Today is the last day of the Big Huge Reader Contest and it's been a blast! I hope everyone has found some books to read or hopefully new to them authors to check out further - I know I have.
These past thirty days have been my way of celebrating five years in the business and since it's the last day of the festivities, thought I'd share a bit about the book that started it all for me: Come, Sweet Creature
Tony DiTerlizzi's The Spider and the Fly [it was the fab illustrations that pulled me in] is what spoke to me the loudest when I happened upon Whiskey Creek Press Torrid's call for twisted takes on fairy tales. Without waisting any time, I went to my bookshelves [told you above that I liked the book] and reread his flapper version, sought out the original online, and then started writing the contemporary erotic romance with bondage and D/s.
I hear you shouting: Are you kidding me? An erotic romance, with bondage and stuff, from a children's poem?
Yes! And I ask in return have you read the original 1829 Mary Botham Howitt poem lately? No, okay, here's the opening stanza [you can find the full poem here]:
"Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,It screams naughty things are going to happen in that parlour and not just seduction, so I ran with it! The challenge was to make my spider and hero, Tilton Spidermach, sexy and loveable. He's gorgeous and a good-natured player, never promising more than he can offer, and wealthy enough that it doesn't matter when his bedroom escapades are splashed across the media - which happens often.
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there."
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."
Something I did change was in regards to my fly and heroine. While she may be small in height, there is nothing timid or shy about her, just the opposite. One of the twists I added [and there are a few] was for her to purposely put distance between herself and Tilton. She may think he's hot, but he's the boss, and that is a line she won't cross - at least not knowingly.
I like write twists in my books and Come, Sweet Creature is full of them. My first book was fun to write and hopefully fun to read!
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So, there you have it, thirty days of books - all I want to read. I've bought a few, have others on my list to get for the next reading break, and hope you guys have as well. Thank you all for commenting and making this a specactular month for me and all the authors who came to share. For the last hurrah, I'm opening the door - go ahead, ask me a question or leave a comment, today is the last day to enter the Big Huge Reader Contest and anything goes. I'll draw names for the three RT Booklover Convention boxes of goodies and Pink Sony eReader tomorrow - good luck to everyone!
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Commenting and/or asking questions on an author’s blog for the day will enter you into the Big Huge Reader Contest for a Pink Sony eReader or one of three boxes packed full of RT Booklovers Convention goodies. Unfortunately, due to the grand prize being an electronic and weight of the other three boxes, this contest is for US residents only.