Friday, March 30
"Happy accidents" are what I like to call unplanned for events that seem to serendipitously evolve from something else that was planned, and that the result of this "accident" is much better than you could have ever hoped or dreamed of if you had tried to plan it (which you didn't hence the happy accident). I sometimes look back on some of my "happy accidents" and am at awe at some of my moments of brilliance (or at least I think they are, LOL). It's kind of funny how things work out that way isn't it?
Erotic romance author Lexxie Couper, had a "happy accident" of her own when writing one book (Tropical Sin), and discovering a different hero, Nick Blackthorne, for another book (Love's Rhythm) who made his presence known, and practically demanded his own HEA :) Lexxie is my guest today to share the evolution of Nick in all his rock star demanding, spotlight stealing glory. Enjoy!
Or…When Secondary Characters
Writing secondary characters can be tricky. Especially when they are strong personality types, or characters that don’t do “background” well. Sometimes a secondary character won’t behave and will try to take over the story. This has happened to me before with a character called Delany in Savage Transformation. She was meant to be a minor character who lasted until the second chapter but refused to go away and stayed for the whole book. Other times secondary characters become, during the course of writing a book, so real, so fleshed out in your mind that by the time the story is told, the secondary character has become not just a part of the plot’s progression but a living breathing person with a backstory you know as well as your own and a future story demanding to be told. This is the case with Nick Blackthorne.
Nick first appeared in Tropical Sin. He was the catalyst for my hero and heroine, Aidan and McKenzie, to finally come together after a decade and a half of being “just friends”. Throughout the writing of Tropical Sin, Nick—the world’s biggest rock star—kept whispering his backstory to me. I would get little snippets of it when I least expected it and every one surprised me. I never knew what was going to happen whenever Nick was on the page. Originally I had intended Nick to only be a small part of Aidan and McKenzie’s HEA, but Nick wouldn’t have any of that. By the time I typed The End, Nick Blackthorne not only was more real to me than the other characters in the book, but his HEA was aching to be told.
There is a problem when a secondary character becomes the main character of another book however. For starters, you are constrained by the events of what happened in the book that introduced your character to begin with. If your secondary character is loud and brash and sarcastic in that first story, you can’t decide, oh well, it would actually work better if he was a little aloof. If you do, you need to have a damn good reason for it or the readers are going to cry foul.
In Nick’s case I knew, while writing Tropical Sin, that his heart had been broken. I knew his phenomenal fame had messed with his head and his life and I knew his music was influence by that broken heart and fame, but who was responsible for his broken heart? Well, that was still shrouded in a fog. That woman was called Heartache in Tropical Sin and I still had no idea who she was. I was convinced she was the one who destroyed Nick, the one who tore out his heart and cast it aside. So when I started writing Love’s Rhythm, Nick’s own story, I was very very surprised to discover it was Nick who had done the heartbreaking. It didn’t matter how I tried to change that to what was in my mind, what I wanted to be the case, it kept coming back to what “really” happened. Would this contradict what I had written in Tropical Sin? As it turned out, no (apparently I need to listen to my sub-conscience more).
Characters who continue to grow and evolve beyond their first appearance fascinate me and Nick is one of the best examples for me. Since Tropical Sin, he’s had a cameo in Suck and Blow (during which I discovered he has a preference for chaotic landscaping that looks like someone dropped a house in the middle of a wild patch of forest rather than a manicured garden), and will soon attend an award ceremony in Twister (available July) and a wedding in Sunset Heat (available September). Each time I write a little more about him, his story becomes more. And as that happens, other characters he has impacted on draw close to becoming more real and fleshed out as well. For those that read Love’s Rhythm, take particular note of a secondary character called Aslin Rhodes. Guess who has been whispering to me every since he first walked onto page 5 of Nick Blackthorne’s HEA? *smiley*
Nick Blackthorne knows all about words of love. They’re the reason he’s the world’s biggest rock star. The irony? He turned his back on love a long time ago, lured away by the trappings of fame.
An invitation to a friend’s wedding is a stark reminder of how meaningless his life has become. When he enters that church, there’s only one woman he wants on his arm—the one he walked out on a lifetime ago. But first he has to find her, even if all she accepts from him is an apology.
Kindergarten teacher Lauren Robbins once had what every woman on the planet desires. Nick. Their passion was explosive, their romance the stuff of songs…and it took fifteen years to get over him. Then out of the blue Nick turns up at her door, and all those years denying her ache for him are shattered with a single, smoldering kiss.
But molten passion can’t hide the secret she’s kept for all these years. Because it’s not just her heart on the line anymore…and not just her life that’ll be rocked by the revelation.
Remember your first crush on a rock star? Now add smoldering sex, a raw and undeniable passion, soul-shattering orgasms. And secrets…
Read an excerpt. And for something extra special here is an exclusive excerpt for Musings readers from Love's Rhythm:
Nothing was in focus. Or colored. Come to think of it, everything was white and fuzzy and bright. Way too bright. And way too fuzzy. And…muffled, like his head was stuffed with iridescent cotton wool.
Nick groaned, squinting and blinking at the brightness. His head hurt. Why did his head hurt? And where was he? Why could he smell disinfectant?
He rubbed at his eyes with his hands, letting out another groan when thick licks of pain lashed through his head. Jesus, what the fuck had happened? Where the hell was he?
The two words floated through his head, disconnected and confusing. Lauren? Lauren Robbins? Satchel? Why was he thinking of Lauren Rob—
It came back to Nick. All of it. In a smashing wave of color, smell and bone-crunching touch—driving to Murriundah, to the small public school he’d once attended thirty-odd years ago, seeing his old girlfriend walking across the playground carrying the bag he’d given her, trotting up behind her with a nervous smile on his face, his heart thumping, saying her name…
“She hit me,” he uttered on a moan, rubbing at his face some more. “She hit me with her satchel.”
“You scared me.”
The soft feminine voice stroked over his ears and, eyes flinging open, Nick sat bolt upright.
Pain exploded in his head, sharp and white and blinding. The cotton wool turned to steel wool, making him wince. The fuzziness turned to blurring vertigo, making his stomach lurch, and then everything cleared and he was staring at Lauren Robbins, perched on the side of the bed he was stretched out on.
Those two words didn’t float through his head, disconnected and confusing, they positively rushed at each other, their intention undeniable. He was on a bed with Lauren Robbins. A soft bed.
She frowned at him, her deep-auburn eyebrows coming together above eyes a crystalline-blue. “Nick?”
A blur of sensations suddenly swirled through him—Lauren’s body pressed to his, her arms around his neck, her lips moving over his as his tongue stroked over hers. A kiss? Had he kissed her? Had she kissed him back? When?
Line from "Night Whispers"...
Looking for roads I’ve left behind
Looking for roads I’ve left behind
Thank you Lexxie for being my guest today and sharing the story behind Nick's story! I for one, can't wait for Love's Rhythm's release on April 17th. In the meantime, I plan to have more fun with Nick and his World Blog Tour :)
Seductive Musings is the seventh stop on Nick Blackthorne's World Blog tour. If you are not sure what Nick Blackthorne's World Blog tour is, you can check out the contest details here (it's also where you can get an intro to Nick in "Tropical Sin"). Ms. Couper is giving away prizes galore. And if you're already a Nick fan, and have been following the tour, you can find a line from Nick's International Number One bestseller, "Night Whispers" somewhere in this post. Find it and you're one step closer to the Grand Prize!!
If you'd like to learn more about Lexxie Couper and the "sinfully evocative" romances that she writes, you can find her at her website www.lexxiecouper.com, her blog, International Heat, the Heat Wave Readers Yahoo Group, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads .
To celebrate Nick's World Blog Tour and the upcoming release of Love's Rhythm, author Lexxie Couper would like to giveaway a digital copy of a book from her backlist to one lucky Musings follower. Here's how you can enter to win...
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