Thursday, 23 October 2008

Double Crossed....

I will be away for a couple of days getting pierced and sucked. What’s that you say? It’s the gallbladder op thingy on Friday and not some amazing, vampire sex…oh well…maybe some other time. Lots of people have asked am I nervous? Nope. I never am. Someone asked was I ‘excited’ - hmm, gee no. It will be good to get it sorted but excited - no. Mind you this is the same person who said to me when she heard about the op ‘well that doesn't sound much fun at all' - she was serious. I said it was okay because I got ice cream fed to me by clowns while in hospital. Head slap - that's probably why she thinks it's going to be exciting. I’m back on Saturday-ish

So, not to leave you blogless, talented Aussie author Barbra Novac kindly stepped in to fill the blog for me while I am away. Barbra’s book is called Double Crossed. OMG! This one singed my eyebrows off and it is a most definite recommended read. You will want to buy Double Crossed. It’s set in Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia -a very interesting place.
Click on the cover to buy.

Who is Barbra Novac? The sort of hard questions…

1. What star sign are you? Name one fabulous characteristic of this sign.

I am a Capricorn. I know this is too much info… but I have a lot of Scorpio (Moon, Rising, Venus) – so much that I am almost equally ruled by that sign. So I always think of myself as both of those, or a combination of them. Best thing about that is determination. Both of them are power signs and I like the drive that comes from them.

2.Is what you look for in a man what you write in the hero?

Yes. I need to have a ‘thing’ for my hero and I can’t write about men I wouldn’t like in person.

3. Do you think your heroine is like you and if so why?

My first heroine is a great deal like me, but doesn’t look like me. That is because it felt safer to write feelings, ideals; dialogue that I knew would be authentic because I would experience them. But my second heroine was like my best friend. My third isn’t like anyone I know at all. This is because I felt braver.

4. If your book was made into a movie who would play the hero and heroine?

If Double Crossed was made into a movie – Marianne would be played by Emmanuelle Beart (when she was young) and Peter would be played by Keanu Reeves.

5. On your wedding day the man you have secretly lusted after turns up as one of the guests and declares he loves you. What do you do?

I marry the guy I intended to as a way to get back at the one I secretly lust after for leading me on for all those years and doing nothing and then coming in just when he thinks he may have lost me forever. He’s too late!

6. Do you believe in soul mates or is it just hype?

Both. I think it’s hype, (the way we sensationalize it) but I also think something very special goes on between two people equally committed to the same dreams and each other. There’s a feeling of eternity in the love, and I think that is where the concept has sprung from.

7. What is the most unforgettable thing about your book that make people glad they picked it up to read?

Readers say over and over that they love the detail in Double Crossed. They feel the crack of the bondage whip, they learn about BDSM along with Marianne, they smell the hot night Sydney air, fall in love with Peter etc. But for me, my favourite thing is the twist at the end and my villain’s speech about a certain view of the world. I like that a lot.

Double Crossed – out now at Loose Id

The Blurb….

While living in Sydney's hot red light district, Kings Cross, Marianne Ferguson makes a deal with her gangster ex-lover. She'll help him stay out of jail, in exchange for her freedom. However, keeping Joe out of jail isn't easy, and Marianne can't help but be inexplicably drawn to Joe's lawyer, Peter Adams.
Peter is ready to work for his client, but he didn't expect to be so attracted to the chief witness for the defense. Marianne's habit of using the small booths at the back of sex shops makes him want to introduce her to his darker kind of loving--taking her to places she's ready for, but never been.
Now that she's sleeping with Peter, gambling with her freedom, and coming to terms with her sexual role as a submissive, Marianne's life is more complicated than ever. It seems everyone is against her new love affair--including the mysterious doctor who lives next door and seems to know her every move. Is he on her side? Why is he so suspicious of Peter? And who is Joe's secret partner? Are they all playing games, or is Marianne in danger of being Double-Crossed?
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?