News & Newsworthy
October 15th, 2007
Just a short post to reveal the cover for my upcoming regency with Aphrodisia, BLACK SILK. Well, it’s coming in April 2008, but the way time seems to go by, I guess April will be here before I know it. My editor described my cover as “Sharonesque”, a word I’ve been rolling around on my tongue for the last few days. I rather like the sound of that—even if I’m not quite sure what I want it to mean.
I love the drama of my cover, even if it isn’t a strongly historical image. This will be my first couple cover, at least once where they have been caught in the midst of being passionate, which, for me, really suits the story. Shouldn’t a couple cover suit all of my erotic romance books (at least not the menage ones)? Well, I guess so, but in BLACK SILK, my hero uses sex like liquor or a drug—to help him forget a painful past. Sex has so many layers for him that have nothing to do with desire or love, and until he opens his heart to the heroine, he can’t really explore desire and love. So for me, the passionate couple definitely strikes a chord for this story.
I also got my copy edits along with my cover flats, so I am furiously working on those right now, and have taken a break from my WIPs to get them done. I’m enjoying the read, and have not been struck by any intense, furious desire to rewrite sections—though we seem to get so little time for copyediting, there’s never time to navel gaze. Which I think is probably the point! I’d be hopeless if I had months to rethink every word. Which I would—wouldn’t we all?
Here’s the blurb for BLACK SILK:
Maryanne Hamilton had expected to be shocked, but the wanton orgy she finds in Mrs. Master’s salon makes her wonder if she has walked into hell. Desperate to escape, she comes upon the master of sin himself—Lord Swansborough. Fascinated by his nakedness, she longs to touch every inch of his long, hard body. And when he bids her come near, she quickly surrenders to his wicked promises of carnal pleasure and sensual ecstasy…
Now back to copy edits! For everyone else out there—what are you working on in your writing life, or what are you reading?
September 26th, 2007
A few weeks ago I took six copies of my anthology, WILD NIGHTS, to my local public library. My husband had discovered online that authors could donate their books to the library.
I have to admit I felt strange explaining to the librarian that I was the author and wanted to donate the books.
I expected her to ask me to prove it.
I mean, after all, I’m just saying I’m the author. I could be anyone. I could even be an author trying to impersonate a better known author. The possibilities are endless.
Though later I thought, Why would she ask me to prove who I was? I was donating the books. I had six copies of one book. If I’d bought six copies to donate just so I could impersonate an author, why would the library care? And the librarian was certainly appreciative about my donation.
Last night, my hubby checked on my books in my home town’s library system and I was stunned to discover that my library has all four of my books, including the one I donated.
What completely knocked me off my feet?
The online system showed requests for those books. That means that there are people on waiting lists to read my books. Thirty people are on the list for BLOOD ROSE. And thirty for WILD NIGHTS. Each book, actually had a list of 20 – 30 people.
Now of course I had to put it into perspective. So I checked Nora Roberts. 522 people are waiting for High Noon. 50 are waiting for Amanda Quick’s latest. But I was still stunned, and touched, and thrilled, and amazed at my 30!
I adore my local library. I loved taking my kids there for story times and I met other new moms there who are very good friends. I love having the resource so close to hand for non-fiction books. And I love the serendipity of browsing shelves and finding a book I never would have gone searching for. This is how, years ago, I found “The Unruly Queen” by Fiona Fraser. She writes a terrific biography of the Regent’s wife, Princess Caroline. My heart certainly went out to Caroline after reading it. I was fascinated by the fact that if Caroline took an English lover the man would be arrested for treason. Obviously, I realized after. Since any child of hers would be a future king or queen. Caroline was very clever, however. Her lover was reputedly Pergami, an Italian.
What are most intriguing biographies you’ve read lately? Or have you made a surprising find at your local library?
September 10th, 2007
First, I have some thrilling news to announce. Last week, I had two sales to publishers! I will be writing a sequel to BLOOD ROSE, and wrapping up my erotic vampire series by asking the question: Can the most dangerous vampires be redeemed by love?
And I sold on auction to Bantam/Dell in a two book deal for regency historical romance. These will be mass market, which is also really exciting for me.
Last night I saw myself on Canadian National t.v.—back in March, I taped a game show called “Test the Nation—Watch Your Language”. I had a brief sound bite interview. The host asked me, “What makes a romance erotic?” Well, we were talking about language, so I pointed out that the language is frank, we don’t use euphemisms, and the stories are hot. It’s a family network and the show had an airtime of 8:00 p.m. Also, I knew the network wanted schoolchildren to watch the show. So in my answer, I had to walk a fine line. Capturing the “erotic” in erotic romance is far more complicated than blunt language, and here’s why:
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, and our local chapter met yesterday for a wonderful workshop given by USA Today Bestseller Nancy Warren (Kensington Brava and Harlequin). She gave two excellent talks on sexual tension and on using screenwriting tips for dialogue. Nancy also quoted the scriptwriter of the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice who, when reading the book, was amazed by the blazing sexuality on every page. I watched the series on DVD again this weekend, and was impressed with how the writer portrayed that—in the “unspoken dialogue”, as my husband termed it. The facial expressions revealed what the characters did not even quite understand themselves—they “fancied the pants off each other” as Nancy Warren put it. So if a story without explicit sex can be blazingly sexual, there’s obviously a lot more to it!
If the unspoken dialogue is so powerful, what can lovers actually say to each other that is more powerful than that? In my current WIP, my heroine, after years of feeling like a coward in her marriage to an abusive older husband, is widowed and meets the hero, with whom she is angry enough to be blunt. And honest. As my hero puts it—he’s never met a woman who wielded honesty with such brutality. And that’s the power of sexual banter to me—it’s those moments when desire strips away sense, and vulnerability becomes less important than joining and pleasure, and honesty is what comes out of our mouths.
Just for fun, I’ve picked out some of my favorite bits of fun sexual banter from my stories:
From BLOOD ROSE:
“So you wouldn’t spank me in punishment.”
“You are a grown man, Mr. Swift.”
“Would you spank me in fun?”
A blush. He’d expected her to blush, to be a little embarrassed. Instead, Serena walked calmly to the edge of the bed and picked up the whip. She curled her fingers around the grip, weighing it. “If I were to spank your bottom, Mr. Swift, I would be tempted to do it with the flat of my hand.”
“You plan to walk in public completely bare beneath your cloak?”
“No one would know but you,” she protested.
Agony flashed across his handsome features, twisting his sensual mouth. “God, and that’s the bloody magic of it, isn’t it?”
The opening line of BLACK SILK (Coming April 2008):
“You spend a night allowing a woman to drip molten wax on your chest, and afterward everyone casts you as the villain.”
Would other Crumpets like to share some of their favorite banter? Or if you have a favorite snippet from a beloved book, please share!
September 4th, 2007
Sharon Page will be appearing on national t.v. in Canada. She’s part of the Romance Authors team in a game show called “Test the Nation”. Six teams compete to show how well they know their language—and Sharon was briefly interviewed about what erotic romance is all about (much to the interest of the Fraternity Team). Check out the photos for the show and a fun interview with Sharon’s fellow contestant, bestselling author Kayla Perrin. And if you are in Canada, check out the show on CBC on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at 8:00 p.m.
For photos, go to:
And info on the show:
August 22nd, 2007
Congrats Lacy, on the gorgeous cover for your book. That is going to fly off the shelves—he’s irresistible.
As for me, I’ve been struggling to think of a post for today. I’m knee deep in plotting a paranormal romantic suspense. I’m in the storyboarding phase—my term for writing bits and pieces of scenes and then rearranging them until I have a story. While doing this I realize what I’m missing and fill the page with notes in caps such as “WHY IS HE DOING THIS?” “MAKE HIM A THREAT” and “NO! NO! NO!” Ah, the smooth, orderly process of writing is such a treat.
My current struggle is that I wanted to build a very hot, intense, erotic relationship between my hero and heroine. However, there is now a child in jeopardy in my story and the hero’s younger brother is a suspect. And I just can’t picture bringing the couple together for hot sex while they are under so much pain and stress. So I may have to do some replotting. I always admire writers who can elegantly combine suspense and sex, because it is such an art of defining character motivation. I do see how a writer can make it believable that a character can feel passion when he or she is surrounded by danger. In some ways, it might be a survival instinct along the lines of “mate while you still can”, or maybe even “bond with an ally.” But making characters feel desire when someone else is in danger? I can’t do it.
My first book SIN (Aphrodisia, Sept 06) blended my love of erotic romance with Agatha Christie “who-dunnit” mysteries. My elegant houseparty is actually an orgy. In SIN, I felt I got just the balance I wanted between suspense, fear, and hot sex.
So I’m back to the “storyboarding board” (my computer) to see if I can figure this one out. For those of you reading and writing out there, have you read many erotic romantic suspense stories? Any favorites?