Ruby Red Booty Shorts and a Louisville Slugger
I was so caught up with my writing projects that the release of Ruby Red sneaked up on me. Last year there were so many blog tours that I think I was a little burnt out by the end of 2015. Since, my planning for this year has been terrible, I thought I would try something different. A book blast.
Let me tell you a little bit about Ruby Red. You know how I can get about world building. Sometimes there is a picture inspiration and such. I began Ruby Red with nothing. Zilch. It's truly one of those 'make it up as you go along' stories. Ha ha! But the story didn't start out in an Urban Fantasy. Nope.
When I created Beck and Diego, it was a contemporary friends to lovers story that had a misunderstanding as the hump they had to get over. The beginning started with Diego walking down the road with a gas can because his car had stalled. In a fit of anger and rejection, he'd packed all his belongings and was in the process of moving out of the apartment he shared with Beck. They had shared one great night and then Beck disappeared for days. No call. No text. No message or email... and it didn't work. I sort of hated Beck, because how rude, you know? I despised the misunderstanding. I hated the contemporary world because I was bored, bored, bored.
I complained to my husband about it and he asked a simple question. "Does it have to be contemporary?" Well, duh on me. It didn't, and once I moved it over to the UF setting the writing monster took over. When I was almost finished, I was talking to the husband (it's a theme. Everything is bounced off him.) about these amazing moves Diego could do, and he said, "Oh, he's good at parkour?" I was like, "Par-what?" He hooked me up with a couple of YouTube videos and that was all she wrote. I went back to the ms and made some adjustments because, Hell Yes, Parkour!
On a side note, if you're a gamer then you've either heard of or played Assassin's Creed. It's a game that is heavy in parkour and I love it. Some Assassin's Creed fans put together some videos along the parkour lines. These guys are real life parkour athletes. I attached one of my favorite videos for your viewing pleasure.
And back to my story. When I finished, I worried big time about the violence in Ruby Red because Diego was unforgivingly (I know that's not a word) single-minded in his defense and protection of his family and friends. I thought for sure that romance readers would hate the story. On the other hand, my husband loved it. Diego still is his favorite character I've written. When I did the rewrites he was worried I'd change Diego. Nope. He's the same.
That's the skinny on how Ruby Red came about. Thank you for stopping by the blog today. Don't forget to enter the giveaways!
I've put together two giveaways. The first one was for the Book Blast. Visit any one of the blogs/websites listed below to enter the rafflecopter giveaway for an Amazon gift certificate.
The second giveaway is for here, my blog only. If you leave a comment below with your email address you'll be entered in the a giveaway for a signed paperback of Ruby Red Booty Shorts and a Louisville Slugger. This giveaway will run until midnight on April 25th. (I will ship all international that the US postal service will deliver to.)
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