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Cleopatra's Perfume by Jina Bacarr

Previously I’ve posted about writing for Spice, including some basic info about writing for the line as well as whether or not a HEA is mandatory for Spice.

Now we’re going to dive into research.

Check out my post on how research has changed since the Internet at NAUGHTY AUTHOR CHICKS.

Best,

Jina     

February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai
“She embraced the way of the warrior. Two swords. Two loves.”

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"One whiff and every man was her slave."

"One whiff and every man was her slave."

The awards season is in full swing with the Academy Awards looming on February 22, 2009.  This year’s candidates include several World War II flicks, including Valkyrie, The Reader, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,  Australia, Good and Defiance.

All these films deal with that epic fight in their own way, but who can forget Casablanca?  Bogie, Ingrid and the crowd sweating out the war in Rick’s Cafe.  The classic black and white film was ready for release in November 1942 when the timing couldn’t be better.  According to news reports at that time, “Yanks Invade North Africa: Landings on Two Coasts.”
  
But what if the film Casablanca was erotic? I thought.  That tantalizing idea set into motion the idea for Cleopatra’s Perfume.
     
Cleopatra’s Perfume takes place in that same part of the world when the heroine of my upcoming Spice release goes on a journey of self-discovery in Egypt that explores a different side of the war: sexy, intriguing…and a mysterious ancient scent. 

Here is a preview of the back cover copy for Cleopatra’s Perfume:

   
Europe 1939

The world may be teetering on the brink of war,
but that’s no reason for the privileged classes
to deny themselves the satisfaction of their deepest
lusts.  In exotic and exclusive clubs, they pursue the
delights of the flesh with little thought to the world
crumbling around them.

Eve Marlowe has everything she needs to lead
the most decadent of lives: money, nobility, nerve…
and an insatiable appetite for sexual adventure. 
She also has a singular treasure: a fragrance of
ancient origin said to have been prepared for the
Queen of Kings herself.  Seductive, irresistible, even
mystical–it’s the scent of pure sensuality.

The power of this elixir is such that it sweeps
Lady Marlowe into a game much more dangerous
than those she played in the darkened rooms of kinky
bars.  As the Nazis devour Europe and North Africa,
she embarks on a fevered journey with sizzling
stops in Cairo, London, Berlin–each city filled
with new perils and pleasures for one anointed
with pure lust.


 

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Are you living the life of your dreams?  If you’re not, you need a vision board.  
  
I’ve had a vision board for years, pasting pictures, quotes and stories on my board about my vision to write and sell books that take place in exotic locales: Japan, the Near East, 1930s Berlin, WWII London, 1889 Paris. It’s all there on my vision board. 
 
You can create your own personal vision board with “The Vision Board: The Secret to an Extraordinary Life” by Joyce Schwarz.  
 How many of you have a vision board?   I’d love to hear about your vision board!

Best,

Jina

  

 

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February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai
“She embraced the way of the warrior. Two swords. Two loves.”  

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I love Italian food!!  Check out my fave place in LA when I’m not on the road…Maggianos Little Italy at The Grove next to CBS Studios.

Then we’re off to the Barnes & Noble at The Grove!

Jina

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If you like the Bourne flicks and can’t wait for the new Indiana Jones film, you’ll love Breezy Malone in Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs from Spice.  She’s an archeologist who goes undercover as a dominatrix to find the man who done her wrong.  Breezy is on a mission to find the man who framed her for murder and had her jailed in a desert prison in the Middle East.  She also must retrieve the ancient Syrian antiquity known as the Mask of Darkma that he stole from her.  To do so, Breezy sheds her staid archaeologist’s garb and dons the black leather corset of a dominatrix to become a sex agent in the employ of a covert U.S. security agency.   Check out an excerpt on MySpace.

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