today I’m thrilled to spotlight a delicious story, Love in the Key of C by Victoria Adams. Or Daryl Devoré… wait.
Let Daryl explain that one in a little piece she wrote for us, a little behind the scenes of the life of a writer.
Hi, I’m Daryl Devoré and I am happy to be here today. I’m a hot/erotic romance author.
Wait – don’t run away!
I also write sweet contemporary romances.
And that’s what I want to talk about – How I shifted from sweet to heat and back to sweet.
When I originally started writing, I was a sweet romance writer. The sex level was behind closed doors. At some point, someone suggested I up the heat level and next thing I knew I was an erotic romance author.
I wrote several books under that genre, but then I noticed some books just didn’t want the bedroom doors wide open. I started publishing under the name Victoria Adams.
Except now I had two Facebook author pages, 2 twitter accts, 2 email accts, 2 blogs, 2…are you getting the idea?
I felt like I was spending half my time logging out of something and then logging back in to the same site, but with my other name.
I have spent the last while closing down one aspect of my writer persona and focusing everything in one much more manageable place.
My publisher put out a call for Christmas shorts and the idea appealed to me. I settled down to write one, but the “sex scene” just wouldn’t happen. I threw that story away and let the story that wanted to be written happen and Love in the Key of C was the result.
New problem – if I publish under my Daryl Devoré name a reader would expect some explicit sex scenes. If I publish under Victoria Adams nobody will know who that is and I have to start from scratch.
I belong to a fabulous critique group and I posted my problem and the critters agreed the best solution was Daryl Devoré writing as Victoria Adams.
Which I might add, my publisher completely ignored anyway.
So now I’m a Sweet to Heat author and I can write the stories my muse wants me to.
Can a slice of pizza and a flute erase the ravages of life and allow Giselle and Ethan to fall in love by Christmas?
Collapsing in front the biggest department store in the city on one of the busiest days of the holiday season was not how Giselle imagined her day. Cold and hungry, she trudged through her daily existence wondering if she’d ever find happiness again.
Teenagers. Ethan loved working with them and turning their raw musical talent into something beautiful and rewarding, but that didn’t fill the black void in his soul.
Like fate, the songwriters’ muse nudged Giselle and Ethan together. But can Giselle overcome her fears and can Ethan get past the darkness that surrounds him, so they can find love?
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Rock bottom is hard. And I’d smashed up against it. Bruised not only my pride, but also my body. Guess that’s what happens when you haven’t eaten in a few days and pass out on the sidewalk in front of the largest department store witnessed by hundreds of Christmas shoppers. And all of them with cell phones recording another titillating moment in the biggest city in the country. Yeah, it just wasn’t my day.
Tears stung my eyes as I shifted to my hands and knees while watching feet scurry past. I didn’t look up. Didn’t want to see their faces. The judgmental disdain and embarrassment etched into their frosty red cheeks. Their sanctimonious scorn of myself and the condition to which I’d sunk. Their chagrin of not being willing to help and of desperately trying to pretend I was invisible.
Icy droplets fell from the sky, settling on my neck. It wasn’t quite snow, but was no longer rain. And it was raw cold. To my core. I pushed up to standing, brushing away the frigid sleet from my arms and legs. I pressed my scraped palm against my hip to stop the bleeding then checked my bag. It and its contents seemed all right. Yes, my existence has been reduced to having pretty much everything I own in a bag or two.
My life wasn’t always like this. How I got here doesn’t matter. Another sad sob story. A cruel twist of fate. A dream shattered. I could go on using a dozen more clichés, but I’m pretty sure you get the idea.
So again, I say, hitting rock bottom is hard. And, I might add, it sucks.
Three well-dressed ladies scooted past me, bundled in warm coats, scarves and high-heeled boots. Each holding a large takeout cup from the high-end coffee shop just up the block. Hazelnut. The smell tickled my nose. Probably a cappuccino. My stomach rumbled. My head swayed. I inhaled a deep breath and steadied myself.
A police officer strode toward me. His brow creased. Was he worried about my collapsing on the sidewalk? Or was he concerned for the Christmas shoppers, having their joyous holiday spending frenzy interrupted by the pitiful sight of me?
Turns out it was my second guess. He held my elbow and directed me to move along as he steered me toward a side street. I protested saying…or rather…lying that I’d slipped and fallen. But after a quick scan of my unkempt appearance, I knew that he knew I wasn’t being totally honest.
He pointed down the side street, Prospect Avenue, and told me about a soup kitchen that was a couple of blocks up behind a large stone church. He smiled, rubbed his stomach then told me the aroma had been very tempting when he passed by earlier in his shift.
I offered up a grateful smile and hobbled on partially frozen feet in the direction of my first meal in two days. I walked along dreaming about hot chicken noodle soup. Warm broth slipping over my tongue and down into the cavern that is my stomach. Floppy noodles trying to slip off my spoon, but with a quick slurp I’d catch them all.
Little round green peas nestled in a spoon next to a piece of actual, honest to goodness chicken. The thought of the aroma made me lick my dry, chapped lips in anticipation. Or maybe it would be beef vegetable. A dark, rich broth filled with colorful vegetables. My stomach was torn between protesting its emptiness or celebrating the future meal.
Have I mentioned that fate’s a bitch?
Two writers in one. Daryl Devoré writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines. Victoria Adams is Daryl Devoré’s alter ego when she’s inspired to write sweet romances with little to no heat.
Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.
Where to find her.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/daryldevore
(or Daryl Devore)
GoodReads Author Page – http://www.goodreads.com/DarylDevore
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004TJ1354
LinkedIn – ca.linkedin.com/pub/daryl-devore/58/b42/792/