Since I did Deep in the Woods last week, I think Fortune follows.
She turned with a start to find a familiar set of dark eyes looking at her, then back down at her chart. The man from Masquerade was standing at the foot of her bed in a white lab coat. Shit.
“So you really are a doctor.”
“I don’t lie, Ekaterina. Ever. Yes, I am a doctor. A surgeon, actually, but let’s not quibble over terms.”
Ekaterina. He knew her full name now, and god knew what else and he was looking down at her in full asshole-doctor mode. What the hell was his name again? Brian? Ryan? She gestured to her chart. “Why are you looking at that? That’s my private information.”
“I’m the neuro specialist on call this morning, so for the moment you’re my patient.”
If you haven’t read the book, Ryan is a guy she met earlier at a nightclub. She scoffs and doesn’t believe him when he tells her he’s a brain surgeon. I love this scene because I love to imagine her face at that moment. OMG, it’s actually him. Oh, crap…
Fortune wasn’t a planned sequel. Originally Ryan was just Dave’s friend who I needed in order to treat Sophie to a menage in Deep in the Woods. (Ooh, that was fun to write.)
But around that time my friend Audrey met a guy who was into both shibari and origami. This guy introduced me to the concept of the senbazuru, or 1000 cranes, showing me a photo of a miniature senbazuru he’d created inside a lamp as a wedding gift for his sister.
I started thinking about how a guy like that would have to be really good with his hands. I’d already made Ryan a neurosurgeon in Deep in the Woods and I thought, wow, a neurosurgeon would be good with his hands! Ryan’s going to be into origami and shibari and get his own book!
By that point, Deep in the Woods had already been contracted by Ellora’s Cave and was in the editing process, but I was able to introduce the origami crane into the scene where Ryan says farewell to Sophie, and a sequel was born.
Fortune was one of those magical books where everything came to me like a gift of the universe. I remember at one point bawling my eyes out and thinking, Wow, this is good, while I more or less took dictation from Ryan and Kat. It helped that Ryan and Kat were both clear as day in my mind as characters. I knew them inside and out. It was definitely one of those really easy books to write.
If you haven’t read Fortune, please give it a shot. It’s sexy, emotional, and explores some of the deepest themes of life. You can click the cover below for blurb, buy links, and reviews.