Welcome Back Janet Mullany!
Posted by Christie Kelley Apr 16 2012, 11:58 pm
Hi Banditas, and big thanks to Christie for inviting me back!
Today I’m celebrating the release of a nearly-new book, Dedication. It’s actually a rewritten version of my very first book and I sold it to Loose-Id because I thought there was life in the old girl yet (the book; I’m not so sure about myself). Naturally I dithered about this so long that all the possibilities for epubbing emerged when I had negotiated the deal.
The book was originally a Signet Regency that came out in 2005 and although it was unusual for the line in that it had a lot of sex (I like to describe it as the only Signet Regency with two bondage scenes), Loose-Id is a different sort of publisher, specializing in erotic romance. So is it an erotic romance? By my definitions, absolutely, right from the beginning (and that’s another blog post entirely). But I wanted to rewrite the book to address some structural/logical problems and since I was rewriting for Loose-Id, sex it up. But it’s really interesting seeing how things have changed in the last few years, since 2005 when it was published. Here are some of them:
- I always knew, absolutely, that the heroine, Fabienne, took lovers on a regular basis. Heroines just didn’t do that in 2005 although I hinted at it. Minor characters who did came to a sticky end. So the first love scene is with her and her current lover. Not the hero. And that leads me to my next point …
- The heroine can only do it and enjoy it with the hero. Not this girl. We’re into spoiler territory here so I’ll say no more.
- You can’t have a hero who’s a grandfather. Even a hot grandfather. Oh yes you can. I wanted to make him a man of real experience—not someone tomcatting around the ton, but someone who’s had fulfilling relationships as well as making very bad mistakes in his past. (He’s 43, by the way.)
- And regarding those mistakes … yes, you become anguished and tortured. For years. It ruins all your relationships forever until the magic naughty bits come along attached to the h/h. I’m afraid this one is still with us, but in my books you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again, and get over yourself.
- You can’t have your h/h in love with someone else, ever. Well, heck, I don’t want them practicing on each other emotionally.
I’m offering a couple of downloads of Dedication as prizes so I’d like you to tell me the changes you’ve seen in romance over the last seven years or so. What do you like? What are you tired of?
Adam and Fabienne came of age and fell wildly in love during a time of revolution but times have changed. Now he’s a respectable country gentleman and she’s a powerful patroness of the arts and they have little in common … or do they? She’s falling in love as she exchanges letters with a reclusive female gothic novelist, and Adam can’t help responding, but surely she knows who he really is, a man writing women’s books under a woman’s name? As their lives become entangled again after two decades apart, dark secrets and betrayals from the past are revealed, threatening them and others they love.
Order link: http://www.loose-id.com/Dedication.aspx
Book trailer link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2758x2zKV1I