Tease Me Tuesday

Have you gotten your hands on PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS yet?

I sure hope so! :love

But in case you need a little more persuasion to pick up the first book in my “Project: Passion” fashionista mini-series, I thought I would share some behind-the-scenes trivia from Lily & Nigel’s story… :peekaboo

The hero of PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS is named Nigel Statham…  “Nigel” after sexy former judge Nigel Barker from America’s Next Top Model & “Statham” after one of Mistress Heidi‘s favorite Dungeon hotties, of course—Jason Statham.  Oh, yeah…how can you not want to be all over a hero based on those two hunk-a-doodles?

Somewhere within the pages of PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS is a “walking dead” reference.  Pretty sure you can figure out where I got that, since The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows.  But I’ll leave you to spot it on your own.

While writing by hand, I referred to one of the secondary characters in PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS as “Mr. F.”  Which reminded me of an episode of Arrested Development where Charlize Theron’s character wore a bracelet with “MRF” on it.  Everybody thought it was a name—Mr. F.—but it really turned out to be an abbreviation for something else.  Bonus points if you know what it was!  (It’s a little offensive, which is why I’m not including it here, but I’ll tell you if you really want me to.)

Another secondary character from PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS is named Bella.  This is not in any way, shape, or form a reference to the Twilight books/movies.  No, no, no, no, no! :dislike   This is actually a reference to my very own beautiful baby girl, who is named Grisabella (from the musical CATS).  I wanted her to have a really pretty, fancy name in case I one day decide to use her in a spin-off story or addition to the “Project: Passion” mini-series.

At one point in the story, Nigel & Lily jet off to Miami, Florida.  While there, Lily sheds her straightlaced, professional wardrobe for something a little more appropriate to the sun & surf.  Those outfits were totally inspired by Uli’s creations on Project Runway, Season 3.

When I first pitched the “Project: Passion” mini-series to my Harlequin Desire editor, I knew what I wanted all three sisters’ names to be—Lily, Juliet, & Zoe.  But, I’d originally planned for Zoe to be the name of the heroine in PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS.  Lily’s personality & characteristics were always in my head exactly as they come across in the story, I’d simply been calling her Zoe.  But then I realized I really wanted to call Zaccaro Fashions’s line of shoes “Dazzle” & I thought it looked so much cooler as “daZZle” with two capital Zs that stood for Zoe Zaccaro.  So I quickly switched the names around, making PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS‘s heroine Lily instead.  And can I just say that it suits her so much better!

So there you go—now you know all my little while-writing, where-I-got-this-or-that secrets.  Hope it adds an extra layer of fun to your reading experience. :flutter

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5 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Donna A says:

    Loved it! Read it in one sitting. I really liked Nigel and Lily.

    • Heidi says:

      Wow, that is totally not the type of comment I expected to find to this post, but I LOVE IT! :love Thank you, thank you—you’ve totally put a smile on my face. :kissmeirish

  2. Ana Carolina says:


    You are amazing!

    PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS is an awesome book!

    I’m sure it’s already a huge success!!


    • Heidi says:

      Again—WOW! What a great way to start the day. :peekaboo

      Thank you so much. You’re both such fast readers! But I’m delighted to hear you sat down with Nigel & Lily so quickly & loved their story as much as I did. :flutter

      And thank you for taking the time to pop in & let me know! :love

  3. Laura J. says:

    Gonna be good and not read it until I’m on the bus. Okay…so there is another book I picked up to read while waiting for this one that I’m rushing through to finish so by the time I actually get on the bus then I will be done. (fyi–current read is good, but not near as good as the one I’m anticipating :flutter which could be why I’m rushing to get through it).

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