Blurb: It’s In His Kiss
Who do you turn to when things go wrong?
Your best friend. Obviously.
Sephy King’s worked flat-out to make her new lingerie business a success, only there’s a tiny snag – the marketing photos for the launch party are a disaster.
Luke Jackson will help her, won’t he? They just need to strip off, model gorgeous, sexy underwear together and take more photos! So what if the stunning body he’s been hiding makes Sephy’s eyes pop out? And when he holds her, she suddenly wishes they were in her bedroom…alone? He’s her best friend.
Then Luke asks Sephy for a return favour: to pose as his fake fiancée to get his parents temporarily off his back. It’s a risky strategy – but she’s sure she can pull it off.
Until he kisses her…
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It’s In His Kiss is a standalone novel, but if your curiosity is spiked by the other Kings in the book, then you can read Sephy’s brother, Jared King’s story in Her Best Laid Plans and Sephy’s sister, Nora King’s story in The Love List
Blog post by Eve
Many years ago I worked in a public library and whenever I was filling out membership details I used to play a little game of guessing people’s names. I was hardly ever right (there are a lot of names out there!), but you work with the public long enough, you get to know people pretty well and so the times when I did guess right…total fist-pump/air-grab moment!
Working with people of all ages and from all cultures, I became fascinated by the popularity of some names – and also… how people tended to be like their name. Does that sound strange? For me, names, and even how that names sounds, produce certain images or feelings. Does that seem even stranger?
Now that I’m writing, one of my favourite parts in the plotting process is coming up with characters’ names. It usually happens really fast. And when I hit on the right one – that’s it – I can’t use that name for anyone else, even if I end up not writing that book.
There are baby name books or lists on the internet to help choose names and if I’m writing about a particular period in time I research to make sure I’m choosing something from that era. But anything in the present, well, anything goes and that’s when the personality of the character helps me choose the name…
Some of the characters’ names in It’s In His Kiss I chose two books ago and that’s why I’m so glad that snippets of their personality are infused into their names, because it helps me tap into who I’m writing about quickly.
Seraphina (Sephy) King: All I knew about Sephy King when I chose her name was that she and her brother and sister all had luscious, luxurious, come-from-money sounding names. Seraphina is the youngest of the three King siblings. I knew she was arty, unconventional, determined, proud, and a woman who is unconsciously sexy. The name Seraphina is derived from the biblical seraphim – the highest ranking angels who had six wings. It also means ardent and fiery – which perfectly sums up her character. By the time I came to write It’s In His Kiss, Sephy had all these wonderful plans to turn her passion into a business that would provide for her daughter, Daisy, and what better way of describing beautiful, almost angelic-looking lingerie, than using a derivative of seraphim/Seraphina and choosing Seraphic? It was one of those writing fairy-dust writing moments!
I also loved that when I shortened Seraphina to Sephy (because, let’s face it, usually it’s only our parents who call us by our full names), it introduced a touch of sweetness to soften the sexiness and make her more real and approachable.
Daisy King: I chose ‘Daisy’ because I felt Sephy would want a refreshingly simple, pretty name for her daughter and daisies are her favourite flower. Named after the day’s eye (because of their yellow centre), anyone with this name is usually very energetic! Check out Daisy’s antics in the book to see if she matches the description ;)
Luke Jackson: I chose the name Luke Jackson as the romantic lead for Sephy because I knew they were going to be friends first! ‘Luke’ isn’t an overtly showy name but does come from the Latin meaning ‘light’ and usually means someone who’s gently persuasive and a great leader. When Luke and Sephy form their friendship it’s at a time when Sephy doesn’t need any drama in her life – she needs someone loyal, kind, patient, and someone who will bring light into her life.
As I was figuring out Luke’s past I couldn’t stop thinking of the famous Star Wars: Luke, I am your father, and while Luke Jackson doesn’t have the same Luke Skywalker issues, if you read the book, you’ll find out how I snuck a few Star Wars things in :)