Welcome back to Under the Covers. I am so excited to finally have another full length novel coming out that we've made you our Under the Covers Author of the Month!!
Thanks so much for having me. :)
What can you tell readers about THE SPACE BETWEEN US?
Well, for one thing, it's my first erotic book for Harlequin that doesn't have a one word title. I don't know why, but that just makes me laugh. I came up with the title first, actually, but don't ask me how/why, because I don't remember. The Space Between Us is about Tesla, who falls for Meredith, and then Meredith's husband Charlie.
Now that we had a little bit over a year between COLLIDE and THE SPACE BETWEEN US, do you have another project you are working on that we may have sooner? I know I'm greedy.
I have two upcoming erotic books from Mira -- Flying and Tear You Apart. Both should be out in 2013. Flying is about a woman who picks up men in airports, at least until she meets the one guy she can't get out of her head. Tear You Apart is about a woman who turns around one day and unexpectedly meets a man who changes her life. I also have a couple short stories from Cravings coming out, as well as a futuristic erotic romance novella in a duology with Lauren Dane, due out in 2013 or 2014.
Your novels are not really a series, however they are best read in a certain order to enjoy the character cameos by previous couples. Could you share with us what you would consider is the best order to read them in?
I can't. Because they're written to be read in any order -- every character is the hero of his or her own story, you know? So sometimes those minor characters are the main characters in another book, or vice versa, and it's all part of a big timeline, but it's not necessarily chronological.
Basically, I can't tell you the "best" order to read them in, because I can't judge what each reader would like best!
You usually have a wonderful playlist to go along with your books. Can you share with us some of the playlist for THE SPACE BETWEEN US, and why is music so important for your writing?
Music is so important for me because I use lyrics and melodies to set a mood. I always write to music. Some of the songs featured on the playlist for The Space Between Us are:
Ghosts -- Christopher DallmanAlex Kennedy is one of my ALL-TIME favorite heroes. What do you think it is about him that sets him apart and makes readers want more of him?
A Girl Like You -- Edwyn Collins
Nicest Thing -- Kate Nash
Use Somebody -- Kings of Leon
3 -- Britney Spears
Journey -- Jason Manns
I guess a lot of women want to "fix" a damaged hero. ;) Seriously, I'm not sure. He's sexy, but wow, is Alex Kennedy a mess in Tempted. People tell me all the time how much they want an Alex of their own, and I always say, "no, you really don't." I mean, not really. Not for real life. Which is why in Naked, I tried to show that he'd grown and changed a lot, so that he really could be the sort of man you would want to settle down with. Having said that, I am partial to Alex Kennedy myself.
If we were unforgivably rude and pulled at random five things from your hand bag, what would we find?
First, I'd have to be carrying a bag, which I don't always. But you'd find my wallet, handcream, lip balm, sunglasses and Coke Zero.
Many authors get their ideas from everyday life. Do you have a story to share where your real-life experience has influenced your writing?
Umm...well...sure, I *could* but that might get me into trouble. ;) Actually, it's no secret that Deeper is pretty much lifted quite a bit from some of my real-life experiences. Not the paranormal part. But a lot of the rest. It's a combination of two not-quite-relationships I had when I was much younger. Some doors stay open, that's all I can tell you. And if you're a writer, you get to close them.
If you were to attend a conference and were given the opportunity to set up your own panel with authors of your choosing and you could talk about anything... What would that panel look like and what would happen?
Hmm. I would ask all of my friends to sit around being served champagne from handsome men, and we'd talk about how awesome that is. Also snacks. Because snacks are important. And we'd share them with the audience, of course.
And to end this on a sexy note...can you give us a little teaser of THE SPACE BETWEEN US?
Everyone has a story.
Here’s how this one ends.
That’s what I want on my body now. His hands and mouth. Tongue, teeth, fingers. I want the crush of him on top of me, the silken brush of his hair against my flesh, the whisper of his eyelashes as he closes his gaze when he kisses me.
I want Charlie’s mouth, and yet something turns my face when he moves in close. Charlie sighs and presses his forehead to mine. His eyes shut, but I can’t seem to close mine. I have to see him, even this close. Every hair and pore, every scar. Every blemish and flaw that makes Charlie so perfect.
“If I’d known,” Charlie says. His hands are heavy, one on my shoulder, the other my hip. His breath smells of whiskey and smoke. He looks like Charlie, but he doesn’t smell like him.
I don’t want Charlie to wish he’d made a different choice. Please, Charlie, I think. Please don’t tell me you wish you’d missed all of this.
Charlie sighs. “It’s just...there’s this space between us. This big wide space. And I don’t know what to do with it.”
We fill it, I want to tell him but say nothing. The words won’t come. If I can’t kiss him, how on earth could I possibly tell him that I love him? That it doesn’t matter where Meredith’s gone or if she’s coming back. All we need is right here. The two of us will find a way to make things work. That it will all be okay.
I could tell him that, I think as Charlie pulls away. His back is toward me. His shoulders slump. The jutting lines of his shoulder blades urge me to reach and touch, but my fingers curl in on themselves instead. I touch myself because I won’t touch him. I could tell Charlie it will all be okay. It will all work out. But though I can’t say I’ve never told a lie in my life, none of them have been to Charlie. I’m not about to start now.
Thank you so much for letting pick your brain for a bit and spending time with us today!
Tesla Martin is drifting pleasantly through life, slinging lattes at Morningstar Mocha, enjoying the ebb and flow of caffeine-starved customers, devoted to her cadre of regulars. But none of the bottomless-cup crowd compares with Meredith, a charismatic force of nature who can coax intimate tales from even the shyest of Morningstar's clientele.Caught in Meredith's sensual, irresistible orbit, inexpressibly flattered by the siren's attention, Tesla shares long-buried chapters of her life, holding nothing back. Nothing Meredith proposes seems impossible—not even Tesla sleeping with Meredith's husband, Charlie, while she looks on. After all, it's all in fun, isn't it?
In a heartbeat, vulnerable Tesla is swept into a spectacular love triangle. Together, gentle, grounded Charlie and sparkling, maddening Meredith are everything Tesla has ever needed, wanted, or dreamed of, even if no one else on earth understands. They're three against the world.
But soon one of the vertices begins pulling away until only two points remain—and the space between them gapes with confusion, with grief and with possibility .