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One by one, Rachel Milo has been forced to watch her neighbors sell their homes to Wolfe Developments.  When three become two, only her and Cole Karson remain on the Lake. As pressure from Wolfe Developments mounts to sell, she fears she can’t deny her growing attraction for a man whose past could destroy her future.

Disaster strikes and Rachel is almost killed in a fire one night while she is deep asleep.  She must seek help from the one man who she vowed not to let near her. Even if she can’t trust Cole with her heart, she is forced to trust him with her life. Together they must work to figure out the real reason Vivian Wolfe is so determined to own the lake. 


I am one of those writers that follows whatever is shiny that grabs my attention. As such, I have tried short vs long, erotica vs sweet, and 1st point of view (POV) vs 3rd.

For Fire on The Water, I just knew I had to write this story in 1st. I decided that the reader couldn’t know Cole’s big secret until Rachel figured it out, and how could I possibly keep such a secret if I was in his POV? In my mind it wasn’t doable and so I started writing Fire on The Water in only Rachel’s POV.

I soon discovered that I love, love, love writing certain characters in their own voice. Rachel is a snarky, wise-cracking heroine who thinks with sarcasm and delivers some great one-liners. As I neared my first hot scene I was really worried about ‘over-sharing’ in the first POV, but as Rachel played Peeping-Tom the excitement she felt was easy to convert and really show the heat. I am eager to start my next in 1st POV.

The story I have just finished and about to submit is a 3rd POV erotica. This story needed to have Jake’s POV shown since he has a lot at stake and I’d be cheating the reader if they didn’t get to see his growth (plus the heroine is unconscious for a chapter so that would be one REALLY boring chapter).

There are pros and cons for POV. I believe, as a writer who has done both, that whether a story is in 1st or 3rd is completely out of the author’s hands – the story and the characters will determine how they want their story told.

Here is an excerpt from chapter one:

“Cole?” I called out across the water, still unable to spot him. I bent low to turn the radio off.

“Hey.” A deep, throaty voice said, only inches from my ears when I stood back up.

A scream ripped from my throat, startled at Cole’s sudden appearance. I twirled on my toes to give him shit for scaring me, but my legs were weakened from my intense run earlier and failed me. My body fell backward in slow motion and instantly Cole grabbed for me, his ice blue eyes large with surprise. His arm extended out, but he missed and I fell backward into the bay with a tremendous splash.

Cool water engulfed me, swallowing my body. I planted my feet on the hard clay bottom and pushed up to the surface. Swiping away the water running down my hair and over my face, I glared up at Cole. He tossed his head back in a roar of laughter and I gritted my teeth until my jaw ached.

“Not funny, Karson.”

“Depends if you’re dry or not, Rach.”

“I prefer to swim in a bathing suit, not fully clothed, thank you very much.”

“Or naked.” Cole’s voice dipped low and the shiver that tingled across my skin had nothing to do with the late summer temperature and everything to do with the memory of Cole spying on my one and only skinny-dipping adventure last summer. Apparently, wine has a tendency to loosen my inhabitations a bit too much.


I’d love for you to comment on which POV you prefer to read; or does it not matter as long as you are enjoying the story?

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