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A Manhattan Ten Christmas

It’s Christmas week!

I posted my ridiculous Christmas list in my weekly blog over at Ink Monster, and my Manhattan Ten heroines were super jealous of all the stuff I’m getting this year…especially that basketball-sized Lindt truffle.

Shopping for a superheroine can be daunting (capes? masks? Lycra?) but my girls are pretty practical with their wish-lists. They all need gear to get through the day.

Have a look!  Maybe you’ll pick up a few last-minute ideas for the superheroines in your life : )

 

Jenny's Christmas List
Jenny appreciates the balance between sexy and lazy. She’s equally up for a night at the clubs or a night on the couch. This year, she’s hoping to find some Agent Provacateur under the tree, along with this sweet pizza onesie. MAC rebel (obviously) is needed for kissing on the job, and she’s hoping Tank will treat her to some fancy food giftcards for her favorite ramen and cupcake joints now that she’s officially a New Yorker.

Ivory's Christmas List
Ivory can’t feel the cold, but she loves her creature comforts. She’s always in the market for new boots that fit her Amazon-sized feet and snow-flake inspired jewelry. Some new passport covers and plushie snow friends round out this wish-list, along with steaks in serious bulk. She and Pan are intensely carnivorous, and work up their appetites fighting crime.

Belle's Christmas List
Belle is one practical ballerina. She needs new warm-up booties, legwarmers, and pointe shoe glue…and she’ll use them every day. She’s also hoping for some mason glass drinking jars (just like home!) and a new speaker system so she can have more portable dance practices.

Angel's Christmas List
Angel just wants to stay organized this year. She needs new pens and notebooks to keep it together in the office. At home, she’s looking for a few cute throws, and a new phone case (Trina Turk FTW). Plus a new perfume–anything with notes of jasmine!

Junglecat Honeymoon Pre-Orders!

It’s a busy fall around here and lots of projects are brewing. Manhattan Ten #4 (Angel’s story!) is almost finalized and the cover’s coming at you soon. In the meantime, JUNGLECAT HONEYMOON is now available for pre-order. This free short story is #3.5 in the cycle, so there are a few spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books. But check it out–you know a superhero wedding won’t be boring!

Junglecat Honeymoon (Manhattan Ten, #3.5) by Lola Dodge
 

Meet the family? Try surviving the family.

The Manhattan Ten, Book 3.5

Since that fateful airline flight where Ivory met her mate, she has struggled to control her ice powers. But on her wedding day, she has it all: an adoring panther-shifter husband, a pack of superhero friends, and a level of happiness she never imagined was possible.

Until she meets her mother-in-law.

Instead of waking up from a blissful wedding night at Panther’s side, Ivory wakes from a drug-induced haze, alone in the middle of a strange jungle. Mommy dearest has dropped her in South America, forcing Ivory into a twisted test of her worth. If she doesn’t measure up to the tribe’s standards, the marriage won’t be acknowledged.

Although Ivory loves a fight, she’s not into war games. Especially when victory might entail killing her new brother-in-law in an honor duel. But with her future on the line, holding back isn’t an option.

 

The cover of M10: Unlikely Beginnings, a superhero romance anthology | www.loladodge.com
Plus, get ready for the print Manhattan Ten anthology, coming at you next month!!

Now I’m headed to Los Angeles for a few days to meet with my Ink Monster friends. Can’t wait to do some brainstorming and get inspired for the projects in the pipeline. One of these days I’ll even finish my New Adult novel!

Writing Superheroes

I recently finished a short story for my Manhattan Ten series (FREE SOON…details later!). You would think writing a short story would be easier than a novella or novel, but not necessarily.

It made me really bored.

Boredom is never a good sign when you’re writing. Why will anyone else think the story’s interesting if you don’t? After soul-searching, chocolate, and possibly some rum & colas, I figured out the problem.

Too many super powers.

Poor Ivory was skating through the woods, freezing trees and kicking ass and everything was WAY too easy. The problem with super powers it that they’re super fun to write, but a powerful hero doesn’t have much trouble dispatching the average baddie.

Even if you're the Chosen One, you don't get to do whatever you want (Chill, Harry).

The trick is taking away the hero/heroine’s advantage and challenging him/her in a way that their powers can’t help. As soon as I figured out how to do that to Ivory, BAM. Story finished.

I do know better. I really, really do, but every first draft, it’s too tempting to play with the powers. I’ll have some cool deleted scenes to post someday…but they’ll only  be scenes, and not part of a meaningful story.

Without a challenge, there isn’t a story.

Out of Order

I did a bad thing.

I wrote the Manhattan Ten series out of order.

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Retrospectively, this was stupid, and I would probably be irritated if an author I liked pulled the same thing. The problem is when I wrote Temptress, I had no idea this wacky experiment was going to turn into a series. At that point, I wrote exclusively YA, and I though a romance superhero project sounded like fun. Jenny was my first heroine, and the world evolved around her.

As I was writing, I started thinking more and more about the crew. Everything began at a bachelor party, so who was Panther’s lady? And why are all these hot superheroes still single? It spiraled out of control.

Mind you, there were no sex scenes, and there were never going to be any, because I am a prim creature at heart. Then my editor reminded me that it was romance, and suddenly I became a romance writer.

How did that happen?

The more I thought about how the series, the more I thought I needed to tell Ivory’s story NOW. I had to write the past before we continued into the future and I didn’t want wait until five books in to hop back in time.

My bad.

If you like to read chronologically, start with Ivory. If you want to read in the release order, start with Temptress.

And I PROMISE I will never write out of order again!

Ivory Contest Winners!

This is much belated, but I’m happy to introduce the winners of my Ivory release giveaway! Special congrats to Tanya, the winner of the Amazon gift card. Thanks to everyone who entered : )

I’ve been busy with a million and one projects. I’m tweaking Manhattan Ten #3 (but it’s finished!) and just started a full-length project that I’m super excited about. I have to write it FAST so that I can talk about it with all of you. I’m trying!!

I don’t really have a content-appropriate image, so here’s a baby with puppies. We can all use a smile : )

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