Good morning, everyone! Thank you so much, Annie, for having me here today. I noticed you have some Valentine’s events going on this month, and I thought I’d share a little tidbit on my new Brazen release, Unravel Me, that fits the theme.
How Unravel Me Came to Be
As you know, every book undergoes some work before hitting the market, and in some cases, we have major surgery. I have to confess Unravel Me was one of my biggest challenges.
I wrote the book during the Entangled Smackdown event for Nanowrimo in 2012. It was a Valentines story. We opened with Cassie going out for a drink, not wanting to stay home alone on Valentines and not wanting her friends’ pity. There was chocolate, roses, romance in the air…ah, makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside. We even closed the book with Brad making a monumental gesture after having come to accept the magic of the holiday they met on, and recreating part of the events in the restaurant that night. (I really liked that scene, by the way).
But alas, such was not meant to be. I’d be looking at a 2014 release date for it to be Valentines related. Yet, wait, there was a late 2013 opening for a Christmas theme! So all my hearts and flowers became mistletoe and holiday lights….and come to think of it, I liked that closing scene a lot too. I mean, candy canes in the snow, romantic candles…happy sigh.
However, the story went through intense transformations. And literally twenty-four hours before we had to have the final version ready to hit a Christmas story, my editor and I had a mutual conversation about how we both intensely disliked what we had created. Back to square one, which I was delighted to do, except there went all my Christmas charm.
And we were back to releasing in 2014. Heh. Only the initial target was January. So chop-chop-chop cut out Christmas trees, reinvent the ending so that it was totally not holiday related, and we have the book that’s coming out today. A book I LOVE in its present form.
In a stroke of irony as I was doing my final galley review, I found a leftover piece of Valentines in the story. Here we were, after all these massive changes, and all these different holiday alterations, and now we were on a Feb release that fit with those initial hearts and cupids. I guess it just goes to show that when Cupid interferes with something, whether it be life or written words, you can’t alter that fate!
While the holiday has passed, I hope you all had a wonderfully romantic time. And while Unravel Me is no longer a Valentines Day theme, I hope you’ll take a peek! This month all Brazen books are only .99 Cents to celebrate Entangled’s birthday.
Thanks again for having me and congrats on your release, Hot Rock, today as well!
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Letting go might be the key that unlocks her pleasure…
Attorney Cassie Blaire has spent most of her life living by rules. Rules that keep her life sensible, and on the right path. But five years after losing her husband, Cassie is saying sayonara to “sensible.” And it starts now—with indulging a need she’s long denied.
When he arrives in Colorado, all Brad Steele wants is a scotch before he has to play nice in the first face-to-face meeting with his co-counsel in an ugly divorce case. But instead, he finds her—a lush, inviting stranger whose dark eyes invite him to sin…and thirst turns into a raw, undeniable hunger.
Now Cassie is initiated into a world that has nothing to do with being sensible, and everything to do with sensuality. Under Brad’s guiding touch, she’s receiving an education in desire—one that breaks all of the old rules, and explores tantalizing new ones. And once she learns that her naughty one-nighter is her arrogant co-counsel, all of her objections will be sustained…
National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire grew up writing. Hobby quickly turned into passion when she discovered the world of romance as a teen. Poems and short stories gave way to full-length novels with sexy heroes and heroines. She wrote her first romance novel at seventeen.
While that manuscript gathered dust-bunnies beneath the bed, she established herself as Claire Ashgrove, an award-winning, contemporary, historical, and paranormal author. For those who prefer a taste of old-world charm and chivalry, she also established historical romance author, Sophia Garrett. Her writing, however, skirted a fine line between hot and steamy, and motivated by authors she admired, she made the leap into sexier stories where the intimate relationship forges unbreakable ties.
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