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Confessions of a Bad Fangirl........
I have a confession to make: I was a bad fangirl. When I first submitted The Fangirl’s Dream
to my publisher, Decadent Publishing, I was still reveling in my TV boyfriend hangover and memories of visiting the Yucatan a while back. It’s not my fault. I mean, I didn’t do it on purpose. How could I help it, distracted by the possibility of writing out my primetime lust, consummating my character crush? Mary Sue much?
Here it is: I got some details in the book wrong. I know!! What was I thinking (besides about how they were gonna do it, and where, how often, and if palm leaves would stick to their buttswhile they were doing it)? I was a very bad fangirl, and I should be punished for not paying closer attention to my scenes, my hero, my heroine, the lush scenery I created for them to roll around and bang their brains out.
The thing is, when I visited the Yucatan a few years ago, I was in Belize, which is a very different terrain from the setting of my newest release, The Fangirl’s Dream. The book is set in the northern Yucatan Peninsula, sort of central, land-locked ChichenItza. The locations aren’t terribly far apart, however, thebioregional difference is significant, and had I not changed itwould have ruined my cred.
Originally, when I threw Siler and her TV boyfriend, Farraj, in the middle of the jungle, I had in mind the lush, dense, Cave River area of Belize in mind. Belize is very green and wet, and the wildlife sustained by that area is plentiful and evident on its surface. Been there, done that, saw it for myself. I’m sure that people living on the more rocky limestone shelf that is the arid,dry, region of the northern Yucatan sustain from what livesbeneath it just fine. But my trapped foreigners (and their dumbass author) wouldn’t know how to take care of themselves as easily in this jungle setting.
This difference presented a couple of problems in the plot, most of which became apparent to me after the chance viewing of a documentary on the northern Yucatan. First, there are no above ground rivers there, as in Belize. All water runs below the limestone shelf, thus the quaint dining scene in which Siler sat by Farraj’s side as he fished their meal from a stream had to be rewritten. The only fish in that area come from cenotes, which was a great fix to my dilemma, though required me to add several hundred feet between Farraj and his water source, as well as toss a few extra implements to his backpack. Also, Silercouldn’t see what he was doing fishing in this manner, so the monologue in her head changed to watching him prepare the meal.
Second, though having lesser impact on the plot, I had to change what foods could be eaten raw. I’d originally written in yucca, which was just silly. Did I want them puking and poisoned in the rainforest? No. That’s no good. Definitely not sexy. So,pitaya it was.
In all, I caught my errors in time and rewrote what was needed to make the story true to the setting, thus the characters comfortably upset in their surroundings. I sighed, my editor laughed (again).
The moral of the story is, know your shit. Be a good fangirl. Do your homework, so that if you do find yourself having to rescue your TV boyfriend, you can at least write in a cenote, and notsend him searching for rivers that don’t exist.
Siler Dunham would do anything to have Farraj Reza, hero of the smash network TV drama, Endangered. Every week she tunes in to watch him calculate the rescue of fellow bus crash survivors trapped deep in the jungle by a ruthless drug lord.
A federal public defender with a penchant for saving the unsavable, she can’t resist his sad story, or his badass charm. When she seeks a matchmaking service to meet him, their one night stand isn't what she expected. Forced to choose between unbridled lust and compassion, Siler must forgo her fantasy... or mustn’t she?
Lost in the wild
Captive by circumstance…
He had no flaw. The character hated swimming, a permissible preference, otherwise he was strong, dark, mysterious, a whiz with technology, compassionate, and smoking hot. More than all of that, she ached to save him. After years of servitude hacking U.S. GPS drone systems for the Iranian military, he’d broken away by selling Intel to the American government. Finally able to enjoy his first vacation, he was in a bus crash, then later abandoned by the other survivors.
She could save him, restore his faith in humanity, on her knees or bent over a table, which for most men would inspire just fine. She saw no limit to the possibilities in smoothing the ever-present worry lines from his brow.
Ever obsessing about the show with her friends was one thing. After it aired, they’d all bed their boyfriends, even Frank, and through squinted eyes fantasize the cock in them belonged to their television lover. Siler didn’t have that outlet, hadn’t had it for ages. The girls all thought her lack of mate some prudish nod to morality, or deep-seated insecurity. They didn’t know she’d enjoyed raucous sexual freedom in her younger years. No, she didn’t have men at her door in droves now, but not for lack of trying on their part. Her dedication to becoming a federal public defender, however thankless, and saving the unsavable eradicated any hope of a personal life.
Yes, she missed the regularity of a thorough dicking, but it had always come at a high price, one she refused to pay again. Through her twenties, casual sex had been fine, fun, even. But a thirty-year-old bar hopper was just sad, and at thirty-two, after shallow dalliances with a string of Mr. Wrongs, she’d given up.
A year and a half ago.
Being drawn into Endangered proved the perfect Prozac. Her spirits lifted. The relief of not looking for Mr. Right left her free to focus on her caseload, to connect with her clients—society’s castoffs—and try to fulfill her purpose of helping others. Sexual needs became muted, manageable with the right tools—for the most part. Occasionally her body ached for release under someone else’s touch, and in her mind he always had an olive complexion, not to mention agile fingers masterfully working her clit.
Every time, she closed her eyes, she saw Farraj. His face above hers, lips parted in a moan. His lean, hard body moving over, around, in her. His rolling, rich accent asking, “Like this?”
And why wouldn’t it be him? Fantasy gave better than the womanizing pricks her social circle presented. As a well-off single woman, no pressure urged her to find a mate, materially, or even socially. Siler could hold out for the hot love she wanted, and despite how insane, how irrational, she wanted Farraj Reza. Only one avenue presented itself to get him.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
As a fan of Decadent Publishing's 1Night Stand series, I was excited to have the opportunity to read this story as the premise is immensely appealing. This story also managed to set itself apart from the other installments as it's based in a confusing blend of both fantasy and reality that keeps the reader guessing. The Fangirl's Dream has a unique and memorable storyline that involves a woman's obsession with a TV character who she wants to spend a memorable night with that I wish could've been expanded upon as it was over before it barely started. Ms. Dolan nicely blends a sensual romance with action in a storyline that ends with an unexpected sense of future happiness instead of the conventional HEA. With a compelling set of main characters and raucous secondary ones it's easy to relate to the camaraderie these characters have for one another and to find them easy to relate to. Ms. Dolan gave us a glimpse of her unique talent and originality and I look forward to what she can create in a longer format in the future.
My rating for this is a C.
*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Erotic mezzofiction writer, Fierce is imagination shapeshifted as a scribe taunting blank pages and carpal tunnel, neither of which are much use for deadlines. Close allies are impeccable timing and a trusty masseuse. Being a switch I/ENFP doesn’t hurt. For kicks Fierce has other personas across several genres, tends to fill in “Other” on surveys without explaining, and chooses the finality of the Japanese Tamagotchi.
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