Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Next Big Thing

So.... I've been tagged in The Next Big Thing by Shona Husk  who writes paranormal romance about goblins and fairies and anything else she fancies for Sourcebooks, Carina Press, Samhain and Ellora’s Cave.
I'm instructed to tell you all about my next book by answering these questions and then to tag other authors about their Next Big Thing.
What is the working title of your next book?
Able as Cain
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It's a convoluted story, but here goes;
The original germ of an idea came from watching an episode of the Australian version of "Biggest Loser". The Commando is a muscular military man on the show, who makes people do really hard excercise. I'm not ashamed to admit it, I found him absurdly sexy.
The Commando
It made me think how would a romance play out between The Commando and one of the weight-loss contestants. Who would hold the power? How equitable would the relationship be, would it be a dominant/submission thing, or really, inside that hard, muscular heavily tattooed body, is there a man desperately in love?
*light bulb*
It really made me want to write about military men and unconventional heroines. 
Then I started thinking where I would place my story and Laos in South East Asia popped into mind. My military man could be a powerful Magical Warlord, and my heroine a kidnapped Australian Tourist!
What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I really don't know. I think maybe Ben Mansfield (who plays Becker in Primeval) he's pretty hot.
Ben Mansfield.
Hanna Mangan Sand
For the heroine, gosh, maybe Hanna Mangan Sand (she is an Aussie actress who was in Spartacus)
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Fate thrust them together, but reality has torn them apart.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be represented by an agency.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I'm still writing it, it should be done in a month or so, so maybe six months?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don't know really, I haven't read anything quite like what write, but maybe if you blend Karen Marie Moning with Laurell K Hamilton's early work, then mix with a bit of Kresley Cole, you might get something a bit similar.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
It's got to be Stockholm Syndrome... Sabra Westwood thought to herself.
Eighteen fateful months ago, she'd been kidnapped by the infamous Magician Warlord Cain Dath, and her memories and body just wouldn't let her forget it.
She'd been his more than any woman should be, hidden in the humid depths of the Laos jungle she'd shared everything with him, but he'd never shared his heart.

Cain has an appetite as a big as his charisma. A hoard of women lay at his disposal, all eager to please and sate him – but only one truly satisfies him.
So why can't he tell her?

In his position of power, Cain cannot show weakness, he must lead his people to freedom and nothing, and no one can stand in his way.
Yet when Sabra escapes she finds herself cornered by the media she seems defeated, but still defiant. Sabra sells her story of love slavery in a tell all expose' and gains millions. Fame however is dangerous and not only allows Cain’s men to hunt her down, but the others who seek to destroy him.

Now, Sabra is open to attack on all fronts, and the one man who enslaved her becomes the only man able to save her...
Here are some lovely authors I've tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing!