Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Picture taken from Harper's Bazaar...an advert.
Picture taken from CARGO magazine...an advert.
Do they make a great couple, or what?
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Not to cut off our discussion of what makes a book edgy, but I just got this recommendation from one of my group blogs and thought it sounded very much like a precipice book. What do you think?
Harlee has lived as a human her entire life, working as a psychiatrist on a secret government project evaluating captured werewolves and vampires. Then one night two strangers jerk her from her bed, blindfold her and turn her world upside down. She is taken deep into the realm of lycans and vampires and told an unbelievable story-that she is the daughter of a forbidden union between a vampire and a werewolf and now possibly the future leader of both their clans.
She doesn't believe them. Vampires and werewolves are the enemies of humans. She hangs onto her humanity, her one and only goal to escape from her sexy and enigmatic captors before she loses her heart and possibly her very soul.
The vampire Adrian's and the lycan
But dark forces turn what begins as a search for identity into a struggle for survival.
Monday, May 22, 2006
I've been told by editors, readers and other authors that I write "edgy" books. Others give me a blank-eyed stare when I ask if they think my work is edgy. So, the first point I want to make is that edgy - like beauty - is in the eye of the beholder. An author who writes about male werewolves engaging in coitus and a reader who routinely reads that kind of book is definitely not going to think the stuff I write is on the sharp edge of much of anything. LOL However, for your average romance reader, a hero that is darkly alpha, lovemaking that can include fun stuff like hot tubs and bondage and emotions that teeter on the precipice of overwhelming can be considered edgy.
To me, our term is defined by writing on the rim of the canyon but keeping your characters from going over...maybe. It's not being afraid to delve into dark emotion, erotic lovemaking, boundary pushing plotting. Some lines and imprints specialize in edgy. Some authors do too. JoAnn Ross is an edgy writer. In different ways, so is Lora Leigh. But then, so is Jayne Ann Krentz.
When you are writing for the Presents market, edgy means writing a deeply emotional story that isn't always comfortable maybe, but is ultimately satisfying for the reader. It means telling the characters' story, not the author's idea of what would make a good story and that's not always easy to do.
This is a good time for me to remember this because I'm starting a new Presents...and yep, it's got some edge to it. But I'm digging deeper, because I want to write on the precipice of emotion so intense and deep that it sucks me over the edge and I don't mind going. If I can do that for *me*, I can hope to give the same experience to my reader.
How about you?
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Voices Carry by Melissa Schroeder
Includes the three action-adventure books, Voices Carry, Lost in Emotion and Hard Habit to Break, previously released in ebook form, together for the first time!
A Federation under siege. A Counter-Terrorism Department overworked. Paranormal abilities outlawed. But when no one suspects what you can do, criminal Voices Carry. Called by lust and longing, three telempaths risk their lives to put their skills to work for the Federation Counter-Terrorism Department.
If you have not read one of Melissa's stories, you REALLY need to and this book is a great place to start! My guess is she's going to end up on *your* keeper shelves too. :)
Monday, May 01, 2006
When Del Montgomerys boss sends her to the Missouri Ozarks in search of a legendary pottery pig, her mission seems simple: figure out which of the clueless locals has the pig, convince them to sell it for peanuts, and then hightail it back to Chicago. Local auctioneer, Sam Samson, could be the perfect secret weapon in her search as long as he never figures out what shes really after. But is it possible to resist a tall, dark, gorgeous guy whos as sly as he is sexy?
Everything about Del turns Sam on, from her city sass to her delicious cleavage to her habit of twitching her nose when shes about to tell a whopper. And shes been telling a lot of them. Still, Sam knows a true babe when he sees one, and hes not about to let Del slip away
Mason knew Hannah was the one the first time he saw her. Unfortunately, in the heat of a very hot moment, he forgot he was wearing a wedding ring...
Even when the gorgeous firefighter managed to persuade Hannah the ring wasnt actually his, he was still in trouble: Hannah was irresistible, confident, and sexy as hell but she wouldnt let him give her anything more than mind-blowing sex!
Mason had to help her trust her instincts trust him even if they cold only get through to each other in bed. Perhaps action could speak louder than words...