Friday, July 16, 2010

Not Too Hot To Play

So I'm trying to write about sexy in the sweltering heat , dirt and humidity that would have been the summer of 1887 London. Stench-amundo. As one friend put it, the very reason the wealthy took their homes in the country!

I have to thank the obsessive heat and humidity going on here in the Midwest as well as the occasional hot flash in aiding me with my research in what that must have felt like;))

That said--I thought it would be fun to share some of my"other" inspiration with you for my next Harlequin Spice book, The Dark Seduction of Miss Jane...set in Victorian England(1887) it is about Jane Elizabeth Goodwin, an aspiring American journalist who travels to London to escape the scandalous breakup of her engagement to a wealthy Bostonian son. With her goal to dive into making a career in writing, Jane finds herself drawn to the dark, erotic secrets held by the members of an elite gentleman's club that may hold the key to the mysterious notes that Jane is receiving, as well as the gruesome discoveries washing ashore from the Thames.

Featuring: Jane Elizabeth Goodwin, Inspector Randolph Mansfield, William Everett Whitehall, Madam MacFarland, Clarice and Jonesy, and Russian illusionist, Vladimir Kerchovski.

Jane is my heroine who appears innocent, but has had her share of heartbreak. Resilient, strong-willed, she shows no fear in going after what she wants. Fresh-faced and determined, she become the target of a crazed stalker and the golden angel to a tortured soul--

In looking for the right person to portray that image, I found Charlize Theron to be the quintessential "Jane Goodwin."

Now understand, Jane will do what she must to obtain her story, even going against the advice of Inspector Mansfield to search for her mysterious stalker.

And so she gets hired as one of Madam McFarland's ladies...

...much to the dismay of  the dark, brooding Inspector Mansfield who now not only has to deal with his own skeletons, and a murderer on the loose in a tension filled  sweltering hot  London summer, but now has a tempting American woman whose determination to go head to head with him, frustrates and arouses him until he cannot tell if she is demon or angel--

A bevy of  interesting secondary characters accompany this crew in this scintillating story of secrets, sex and sizzling heat--

Decidedly darker, with a gothic underbelly feel that I so love to explore--I hope that you look forward to the fun of reading The Dark Seduction of Miss Jane as I am  in writing it!!;)

More to come!

Amanda ;)


Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Hey hon! Ohhh I hear you about the heat wave going on! Just think... it adds character, lmbo!!!!
I hope you and your family have a great weekend!
Hugs to you my love!!
Ms. C

and fyi... Oh gosh... I am loving up some TM&TM!!!!!

Amanda McIntyre said...

It just adds a little glo to my writing Ms. C;)

That and I did take a sneak peak at that short sotyr of yours over at All I Want and More...I'm thinking you ought to be submitting some of this stuff, girl!

talk about sweating it out! we'll see how you feel about Thomas when you're completely through!

Be well Ms. C

JennJ said...

Hi Amanda Love the post and the inside look at your inspiration! :) I so hear you on the heat it's been horrid here thank GOD we don't have to deal with the stench of the Thames tho right I can't even imagine how bad that would have been.

BIG HUGS and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! :)

Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey Jenn, I feel so out of it when I go into these periods where I find myself in the writing dungeon;) Yes indeed, the stench--can you imagine? eeww...

But now--for my further inspiration--may I suggest that if you should happen to find respite from the heat in a cool department store or mall this weekend--just for fun find yourself a high end cosmetics/ cologne counter and find Polo's Modern Reserve for men.

Sex in a bottle. No lie.

It comes in a little green glass bottle with a gold cap. (they should have sample scent cards or you can request one)

Now the old spice guy has nothing on the image of the Inspector Randolph Mansfield (*see dark haired hunk above) smelling like this!

Check it out--places like Macys, Dillards,Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus--wherever they sell Polo colognes--

you guys have a great weekend !!


Genella deGrey said...

WOOT! You are so good at writing the dark.