Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Cassandra Carr.
When you’re reading a book, do you notice the details? What color coat the heroine is wearing, what kind of beer the hero is drinking, or what kind of flowers are planted outside someone’s childhood home? Do these details matter to you?
If they don’t, they should. Details give readers incredible insight into characters. For instance, in the beginning of my February release, Impact, my hero, Conner, steps out of his black Ford F-150 truck. What does this tell you about Conner? He likes trucks, but what kind of trucks? Big black trucks.
Conner lives in Texas and is a professional bull rider, so his affinity for a large black truck shouldn’t be surprising, but it does build upon the sketch of his character in the reader’s mind to know exactly what type of truck he drives. Likewise, his hat is also black. He wears a long leather duster. Is a mental image of Conner forming in your mind already?
In Talk to Me, my debut novel, my hero Drew has a bit of an obsession for his heroine Jamie’s shoes. He first notices them in the opening paragraph, when Jamie is lying underneath a desk trying to fix a piece of equipment. He can’t see her face, but he can see her long legs and her sexy boots and that’s what turns him on even before he sees her face.
A writer doesn’t have to include details. Sometimes it’s not necessary, and we’ve all seen examples of four or five paragraph descriptions that make our eyes roll. But as a general rule, details are one of the best and easiest ways to give readers insights into the tone of the story and the specifics about a character. So the next time you’re reading a book, notice the details. See if your picture of the heroine becomes fuller and better fleshed out. I bet it will.
What details do you notice?
When Callie returns to her hometown for the holidays she comes face to face with her old lover and Dominant Jack. She left him three years ago believing he could never be the happily-ever-after man she needed. Yet Jack still wants her and she finds herself wanting to submit to him again.
As Jack and Callie explore their Dominant/submissive relationship, Callie gets drawn deep into Jack’s world all over again. For his part, Jack can’t seem to forget how she nearly ruined him when she took off without even saying good-bye all those years ago, but he’s afraid his baser needs will destroy Callie.
Can Callie give Jack another chance to prove he can be what she needs? Can Jack overcome his own fears and claim Callie forever?
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Kelly’s not so sure. Yes, she wants both men, much to her own mortification. But a permanent ménage relationship? That’s taking giving her heart away to a whole new level, and a chance she’s hesitant to take. Then Leo is injured and Scott’s on the trading block, and she realizes this may be her only shot at true, everlasting love.
There are so many questions swirling around inside Kelly’s head. Can she believe in Leo and Scott’s love? And will her business and her reputation survive once people find out she’s with two men?
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Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011.
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