I don’t know about where you live, but here in Ottawa, Canada it’s cold outside! In February, a lot of people like to head to warmer climates and enjoy some much needed sunshine. Not everyone can get away, however, but luckily, we can always pick up a good book to enjoy some heat! ;-) With my new book, Insatiable, released on Valentine’s Day, the heat is two-fold. It’s hot and sexy, like all my books, and it takes place in the beautiful, tropical Cayman Islands.
My working title for the book was Honeymoon for Three. It starts off on Crystal’s disastrous wedding day when the best man confesses he loves her and the groom doesn’t show up. Crystal’s sister, who believes there is a spark between Crystal and Evan, the best man, convinces her to go on her honeymoon with him. After they arrive at the villa in the Caymans and start to explore their relationship, the groom shows up determined to win her back.
The time I spent on research for Insatiable was mostly about this lovely honeymoon location. The book starts in California where the wedding takes place, but then moves to the Caymans, so I did a lot of research to find out about the islands. For instance, what kind of vacation villas are available there, what the beaches are like, the temperature and color of the water, and the types of tourist activities that exist.
I was intrigued by the fact that a popular tourist activity is feeding the stingrays. People go out to a specific sandbar where they can go into the shallow water and stingrays will swim around them, even brushing against them. I found videos on YouTube of people actually doing it. I included this activity in a scene in the book. It’s only a very short scene, but I did a lot of research to ensure it rings true. I just wish I could have gone to the Cayman Islands to do it first hand!
Here are a couple of those videos:
Another way to heat up your February is with some Red Hot Fantasies! In December, I started a series of short stories, called Red Hot Fantasies. The second short story, THE STRANGER, came out in mid-January, and the third should be out this spring. You can find more information about these and my other books on my website: http://www.opalcarew.com/bookshelf/index.php
What do you like to do to heat up the winter months? Are you planning a vacation, or a short getaway? Do you spend cold winters nights in front of a fire reading a book? Or maybe you prefer to get out and enjoy the cold weather by skiing, skating, or simply enjoying a walk in the cold, crisp weather?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you leave a comment, you will be entered into a draw for a print copy of Insatiable. Also, everyone who responds will receive a copy of The Male Stripper, the first story in my Red Hot Fantasies series. (After you respond, please send me your email and the username you used for your comment to OpalCarewFreeStory @ gmail.com with the subject: “February Totebags Blog”.)
Thanks for reading,
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