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Passion and Danger make tempting bedfellows…

He sees her, wants her, needs her…

Chicago Detective Ryan Daire has many secrets: a love for Shakespeare, an appreciation for the all the finer things in life, and an absolute lack of restraint in the bedroom. Now he has an even bigger secret. In every shifting shadow of the sprawling mansion he’s recently inherited he can see her—tempting, ethereal, and untouchable. Hope Stillwater inhabited that mansion in 1906. Raw desire has formed a conduit between these two passionate souls who are separated by the barrier of time.

Now he has to have her.

Intoxicated by each other’s presence, Ryan and Hope are closer than ever to crossing that inviting boundary between two worlds. But there is one grave danger: Ryan’s job has put him on the trail of a depraved criminal in an investigation that’s risking Hope’s eternal fate and happiness. Now he must do whatever it takes to change history, protect Hope from harm, and set his own desires free.

Occasionally people will ask me where I come up with the plots for my books. There answer is ‘everywhere’ of course, but there are times when a story begins by a vivid scene that pops into my head, and the question ‘why would that be?’ or ‘what’s going to happen next?’ helps to create a plot.

For example, for my July 7 Berkley Heat release called Sweet Restraint, I envisioned a scene where a man breaks into a house where a woman resides. Although he’s intent and obviously attracted to the woman, he stealthily avoids her. He finds her jewelry box and takes out a fake emerald necklace, only to replace it by an exact replica, but this one is the ‘real’ necklace.

Then he quietly exits the woman’s life.

Why did the man do that? What happened before the bizarre necklace switch? Why is he so focused on the woman, yet never said a word? These are the kind of questions that eventually built an entire erotic romance with crime/suspense elements.

For Daring Time, which releases May 5 from Berkley Sensation, I similarly envisioned one scene in detail: a modern day man inside an elegant late nineteenth century mansion who ‘sees’ a stunning woman standing half-nude at the bathroom sink taking a sponge bath. Their eyes meet in the mirror. There’s more than just an erotic charge, but the chill of otherworldliness. The hero realizes he’s seeing a woman from the past who used to live in the house.

From here, the plot began to develop. I began to ask myself questions about the scene and fill in the blanks.

One of the problems I had with Daring Time is that I wanted to do a time travel, but I’d also contracted to do an erotic romance. I didn’t want to get caught up in complicated time machine contrivances or the scientific philosophies of time travel. Since I’d already envisioned the mirror, I decided to use that as not only a symbolic doorway between worlds, but as a means for the hero and heroine, who live in different time periods, to sexually commune.

So why not make raw, intense desire the method of breaching the barrier of time? After all, occult literature has long described vivid imagination as being the key to magic, and sexual fantasy creates some of the most vivid images in the mind. Add a dose of magic built into the magnificent mansion, and I had a time machine well suited to an erotic romance novel.

I have written in the historical, paranormal and contemporary genres, so for me it was a lot of fun to mix them, as a time travel allows an author to do. Part of the fun is always to see each character out of their time element.

Do you enjoy time travels? Have any favorites?

–Beth

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