Saturday, June 15th, 2013
The Because You Are Mine series
In writing the story arc that began in Because You Are Mine, grew in When I’m With You, coming to a big climax in Because We Belong, and continuing with another couple in Since I Saw You, it was necessary for me to shift my primary characters in and out of the spotlight. Ian and Francesca were the main hero and heroine in the first book, Elise and Lucien take center stage in the second, and things move back to Ian and Francesca’s unfolding story in Because We Belong, the third book which releases this November. A character is introduced in Because We Belong, Kam Reardon, whom I just knew I had to tell a story about, and so Since I Saw You unfolded. This was a unique and fun writing experience for me. I have written stories where the main characters move into secondary roles in subsequent books while another blooming romance is the focus. This is the first time, however, that I’ve had the original couple take center stage again as a result of what happened in book two.
One of the complications that comes from writing the same couple as the main hero and heroine in book after book is sustaining a sense of romantic and sexual tension. The last thing a writer wants to do is write the same scenes or scenarios over and over, or make the reader bored with limp sexual tension. Recently, I was watching the writers from the hugely successful television show Friends talk about why they had to break up the romance of Ross and Rachel early on in the series. With the two becoming involved early on, the show had gone ‘flat’ in their opinion. They decided to break up the couple, maintain the spark throughout the series, making the final episodes when Ross and Rachel finally get together have an even richer payoff.
It’s a tricky thing, doing what writers such as Diana Gabaldon did so successfully in the Outlander series, keeping us interested in Claire and Jamie’s romance for several books in a row. It’s a challenge most writers don’t attempt, but instead write series with a common world and characters that move from secondary to primary roles, such as in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. With the recent success of series such as Sylvia Day’s Crossfire novels, however, readers are becoming accustomed to reading the same hero and heroine across the story arc of several books, and love the consistency. I thought it would be a unique and interesting challenge to combine the two styles, allowing the camera to focus on one couple, then another, and then going back to the first, and then swinging to yet another couple.
The exciting thing about the series this way was that the second couple’s romance—Lucien and Elise’s—while unique and particular to them, was the spark that created the conflict that led to the camera lens swinging back to the original couple, Ian and Francesca. But it’s more than just conflict in the negative sense. Lucien’s backstory and search is what leads to an opportunity for enrichment and deepening of all the characters in the Because You Are Mine series. Yes, strife and anxiety have entered Ian and Francesca’s world again in When I’m With You, but it’s giving this special couple the unique chance to address and resolve old insecurities and heal wounds, to discover an enduring happily ever after. This is especially true for Ian, who carries deep scars and uncertainties from a tragic, shadowy past, and whom I firmly believed deserved an opportunity to present himself to Francesca, whole and free of self-doubt.
The satisfying thing for me at the culmination of When I’m With You is that because of the characters moving in and out of the spotlight, I was able to end the book not only with a conflict that begged to be resolved in Ian and Francesca’s case, but a sweet, passionate conclusion for Lucien and Elise.
Balancing the two energies of tension and security is always a romance writer’s challenge, and one that I had fun maintaining while the couples moved in and out—and back into—the spotlight. What’s even more fun is to re-read the books and see the action and rising conflict going on with one couple that we weren’t aware of when in the other couple’s point of view.
Do you like series? Would you like them to feature a common world and with different main characters, or would you prefer to see the same hero and heroine in each book? Or are you a fan of the single title?
Sunday, June 9th, 2013
Porque Eres Mia (the Spanish language version of Because You Are Mine) is now available in the United States!
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Thursday, June 6th, 2013
My erotic suspense Sweet Restraint is out today in the United Kingdom from Headline Publishing. This one has lots and lots of forbidden sizzle, but tons of heart as well.
Chicago Special Agent Shane Dominic was in love with Laura Vasquez until the day she left him and married another man. Laura’s never disappeared from his fantasies, or destroyed his desire to learn the truth about why she left. When her husband, the criminal mastermind behind an ring of thieves, is murdered, Shane knows this is his last chance. One look at Shane, and Laura’s own memories come back to haunt her, but she’d never divulge her secrets – a desperate vow that’s compromised when Shane takes her as his captive to a secluded cabin. Here, she will finally belong to him, be subjected to his every torturously erotic whim, and be forced to trust him with a shocking truth she’s hidden for so long – one that will expose them to a danger closing in on the both of them.
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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
When I’m With You is now out in Portugal
And will release in Italy on June 11th!
In other news, my next three Berkley book subrights have been bought by Headline, UK, including Because We Belong, the next book in the Because You Are Mine series, and Since I Saw You, the book after that. They plan to release Because We Belong in November, the same time as Because You Are Mine releases here in the States. Here’s the lovely UK cover.
A few people have been kind enough to send in snapshots of the Recommended Read section from Target. Thank you! Check out Because You Are Mine:
I’ve just been chugging along, working on Since I Saw You and enjoying the spring weather whenever it’s not flooding or cold. :) Hope you are having a pleasant spring.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
I received the news this morning that Target has made Because You Are Mine a recommended read! Check it out at your local Target!
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
I have a lovely new cover for the mass market of Sweet Restraint. Here’s a bit about this contemporary suspense scorcher:
SWEET RESTRAINT is a tumble whirl of emotion, eroticism and suspense that will hook you and not let go. It is also a must read and Joyfully Recommended.
A Recommended Read from Joyfully Reviewed
This time, he’ll never let her go…
Chicago Special Agent Shane Dominic was in love with Laura Vasquez until the day she left him and married another man. Thirteen years may have passed, but Laura’s never disappeared from his fantasies, or destroyed his desire to learn the truth about why she left him. When her husband, the criminal mastermind behind an international ring of thieves, is murdered, Shane knows this is his one last, desperate chance to learn Laura’s secrets. And he’s not above using their scorching hot passion for one another and a little domination to do it.
One look at Shane, and Laura’s own memories come back to haunt her. Her feelings run deep, but she’d never divulge her secrets—a desperate vow that’s compromised when Shane stuns her by taking her as his captive to a secluded cabin. Here, she will finally belong to him, be subjected to his every torturously erotic whim, and be forced to trust him with a shocking truth she’s hidden for so long—one that will expose them to a danger closing in on the both of them.
December 3, 2013
Thursday, May 9th, 2013
I love to give a shout out to new authors, especially good new authors. I’m thrilled to have Kate Meader visit today. Check out the spicy excerpt here of the first book in her Hot in the Kitchen series, Feel the Heat…now available for only 2.99! What a deal! And be sure to follow Kate’s link to sign up for her special prize!
FEEL THE HEAT by Kate Meader
Hot in the Kitchen, Book 1
IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT . . .
Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family’s Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she’s tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she’s cooked up a recipe for disaster.
. . . GET INTO THE BEDROOM
Jack Kilroy’s celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili’s oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he’s even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now, as he’s about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions – and turn up the heat in his kitchen?
In his voice, Lili heard compassion she didn’t deserve and kindness she had never received from any other man. Jack Kilroy might have just performed a miracle for her physical well-being, but he was big, bad, and dangerous for her mental state.
“I’m not used to being the center of attention,” she said. “It doesn’t sit so well with me.”
A flicker of something hard gave way to a smile that would make the angels sing. “Well, since about three a.m. yesterday, you’ve been the center of my attention. And I intend to keep you right where I can see you.”
Her heart lifted clear through the roof, and she couldn’t let such a lovely declaration go unrewarded. Her lips brushed against the hard planes of his face, taking momentary rest stops on those rock-hewn cheekbones. Twelve freckles—no, thirteen—lay scattered like a starry constellation across his nose. She wanted to memorize every beautiful smudge and contour because, after tonight, she would only have souvenir snapshots. Minutes passed while they slanted to find the best angles, exploring earlobes and eyelids, necks and jaws, and each time their mouths crossed paths, they whimpered in surprise that a kiss could improve with practice.
She combed through his silken hair until she found the ridge of his welt. “How’s your head?”
She traced a finger along his swollen lip. “And this?”
He smiled. “That was hot but in the future, we’ll have to negotiate the rough stuff. I can’t risk anything happening to my face. It’s my ticket to fame and fortune.”
“Bighead,” she said gently, and kissed him to stop any more talk about the future.
Moving his hand back under her skirt, he shaped her butt, his calluses brushing fiery tingles across her skin. “I adore this sweet arse of yours.”
Arse. Why did that word sound hotter and dirtier than ass? It must be down to the lips that formed it, the sonorous bass that spoke it. He squeezed one sweet arse cheek, making her mewl. She loved when a man gave her booty the attention it deserved, though with the kind of women Jack dated, she wouldn’t have had him pegged for an ass, or arse, man. For some reason, that made her giggle.
“What’s so funny?” It came out garbled because his hot mouth was sucking on the pulse at her throat, but she got the gist.
“I’m not exactly your type,” she murmured in his ear.
“This should be good. Tell me what’s my type, then.”
“Hipless, top-heavy blondes with sticks for legs. That’s your usual diet.”
“Well, mine eyes have seen the glory of one curvy brunette with a body that won’t quit and a mouth made for sin.”
She chewed her sinful lower lip and drew back to face him. “So you’ll have doubled your options. Just think of all that ethnic skirt you’ve been missing. Italians, Latinas, Jersey housewives…”
“Not interested. I’ve got all the ethnic skirt I want right here.”
Read the entire Chapter One of Feel the Heat here.
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Kate is offering Beth Kery readers a chance to win a Feel the Heat swag pack on her website at http://katemeader.com/blog : One grand prize winner will get a Feel the Heat Swag Bag containing a Supper Hero-Wonder Woman apron, a Feel the Heat tote bag, a Vespa-shaped pizza cutter, a “Grate Love” cheese grater, heart-shaped measuring spoons, a Feel the Heat fridge magnet, and a recipe card for goat cheese caramel gelato. Kate will also be giving away smaller swag bags of assorted kitchen utensils and more!
Sunday, April 14th, 2013
Please write to me at email@example.com with your choice of parts, I-VII. Also designate your retailer, which must offer ‘giftable’ items, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Leave a comment about the snippet HERE at my blog and qualify to win a copy of your choice of parts I-VII of When I’m With You. There will be 5 winners announced HERE Sunday evening, 4/14. Unfortunately, this will have to be a U.S. only giveaway, as I’ve discovered I can’t ‘gift’ ebooks in other countries.
Things are reaching the boiling point, and something is about to give. In When I’m With You part VII, When I Need You, Elise finally admits to that frightening, thrilling emotion: love. As a result, her trust grows and her and Lucien’s level of intimacy deepens to undiscovered levels of sensual bliss. Stunned by her degree of trust and passionate response to his challenges, Lucien realizes he’s falling too. But can he trust Elise enough to allow her to see the darkness that resides in his past…in his very blood?
“Lucien, we shouldn’t. Not when they might see us.”
“They won’t,” he assured, glancing into her face and seeing her anxiety. “But if the choice is worrying you, I will take it away from you. It is my desire to play with you while I feed you this delicious food and wine. And as my slave, you will fulfill my every desire without protest.” His tone was gentle, but he made sure she heard the edge to it as well. He would not be denied the smallest thing when it came to Elise tonight—not her sweet sighs of pleasure, her body trembling next to his hand, her wide-eyed look of surprise when she shocked herself by surrendering completely to him.
He removed the key from his neck. Her eyes grew large now with that mixture of amazement and arousal that he prized. He drew her wrists together. After he’d locked her bracelets together, he reached beneath the table and began to inch her skirt up her thighs. He felt her gasp against his neck.
“Lucien, must you?” she asked in a strangled voice when he lifted the hem of her skirt just above her mons, giving him access to her pussy.
“I must, and so you must allow it,” he said simply before he flipped the edge of the tablecloth over her restrained hands and her lap. “Now,” he said, reaching again to touch a plump nipple, “it’s time to enjoy this delicious fare set before me.”
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Check out this awesome review of When I’m With You, parts I-III, at Book Crack. “And it’s finally getting goooood. Like it’s setting up to be Scandal gooood we can tell!”
If you’ve been waiting to jump on board, now might be a good time with the last installment coming out 4/23!