Blindfolded Innocence

The Evolution of Blindfolded Innocence's cover

BI cover evolution
BI cover evolution

Blindfolded Innocence has had several different faces during its life. For early fans, you will remember the scandalous cover that Amazon banned. Then it had a short, equally racy cover that was replaced one week later with Cover #3. Today, I can reveal the final cover, one that I absolutely love and can't wait to see on book shelves in early January!

Heroine Age: why so many 20s?

A reader recently asked me why every heroine of late is in their twenties. A valid question when I looked at the top books in romance right now. Can women in their forties not fall in love? Or is that age too wise for the conventional mistakes that allow a love plot to twist and turn through dramatic hills and valleys? The question was posed to me in an almost demanding way – “Why have you, oh dark Sultan of Romance, insisted on painting your delicious heroine in the light of youth?” So I sat back and thought.

My upcoming novel, On Me, In Me, Dead Beneath Me, is a story of a young woman’s struggle to control her psychotic tendencies, and having to journey out of her comfort zone in an attempt to rescue a young girl. The heroine is twenty-one, the same age as the heroine in my debut novel, Blindfolded Innocence. Coincidence? Why had I chosen, without any second thought, such young leads?

While story-line circumstances mildly dictated the heroine’s age, the real reason behind my age choice centered on myself. While I passed twenty-one almost a decade ago, I can put myself in the mind of a young woman with ease. My husband would call it immaturity, but I’d like to think of my heroines as worldly, wise-beyond-their-years, confident women. I can empathize with a twenty-something; portray them in an accurate and appealing fashion. It would be difficult for me to write from the perspective of a thirty, forty, or fifty year old woman – to understand their motivations, thought processes, and justifications. I wouldn’t do them justice and would probably irritate readers in my awkward attempt. The golden rule – to write what you know – holds true in my case, and as I gain life experiences and grow older, I will no doubt write older female leads.

I don’t know how much my answer satisfied that one, indignant reader, but I am glad she posed the question. It caused me to look at my characters a little closer, and examine my motivations, a side effect that will no doubt, improve the final result. To all readers out there – challenge us, question us, critique and review your heart out. We welcome and appreciate the insight and the improvements they bring!



BI’s new home at Harlequin

After a whirlwind ride of writing, self-publishing, and self promotion, I have never been more excited than the moment that Blindfolded Innocence found a home at Harlequin. As Blindfolded was my first novel, I had no idea what to expect from a publisher, but my ninth grade English teacher came to mind: boring, stern, and unyielding. Needless to say, my expectations were way off base!  I have found a company that is as excited about my book as I am, full of great suggestions and ideas, and flexible in their edits. I am seeing my little book grow and mature in such wonderful ways, and I can't wait for it to be rediscovered by readers.

Harlequin has truly welcomed me into their family, and I am so excited to be a part of their world.  There are so many doors and opportunities that Harlequin has opened up for me, taking my writing to places I never could have gotten to as a self-published author.  I can't wait for the future, and where this great partnership will take us!