THE HIGHWAYMAN

July 1, 2009 at 1:24 am (General)

julyhighhaufIt should be hitting shelves right now! And it’s only out there for a month, so go get it! 

So instead of summarizing the story (you can read the back blurb at my website) or putting an excerpt here (that’s at the website too) I’ll list a few tidbits about the story that may or not be in the actual book.

— I love lace on a man, but it’s not exactly ‘hero’ stuff. So I restrained myself in this book. But I purposely put a line in there in a flashback about the hero hating lace. (But he doesn’t, really.)🙂

— The heroine started out as a white Persian cat-shifting familiar. Halfway through the book I thought “I so cannot see a fluffy white persian kicking butt” so I switched her to an Abyssinian, which, through research, I learned was a breed that is very chummy with dogs. Worked out perfect because her best friend is a werewolf.

— This was originally a love triangle story, featuring Max, Aby and Severo. I wanted Aby and Severo to have had a sexual relationship. But, you know, after you’ve written a good part into the story, you can see the forest for the trees. Or is that the trees for the forest? Anyway, it was best she didn’t have that kind of relationship with the wolf.

— If you’ve read any number of my paranormal Nocturne stories, you may realize by now that I do love a dance club scene. In fact, I have scenes in clubs so often, I’ve quit trying to think of great names for the club and just started giving them colors. I think I’ve done Crimson, Blue, Vert, Silver, and Violet so far. I had a dance club scene in The Highwayman, but I forced myself to take it out. I didn’t want to be too redundant and have people start complaining that I never have original scenes.🙂

— I was going to buy absinthe (for research purposes) but do you know a bottle is like $80? I decided to just imagine, and Google it.

— Max drives a Mustang because I wanted to somehow work in the image of a highwayman riding a horse (mustang; horse; get it?) I know. Don’t complain, just accept it.🙂

— Harlequin actually made up a nifty little graphic of Aby’s tattoo (how it looks at the END of the story) and was going to insert it on the last page. It got missed, and instead it’s just depicted using regular text. Here’s the actual graphic that should have been in there. The text should have been a sans serif, but still, it looks great.

— The name of the dude at the beginning who gets wasted… That’s my hubby’s first and middle name. Hee. I like to use names of people I love for the dead guys. Used my son’s name for In The Event Of My Death, a Harlequin Audible read.

— I was never really sure what kind of demon shadow was living inside my hero. Changed it many times over the course of writing the book. Made the final decision like a week before it was due.

— Will I ever tire of setting stories in Paris (even if only for part of the story)? Nope.

— The apartment Max and Aby stay at in Paris is my dream apartment. A chaise, a bed, a fabulous view of the Eiffel Tower. That’s all I need.

— Thanks to the copy editor for catching my huge mistake in Paris. I had the hero and heroine running around on the right bank, but in my mind they were on the left bank, so I got all my landmarks confused. I know, the average reader would have never noticed, but I got it corrected.

— My favorite scene is toward the end of the book.  The hero walks into a dilapidated castle and ghosts wearing poufy 18th century dresses mill about him.  Mice dance in the ghosts’ wigs.  In the background a harpsichord is playing the Cat’s Fugue.  Love it.  I was born in the wrong time period.  ;-)

Ok, that’s good for now. Read the book. Love it or even just like it a little bit. But I hope it takes you on an adventure!
M

5 Comments

  1. Karin said,

    I love the comment about the ghosts wearig poufy 18th century dressses – I can see them! What are the women wearing? :>)

  2. michelehauf said,

    The ghosts are the women! It’s a battle between two modern-day highwayman at the end of the story, and one of them happens to attract the ghosts of his past, so they are always lingering. 🙂

    Michele

  3. Karin_CO said,

    I really enjoyed reading the tidbits. I had to laugh at the fact that you use the names of people you know for the dead guys in your stories. That just tickles me.

  4. terryspear said,

    Look forward to reading the book, Michele. I love your work!🙂

  5. Cathy said,

    Sounds cool. Will be looking for it.

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