The first volume of the Love Letter Anthologies released this week. Yay!
This project has been quite the undertaking – 4 authors, 6 volumes and 26 steamy stories. Uh huh. Yeah. We didn’t sleep, but had a blast creating them.
The conversations were epic. And, at times, mildly disturbing.
We shared a fictional (but frighteningly realistic) transcript of one of these conversations on the Harlequin blog yesterday. Here’s another glimpse into the inner workings of the Love Letters Team and what you might find in Love Letters Volume 1: Obeying Desire.
Maggie: So how was it we all wrote BDSM for the first Love Letters volume, anyway? In my case, I thought it would be cute for the daughter of the sex-shop owners to encounter her high school crush, only he’s a police officer in their town. Could have been pretty vanilla, but when he whipped out those handcuffs…
Emily: Characters will do that to you.
Christina: Handcuff you?
Emily (rolling her eyes): I meant, characters will surprise you like that.
Ginny: I don’t know about characters, but you three all surprised me when you sent in your stories.
Maggie: I guess we all wanted to try something new.
Christina: Speak for yourself. The “something new” for me was writing a story with first-person point-of-view. The BDSM was same-old, same-old for me.
Emily: That’s our whips-and-chains girl!
Ginny: I liked the contrast of our four stories. We have distinct voices, but I could tell our stories would mesh well.
Maggie: You mean, they could be tied together easily.
Emily: With Ginny, everything’s easy!
Ginny: Hey! I mean, hey, Chris, tell me more about this same-old, same-old…
Maggie: Heh. Tied together.
Christina: Well, it all starts with a safe word. Let’s say yours is “alphabet”…
Emily: Focus, ladies!
Ginny: Oh, fine, spoil our fun. I’m thinking back to our first Skype session. Or, as I like to think of it, the one where Christina bothered to show up. She seems often “tied up” with other things.
Christina: I’m never going to live that down, am I?
Emily: Oh, I don’t know. If you showed up on time, we might forget your previous lapses.
Christina: Moving on. Yes, I remember that discussion too. When we realized that we’d all written BDSM, we thought we should branch out, try new themes.
Maggie: As I recall it, Chris, you were the most nervous about that idea.
Christina: I’d had so much fun writing about Rachel going to “bondage school” and having a crush on her French instructor, Marc. Who’d want to give that up? But I came around.
Emily: I enjoyed exploring the BDSM dynamic between two women. I thought about how weird and intriguing it must be for a young woman to work as the receptionist at a BDSM club and have a crush on a gorgeous Domme.
Maggie: So what inspired you, Ginny?
Ginny: I thought about how a little bit of kink could get together two people who might otherwise never have hooked up. I liked the idea of cops being undercover, but I wanted Lane to be something other than a police officer. Cameron’s got a couple issues, so I liked their layered dynamic. In real life, he has to submit to her as the department shrink, but undercover she has to do what he says. And in the bedroom…
Christina: Yes, that’s true of all our stories: In the bedroom…
Emily: Or, in my case, in the dungeon…
Maggie: In the sex shop…
Ginny: So that’s what brought us together. Our love of the ellipses (sorry to Deb, our editor, we’re working on it.) Those three little dots that suggest sexy times wherever the characters might find themselves. We hope that you enjoy the spicy new twist on the alphabet that we’ll be bringing you this year, and that you love reading what comes after the ellipses as much as we loved writing it!
Love Letters Volume 1: Obeying Desire by Ginny Glass, Christina Thacher, Emily Cale and Maggie Wells
available NOW at the Carina Press bookstore or your favorite ebook retailer!
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