Trouble comes calling on Kyler Landon. He falls hard and fast for his beautiful, mysterious neighbor after she saves him from a rattlesnake attack. The sexual tension mounts between them with each sensual encounter, but he soon realizes that Cooper has been hurt and is leery of men. So he sets out to teach her that a real man can be
gentle, loving, and sexy as hell.
Trouble seems to follow Cooper, and Ky makes it his mission to protect her from her past. Kyler would move heaven and earth to keep her in his bed and in his life.
Warning: This book contains some explicit sex scenes and is not intended for readers under 18.
THE T-R-O-U-B-L-E WITH VIRGINS
I can’t seem to write a story where the heroine is a woman with experience. So far, it just hasn’t worked for me. I can’t really explain it – but I thought I would delve into the possibilities, just to see if I could work it out. I’m not sure about my motivation – after all, I’m not a virgin and I haven’t been for a long time. Maybe, I wish I were. That’s a strange thought.
I tend to write my romance novels with the hero in mind. For some reason, I’m more sympathetic to his viewpoint and I love to tell what’s on his mind and how he is feeling. That may be because I’ve never met a hero (in the flesh, anyway) and every time I write a story, I create the man of my dreams. Holding out for a hero is more than a song – it’s a life-long yearning for some women. So, I tend to write my romance novels, delving into the hero’s psyche. But what kind of hero have I created? I formulate the men in my stories to be honest, strong, possessive, faithful – all qualities of a good dog – plus gorgeous and sexy as hell. They have never breathed a word that they expect their chosen woman to be an innocent. But I tend to reward their good behavior and sterling qualities with a pure woman.
I got amused as I planned this article. It made me think some wild thoughts about why a man would want a virgin – get this – ala William Shatner – TO GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE. Or every man loves to explore VIRGIN TERRITORY. Or the value of a woman increases if she is AS PURE AS THE DRIVEN SNOW. After all, said hero would get to initiate her, wow her, train her in his likes and dislikes and know that no man had ever enjoyed what he had claimed as his own. I actually used the term in a novel I just released he POSSESSED WHAT HE HAD ALREADY CONQUERED.
Something is terribly wrong with me.
Now, I’m kidding here – for the most part. I guess the truth is – I love to write about virgins. And sometimes I go to great lengths to make my heroines virgins. Although every scenario is possible – some of them I had to work to get them to sound plausible. Let’s take a look at a few:
In TROUBLE, Cooper is a battered wife. Her husband abused steroids and in turn, he abused her. Normal sex was never a part of her life, so when she escaped his clutches – although she had been abused mentally and physically – technically, she was still a virgin. The hero Ky was gentle, understanding and melted my heart with the way he introduced her to love and intimacy.
In A Wishing Moon, which releases Monday the 3rd from Secret Cravings, Arabella is still a virgin because she was a victim of prejudice. A Wishing Moon is a paranormal erotic and the heroine is a practitioner of the magical arts – in other words, she is a witch or the New Orleans hoodoo equivalent of one. Her experience with men has not been the best. They either reject her for her chosen lifestyle or fear what they don’t understand. So, when she rescues conservative Texas congressman Jade Landale from certain death, their relationship is a study in contrasts, prejudice and finding love in unexpected places. And to top it off – Arabella is a virgin – she has never met a man who could accept her for who she is – until Jade. Fortunate Jade.
In Unchained Melody, which comes out from Secret Cravings before Christmas, a new twist is introduced. The hero Ethan falls for the heroine in college and they have two glorious weeks (where he does claim her virginity, by the way). But then they are separated by a series of tragedies and misunderstandings. She goes away on spring break and never returns – he searches in vain, but finally gives up and moves on with his life. What he doesn’t know is that she was brutally raped during spring break, leaving her scarred both mentally and physically. And she never forgets him – never stops loving him, in fact she becomes an erotic romance writer and makes him the hero of every book.
When their paths finally cross again, she doesn’t believe that he could ever accept the person that she is now – so a game of cat and mouse ensues – where Ethan is determined to get Annalise back in his bed and back in his life. So, they are gifted with two ‘first times’ – one when she is an innocent and one when he must convince her that nothing she has endured could change the way he feels about her. It’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions – it even got to me.
Then, I have a couple of books where the heroine has faced challenges that have prevented them from developing normal relationships with men. Scarlet in Scarlet Fever and Libby in Cowboy Heat live with a disease or disability that has kept them out of the dating and intimacy scene. And when they reach a point where they can seize the opportunity – a hero comes into their lives and is ready to fight their dragons for them – a good hero always does that.
In Hot on Her Trail, it really got wild. Jessie shows up at Jacob’s door and announces that she is pregnant with his child. The only problem is – he’s never met her and she’s a virgin. Boy, I had to work with this one – the only problem was – I actually had a real story that inspired this. A woman agreed to be a surrogate mother for a couple, she was a virgin, and the fertility clinic used the wrong donor sperm. The unsuspecting father didn’t make his ‘deposit’ for others to use – he did it because the job that he performed carried with it inherent dangers and making a sperm deposit was something his employers strongly advocated. Imagine his surprise when the sperm bank confirms their error. He now has a pregnant virgin on his hands - what a dilemma.
And there’s more – but I think I’ve made my point. I write about virgins – I am compelled to write about virgins. And not only are they virgins – but by the end of the books most of them end up pregnant. So – the hero gets to conquer, and stake his claim in the most enduring way possible – by fathering a child.
I think this stems back to the time when I read sweet romances. While I was growing up I inhaled romance novels. Sometimes I read two a day. My school backpack was always full of Harlequins and Loveswepts – I had one teacher that condemned by reading choice – so for her I would read thick, brainy novels and discuss them in depth with her – but at night, under the covers – with a flashlight, I would visit worlds where love conquered all, right prevails over wrong, and holding out for a hero is not an impossible dream. I guess I’m an incurable romantic.
My readers like my virgins – and they like the fact that they usually end up pregnant. I know this because they’ve told me so. My books usually can make you laugh, cry, and sweat. I try to weave humor in with poignancy and spice it up with sex hot enough to make you sleep in a bathtub full of ice. I know the sex is hot – it turns me on – if it didn’t, I would be doing something wrong.
Bottom line, I write what I like to read. There is something about an innocent woman placing her faith and trust in a macho, alpha male who teachers her that she is his perfect woman – that just turns my heart inside out. I’m working on one right now called BADASS – the hero has pushed the heroine away because she is too good for him. He is a cowboy who rides motorcycles as well as horses and owns a bar to boot. The heroine is a good girl who falls for the bad boy. After he rejects her – she takes it upon herself to become what she thinks he wants – and the ride she takes him on is going to be one he never forgets.
I may start writing about bad girls – there is a certain attraction for me there, but I’ll have to have a long talk with myself first. I’m a good girl at heart – and if you believe that – I have some ocean front property to sell you – it sits deep in the heart of Texas.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My hometown will always be
. I love the culture of New Orleans and it permeates everything I do. Now, I live in the big state of Louisiana and like most southern women, I love to cook southern food – especially Cajun and Tex-Mex. I also love to research the supernatural, but don’t tell anyone. Texas
About my writing – As most of you know, I write erotic romance. I write what I like to read and enjoy putting my fantasies on paper. My stories are emotional reads where the heroine is faced with challenges; like one of my favorite songs – she’s holding out for a hero – and boy, can I deliver a hero. One of the best compliments that I ever received from a reader was that I write ‘luscious sex’ – my aim is to write a story that will make you laugh, cry and sweat. If I can wring those emotions out of a reader, then I have done my job.
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