Saturday, February 13, 2010
Launching Scarlet Heels: 26 Stories About Sex
Hooray! It's Valentine's Day, the official date for launching my new book:
Scarlet Heels: 26 Stories About Sex
Frankly, I wrote this book by accident, and yet of all the books I've written it's my favourite.
OK, favourites change over time, but I feel strangely fond of this one. When I think about Scarlet Heels, I feel affectionate, amused and carefree. I've got nothing to lose. This book is... like a member of my family.
Some of the stories are fictional versions of secrets whispered to me by women aged from 16 to 84. They were so excited, so alive as they talked about a sexual event that was significant to them in some particular way. Other stories are based on memories and hunches about women I've known.
And I kind of love all these women, from Anna, Beryl and Caroline to Xianthe the geeky schoolgirl, Yvette who finds Mr Available, and Zoe, who revives her lost libido to please her husband.
At 3pm this afternoon, six friends and I will quietly — or noisily — raise a glass of champagne in a beautiful garden. We'll eat apple cake and strawberries, I might read a few love poems, and we'll relish the moment.
I had no idea what people would think of this book, but they seem to be enjoying it heaps. So far, critics have called it a darling little book, great, great fun, and happy. They find two or three of the 26 stories steamy, which is about what I hoped. Trust me, this is popular fiction, not erotica.
Now, here's a reward for reading this far.
To celebrate the launch I'm giving away five copies of Scarlet Heels.
To enter the competition, just comment on this blog post.
Give me a reason why you of all people deserve a free copy. The five people with the most convincing reasons will be the winners.
Deadline: Saturday 20 February 2010, 10am New Zealand time.