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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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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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Today is September 11th–

Also on my blog is my video interview with Tod Goldberg, the author of “The Fix,” the novel based on the Burn Notice series about covert spy, Michael Westen. 

Best, 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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Spies, Lies & Naked ThighsHi, everybody! 
I received my first review for my erotic spy thriller from Romantic Times magazine March 2008 issue   4 stars!!

Yay!

Jina

SPIES, LIES AND NAKED THIGHS

by Jina Bacarr
RT Rating: 4 stars
Category: EROTICA
Publisher: Spice
Published: March 2008
Type: Erotica Fiction


The talented Bacarr delivers another strikingly original, fast-paced romp highlighted by a smoking-hot hero and a sassy heroine. Her use of Breezy’s first-person point of view adds an interesting edge and dimension to the proceedings.


Summary:
Betrayed, framed for murder and left to languish in a Middle Eastern prison, archaeologist Breezy Malone has plenty of time to plot her revenge on Sharif, the man responsible for it all. Being broken out of her cage, recruited by the FBI and allowed license to do whatever’s necessary, in and out of bed, gives her the means. Breezy’s hot on Sharif’s tail when she runs afoul of a seriously hot guy who gets in her way — more than once. Who is this man, whom she nicknames One-Eyed Jack (because of his eye patch)? And what’s his game? One thing’s for sure: Breezy would like to get close enough to find out. But first she has a slimeball to catch — and a precious artifact to reclaim! (spice, Mar., 400 pp., $13.95)

—Catherine Witmer

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