Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I just finished today the first round of edits for my newest story DEADLY SECRETS. This is a full length novel at about 300 pages. The characters have lived inside my head for a while now. The strangest part about the characters we create, at least for me, is that they do indeed take on a life of their own. Some say this really isn't the case, and this is all simply a figment of our imagination. Not real. Just pretend.
But when for a time you find yourself inside the heads of any of these characters, at least for me I start to regard them as taking on a certain realism. Josh Tyler my hero, or Deirdre Clarke, the heroine, I feel I have made new friends. Some characters we grow to like, even love, and some we may simply feel a disdain for, e.g the hero (Bruce Braddock) which in and of itself is not a bad thing. We writer love to hate our villains. And we certainly enjoy making them as "bad" as possible, yet give them a few redeeming qualities.
Villains are made by the words we use. In the process we may struggle so that we avoid the stereotypical villain who may result in someone too predictable. We know at the end of the story good comes out the winner, and evil receives whatever well deserved punishment we can met out.
DEADLY SECRETS provides the gamut of characters, some of whom live life based on what the past has done to them, and some who seek to move forward so they can live a life where they will thrive.
We have characters who attempt to live out their dream, as my heroine Deirdre does when she opens up the dance studio.
We have characters who succumb to that dark side of themselves, which can necessitate some courage in order to follow these inclinations, as one of the secondary characters Maureen Donatelli, who discovers her preference for kinky sex.
BDSM is one of the themes strongly brought forth in this story. The story demonstrates the existence of good BDSM as opposed to not so good BDSM that can have disastrous results.
And of course we have the romance (between Josh Tyler and Deirdre Clare) where the hero and heroine struggle to get to a point where they (and us) can enjoy the happy forever ending, if that should occur. Can't tell you at that point if that happens.
The release for DEADLY SECRETS is scheduled for AUGUST 1st at Noble Romance Publishing. A great time of year I think as it will add one more sizzling tale to that summer reading list!
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Saturday, July 19, 2008
Goin’ Down Two
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
I think this is a question that most readers might wonder about when they pick up a book, i.e. where do we authors come up with these characters.
Jonathan Wetherall the III who made his debut in Hot Sex with a Stranger started out as the quintessential nerdy type. Yet, somehow he has gone through a transition, evolving into someone altogether different from what I had originally envisioned.
No longer the corporate CEO with the two piece pinstripe suit, instead I now see him reflecting more of his darker side. And in Four Play we do get to see more of that side especially since he's expanded his publishing business to now include adult videos.
Yeah, Jonathan is starting to delve into the deeper recesses of his psyche. And while developing the story FOUR PLAY, I noticed Jonathan has an even deeper side of him that has had him in some denial. Because now I'm getting the impression that he may be bi-sexual. I don't normally write m/m romances, but after Four Play, I feel the definite need to write a story that incorporates this developing side of Jonathan.
I'm not sure what Myrna's is going to say about all of this when she discovers her lover may be preferring to spend more time with her roommate's Adrienne's lover, namely Art Wagner.
I realize today this may have been the reason for my coming up with a new Flash Fiction Monday at my Erotic Romance Workshop group -- namely that first time when someone realizes he or she may be attracted to the same sex person. What happens when that occurs? What emotions come into play? Does one go into denial? Or do they go with it? Go where their emotions take them? What will Jonathan do when he finally acknowledges this facet of himself? Will he deny its existence? Will he accept it as part of who he is?
It will be interesting when I start to develop his story. Frankly, I'm not sure what will happen.
We will just have to sit back and see how it all goes from this point on. Meantime, stay tune because FOUR PLAY is up on the Coming Soon page at Forbidden. Release date will be announced here and at my website.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008
You can win a free Abby Marie Creations necklace. Just check the website for the selection of necklaces. Each one is unique because they're not mass produced. Each one different, pretty much one of a kind. The one pictured on top is a delightful square shaped two-toned pendant and beige macrame cord. The one pictured on the left is a tiger eye pendant, with brown macrame cording. The one on the right is a two-toned stone pendant with a two-tone (beige and brown) macrame cording. You can check the Product Page at Abby Marie Creations to see other styles.
How can you win?
Order any of my books throughout the month of July. I will pick five winners who will receive a handcrafted necklace.
Every time you buy one of my books the receipt you send to me will go into the drawing. Here are the selection. Just click on the Title which will take you straight to the Order Link.
As Collette Thomas
Hot Sex with a Stranger: A Case of Mistaken Identity
Goin' Down Anthology
As Marie A. Roy
No More Secrets, No More Lies
A Soldier's Fortune
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Put Necklace Contest in the Subject Line.
July 2008 We're 2 Years Old!
To celebrate our birthday, Aspen Mountain Press is sending one lucky winner* a picnic basket lunch (retail value of $100) to create the deli sandwich of your dreams from Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Choose from Sherman's Sure Choice Reuben - Black Angus lean corned beef, rye; Binny's Brooklyn Reuben - Pastrami, pumpernickel; Georgia Reuben - Roasted turkey, rye. Also included Zingerman’s homemade redskin potato salad, cole slaw and Russian dressing. Emmentaler Swiss cheese, garlicky pickles and magic brownies.
To be included in the drawing all you have to do is purchase a book at Aspen Mountain Press. The more books you buy between July 1st and July 31st, the more times you will automatically be entered!
According to Oprah, "Zingerman's sandwiches are an '11 on a scale of 1 to 5.'"
Don't miss out on a terrific opportunity to sample some of the best deli food the mid-west has to offer along with some awesome stories of adventure, mystery, and passion. Remember, each story purchased is an automatic entry into the drawing!
*See website for additional details.
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