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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jianne Carlo: Lucky In Red

Early this summer Passions in Print, a division of Man Love Romance, asked my friend and fellow author, Lynn Lorenz, to do an anthology for their new heterosexual-focused line. Lynn and I began our careers together around the same time a couple of years ago with the same editor, Georgia Woods.

We’d often spoken of doing a Viking story together, so when Lynn approached me for this anthology, I jumped at the chance. And when she told me that Belinda McBride was on board, I was thrilled, having recently met and bonded with Belinda at the EPIC awards in February.

I’m amazed at how easily Lucky in Red came together.

We had one brainstorming Skype session where we decided on our heroes - the Lobos brothers, the premise - stained red dresses, and the location - Sleeping Dog, Texas (thank you Lynn J).

After that, we each wrote a first paragraph, exchanged stories, and that was it. We wrote our tales independently, and lo behold, at the end of the day we had one discrepancy – I had an acrylic counter, and the others had stainless steel.

Isn’t that incredible?

I feel like pinching myself. Never did I imagine an anthology could be so easy. And we had such a blast doing this too. Of course, I’m all up for the three of us doing another one.

Like Lynn and Belinda, I, too, love writing about wolves. Their fierce loyalty to their mates and cubs, the delicious alpha qualities of a male wolf, the to-the-death maternal protectiveness of the females, all these qualities are so appealing for a romance novel.

A few fascinating sub-characters show up in Lucky in Red.

Carnation Rosa, an older woman, who earns her nickname by decapitating the heads of two dozen carnations each year at the county fair: her sidekick, Cleo, who’s addicted to the cactus-wine made by the town’s pastor and his wife, and a wolf-hating sheriff who’s trying to repeal the ban on hunting introduced by the Lobos brothers. Not to mention the mischievous devil of a ring bearer who wreaks havoc with a handful of marbles as the bridesmaids at a wedding advance up the aisle.

Lucky in Red is sexy, funny, and fast-paced and we all hope you enjoy reading the three stories!




Jason said...

She decapitates carnations? How evil!


Jennifer Mathis said...

The characters sound very interesting

april3025 said...

wow story sounds great but what the heck is cactus wine sound terrible

Jianne Carlo said...

Hey Jase,

How in the heavens Carnation Rosa came about I've no clue. All I can say is Betty White was in the news and my subconscious must have been working overtime!


Jianne Carlo said...

I actually ate cactus once at a Mexican restaurant - believe it or not delish! Sort of a cross between asparagus and artichoke, and when I complimented the chef, the waitress told me about cactus wine. Never tasted it - but she assured me it was very addicting. I'm guessing the alcohol content must have been very high.


Lisa Alexander Griffin said...

Sounds like a wonderful read, Jianna. So glad you ladies had fun and worked so well together. :)

Jean P said...

It is nice that you are able to combine your ideas and it came out so well. I like the character who decapitates carnations every year, she sounds like a whacky lady.

Jianne Carlo said...

Carnation Rosa is a hroot Jean P - I had so much fun with her - she has a sidekick Cleo who wears lederhosen - that was Lynn's brilliant creation - and both ladies are ardent boyfriend hunters - tee hee.

Thaks for stopping by Lisa.


Laura said...

I think the three of you will make a memorable anthology. I'm anxious to read it.

Jianne Carlo said...

Now I'll be anxious until I hear what you think, Laura.

Waiting on pins and needles,


Jennifer L. said...

Talk about off with their heads. . . what a unique quirk! Defnitely the kind of books I like.


I ove to reader about shifter and werewolves are my favorite.


SASSE Yvette Hines said...

I just truly love Were's. I think it's all that commanding masculinity. It's like a strong hero to the 9th degree. Oh, yum. Great story idea you all and fab teamwork.

Yvette Hines

Mary Ricksen said...

I am so looking forward to reading it. Anything you write is great as far as I'm concerned and this one sounds like fun too.
You are a talent Jianne and I am so happy to know you!

cinquetta said...

I love werewolves stories more alpha their behavior the better. I do hope one of the stories is interracial.

rougebolo said...

I hope my husband never sees all the books on my list, just kidding. This books like another good book.