Today’s prize is a signed copy of the book that started this series – Laid Bare.
When I first opened the jpg for this cover I gasped. There are no words really to express just how much I love this cover. It’s just *perfect* for the story. That woman is Erin. I love the beads of sweat on his arms. I absolutely adore the colors and that tattoo. It’s so unique and vivid, really truly I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate and love the Berkley art department and Tony Mauro. The way Tony Mauro has created these covers, each so gorgeous and perfect for the couple, I am beyond jazzed to see what he does with Adrian’s book next year.
It’s been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with Erin Brown, the provocative, wild rocker chick next door. Their power exchange in the bedroom got under his skin. But love wasn’t in the cards just yet…
Now, life has thrown the pair back together. But picking up where they left off is tough, in light of a painful event from Erin’s past. As Todd struggles to earn her trust, their relationship takes an unexpected and exciting turn when Todd’s best friend, Ben, ends up in their bed—and all three are quite satisfied in this relationship without a name. As the passion they share transforms Erin, will it be enough to help her face the evil she thought she had left behind?
I seem to be on a theme lately about books starting off as one thing and taking a hard left. Laid Bare is probably the best example because originally the book was meant to only have one menage scene in it and that scene was supposed to have been with Cope. But as I started writing, Ben really stayed in my mind and worked his way into a lot more scenes than I’d planned. He, like Polly Chase and Nina Warden, is a character who simply wouldn’t be written any way but they way they were meant to be even if I didn’t understand it totally just yet.
Originally I’d planned to write her situation as a stalker returning from prison and she fought off an attack at the end. But after some talk with my editor and then some fine tuning, Adele came into the story and Erin’s grief changed, deepened. As a mother, admittedly that part of her, the wounded part of her really spoke to me. Those parts of the book were tough to write, but I felt them deeply as I worked and Erin felt them deeply. Of all the characters I’ve written, hers was the one I felt I knew very early on.
Of all the books I’ve written, Laid Bare is the one that feels most heroine-centric. It’s very much Erin’s story.
Today’s Question: To win a signed copy of Laid Bare Do you seek out books told from a certain POV? First? Third person with the hero and heroine? Just one or the other? First? Any recommendations for favorite heroine-centric books?
I’ll choose a winner tomorrow morning. Good luck everyone