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Relatively Honest

What was I thinking? Writing from a male, British, 18-year-old point of view, when I'm completely not any of those things?

Well, in my defense, I was once 18, and that's when I dreamed up Daniel Revelstoke and began writing about him. I stole his last name from the swashbuckling-sounding name of a small town in British Columbia, which we drove through once on a family vacation. I made him English, because then his accent and tousled Cambridge-student-ish hair would make him instantly hot. I gave him a zeal (and a talent) for attracting and seducing girls. And, of course, I made him fall in love and change his ways--while dealing him some payback for those broken hearts and white lies in the past.

Nearly all women, young and old, are soft on the Don Juan character--or the Casanova, or ladies' man, or whichever label you prefer. Why? Because they're good at charming us females, of course! Naturally we can't hate them altogether when they're so good at buttering us up. But we also want to be the one who changes the Casanova, the exception to his rule. It's a common romance trope, actually. But, darn it, it's huge fun to write and read, if you ask me.

I've lived with Daniel, and his co-stars Julie and Sinter, for half my life now, so the publication of this novel at long last is a momentous personal occasion, even if the book itself is still mostly a lightweight, if twisted, romantic comedy. Oh, it's not the same manuscript I scrawled when I was 18, not by any means. I weeded out the pointless, meandering scenes and the excessive girliness, and gave Daniel's voice a chance to sound at least halfway masculine. Upon the advice of actual English people, I upgraded his dialect so he sounded modern and not like a character from a 1940s movie. (I used "bloody" instead of "damned," for example.) I cranked up the tension throughout, as well as the comedy, and toned down the soppiness. And I ended up loving my Don Juan more than ever in the process. I hope you do too. (And his roommate Sinter--oh, some days I love Sinter even more. He'll get his own novel before long. I just have to go in and revise *that* one from basement to ceiling.)

RELATIVELY HONEST is due out as an ebook on September 15--one more week. Comment here and you'll be entered to win a signed ebook, your choice of format. I'll be giving away three of them. Good luck!


( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 7th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
:) Enter me in the draw, please.
Sep. 15th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Random number generator picks you! Please email me with choice of format (PDF, Epub, or Mobi), and we'll get you hooked up! Hurray!
Sep. 15th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
P.S. Use writerofirony(at)earthlink(dot)net :)
Jodie O'Toole
Sep. 7th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to read it!
Sep. 7th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Ooh, sounds like fun!
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Me me me! I am trying to be less of a sucky reader/friend, and I'm actually reading What Scotland Taught Me right now! (Well. Right NOW I am writing this comment. *snickers*) Loving it lots, so I look forward to your new-to-us one! :D
Sep. 8th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying it, and no worries about the length of the reading list--mine is ridiculously long, and I know a lot of writers, so it only keeps getting longer. Almost impossible to keep up with everyone in a timely fashion. Cheers, as they say over there.
Sep. 7th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
YAY for a new book!
Sep. 8th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Pick me! Pick me!
I just recently read The Ghost Downstairs, and a while ago read What Scotland Taught Me, and enjoyed both very much. Can't wait to read this one too!
Sep. 8th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Congratulations, hon! This is great news :)
Sep. 8th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
I can't wait to read it again, I loved it the first time and I'm sure I'll love it even more now...especially Sinter. :)
Sue Fondrie
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
New book
I'm on a winner's roll this year, so I thought I'd try for your book, Molly. At least there's a tangible object associated with this one....

Sue Fondrie
Sep. 8th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: New book
Well, tangible only in an ebook sense, but yeah. And if you win this one, I promise not to call you "the worst writer in the world" in association with the win. :) Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're enjoying the attention (or that it has died down, if you weren't enjoying it).
Julia Averbeck
Sep. 8th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
I would love to get one. I thought "What Scotland taught me" was great and I would love to read more of Molly's stuff.
Sep. 8th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice
Super! Thanks so much, Julia!
Sep. 9th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, please enter me to win! And you'll have to tell me how you're signing ebooks. I'm intrigued!

Cyndi Tefft
Sep. 10th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Send me a reminder when your book comes out, and I'll blog about it. And what a cool name - Daniel Revelstoke. That is a swashbuckling-good name. Doralynn
Sep. 10th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Sign me up!
Sep. 10th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
(Insert entry here for Lois!)
Sep. 10th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Molly. Sounds like a great read and I would love to win a copy.
Sep. 10th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Something for free?
Not Facebook|Twitter|Livejournal|... implies Anonymous? Oh well, Joan wanted me to enter so I am doing my best. The shock of What Scotland Taught Me is still seared in my memory so I only hope it has prepared me for Relatively Honest. How is it possible to be *Relatively* Honest? Guess I'll find out! -Lynn
Sep. 15th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Something for free?
Random number generator picks you! Please email me with choice of format (PDF, Epub, or Mobi), and we'll get you hooked up! Hurray!
Sep. 10th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
I've enjoyed both of your books which I've read so far. And I like free things. Hence, I comment.
Sep. 11th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
Enter me please :)
Super excited to read this book
Patricia Aude
Sep. 11th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Enter me please :)
Super excited to read this book - heres me blowing on the dice for luck - come on lucky number 7 ;)
Sep. 15th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Enter me please :)
Random number generator picks you! Please email me with choice of format (PDF, Epub, or Mobi), and we'll get you hooked up! Hurray!
Maeve Frazier
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
Hi Molly - Congrats on the new book! I finished 'The Ghost Downstairs' - I LOVED IT! I can't wait to blog about it on my blog! Such a great story. I'll touch base with you before I do.

p.s. I want to let you know that I have a blog award for you on my blog.
J.L. Campbell
Sep. 13th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Molly,

I hopped over here from another blog only to find out that you're releasing another book. Well done!
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