It’s late again. My darling hubby is peacefully asleep beside me, and my eyes are wide open, staring at this computer screen. Since I’m suffering a case of the night owl blues, I figured I’d take a moment to—I don’t know—explain the reason I’m depicted with horns while Anna Leigh’s the little angel of this writing pair. Our Naughty Idle Thoughts blog title came about because of an on-going joke between me and my co-writer. You see… before we teamed up to write our first book (which is a best seller, by the way, but that’s another story), Anna Leigh was writing as Leanne Karella, and what she wrote was mainly sweet love stories.
Oh, her characters had their fare share of turmoil to overcome. Anna has an innate talent for developing powerful characters with heart-wrenching issues. But I digress. My point is the genre she targeted was mainstream romance. And that’s fine! I’m not knocking romance at all. I read it a lot and tried writing it, too. In fact, my first published novel was a sweet little “summertime read” called Diary of Dreams.
But then I had a real dream—seriously, with my eyes closed and everything—and it was a far cry from sweet or innocent. LOL It was hot and sexy, and raunchy and… Well, suffice it to say, it got my attention. So much so that I woke up, got up, and penned the book Owning Rachel, which delves into the very erotic world of BDSM and menage relationships.
So what does this have to do with horns and halos? You see, I let Anna read Owning Rachel, and she’s claimed I’ve corrupted her ever since. *grin* Leanne became “Anna Leigh”, and she and I teamed up to write a prequel to Owning Rachel, which we called Seducing Olivia. It became our publisher’s Best Seller of the Year for 2006. And, well, the rest is history.
This month we’ll have two new releases coming out—Falke’s Peak and Midnight Mine—both co-written, and both part of separate “erotic” series that we’re actively working on for our publishers. And while we still have our own solo projects, too, I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than working with a friend on stories that can make readers laugh, cry, fume, and yes steam some windows.
So…let the corruption begin. The Night Owl is awake!