means they are practical, down-to-earth, and reliable. They are also both very ambitious and driven, which makes them a great team. Almost a match made in heaven! Capricorns are ruled by Saturn, the planet of discipline and responsibility. Tauruses are ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. This means that Tilli and Kaito are both very loyal and committed to their relationship. They are also both very passionate about each other, which keeps the spark alive in their relationship.
Tilli is the more outgoing and social of the two, though she struggles to keep her friendships intact. She can be ruthless and cuts people out of her life when they betray her. For good reason, too! Capricorns may seem heartless, but inside, they are all looking for acceptance. From his Taurus sun sign, Kaito is more reserved and introspective, and he keeps quiet until he knows that Tilli is the real thing, a genius who’s been held back. His moon is in Scorpio, though, and that gives him the ability to stand by Tilli in tough situations. When Kaito reveals his big secret to Tilli, her moon in Cancer helps give her a deep emotional understanding and sympathy, enough to forgive him. They balance each other out perfectly.
Matching two earth signs together can be a bit of a challenge. Both signs can be overly cautious, risk-averse, and stubborn. When two stubborn people get together, it can lead to a lot of arguments and disagreements. Tilli and Kaito are at odds when they first meet, and Kaito isn’t sure of her old-school paper-and-pencil ways. But once they get past this, they figure out they can work together. Because they’re willing to compromise and communicate, their relationship deepens.
Overall, Tilli and Kaito are a great match, and they were a lot of fun to write. Sometimes stoic and reliable earth signs can really surprise you!
Pets in Space 8 releases tomorrow, October 3rd!
Blast off into adventure with the eighth installment of PETS IN SPACE, a dynamic anthology of 11 never-before-seen science fiction romance stories! Rocket through the multi-verses brimming with heart-pounding escapades, swoon-worthy romances, and the best pet sidekicks ever!
Each story will pull you into the far-flung corners of the cosmos with intrepid heroes and heroines you’ll want to cheer for as they fight to save their world and find their happily ever afters. You’ll adore the furry, feathered, and scaly friends who have come to help their brave human companions on their quests.
This limited-edition anthology includes novellas by some of the biggest names in science fiction romance including USA TODAY bestselling authors R.J. Blain, Susan Hayes, Honey Phillips, Skye MacKinnon, Arizona Tape, Carol Van Natta, Tana Stone, S. J. Pajonas, Carysa Locke, JC Hay, plus award-winning authors Gail Koger and Elva Birch.
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