I’ve always loved to read. Like most of us, I started with children’s books—wonderful stories about animals and magical places. I read as many as I could get my chubby little hands on.
Next I discovered cozy, young-adult mysteries. Oh they were nice, but I knew there was more in the world of books. I graduated to Gothic mysteries, and my vocabulary flourished. The best stories were the ones with dark, mysterious noblemen, so I delved into classics like Jane Eyre and then Pride and Prejudice.
With Jane Austen’s stories, I edged closer to my reading nirvana. I loved the romance and the dashing heroes. I found a Regency novel, and I liked it, but it was completely G-rated.
The characters lived in a passionless, asexual world. The hero never kissed the heroine on the lips, just her hand. Geesh, what’s up with that?
But there was no going back. Romance novels were catnip to me. I kept searching for books with more about the hero. I wanted more passion. More steam! Isn’t that part of romance?
I foraged through the shelves in libraries and bookstores until I found the treasure that changed my reading world forever. The hero’s name was Trey, and the book was Silver Flame by Susan Johnson. My eyes rounded in awe as I read it. Wow! Sex and passion—more than I’d ever seen—all wrapped up in a good story with an amazingly accurate historical setting. It was groundbreaking for me. Historical romances rocked, and I went on the prowl for the ones with the hardest heroes. None of those weak-willed lads for me. I wanted outlaws and lords and pirate captains. Yeah, baby! I’d discovered Alpha heroes.
Oh, but there were more sexy alphas in crime and suspense romance novels! I blazed through a bunch of those books, too. E-readers hadn’t caught on yet, so paperbacks were stacked in every room.
I loved it.
And then I stumbled on another book that changed my life--Tears of the Renegade by Linda Howard. The story had a dark, handsome hero, and a classy, soft-spoken heroine, plus a ton of sexual tension. I read it in a day. But it was the author’s bio at the back of the book that altered my future and led me to where I am now. In her bio, I learned that Linda Howard wrote stories for years, for her own entertainment, before she ever sent one to a publisher. I read that part twice, and for the first time I thought about writing a book…just for myself, and just for fun. I kept the idea close to my heart. I didn’t write anything right away, but I knew I would. It was my secret dream.
And when I finally wrote my first book, what do you suppose it was?
Yes…an erotic romance with a hardcore alpha hero. It was a western, too, like Silver Flame.
I still have my old paperback copies of Silver Flame and Tears of the Renegade on my keeper shelf. I know writing styles have changed since they were published, but I think it’s time to open these books again and visit my friends who live between the dog-eared pages.
Until next time, happy reading.
Oh, and if you enjoy sexy images of handsome men, I have a few boards on Pinterest … https://www.pinterest.com/marilynlakewood/
Warning: NSFW and for Adults only!
Stargazer, daydreamer, erotic romance composer, sweeping snow off a cottage near Canadian Rockies.