Please Welcome Lynn Raye Harris, USA Today bestselling author to Everybody Needs a Little Romance. I first met Lynn through her blog in the Fall of 2009. She was giving away a copy of her 1st book Spanish Magnate, Red-Hot Revenge, which won the Harlequin Presents Instant Seduction Contest, and I won!!! I fell in love with her books and started following her blog and twitters. While preparing for her blog I found out that she is also a fellow Arkansan by birth and lived her through most of her childhood. It’s amazing how small the world really is.
Please welcome Lynn!!
I’m so thrilled to be invited here today! Thanks for having me. 🙂 And I can hardly believe it’s almost November, y’all! Seems as if I was in Orlando at the RWA conference only a month ago – though of course that was in July. Part of what is making me think it’s summer is the weather, I’m sure. We’re still in the 80s here in northern Alabama – and I don’t really mind it a bit.
But the leaves are falling and I know it’s going to get cold soon. I’m not a cold loving girl, I assure you. Brr! Last year at this time, I was writing a novella (and a full length book too, but that’s another story). And though my editor asked me for a sheikh, the setting was still up to me. He could have just as easily have been an urban businessman in New York. But I chose the desert.
Maybe I chose it because it was getting cold and I wanted the psychological heat of the warm setting. Or maybe I just wanted to write about sand. *g* Whatever the reason, I wrote about a hot, dusty, dry place while the leaves were turning and the temperature was dropping at home. It’s a year later, and I get to revisit that lovely warm place now that the story is available in stores. 🙂
King Zafir bin Rashid al-Khalifa, the hero of “Kept for the Sheikh’s Pleasure,” (Chosen by the Sheikh, Harlequin Presents 2-in-1, November 2010) is my first sheikh. He’s as gorgeous and ruthless as you would expect a sheikh to be. But he’s also deeply emotional, and he’s been hurt before. When his ex-lover crashes into his life after ten years, he finds that he can’t quite let her go. Not without tasting her one more time.
Dr. Geneva Gray is an archaeologist who once loved a prince of the desert, but who walked away when she realized they could never be together in the way she wanted. Now, she’s been captured and given to Zafir as a gift—and the feelings she once pushed away are demanding to be dealt with before she can leave him a second time.
Naturally, nothing is as simple as either of them hope it will be.
I love reunion romances. I love the intense emotion and passion that are in that backstory, and I love watching the characters work it all out in the present. Harlequin Presents novels are short intense reads anyway. But a Presents novella has to be doubly so.
Putting on the writerly hat for a moment, because I know there are writers visiting too, the best way I’ve found to pack all that deep internal conflict into a novella is to make it a reunion. That won’t be true for all lines, naturally, but for Presents, where it has to be intense, choosing to give my characters a history really worked for the story.
There are always certain themes that pop up in Presents stories. Revenge, reunions, blackmail, marriages of convenience, transformations (Cinderella), secret babies, etc. I love them all to one degree or another. But I am very fond of a reunion. My first and second books were reunions. This story is a reunion. The next book out in North America (April 2011) is a reunion. See, I have quite a fondness for reunions. 🙂
What’s your favorite theme? Why? If you’re a writer, do you find yourself writing that kind of story a lot? If you’re a reader, do you always pick up certain types of books first? I’m interested to hear about it! And I’ll pick one winner from the comments to receive a signed copy of Chosen by the Sheikh!
Lynn Raye Harris is a USA Today bestselling author who read her first Harlequin romance when her grandmother carted home a box of books from a yard sale. She didn’t know she wanted to be a writer then, but she definitely knew she wanted to marry a sheikh or a prince and live the glamorous life she read about in the pages. Instead, she married a military man and moved around the world. She’s been inside the Kremlin, hiked up a Korean mountain, floated on a gondola in Venice, and stood inside volcanoes at opposite ends of the world.
These days Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome husband and two crazy cats. Since her debut novel came out in August 2008, Lynn’s books have appeared on the USA Today, Borders, and Nielsen Bookscan bestseller lists. You can visit her at www.LynnRayeHarris.com to learn more about her books, read her sporadically updated blog, or just drop her a note.
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