Hi and welcome to my blog, Virginnia De Parte. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.
Q. To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
A. My next release is A Stellar Affair, the fourth in the series of the genetically altered Corban family. This futuristic romance is the love affair of Stella, who is a child of six in Love’s Red Heart, so I’ve jumped years ahead in this novel. Stella’s talents have matured and her loyalty to her family and their continued security creates a big problem when she falls in love with a Matt Saunders, as normal and as red-blooded as they come.
Q. How would you describe yourself in five words?
A. Intelligent, imaginative, loyal, kind and busy.
Q. If we asked your muse to describe you using five words, what do you think they would say?
A. Stubborn, driven, fanciful, opinionated and noisy!
Q. Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest?
A. ‘A Stellar Affair’, due out in September, was definitely the easiest to write, as by then I’d become familiar with the main characters and their traits. The hardest to write was the first, Love’s Bright Star’. I was feeling my way with the characters, building their lives and dreams and learning how to write romance with a twist of sci. fi. and adventure.
Q. What can readers expect next from you?
A. While writing Stella’s romance, due for release in September, I created a character that appeals to me immensely. Thomas Winter has blood-hound genes, works in the customs department searching for dangerous drugs with his dog, Buster (who is totally useless but lovable). There’s a lot more to his story than this: his other talents, his unfortunate looks and his dream of one day finding love. I’ve started his story, but have been sidetracked into writing a young adult adventure. Every few days I pop over and add a bit to Thomas’ plot line. By the time I get to him I’m sure the story will flow out of my fingertips.
Thanks for coming. Is there anything else you want to add?
Just thank you, Raine, for this opportunity to talk about my work and myself. I wish I’d started writing years ago instead of waiting until I had the time. To any budding writer – make the time to do it!
I have a blog: www.virginniadeparte.blogspot.co.nz and on this I post cameo pieces with a romantic flavour; pieces that I often use as the beginning of short fiction or novels. Comments are welcomed. There is an additional page which lists my published books, their covers and excerpts.
Love’s Red Heart
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In the near future genetically altered individuals live among the wider population, not always trusted, wanted or even accepted. Jill Corban, a nurse from a g-altered family is looking for ways to control her chameleon genes. A vacation to visit her family teaches her these skills and a meeting with Dr. Michael Scott offers her a chance at the kind of love she’s given up hope of ever finding.
They stood at the window and looked over the night lights of Alice Springs. Michael took her in his embrace, pulling her around to face him, one arm around her waist, his hand resting in the small of her back. With his other hand he ran his fingers through her hair, brushing the long red threads from her face and moving to grasp the ends of her green silk scarf.
“May I? Can I take your hair down?” She nodded and he untangled the knot to drop the scarf to the floor before running his fingers through the topknot releasing her hair from the pins that had held it loosely in place. He cupped her chin in his palm turning her face to his, covering her lips with his. A kiss so deep and long, so overpowering in its sweet taste, it melded her body into his and their breath flowed and exchanged, their love released at last.
Michael lifted his lips from hers and murmured in her ear, “We’re wasting time.”
“I’m shy Michael. It’s so long…I’m scared I’ll disappoint you.”
“And you think I do this on a regular basis and I’m in a position to judge and make comparisons?”
“I’m as nervous as you are. Being a doctor doesn’t mean I don’t have self doubts like everyone else.”
She buried her head against his chest, a sudden onrush of anticipation causing her legs to tremble.
“Let’s just start slowly and follow where it leads us,” Michael said.
She allowed him to lead her to the edge of the bed, and stood frozen, her nervous tension making her body rigid. Her heartbeat pounded in her ears as he turned off the lights and folded back the bedspread before wrapping her in his embrace once more. She shivered from either nerves or the evening chill, she didn’t know which.
“Cold? I’ll soon warm you up” and with a deep intake of breath Michael removed her pashmina shawl, slipped the straps of her sun frock off her shoulders and turned her around so he could unzip the back of her dress. He eased her frock down to the floor and in response to his gentle pressure behind each knee she lifted her feet to step out of it and kick her sandals off at the same time. Now she stood barefoot in her bra and panties and his warm hands lingered to stroke her hips before turning her around to face him. He took her hands in his and placed her palms on the front of his shirt, against the buttons.
Oh, they were taking turns? Now she had a plan to follow her shaking eased. She unbuttoned his shirt, easing it off his shoulders and taking each arm out of its sleeve tossed the shirt aside. Relaxing into the rhythm she knelt to untie his shoes, to slip his feet out and slowly peel his socks off his feet. The idea that removing socks could be so sensual had never occurred to her before.
Love’s Bright Star
Thank you again, Raine. On the 9th August I will be happy to talk about the third in my series: A Talent for Loving. Until then, may your ideas keep flowing out of your fingertips!