Monday, 7 July 2014

Special Guest, Sommer Marsden!

Do You Spy on Your Friends?

I do! Thank God for Facebook. I mean, there are times when you don’t travel. Like right now, for me, travel is laughable. But I’m lucky enough (and yes, a wee jealous, heh) to have friends who travel. In particular I have two friends who travel often, to amazing places, and both are constantly posting stunning photos because they rock the photography, if you ask me. Their posts range from images one could easily find in a nature mag to pics that could be the next cover of a gritty noir novel.

So yeah, a little jealous. Of the travel and the talent packed into one couple. Davida Gypsy Brier and William Patrick Tandy don’t just do photos. They write. They also edit, publish and pimp ‘zines. They attend events, meet the masses, sell their publications. They…well, they exhaust me. But in a good way and they’ve unknowingly helped me more than once with a destination that might be in my mind only as a dull, gray, vague blobbish thing.

It was while writing Poster Boy for Average that I realized what a true garden of opportunity their photos were for me. I never used a single photo alone. What I did was flip through endless beautiful photos to give me a mental map of the place I was sending my main character Aubrey. Lucky Aubrey is an indie photographer and an indie cover designer. I suspect I decided to write Aubrey’s travel to Key West because, quite frankly, I couldn’t travel. There are perks to being a writer. You can vacation in your mind if you’re desperate enough.

Spying on your friends can be a wonderful and beneficial thing if you know how to do it right. They can give you insight and internal vision into things, people, animals and places you’d never have had otherwise. And the price is zilch.

When I sent Aubrey to her photo shoot in Key West, I could close my eyes and flip through a rolodex of images I’d witnessed as shots were posted in one of Davida and Pat’s amazing journeys. And since Key West seems to be a favorite place they visit, there are years of those shots stored in my head. And if I forgot…well, that’s what the Facebook photo albums were for—I get to write my spying off as “work”.

For more about Aubrey and her love story with Mike visit Ellora’s Cave or your favorite online vendor.

For more about Davida Gypsy Breier visit Leeking Inc. and for more about William Patrick Tandy visit Eight Stone Press.

For more about me visit Unapologetic Fiction, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. 



Indie photographer and book cover artist Aubrey Singleton is living up to her last name. A long summer at the lake has cured her of her recent breakup, and she’s embracing life as a single woman. What she’s not prepared for is to come back home to find she has a handsome new single neighbor.

Mike Sykes is a roofer—though he’s afraid of heights—a father of two and recently divorced. Oh and one might classify him as smoking hot.

The photographer in Aubrey is smitten, the single woman in her is breathless. She’s ready to make Mike a star—on book covers and, though she’s wary of a broken heart, in her life. He’s not so sure. Mike sees himself as a life complication due to his younger son’s illness, and not hot by a long shot. In fact, he thinks he’s the poster boy for average.

But a “business” trip to Key West, rife with hunky models, sets a backdrop for a shot at true love…



Professional dirty word writer, gluten free baker, sock addict, fat wiener dog walker, expert procrastinator. Called "one of the top storytellers in the erotic genre" by Violet Blue, Sommer Marsden writes for HarperCollins Mischief, Ellora's Cave, Excessica, Xcite Books and Resplendence Publishing. She's the author of numerous erotic novels including Lost in You, Restricted Release, Boys Next Door, Restless Spirit, and Learning to Drown. Visit


  1. Sommer, thanks so much for being a Brit Babes guest today.

    I know what you mean about seeing beautiful pictures on Facebook and being inspired, or in fact seeing lovely location shots anywhere and it is definitely a perk of the job to be able to travel to these places in your head when you write (I've just been to the Canadian Rockies in the middle of winter!)

    I LOVED Poster Boy for Average, it's a great novel and the scenes in Key West were great, it was the perfect place for Aubrey to go. I highly recommend this book to anyone reading this who enjoys contemporary erotic romance, it's a real page turner.

    Lily x

  2. Thanks Sommer! Great post. I think I'm a little bit in love with Mile already xx

  3. Ahhh - the spy - brilliant - thank for sharing your scene secrets Sommer <3
    Yes, it's lovely to be carried on a journey around the world while sitting at your desk isn't it? x x


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