Monday, April 2, 2012

Babette James and the Sizzling Desert Romance

KAREN: Welcome Babette James! Her sexy, emotional romance, CLEAR AS DAY is an upcoming release from The Wild Rose Press! Babette is here to give us the behind the scene story of her sizzling desert romance! 

BABETTE: Thank you, Karen, for letting me visit today and share a little about CLEAR AS DAY, my spicy contemporary romance coming out in eBook and paperback from The Wild Rose Press. Between the awesome moment of holding a copy of my first book in my hands and the 4 1/2 stars and scorcher review from the Romantic Times Book Reviews, I’ve had some exciting weeks leading up to my release day this coming Wednesday, April 4, 2012. I’m still happy dancing. 

CLEAR AS DAY began as a short story years back when I was in college, an exercise featuring the desert setting of Lake Mohave, a reservoir downstream from the Hoover Dam formed out of stretch of the Colorado River by the Davis Dam. I grew up in Southern California and I’ve always had a love of the deserts of the Southwest, particularly the areas of Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave, and even took a college class on desert biology. I loved the juxtaposition of the stark, hot landscape with the cool waters and wanted to play with that particular setting. I’m delighted with my cover and how it shares some of the area’s unique beauty. 

But a story needs more than a setting, and my artist character Kay appeared in her lakeside campsite as the sole, first person point of view, already independent, reserved, and commitment-shy. Then the man who would become easy-going, globetrotting photographer Nate showed up to disrupt her careful, comfortable rut in life. A simple friends-with-benefits relationship proved not so simple and from there grew the beginnings of their conflict, love story, and their tight-knit group of friends. I had fun with the story, adding in bits of my family’s trips to the river, other camping and fishing experiences, and my own enjoyment of watercolors, music, photography, and the desert.

I never quite found a place for it in its short story form, but it was that story of the heart I loved too much to give up on. The experiment of expanding the little original story first into a novella, and then into novel was an interesting experience. Kay’s viewpoint changed from first person to third. The biggest change and challenge was adding in Nate’s viewpoint, and once I did that, the story just blossomed into the full novel length it is now. I had to explore the whys of all the characters and asking one question lead to another and more.

CLEAR AS DAY was no longer a just scenic location and simple moment in time between two occasional lovers, but a full story world with a crowd of interesting secondary characters, and all the characters’ lives intersecting and affecting one another. Not only did I have to ask what has happened in just Kay’s and Nate’s backstories to bring them to the story’s point in time, I needed to explore their friends’ lives, and additionally, ask what happened next to all of them, after Kay and Nate reached their point of happily ever after. I found that the story of Kay and Nate and their friends had not ended, but had more still to tell. I’m currently hard at work on the sequel and other friends will be joining Kay and Nate in falling in love at the river.

 I hope you enjoy their journey to love as much as I have.

What’s a girl to do when her summer lover wants forever?
Haunted by dark memories of her parents’ volatile marriage, artist Kay Browning keeps her heart locked behind a free-spirit facade and contents herself with the comfortable affair she has every summer with easygoing photographer Nate Quinn.

The only trouble with her plan? This summer Nate’s come to Lake Mohave to claim the lover he can’t let go. He’s done with the endless traveling and settling for temporary homes and temporary loves. Kay’s always been more than just a vacation fling, and now he must convince this woman, who sees love as a course to certain heartbreak, to take that leap of faith and learn how safe love with the right man can be.

Bio: Babette James writes contemporary and fantasy romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. A teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! She lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and three extremely spoiled cats.


Clear As Day  Clear As Day, coming April 4, 2012 from The Wild Rose Press 
★★★★½ Romantic Times


Babette James said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Karen! I'm delighted to be visiting here with you today.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Good morning Babette!

I thrilled to have you here. Your book sounds wonderful!

I always like to know. Was the book cover what you imagined it would look like?

Babette James said... Best Blogger Tips

Although I had filled out the art sheet and given as much information as I could, I admit I didn't know what to expect and I was very anxious the day I hit open on that cover email. I love my cover. Kim Mendoza did a wonderful job. She captured the mood of the book beautifully and the cover looks even more gorgeous on the paperback.

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips


I find it fascinating how an author comes up with the ideas for their stories. Thanks for sharing your journey.