I went to see Iron Man 3 tonight, even though I’ve got a writing deadline that’s approaching like a rampaging horse. The movie was okay, but not my favorite of the series. We stayed through the credits, awaiting the teaser that always follows Marvel Comics movies, when something appeared that made my guilty conscience cringe. There it was, right in the list of credits — the name of my book’s hero! Agh! Nabbed. So yes, here I am at the keyboard late at night trying to make up for precious lost time.
It looks like Rouge has re-released High School Reunion in ebook format. This was one of my favorite books to write. It was a different voice for me. People are always telling me my books are funny, when I’m not really meaning them to be funny. (What is up with that?) So in this book, I went with the funny. They say that humor and erotica don’t mix, but I think this erotic romance came out pretty well. It makes me smile just to think about it.
I feel the need to clear up some things, though. The original title of this book was not High School Reunion. I don’t remember what it was, but I’ll admit the draft title wasn’t very good. High School Reunion didn’t do much for me, but the editor liked it. The heroine’s name also started out as Rory. Cheek (original publisher of the book) was located in England, however, and apparently Rory is strictly a man’s name over there. My editor suggested Roma, which I thought was really cute. We decided to go with both.
That was when it hit me that I was putting out a book called High School Reunion with characters named Roma and Missy. Sound familiar? As in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion? Aggg! I was horrified, but my editor didn’t think it was a problem. Well, okay. That’s how things sometimes go for writers in the traditional publishing world. Today, I would have fought a bit harder to get at least one of the two changed so it didn’t look like a blatant rip-off. Back then, I was over-ruled.
Speaking of fighting a bit harder, if I’d had any input whatsoever into this cover from Rouge, I definitely would have thrown in my two cents. I am completely underwhelmed by this sweet fluff. People who aren’t suspecting an erotic romance are going to be very surprised. This book is definitely erotic! Lots of sex going on in those pages. Yet the pink… and the bow… Ugh. As for the models, they’re attractive but Roma and Jake are both blondes. Way to go, Rouge.
My goal for today was to accomplish a lot of things on my “to do” list, but instead I pulled out a dog-eared favorite book of mine. I have a stack of these — okay, a whole shelf — of books that I’ve kept with me from move to move. This particular book was The Daughters of Cameron by Aleen Malcolm. It was released way back in 1983, and I bought it second-hand in a used bookstore more than a decade later. I think it’s the last book in a trilogy, but I’ve never sought out the other books. I don’t know if I could even find them now.
The book’s spine is creased, the pages are yellow, and the storyline is definitely outdated. It’s a historical and something that I’d never write. The funny thing is that I don’t believe I’ve ever really read the book. I skim it until I get to the part that I absolutely love — the romance between the damaged characters of Rue and Quin. (Oh, they make my heart squeeze.) Then, I read… and the rest of the world goes away.
There’s something like that in each of the books on that shelf — something that grabbed me. To this day, I can vividly remember scenes from each of those books and the feelings that they generated. It’s scenes like that which I try to create in my own work. I want to write books that people will keep in their bedside tables long after they’ve been read. I want people to use up storage space on their e-readers just so one day they might go back to read a story or even just one scene again. Because that’s when a book becomes a favorite. Not when you first read it, but when you keep it and read it over and over again.
So I might have wasted the day in some people’s opinion, but I was struggling with my own work-in-progress. Now I feel inspired. That’s what favorite things do.
For the first time ever, TIGER LILY, is available as an e-book. This was the first book I ever had published, so it’s special to me. I’ve spent the last few weeks editing it and, I’ve got to say, it’s still hot as ever. I’ve got a sizzling new cover to go with it. This one’s for the erotica readers out there (although it’s got a healthy amount of romance in there, too.)
When Federal Agent Shanna McKay – aka Lily – is assigned to a new case, her shady past returns to haunt her. She has to bust drug lord Manuel Santos, who caused her sister’s disappearance years ago. The McKay sisters had been wild. Shanna became hooked on sex; her sister hooked on Santos and his drugs. Desperate to even the score, Shanna infiltrates the organization by using her most powerful weapon – her sexuality. She seduces Santos’ men one by one in an attempt to gain access to the main man. It’s a dangerous game and her boss, Joe Mitchell, knows it. He goes undercover in an attempt to save his agent before her own cover is blown. Which will be stronger – Shanna’s lust for Mitchell or her need for vengeance?
Surprise! I have another new book coming out Dec. 20, 2012. It’s called Private Dancer, and this one’s pure erotica. Okay, I had to throw a bit of romance in there, too, but it’s not a traditional erotic romance. Warning: This is not for the faint of heart or the politically correct. Hot, hot, hot!
Torn between two worlds, Alicia struggles to find a way to walk with her faith, but still dance with sin.
When Alicia gets caught in the conflict between her father’s church and the Satin Club owners Bas and Remy, she is the only person willing to act as a mediator. Alicia is intrigued by the high class gentleman’s club and its two sexy proprietors. She tries to stay impartial, but the sensuality of erotic dancing pulls at her, begging her to indulge.
Bas and Remy are more than happy to satisfy her curiosities and secret desires. Both offer dark temptations she can’t resist and the provocative dancing and passion awaken something long repressed. For the first time, the preacher’s daughter feels like her own person – yet at her core, she’s still a good girl. As the tension between the warring parties reaches fever pitch, she struggles to find what is right for her.
More info will be coming soon.
Everywhere I go, I keep seeing twins these days. When I was on vacation last month, I not only ran into a set of identical twins (adult women) but also a set of identical triplets. The three little boys were blond and so cute. I saw one and then his twin. When a third came running around the corner, I just about stopped in my tracks. Last night when I was handing out candy, I had twin trick-or-treaters. One little girl was a princess and her sister was a superhero. It made me think of a little Lexie and a little Roxie, definitely. Who will I run into next?
Writers take their story ideas from a lot of places. At times, they don’t even know where the ideas originated. For my upcoming release, Lexie, I went back to a topic that’s fascinated me for a long time. Twins.
In school, my class was packed with multiples. I can recall five pairs of twins and one set of triplets, most of them fraternal. Then there were the identical ones. Since I grew up with them, I could always tell them apart, but what must it be like to go through life with someone so like you? Someone who is always at your side? And has your face? Is it comforting or frustrating?
The University of Minnesota is a forerunner in research into twins. In 1979, TJ Bouchard started conducting research into twins reared apart. It’s led to some really interesting findings that not only address the subject of nature versus nurture, but have also been useful in the study of medicine. See more about the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research here, particularly the study of twins reared apart. I went to a presentation once by a researcher in this department and absolutely loved it. Identical twins were similar in odd ways. For example, when pictures of them were analyzed, twins often chose the same hairstyles and body types. What was most interesting to me, though, was the similarity in their poses — and they seemed to be doing it subconsciously.
So that’s where the idea for Lexie started. It’s the story of long-lost identical sisters reuniting. I loved doing the research for this book, so I’ll probably share a few more interesting links in subsequent posts. I hope you find the topic as intriguing as I do.
So what about you? Have you known any sets of twins? What similarities did you notice between them, besides just their looks? Or are they totally different, despite their shared genes?