October 21, 2014

An Immovable Object, An Irresistible Force: a guest post by Jassy de Jong, author of "Drowning"

An Immovable Object, An Irresistible Force
by Jassy de Jong 

When I think about the inspiration for my erotic romance Drowning, I can’t help comparing the storyline to the saying “What happens when an immovable object meets an irresistible force?”

Let’s imagine you’re a young, attractive woman traveling in the South African bushveld when a flash flood washes your car off a bridge and you almost drown. You awaken to find yourself stranded on a luxury estate belonging to a handsome, charming billionaire who also happens to be the man who saved your life. The attraction between you is immediate, and it isn’t long before he offers you an indecent proposal – to enter into a hot, passionate sexual relationship, playing by your rules in bed and out of it, until the bridge is rebuilt and you are able to leave. That proposal is the irresistible force.

Now for the immovable object – you’re newly married, wedded to a high-profile celebrity photographer after a whirlwind courtship. You’re faithful by nature and determined to stick to your vows, no matter what temptation comes your way.

So far, it’s looking easy, right? Just keep saying no for a few days until you’re out of there. Not difficult at all… until you consider the complicating factor.

Your husband is turning out to be a jealous, abusive egotist. He’s been crushing you emotionally and you already carry scars and bruises from the physical hurt he’s inflicted. While you were with him every day it was difficult to gain perspective on the situation… you were too busy trying to placate him. But thanks to your enforced separation due to the flooding, you’re beginning to realize the extent of his vile behavior, and how it’s been affecting you. And, worse still, because you can’t get back to him, he’s already accusing you of cheating on him, even though you haven’t… yet.

How would you cope with this dilemma? What emotional and moral decisions would you end up making? Where would you turn in this pressure-cooker of a romantic conflict, as you try desperately to contain your feelings and keep control of the situation until, inevitably, the top blows off?

Those are the questions I asked my heroine, and that’s the situation she was faced with in Drowning. Would I have made the same choices as her? I don’t know. Would you?

Jassy de Jong was inspired to write her first novel, Random Violence, after getting hijacked at gunpoint in her own driveway.  She has written several other thrillers including Stolen Lives and The Place for Fallen Horses. De Jong also edits a hair and beauty magazine.  She lives in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg with her partner Dion, two horses and two cats. 

About Drowning: Sensuous but stifled New York City photographer Erin Mitchell thinks going to South Africa on assignment will be the perfect getaway. But when a flash flood washes away Erin’s vehicle and she is stranded at a luxury safari lodge, Erin’s romantic working vacation takes an interesting turn. She awakens from her near-drowning and meets her rescuer, Nicholas—hot and brilliant, successful and caring—not at all like her abusive husband. At Leopard Rock in the steamy South African heat, Erin faces the toughest choices of her life. Nicholas is ripped, he's smart and he's "no strings attached." The question of whether to give in or not to give in drowns Erin’s senses as she struggles with two impossible goals: ignore the exquisite physical charms of her host, and conceal every last detail whenever her controlling husband calls. On the other side, Nicholas faces impossible choices of his own, as his bon vivant playboy lifestyle may just possibly collide with feelings more powerful than lust.

Erotic. Exotic. Wild. Drowning sizzles in the African heat as one woman is stretched to the breaking point by the strength of her vows and the intensity of her seething primal desires.

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