Friday, June 24, 2005

GCC: Larger Than Life

Today we've got a new offering from the Girlfriend Cyber Circuit. Alison Kent's steamy, thrilling Brava romance "Larger than Life."

Here's te blurb:

With her wildly popular SG-5 series, Alison Kent proved that taut suspense and hot, sensual romance make for an irresistible mix. Now, in LARGER THAN LIFE, Kent ups the ante again with a story of two people caught in a high-stakes game where their hearts and lives are on the line?

After being beaten and left for dead in the New Mexico desert, Smithson Group agent Mick Savin tries to piece together his last few days. He remembers bits and pieces: gathering crucial intel. An ambush by Spectra thugs. And then?nothing, except waking up in some medical center in rural West Texas. His mission was top secret. So how did he end up here?

The answer is Neva Case. If the former big-city attorney hadn?t been out in her pick-up, Mick wouldn?t be alive. Mick?s never met anyone quite like Neva. She?s smart, sexy, and passionate. She also has a secret. Neva runs the Big Brown Barn, an underground shelter for young girls forced into unwanted polygamist marriages. Neva would do anything for these girls?and that?s what worries Mick. Neva may be trusting, but Mick?s instincts tell him that something?s not quite right. He?s not about to let someone get to Neva and the girls on his watch. Especially when one of the girls brings trouble straight to the barn's front door . . .

Now, with the shelter in unimaginable danger and time running out, Mick is in for the fight of his life, one that could cost him the woman he?s come to love more than anything?

Sounds exciting, huh? You can read an excerpt here.

Alison writes for both Harlequin Blaze and Kensington Brava. In other words - very sexy romances. And since I'm trying to make my current WIP a little hotter myself, I thought I'd ask her this question:

What's the secret of turning up the heat - without losing the romance?

Here's her very insightful answer:

Emotion, emotion, emotion. Ya gotta have it! And I'm not talking about hearts-and-flowers love. I'm talking about fear and panic and what-have-I-done emotion. Because falling in love encompasses all of it. It's an overwhelming change to the way we've been going about our lives for so long. Now there is another person in the picture All Of The Time and that is HUGE. Love scenes have to be about more than sex. (I mean, that's a given, right?) But, imo, the sexier the book, the bigger the need to make sure the characters emerge from any intimate encounter to face even larger personal stakes. In books where intimacy is the climax, so to speak, the conflict is all about getting there. Since characters in the sexier books have already climbed that particular mountain, keeping the emotional tension twanging keeps the reader reading for the rest of the romance!

So there you go! :) Go check out Larger than Life for some real summer sizzle!


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