Today I would like to give a warm welcome to author, Jennifer Lyon, joining us with her new book, POSSESSION!
Trusting the Characters
Sometimes we travel down unexpected roads as authors, and that’s what happened to me in POSSESSION, Book 2 of The Plus One Chronicles. I knew the story, knew the emotional arc, knew that barriers had to come down between my ex-UFC fighter hero Sloane Michaels, and my bakery-owner heroine Kat Thayne.
I knew at just past the midpoint in Possession that Kat was going to become strong enough to drop some of her walls.
What I didn’t know was HOW that would happen.
And when the characters told me that the way to break those barriers was through a sexual fantasy, I freaked out on a nuclear level. I said, Absolutely not. In book one, THE PROPOSITION, we learn that Kat was attacked with a baseball bat and although her ex-fiancé was with her at the time, he did nothing to help her. That has left Kat has serious trust issues with men. And now Kat and Sloane are proposing a scene that could go wrong and cause her to have flashbacks? Fear?
Not happening. I was adamant.
Except that in POSSESSION, Kat, my once timid, almost terrified-of-her-own-shadow heroine has grown into a woman strong enough to know what she wants. And she wanted to trust Sloane with her sexual fantasy. So, in spite of my own personal reservations, I wrote the scene as Kat and Sloane told it to me. And it stunned me to see what happened. In trusting Sloane, Kat broke down not only her emotional barriers, but Sloane’s too until both of them were stripped emotionally bare, revealing their deepest feelings to one another.
I realized that I was trying to “pull my punches” and that is not fair—not to the characters, the story or my cherished readers. Kat and Sloane have a story to tell, and my job is not to censor them, but to tell it honestly and without reservation. And so that’s what I did.
After it was all done, as I was reflecting on what made me so uneasy, I realized that I wasn’t trusting Sloane the same way Kat did. Sloane treated Kat with care and tenderness, making absolutely sure that she held the power in the scene. Here’s a scene clip:
The sinewy muscles moving gracefully across his back transfixed her. Sloane faced her wearing only sweatpants and a growing hard-on. He sat on the side of the bed, his eyes intense. “Strip to your thong for me.”
Bubbles of excitement fizzed in her belly. She should be disgusted with herself. Appalled. But she wanted this, wanted to experience as much as she could with Sloane. This man was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her, yet she held back, suddenly unsure of her decision. She’d been told so many times she was making bad choices. Her building excitement turned into lumps of uncertainty. “Is this depraved?”
Lowering his chin, he pinned her with his eyes. “There’s not one depraved thing about you. If you don’t want to do this, truly don’t want to, we don’t do it. It won’t matter to me, all I want is you. But if you are letting anyone, or anything, outside this room make a choice for you, that is depraved.”
The knot of doubt in her stomach released.
His eyes softened. “But trusting me to not hurt you? That’s brave. And that’s facing a deep terror you’ve had to live with for six years. You misplaced your trust before and you got hurt. This, baby, is all about what you want. I’m looking at what I want.”
I should have trusted Sloane right from the start. Now that the book has released and feedback has been so lovely, I’m really glad I listened to Kat and Sloane! I hope you’ll give The Proposition and Possession a try! Sloane and Kat get their happily-ever-after in the final book Obsession.
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Jennifer Lion's POSSESSION Blog Tour
May 27 - June 9
5/27 - Book Monster Reviews (Guest Post, series spotlight)
5/ 27- Wicked Readings by Tawania (series spotlight)
5/28- United by Books (series spotlight)
5/29- Romance Junkies (interview & review bk 2)
5/29- Buffy's Ramblings (series spotlight & review bk 1)
5/30- Salacious Reads (series spotlight & reviews)
5/30- The Reading Cafe (guest post, series spotlight & review bk 2)
5/28- Ramblings From This Chick (series spotlight & reviews)
5/31- Mimmi's Musings (series spotlight)
6/01- Underworld Love Addiction (series spotlight & review bk 2)
6/01- Riverina Romantics (series spotlight)
6/02- Page Flipperz (series spotlight & review bk 2)
6/02- Toot's Book Reviews (interview)
6/03- Cocktails and Books (series spotlight & review bk 2)
6/03 - Books-n-Kisses (interview)
6/04- Flirting with Romance (Interview)
6/04- Books, Books and More Books (series spotlight & reviews)
6/05- Book Lovin' Mamas (guest post and review bk 2)
6/05- Under the Covers (guest post & reviews)
6/06- Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies Oh My! (Interview and reviews)
6/06- Offbeat Vagabond (series spotlight & review bk 1)
6/07- Night Owl Reviews ( guest post )
06/07 = Hesperia Loves Books (series spotlight & reviews)
6/08 - Scorching Book Reviews (interview)
6/09 - Reading Between The Wines (guest post)