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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SPRING IS BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER: MIRANDA BAKER

Seasonal Tension

Spring is a wicked tease in my part of the world. Constant craving. Perpetual longing. Delayed gratification. Is it ever going to come? *giggle* Yes, it is.

Soloplay releases today.
It has to, right? Global warming aside, the seasons are part of the order of the universe. We can count on spring… eventually. Just like we can count on the pay off when we are reading an erotic romance. I don’t know about you, but I will turn the pages of a book indefinitely waiting for the hero and heroine (or hero and hero… hmm… or heroine and heroine… and hero… hmm) to hit the sheets. I love waiting. Sexual tension is great recreation.

Spring tension is different although it is every bit as exciting. Waiting for that first daffodil to bloom fills me with anticipation. I’ll put up with anything – ice, sleet, dry skin, muddy dog paws – because I know relief is on the way. The more I am tortured by the weather, the more I will revel in my ultimate release. Sound dramatic? I love it. I want it. And I like wanting it. I love opening a hot new book knowing I will soon be craving release right along with the characters. Having something to look forward to, whether on the calendar or on my Kindle, gets me through the less thrilling moments of daily life. I lived in New Orleans for two years, where there was no spring, and it drove me batty. No daffodils? No way! In a similar way, I’m never without a book to read. I’m a tension junkie, whether it is sexual or seasonal. When spring rolls through, my focus will shift to summer and the first heirloom tomatoes from the garden. Then I will anticipate fall and the crisp satisfaction of leaves crunching underfoot on the sidewalk. The snow will come, and it will be beautiful, but as the first flakes hit the ground, my craving for spring will begin again. Occasionally the pay off will disappoint, be too short, too rainy, too cold, too easy and BAM, it’s over already. But the build up is always exciting, and there’s always another book or another year on the way. Hurray!

It makes me chuckle to think about all the romantic short stories I wrote in my rather too literary creative writing classes in college. If only one of my professors had steered me toward popular fiction! On the other hand, if I had discovered my calling back then, I wouldn't have gone to culinary school, I wouldn't have met my husband, we wouldn't have had three children and I wouldn't have turned to erotic romance to get my mojo back during all this hair-raising kid raising. If you would like to chat about romance, writing or recipes, find me at http://www.mirandabaker.com/ or http://mirandabaker.wordpress.com

21 comments:

Angelwolfstorm said...

I feel that way waiting for the seasons, all except summer. It is just too hot here in GA then!

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Jean P said...

I couldn't imagine not living somewhere, where there were changing seasons. I look forward to them.

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Maria said...

I love the seasons but wouldn't mind if winter was shorter...lol..
Congratualtions on your new release!

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Alison said...

And in my neck of the woods, the tension is still building...will spring ever arrive?
~Alison

Cynthia said...

Spring is my favorite season, followed closely by summer. It's the flowers-- I love them!

Your blog is amazing-- The interplay between spring and sexual tension in a book is classic and new at the same time. Viva la spring!

Cassandra Carr said...

I've got daffodils in my yard, so I know it's spring, even if the temperatures don't always agree!

Cassandra, who is heading off to buy SoloPlay even tho my hubs told me not to buy any more books

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chey said...

No flowers here yet…I guess the rest of the snow has to melt first.
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Miranda Baker said...

It snowed here last week! However, the daffodils survived and are thriving. It's 83 degrees right now, and I think... I think... it might actually be spring! :D

Cathy M said...

The seasons aren't as extreme in my part of the world, but with all the gorgeous flowers coming into bloom, spring is still my favorite season.

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booklover0226 said...

The daffodils and weeds are growing like crazy around here!

Thanks,
Tracey D
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Camryn Rhys said...

I can NOT wait to read this book...

~Cam
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Judy said...

Very interesting post, really enjoyed it. Living in the South, sometimes I want the summer to be shorter, it can get so humid down here!! I also love the changing seasons!!!


Judy
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Robin said...

I don't mind some waiting, but not a lot! I sure am glad it's showing signs of spring!

Harlie Reader said...

Hi Miranda! I live in Texas and we've had tornadoes today. The flowers have sprung but I'm afraid they were beaten to death from the storms.

Have Solo Play! ;)

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Sarita said...

If it doesn't stop raining soon I'm going to scream!

Miranda Baker said...

I think it's safe to say the seasons get us going - one way or another! Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Rebekah E. said...

In Colorado there really aren't 4 seasons. We tend to only get two. Summer then winter. I really miss seeing the beauty of a true sring and fall.

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Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

LOL hero and hero indeed! Sign me up for some of that!

Mike Keyton said...

Seasons have a mind of their own in Wales

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Miranda Baker said...

Sarah, I've got hero-hero action planned for Mac's book. He's the bouncer at the door Downtown in Bottoms Up. An absolute tough guy who has a total punk coming for him...
And, Mike, I can imagine they do, sigh. Wales sounds so romantic!

Stacie said...

Hello Miranda!
I agree about finding the small things that see us through the less than stellar transition period. I want Spring to finally arrive in Chicago. We will have one lovely day and then six days of frigid temperatures. Maybe we will skip Spring and jump ahead to Summer.

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