The Walk (aka “I am so getting laid tonight”)
Does anyone else remember Independence Day, about how a rag tag band of fighters take down the aliens threatening to destroy the world? I like that movie so much. It’s got everything: great special effects, a drunk father/crop duster who ends up saving the world, a nerd (Jeff Goldblum!), a kick-ass President, a stripper, Will Smith doing his thing as only Will Smith can, and the incomparable Mary McConnell as the dying first lady. It’s summer blockbuster fare of the cheesiest, popcorn-y sort. And there’s a dog! Something for everyone.
One moment in the movie provided a glimmer of inspiration for the opening scene in my latest release, UNCOMMON PLEASURE. The scene occurs at the end of the movie, after Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith have teamed up to unleash a computer virus on the alien mothership, thereby enabling fighters around the world to bring down the spaceships. They’ve crashed their hijacked alien ship in the desert, and the stripper and the no-longer-estranged wife are driving out to pick them up. Jeff and Will stride across the cracked, baked earth, towards the Jeep, chomping on cigars and smiling at each other.
That scene sticks in my memory because there’s a particular swagger to their walk I call the “I am so getting laid tonight” stride. There’s a confidence to the strut that never edges out of “all man” into arrogance. It borders on cocky, toes that line just right. It’s the walk of a man who knows exactly who he is, what he can do, and how to use his body to Get Stuff Done.
In the opening scene of UNCOMMON PLEASURE, the heroine, Lauren, is watching the hero, Ty Hendricks, walk across a helipad. He’s walking that walk, which totally does it for Lauren. She likes his quiet confidence, but she’s drawn to a darkness she sees in his eyes. Based almost entirely on “the walk”, Lauren invites Ty out for dinner and sets in motion a chain of events with some surprising consequences.
From a “fresh and imaginative” (The Romance Studio) voice in erotic romance come the tales of two women, each daring to challenge the boundaries of the toughest of men…But in these edgy, heated encounters, the greatest thing each woman will risk is her heart.
In “Over the Edge,” after a tragic incident during Ty Hendricks’ last tour of duty, he cut off all connection with anyone he cares about—until a night with Lauren Kincaid draws him reluctantly back into the world. Lauren sees a wounded man in danger of losing everything to his inner demons, but the sensual, no-holds-barred fight for Ty’s soul could cost Lauren her heart.
In “All on the Line,” Abby Simmons fell hard for Lieutenant Sean Winthrop, but he sacrificed their relationship when he deployed to Afghanistan. Now he’s home, full of regrets and intent on winning back the woman he never forgot. Abby gives Sean her body but holds her heart aloof, until one night of pleasure forces her to choose either her U.S. Marine…or life without him, forever.