Royce is very happy with his existence as a bot...until he sees Shani. Shani catches his eye as no other woman has. He knows he must have her. Shani actually has a similar, sordid past as Royce's...she, however, was never entirely happy or fulfilled. She wants to show Royce that he, too, deserves to be free. The story takes off from there with a battle of wills and hearts.
Shani was my favorite character. She was headstrong, smart, and brave. Royce needed a kick in the bottom sometimes, good thing Shani was often there to dole one out; however, his character was very interesting, he literally evolved over time. In a short story, I prefer that the main characters are the only ones who are really focused upon; the author carried this out wonderfully, the reader gets to know Shani and Royce very well. The events were steamy and unstructured with a hint of realism thrown in. The ending was perfect. I can't wait to read more by this author!
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You don’t ever want to challenge me to a game of truth or dare. I was born without the ability to say no to the dare part. So I’ve pretty much jumped off every bridge someone told me to, and a few no one even mentioned.
My worst problem is that I in effect dare myself to do things constantly. I’ll say on Twitter or my blog that I’ll never write a ménage, and next thing I know I’m attempting a three-way. (On paper, not in person. Wait! Wait…now that I said I wouldn’t I’m gonna feel like a hafta do it! Drat!)
This is exactly how I ended up writing about zombies. I said to Mark Henry on Twitter, “Oh, I don’t think I could ever write zombies.” So of course, I was writing from the zombie point of view a month later. It seems Twitter is the path to the worst of my self-dares. If I say something in a public forum, I feel even more compelled to do it. This works out great for meeting my daily writing goals, less so when I threaten to write a disco-zombie romance called “Stayin’ Alive.”
However, I am glad I challenged myself with the zombie point of view, otherwise I would never have started my Love-Bots series. While the characters in the series aren’t zombies precisely (they’re “steins,” as in run by technology,) they struggle with issues of mind control and free will. To me, that’s the central conflict of all heroes. And my steins get to fight, process, and defeat their inner programming and inner demons.
So what’s next for me, you might ask? If I’ve already made Love-Bots into sex symbols what challenge could I rise to next? Well, I’m trying to tone down my dares a bit, to shape them into bite-sized morsels that will take my writing in directions I want to go, rather than just the direction that seems wildest at the time.
My next Love-Bot book is going to be male-male. And though I’ve written male-male before, I’ve never done so without the safety net of multiple subplots and wacky plot-shifts. Built4It is quieter and more internal than my other male-male works. It’s a subtle challenge.
I’m also working on a gay merman story. Because yeah, I’m still that same girl. And it’s in first person. Why? Well, I figure if I’m not challenging myself, I’m not growing as a writer. So in the end, I’m glad I can’t say no to a dare. Those wild-and-crazy ideas might lead to a lot of false starts and unworkable story ideas. But they also take my writing to new heights!
How about you? Do you like to try challenges, no matter how absurd? Or do you like to stick to the straight and narrow?
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Birkenstock-wearing glamour girl and mother of two by immaculate conception, Daisy Harris still isn’t sure if she writes erotica. Her paranormal romances start out innocently enough. However, her characters behave like complete sluts. Much to Miss Harris’s dismay, the sex tends to get completely out of hand.
If you like science-y subplots, fantastical creatures, and red-hot chemistry, you’ll love Daisy Harris.