“I had sex with an orc once.”
When I first came up with the idea for my book Kiss and Make Up, from Entangled Publishing’s new Indulgence line, I knew right from the start that Tabby, the heroine, was going to be a makeup artist. I’d been watching the three Lord of the Rings movies, including the extra features, and I really liked the idea of having a heroine whose job involved making actors up to look like orcs and other fantastical creatures. I had a great image in my head of her first meeting with the hero. He would have to be in full costume, complete with a wild wig, scary makeup and gross false teeth, but even though she wouldn’t have a clue what he really looked like, she would immediately be drawn to his wit and humour, and his sexy deep voice!
However, finding a job for the hero was a bit trickier. Initially I planned for him to be an actor, but the gorgeous Eli Black didn’t fancy that role—he wanted to play a much more heroic part in the story! And then it hit me—of course, I’d make him a stunt man!
I had such fun doing the research for the story. Did you know that to become a member of the New Zealand Stunt Guild, a stunt man has to pass in four out of eleven areas including fighting, gymnastics, horses, rock climbing, swimming, motorcycles, cars, high diving, sub aqua, white water, and parachuting? Of course, our hero Eli Black passes in all of them, and it was an easy to job to make him appear heroic and fascinating when he falls down stairs and tumbles off horses for a living!
The story was such fun to write, and although it is heart-wrenching in places, I hope I’ve managed to portray the enjoyment I had with the plot and the characters. I think the first line of the book, which is the title of this post, gives a little insight into this. The character who says the line, who happens to be the assistant director on the movie as well as a good friend of the heroine’s, ended up marrying her orc. Will Tabby get her stunt man though? You’ll have to read it to find out!
Thanks for having me on the blog, it’s been great fun! If you’d like to win a copy of the book, tell me what you think of Lord of the Rings – love it or hate it?
Faye Robertson lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her wonderful husband and gorgeous teenage son. She writes fun, flirty, and sexy contemporary romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and hunky but approachable heroes. She’s won several romance writing competitions and is a member of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. She would much rather immerse herself in reading or writing romance than do the dusting and ironing, which is why it’s not a great idea to pop round if you have any allergies. You can check out all her books at www.fayerobertsonromance.com.
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KISS AND MAKE UP
A fling of a lifetime…
With only a month left of filming on location in New Zealand, the last thing stuntman Eli Black is looking for is a relationship. He made a promise to his brother before he died that his next stop would be Hollywood. But Eli’s will is put to the test when he meets the sexy new makeup artist, Tabby.
Tabby Rogers is heading off to London to a prestigious makeup artist school, and after her ex ruined her previous plans to attend, she’s determined that nothing will stand in her way again. But a steamy, no-strings-attached affair with gorgeous Eli is too tempting to pass up.
The sparks burn hotter than imaginable, but as responsibilities pull at them from opposite ends of the globe, it quickly becomes clear that something’s got to give. Must Tabby sacrifice her hard-won career for love? Or will Eli forever be the one who got away?
Entangled Publishing: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/kiss-and-make-up/