When I started writing Falling, Freestyle, I had a few goals. I wanted to have a contemporary love story set during the winter in the mountains. It was going to include skiing, or snowboarding, and I wanted to write a friends-to-lovers situation.
What ended up happening has made this book one of my favorites thus far in my writing career.
I’m one of the writers who starts with a very loose plan, then I let the characters take me where they want to go. There’s often a ton of surprises along the way, and that’s kept writing interesting for me, as well as giving me a bunch of ‘Oh Noes!’ moments. Falling, Freestyle was no different. The heroine, Dara, showed up just as planned. But her two best friends? Neither of them would back down and stay the best buddy. They both wanted in as heroes.
“This isn’t supposed to be a ménage a trois, guys,” I reasoned with my characters. They shook their heads and insisted they knew best. Suddenly, I had two male egos to deal with, and frankly, I had hoped for a much easier book.
See, there are a lot of times I just don’t get threesomes in romance books. Unless the guys are into guys, it’s always stuck me as a little—odd—that rarely does anyone ever mention that having another male in the bedroom is anything but weird.
Kane and Jack agreed. They wanted to talk about how two hetero guys dealt with this situation. They wanted to discuss a bunch of other things, including what Dara said she wanted, and what she was really asking for…
Slowly the book came together. It’s got the snowy setting, with skiing and snowboarding. It’s got the friends-to-lovers, and it makes me smile.
In the process, the characters have discussions that I really think would take place between friends. (Yeah, it’s guy talk some of the time—crude, rude, straight up. You know, fun 😉 Between people stepping beyond the boundaries they’d previously set, and moving into a more intimate relationship—because although I do write explicit scenes, it’s not mainly about the sex. It’s about first, and foremost, about relationships. And that’s what made this book for me. Friends—moving to being lovers in a way that I could actually see happening.
I hope you enjoy this story as much as I do.
This is the first book in a new series coming from Samhain. Xtreme Adventures will all feature some kind of more extreme sport. Falling, Freestyle is about skiing/boarding. July 2011 book two, Rising, Freestyle will include rock-climbing.
Cover art by Angie Waters
Never venture out of bounds without a buddy—preferably two.
Dara’s past four incredible years have been lived to the fullest. Along with her best friends, Kane and Jack, she’s left no local wilderness unexplored, no ski slope unchallenged. Yet lately she wonders why they’ve never seen her as more than a buddy with breasts. When—or if—either man will cross that unspoken line.
It’s a line Kane eyes harder every day. Since high school, he and Jack have shared everything. A condo, vacations—and their best girl. Kane’s ready to get serious about his wilderness school and outfitter business, and that includes putting down roots. Preferably with Dara.
Wary of the men who’ve recently been sniffing around Dara, Jack has a growing sense that he or Kane better make a move soon, or they’re going to lose out on their perfect match. Question is, who does she prefer…and who’s going to bring their easygoing trio to an end?
Overhearing the boys arguing over her, Dara’s floored—and torn. Choose between them? No way. Drastic measures are called for, a plan for their annual holiday getaway that will clarify her feelings once and for all—or lose everything in a sexual storm of whiteout proportions.
Warning: Old friends turned lovers can get into the most trouble—exhibitionism, bondage, spanking. Anal sex, oral sex, unauthorized use of ski safety harnesses, icicles in the hot tub…the author apologizes in advance for any melted monitors.