I was tagged by the talented Suzanna Medeiros to participate in The Next Big Thing series. Last week she posted about her current Work in Progress, Loving the Marquess, which you can read about here.
The Next Big Thing is a blog hop of sorts wherein someone is given the opportunity to answer ten questions about their current WIP. I’m not sure where it started or what its purpose is, but it seemed fun. They then tag four more people, who will post about their respective WIPs the following week and pass this invitation on to four more writers to keep The Next Big Thing going.
Now here’s where I changed things – normally the rules of TNTB are that I am to tag four authors and then they’re to post about their WIP the following week and to pass the invitation along to keep TNBT going. But I hate participating in anything that forces me to rope anyone in tag someone else. Time is precious to any author, and writing these blogs and formatting them take a lot of time, time they could spend working on their WIP. So I’ve tagged author Toni Anderson but I’ve not tagged anyone else. So if you’re a pubbed author, or just want to play along, feel free and link back to me on your post next week. If you want.
This meme was really tough for me to do since I’m supposed to focus on one WIP when I have three projects I’m working on – the one I’m currently working on came out of the blue and has pushed the other two aside… but I can’t talk about it yet and I’m afraid to jinx it by talking about it yet, so I changed things up again and instead of talking about my current work-in-progress, I’m answering the questions about one of my other ones… the first book in a trilogy of books following up on Texas Tangle. (For my Hauberk fans, I’m still fiddling with Jazz’s story, but I’ve needed to set it aside for the special project that shall not be spoken about. Honest, there is a follow up to Jazz and Scott…and Andy too.)
And now, on to the questions!
What is the working title of your book?
Good question. I don’t have one. Titles are usually the hardest thing for me to come up with – either they occur to me right at the start or not at all and I have to turn to my critique partners at the end with a big “HELP!” email. Right now I’m just referring to it as “Mitch and Kayla’s story.”
Where did the idea come from for the book?
My street team leaders asked me if I’d ever write a story with their names in it, so I decided to name two of the heroines in the trilogy for them. As I was outlining the trilogy, which I’ve wanted to do for a while now, a friend over on Facebook asked me to write a heroine who was getting over cancer and had short hair. I accepted the challenge…
What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary western erotic romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
I don’t watch a lot of television or movies, so I’m not up on the really hot guys. I know that’s a terrible thing to admit for an erotic romance author, but I spend a lot of time in my office writing.
So to answer the question, I turned to my street team leaders to see who they wanted to play them and their heroes. For the hero, they want to see a dark-haired Ryan Gosling (The Notebook or Crazy Stupid Love), Paul Walker, (Fast and the Furious, and Flags of our Father) or Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries and Lost). For the heroine, Mandy Moore from A Walk to Remember. (more like she is in this pic.) I’m going to post the picture of Ryan because he’s Canadian like me. My post, my choice.
What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
The heroine teaches the hero to “seize the day” and her too. (It is an erotic romance, after all.)
Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
I’m planning on subbing it to Carina Press – I actually could have subbed it just on proposal, without needing any words written, but I wanted to get book 1 done, before I start submitting so I can get a start on book 2 and then they can do a staggered release closer together. I’m hoping anyway.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m hoping to get it done within four months. It took me two months to write Tangled Past, and just under four months to write Texas Tangle. Of course, I’ll have to factor in interruptions to that too. Like writing this other secret project.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think it would be similar to Vivian Arend’s Rocky Mountain series (though I always hate comparing my work to anyone else’s as I feel it makes me sound conceited to think I could write like the other author.)
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
See “Where did this idea come from” above.
What else about your book might interest the reader?
Um, I don’t know. It’s hot. It’s a western. It’s hot. It’ll have some fun stuff in it with little angst. (I hope.) And oh yeah, it’s a hot story with a happy ever after.
Copyright 2012 Leah Braemel
NOTE: The following is subject to change once it has been professionally edited.
When she returned with the towel she normally kept for the beach–the only one big enough to wrap around him—she found a very large, very naked man standing in her kitchen, a pile of dirty clothes dripping from one hand.
Where the hell had all the air in the room gone? And why was what was left so freaking hot?
“You told me to strip.” A glimmer in his eye and a slight twitch at the edges of his lips told her he’d done it deliberately to shock her.
“I meant once I’d gotten you a towel, but it’s nice to know you’re a guy who knows how to follow instructions.” She held the towel against her chest, unwilling to hand it to him so he could cover the delicious view.