When it comes to reading and writing romance, I like my heroines smart, my heroes hot, the settings interesting, the story engaging, the romance intense and I do like to have a laugh. Bonus points if you can make me cry. Harlequin’s new KISS series promises all that and more – in short contemporary romance form. There will be four new KISS stories out each month, starting in Feb 2013, and I’m thrilled that The One That Got Away is part of the launch lineup.
The One That Got Away is a reunion romance of sorts. When Logan Black walked out on Evangeline Jones all those years ago he thought he was doing the right thing. But now he’s back and Evie’s grown into a strong and confident woman who knows what she wants, and she has never stopped wanting Logan. All she has to do is persuade him to give her a second chance…
About the Book: The man who’s always left her wanting more!
I hear writers talking about the “soundtracks” for their books, and they usually mean a playlist of songs that they listened to while they wrote to help put them in the mood or made them think of their characters. I can’t write if there’s music playing – I’m too easily distracted — so I’ve never had a soundtrack for one of mine.
Connor, my hero from The Downfall of a Good Girl, is a musician, so I knew that at some point in the book he’d have to sing. That’s where he’s comfortable and how he’ll express himself. Most writers will just make up lyrics when they need them, but that didn’t work for me. So, I called a friend. A friend who just happened to be a singer/songwriter and asked if I could borrow the lyrics to one of her songs. It’s an odd request, but she was game to see what might happen and she sent me lyrics to about a dozen of her original songs.
For me, what happened next was nearly magic. Connor is a rock star and Cristina Lynn writes and sings bluesy country songs, but I was looking at solely at the lyrics. And those lyrics really inspired me and instead of just using the one song I had in mind, I ended up using three of her songs at pivotal points in the book. They just seemed to fit perfectly with the moment.
When I got the draft finished, I sent it to Cristina to let her see how I’d used her songs, and not only did she love it, I got an email a few days later with another original song attached. That song was called “Sinners and Saints” and was inspired by Connor and Vivi’s story! (And yes, it sent goosebumps over my skin to hear it!) A few months later, I asked to use another of her songs for the second book, The Taming of a Wild Child.
Now, I can honestly say my LaBlanc Sisters duet has a soundtrack, because Cristina went into the studio and recorded all five songs onto a CD titled Sinners and Saints! That, my friends, is very cool, especially for someone who’s never had a soundtrack of any sort for any of her books!
About the Book:“Why would you decide to seduce me? And why now after all these years?”
Southern debutante Vivienne LaBlanc can’t believe bad-boy rock star Connor Mansfield is back in town for the New Orleans annual Saints and Sinners pageant. He has a reputation as wicked as his devilish smile, and Vivi has no intention of becoming one of his latest groupies!
He once crushed her high school heart, so playing the saint to Connor’s sinner should be easy. But how can Vivi get those lessthan angelic thoughts out of her head—especially when Connor’s so good at tempting her to be bad?
Harlequin KISS has 4 new fun, flirty and sensual romance books available every month.