Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Lover Undercover by Samanthe Beck (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome back to author, Samanthe Beck, this time joining us with her second book - Lover Undercover!

Thanks, Crystal, for having me back at Reading Between the Wines, to talk about my new Brazen release, Lover Undercover!  Lover Undercover came out earlier this month, close on the heels of my debut novel, Private Practice…also from Entangled’s super-sexy Brazen line.

With only two books under my belt, there’s not much about being an author I can speak to with authority, but I can tell you there are some big differences between writing your first book and the second.  

I wrote Private Practice in my own time, according to my own half-assed writing schedule, which tended to get interrupted by everything from my four year old asking tough questions like, “Why do we have a butt?” to my need to search out pictures of hot guys on the Internet in the name of “character research.” I wasn’t contracted yet, so I didn’t have a deadline looming. No stress if I didn’t hit my word count goal for the day.Once I got a contract, with deadlines and all, I had to come up with an actual, etched in stone, (well, etched in sand), writing schedule. Now I treat it like a job.  Best job ever, but yep, it’s a job!

The way I wrote changed too. I morphed from a pantser (someone who “writes by the seat of her pants”), to more of a plotter, (who plans out every scene ahead of time). I probably have a hundred drafts of Private Practice saved on my computer.  My heroine, Ellie, negotiates with local bad boy, Tyler, for five lessons on how to be wilder in bed, so she can win the affections of town golden boy Roger. I had a lot of fun experimenting with Tyler and Ellie’s syllabus. Maybe I’d have them do this…or that…or, whoa…maybe that? Let’s put it this way;Private Practice has a LOT of deleted scenes! 

Now I sell a story based on the synopsis I submit to my editor, so when I write, I write tighter to the synopsis.  In Lover Undercover, my heroine Kylie poses as her twin sister Stacy and works Stacy’s shifts at a strip club. My hero, Trevor, is an undercover homicide cop investigating the murder of one of the club’s VIP customers. The story unfolds in a strip club, so I got to write lots ofhot-and-heavy scenes where Kylie dances for Trevor, but I was able to get right down to it because I knew what Kylie would be wearing, what music she’d dance to, what type of dance, and how Trevor would react. How did I know? Those details were all there in the synopsis I’d created. I felt way more efficient the second time around.

Which method works better? I’ll have to let the readers judge!   

About Lover Undercover
He’s undercover. She’s in over her head.
Yoga instructor Kylie Roberts is the good twin. At least she was—until an accident forces Kylie to step into her twin’s sexy stilettos at a posh Hollywood “men’s club." But nothing could've prepared Kylie for the dead body in the club’s parking lot or the ridiculously hot detective who insists the killer is targeting her regulars.
Detective Trevor McCade needs Kylie’s help to draw out the killer. It means long nights undercover and long dances where Kylie’s body tempts him with sensual promises. Dances that leave them both wanting more. But despite Kylie's hidden identity and the danger lurking in the shadows, it’s only a matter of time before Kylie and Trevor take this undercover operation under the covers…
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About Samanthe Beck

Beach bum, book junkie, and award winning author of sexy contemporary romances, Samanthe recently signed with Entangled Publishing to write three novels for their Brazen line!
Sam was transfixed from an early age with any tale featuring a handsome prince, a great dress, and, of course, the all-important kiss, and eventually aspired to write her own happily-ever-afters. Naturally, she became a lawyer. The legal world heaved a sigh of relief a few years ago when Samanthe retired from law to take the plunge as a writer.
When not living the glamorous life of a romance author (i.e., chained to her computer), Samanthe keeps busy with the care and feeding of her extremely patient prince-charming of a husband, a not-so-patient ball of energy known as their son, a furry ninja named Kitty, and Bebe, the trash talkin’ Chihuahua. Their love, support, and willingness to eat Pizza Hut three or more times a week enables Samanthe to pursue her literary dreams.


Entangled is giving away one digital copy of Lover Undercover to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post or question for Samanthe. Then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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  1. Sounds like you feel more comfortable with plotting and writing a synopsis! Congratulations of the release of Lover Undercover and getting a contract.

  2. I'm getting there Karen! Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment.

  3. Hi Samanthe!

    Having read both of your books (I loved them in equal amounts) I think both ways of writing work so well for you. I tend to be more of a pantser but can definitely see that I need to write tighter.

    I'm looking forward to your next release. I can't wait for it to fly onto my cyber shelf.


  4. lol my 3 year old is the reason I don't always get my reviews written in a timely manner. There's nothing like trying to focus on various elements of a review and having your preschooler announce that they just had a BM to take you out of your thought process.

    Congrats on your second release! I have got to get your books! Everytime I see someone talking about them I wish I could have a clone to help me juggle everything so I could sneak them into my reading schedule. :)

  5. I love the sound of this book!

  6. Hidden identity is fun - when the other one finds out who they are it makes for some interesting reading.
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  7. The book sounds fun and sexy. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Interesting read - since I'm a twin, always love reading books with twins in them!


  9. This book looks great, looking forward to reading it!! (:

  10. Ooooh, I have got to get started on these books! Writing my doctoral dissertation means I've been in a complete black hole the last few months!

    Congrats on the new release!

  11. sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I havent read any of your books but I really like your style and see me missing a lot of sleep. :)

  13. I havent read your books Samantha Beck but I love the idea of Lover Undercover so I'm going to be reading this one and Private practice too... plus any others I can get my hands on....

    Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to enter!!!

  14. I think there must be more pressure with a second book. There are expectations. I look forward to reading LOVER UNDERCOVER.

  15. I enjoyed the excerpt from this book. I haven't read any of Samantha's books & she's a new author for me. This is one of the reasons I follow quite a few book review sites. I love finding new authors. This sounds like a book I'd love to read, so I'm adding it to my TBRs. Thank you for the giveaway!

  16. Love the excerpt, =) can´t wait for my chance to read more!
    Happy Saturday!

  17. Both books sound interesting and it will be fun to see if I notice a difference. I would think you are happier with the second more efficient method.

  18. Congrats on the release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. I love that both Kylie and Trevor are hiding who they really are and can't wait to find out what happens.

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