What Makes Your Summer Sizzle?
Ah, the sizzle of summer! Steamy nights, languid mornings, sweaty afternoons…and beach reads. I don’t know about anyone else, but I want light reading for the summer. Give me some frothy mystery, amusing romp through space, bickering flea-bitten werewolves or other absurd premise and I’m set for a reading binge.
Yes, make me smile. Make me raise an eyebrow. Make me chuckle and embarrass myself with trying to stifle my laughter at Starbucks. Better yet, make me snort my Americano and reach for the shamwow to wipe off my reader.
Covers with cartoon images, bright colors and details to obsess over will attract me.
It’s summer, I want to laugh and not think about how fast Christmas will descend once summer is over. (Is it just me, or do the two seem to blend seamlessly into each other lately?)
Or, late at night, make me set the book down and go looking for my husband. Yeah, I can dig that also.
I’ve written books that I think fulfill both of my desires for what I want to read. (I mean, honestly, I have to write stories I’d read or what’s the sense of any of it?)
In The Kraken’s Mirror, I take a lonely widow and throw her to the pirates. She lands on her feet and goes on to seize the treasure of a cursed pirate captain’s attention. Of course, he captures her heart along the way. Yup, I threw together a match making Kraken, a Tortuga pirate paradise where blenders work and the crew listen to their ipods as they swab the decks.
Hey, it makes me laugh!
In The Ship’s Mistress and The Sister’s Story, I satisfy the nighttime craving with two erotic shorts about humans in an alien universe. The Etwan set Jahiri on the path of sensual delight and it’s a journey she flourishes in, until a client is determined to keep her to himself. She finds unexpected allies and a match to her desire as a ship’s mistress on the high seas.
The Sister’s Story tells of Jahiri’s little sister and the quest to find her barely remembered sibling. Uncovering the past putsholds more danger than she imagined, but with two men at her side, Sari will discover who she is and expand the limits of passion.
What do you like to read during the sizzling days of summer?
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