Today we welcome erotic romance author Liz Everly to That’s What I’m Talking About…
LIKE HONEY is the third book in SAFFRON NIGHTS, my erotic romantic suspense series. After setting my first book (SAFFRON NIGHTS) all over the world, and my second (CRAVINGS) in Ecuador and St. Lucia, I decided on a Scotland honey farm for my the next book.
Unfortunately I didn’t travel to Scotland to write the story. My research for LIKE HONEY consisted of reading books,websites, and interviewing a beekeeper in Scotland. One of my favorite books out of all that I read was “Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey–The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World” written by a non-fiction writer, Holley Bishop, who became obsessed enough to get her own bees.
For my romance, I didn’t need to go into in-depth descriptions about how hives are built and hive-society works, and so on. But reading as much as I can about it helped to inform the story. For example, in doing this research, I’ve become enamored with skeps, those round straw-built hives and gave one of my character’s a little antique collection of them. These little details are one of many that helped to give characters depth. And I needed a more than a basic understanding about honey—after all the story is set around large honey business in Scotland.
My main female lead, Jennifer, inherits a country farm in Scotland. At first I thought I might set it in France. But France, with its perfect climate and upscale culinary appetite, was a bit too easy for my beekeeping adventure. Scotland is fraught with weather adventures that challenge beekeepers. The more challenge the better.
So Scotland it is. And while France has a sex-appeal, Scotland is much more alluring and more sexy to me. Something about those highlands and the rugged wild nature of parts of Scotland that just makes my insides sit up and take notice. So to speak.
My lead male character, Gray, is American by birth, but has deep Scottish roots. He’s an undercover operative, hired to keep an eye on Jennifer’s farm. But as far as she knows, he’s just a master beekeeper—and a sexy one at that.
I dug around a bit about Scottish country living and have even picked the kind of house Jennifer lives in. (If you follow me on Pinterest, I’ve got a research board full of gorgeous photos of Scotland.)
I also have a friend who lives in Scotland. She’s filled me in on things like the weather, how long the daylight hours are, and just how difficult it would be to have sex outdoors in most places in Scotland. Grin. The important stuff, dontchya know.
One of these days, I hope to be able to travel to the places I write about. The few times I’ve actually done that have turned out well. But, for now, I rely on personal connections, books, interviews, and the Internet. What kind of setting do you like to read about?
About Like Honey
Wanted: A Hot Honey of a Man
Love brought Jennifer D’Amico to Scotland, but it’s honey that makes her stay. Her honey farm is all the beautiful widow has left of her brief marriage. All she needs is a master beekeeper to get the flailing business back on track. What she gets is Grayson McGhilly, a boldly sexy stranger who knows his honey–almost as well as he knows how to bring Jennifer to the brink of passion.
From the moment Gray lays eyes on Jennifer, he’s hooked, mind and body. But his mission isn’t just to savor every succulent inch of her, but to keep her from harm. For Gray isn’t just a beekeeper, but an undercover agent investigating criminal activity at her farm. And now he’ll do just about anything to keep the sweet and oh-so-satisfying Jennifer safe in his arms.