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Kelly O’Dea had booked her trip to Ireland to remember her roots and forget about her feckless ex-fiance. What she found was something altogether different…

In Case of Emergency, Make Cupcakes

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A change is as good as a rest, my mother used to say. I didn’t get it at then, but I do now.

I’ve been working on Tease, Book Two of The Insatiable Need Trilogy ever since Book One, Please, was published. I wrote a full draft before I realized it was as far away from romance as you could get and shoved it in a virtual drawer.

This fall, I started working on it again.

But writing an erotic romance with a sex addict hero is not easy. For one thing, sex addiction is not sexy. If you don’t believe me, watch the movie Shame.

Even Michael Fassbender couldn’t make sex addiction hot.

Not that I’m trying to make sex addiction seem sexy. Behavioral addiction of any kind is a disorder, if not, as many are starting to recognize, a disease. And disease is the enemy of hotness. It’s dark. It’s ugly.

But isn’t conquering darkness to win the heart of a good woman what romance is all about?

My hero will get there. But in the meantime, I’m suffering along with him. And in these dreary days of late winter, I need a break from the darkness.

So I’m taking a page out of my friend and fellow romance writer Cameron Allie’s book. As she wrote in this blog post, you can’t wait on the Muse. If he’s not being cooperative, you’ve got to change things up.*

That’s why I’m putting Tease on hold.

Instead, I’ve been writing something as sweet and light as the frosting on these Zucchini Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting I whipped up recently to inject a little saccharine into my dark mood.

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Abbie Hernandez wasn’t looking for love when she sold her successful NYC literary agency and moved back to East Aurora to open The Sweet Somethings Café. But when her unrequited high school crush becomes a regular, Abbie wonders if he’s interested in more than just her Devil’s Food Cake.

If you’d like a taste of my WIP, you can check out the snippets I’ve been posting in the 100 Words a Day Facebook group.

And if you’d like a taste of these cupcakes, you can nab the recipe here.

*Be sure to check out Cameron’s weekly Author Spotlights to meet your next favorite erotic romance author.Nikki Prince, Mira Noire and Sarah Hawthorne (to name just a few) share juicy details about what makes them tick and how they whip that bratty Muse into submission.