I love to read contemporary romance ;) actually, I devour it at a pace of about one book a day when I can!), so that's probably where it comes from. I'd had characters talking in my head for a while, but after my college roommate, Jami Alden, who also writes romance, encouraged me to attend a Romance Writer's of America meeting nine years ago, I knew I had to sit down and write a romance!
THE LOOK OF LOVE launches my contemporary romance series - THE SULLIVANS - about a family of six hot, sexy brothers and two sassy, cool sisters. In the first book, Chase Sullivan is a successful photographer who rescues Chloe off the side of a road after her car crashes on a rainy night. He instantly falls for her and wants to protect her, but she won't let him. Because Chloe is on the run from a bad relationship and has vowed never to trust a man again. Of course their sexual chemistry sizzles and just as she's beginning to think he might be the one exception to too-good-to-be-true, he's wondering if letting her go might be the best way to show he loves her.
Chase's brother, Marcus, is the responsible, family patriarch. Nicola is a rising pop star with a bad reputation that she doesn't actually deserve. Both of them have their reasons for wanting one reckless night together, but even though they both know they're all wrong for each other, growing emotions - and sizzling attraction - keep drawing them closer together. Close enough for them to wonder if stealing one more secret moment together can ever be enough? My wonderful readers really seem to be loving my Sullivan boys and I'm so excited about everyone reading Marcus and Nicola's book!
Thank you! I was actually fairly new to the erotic genre at the time I wrote ECSTASY and I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if a new erotic writer asked an established erotic writer for "lessons". I had a fantastic time writing this book - especially the story within the story.
I've recently finished Marcus' book and am already working on the story for Gabe called CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE. Gabe is daring firefighter and let me assure you it's already as hot as it promises!
I have several favorite authors, of course, but two of my absolute favorites are Jennifer Crusie and Lora Leigh. I love the humor and wit and emotion (and surprisingly hot sex) in Crusie's books. And Lora's books just sweep me up in emotion from the first sentence.
A little bit of both. With THE SULLIVANS, I know the Sullivan family. I know the brothers and sisters, I know their family dynamic, and I have a pretty good idea who they're going to fall in love with (well, for most of them, anyway). I do like to be surprised by how it all works out, though! And I love laughing and crying along with my characters as I write each of their love stories.
b)A first grade teacher like Anna Davis from Game for Love
c)An outspoken fashion designer like Janica Ellis from Love Me
I like to gab and I like clothes so I'd have to go with C. Plus having a surgeon like Luke hot for me wouldn't be so bad. :)
I'm extremely lucky to have many fantastic contemporary writers as good friends. Tina Folsom (who also writes vampires), Barbara Freethy, Jami Alden, Carol Grace / Culver, Cecilia Gray, Jasmine Haynes, Shannon Hollis, Karin Tabke....the list could go on and on! I get together with these amazing women on a regular basis and we often brainstorm stories and ideas with each other.
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