I get numerous messages asking when is the next book? Can you tell us how the characters are doing? Are they going to have any children? And for years I wondered why do readers care so much? In fact, why won’t they just let me write a new book with new characters and a brand new story. But then I started watching series on television such as The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black ,and Sons of Anarchy, and I gasped, “Oh my God! Now I know.” I now understand why audiences love series so much.
It’s because the characters become a part of your life. Every week you’re looking forward to the next episode, just like every year readers are looking for the next book just so they can read what their favorite characters are doing with their lives. We fall in love with their personalities, the towns that they live in, and the people they associate with. Their life becomes our lives.
So now that I’m watching series, I finally understand why my readers are sorry for the book to end. I can understand the sorrow. No one wants to see your book end or a series to end. I remember finishing Sons of Anarchy. I was crying because it was time to say goodbye and I wasn’t ready. Hell, I probably would have never grown tired. Because it’s like you’re saying goodbye to piece of your own life and it’s just not something easy to do. As a reader I hate for a book to end so I start reading slower as I get closer to the last chapter, trying to make it last as long as possible. As a writer, having a reader sad to say goodbye means I have done my job.
I was getting ready to write a new novella when readers asked for Mackenzie’s story. Mackenzie? Who is Mackenzie? But I remembered introduced her in Time for Pleasure and she appeared again in Claiming What’s Mine. The barmaid at Spanky’s Bar & Grill. A hangout spot that started in the Beaumont series and has continued in all of my Sheraton Beach Briefs. I decided to give her more of a voice and a story and created the second book of The Pleasure Series. I hope it quenches your thirst for more, more, and more.
With my latest release, I decided to interview myself. I know, I’m a little crazy at times. LOL
What’s this book about?
Well…, what are ALL romance novels about? Love and conflict. LOL. Sorry, I just had to say that. But seriously, it’s the love and conflict that readers fall in love with. For Claiming What’s Mine, I decided to only give away part of the conflict in the blurb and save a little intrigue for the book.
Is this another erotic romance? No, I decided to go a little old school this time. For the last two years, my books have been loaded with sex first, and a relationship later. With this book I wanted to take a little more time to develop my characters first.
Why the change?
Do you have any idea how much work it is writing love scenes? Goodness! After writing Seduced into Submission. I needed to breathe [exhale] and decided to slow it down a bit and focus on creating my characters with the hopes of readers embracing them.
In the end, what are your thoughts?
I was thinking… I’m so glad I’m done with this book! LOL. No, really, I was thinking readers are going to be happy to revisit with some of their favorite characters (Beaumonts) and to finally find out Darnell’s story, since I’ve been hinting about it all year.
Why a holiday story?
Why not? I try to release something every Christmas and the good thing is this time it’s a full-length book.
I hope my readers enjoy my latest creation. Be prepared to curl up in an electric blanket and enjoy. Happy Holidays!
While coming up with the idea for Strutting in Red Stilettos, I decided to create a character that readers might need a moment to decide if they like Diamond or not. LOL. I’m always creating these beautiful, likable, feisty heroines that I wanted my latest character to be different.
I wanted readers to have to take a moment towards the end of the book to decide whether they liked her, and if not, they would know why. I believe that even if my readers say “I liked the book but I couldn’t stand her” then I’ve still done my job. Ashley “Diamond” Wade not only owns a lingerie shop but she works as an escort on the weekends. She’s truly a free spirit and won’t stop at nothing to get revenge. Some might find her a bit raunchy and others might actually applaud her efforts. So far the feedback has been positive. I had a lot of fun with this story because there is nothing in her methods of getting back at a man that resembled me and that was important with this character. LOL. However, one thing you’ll always find in this series is my girls always get their men in a pair of stilettos.
I’ve received numerous emails from readers requesting the order of the Beaumont
Series. I am planning to create a page on my website just for the series so that readers can keep track of the characters and the books. The series is as follows: The Second Time Around, The Playboy’s Proposition, The Player’s Proposal, For You I Do, Before I Let You Go, Every Second Counts, and A Beau for Christmas. I plan to have the entire series available before the end of 2013 along with two new Naughty Nibbles.