Let's face it...we all feel the same way Indiana Jones does about snakes. There is absolutely no place for a snake in a romance novel.
In a review of JUNGLE OF DECEIT, a reader cited a scene with a snake and stated, if I were there I would have been saying "come on feet don't fail me now."
Alex, the heroine has very little fear of snakes except for the deadly fer-de-lance. But our reluctant hero, Mitch, harbors an Indiana-like aversion towards the reptiles. For that fact, he has an aversion to monkeys, rodents, mosquitoes and any creature that makes noise at night.
That is my idea of a hero. A man with vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities that he will tackle if it means saving his woman. I don't like snakes, but they are the nature of romantic suspense. Instead of delving their toes in a pristine beach, these characters are thrown into a jungle full of snakes and howler monkeys. Love needs its obstacles, right?
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
On Christmas Eve, when I was about to go to sleep, Dad would put on the Johnny Mathis Christmas album. That became such a tradition that to this day, I'll put that album on as I'm about to go to sleep.
We all have so many Christmas traditions, but do you have any of those little ones...a tradition like that, where you have to put Johnny Mathis on or else all is not right in the world?
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Sample Sunday excerpt from JUNGLE OF DECEIT
“And what made the doctor move to this sector?” Mitch asked when he was knee-deep in ferns and unable to spot the ground beneath him.
Chuck stopped, lifting the bottom of his shirt to swipe the perspiration from his forehead. “You mean you don’t know?”
“That no one else has been here.”
One glimpse up at the ceiling of writhing limbs, uncertain whether they were branches or indigenous reptiles, Mitch observed, “Understandable. But you sound cryptic. Why does no one come here?”
“Well…” Chuck seemed reluctant to embellish, “−there have been others—others who have.” He paused, glancing over his shoulder as if to confirm no one had followed them. “But they never returned. Not one single member of any party that traveled to this region ever returned. The area is marked on the map as No Man’s Land.”
At that moment, a macaw screeched an eerie warning, and Mitch flinched.
“You’re pulling my leg.” He tried to sound composed. “Let’s spook the photographer, huh?”
“Would I purposely try to scare you?” Chuck grinned. “I wish I had thought of that.”
He pushed a branch aside and looked back. “Personally, I believe that a group or two have come in here, ran into some problems…hell, get bit by the right thing, or have a run in with a Fer-de-lance, and you’re doomed. Anyway, over the years, those little tales have escalated into hordes of archeologists gone missing. It’s become nothing more than campfire fodder,” Chuck frowned. “You know what I’m saying?”
Mitch doubted the man’s levity. And it was hard for him to form any conjecture without knowing the facts. “How many people are you talking? How many have gone missing?”
“Five that I know of. There have been reports of others, but like I said, the frenzy of gossip could have jacked the count up.”
“Word of mouth can spread faster than a rash from these damn mosquitoes.” Mitch swiped at the offensive swarm.
Confident now in his role as the leader, Chuck charged through the shrub. “So, you got shot down by Doc?” he tossed back a blue-eyed grin.
“What makes you say that?”
“Well, hell, it was written all over your face when you came back to camp. We all know that expression. Don’t sweat it, bro. You’re not alone. No one’s ever gotten a piece of that.”
I’m not going to have the time to try, because I’m not staying here.
And, I’m not interested in a piece of that, dammit.
Sample Sunday excerpt from JUNGLE OF DECEIT
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
When the lovely and talented author, Dana Marton was searching for a name for a horse in her new book, naturally I offered up the first that came to mind..."Maureen."
Well, the beautiful, lovely, and talented author, Dana Marton did indeed name the horse "Maureen" in her upcoming book, which I know we all CAN'T WAIT FOR now!
Let's list some famous "Maureen, The Horse" songs and movies...
I've been through the desert on a horse called Maureen
My Friend Maureen
The Maureen Whisperer
Update: 12/18/2011 - I am not just a horse! The lovely GayleC has made me an ornament too!