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The Winner of Adult Treats is
Sunday, October 31st, 2010

The random number generator says #38, so that’s Kathy Barwick! Kathy, please write me at bethkery@aol.com to claim your 20 dollar Amazon gc, and get yourself some adult treats–books!
Thanks to Kathy and everyone for participating. I hope you had a wonderful Halloween! Please come back to join me and many other authors for the Explosive contest, Nov 16-30, in celebration of Explosive’s release, 12/7/10. There will be daily authors guests and prizes and two final prizes on Nov 30–a 50 dollar gc for the second prize and a brand new Kindle for the first prize!
Hope to see you then!

She Lives
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Yes, I do live…as a blog-negligent, busy writer. I’ve been so busy with rewrites, edits and now starting a new book, I feel like my head has been stuck in the sand…or my head is full of sand, or something like that. 🙂

I recieved news from Ellora’s Cave that Subtle Touch will be in print this fall. For those interested in the Subtle series, Subtle Release and Subtle Destiny will also be available in paperback in 2011, along with Come to Me Freely. It already looks like Subtle Touch is already in stock for sale at Amazon. The Hometown Hero Returns is also available for pre-order, but alas…no cover yet.

I’ve also been coordinating my Explosive Contest, which starts on Nov. 16. It should be fun. Some wonderful writers will be guesting, like Beth Williamson, Kelly Jamieson, Julie James and HelenKay Dimon, and those were just the first four that popped into my muddled brain. Daily prizes and a grand prize. Should be fun. 🙂

Hope this finds everyone healthy and happy!

The Winner of the Explosive Contest and a $25 GC is
Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The random number generator says 28, and that’s Carol L!

Carol congrats to you. Thanks to you and everyone for taking part in reviewing the EXPLOSIVE video. Carol, write me at bethkery@aol.com to claim your 25 dollar Amazon gift certificate!

Have a terrific weekend, everyone!

Explosive Video, and a 25 dollar Amazon GC giveaway!
Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Explosive will be out on December 7, but the video is here now! Thanks to Lea for her terrific work on the video.

Comment on your thoughts about the EXPLOSIVE video and you will be in the draw for a 25 dollar Amazon gift certificate Friday, October 22. Please return on the 22nd to see if you are the winner.

And the Winner of the Amnesia Contest :) is
Friday, October 8th, 2010

#12, Jackie!

Congrats to Jackie, and thank you to everyone participating! Jackie, please write me at bethkery@aol.com with your book choice, and either preferred email (for Velvet Cataclysm) or your snail mail addy for one of my Berkley books.

Where Did You Get that Idea? (And a book giveaway)
Monday, October 4th, 2010

I thought I’d blog today on that eternal question that a writer gets, “Where do you get your ideas?” There isn’t one source, of course, our brains are constantly absorbing stimuli from news media, people we know, work, friend’s stories, overheard conversations. The latter is a big one for me, living in the city. No, I don’t eavesdrop, but you hear stuff, whether it be walking in the Loop, standing on the L platform or riding the elevator.

Since Explosive comes out on December 7 from Berkley, I’ll use that as an example. I’ve worked in E.R.’s and traumatic brain injury units, and I know that people do suffer localized amnesias much more frequently than thought. We’re not talking soap opera style I’ve-forgotten-my-whole-identity-and-now-have-fallen-in-love-with-my-ex-nanny type thing. Amnesias do occur within the context of dissociative disorders, and people do wander away and start new lives, sometimes never recalling their old lives. This type of fugue state is rare, though, very rare. Much more common is, for instance, for someone to be in a car crash and not recall the crash itself and a period of time afterward, sometimes because of a head injury and sometimes for psychological reasons. Our brains can only take so much, after all, and sometimes in the case of trauma, it might take our memories a few hours, a couple days, or a week to return.

So, as you’ve probably guessed by now, I wanted to do something with a localized amnesia. My hero in Explosive has undergone something traumatic—both a physical injury and psychological trauma—and he forgets a very small—but a very crucial—period of time. That eighteen hour period of forgetfulness became the central focus of my book. I think the reason that amnesia plots have been popular among writers in TV, film and books is that—well, let’s face it. It’s an awesome device. Memory is the ephemeral stuff that knits our world together. When we lose memory, we lose time, we lose events…essentially, we lose a part of ourselves.

The other thing that I wanted to try in a romance was to do a vulnerable alpha hero. The two concepts don’t go together, you might think? Well it does, really, given the right circumstances. For instance, romance readers are used to a vulnerable alpha in one familiar scenario—the alpha with PTSD—post traumatic stress syndrome. We often associate with PTSD with war and battle, which is the way it’s often used in romance novels. However, PTSD can occur with any kind of trauma.

Thomas, my hero in Explosive, is an ex-Navy explosive specialist. The people who dismantle bombs must have extraordinary psychological reserves to deal with stress—I mean…think about it. So here I had this uber-alpha who has looked death in the face hundreds of times, but it’s not that kind of trauma that impacts him. It’s something much more horrific, perhaps…something much more personal. I liked that contrast a lot. It’s in this charged, amorphous state of uncertainty that he turns to the heroine. The attraction is explosive, in part because this man is carrying around so much psychological energy that he can’t put a name to. Sex is a good outlet for that. We probably all know that during times of grief and intense stress, the sex drive becomes imperative. Thomas’ sexual attraction to Sophie is real–this is the woman he always wanted, but never had the nerve to approach–but in the story, his intense sexuality is sort of jet-fueled by his buried memory.

So there you have it…the miniature version of how came up with the idea for Explosive.

The video is done, by the way, and it’s terrific! I’ll be excited to show it, probably at the beginning of November. I’ll do a big contest for the video release, and an even bigger one leading up to the release of Explosive.

For today, leave a comment on this post, and I’ll put you in the draw for a giveaway of your choice of one of my Berkley print books OR a download of Velvet Cataclysm this Friday. Have you ever had a localized amneisa? Ever forgot a chunk of time, or know someone who did? What were the circumstances? If not, leave a relevant comment, and you’ll certainly be in the draw!

Have a great week!

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