Thursday, May 17, 2007
Like many cats, this book's working on nine lives!
Funny. It will be ten years in another month since HAUNTED got its first life as HEAVENLY BLISS, released by Berkley as part of its Haunting Hearts romance imprint. The story, about a contemporary woman bent on escaping bad memories, has her buying a derelict haunted house in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina...and finding lust and love with the great-great grandson of the house's resident ghosts. It got a second life when Five Star bought it for a hardcover library edition that came out in 2001.
You see, the ghosts were trapped, and to free themselves and get to Heaven they have to see one of their descendants fall in love and marry, to wipe the curse off their own illicit relationship. This situation makes for a lot of angst...and lots of sexual tension and action that lends itself to turning a hot romance into one that's sweat-inducing erotic...
Which brings me to the rewrite... No longer part of a writing partnership but in control of this sizzling novel, I dug in and rewrote it, adding scenes Berkley would never have allowed back in 1997. Ellora's Cave bought it and brought it out in 2003 with the almost extinct Sara Jarrod pseudonym.
Now they've re-released HAUNTED under my erotic romance name, Ann Jacobs. I'm hoping readers who've missed it in the past will find it now and dig into Jill and Kyle's story. You'll root for the lovers and their century-old ghost matchmakers, and tingle with them as the instant lust grows and turns to love.