I write contemporary romance, but just occasionally I get a little carried away and tiptoe into pure fantasy land, and that’s what I’ve done this month with my September release, Lost to the Desert Warrior.
I admit I have a romantic view of the desert (please don’t anyone tell me how wrong I am. This once just pat me on the head and allow me to keep my happy image of gorgeous sand dunes and galloping horses with flowing manes and flared nostrils. Don’t mention that sand and dust gets everywhere. And definitely don’t mention camel spiders).
When I was dreaming about this story I knew I wanted a brave, handsome warrior – a real protector hero, and an innocent but very strong lovely heroine. And I wanted horses. Plenty of prancing, beautiful horses. I described this book to my editor as ‘Braveheart meets My Little Pony.’ I consider it a mark of her talent and strength of character that she didn’t cry or resign.
And so we have Raz, a scarred, damaged man who has suffered greatly but who embodies all those qualities I believe a hero needs. He is tough, scrupulously fair, principled and courageous. And we have my heroine Layla, who is in some ways the bravest woman I’ve written, but also deliciously innocent. Throwing these two together made for an explosive combination. But behind the fantasy, the sand, the horses and the handsome sheikh is, of course, a love story.
When Layla escapes into the desert, she takes two books with her. What one item would you take if you were going to spend a night under the desert stars? I’ll provide the luxury tent…….