Well folks, it finally happened. I sold a book to Harlequin Book Publishers' brand new imprint, Harlequin Teens. Without giving too much away, it's really a perfect fit for the Teens branch of Harlequin which, according to Harlequin, is designed solely to print books "specifically developed for readers of Twilight
." Yes. An imprint was created strictly to write more books like Twilight
, as sales of adult books are down and sales of teen romance novels infused with supernatural elements are way, way up because adults are all switching over to these teen books.
I know what you're thinking, and I know that nothing about my entire body would suggest that I'm even vaguely interested in Teen Fiction, but the fact is I've been wanting to write one of these Magical-Softcore-Pseudoporn books for a long time, for reasons completely unrelated to the fact that the book industry as a whole is dying and books like Twilight
and Those Other Twilight Books
are the only books that people actually buy any more. Total coincidence, because I truly believe in this book, which is why I'm giving all you folks a special preview. Enjoy!
In a sentence, this is a story about Bonita IngÃ©nue a 15-year-old, misunderstood young woman who gets rescued from her provincial, boring life and whisked away to a fantastical world of exciting, sensual, magic and erotic, thick, penetrating whimsy. At the beginning of our tale, she leaves her hometown of Backstory, Massachusetts
for the excitement and intrigue of Excitetrigue, Colorado
. The kids at her new school are all impressed with how one dimensional
she is and it's only a matter of time before all of the popular boys ask her out on romantic dates
in the hopes fingerblasting her
. Even though Bonnie has her pick of the litter at school, she really
has her heart set on Theo
, the mysterious boy who lives just outside of town in Dragon Hills
. Theo has feelings for Bonnie as well, but he also has a deep, dark secret
. A deep, dark dragon secret
. He is a dragon.
Bonnie accepts Theo for who he is and Theo appreciates how unobtrusive and malleable Bonnie is. Together, and against the wishes of Bonnie's parents, they get into some pretty
, and it's a little bit weird, but beautiful if you just open your mind. Eventually Theo has to leave the town (I forget why
) and Bonnie goes along with him and abandons her family (because if there's anything Twilight
tell us, it's that chicks love sitting passively on the sidelines while violent, mysterious men make absolutely every important decision for them). There's maybe a hunt at some point but otherwise most of the tail end of the book is more aggressive dragonhumping
as Bonnie and Theo live out their days in Theo's tower, blissfully unaware of the outside world as they enjoy a life that's all sweat, asses and wings. You've heard of fire
-breathing dragons, well, Theo is a desire
-breathing dragon. (He also breathes fire.)
Theo walked slowly, yet purposefully down the halls of the school. In many ways, Theo was somewhat of a paradox, a contained contradiction; he stalked the halls with an ambivalent carelessness, seemingly ignoring the whole of the world around him, and yet he carried himself, somehow with a total natural awareness of his surroundings. When you saw him, you felt as if he couldn't be reached, as if he was so enveloped in his own world that he couldn't possibly notice you, but still, he knew somehow precisely where you were and what you were doing and, in Bonita's case, what she was doing was staring directly at him.