WIP Me Inspired
The question is inevitable when you’ve just released a book (which I have. It’s called Being Jade, in case you’re interested). To be honest, I cringe every time I’m asked. Only because I need lots of time for story to percolate and at the moment I’ve got about four embryonic ideas lined up in Petri dishes at the back of the creative stove. And I’m struggling to choose just one.
However there is a hero hovering a little above them all. I sometimes catch him out of the corner of my eye, waiting patiently for me to return to him. His name is Ramon Mendez and he is the stud star of my yet to finished erotic Master of Love series.
Ramon was inspired by many years of reading about the practice of Tantra. Tantra is essentially the practice of appreciating beauty in all things – the self, the environment, others. Tantric sex is one aspect of the practice that’s always intrigued me, mostly because it acknowledges the incredible sexual power within the human body, particularly in women. In my experience, few men truly understand the erotic potential of a woman’s body and the idea of a lover who did caught and stuck in my mind.
In early 2013 two novellas from the Master of Love series were released, Breaking the Rules and Bloom. At the time my vision for the series was Ramon as an accomplished lover moving from woman to woman, helping them find sexual healing or liberation and the happy ending they were looking for (usually with another man.) But readers kept asking the same questions – ‘Who is Ramon Mendez and what does he want? Why is he seducing these women and why won’t he be pinned down?’
He is charming, handsome to a fault, a masterful seducer and lover but his one flaw is his reserve, the mask he presents to the world. He encourages his lovers to be emotionally open, yet shares little of his own heart. He is a mystery, an enigma. So when I reclaimed the publishing rights for these books earlier this year I had an exciting opportunity to revision the series and respond to reader’s interest in Ramon.
In thinking more deeply about Ramon’s story I knew he needed a good reason to behave the way he did, or I risked him being selfish and hedonistic. This was not the kind of person I imagined him to be. In my mind Ramon has a deeply feeling heart. In the middle of the night, as so often happens, I was struck by inspiration. I got up and scribbled down a few lines that have become the first book in the series, Ramon’s prelude.
It opens when he is sixteen and desperately in love with a girl in his Spanish village who doesn’t know he exists. Unbeknownst to him there is a prophecy hanging over his head. He has a destiny to meet, a fate to fulfil and the freewill to change it should he not have the courage to heal his heart. I hope to bring a refreshed version of Ramon and his exploits back to readers sometime in the next twelve months.
— Prologue: Master of Love Book 1 —
Ramon Mendez was born handsome as a god on a day so fresh and clean you’d think the world had been made anew. As the first born boy after a long trail of sisters – four to be exact – the Mendez household erupted with jubilation. As soon as she could stand on her shaky birth legs his mother, Juanita, took him to Old Kaka, the gypsy woman who lived in a dark humpy by the estuary leading out to the sea. Old Kaka told fortunes and while Juanita was undeniably Catholic, superstitions ran deep and she couldn’t help but seek out the old woman to have her children’s destinies revealed and futures plundered.
Old Kaka held the baby boy up to the sun. Even then, as a chubby newborn, Ramon’s skin glowed with translucent light. Her leathery hands wrapped around his tiny torso like a small saddle and her black eyes squinted at his dark, lolling head.
‘What a specimen! He is the perfect man. A proud and generous lover of women,’ she pronounced, handing Ramon back into Juanita’s anxious arms. ‘Good fortune will cling to him.’
Juanita burst with pride. Something had told her this baby was special. Her pregnancy had been milder than the others, the birth easy with contractions swooping through her like a flock of birds. Smiling she went to press some coins into the fortune teller’s wrinkled hand but Old Kaka raised a craggy finger and waved it in Juanita’s face. She opened the toothless cavern of her mouth with a warning ‘But!’
Juanita’s smile was fading as she waited for Old Kaka to speak. She felt blood rising to her cheeks under the woman’s penetrating glare.
‘His journey to true love will be long. And painful. A tragedy will befall him. It will close the doors to his heart. Born to love many women, he will only be touched by two. One will close him, one will open him. His time will come when the sun and moon rest at opposite ends of the sky. If he fails then, all chance at true love will be lost and he will die alone.’
About the Author:
Kate is a multi-published author of dark, sensual love stories that will mess with your head. Her interests include talking to strangers, collecting unread books, and ranting about the world’s many injustices. She writes regularly about women, relationships, sexuality and books on her blog, The Ecstasy Files. She is also the creator of the Eros in Action writing sex workshop.
Kate lives, writes and loves in Melbourne with her small family and very annoying pets. The Yearning was released in 2013 to rave reviews. Being Jade is her second novel.
A tragic death. A family divided. One truth can set them free.
Banjo Murphy is killed on the night he finally musters the courage to walk away from his wife Jade after twenty five years of repeated infidelities. In the aftermath, Banjo is bewildered to discover he still exists, but death has placed an invisible wall between him and his beloved family. In despair he watches Jade collapse into deep depression and his daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, struggle with their unexpected loss.
Lissy is tortured by guilt and the mysteries surrounding her father’s death. What compelled Banjo to leave the night he died? Why won’t Jade speak about what happened? In spite of their volatile relationship, Lissy believes her parents’ love to be enduring, but sensible Cassandra sees things differently. When Cassy discovers a sketch book chronicling Jade’s extra-marital affairs, the truth of their parents’ relationship begins to unfold and Lissy’s loyalties are divided.
Searching for answers, Lissy contacts Jade’s ex-lovers, unaware her father’s spirit watches as they visit. Unable to let go of his one true love, he aches to know that Jade loved him above all others. Banjo is taken on a journey of discovery through Jade’s memories as the lovers unveil long hidden secrets about her affairs. But the mystery remains, frustrating Banjo and Lissy, until Lissy’s questioning leads her to an explosive truth. One that will finally set her family free.
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