It's been nearly a year since I wrapped up and published the last book in The MaCall Prophecy Trilogy, my initial indoctrination into the world of paranormal romance. I had read a number of books in the genre, mind you, and I absolutely love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. (The woman is brilliant. She managed to corner the market on combining historical fiction with the paranormal time travel concept. She is one I should have included in my trailblazer blog, except that I have too much respect for her as a writer to include her in an irritated rant.)
I mentioned in a previous post that I have temporarily stepped away from the historical trilogy I was working on, and my newest paranormal suspense/romance is well underway. I'm adoring my protagonist, a female detective who is hard and cold professionally and is obsessed with silk lingerie and romance books personally. And she also has a passionate relationship with the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman television series, an affair that is horrifyingly discovered by her love interest at a most inopportune time.
But her secret identity isn't limited to the undergarments she hides beneath her masculine uniform and bulletproof vest. She also is able to teleport, a skill she considers more of a risk than an asset. And given that someone is intent on trying to expose her and kill her, she may be right.
I am aiming to release the story of Detective Eva Sokolov before the end of the year. In the meantime, here is the gorgeous cover that Laura Gordon created for me. Tune in soon for an excerpt or two!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Sunday, October 5, 2014
The Demimonde Trilogy is my second trilogy in my budding writing career. And it's damned difficult. I know that a number of readers criticize trilogies as a marketing ploy, and I think there is some truth in that critique.
With The Demimonde Trilogy, however, the series evolved for a different reason. Butte, Montana was such a vivid and colorful town for so many years, and I wanted to bring to life different facets of that world. The first book introduced an innocent woman raised in the heart of the demimonde by her mother, a powerful madam. The second book followed an intelligent prostitute who turned to the demimonde when everyone she loved turned against her. The third book will illustrate the life of a progressive woman, fighting against the sin and corruption of the demimonde while also battling her own passions and desires.
But the trilogies--even more specifically, the historical trilogies--can be exhausting. I love doing research and piecing together surprising findings. But while I've been immersed in Butte around the turn of the 20th century, other ideas have been stirring.
In particular, I'm being drawn to a new paranormal romance. I sit in front of the computer staring at my outline for the third Demimonde book, stuck. I drive to work and push aside the images of a young woman who works to master her skills of teleportation while solving the crimes of a serial killer. And I urge the images of the bottle-smashing prostitution-protesting Abby Burke to surface. But alas, Abby seems intent on indulging in a rest.
For whatever reason, this new book is worming its way into my writing brain and is demanding to be written. So I am putting the final Demimonde book on hold and forging ahead on a stand-alone that will be titled Evaporation.
I hope to have both books completed and released by the end of the year. By then, who knows which protagonist and city will be taking control of my waking thoughts.