Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Release Day for IF HE'S DANGEROUS
So IF HE'S DANGEROUS makes its debut today. I know it's been seen and bought elsewhere for a few days but this is official Release Day. It's Sir Argus Wherlocke's story. That dark, handsome, arrogant guy who kept wandering into past Wherlocke tales(and regularly annoying people) finally gets his own story. And his own heroine.
I have to admit it was a little tricky trying to come up with a heroine for him. I mean, really, the man mesmerizes people. His gift is one that allows him to get people to tell him everything and sometimes even get them to do what he wants them to, whether they want to or not. What woman wants to deal with that? I certainly wouldn't. Why, you could cleverly tuck away all those books you just bought and he'd look at you and say - What did you buy? And you'd tell him. No fun at all.
Then I came up with Lady Lorelei Sundun, the seventh child of the reclusive Duke of Sundunmoor. Oh, yeh. She's going to be a problem. Feisty, free-spirited, intelligent. Enough trouble for any upstanding eighteenth century man. Even better she has something that will set Argus back on his heels - resistance. Hey, he was asking for this with his constant appearances and nagging for his own tale.
So I threw Argus into a big pot of trouble and then gave him a heroine he couldn't twist around his long, elegant fingers. Just for fun I gave Lorelei a big, eccentric family that can hold its own against Argus's own large, strange family and a butler - well, you'll meet him.(I hope) He's a gem. Throw in a few determined enemies, a threat to his whole clan, some close calls, time in a dank dungeon, and we're off.
I will admit that I'm having fun with the Wherlocke/Vaughn crew. I've stuck in the occasional little psychic talent in a lot of my stories but being able to bring it to the fore, make it part of all that happens, is great. Not that I don't still write myself into a corner now and then, but now I have that whole new aspect of psychic talents to help dig me out of the hole I just wrote myself into. I hope you'll give IF HE'S DANGEROUS a try. If you haven't read the other Wherlocke tales - not to worry. Each is a story on it's own, the only real connection being a familial one. I will try to put up an excerpt this week but the first chapter is up on my website - http://www.hannahhowell.com/ and there's an excerpt in the notes section on my FB page.
This week my friend Carolyn Sullivan from The Bewitching Hour will blog again on another psychic talent. Hope you'll check her out. Her site is in my links section: http://www.thebewitchinghour.com/ And now to go and set up a fan near my desk in preparation for the little heat wave about to smack into us.