Lauren Dane tagged me in the Next Big Thing blog hop. The blog hop is an author answering ten questions about whatever their next “big thing” is. That author then tags more authors and so on and so forth.
It’s a fun way to find out a little bit about what your favorite authors are doing – or maybe being introduced to new authors. I’m going to talk about the book I just turned in, which will be out from Berkley Heat in September, 2013.
1. What is the working title of your book?
UNCOMMON PASSION. It’s the second in a series set in Galveston, Texas. The first book, UNCOMMON PLEASURE releases in March, 2013.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
One of the secondary characters in UNCOMMON PLEASURE, Ben Harris, intrigued me. He’s the second participant in a menage, the guy the heroine knows is up for anything, any time, with anyone. I got to thinking about what kind of man that would be. He could be fun-loving, easy-going, obliging…or he could be tortured, carrying the weight of a terrible past, and using sex to avoid dealing with what he’s done. Ben’s the second kind of guy. 😉
3. What is the genre of the book?
It’s erotic romance.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ben looks like Bailey Chase in his Deputy Branch Connally incarnation on Longmire.
Rachel Hill has all of Abbie Cornish’s reserve in Bright Star.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“A virgin refugee from a fundamentalist cult determined to experience life and sex to the fullest gets involved a man with troubled past equally determined feel nothing at all.”
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?
This will release from Berkley Heat in March, 2013.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took about 10 weeks to produce. I spent another 3 months getting crits and revising the manuscript.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think the virgin-meets-bad boy trope is fairly common in erotic romance. In fact, I’d already done a similar story, so finding new emotional territory to explore made this book an interesting challenge!
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always been interested in the question of what turns someone into “that guy”, the one the characters can turn to for the ever popular “one night of no-strings-attached” sex. Giving him a heroine who needed experience but turned his definition of “experience” on his head seemed like the best way to create conflict.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s got all the characteristics of an Anne Calhoun erotic romance: a troubled, experienced paramilitary hero and a heroine who knows exactly what she wants who sets him back on his heels. Plus, there’s the ever-popular scorching sex. 😉
More seriously, in this book I explore family and friendships more than I have in previous erotic romances, so if you like community and family issues with your smexxing, give this book a shot.
I tried, folks, to find someone to tag for this blog hop, but everyone was either on deadline or had already participated. 🙁 So check out some of the amazing writers I contacted, all of whom have fabulous books releasing in 2013.