Behind The Scenes with The Amethyst Desire Collection (pt 1)
Updated: Jul 31
I have loved writing the Amethyst Desire Collection. The stories are either paranormal to contemporary, all kinds of couples. Of course the stories are all adult content with varying degrees of eroticism. That little stone necklace sure makes it around.
Vol 1, The whole thing started with Raynia’s Magic a M/M/F and at times a M/F/M ménage contemporary story. Raynia walked across stage in Dragon Guardian as a customer that Caleb waited on in the beginning of the book. Raynia was strong enough that she needed her own story. Almost simultaneously I ran across an Amethyst pendant in a shop. I picked up the stone and instantly saw a scene with Raynia. The stone spent quite some time with her. The description was Fall turned to winter and winter to spring. So we are in the springtime when the stone returns to the shop, Salynne’s Crystals and Thyme.
Raynia Castellano is drawn to purchase an amethyst pendant as an impulse buy but not before the clerk assures Raynia the magic is in the woman, not the necklace that seems to call to her. And given Raynia has just left an adulterous ex-husband and has recently settled into a law practice with her oh so sexy and oh so apparently gay law partners, surely a little magic is required.
Vol 2 Beverly’s Secret came out of a what if? question. What if when Raynia returned the stone, the clerk accidentally slipped it in her pocket and unintentionally took it home? What ensued is a fun romp with a F/F love story in a contemporary setting. The time of year is spring.
Vol 3 Phoenix Reborn was a piece I’d worked on haphazardly with a previous girl friend Lisa. This is another fun F/F but a paranormal this time. It came from a cos-play experience that got twisted inside out. I really liked the two characters that ensued and didn’t know what to do with them. The Amethyst gave me a chance to bring them out into the open and share them with everyone. There was a teaser where you meet Tam at the end of Beverly’s Secret. She comes in the shop and purchases the stone for a gift. So our time table is spring going into summer. A note that their realtor in the story was Wyatt Andersen. He comes up as a main character in Austin's Surprise.
Vol 4 Shifter’s Legacy piggy backed with the male protagonist, Nathan making his cameo at the end of Phoenix Reborn. He comes into Salynne's looking for a gift for his wife. This is another M/F/M ménage story in a paranormal setting with wolf shape shifters. We see a hint to the season from Slades point of view talking about the weather, seasons were sliding into late fall and still furnace hot in Florida….
I love the way the stone is a little more mystical in the Paranormal stories and then less in the Contemporary ones. The stone becomes a character in the various story lines. Have you read any of The Amethyst Desire Collection? Which story calls to you?