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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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…and here on WordPress at Cleopatra’s Perfume Prequel.

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Naughty Author Chicks Blog on Wednesdays…

Collage of items belonging to Lady Eve Marlowe

Collage of items belonging to Lady Eve Marlowe

…and you can read all about Lady Eve Marlowe’s adventures in 1928 Weimar Berlin (the heroine in Cleopatra’s Perfume) at my Cleopatra’s Perfume Prequel.

Thankz!

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 just put up Episode 2:  Eve discovers the sublime delights of paddling in my ongoing series:

 

 

 

The Berlin Sex Diary of Lady Eve Marlowe

Check it out!

Best,

Jina 
 

Red "Carneval" Mask like the one Eve wears that night in the Berlin hotel room

Red "Carneval" Mask like the one Eve wears that night in the Berlin hotel room

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She came to Berlin with a show in 1928 looking for love and adventure. 

 

She found a city bathed in lust and sex.   

 

Here in her own words are sensual and erotic accounts of her adventures during that time before “Cleopatra’s Perfume takes place.

 

Episode 1: Eve meets a monocled gentleman with a secret fetish.

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Cleopatra's Perfume by Jina Bacarr

Cleopatra's Perfume by Jina Bacarr

CLEOPATRA’S PERFUME

Jina Bacarr
Harlequin Spice, Apr 2009, $13.95
9780373605309


In 1939 affluent Lady Eve Marlowe, following the death of her spouse in Cairo, rejects widows clothing. Instead she comes to London to enjoy sexual escapades that she obtains at the wealthiest clubs. However, Eve admits that American pilot Chuck Dawn is the best lover she ever had though she expects to be bored with him soon. Due to an incident involving crazed hardened Nazis, Chuck and Eve are separated.

Chuck wants to see his English lady soonest especially after the near lethal encounter in 1941 just outside Berlin, and reading her journal that he possesses only adds to his need for her. Following her trail, he goes after the woman he madly adores even as he knows she is wearing the ultimate enticer CLEOPATRA’S PERFUME.

This is a wild fun erotic historical romance that brings a unique perspective to WWII. Chuck is a brave aviator, but this heated war drama is owned by the audacious heroine as she brings danger and humor to the bedroom and a several other locales. Fans will relish the misadventures of Lady Eve as uses CLEOPATRA’S PERFUME to entice war secrets from the Nazis in Cairo, Berlin and London, and to lure her American flyer into her honey.

Harriet Klausner

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Are you a member of RWA  (Romance Writers of America)?  It’s a fabulous organization for published and pre-prepublished writers.

 I belong to the Orange County, California chapter: OCCRWA and every month I do an audio podcast of our upcoming meeting. 

Jina Bacarr, Confessions of a Podcast Goddess

Jina Bacarr

 

Check out the audio podcast I recorded for the April 11, 2009 meeting of OCC/RWA, Romancing the OC:

 Jina’s Audio Podcast for April 2009

 

I hope you enjoy it.

Best,

Jina

 

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I love to Twitter.  It’s fun, quick, witty, informative and oriented to the happenings of the day.  So, I thought, why not Twitter about my new Spice release, Cleopatra’s Perfume? 

What’s it about? you ask, anticipating aromatic Tweets.

To quote several book sites: “As the world teeters on the brink of war in 1939, the privileged classes pursue the delights of the flesh in exclusive clubs. Lady Eve Marlowe possesses a treasure–an elixir of ancient origin with a power so great it sweeps her into a dangerous erotic game.”

 

 It was a different world back then before cell phones, the Internet–and Twitter.  What if I Twittered about what life was like when Cleopatra’s Perfume takes place (from the 1930s through the early 1940s) so that you, the reader, could get a better understanding of the world my heroine, Lady Eve Marlowe, lived in?
 

Think of it as a Twitter time machine…and you’re at the controls.

 

Best,

Jina

 

 Here are Tweets from 1939 when Cleopatra’s Perfume takes place:

 

 —You can buy a new 1939 Dodge sedan for $815–no GPS system or air bags back then, but a spare tire and bumpers were included and something new: safety glass.  Dodge was a sponsor of the Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour–the American Idol of its time. 

 

 –Give your dry, lifeless skin a boost with Palmolive soap made with palm and olive oils.  No surprise here since it says so in the name, though ads at the time claimed olive oil was the secret ingredient.

 

 —Make your teeth shine with Calox Powder–yes, powder, not toothpaste.  I call this early teeth whiteners.  FYI, the first toothpaste came in a jar in the 1870s, but the familiar toothpaste tube didn’t make the scene until 1892.


 
Try a new method of sanitary protection: Tampax.  This was a innovation that gave women the freedom, according to the ad, to wear sheer evening gowns without detection.  A month’s supply, a box containing 10 Tampax, costs 35 cents.   


Write your next novel on a portable Smith & Corona typewriter with back spacer–Swinging Shift–84 characters for only $29.75.  The typewriter weighs only nine pounds.  Best feature about this typewriter: no Spam email to distract you!

 

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