I know it sounds weird, but I get my best ideas in the tub.  Actually, I get my worst ideas in the tub, too, but the point is, I get most of my ideas when submerged in bubbles. 🙂

As I was pondering the last chunk of SHADOW OF THE RAVEN and the tangled mythology I’m creating, I started to wonder, what would push a woman to hire a male prostitute?  Don’t ask me what the two have to do with one another – I honestly have no clue, but one minute I was thinking about Muses and the end of the world as we know it, and the next minute I was wondering about women that pay for sex.  Odd.

Anyway, I climbed out of the tub and wrote about 10K of an as-yet-to-be-titled contemporary novella that explored the story of a young woman desperate enough to hire a gigolo, and a man desperate enough to become one for the night.  Not sure when I’ll release it, but probably within the next month or so.

I’m still taking title suggestions, so chime in!  Here’s a blurb:

After a lifetime of isolation caring for her eccentric, chronically ill father in the middle of nowhere, Erin James suddenly finds herself extremely wealthy, but utterly alone.  Her attempts to date are disastrous as she realizes that not only does she have no idea how to talk to men, but most of them only want her for her money. Determined to give herself the physical experiences she’s missed out on, she decides to use her new wealth to hire an escort – no messy emotional entanglements, no embarrassment over her lack of experience. Unsure where to find such a person, she turns to her sympathetic lawyer for advice. Luckily, she seems to know just the right man…

Henry Warren would do anything to keep his ranch afloat, but he’s out of credit and he’s running out of time, with people depending on him. When his lawyer offers an outrageous suggestion – one night with a reclusive client of hers, he’s just desperate enough to agree. He doesn’t expect to find a sweet, funny young woman hot enough to drop him to his knees.

When one night isn’t enough for either of them, Erin proposes a deal that could save Henry’s ranch forever, but will the money that brought them together wind up tearing them apart?