I have a confession to make. While I adore the look of faded jeans, dusty boots, T-shirts and Stetsons, there is also something about a man in a suit. Maybe it’s that neat and tidy thing that you just want to mess up. I don’t know exactly why, but I do like reading stories with tycoons and entrepreneurs and a man who can tie a double Windsor. I especially like it when that’s the man we’re introduced to. The heroine sees the power behind the suit and is awed. And then she sees him off-hours in his jeans and realizes to her dismay that it’s THAT man who can crawl behind her defenses. Yum, yum, yum!
That’s kind of what I did with my current release, SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, only in reverse – it’s the suit and tie Devin that is the shocker. I had so much fun writing this story. Devin is unlike any hero I’ve written before, and technically I suppose you could call this a marriage in jeopardy story. Actually – it’s more of a marriage that has breathed its last breath and needs a crash cart to resurrect it story. Devin and Ella were married young – and together briefly. Ella left him, you see. And she’s tried for years to get him to sign divorce papers, but each and every time they’ve come back unsigned. She’s at her wits’ end when she finally sees him in person – and on a bachelor auction block.
To all appearances, Devin looks the same as he ever did – only older and sexier, if that’s possible. But Ella thinks he’s stuck in the same rut she was afraid she’d fall into, and she knows getting him to sign the divorce papers is the right thing. Things get turned totally upside down, though, when it becomes clear that she doesn’t know Devin at all anymore. Especially when she walks into his office and finds him in a suit and tie looking very capable and yes, irresistible. The cover artist even played up this contrast with the cover!
I liked that Devin could be both men – the same down-to-earth guy that she spent time with at the cabin, caring for his horses and fishing on Sundays, and also the self-made man who develops properties for a very good living. I liked that this side of him totally threw Ella off balance. I loved that he was just as sexy unbuttoning a dress shirt in his office as he was stripping off a T-shirt on the stage at the Ruby Shoes Saloon.
But what I really love about Devin? He’s a cowboy at heart. No Italian shoes or silk tie will change that. He cares about family, community, his responsibilities, his honour. And he’ll do anything – ANYTHING – to get back the woman he loves. Even wait for her for eleven years. Even cheat death.
SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER is on sale now from Samhain Publishing in e-book and will be out in print in February 2011. And today, one lucky commenter will win a free download of the story in the format of their choice!