About Lover Undercover
He’s undercover. She’s in over her head.
Yoga instructor Kylie Roberts is the good twin. At least she was—until an accident forces Kylie to step into her twin’s sexy stilettos at a posh Hollywood “men’s club.” But nothing could’ve prepared Kylie for the dead body in the club’s parking lot or the ridiculously hot detective who insists the killer is targeting her regulars.
Detective Trevor McCade needs Kylie’s help to draw out the killer. It means long nights undercover and long dances where Kylie’s body tempts him with sensual promises. Dances that leave them both wanting more. But despite Kylie’s hidden identity and the danger lurking in the shadows, it’s only a matter of time before Kylie and Trevor take this undercover operation under the covers…
Samanthe Beck’s Road to Publication by Samanthe Beck
Thanks, Lisa, for having me back at FicTalk to celebrate my new Brazen release, “Lover Undercover.” This is my second novel, (ever—my first novel, “Private Practice,” debuted in February from Entangled’s Brazen line as well), and with its release, I’ve been thinking a lot about my journey to publication.
Sometimes the journey sounds fast. At almost exactly this time last year, I submitted a blurb and the first one hundred words of a manuscript to Brazen’s Senior Editor, Heather Howland, as part of an open call Entangled did through Romance University. My super-cool critique partner Maggie Kelley, (who also recently signed with Brazen!), told me about the open call like, a day before the deadline, and I went online and thought, What the heck, give it a try.
I noticed one thing right away. It is hard to make a two sentence blurb and a hundred words stand out from 350 other submissions. But I stacked the deck in my favor a little, because many of the participating editors provided wish lists and Heather wanted holiday stories. Hey, you don’t have to hit me with a ton of bricks. I sent a holiday story! My ploy worked. She requested the full. The full didn’t, technically, exist anywhere outside of my brain, but after two solid weeks of doing nothing but writing and popping Advil to ward off the carpel tunnel twinges, I sent the full.
A reassuringly short amount of time later, I was a contracted author for Brazen! Woo-hoo!! Easy, right? Overnight success, right? Riiiiight!
Here’s the part that doesn’t come across in the story. I wanted to write romance for a looooong time, but for some stupid reason, I talked myself into being a lawyer instead. And being a lawyer didn’t leave much extra time for writing fun, sexy, happy-ever-after stories. Then, in 2009 I became a mom! I retired from the law, (and the “real” lawyers of the world heaved a collective sigh of relief), to focus on being a full-time wife and mom, and I thought to myself, In my free time, I’ll finally give writing a try… (Cue laughter from moms everywhere).
I did manage to carve out some writing time, during a period I formerly considered, “the middle of the night,” but as a new mom, I rarely slept anyway, so that all worked. I completed my first manuscript by the end of 2009. By the end of 2011 I’d completed several manuscripts, and amassed a vast and depressing collection of “Thanks for submitting, but it’s not what we’re looking for,” letters. So much for overnight success.
Eventually, I remembered something important about my law career. I didn’t just decide to be a lawyer and start lawyering. No, I went to school to learn how to practice law. Hmm. Maybe I should give the writing career—a career I actually wanted—the same respect I’d given the career I’d talked myself into for practical reasons? So I joined The Romance Writers of America and, later, LARA, my local RWA chapter. Both these organizations offer so much to romance writers at any phase of their career. I can’t give them enough love. I read Leslie Wainger’s “Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies.” I read Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat.” I went to writing workshops. I got a critique partner. I took a couple online writing courses. And, you know what? I learned A LOT, because, in fact, I had A LOT to learn!
My education continues every time I read a book, write, talk to people who liked my story, or who didn’t like my story. Obviously, I try hard to write stories you’ll love, but, like everyone who doesn’t give up, I’m a work in progress. Whatever your dream, I hope you are, and will always remain a work in progress!
About Samanthe Beck
Beach bum, book junkie, and award winning author of sexy contemporary romances, Samanthe recently signed with Entangled Publishing to write three novels for their Brazen line!
Sam was transfixed from an early age with any tale featuring a handsome prince, a great dress, and, of course, the all-important kiss, and eventually aspired to write her own happily-ever-afters. Naturally, she became a lawyer. The legal world heaved a sigh of relief a few years ago when Samanthe retired from law to take the plunge as a writer.
When not living the glamorous life of a romance author (i.e., chained to her computer), Samanthe keeps busy with the care and feeding of her extremely patient prince-charming of a husband, a not-so-patient ball of energy known as their son, a furry ninja named Kitty, and Bebe, the trash talkin’ Chihuahua. Their love, support, and willingness to eat Pizza Hut three or more times a week enables Samanthe to pursue her literary dreams.