Meet Dr. Paige Forsythe

My friend Mimi Sebastian recently tagged me in this MEET MY CHARACTER blog hop thing going around. I’m supposed to highlight a main character from one of my works in progress (WIP). Here’s the list of questions:

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Doctor Paige Forsythe is an historian and professor at (fictional) Newland College. Recent events have left her disillusioned with her career, though, so who knows how long she’ll remain in that ivory tower. <grin>

2) When and where is the story set?

A contemporary Midwestern college town, unidentified. My undergraduate years spent in Bloomington, Indiana were some of the happiest of my life, so I tried to recreate that feel.

3) What should we know about her?

Paige has allowed life to push her around for far too long. It’s time for her to learn to stand up for herself, to reach out and grab what she wants. She’s a thoughtful, intelligent feminist who finds much of what she thought she understood about herself is either wrong or misunderstood. Reed Camden, the hero next door, challenges her preconceived notions, and she struggles to rise to the occasion.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Paige catches her fiancé cheating on her, leading her to question many things in her life and gradually shed long-held delusions. Her overbearing, intimidating family doesn’t make any of this easier, sabotaging her esteem at every turn.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

At first, Paige just wants to lick her wounds in peace and reconnect with an aging, beloved aunt before it’s too late. Ultimately, she wants to find happiness and fulfillment in her career and personal life. As the plot progresses, the guy next door helps her along with some surprising self-discoveries.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Ingenue is a sensual, erotic romance between a smart heroine and a beta hero. I like to think of it as BDSM for feminists. You can read the blurb here and an excerpt here.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

Fall 2014… coming soon!

Be sure to check out Mimi’s Necromancer series, too! You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Status Report — May 2013

I just added a new feature to my home page! On the right-hand sidebar, squished between the Facebook and Twitter apps, is a new progress-tracking widget. You can now keep tabs on the statuses of my next four releases.

The countdown to The Footmen‘s release has begun! Slated for July 2013, this ménage tale features a world ruled by women, a male harem, steamy group sex, and political intrigue. At 45,000 words, it’s completely written and has gone through two rounds of critique/edits/rewrites. The Footmen is in the hands of two more critiquers, and I anticipate putting the final polishing touches on this manuscript later this month. Then it’s on to formatting. A sexy image has been procured from Hot Damn Designs, and I’ll reveal a new cover soon!

The 48,000-word rough draft of Portents—book two of Amanda Ryder’s saga—was finished last month. It’s now in the hands of my beta reader. I’m hoping to complete several rounds of critique and editing through this summer. Amanda’s paranormal adventures continue as her loyalties twist and stretch—will they break?

I’m actively writing Wholly Trinity now, and I’m really jazzed it’s more than halfway done! Big changes are afoot in the lives of Beth, Paul, and John, and their relationship will be tested in ways they never imagined. Now that summer is approaching and my kids will be underfoot, I’m aiming to complete a chapter (2000-3000 words) a week, but realize vacations and kid projects might get in the way. I’ve got high hopes of meeting my 2014 deadline, and who knows… if I’m lucky, Wholly Trinity might end up being a holiday prezzie for my fans!

Ingenue is a project that started as a plot bunny and rapidly grew into brain-hijacking proportions. Dr. Paige Forsythe, history professor, has an amazing adventure to share with you. Her summer starts off on a sour note, when she catches her fiancé cheating on her, but quickly improves when she makes a connection with a new man: Reed Camden. My first attempt at first person POV returns to one of my favorite kinds of relationships—the older woman/younger guy—and tosses in a spicy exploration of BDSM. Hang on, Paige! I’ve got a good start on this manuscript partnered with a clear outline, and once Wholly Trinity is off my plate, I should be able to crank out Ingenue in time for next summer.

As always, thanks for your patience, support, and encouragement! It means the world to me.