When I left it, it was at 65,000 words. For adult romantic suspense novels, the average wordcounts are usually between 80-100k. So I figure I've got another 20-30k left. Which, when I look through what still needs to be written, that seems about right.
For those of you who've read my work, you know it's steamy. I just don't know how else to write. I've never heard a complaint from a reader saying my work is too steamy. In fact, when I signed with my agent, he was raving about how sexy the YA that I signed with him was. And he didn't want me to tone it down. At all.
So a little about BURN ME - it's an adult romantic suspense about firefighters. There's lots of steam (LOTS) and lots of really great action sequences. Right now I'm doing research trying to make the action sequences more authentic. (And trying to put more plot in between the steamy scenes.) I've had a blast doing the research so far, which included visiting a Fire Training Academy, etc. I've got some really nice firefighters helping me out with the logistical questions. Who knew you couldn't actually see in a fire, because the smoke makes it pitch black?
Anyway - I've got two other WIP's waiting in the wings for when I finish writing BURN ME. And yes, those are YA. Apparently I have some strange fascination with firefighters that I have to get out of my system in order to move forward. Wonder what that's all about. ;)
For the most part, I think I'm going to stick with YA. That's where my heart lies. But sometimes it's fun to genre hop. But, I always will write stories with a romantic theme. Who can resist a boy meets girl story - regardless of the age group/etc. I know I can't.
Oh and remember that picture that inspired the whole story? If you don't here it is again: *Mischevious grin*
So next time you see a firefighter - tell him thanks for putting his life on the line for people he doesn't know. Maybe that's what attracts us girls to them. They are the modern equivalent to a knight in shining armor. Rescuing the damsel in distress from the fire-breathing dragon. It isn't the guy - but the concept of what he stands for that makes him so attractive.
On to the fun part:
For those of you who have stuck with me through the rambling about hunky firefighters - I've got a contest! Leave a comment and I will pick one random commenter for a ten-page manuscript critique.