So several Red Sage authors got to yakking online after the RWA Conference in San Francisco last year about writing a series of connected ménage stories. I believe Liane Gentry Skye’s husband actually came up with the idea of a time-traveling hunk getting cozy with different couples, but then the ideas were bouncing around fast and furious, so I may be mistaken. When the dust settled, we had decided on a series, Three Kinds of Wicked, featuring a demi-god, Trey, who has to make things right between ailing couples to earn his redemption and his own true love. Pretty cool, huh?
We came up with descriptions of Trey (and his tattoo), posted a few inspirational photos of him, and then each of us decided on our individual stories featuring Trey. We bounced some ideas off one another, got pretty silly, posted some synopses and excerpts, and then got down to the business of writing.
The series launches this month with Liane’s intro/anchor story, WICKED TEMPTATION. She introduces us to Trey and sets the stage for his travels and his redemption. The series continues in August with Alice Gaines’ story set in Victorian England, TO TOUCH A WOMAN. September brings us Anne Rainey’s hot contemporary, RECKLESS EXPOSURE, and Oct. rides in with Titania Ladley’s Western, RENEGADE AND HIS REBEL. I stayed with my favorite genre, contemporary romantic suspense for my story, TRIPLE THREAT, which comes out in November.
The idea for my story came from our initial conception of Trey as a lonely traveler, who picks up couples on the road. The original name for our series was Three for the Road. I brainstormed about situations that would lead to couples being stranded on the road, and from that I created the characters of Brandy, a rootless Vegas showgirl with a hard-scrabble past growing up in foster homes and Ridge, an embittered FBI agent with a black spot on his record and something to prove. Brandy’s on the run from both the mob and the FBI after witnessing the murder of a blackjack dealer in Vegas. Ridge is hell-bent on relegating Brandy to the Witness Protection Program. Both are afraid to trust and love...until they meet Trey.
I’ve invited the authors (Liane, Alice, Anne, and Titania) of the first wave of stories from Three Kinds of Wicked to drop by Fierce Romance today to share how they developed their stories within the framework of our series, and to discuss the challenges and the excitement involved in writing a series of this kind.
Visit the Three Kinds of Wicked website, and don't miss one minute of Trey's adventures!