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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