Monday, September 15, 2014

Keeping Secrets By Lisabet Sarai

Keeping Secrets
By Lisabet Sarai

Welcome to the blog tour for my new erotic romance,  The Ingredients of Bliss. This novel is part of Totally Bound's What's Her Secret imprint. The books in this series feature real, modern day women, each of who has  a secret which make her extraordinary.

This is my second title for this imprint. In my first, my short story Her Secret Ingredient, the so-called secret is obvious to the reader. In fact, it's even discussed in the blurb. It's hidden only from the other characters.

When Totally Bound asked me to write a novel-length sequel for that book, I was forced to concoct a new secret for my heroine, Mei Lee “Emily” Wong. I knew it had to be something more crucial than the simple use of the aphrodisiac in the previous tale. Furthermore, for the sake of suspense, I couldn't reveal the secret until the book's climax. What is Emily hiding from her lovers and from the world? I needed to make my readers wonder.

I have a confession to make. Actually, I didn't figure out Emily’s secret until the third major revision of the book.

My problems determining her secret were partly due to the fact that the original title was “Her Secret Weapon”. Hence I was thinking in terms of some sort of unusual skill or power Emily might possess which would assist her in rescuing Harry and Etienne from the clutches of the mobsters who had kidnapped them. Emily is  Chinese, from Hong Kong. I toyed with the notion that her Chinese heritage was her secret weapon, which would enable her to understand the thinking of the captors. My editor felt this was too vague, though, and ultimately I had to agree.

It's probably an overstatement to say that I had a flash of inspiration, but one day as I was struggling with edits, an idea popped into my mind – a secret nobody would suspect, but which would bear directly upon the plot. As is often the case with inspirations, this one felt exactly right – my editor even agreed! Next I had to go back and weave some clues into the book. That turned out to be fairly easy.

I breathed a sigh of relief. It worked – much better than I would have expected.

So what's Emily's secret?  Come on, you know I won't tell. Keep your eyes open as you read, though, and perhaps you can guess!

One sexy French chef. One kinky American TV producer. One ambitious Chinese gal who thinks she wants them both. The ingredients of bliss? Or a recipe for disaster?

Accomplished cook Mei Lee ‘Emily’ Wong knows exactly what she wants—her own show on the Tastes of France food channel. But life is full of complications. First, her deceptively nerdy producer, Harry Sanborne, initiates Emily into the delights of submission. Then her boss, legendary chef Etienne Duvalier, begs her to dominate him. Emily just can’t resist—especially when Harry orders her to explore her inner Mistress. Suave and sexy Etienne will do whatever she asks—in the bedroom if not in the kitchen. And Harry, her lovingly diabolical Dom, adores pushing Emily’s limits.

When the network sends the trio to France to shoot a series of cooking shows on location, Emily knows her career is on the upswing. Her plans fall apart in Marseille as a Hong Kong drug syndicate kidnaps both Etienne and Harry. The Iron Hammer Triad mistakes Etienne for notorious gangster Jean Le Requin, who has stolen their drug shipment, worth millions. Emily realizes she must find the real Le Requin, retrieve the purloined dope, and bargain it for Harry’s and Etienne’s lives. The secret she’s been keeping from Harry might prove useful. Still, what chance does one woman whose knife skills are limited to chopping vegetables, have against the ruthless cruelty of two criminal organizations?

Like the sound of The Ingredients of Bliss?

About Lisabet Sarai:

I started both writing and cooking at an early age, and I've continued to indulge both passions as I've matured. Usually I'm an improvisational cook; I'm not all that fond of following recipes, and when I do, I almost always introduce my own variations. My philosophy tends to be the more spice, the better.

You could say the same about my writing. Since the release of my debut novel Raw Silk in 1999, I've published lots of erotica and erotic romance in almost every sub-genre– more than fifty single author titles, plus dozens of short stories in various erotic anthologies, including the Lambda winner Where the Girls Are and the IPPIE Best Erotic Book of 2011, Carnal Machines. My gay scifi erotic romance Quarantine won a Rainbow Awards 2012 Honorable Mention.

I have more degrees than anyone would ever need, from prestigious educational institutions who would no doubt be deeply embarrassed by my chosen genre. Widely traveled but still with a long bucket list of places to go, I currently live in Southeast Asia with my indulgent husband and two exceptional felines, where I pursue an alternative career that is completely unrelated to my creative writing.