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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!

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!