Melissa Cutler here and I’m so excited to be on Jaunty Quills celebrating the release of Seduction Under Fire, my first Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Writing for Harlequin is a dream come true for me because I’ve been a Harlequin reader since I was a teenager, and one part of the process of publishing a book I was most excited about was writing the “Dear Reader” letter that appears at the beginning of all Harlequin series books.
Do you read the “Dear Reader” letters? I always do. These short letters written by the books’ authors directly to their readers discuss everything from research the author did or the author’s inspiration for the book, to juicy details about the hunky hero or a thank you to readers for their support.
I love the personal connection these letters give me to the story’s creator and find that, almost all the time, the letters enhance my reading of the story. Letter writing is such an art form in itself. The most recent letter I received was an email from a reader who enjoyed my other fall release, The Trouble with Cowboys. The last “snail mail” letter I received was in December 2011 from my Aunt Cindy, who wrote to tell me how proud she was of me for becoming a published author. I’ll treasure both of those letters forever.
When I got instructions from my Harlequin editor to pen my own “Dear Reader” letter, I busted out all the Harlequin books from my personal stash (and that’s a lot!) and read all the reader letters so I could get a feel for what I wanted to do.
What I finally decided was to talk to readers from my heart about my inspiration for Seduction Under Fire, which is directly related to the story’s sexy, arrogant hero, Aaron Montgomery. If you pick up the book, I hope you enjoy reading the letter I wrote to you, and I hope it enhances your reading of my “enemies to lover” action/adventure story.
And you know what else? I’d love to receive a letter from you too. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise that if you write to me, I’ll write to you back.
Let’s talk letters! I’d love to hear about a letter you received that’s special to you, or hear about the last “on actual paper” letter you wrote and sent. Leave a comment for a chance to win a print or digital copy of Seduction Under Fire (for international reader, paper only, anywhere Book Depository ships).
Seduction Under Fire is in stores now:
From the back cover:
What’s worse? Being held hostage by a Mexican drug cartel or being held hostage by that cartel with the one man you passionately hate? Camille Fisher, a brainy, tough-as-they-come cop, can’t believe she’s daring to escape with her too-hot nemesis, Aaron Montgomery. But once she outsmarts their brutal captors, the danger’s just beginning.
Racing across the Mexican desert, Camille begins to glimpse the surprisingly decent man behind the boorish cad. With cartel hit men closing in, she tries hard to ignore her needful heart-and harder to resist the temptation threatening to do them both in….
My thanks to Jaunty Quills for hosting me today. I love hearing from readers and am really easy to find at www.melissacutler.net, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks ), and Twitter (@m_cutler). And you can always sign up for my newsletter (http://www.melissacutler.net/?page_id=255 ) to find out about my latest books and upcoming events.
Melissa Cutler is a flip-flop wearing Southern California native living with her husband, two rambunctious kids, and two suspicious cats in beautiful San Diego. She divides her time between her dual passions for writing sexy, small town contemporaries for Kensington Books and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin.