Tell Me a Desire: Episode TWO of The Story Series Emma and Caleb spend nearly all their free time enjoying each other sensually, but she wonders how permanent their relationship will be. Emma's beloved Orlando bookstore is saved, thanks to Caleb's quick actions. She's caught up in a dizzying whirl of work and play, between her business, his palatial condo and the romantic getaways her handsome real estate mogul plans. But her 35th birthday brings not only sweet gifts, but the bitter realization that if she's going to have a family, it has to be now. She wants forever, but what about Caleb? Caleb is in love for the first time in his life, and he can't do enough for his raven-haired temptress. He's happy living in the now, showering her with gifts to make up for her childhood, spent in poverty. But when Emma brings up the future, it becomes clear that she's not the only one with a past that can rear up and threaten their happiness. Despite all the daring exploration he persuades her into, marriage may just be his hard limit. Will he find a way past his darkest fears? ***
Don't miss Tell Me a Lie: Episode Three of The Story Series. Release date: August 4, 2016
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10 Things You Might Not Know About The Story Series
1. It’s based on real life, sort of. The opening scene in the first episode, Tell Me a Story, was inspired by an actual literary event in my Florida city called Story Brothel, where people pay writers to listen to them read aloud. My friend started this event, and asked me to participate. I was so intrigued by the concept and my imagination went into overdrive. Who would show up? What if an erotica writer read her work? Would she be embarrassed, or would she be turned on? What if the person paying her to read was a well-dressed and sexy older man? The possibilities for teasing and flirting were endless, I thought. Of course, real life wasn’t that exciting (I read for two very kind and polite people who paid me $15), but the slightly dirty story in my imagination made it onto the page.
2. It’s set in Orlando, home of the fairy tale. As I wrote the series about Emma, the bookstore owner and Caleb, a billionaire, I realized I was writing a fairy tale for adult women. Because most of my novels are set in my home state of Florida, my inclination originally was to put the story in sexy Miami, or in my home city of St. Petersburg. But Orlando made more sense, because then I could riff on the Prince Charming trope.
3. There really is a Taco Bus. At one point, Emma (the heroine) says that the last time she went out to eat was at a place called Taco Bus. That’s a real thing in my Florida city of St. Petersburg. It’s a bus, they serve tacos, and it’s tasty.
4. Theraputic coloring is awesome. Early in 2015, I was a bundle of nerves when I was querying my first novel, Hot Shade. So I took up adult coloring. Now I have tons of coloring books: jungle animals, mandalas, flowers. I alternate between gel pens and pencils when I color. I thought it would be fun to incorporate the adult coloring craze into a scene in Tell Me a Story. If anyone wants to see my real-life coloring efforts, check out my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tamlush/
5. The struggle between old vs. new Florida is real, y’all. One of the conflicts of Tell Me a Story is that Emma owns a bookstore in an old building in downtown Orlando. Someone buys the building and wants to tear it down to build condos. This is seemingly an everyday occurrence in Florida, and historic buildings here don’t always end up with a happy-ever-after. This theme continues in Tell Me a Desire, and threads throughout the series; in the book, Caleb’s family is one of the biggest developers in the U.S., and over generations, was responsible for creating modern-day Florida.
6. The writers mentioned in the novellas should be on your TBR list. I reference many of my favorite writers in the series. One is Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, the other is by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. If you haven’t read either writer, you should. I suggest Danticat’s Krik? Krak! And Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera. I also name-drop Stephen King, Flannery O’Connor and Tolstoy. In Tell Me a Desire, Caleb reads The Economist magazine in one scene—because what’s sexier than a smart, well-read man?
7. It started as one thing… Tell Me a Story started in the fall of 2015 as a novella for a boxed set called Sizzling Florida Heat. That set was released in April, and it’s a multi-genre collection of Florida-set stories by Florida romance writers. (Bonus points if you can find where I referenced that anthology in Tell Me a Desire!)
8. …but ended as another. I loved my characters Emma and Caleb so much that I decided to write a five-book series about them. Tell Me a Story is Episode One, and it’s
available for FREE on Amazon, iBooks and Kobo. The second episode, Tell Me a Desire, will be released July 14. The third, Tell Me a Lie, will be released Aug. 4; the fourth, Tell Me a Secret on Aug. 18 and finally, the fifth, Tell Me a Truth, will be released Aug. 30. Episodes Two, Three, Four and Five are Amazon-only and free for Kindle Unlimited users (but just 0.99 each for the entire summer!) Eventually, there will be a print edition with everything under one sexy cover. And a sixth novella involving Caleb’s brother. That’s all I’ll say for now.
9. It’s not a cliffhanger! Despite being a serial, Tell Me a Story is a stand-alone novella with a happy ending. You can read it as is — or you can continue Caleb and Emma’s journey this summer. Tell Me a Desire also does not end in a cliffhanger. Episodes three and four do end with cliffhangers, though…
10. I got butterflies in my stomach when I saw the covers. The design is by the incomparable Hang Le. She’s an amazing illlustrator and designer, and I can’t thank her enough for her sexy, classy, unique take on my story. The image, the font, everything fits perfectly. Check out her gorgeous work here: www.byhangle.com.
About Tamara Lush
During the day, Tamara Lush writes news as a journalist with The Associated Press. At night, she writes fictional romance tales about complicated, sexy men and the women who love them. Her first full-length novel, HOT SHADE, was published in September 2015 with Boroughs Publishing Group. INTO THE HEAT is her second full-length novel and it’s also with Boroughs. TELL ME A STORY is Tamara’s first novella. It’s the first episode of The Story Series, a five-novella serial about a bookstore owner who reads erotica to a billionaire during a literary event in Florida. When Tamara isn’t reporting, writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida's Gulf Coast.
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