Author Guest Post
When writing Secret Desire, the first thing that came to mind had nothing to do with being in love for Claire Robertson, the heroine. The premise started with a problem. What would happen if a woman’s (journalist) secret suddenly became public? The exact problem was a dilemma in my life, writing privately, and then deciding to attempt publication. It’s one thing to write, letting your mind go where ever it happens to ramble, and hitting “control” and “s.” Saving my work was nothing except habit. I did it, and at that point, it didn’t seem likely I was ready for the next level.
But then I began to see a spark of interest in writing groups I belonged to, and won a few query contests, and then my oh-so-private writing wasn’t going to stay in the dark if I continued pushing the envelope. There are only so many contests you can enter before you have to show the goods. Meaning, with query contests, a writer gets asked for a manuscript. As a beginning writer, I didn’t believe that day was close. Truthfully, when I began to write I wasn’t focused on publication. That’s a writer’s dream. I was focused on learning how to write.
Secret Desire became a love story because I write romance. So there had to be a love interest. But why would they not be together? That problem was used in determining, okay we have a woman who writes in the closet and she must be doing that because she’s unsure, or frustrated, or her writing is an outlet? Something is wrong, but what? This issue began to help mold who the characters were to become. I needed a lover, I needed an issue larger than the premise (a tragedy) to force a change in Claire’s life, and then more conflict. And more conflict.
In romance, every scene should have a problem. And a writer’s job is to heap on the problems almost tearing about the lovers apart. And in Secret Desire, that tearing them apart would be history repeating itself which added tension. Some problems are small, and some terribly huge, almost insurmountable (the black moment) leaving a reader wondering, it might be possible this story doesn’t end happily.
But rest assured, in romance the story will have a happy ending. It’s just the job of the writer to make a reader question, maybe this time…it won’t.
About The Author
"I love the concept of falling in love. The type of romantic journey that is so intense, it's borders on insanity."--Susan D. Taylor
After growing up in Miami, she moved to Nashville where she taught biology and special education. No longer a public school teacher, Susan now writes about consuming passion, how attraction plays out, and characters that are either going to incinerate or meld like warm caramel.
Susan lives with her husband, two blue heelers, two cats, a gecko and a snake. An RYT 200 (Yoga Alliance) practicing in vinyasa flow when she's not writing her next hot romance.
Secret Desire by Susan D. Taylor
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication Date: February 1, 2013
Format: eBook - 135 pages / Kindle - 296 KB / Nook - 405 KB
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Buy The Book Tours.
By day, Claire Robertson is a staff writer for a small publication in Seattle. But when the lights go down, she writes sizzling and oh-so-naughty erotica. She keeps these stories safely tucked away, hiding her secret fantasies of her hero, Dustin Murray. The man who stole her heart six years ago. And then jumped into bed with her twin sister.
Dustin never forgot Claire, or her twin sister’s lies that tricked him into sleeping with her. Nor has he forgotten that her sister’s threats have kept him silent for six years and cost him the woman he loved. Now that Claire’s returned home, Dustin isn’t about to lose her again. But it’ll be another thing to convince Claire he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to win her back.
When Claire accidentally sends the wrong story to her editor, things really heat up. With hot the new black in publishing, her editor thinks he’s struck gold and queues the story for publication. The last thing Claire needs is for everyone to learn that she’s got secrets of her own…
My Book Review:
Claire Robertson is a Seattle magazine staff writer by day and a secret writer of steamy erotica stories by night. When she goes back to her hometown, she comes face to face with her secret fantasy man, Dustin Murray, who broke her heart six years ago when he got involved with her twin sister Fran.
Dustin Murray has never forgotten Claire, nor has he forgotten that his relationship with Fran had cost him Claire's heart. This time he is determined to win back Claire's love at any cost.
Fran Robertson is Claire's manipulative and driven twin sister. They are polar opposites who have always had a fractured relationship.
With so much conflict and suppressed desire going on, Claire mistakenly emails her editor the wrong story. The editor and parent company decide to venture into erotic eBooks, and he sends her erotic story to publication, making Claire's deeply held secret public!
In Secret Desire, author Susan D. Taylor weaves a sexy tale written in the third person narrative that has a great mixture of romance and sizzling sex scenes that keeps the reader entertained. With an interesting fast paced story within a story, there is enough humor, drama and hot steamy sex between Claire, Dustin and Fran that keeps the reader engaged as their story unfolds.
I loved the polar opposite twin plot line between Claire and Fran, their drama and tension filled relationship is heartbreaking, it is not your typical close twin relationship that it could have been if only Fran wasn't such a manipulative and selfish bitch! And if that isn't enough, there is the turbulent past relationship between Dustin and Claire that once again has the sparks flying, and their sizzling sexual chemistry is simply hot, hot, hot! And finally there is Claire's secret erotic writer lifestyle that is about to become very public knowledge. This fun little story has so much going on that it easily kept me engaged , it is a sassy, sizzling hot and very enjoyable read!
With a quirky cast of characters who are realistic, flawed and easy to relate to; witty dialogue and steamy interactions; and a thoroughly romantic, dramatic, humorous and sexy storyline; Secret Desire is one hell of an entertaining read!
RATING: 4 STARS ****