Thursday, November 29, 2012

One for the Road - the Next Big Thing

Tag.  I'm it.  

I've been tagged by Katalina Leon in her blog Seven Sexy Scribes. Be sure to go and read about her upcoming book, Lord Griffin's Prize

My next book coming soon from Ellora’s Cave (and I just can’t wait to see the cover art) will be One for the Road.

Two strangers, Lindsay and Cade, unexpectedly find themselves travelling together along the Trans-Canada Highway, north of Lake Huron. With nowhere to be for the next three days, they engage in a no-strings-attached, no-holds-barred relationship. Until it’s time to go their separate ways.

Where did the story come from? Some years ago I wrote a searing sex scene involving a secondary character from another book (Dancing with a Stranger) that I thought might turn into a book of her own someday. 
  • Let’s say she’s asleep in a camper, and when she wakes up she finds herself a long long way from home, alone in the wilds with a very attractive stranger.
  • And, oh what the heck, let’s say neither of them has had sex in over a year. 
So I wrote the scene, seething with thoughts of “Oh my god, he’s a perfect stranger, and I’m letting him do whatever he wants to me—I mean, her.”

And then, it just got filed away under Great Sexy Premises That Might Turn into a Story Someday.

That Someday finally came when I sold my first contemporary erotic romance, Informed Consent, to Ellora’s Cave.

I dipped into the files and found my two adventurous lovers ready to become Lindsay Thomas and Cade McKenna.  And my sexy premise became One for the Road.

I love that title.  My new editor, Whitney Mihalik, came up with it.

What’s so special about One for the Road?

Road fantasies. Travelling with a stranger.  Trees and rocks and lakes.  Sex with a stranger.  The call of the loon. Alone in the wilderness with a stranger. A man to do the cooking over an open campfire.

It really is a fantasy.  Because in this story, there are no black flies in May in north Ontario.

And now I'm tagging fellow EC writer, Lena Loneson. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Introducing Susanna

My name is Susanna and I write old-fashioned erotic romance.

It was like this. One morning I sat down with my coffee and found among my emails one from April, at Ellora's Cave. She just oh-so-casually said, "Is that book you sent us still available?"

After finally deciding she wasn't asking out of idle curiosity, I forced myself to wait an hour (playing hard-to-get) and replied, "Why yes, I believe it is." 

Wow. Within twenty minutes I was on my way to being a published Ellora's Cave author.  Just like that.

Okay, not just like that.  As all writers know, there are years and years of slogging leading up to that moment.

So now I have one e-book out, Informed Consent, another just sold, One for the Road, and a third, TimeLost Lover, in the works as part of an upcoming series in concert with a bevy of like-minded writers.

More about these future fantasies soon....