Congrats to Lauren on her upcoming releases, and thanks so much for the chance to promote my Margaret Rowe June Berkley Heat debut book Tempting Eden, an erotic, very noir Regency Noir (with a well-deserved happy ending, of course).
When the prologue came to me, I was at the end of writing kind of a slap-stick romance spoof (unpublished, but maybe someday…). How my brain could go from good clean fun to dark dirty despair is a bit of a mystery, but there you have it. I write lighter-yet-still-hot Regency romances as Maggie Robinson, and my natural voice tends to be laced with humor. Tempting Eden was definitely not amusing. The crit group I shared snippets of my writing with thought it might be “the one,” and they were right. Tempting Eden got me my fabulous agent and my first sale.
It also made me examine my dubious grasp of psychology and sex. It became paramount to me to make sure Eden’s submission mixed with strength made sense. At my editor’s suggestion, I ripped apart the last third of the book, and it was Eden herself who steered me in the right direction. She had become so real to me, and I was so sorry for putting her through so much crap, LOL.
Eden had been pushed too far, and her hero Hart discovered he had not pushed himself far enough. One of the taglines for the book is “the perfect gentleman and the imperfect woman who makes him forget all his good intentions.” Many characters in fiction tend to be all good or all bad, but most people are an uncomfortable mix in real life. I’m a firm believer in redemption—that you can make mistakes, but the mistakes don’t have to make you. There are always second and third—or more—chances, if you believe in yourself. Like Scarlett O’Hara said, perhaps delusionally, “After all, tomorrow is another day.”
All of us have the power to effect change—we’re the authors of our own lives. What would you like to change tomorrow? I’ll give away a copy each of Margaret Rowe’s Tempting Eden and Maggie Robinson’s Brava debut Mistress by Mistake and some other swag to one commenter below!