Hey, Bellas, it’s great to be back for a HOT WATER Cyber Party. For those who didn’t join us in July, some of the best book events I did after my novel, HOT WATER came out last Jan. were HOT WATER House Parties, like lingerie or Tupperware only my sexy, little novel, fun “hot” refreshments (Recipes to follow) and my HW door prizes.
I figured women would be more comfortable talking about the steamy scenes in a house full of girlfriends than, say, a library or book store. A glass of wine didn’t hurt either. And as one Bella put it, “This ain’t no Tupperware party, honey!”
So welcome! Michelle will be picking winners again - for the official HOT WATER mug with Eleanor Roosevelt quote: “Women are like tea bags. They don’t know how strong they are until they get into hot water.” Also the “Get Into HOT WATER” t-shirt, tank top and THONG! Turquoise to match the book cover. And a fabulous HW music CD compiled by Amy Murphy who might dip in with us today too.
I tuned in yesterday and have been giving a lot of thought to “what women really want in bed,” but of course I’d have to pick HOT WATER to answer the question: What single romance novel would you offer men as a reference for learning how to turn our heads, capture our hearts, then turn us inside-out?
But we also have to keep one foot in reality, and as Michelle says, give some consideration to our real life partners. Julia, in HW, is living out a fantasy by hiring a gorgeous guy for one weekend at a lush spa resort. (A red Lamborghini is thrown in for good measure).
Now the idea of hiring a guy - being in charge, not having to listen to lines or endure the usual posturing, is a turn on in itself. Whether it works in reality is another matter. Although I did meet a gigolo at one of my book signings. No kidding. I’ll tell you all about it later.
So in HW we have atmosphere built in (something men don’t seem to need or understand the way we do) and then William turns out to pretty much break the mold, not only for looks, but sensitivity, intelligence, humor, etc.
If I were to pick one scene for men to use as a reference, it’d be what I call the Goddess sex scene in chapter 49. Moonlight, a grassy spot under a sultry desert sky, a mysterious “gift,” the only way he touches her is his hand on her abdomen, but his voice... well, it’s over the top. Of course the tunnel scene is most readers’ favorite.
Actually, men are reading HW. One read his wife’s copy and went out and bought 12 to send to friends. Men have even thanked me after their wives read it. So maybe they pick up a few techniques, or mostly the attitude William has toward women.
“A woman can seem so mysterious, daunting,” he thinks on p. 54, “if you never learn to pay attention.”
Encore! What's up with the gorgeous Gibson Girl? Make sure to ask Kathryn today. :)
Encore due! Don't forget to ask Kathryn about "Steam." If William gets "his story," is "Hot Water" still a romance?