So this is a first for me. Tomorrow morning I’m holding a casting call for the cover model who will be featured on the cover of my February 2016 novella for 1,001 Dark Nights. The novella is called DANCE OF DESIRE, and it’s hero is a cowboy. A very tall, very hot cowboy. I’ve even bought the cowboy hat the potential models are going to doff as they pose for a test shot. (No, it’s not a Stetson. Stetsons, as I recently learned, are expensive. About $200 a pop! This is because they’re made of fur, and they’re made of fur because it lasts longer. And they need to last longer because normally it’s actual cowboys who are using them. Not models who are only going to wear them for the three hours it takes to complete a photo shoot.)
Whoever ends up being right for the part will also end up accompanying me to the Romantic Times Booklover’s Conference in Las Vegas in April of 2016. They’ll be on hand at both the giant signing as well as the “sparkler” we hold each year for the authors included in 1,001 Dark Nights. So we won’t just be casting for looks, but for personality as well.
Speaking of Romantic Times Booklovers, or, more specifically, Romantic Times Magazine, a great interview just dropped in which I describe DANCE OF DESIRE as a “crossover novella” between my existing series The Desire Exchange and a new, non-paranormal universe, a quaint but eccentric town in the Texas Hill Country called Chapel Springs. That’s sort of true. Which is to say the information I gave my lovely interviewer is now a bit outdated given that I finally finished the novella in question a few days ago, and while there’s *mention* of The Desire Exchange within its pages, it turned out to be it’s own freestanding little piece. Full of steamy, forbidden romance – of the FM variety this time- but no magic. Just the magic of true love. Yes, I really said that. And yes, I was being sincere. Deal with it.
I’ll have a full report on the casting process once it’s complete. Until then, allow me to also state that I’ve heard some complaints about the yellow-on-black theme of this current blog and I’m working on it. We’re going to work on better mobile compatibility as well. But first, hot cowboys!