Earlier this week, my first contemporary erotic romance, Hardware, released from Liquid Silver Books. I had a tremendous amount of fun writing a heroine who liked things that are traditionally identified with men. Comic books, movies, video games, computer smarts. Allison is a geek to the core and something she doesn't let bother her in the least. She's happy with who she is.
Anyone familiar with my other books know that I'm partial to broken heroes. The hero in Hardware is no exception. Patrick has a past that he's not proud of and lives his life in a way that prevents him from repeating it. That careful attitude also extends to his likes in the bedroom and needless to say, Allison is shown a whole new world after they meet.
Not only did I push myself when I wrote this story, I had a little fun by dropping a slew of references to pop culture in the book. Most aren't blatant enough to draw the reader out of the story as they're reading. Some are, but they're a part of the story then, it's intentional.
Here are a few example of subtle:
“Are you going to stare at me or charge him for his macchiato with an extra shot?” Her voice was purposefully cheerful, both for the frustrated customers and the barista. Something about his confused expression had made her decide to step in and offer a hand. Besides, the years she’d spent working in the coffeehouse to pay for her tuition to Pacific Tech helped everyone out.
The barista blinked his gorgeously deep blue eyes a few more times. “I’d be more than happy to if the computer would actually do something other than just beep at me.”
Miss it? Pacific Tech isn't a real college. It's the college that was the setting for the movie Real Genius.
Allison jutted her chin at the rail-thin teenager who stood behind the counter and wore a shirt that advertised the fact that Han shot first. “Hey, Edgar.”
“Missed you last week, Al.”
“I’ve been working on an important client’s computer network. You should check out Perfect Shot the next time you need a buzz.”
There's actually two in this section. One blatant if you're familiar with your geek speak, the other, not so much. The reference to "Han shot first" is in reference to a scene in the original theatrical version of Star Wars (before all the Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope mess was added). Han Solo shot Greedo at Mod Eisley Cantina. When the movie was re-released in 1997, George Lucas changed the scene so that Greedo shot first in lieu of Han. The one not so blatant? Edgar. It's one of the Frog brothers from The Lost Boys.
How about one more, this one obvious:
With light contact, he reached out and traced the underside of her breasts with one finger. Even through the padded material, she felt his sizzling touch. Her breath caught as he traced a pattern.
“That is completely perfect and absolutely you.”
Startled, she saw that he’d traced the outline of the Superman logo laser-cut into the fabric at the top of the bra cup.
Dear God, of all the times to get caught wearing this bra. Mortified, she shrugged off the strap as he lowered it and listened to his chuckle.
At least he was amused by it.
Now that one needs no explanation at all. LOL
There are more, but I can't give them all away, can I? Instead, how about I give something else away? Leave a comment on this post and tell me about some piece of pop culture you're partial to. I'll draw a winner Friday for a download of Hardware.