I dreamed about my poor blacksmith years ago when I first began writing. It was one of those dreams for which you struggle to not to wake up, one of those dreams you want to continue and that stays with you for hours or days afterwards. I felt like I knew Kier and my heart went out to him. Why was he impotent? How did this happen? How did he survive the punishment that led to his disability? The following day, there was a letter to Dear Abby from a reader who wanted to know if a man could have an active sex life after such an incident. It was a sign. I had to write the story of the man I had already fallen in love with. I have worked on Ivy and Kier’s story on and off ever since. I love these two characters more than any other I’ve created and am thrilled that their love affair will finally be in print. Will the seduction techniques Ivy learns from a troupe of medieval prostitutes be enough for her to get her man?
Since then, I’ve gotten so many ideas from random dreams. Oftentimes I go to sleep with some new ideas bouncing around in my head. Next morning I wake up sometimes with an idea, plot, character or another element fully formed my mind. My dreams are usually very fragmented, full of holes and random transitions. The most fun part is fleshing out those dreams, filling in the holes and smoothing out the transitions. Dreams give me a sense of familiarity with my characters that I don’t always get when I just brainstorm to develop characters.
I hope you find Kier and Ivy’s story as intriguing and fun as I did. I was sad when I finished, much like when you finish reading a great book with characters you’ve fallen love with and to whom you hate to say goodbye. I love to hear from readers, so please let me know how you like BROKEN ARMOR.
Ivelisse Sterling would rather become one of her father’s whores than marry a man of his choosing. But he and the women who helped raise Ivy want a different life for their little girl. The company’s plans are thrown into upheaval the moment Ivy sees the local blacksmith, Kier Dufrance and decides he will be her first customer. But Kier shows no interest in her attempts to seduce him. What kind of whore will Ivy be if she can’t even give it away for free?
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Author Bio: Yes, Bambi is my real name. I grew up on a farm in South Georgia. My high school was very small with a graduating class of less than 100 people. Shortly after high school, I met my wonderful husband who took me to Belgium, where a three-year tour turned into fifteen. While living in Europe, I nurtured my love of all things medieval. I often get homesick for Belgium, but with the world wide web, I’m home with the click of a mouse. I now live with my husband and son in North Alabama. When not plugging away at my keyboard, I teach World History. I love to ride my big, black Tennessee Walker, Jamaica. My husband and I each have a Harley to go with our collection of classic cars and hot rods
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