Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Behind The Book -- All A Man Could Want

How could Dr. Kate Bradley succumb to a sexy patient in her own office!

The beautiful dermatologist's problem was obvious. Mark Harrison bore a near-fatal resemblance to the notorious movie idol, Ty Winters. Computer programmer by day, celebrity look-alike by night, Mark swept the dedicated doctor off her feet. Nothing had interfered with Kate's dream of establishing her own private practice until now. This devastating man wanted her to know the real Mark Harrison while he seduced her with Ty Winters' irresistible charm. She couldn't afford love's distractions. But how could she say no once she'd said yes to the man who set her afire?

Let me say I loved writing for the Dell Candlelight Ecstasy line. My incredible editor let me loose with story ideas and never batted an eye. I enjoyed writing fun sassy books, and still do. All A Man Could Want was one of those.
Our Romance Writers of America chapter had a celebrity lookalike at our one of our meetings. I sat there and thought ‘there’s a book there’. We talked for some time, I learned what it was like to be a celebrity lookalike and I decided it would only be right to present the hero with something that no one would want to discuss except with their doctor. Nothing major, but could be a tad embarrassing for a guy. And no, not THAT. LOL!
I created a dermatologist who only had one goal, her own practice. Kate needed a life and sexy Mark Harrison, who could be a bit of a geek but looked like a sexy actor, was just what she needed.
I always say there is at least one true incident in each of my books. The names were changed to protect the guilty. This one has a celebrity lookalike and since a friend of mine had some pretty disastrous dates, I used one of those too. My friends are wonderful in providing me fodder for my books!
I wanted to write a fun sassy book with some engaging characters and I hope you’ll see that too.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Behind The Book -- Splendor At Dawn

Any author will tell you she/he hears the question ‘where do you get your ideas?’ There are a variety of answers that come with it.
I know for me it comes from many areas, even to asking friends if I can use a fun incident that came from their lives.
Splendor at Dawn came from a time that was scary, hopeful and in the end, the absolute best gift someone can have. The gift of life.
Diane, my absolute best friend, sister of my heart who I’ve known just about all my life is an inspiration in many ways. We joke we remain friends because we have too much dirt on each other and we’ve been there for each other in many stages of our lives.
Diane scared her family and friends when she suffered a brain aneurysm when we were in our thirties. Or as she calls it, her brain leaked. For awhile, we didn’t know if she’d live or die and her recovering with pretty much nothing more than losing a week’s worth of memories (maybe that was a good thing. She might have had a lot of bad hair days -- my twisted sense of humor).  Months later she became pregnant and had a handsome boy who’s getting married later this year. Congratulations Travis!
I admired her strength, her humor and I love her so much. That was why I wrote Splendor at Dawn. I wrote about a heroine who suffered from a stroke and recovered only to have her husband leave her and she felt she had to start over. Starting over can be a good thing or a bad one. Evelyne (a name of a dear friend) was a bit shaky but she chose to move forward and a trip to Hawaii gave her a man who would do anything to be the man she deserves. The question is, after what she went through, can she trust enough after a former betrayal?
I wanted to write a book that was heartwarming, showing a rich love and two characters who truly deserve to be together. And I wanted a book that allowed me to think of Diane.
Splendor at Dawn was one of my Dell Ecstasy Supremes that I’m pleased to be able to see out again.
It’s available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Apple.
If you’re looking for a heartwarming romance I hope you’ll try Evelyne and Rhyder’s story. 


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Behind The Book -- Only Love

She would defy him with all her might.

After a headline divorce, Kali Hughes had abandoned Beverly Hills for the lonely hills of Virginia. Bitterly, she vowed never to love again...until a man who knew her darkest secrets appeared on her doorstep, awakening long-buried hungers, bringing back searing memories of passions--and betrayal.

He would make her his at any cost.

He had come 3,000 miles to find her--and she greeted him with a shotgun at her cabin door. Once before Kali had gotten away. Travis Yates swore it wouldn't happen again. He was determined to walk over that threshold on her terms...and stay on his watch, to wait, to listen, demanding that Kali face the past, respond to the needs she could no longer deny, admit he was her...

Only Love.

Writing the Behind the Book posts is fun in that I’m reliving the time I wrote a particular book, but it also means I have to find those memories. LOL!Some are easier than others.
Only Love was contracted for Dell Ecstasy Supreme, but the line closed before the book was published, so Dell released it as a single title in September, 1988.
This was about an emotionally scarred high fashion model who’s tracked down by a famous photographer who’s determined to use her in his campaign. Little did he know there was more to the woman than a beautiful face.
The book was for my buddy, author Mary Anne Wilson. I based the hero on actor Sam Elliott for her and ladies, hands off. She’ll fight for him tooth and nail. I also wrote about what in romance books was still a bit of a taboo subject and had to be handled carefully. It was drama, emotion and a love that was so strong the hero and heroine couldn’t fight it.
One cute memory of the book was from Mary Anne. She told him one day that her mother called her and told her she’d read a fantastic book and she felt Mary Anne should read it. You got it, the book was Only Love and her mom didn’t connect the author Linda Randall Wisdom with Mary Anne’s friend, Linda Wisdom.
There are days when we all want a book that holds a love that can’t be pushed aside.
I hope you’ll try Only Love and discover that emotion.
Right now it’s at Amazon and Smashwords and soon to be at BN for Nook and at the Apple store.