… She’s probably going to hit me for that subject/topic. So it’s a good thing I live far away from her. It’s been that kind of day, friends. That kind of day. As you see we’ve got Katie Porter visiting with us again! \o/ Specifically, the Lorelie Brown half. Just in case you were wondering.
Have you ever noticed…
By Katie Porter
That the people in romance novels just aren’t quite like regular people? I don’t mean being billionaires, though that’s cool. And I don’t mean the fact that they never stumble bleary-eyed into the bathroom and take care of business in the morning. Nor do I mean the fact that they’re all stuntmen and film producers (obligatory shill: Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Out this week. Just sayin’.) or investigative journalists and black ops soldier.
No, I mean the fact that they never seem to have the same concerns as the rest of us.
Just before I sat down to write this post, I checked my carb ratios for the day. (They’re way jacked up. Nutrients? We don’t need no stink’ nutrients.) And that was after I spent the afternoon running around to the post office and the bank and buying a new vacuum. (It has a self-retracting cord! Do you hear me?? A SELF RETRACTING CORD.) (Maybe I need ADD meds.) All the stupid little things that make up a day and a life. The things we have to get done to make sure our worlds don’t fall apart.
And yeah, I totally get why we don’t follow Mary Sue Heroine around for an afternoon of post office and pharmacy and bank-runs. It’d be boring as hell. But why don’t they ever say at dinner with the hero, “You know, the spaghetti carbonara looks so good, I think I’ll blow my carb levels for some.” I’m not even asking that they walk the straight and narrow, because we all know I love a naughty hero or heroine, but just acknowledge that they have the same concerns as us? Maybe?
I’m totally guilty of writing the same thing though. Nate and Kyle of Came Upon a Midnight Clear are two gay guys in prime physical condition. (Of course. You oughtta see who they’re modeled on. Nom.) So you know they’d be eating carefully, occasionally having protein shakes and hitting the gym five times a week.
I have them eating gyros and fish and chips and kidney pie. (Maybe it was mincemeat pie? That scene was courtesy of Carrie Lofty and she’s married to a British guy, so she totally made it something authentic.) It’s all about the fantasy, I suppose.
Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
Or maybe I’ll easter egg my next book: “No, I think I’ll get the salad. But I need more lean protein today, so I’ll add tuna.”
I better not write a historical next, or that one will be hard to explain.
What the critics are saying: Came Upon a Midnight Clear has been described as “masterful,” (Publisher’s Weekly), “a complex gift,” (Library Journal), and “the perfect piece of erotica: nuanced, complex, dirty, loving, and intimate (RT BookReviews). Not only did the folks at RT make Came Upon a Midnight Clear a 4½ Star Top Pick, they’ve selected it as a Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best Erotic Romance Ebook of 2012—the first gay romance to receive that honor!
For more about Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown:
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In January, Lead and Follow will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic romances set in a glitzy New York City burlesque club. RT BookReviews gave Lead and Follow 4 Stars and raved, “Fans of erotica will be left breathless as they cha-cha straight into a cold shower.”
Where to find us:
Or individually: @carrielofty and @LorelieBrown
We’d like to give away a copy of Came Upon a Midnight Clear in any digital format. Just answer the question: What’s the one thing you never want to see in a romance novel?
Thanks again to Lime for featuring Katie Porter and Came Upon a Midnight Clear!
Oooo great question. What is something you never want to see?