...and I wanted to share it with our loyal LoveCats readers first. In August, I’ll be releasing a romantic suspense with Entangled Publishing’s Dead Sexy line of category rom-sus with my Africa-set book, ‘Wild Encounter’.
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‘Wild Encounter’ is Born Free meets the Bourne Identity - it pairs up a dedicated conservation worker (in Africa shipping a truckload of endangered African wild dogs to safer habitat in the north) with a bad guy with way too much military poise and stealth and general gorgeousness to be truly bad. You know…deep down inside. Because God knows he's gorgeous on the outside!
I love this book. It is the closest thing to the book of my heart that I have. It is the first full-length novel I ever wrote and I wrote it over four glorious months of indulgence and research and fantastical imagining back before I knew much about anything writing-wise. But Entangled’s focussed editors have worked with me to make it really fit squarely into their newest line and I just had the *best* time beating up my characters - literally.
There is a scene in the first part of the book (where the heroine makes an escape bid from an old farmhouse she’s being held in)… I dreamed the entire scene, long before conceiving the book, and it hung with me for weeks before I finally built a framework of wild mystery around it.
I don’t have a cover to show you just yet, nor an excerpt until closer to shelf-date. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you all those things in my next blog at the end of August, but in the meantime, watch Entangled Publishing around mid-August for its release.
Yes, I’ll still be writing the books you love for Harlequin. Absolutely I will. But now I also have a place where I can tell those grittier, grungier stories that are just begging to get out, and...you know...if I want to beat somebody up :)
Nikki!!! That's is fabulous! Wonderful news and Looking forward to reading something totally different from you.ReplyDelete
Thanks Robyn - it's great to be stretching myself (and joining the other Entangled LoveCats)ReplyDelete
Huge congrats Nikki!!! That's so wonderful - I'm thrilled for you. How lovely to have found a home for another kind of story you love to write. It must feel fabulous - super exciting :) :)ReplyDelete
How exciting, Nikki! Wild Encounter sounds fabulous. I LOVED Born Free when I was a kid -- you'd find me glued to the telly every Sunday afternoon to watch Elsa's story. Congratulations on having found a home for your own version of Born Free (obviously with a twist). ;-) Can't wait to see the cover and the back cover blurb. Make sure to keep us posted!ReplyDelete
Woohoo! Nikki! Congratulations! Wild Encounter sounds fantastic - the story that you had to have with that dream-scene escape presenting itself to you while you slept! It must have insisted that you wrote a book around it! Keep us in the loop!ReplyDelete
Nikki, how exciting! I can't wait to see the cover and hear more about it. This little taste has me intrigued. I'd love to read an African-set romantic suspense.ReplyDelete
Hooray!!! This is wonderful news. Big congratulations!! And I'm hanging out for the cover, too :)ReplyDelete
Like Michelle I was a huge Born Free fan and I'm also a romantic suspense fan so am really excited to see you writing for Dead Sexy. Congratulations.
Congrats! Sounds very interesting so keep us updated.ReplyDelete
Thanks everyone, really excited to see it finally having its moment in the sun! I'll have a Sunday Smooch from it at the end of next month so you can get a steamy little teaser...ReplyDelete
Woohooo. Congrats, Nikki. So happy that Wild Encounter found a home.ReplyDelete