That phrase is usually associated with fishing. However, it can be applied to people too. There are people whom you deliberately set out to snare and make part of your life. When the time comes that they no longer fit in that place, you release them. And by snare, I don’t mean it in a bad way but rather like cultivate. You meet someone. You like them. So you foster the relationship whether it’s a love interest or someone you just want to be friends with. When things happen in your lives and you realize this person doesn’t belong in your part of the world anymore, you let them go.
The other thing I like to apply this phrase to is writing. Authors do the catch and release repeatedly throughout their careers. You catch an idea. You work it. You hone it. You milk it. You get it all on paper and fuss over it, tweaking it until you’re ready to let it go. Then you release it to the public.
Can you tell where this is leading? It’s release week for me.
My first release of 2010 is a little tale about two friends who have known each other since the second grade. You think that when you’ve been best friends that long that you know everything about them. For Aric and Ainsley, this isn’t the case. As adults in their early thirties, each is hiding things from the other, most notably, a raging attraction to the other. When Ainsley finally acts on it, the two embark on a weekend of sex that becomes far, far more.
Insolence takes two childhood friends, one who is a Dom running a BDSM club called Insolence, the other a forceful woman with a reputation for being a whirlwind sweeping all before her, and bares the desires they’ve been hiding for years. Ainsley offers herself to Aric as his sub for the weekend and everything he ever thought he knew about her suddenly comes into question.
This story is told entirely from the point of view of the hero. It wouldn’t be told any other way. I couldn’t force myself to write from Ainsley’s point of view. It was Aric’s head I saw with brilliant clarity. I think it gives the story a twist and flavor you don’t often see in an erotic romance. Because this character has known the woman he’s attracted to for many years, the story doesn’t go through the whole meeting someone thing. Instead, it delves into feelings Aric’s buried deep inside him.
I don’t think I’m all that far off on the male psyche either. Men feel and have emotions. They just don’t act on them or obsess over them the way women do. Or at least, mostly they don’t. I probably should have gotten myself a male reader to ensure I wasn’t way overboard or something. I just don’t think I am. My gut tells me I’m right on target with this story. It’s hot. It’s different. And it sucks you in. Pretty perfect combo IMO. And even better, I drummed up an idea for a sequel involving Aric’s club Insolence. Insolence: Defiance will be about one of Aric’s employees and a patron of the club.
Insolence releases on Friday at Cobblestone Press. Here’s some info on it:
Cover art by Christine Griffin (She did the Pixie Prince cover too.)
Aric Calderwood owns a BDSM club called Insolence. When his childhood best friend offers to be his sub for the weekend, Aric discovers that a decade as a Dom is no match for his long held feelings for the arrogant Ainsley Connor. Once he touches her, Aric’s control is overcome by a flood of memories and emotion, and by then he’s not even sure it’s her submission he wants. A weekend of intimacy with Ainsley shows Aric what he’s been missing in his life and he realizes that regardless of whether she’s submissive or insolent, all he wants is her.
In other writing news, my little lunchtime project is complete. I just need to run a self-edit on it. My friend Regina is reading it right now. I’ve figured out a major plot point with Common Ground that kept me from finishing it. So now I can go back and fill in the blanks and write the last half of the book. No release date yet for Where There’s Smoke, but I’m sure it’s coming soon.
Now, to wrap up this wet Monday (well, wet here in SoCal) I’ve got… a Marcus! You knew he was coming. He’s what keeps my Mondays from being blah.
If you would like a chance to win a copy of Insolence, head on over to Flirty Author Bitches and leave a comment on my latest post, A Whore By Any Other Name.
Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!