WooHoo! Today I become a "contemporary" author.
This is the release day for my first published contemporary. . . and wouldn't you know. . . it's a BLAZE. Actually, it's a Valentine anthology built around the story of three friends who work in various aspects of the greeting card industry and always have a trade show to attend over Valentine's Day. When they meet THIS year, they make a pact to hunt for a great Valentine's Day date for next year. Let the MANHUNTING begin!
My gal, Samantha Drexel, is corporate through and through. She's sharp and ambitious and successful. . . and lonely as hell. She can't remember the last good date she had. Taking her manhunting pledge seriously, she combs through her past relationships and one in particular-- an unresolved college romance-- seems like a good bet. The old flame turns into an inferno before she learns the jerk is married and dumps water on it. She's disillusioned and embarrassed and furious with herself. . . and still dateless for Valentine's Day.
Worse-- while in the grip of that traitorous romantic bliss, she has proposed using rocker Nicholas Stack's music-- "their album" --as the basis for a line of musical valentines. Now the lying ex-boyfriend is gone, but she's stuck listening to that treacherous music again and again. Then rocker Nicholas Stack himself tries to pull out of the deal she's made with him to promote her Valentine line and she has to use every bit of her personal strength and presence to make him live up to his committment. Now if she could just quit melting into steamy puddles every time he looks at her. . .
Sound interesting? I hope you'll find it so. I had a blast writing it!
The challenges of writing contemporary weren't at all what I thought they would be. Historical heroines are usually either virgins or widows. . . anything else wasn't quite respectable in the old days. So coming up with motivation for hot-n-spicy lovin' on short notice-- that was a challenge for me. Especially so because this is a BLAZE. Know what I mean? I had to get it steamy in a hurry. And as I wrote, I loved doing contemporary dialogue and references. Quite a shot in the arm to the old creative juices!
I'm giving away copies of "Manhunting" to two commenters. So let me know. . . have you ever gone manhunting, yourself? How did it turn out?
And what do you think about the concept of manhunting-- too modern? Too predatory? Too gotta-have-a-man old fashioned?