Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Phantom of the Opera Blog Virtual Book Tour




Why I Chose the Phantom...Confessions of a Romance Author

I’m excited to be at Bad Barb’s Reviews today. Barb is a dear friend of mine both online and in real life. The Lori Foster Reader/Author Get Together isn’t the same without her. So thank you for having me on the blog today.                                                                                   

So you want me to sound intelligent and talk about why I chose the Phantom for a Clandestine Classic. Let me confess, there was a list to choose from. I almost nabbed Dracula. I mean, who doesn’t want to write about a vampire? But I didn’t. I saw Phantom and fell in love. Ever since I was younger, when Phantom really hit it’s stride on the stage, everyone knew about the story. If I said I wasn’t lured in by the pull of that sort of story, I’d be lying. Yeah, I wanted to be a part of the mystique. But at the same time, I knew from the various readings of ‘condensed’ versions of the story, that there was so much more to the characters and the plot. Much more than Leroux was able to explore. Time period? Maybe. Tawdry stories weren’t the best sellers back then. Wanting the book to be published? Could be. I don’t know. I haven’t met Mr Leroux to ask him in person. But it was that potential I wanted to play with.

And really, if the characters ended up looking like Gerard Butler, is there really a harm?


The main reason I ran with Phantom is because of the romance in the story. There’s so much untapped potential for heat! I had to explore what might have happened when Phantom took Christine to his lair or exactly what was going on when Raoul and Christine play hide and seek in the belly of the Opera. What about the quiet moments on the roof? In my mind, those times screamed of quickies and spankings and some bondage for good measure. 



The Classics Exposed…

A chance sighting at the Opera, fated love, and three lives in turmoil.
One man pledges to own her, while another wants her heart. The Opera sets the stage for romance and intrigue. In the catacombs below the building lives a man rife with sorrow and passion. The Phantom. But he’s not content to live alone. He wants to possess the one woman who can set him free.
His Christine.
Viscount Raoul de Chagny doesn’t believe the rumours of a Ghost living below the Opera. He only has eyes for Christine, his childhood friend and first love. Together they embark on a sensual journey of discovery and fiery desire.
But she can only have one man. Will love raise her up or tear their world apart?


“I cannot.” He threaded his fingers into her hair, drawing her close. “I have the most indecent thoughts when I’m near you.” He spoke against her lips. “I can’t help but want to ruin you, only to keep you in my arms a bit longer.”

The most beautiful shade of red spread across her cheeks and slipped down the column of her neck. She glanced at the door, then shot from her spot on the bed. Christine twisted the lock and pressed herself against the door.

“What kind of indecent thoughts?” she whispered.

“To lash you to my bed with your body bared to me. I want to take you over and over, hearing you cry out my name. To watch you give me pleasure with your submission to me.”

“I’m not educated in the way to love a man.” Her chest heaved with each breath. “Will you teach me? I want to be yours, if for only a short time. I want you to show me how much you love me. Teach me?”

“Yes, my love.” He held out his hand to her. Christine twisted her fingers with his and eased onto his lap. Her eyes widened.

“What are you asking of me?”

“Your submission. Allow me to direct you as if I were the composer of one of your songs. Do you trust me?”


I always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I earned a BA in education at Kent State University and currently hold a Masters in Education with Nova Southeastern University.   
I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals.  I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. I’m published with Total-E-Bound, Changeling Press, Liquid Silver Books, Turquoise Morning Press and The Wild Rose Press. Come join me for this fantastic journey!  
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  1. Thanks Barb! I had a great time hanging out with you and the fun doesn't have to end. Readers, is there a classic book you'd love to see get the hot treatment? What about a movie that was PG and could use a little R for flavoring? Let me know!

  2. oooh The Breakfast Club although they are teens and that sort of thing is frowned upon. But what about The Breakfast club reunion??
    Wizard of Oz?

    1. Hee hee. You want the scarecrow to give it to dorothy good? Or the wizard really owns a bdsm club? hee hee.

    2. LOL The Witch and the Wizard could have competing bdsm clubs

    3. That would be a riot! Love it!

    4. But Barb and Wendi, what about the flying monkeys? And the witches? And the Munchkins? So many pairings, so little time!

    5. oh absolutely! Hee hee!! Mind working overtime. ... must write!

  3. YES!! I always thought Phantom could use a little spicing up. I thought there was unreleased tension that could turn hot. This sounds fantastic.

    I like Barbara's idea about the Breakfast Club. I also like The Quiet Man. One of my favorites...I would love to have Mary Kate submit like she wanted to.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    1. Then I do hope you enjoy the book, Mel. The Breakfast Club later on could be really cool, so Yeah, sounds interesting. The Quiet Man... must look that one up. :-) thanks for stopping by Mel!

  4. OH NO...Not Dorothy and the Scarecrow?? I'll never be able to watch The Wizard of Oz innocently again. I think some fairy tales can use a re-write...Little Red Riding Hood or Snow White. With the holidays coming up, I always watch my favorite holiday movie...The Bishop's Wife. That could get the sexy menage treatment...
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. if we set up Dorothy and the tin man... well, that could get... stiff... hee hee! Hmm. Holiday ones to heat up... Barb, i think we've got a new challenge lobbied to us. HOLIDAY HEAT!

  5. would like to see the huntsman get something written about him, more of a life that is..

  6. strong, rugged, soft spoken, yet an air of sensuality. Hard to take your eyes off of..and your breath hitches just so..cor something like that.