I’m not so much recovering from the long weekend as I am recovering from the day after the long weekend. I need another long weekend. I need a reading glut like I had in June. A reading holiday sounds lovely right about now.
Hrmm …. holidays. I sense a theme coming up, here.
The last reading glut included some great authors, one of which was Lucy Felthouse. I’m currently in the middle of her romance, The French Affair, which is giving me all kinds of squishy feels. Lucy was awesome enough to pop over and talk a bit about The French Affair, and also about Grand Slam (co-written with Lily Harlem, whose Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse I’m also reading.)
Firstly, I just want to say a huge thanks to Annemarie for having me here today.
So… origins. Well, the two stories I’m discussing are very different, and their origins are, too.
A French Affair is an erotic romance novella, which has a low kink-factor. Don’t worry, there’s sex, and quite a bit of it, but it’s fairly vanilla. There’s also lashings and lashings of romance. Part of the story is set in Paris, after all. How can you have Paris without romance?
So, the story was one that bubbled around in my head for a couple of years before I actually sat down and wrote it. I visited Paris for the first time in September 2010. Myself, my other half and his parents stayed in a cottage in Monthiers, in northern France for a week, and a day trip to Paris was one of the things on our itinerary. After going there for a day, I immediately wanted to go back. So my other half and I changed our plans and went to Paris for a second day. It seemed I was hooked.
A couple of days later, I was feeling unwell, so sent the other half and his parents out for the day, so I could sit around and feel sorry for myself in peace and quiet. As often happens, my brain wouldn’t shut off and I got busy with a notebook and my thoughts. Other ideas started tickling at the edges of my consciousness, and I let them in, then stored them for later use.
As it happened, it was much later use. Early 2013 gave me a space between writing projects into which I fitted… another writing project. A French Affair, as a result, is a combination of my love of Paris (I’ve since been there again, spending another three days exploring the city), and the atmosphere I soaked up while staying in the tiny village of Monthiers. Other than the places, everything is total fiction, but there was just something about the area that sparked off my imagination all those years ago. And as for Paris itself, well, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of writing about it. Watch this space
Grand Slam is a novel I co-wrote with my good friend and fellow writer Lily Harlem. As briefly as possible, I’ll give you the origin. We’d batted around the idea of co-authoring without setting anything in stone, other than we’d give it a go early in 2013. Then one December day in 2012, a chapter arrived in my inbox. Lily had been struck with inspiration and so had written a chapter. I didn’t get chance to do anything with it until several weeks later, which is when we’d planned to start.
I read the chapter, loved it, and fired a load of questions at Lily, who had co-authored before. After patiently answering them, she then left me to work on my own chapter. We had a few very, very rough ideas of what might happen, but we didn’t have a set plan, and we just wrote to see what would happen next. It was freeing, actually, not to have to think about my own next chapter until I’d read Lily’s, because if I did so, the likelihood was that it would have to change, depending on what my co-author wrote in hers.
The two of us quickly became addicted. Our lead male character, Travis Connolly, quickly developed into a super sexy alpha male, who was also a Dom. Our lead female, Marie Sherratt, was the perfect match for him. Emails flew back and forth between myself and Lily, as we couldn’t get enough of reading each other’s chapters and reacting to them with one of our own. I even wrote two chapters in a single day on one occasion, as I’d completed one in the morning (and I never write in the morning!), Lily did hers in the early afternoon, then I did my next one late afternoon. In just five weeks, we had a completed novel which we both adored.
After forcing ourselves to sit on it for a while before going through it again and editing it, we sent it off to our first-choice publisher, who luckily accepted it. Grand Slam is out now, and we’re now working on book two. Yes, our mad project has now spawned a whole series of sports romance books. So look out for more news on the Raw Talent books on the website: http://rawtalentseries.co.uk.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the post!
A French Affair
Sydney Tyler is renting a barn conversion in Northern France, planning to spend the fortnight getting some words down on her novel. Unfortunately, construction work in the other half of the building puts an end to her peace and quiet. Genuinely upset that the builders are going to disturb her, the property’s handsome English owner, Harry Bay, offers to make it up to her. He’s a little flirtatious, and after spotting his wedding ring, Sydney keeps him at arm’s length. Sexy as he is, she has no intention of getting involved with a married man. But when Sydney learns the truth about Harry, will their mutual attraction spur them on to work through their emotional baggage and make this more than just a French affair?
More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/a-french-affair/
California had seduced me with promises of a new life working at Los Carlos Tennis Academy. What I didn’t expect was the dark, brooding number one seed, Travis Connolly, resisting my help. He wasn’t interested in my psychology skills. Instead his attention was drawn to the edgy, sharper corners of my desires, proving that they existed, setting me challenges and driving me crazy to the point of combustion.
I’m the best tennis player in the world—officially—so why would I need a damn woman full of psychobabble to get me on form? Despite my irritation, however, I can’t resist pushing Marie Sherratt’s buttons even though doing that shows her the darkest shades of my lust, the parts of me I buried deep. So I set her a challenge, one she rises to, one that has me rising too, and before long my game relies on her calling the shots, hitting the target and bending to my will. One thing was certain, being not just master of the court, but also of Marie is seriously good for my soul.
More info, excerpt and buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/grand-slam/
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9