Sara Humphreys - Does Size Matter?
I bet when you saw that headline your dirty little minds went right to the gutter. :-)
Ha! Sorry, not this post. I’m not referring to the size of a man…or those oh-so-fabulous man parts. This is about the ladies.
I’m not a small woman. I’ve struggled with my weight for my entire life and although I’m no longer considered plus-size…I’m still bigger than your average bear. As a reader, I enjoy reading about women that I can connect and identify with. With the encouragement of my editor, Deb Werksman, we made the conscious choice to make the heroine in Untouched (Book #2 AL) a plus-size model. To be very honest, in the original version of Unleashed (Book #1 AL), Kerry was a traditional model and Samantha’s best friend but Deb asked me, “Would you want to be best-friends with a super-model?”
Ummm. No. No, I wouldn’t.
After that editorial phone call, I rewrote Kerry’s character as a plus-size model instead of a human hanger. I’m so glad that we changed that because I think it makes her a woman that more women can relate to. Okay, I know most of us aren’t models of any kind… I’ll give you that. However, don’t we all struggle with some kind of insecurity? Kerry may be a model but she’s got insecurities just like the rest of us.
Kerry’s a model and admired around the world for her va-va-voom curves but she’s got a big-ass secret. She has the gift of second sight and when she touches another person she gets frightening visions and horrible pain. As a result, she’s lived a relatively lonely life…until she meets Dante.
I adore the idea of a drop-dead-sexy man falling head-over-heels in love with a full-figured woman. Most women aren’t a size two and very few of us look like we’ve been photo-shopped.
I hope that readers almost forget, after a while, that she’s plus-sized because her weight shouldn’t define her. It’s merely one aspect of who she is. Kerry’s funny, sarcastic, smart, witty and a fiercely loyal friend to Samantha. Just like all of us…her outward appearance should be the last thing anyone thinks about. I hope you’ll fall in love with her because of who she is, not what she looks like or what size jeans she wears.
I thought it would be fun to share an excerpt from Untouched that gives an example of what I’m talking about and gives you a peek at who Kerry is. In this scene, she’s checking into the hotel in New Orleans She’s down there for a photo shoot and Dante has been hired as her body guard. She doesn’t know about the shape-shifting Amoveo clans or that Dante is one of them. All she knows is that that his touch brings the glorious absence of pain and whispers of pleasure to come.
Once they stepped inside the hotel, Kerry breathed an audible sigh of relief. She stood in the large foyer, allowing the cool air to refresh both her body and mind. The damp Louisiana air outside still stuck to her body and Dante’s touch stuck to her soul. When he’d offered his hand to her she almost refused, but there was something in his eyes that put her at ease—a sense of longing that was all too familiar. She had wanted to find out if their previous encounter had been a fluke, and he had given her that very opportunity.
When her fingers touched his, the same delicious sensation spread over her skin. Her flesh immediately bathed in sweet honey. There was no pain. There was just exquisite sweetness. Thick and warm, it washed over her. The vision that accompanied it felt happily familiar as it flashed into her mind. Kerry wasn’t afraid to see it. On the contrary, she had been hoping to see it.
It was the fox. The same fox from her dream this afternoon.
Her nap on the plane had been the first time since the attack that she’d had a dream, opposed to a nightmare. The undisturbed sleep had rejuvenated her for the days ahead, but her curiosity about Dante was quickly becoming something of an obsession. Who could blame her? Anyone would be primed and ready after thirty years of pent-up sexual frustration.
Kerry waited for the desk clerk to complete her check- in and stole a look at Dante. He possessed a magnificent, albeit somewhat frightening, presence. He stood in front of a massive ivory column, turning his head almost imperceptibly, presumably tracking everyone in the room. His dark suit and entire demeanor were in stark contrast to the creamy white pillars and scrolled designs of the extravagant lobby. He held himself ramrod straight with his hands folded in front of him and had on those ridiculous mirrored sunglasses.
Kerry stifled a giggle.
He looked like a cross between The Terminator and a secret service agent—a really hot secret service agent. The man looked as though he had not an ounce of body fat under that suit. She suspected there was nothing under there but muscle and sinewy strength. A far cry from her own soft body, she mused. Model or not, she had insecurities like any other woman. Early in her career she’d tried to maintain that skinny, hanger-like body for modeling, but that just wasn’t in the cards. Once she embraced her fuller figure and her curves, things just started to pop.
She smiled. She’d like to pop Dante.
Heat crept up her cheeks at the memory of how blatantly she flirted with him at the airport. She had practically propositioned him, and by no means did she flirt like that with men. Ever. What was the point since it could never go anywhere?
Dante, however, was a different story entirely.
She couldn’t take her eyes off of him. Everything about him enticed her. He conducted himself in an almost regal manner. His confidence bordered on arrogance, but she sensed tenderness there as well, although she imagined that most people never saw it. She watched the muscles in his jaw clench, and even that flickering movement conjured up vivid images of what the rest of him must look like under that suit.
Her mind rapidly filled with all kinds of things she’d like to do with him. All those things she’d seen in movies and heard about from girlfriends, things she never ever thought she’d be able to do.
Until now. Meeting Dante had changed all the rules.
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UNTOUCHED BY SARA HUMPHREYS – IN STORES APRIL 2012
She should be seen, but never touched…
Kerry Smithson's modeling career ensures that she will be admired from afar, which is essential since mere human touch sparks blinding pain and terrifying visions.
Every good model needs a heavenly bodyguard…
Dante Coltari is hired to protect Kerry from those who know who she is—or more importantly what she is—and want her dead because of it. Nothing could have prepared him for the challenge of keeping her safe. But, strangely, his lightest touch brings her exquisite pleasure rather than pain, and Dante and Kerry have an otherwordly connection that might just pull them through.
“Red-hot love scenes punctuate a well-plotted suspense story that will keep readers turning pages as fast as they can.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives with her husband--who is very considerate of her double life--and four amazing boys, in Bronxville, New York. For more information, please visit http://sarahumphreys.com, Like her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Amoveo and follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/authorsara.