6.25.2009

THE HIGHWAYMAN

It should be hitting shelves right now! And it's only out there for a month, so go get it!

So instead of summarizing the story (you can read the back blurb at my website) or putting an excerpt here (that's at the website too) I'll list a few tidbits about the story that may or not be in the actual book.

-- Well, we all know about the lace. I love lace on a man, but it's not exactly 'hero' stuff. So I restrained myself in this book. But I purposely put a line in there in a flashback about the hero hating lace. (But he doesn't, really.) :-)

-- The heroine started out as a white Persian cat-shifting familiar. Halfway through the book I thought "I so cannot see a fluffy white persian kicking butt" so I switched her to an Abyssinian, which, through research, I learned was a breed that is very chummy with dogs. Worked out perfect because her best friend is a werewolf.

-- This was originally a love triangle story, featuring Max, Aby and Severo. I wanted Aby and Severo to have had a sexual relationship. But, you know, after you've written a good part into the story, you can see the forest for the trees. Or is that the trees for the forest? Anyway, it was best she didn't have that kind of relationship with the wolf.

-- If you've read any number of my paranormal Nocturne stories, you may realize by now that I do love a dance club scene. In fact, I have scenes in clubs so often, I've quit trying to think of great names for the club and just started giving them colors. I think I've done Crimson, Blue, Vert, Silver, and Violet so far. I had a dance club scene in The Highwayman, but I forced myself to take it out. I didn't want to be too redundant and have people start complaining that I never have original scenes. :-)

-- I was going to buy absinthe (for research purposes) but do you know a bottle is like $80? I decided to just imagine, and Google it.

-- Max drives a Mustang because I wanted to somehow work in the image of a highwayman riding a horse (mustang; horse; get it?) I know. Don't complain, just accept it. :-)

-- Harlequin actually made up a nifty little graphic of Aby's tattoo (how it looks at the END of the story) and was going to insert it on the last page. It got missed, and instead it's just depicted using regular text. Here's the actual graphic that should have been in there. The text should have been a sans serif, but still, it looks great.


-- The name of the dude at the beginning who gets wasted... That's my hubby's first and middle name. Hee. I like to use names of people I love for the dead guys. Used my son's name for In The Event Of My Death, a Harlequin Audible read.

-- I was never really sure what kind of demon shadow was living inside my hero. Changed it many times over the course of writing the book. Made the final decision like a week before it was due.

-- Will I ever tire of setting stories in Paris (even if only for part of the story)? Nope.

-- The apartment Max and Aby stay at in Paris is my dream apartment. A chaise, a bed, a fabulous view of the Eiffel Tower. That's all I need.

-- Thanks to the copy editor for catching my huge mistake in Paris. I had the hero and heroine running around on the right bank, but in my mind they were on the left bank, so I got all my landmarks confused. I know, the average reader would have never noticed, but I got it corrected.

Ok, that's good for now. Read the book. Love it or even just like it a little bit. But I hope it takes you on an adventure!
M

4 comments:

Chris said...

Congrats on your release!

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Michele, congrats on your latest release!

I finished reading THE HIGHWAYMAN yesterday afternoon. It was a fascinating book. I loved Max and Aby. They were meant for each other. And it's good to see that Severo's going to get his chance at love in the next book. Cool!

Melissa said...

Wal Mart didn't have it yet, Michele, but I am on the hunt!!!

Love the fun facts....very cool!!

Congrats on the new release!!!!

Carolyn Crane (aka CJ) said...

Hey! I am the one who won The Highwayman over at Stumbling and I just wanted to let you know I am really enjoying it! I'll probably post on it when I get a breather. And thanks so much for the CD, too. It's really a kick.