August 13, 2013
Dr. Erin Taylor would rather be strapped to a gurney in her ER than prowling Jacksonville’s newest nightclub in a tight dress and high heels. Forced to do that very thing after losing a bet to a friend, she’s surprised by the sparks flying between her and sexy police detective Sean Rembert.Sean is supposed to be scoping the bar for leads that might help him catch a serial killer, not letting his neglected libido lead him astray. But the minute he sees the gorgeous blonde headed his direction, all thoughts of work go out the window. Until he discovers Erin is a possible target.Their connection is red-hot and undeniable, but Erin is in serious danger and Sean will do anything in his power to protect her. Passion explodes between them, then a secret destroys it. Can they overcome the hurt and resentment to find their way back to each other before the killer closes in?
First off, thanks to the lovely ladies at Talk Supe for having me today!
The past few weeks the family and I have been watching all the previous seasons of The Walking Dead to catch up before the new season starts in October. Just to clarify, my only child is 20, so I’m not subjecting any young children to scary zombies nightly. I am, however, subjecting myself to them, and I do enjoy the show, but I gotta be honest—sometimes the subject matter is pretty tough to take. After watching two or three episodes a night, I need some levity, some laughs, some romance. My answer to that is to either open a work in progress or dive into a good book.
They key to making a story work (for me) is balance. Everybody likes a little angst, but if the entire book is nothing but angst, it’s going to get old real quick. You have to have some lightness sprinkled in here and there, some other emotions or actions to offset the dark stuff. The audience needs to connect with the characters, empathize with them and like them, and yes, sympathize with their plight, but not to the point of thinking they need an extended stay in a mental hospital.
I covered some pretty heavy subject matter in HEART TROUBLE. There’s a serial rapist on the loose in Jacksonville, terrorizing women, and Erin, my heroine and an ER doctor, is suspected of being an intended target of this monster. That’s where Sean comes in, a cop who’s determined to catch the creep and protect Erin in the process. They share quite a few serious moments, but they also have a lot of fun too.
How did I lighten the story? Well, I tried to add a bit of humor.
Tess chuckled beside her. “You’re a finicky wench, aren’t you?”
“Oh, I’m sorry. Were you intrigued by one of those nubile young bucks?” Erin teased. “Would you like me to chase them down and drag them back to the table so you can play cat and mouse for a while before you bust their tiny, hairless balls?”
I also did it through sex. Lots and lots of sex:
Erin slid off his lap and stripped her blue scrub pants down her legs. Her T-shirt followed, then her bra and panties. The first real pangs of frustration hit him hard at not being able to put his hands on her incredible body. To mollify the need, he focused on satisfying some of his other senses—sight, smell, taste.
He could smell the rain on her hair, mingling with the warm, honeyed scent of her skin. There were still traces of her flavor lingering on his tongue and lips. The sight of her lush breasts, nipples pale and puckered, shut his brain down, leaving only a heavy pulse of desire humming through his veins. It almost drowned out the sounds of the storm raging outside. Rain coursed down the clear glass of the slider, rippling the moonlight that coated her body, making her look almost ethereal.
And sometimes I put the two together. In this particular scene, Sean and Erin are discussing her vibrator collection:
He laughed, charmed by the stain on her cheeks as she confessed such intimate details. “Why? What’s wrong with it?”
“Too small, and the lack of texture is a definite minus. You don’t know these sorts of things when you order them off the Internet. It’s a bit of trial and error.”
“Why not visit a sex shop, where you can browse?”
“Oh God, no. What if I ran into a patient, or worse, a colleague? That would be mortifying. The Internet is much easier and discreet, even if the results are mixed.”
“Tell me about the rabbit,” he said, drawing his fingertips up her rib cage just to watch her beautiful skin prickle with gooseflesh.
“Ah well, it gets high marks across the board. Even Tess recommended it. Why didn’t you pick that one?”
“Did you give it a name?” he asked, ignoring her question.
“No, but I think from now on I’m going to call him Sean Jr.”
You’ll have to let me know if I succeeded! Thanks for reading.
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I started reading when I was four, thanks to a babysitter who found out the only way to get me to sit still (and shut up) was to put a book in my hand. By the time I entered kindergarten, I’d blown through just about every Little Golden Book ever printed. Ten years later, much to my mother’s dismay, I found her stash of paperback romance novels. She tried to divert me back to something more chaste by buying me Harlequins, but I still snuck copies of her Kathleen Woodiwiss’s and Johanna Lindsey’s when she wasn’t looking. Shanna, The Flame and the Flower, and Fires of Winter will always hold special places in my heart because they introduced me to roguish heroes, headstrong heroines, and the trouble they could get into together.I live with my family in a swampy little corner of north-central Florida, close to the Gulf of Mexico and the historic Suwannee River. It’s hot, humid and full of mosquitos, but I wouldn’t trade it for… actually, I would trade it for a cottage on the beach somewhere in the Keys.
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