Author Override: Anne Calhoun

Posted December 20, 2012 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Author Override, Featured Authors / 29 Comments

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

ANNE CALHOUN

 

 Chemistry

It’s the must have component of every romance novel, the chemistry that makes what’s happening between the hero and heroine special, unique to their HEA. It’s the thing we can’t explain, the reason why your heart flutters when one man walks into a room but not another, the reason why you want that man right now over anyone else. It’s intangible, related to pheromones and hormones and something we can’t define. It never lasts and always lasts, and if you can act on it, it will change your life.

Thea Moretti, the heroine in my current release BREATH ON EMBERS, has some wicked good chemistry with the hero, firefighter Ronan O’Rourke. But Thea’s a widow, and dark, cold grief has stolen her memories of what good chemistry means, or how it feels. In this scene a morsel of Christmas shortbread, fed to her by the firefighter who’s not going to let her go, brings back those memories.

He sipped the coffee, then eyed the picked-over desserts. “What did you make?”

Thea pointed to the shortbread. Someone with an eye for arranging desserts moved her big cookie from the back corner to the front of the table. Only the center holly and ivy remained. Ronan cracked off a generous section and bit into it.

“Wow,” he said through his mouthful.

“I know,” she said. I remember. I remember what it’s like to love this season, the way it looks and sounds and tastes.

“Did you have any?”

“No,” she explained. “I didn’t have any cookie cutters so I just made one big cookie. I couldn’t exactly nibble off the edges.”

Nancy overheard her, and pulled out her iPhone. “I took a picture,” she said as she tapped and scrolled, then held it up to show Ronan. “This is so going in the January newsletter.”

He glanced between the picture and Thea’s face. “Amazing,” he said softly. “Try some now.”

She hesitated, torn between the really tempting sight of Ronan offering to feed her shortbread from his hand and the meltdown at the simple smell of the cookie. He slid his fingers into hers and drew her through the double doors, into the dim hallway leading to the church’s meeting rooms, and stopped on the other side of a coat rack filled with volunteers’ coats, scarves and boots.

“I’m right here,” he said quietly. “Give it a try.”

He knew. Not that by this late date in the month it wasn’t glaringly obvious. Phrases like I think we should end this and It’s really for the best if we stop seeing each other trembled on the tip of her tongue. But as she inhaled to speak, the scent of the shortbread and Ronan’s warm skin drifted into her nostrils. Instead, she opened her mouth and let him place a section of holly leaf on the tip of her tongue.

It was the first shortbread she’d eaten in almost three years, and as the moist, flaky cookie melted in her mouth, she knew when it became sweet. The heat from the oven triggered a chemical reaction between butter, flour and sugar. Heat and time worked on dormant ingredients to make something new. Different. Delicious.

BREATHONEMBERS

Christmas is the perfect time for Firefighter Ronan O’Rourke to take things to the next level with his sexually adventurous girlfriend. He knows she has feelings for him—and he’s sure of his feelings for her—but when Thea refuses his invitation to sample Christmas in New York City because what they share is nothing more than sheet-burning sex, Ronan sets out to change her mind.

Deep down Thea Moretti knows she cares for Ronan, but she can’t move past her grief over her late husband. Loud music and sex with Ronan are the only things she’s got that her feel alive, so she takes as much of both as she can get. She knows Ronan wants more, but during the darkest time of the year finding her way won’t be easy.

Ronan gambles everything and challenges Thea: one night of passion with him and another man. Can he prove to her that what they share isn’t just great sex but an emotional connection strong enough to last forever?

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, Anne landed in a flyover state, where she traded business casual for yoga pants and decided to write down all the lively story ideas that got her through years of monotonous corporate meetings. Her first book, LIBERATING LACEY won the EPIC Award for Best Contemporary Erotic Romance. Her story WHAT SHE NEEDS was chosen for Smart Bitch Sarah’s Sizzling Book Club. Anne holds a BA in History and English, and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University. When she’s not writing her hobbies include reading, knitting, and yoga. She lives in the Midwest with her family and singlehandedly supports her local Starbucks.

Do you remember any specific instances of chemistry? Did the relationship become a keeper, or was it a purely physical reaction? 🙂 One commentor will win a copy of BREATH ON EMBERS!

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I remember the butterfly feeling my stomach would get when I realized I would soon see my boyfriend (who is now my husband of 21 years). Thatbutterfly feeling may have fizzled out, but our marriage gets stronger every year. Knowing that we are both committed to each other, choose each other, love each other, THAT gives me a tingle that you can’t get with a superficial relationship. There is an intimacy there that wasn’t there at the beginning of our dating. Love is more than those first butterflies dancing around in your stomach. It matures over time, if you’re lucky,… Read more »

Anne Calhoun
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Anne Calhoun

Trish, that’s so lovely. My husband also gets butterflies when he sees me, and the smile on his face gives ME butterflies back. I love this – thanks for commenting!

Maria D.
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Maria D.

I do remember specific the specific chemistry I had with someone – the relationship didn’t last forever but while it did….it really worked:) Great post and so true…the chemistry between the characters really is super important in a book:)

Zita R
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Zita R

Yes I can remember instances of chemistry and they led to relationships. You do need chemistry in any relationship, that’s the starting point.

Cathy V
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Cathy V

I can remember instances of chemistry that fizzled fairly quickly. The last time I felt chemistry, it was incredibly strong and overwhelming, and I married him 🙂
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Shannon Backstrom
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Shannon Backstrom

Oh, I remember the feeling when a certain someone would walk into the room. Over a year of trying and I finally got him. OH Man, it was well worth the wait. My stomach still does flip flops when I see him, and we are both married to other people. Just great memories!

Rebe
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Rebe

Definitely! When I met my husband we were both interested, but he was dating someone else so nothing came of our meeting. A few months later we met up again and the rest is history!

Lisa w
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Lisa w

hmmm chemistry– well most of it involves heat right?
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Chinyere Ezinwanyi
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Chinyere Ezinwanyi

I remember the day i met my husband, I called my close 3 girlfriends and told them i just met my future husband. WE just had the buzz of electricity and we have been together 12 years since that day.

Laurie
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Laurie

Yep, I still remember that butterfly feeling from the first kiss with my now husband. It’s been 20 years and sometimes I look at him and still get that feeling. I’m looking forward to reading this.

Lisa Hutson
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Lisa Hutson

I guess I remember meeting my wonderful husband (35 years ago) and thinking yep, ok, here he is. I was a teenager and you know, everything in the world is enormous and certain then. But turns out, that it was chemistry. That is also trust, faith, fun, happiness, peace….

Elizabeth P
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Elizabeth P

um chemistry?…well the eye contact sent a nice zing through my system and then he opened his mouth and started talking :(. …ah well he was nice to look at 🙂

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Christy Perry
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Christy Perry

chemistry……yes I can say that I did experience great chemistry with a very special person. The relationship did not last but while we were together it was definitely exciting! I agree that chemistry has to work between characters to make a book work or it will just fall flat and be hard to finish. Thank you for the interview and the chance to win 🙂

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erinf1

Thanks for a fun post and congrats on the new release! I was just gifted Anne’s book and I can’t wait to start reading 🙂 In fact, I think it’s going to be my reward for spending 3 hours today shoveling snow.

Timitra
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Timitra

Yes I remember an instance but the relationship did not last!

Angie M
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Angie M

I have a couple of relationships that have started because of chemistry but they did not last. But I do think chemistry is important in a romantic relationship.

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

I’d like to think that it was chemistry that brought together and kept my husband and I together. Even when we stopped dating for a short time he was always around needing to be near each other.

Latochia Bell
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Latochia Bell

I still have the chemistry with my husband… It started from the first kiss… I was so nervous, and I didn’t know what to expect. Now it is just the love & excitement of everything that we do to keep things fresh!

PaParaormalFan Renee
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PaParaormalFan Renee

Hmmmm Instant Chemsity to me =’s Intense Erotic HEAT….& can you imagine 2 people on a dance floor, moving together so erotically, feeling the music right down into their souls, their bodies are one in this exotic dance & no one else exists at that time but the beat of the music & the movement of their bodies together….Mmmmm lets just say I REALLY Loved to dance in my younger days & dancing can bring out Intense Chemisty. ***Fanning self a trip down memory lane*** LOL
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Sabrina
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Sabrina

There was instant chemistry between my hubby but I thought he was out of my league and ironically he felt the same way….11+ years later we still have that chemistry going strong!

Linda
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Linda

I´ve got great chemistry with my hubby =) and we´re on our tenth year by now,

thanks for the giveaway & Happy Holidays!
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Filia Oktarina
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Filia Oktarina

chemistry….can’t say that I did experience great chemistry.

allison
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allison

the first time i met my husband there was instant chemistry. i hadn’t felt like that in a long time, and i couldn’t stop thinking about him. which made me chase him – sort of 😉 and now we have been married for 9 years! and ps, the chemistry is better than ever!! thanks for the giveaway. can’t wait to read the book.

Olga
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Olga

Chemistry, but it didn’t last.

Lizz D.
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Lizz D.

Omg. Just picturing a hot firefighter hand feeding me a piece of shortbread makes me want to go out and get this… now. xD

Lizz D.
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Lizz D.

Oh, and as for chemistry? My husband and I had explosive chemistry when we finally got together. It was a slow burn as we were friends, and one day it just lit, and burned for a long time. Now it’s back to that nice slow burn that we enjoy… 🙂

Mary Preston
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Mary Preston

I don’t recall any specific instances, which is a shame.

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

Yes I do remember a mostly physical reaction – the pheremones must have been flying – he was a co-worker, married with a couple kids and really nice and very attractive. We were sitting together working on a project & I got lightheaded & breathless – made it very hard to concentrate.

Sandy Lion
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Sandy Lion

There was a coworker who we just sizzled together outside the office. The chemistry was just that, a physical thing, not a relationship, but the heat was worth it. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com