FLY ME! was my title for my December release from Kensington Aphrodisia. The editorial and marketing folks, in their ultimate wisdom, changed it to SEX DRIVE. Oh well, I’m just the author. What do I now about creating good titles?But here’s why I like FLY ME as a title. This book is the “planes” book in my sexy Wild Ride to Love “planes, trains, automobiles, and a cruise ship” series. I had in mind doing titles that reflected the different modes of transportation: Fly Me, Steam Heat, Sex Drive (for the automobiles one), and Cruising for Love. Oh well, so much for that idea! The planes book is SEX DRIVE, the trains books LOVE, UNEXPECTEDLY (April 2010, under the pen name Susan Fox), and the third and fourth are as yet untitled.The series isn’t, of course, primarily about modes of transport. My books are romances, first and foremost. And they’re steamy. Also, they involve character development for both the heroine and hero, because I figure, in a good romance, we want to see the protagonists reach deep inside themselves to learn some important truths, face some fears, and become stronger, better people. They need to work for the love we know they’re ultimately going to win. The Wild Ride to Love books are also linked in that the four heroines are sisters, and there are some family issues to be worked out. (There’s a reason the sisters all live in different places!) All the same, the travel element is key to this series. Love is a journey. So, how fitting that each sister is taking an actual physical journey when she finds the love of her life. Besides, there’s something romantic about travel, don’t you think? Or at least, the fantasy of travel. Forget about walking barefoot through security scanners, being crammed into too-small seats with minimal leg room, and having to pay for your meagre lunch. Don’t we all dream of being seated beside that special person whose company makes the miles fly by?That’s exactly what happens to Prof. Theresa Fallon in SEX DRIVE. It’s a long trip from Sydney, Australia, to Vancouver, BC, but the prof’s sexy seatmate, thriller writer Damien Black, has ways of making the hours fly by. It’s a classic attraction of opposites. How can she turn down the mile-high club and sex on Waikiki Beach? To the prof’s surprise, her sex drive hasn’t disappeared – it was only waiting for the right man to awaken it. And the same very well might go for her heart… (Notice how cleverly I worked “sex drive” into the blurb, even though it wasn’t my title to begin with? LOL)So, that’s Theresa’s story—and, obviously, she’s going to be a big fan of airplane travel from this day on. How about you? What’s your favorite mode of transportation, and why? Have you had any particularly wonderful experiences during your travels? What’s your fantasy trip? As added incentive to share, one person who comments today will receive an autographed copy of SEX DRIVE.
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Susan Lyons writes sexy contemporary romance that’s passionate, heartwarming and fun. She is published by Kensington Aphrodisia, Kensington Brava, Berkley Heat, and Harlequin Spice Briefs. She also writes sweet short romance with The Wild Rose Press.