You know how sometimes you can look at something over and over and never see anything new, but one day -BAM!- you see it with a totally different view. A clarity of thought, if you will.
That happened to me a few days ago. I’d been talking to the Blaze authors on a Cataromance forum and was seriously considering writing for that line, since my efforts with Am. Romance and Special Edition just didn’t FEEL right. Like the safe-cracker listening for that last tumbler to fall into place, I hadn’t heard the “click” saying it was okay to open the door.
I’d convinced myself that I should at least try to write longer books and that HAR and SSE were good choices because I like babies and children in my stories. I’m from the South and community involvement I could do, too. So I wrote. Two books, and neither of them felt right. But in talking to the Blaze authors and gleaning what I could about the requirements of the line, I started noticing subtle differences from the other Passion lines, Temptation and Desire.
Another thing that should have been a ‘duh, ya think?’ moment for me a long time ago was that I read the Passion lines more than any other in category romance. I believe that with new love also comes intense sexual desire and lovemaking – a natural fit for those lines. Anyway, I sat down at my computer, printed off all the notes I’d taken over the last 2 yrs on Blaze, Tempts and Desires. Then I compared, back and forth, making notes. I thought about the last book I’d read, Awaken To Pleasure by Nalini Singh. I loved the intensity of feeling in it and the deep feelings during the love scenes. Both characters had to overcome intensely emotional roadblocks before they could give freely of themselves to the other.
CLICK – (lightbulb moment!)
Got my work cut out for me now. I may scrap FKOG. Can’t decide. But I believe TRG can definitely be revised to fit the Desire line, so all may not be lost. We’ll see when I get deep into the revision process. Other ideas are crowding in and I’m jotting them down. Some may make it to a book, others probably not. Inside me, there’s a little imp turning cartwheels, laughing with the gleeful happiness of a child. Maybe, just maybe, I’ve found my niche. 🙂