Chameleon – a story of risk, faith, and sizzling desire.
- Where do you get your inspiration from?
- Do you write from your own experience?
- If I talk to you will I find myself in your next book?
These are all questions I get asked as an author. The answers – Everywhere. Sometimes. Probably.
Chameleon was a product of all these, and a lot of fun to write. It is set in Marrakesh, in the fabulous Totally Five Star hotel, a mecca for elegance, style and comfort. Sheer luxury, in the heart of this bustling, vibrant, colourful city.
The opening scene is based on a chance encounter between two strangers. The ‘inspiration’ for this scene actually took place in the Turkish desert, but otherwise it was the same. Two strangers, their lives a world apart, whose paths cross briefly. Each has a good reason to be alone at that remote spot. Neither is surprised to see the other there. A polite nod, fleeting eye contact, they continue on their way. They should never meet again. But of course this is an erotic romance story, so it doesn’t end there.
Ethan Savage is amazed at the woman he discovers as he peels away the traditional cloak and head dress. His little Berber peasant is not what she seems. She amazes him, challenges him, delights him. Fleur is off-limits, and utterly irresistible. But he can offer her something she wants, something she needs. If she’s willing to take the risk. The sex is as hot as the Morroccan sun, and the chemistry between Ethan and Fleur is electric. Above all though Chameleon is about setting aside personal differences and discovering what’s really important.
Theirs is a merging of cultures as well as sizzling sensual desire. Chameleon is a story about mixed relationships, tolerance, acceptance, and most of all it’s about choices. Ethan, Fleur, and the other characters surrounding them seek their happy ever after by compromising, by taking risks, by having faith in each other.
The title of the book refers to Fleur’s ability to blend in, to adapt, to make herself at home in any culture. In this story I wanted to show that a relationship need not be defined by where you were born, your family, or the religion you grew up with. Individuals connect, people shift, they change, and they make room for others around them. Clinging to tradition may offer comfort, but that comes at a price.
Chameleon, the debut novel in the Totally Five Star imprint
A chance meeting, two strangers whose paths cross—in the same place at the same time, yet a world apart.
When mining engineer Ethan Savage spots the cloaked, veiled woman riding a donkey in the Moroccan desert, he can be forgiven for thinking that in some respects nothing much has changed in two thousand years. She wouldn’t look out of place in Biblical times. They pass, nod, smile politely and go their separate ways, two strangers a world apart.
But when, moments later, she rescues him from his crashed car, the first words she utters make Ethan realise that appearances can be deceptive. His little Berber peasant is not what she seems.
Shifting effortlessly between her traditional roots in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and her professional life as the Totally Five Star hotel doctor, Fleur is a human chameleon, able to adapt and blend into any environment. At first irritated then amused by the handsome stranger, Fleur is aware of the assumptions he’s made about her. As their paths cross once more at the luxurious hotel, she realises he, too, is not all he seems. This sexy Englishman holds the key to her most secret and sensual desires, dangerous yearnings she’s kept locked away for years. Now she has a choice to make.
Ethan is only in Marrakesh for a few days, then he’ll be gone and she’ll never see him again. No one will ever know, so surely it will do no harm? Can she pass up this opportunity? And once she’s trusted him with her body, experienced all he can offer, will she be able to return to her old life? Or will the sensual chameleon need to reinvent herself once again to fit into his world?
I’ve been an avid reader of fiction for many years, erotic and other genres, and I still love reading historical and contemporary romances – the hotter the better. But now I have a good excuse for my guilty pleasure – research.
I tend to draw on settings and anecdotes from my own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to my plots and characters. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea.
When not writing – which is not very often these days – my time is divided between my role as resident taxi driver for my teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises. And most recently a very grumpy cockatiel.
I have seventeen (at the last count) titles on general release, with several more in the pipeline. Apart from Chameleon I have written four trilogies in the Black Combe ‘family’ The Dark Side, Sure Mastery, The Hardest Word, and A Richness of Swallows. They are all fine to read it as stand-alones, but even better if you read them in sequence. I also have a ‘May to September’ style novella out, a short story in Totally Bound’s Paramour collection, a raunchy pirate tale in their Jolly Rogered collection, as well as a stand-alone novel in the ‘What’s Her secret?’ imprint.
I have a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keep thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from me.