I want to thank Leah for having me here today, and especially that I get to talk about the book which stole my virginity. The first book I ever finished in full.
Now, the first book I ever published was Masque of Desire with Ellora’s Cave back in 2007, but that was not the book which took my innocence and introduced me to the world of writing.
The book which made me realize my dreams was Enemy Enchantress, which came out with Eternal Press on July 7, 2010.
I started writing it in 2003 after my daughter was born. She was my first child, and I was bored while she napped. Since she slept through the night from day one, I didn’t need to nap and the characters for Enemy Enchantress just walked into my head. I started writing it on a yellow legal pad, slowly. It was agonizingly so. I went back to work after my year of maternity leave was up, and I forgot about it to be honest. I knew I always wanted to write, but I was scared.
In 2006 I had my second child—a child who almost didn’t make it. He was in the NICU for a month, in a medicated coma for the first 3 weeks of his life. Those long days and nights by his bedside made me realize I had to go for my dream. So during my year of maternity I took the plunge and finished Enemy Enchantress, well the first of many drafts.
I started to do research on Romance Writing and found an online critique group. I signed up for the Romance Writer’s of America and discovered a writing contest—The Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Ignite the Flame. I entered and to my utter amazement I finalled in it.
Still, Enemy Enchantress had some ways to go. In the mean time I did NaNoWriMo and joined my local RWA chapter the Toronto Romance Writers and met one of my fabulous critique partners Christine d’Abo. I submitted my first story to Ellora’s Cave and made my dream come true. I was published, but what to do with that darn Enemy Enchantress. Would it go under the bed like the unfinished stories I had written when I was a teen? I really didn’t want to see it subjected to that.
I sold it to Linden Bay, but then due to a bad twist of fate Linden Bay shut its doors and I got my rights back. Hey, I was lucky. A lot of authors aren’t. After yet another tweak I sent it to Eternal Press and within a couple of weeks it was sold.
It’s been a crazy long haul. Enemy Enchantress was a book I started to learn from. I guess we were both ‘innocent’ in that way.
Finally after 7 years, and countless other books in between, it is getting its day in the sun, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Trying to catch his breath, he preened at the sight of her panting on the ground, his for the taking. Her short tunic had ridden further up her thighs. It sent his blood racing. He tossed his sword aside and dropped to his knees, leaning over her, staring deep into those smoldering gray eyes.
“Now for my reward,” he said in a husky voice as leaned down to kiss her.
“Nay,” she begged, but only for a moment. Their lips met and instead of the resistance he expected, she melted against his mouth. He kissed her hungrily, tasting the sweet fullness of her red lips.
By Ari, she tastes like fresh, sweet honey.
Her mouth opened to his kiss and his tongue slipped past her lips, entwining with hers as his hand wandered down to her breast. Her nipple instantly pebbled at his touch. He rubbed the pad of his thumb across it and she moaned in pleasure, bucking her hips up at him, sending fire racing through his body. Her fingers grasped his shoulders as she instinctively arched up toward him.
This enchantress tasted of all things sweet.
She tasted like heaven.
Of course, don’t forget to Buy Enemy Enchantress.