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Friday, September 21, 2012



Phantom and Me

I’m the type of person that when I get the opportunity to do something a little strange or left of center, I’ll probably do it. Why be ordinary? And on top of that, I’m one of those lost souls who wonders what happens when the characters close the door. Yeah. I want to know what’s on the other side. What’s going on in the next apartment?

So when Total-E-Bound asked me to take part in the Clandestine Classics, I couldn’t say no. What’s a Clandestine Classic? Taking the classics and giving them some zing. In my case, I chose The Phantom of the Opera. There were restrictions. I couldn’t take the story and make up things that never happened in order to change the ending. If you’ve read the original Gaston Leroux text, it’s still there. I added the heat and heart where it wasn’t as prevalent before. I worked very hard to make sure the text flows from heat to original text to heat and back again.

Why add heat? Like I said, I’m one of those people who wonders what happens when the characters ‘went into the bedroom and closed the door’. That’s not for all readers and I understand that. I respect that. But as a reader, too, I want to know what happened behind that closed door. Did they have sex? Go to bed? Get really crazy and swing from the ceiling fan? I want to know!

In my additions to Phantom, I let the reader know. The book is very sweet in nature—or so it seems. I wanted to dig deeper and explore what happened when Christine and Raoul spent time together at the Sunset Inn. Or what allowed her to succumb to Phantom so easily. And what exactly happened under the Opera. The places they took me were hot and fun.

I know, I know. I’m twiddling with a classic. Don’t I feel bad? A little. I know the book is a classic and venerated because of that. Part of me didn’t want to make it hot because then the reader can let his or her imagination take the characters where they’ll go. But the rest of me wanted to see Phantom get hot and bothered. I mean, if he can look like Gerard Butler in my imagination, then him getting hinky is not a bad thing. I’ll be honest, the first read through of the story I wasn’t sure where the heat would be. Then I read it again. Untapped sex oozes from the pages. That’s what I ran with.

The Clandestine Classics are the classic texts with erotic aspects added to them. You get the original words with heat sprinkled in. If that’s something intriguing to you, then by all means, grab a copy. I’m glad I got to take part!

About the Author:
I always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.

I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Turquoise Morning Press, Decadent Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!

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The Classics Exposed…

A chance sighting at the Opera, fated love, and three lives in turmoil.

One man pledges to own her, while another wants her heart. The Opera sets the stage for romance and intrigue. In the catacombs below the building lives a man rife with sorrow and passion. The Phantom. But he’s not content to live alone. He wants to possess the one woman who can set him free.

His Christine.

Viscount Raoul de Chagny doesn’t believe the rumours of a Ghost living below the Opera. He only has eyes for Christine, his childhood friend and first love. Together they embark on a sensual journey of discovery and fiery desire.

But she can only have one man. Will love raise her up or tear their world apart?