With: Donna MacMeans
Congratulations to “Joan V.″, the winner in Donna’s giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
“I’m not going to hurt you, Miss Havershaw.” He moved his hand to the spot he approximated to be her shoulder. Instead of a fabric-bound collarbone, his fingers pressed into a soft warm mound with a fleshy peak that extended between the ropes. His groin tightened, not needing to see what his fingers instantly recognized.
“Take your hand off my breast, Mr. Locke.”
Hi All –
Many years ago, I was quite sure I’d never be published. My Victorian-set historical that I was certain would sell was rejected everywhere. I finally accepted that reality and cast about for a new idea. My husband and I had gone to the movies the night before and watched a terrible movie called “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” Did you see it? Great shark scene, but that was about it. However, it got me thinking about supernatural powers. All the movies and tv shows at that time featured superheroes. I’d just come off some heavy researching of the Victorian time period, so I wondered about combining the two genres – sexy corsets and superpowers had potential but what power to use?
I thought about flying because how cool would that be? But the thought of my Victorian lady having to land in petticoats and crinolines…well it would be a bit like the Hindenburg landing, don’t you think? So that was out.
But what about turning invisible? This worked. Imagine the things you could do, see, hear if no one knew you were there? I could see a lot of possibilities, but I wanted something more – so I made the heroine unable to control her ability. I didn’t want her to be able to use the power whenever she wanted, and given the time period, she wouldn’t have benefit of some super engineered clothes. So I made her turn invisible when caught in the moonlight. She can’t help it. It just happens. Thus my Victorian historical was born. The story fell from my fingertips as if enchanted. I instantly knew I was born to be a paranormal romance writer.
However, in the midst of writing that story…that Victorian historical, the one no one wanted…it won the Golden Heart award from Romance Writers of America. Suddenly, I was in an auction and Berkley won the rights to publish The Education of Mrs. Brimley. Unfortunately, they bought my Victorian paranormal as well. They slapped a terrible cover on it (which you can still see on my Amazon page) then let the novel sink like a stone. Even though it had won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award for historical love and laughter that year, and had received excellent reviews, the sales just didn’t materialize. Berkley said they didn’t want to see a sequel. They wanted straight historical romances from me hereon. But all that ended when I got my rights back to my invisible heroine.
I’ve reissued the novel under the name Bound By Moonlight. If you like your paranormal light and fun, give this one a try. I’m writing the long overdue sequel Bound by Touch as we speak. I’m also reissuing my very first publishing credit, a contemporary paranormal short story called “Smoke and Mirrors” next month. I must say, it feels good to be back in the paranormal world. 🙂
A woman of extraordinary talents…
Lusinda Havershaw turns invisible in moonlight, just her – not her clothes. She can’t help it, it just happens. A descendent of a rare race, her ancestors have been burned as witches, persecuted and tormented as the devil’s children. She must be careful to avoid detection. However as her family has no other means of support, she must reluctantly shed her petticoats and corset during a full moon to prowl the gaslit streets of London, stark naked, as a thief.
A man with a dangerous mission…
The only tools British spy and master safecracker James Locke needs are his hands and his brains. But when a hand tremor threatens his mission to secure a list of agents for the Crown, the accidental discovery of a lady thief with an extraordinary secret may just be his salvation. However as James and Lusinda discover, there’s more than one kind of trouble to be found in the moonlight. The kind that begins with blackmail and ends with a kiss…
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
My question for you is – If you could choose a supernatural power, what would it be? You know, there’s no reason my race of individuals with this extraordinary power can’t exist in modern times. Could someone you know possibly turn invisible in moonlight? A neighbor, a friend? I mean how would you know? You wouldn’t be able to see them. Who do you think it would be?
Can’t wait to hear your ideas. I’d love to send someone a copy – ebook or print – of Bound By Moonlight. But let’s chat…moonlight, superpowers, and destiny.
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