Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway: Author of Dead Sexy, Paige Tyler - How I came up with the story of Dead Sexy

Thank you so much for having me on your blog!
Readers often ask me how I come up with ideas for my books, so I thought I'd give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at how I came up with my paranormal romance DEAD SEXY.
First, I need to share a little something with you. My hubby and I love zombie movies, from the George Romero gems to Shaun of the Dead and everything in between, including Walking Dead and one of my favorite movies, Warm Bodies.
Well, if you've ever seen a zombie movie (or even you haven't), you know the creatures aren't the heroes of the film (except in Warm Bodies, of course). I mean, how can they be, right? They're all dead and decayed and downright unattractive, not to mention pretty damn scary. Which is why you can imagine my surprise when my hubby suggested I write a romance about a zombie hero. I was like, you're kidding, right? What woman in her right mind would fall in love with a dead guy? No way could that possibly work, or so I thought.
Turns out, my hubby wasn't kidding. In fact, he started working up ideas for the story.
"The hero doesn't have to be a zombie all the time," he told me. "Think outside the box—take a little literary license!"
Okay, I thought. I suppose I could be open-minded.
My hubby told me that in his out-of-the-box world, the hunky hero got cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess and only turns into a zombie sometimes. It's the worst part of the curse—he never knows when it’s coming.
"I'm listening," I said.
"And when he does go zombie, he doesn't have to be like the kind in the movies," my hubby added. "Well, he has to look like one, you know all dead and stuff, but he doesn't have to be a mindless creature or attack humans or eat anything gross."
So, brains are completely out, thank goodness!
"The hero can be a hunk—think Jensen Ackles or Jared Padalecki. (Yes, my hubby knows I've got a thing for the Supernatural hunks! And he's willing to use that to his advantage.)
I thought about that for a minute. "So, the hero's dead, but he's still sexy, is that what you're saying?”
"Exactly," he said, giving me a grin as my eyes lit up with understanding.
By that point, my hubby had pretty much sold me on the idea. So, I ran with it and ended up with a full-length novel that I think is one of the best I've written yet. It also finaled in the EPIC Awards and got a ton of glowing reviews. I was thrilled and my hubby walked around for a week with a smug I-told-you-so look on his face.
Now that I've revealed the story behind the story, I hope you can't wait to read about the tortured hero and the woman who falls in love with him as much as I can't wait to for you to read it!


Can her love save him from a curse worse than death?
Romance author Simone Kent thinks she might just have found the most perfect guy in all of New York City - in bed and out.
But Drake Parrish is about as far from perfect as any man can get. Eight years ago, he was cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess to live part of his life as a zombie. Since then, he has lived like a recluse on New York’s Upper East Side, afraid to go out for fear he’ll suddenly turn into one of the walking dead.
The sex is the hottest either of them has ever experienced and Simone discovers just how naughty she can be with Drake, while he finds himself feeling things for Simone he hasn’t felt in a very long time. When the Voodoo priestess learns of their relationship, however, she comes after him again. She's determined he won't have a future with Simone, even if that means killing both him and the woman he loves.


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Kimberly Mayberry said...

I want this book! It looks so yummy to read!!

Paige Tyler said...

Thanks so much for having me on your blog!


Brenda Wheeler said...

Love Dead Sexy and if you haven't read this book then you are so missing out! Don't think of this story as your everyday zombies that you are currently hearing or reading about, cause you will be wrong. This book will amaze & thrill you in a very good way!!! :)

Paige Tyler said...

Kimberly- Yay! Thank you so much! If you pick it up, let me know how you like it!

Brenda - Thank you so much! I'm so glad you loved it!


Sebella Blue said...

If you haven't fallen in love with Blake yet, just read one of his interviews. He is such a broken hero, and wants redemption so badly. He melts me.

Paige Tyler said...

Sebella - Yay! So glad you're in love with Drake already! If you pick up DEAD SEXY, let me know how you like it!