Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Research & Release

 Prolific Word-Whore @jeffekennedy has another book out this week. This one's a contemporary erotic romance and the second in her FALLING UNDER eBook series.


Amber Dolors knows better than to get involved with her boss. Devastatingly handsome in his sharp suits and sexy beyond belief, he possesses an air of command that fuels her darkest fantasies. But she's worked too hard to get this job, and keeping it will lead to a brilliant future. She won't cross that line—even if his way of giving orders and demanding her best performance gives her delicious warm shivers.

Alexander Knight prides himself on his integrity and self-discipline. After all, he hasn't risen to the position he enjoys by indulging his whims over ambition. He also isn't blind. He's certainly noticed his sharp, young assistant is hot as hell. His self-imposed sexual hermitage doesn't stop him from watching her. And endlessly fantasizing.

The day Alec's cool reserve cracks and Amber catches a glimpse of something simmering beneath his apparent indifference is the day everything between them changes. Alec gives her what she's been looking for sexually—as masterful in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom. He finds himself in the grip of an affair that tests even his boundaries, while Amber's new role as willing student pushes them both past any consideration other than mutual longing.

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I write High Fantasy. I still have to do research.  Even the most bizarre fantasy has some hooks in a common reality; otherwise, readers couldn't engage with the story and wouldn't be able to relate to the characters. In Larcout, my upcoming release, here's a short list of things I had to research:

  • Armor (my editor and I went round about bevor vs gorget being the more recognizable piece).
  • Gemstones
  • Rocks and their formations
  • Proper address for royalty and its variances across Courts 
  • Whether it's "Courts" or "courts"
  • Vomiting
  • Dying
  • Effects of Poisons
  • Regional and Ethnic Names

Some of that research made it into the book. Less of the research made it past the many, many edits.  Lots and lots of that research never hit the page.


The danger of research is getting lost in it, losing too much precious time to it, and exploring one too many rabbit holes. It's still necessary. I'll be bold enough to state that it is necessary regardless of genre.

I've a bookmark folder titled "references."  Here are five randomly chosen sources, should they be of use:

  1. The SCA: Research and Resource Links: http://www.sca.org/links/misc.html
  2. Welsh-English Dictionary: http://www.geiriadur.net/ 
  3. The 26 Stages of Death: http://www.anomalies-unlimited.com/Death/Stages.html
  4. 10 Things Writers Don't Know About The Woods: http://dankoboldt.com/things-writers-know-woods/
  5. The International Colored Gemstone Association: http://gemstone.org/


  1. Heh - I totally researched titles and royal forms of address for Twelve Kingdoms, too. I could have given you my spreadsheet!

    Thanks for the pimpage, darling ~blows kisses~