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Real or Not So Real by Brenda Whiteside

ImageWhen it comes to the setting in a story, do you prefer an imaginary place or the real thing? To date, all my stories have taken place in real cities. I’ve had to change the names of hotels and restaurants, but I still pattern them after the real places. I have a friend who writes paranormal. What I like about her books, well one of the things I like, is her fantasies take place in real places. Kind of fun to imagine vampires walking next to me on the streets where I live! So how about you, real or imaginary places?

I’m celebrating my latest release, The Art of Love and Murder, book one in the Love and Murder Series. Leave a comment and be entered for a free eBook of my exciting romantic suspense.

Momentarily struck dumb by his eye color, she stared back. Why hadn’t she noticed until now? Although not as light as hers or her father’s, the professor’s eyes were a startling green shade.
His hand nudged her arm. “Lacy?”
She jumped. “Oh, yes.” She slipped the tissue from the half-carved wolf. Another glance at his eyes and goose bumps riddled her arms.
He lifted the wood close to his face, using both hands as if handling a delicate hummingbird. His thumb traced the neck of the creature to the juncture of where it emerged from the wood. When he brought the piece to his nose, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, Lacy wanted to turn away from the oddly erotic gesture.
He swallowed, opened his eyes and set the wolf back on the tissue. His attention shifted to the photograph of the chest. He touched the photo, a smile on his lips. “Where is the chest?”
The chest. Like he knew it, had seen it before. “I’m having it sent. You’ve seen it before?”
He didn’t move, stared out the window as if deep in thought. “I’d like to show you something, Lacy.”
“All right.” She waited, watching his profile.
He turned and stared into her face a moment. “You’re so very lovely. A creation full of life and passion, surpassing any art form.”
His hypnotic voice floated on the classical strains drifting from the living room. She couldn’t speak. Didn’t know what to say. She’d been lifted upon a pedestal of admiration. With any other man, she might consider his words a means to a sexual end. The professor’s intentions, however, were crystal. He admired her like a work of art.

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  1. I set some of my books in southern Ohio, where I live, but I use made up restaurants, etc. I even made up sports teams. I have other books that I set in a small fictional town in Maine. I love real and imainary settings.

    • Brenda Whiteside says:

      Interesting, Nancy. One of these times, I’ll have to imagine the perfect little (and I’d want it small) town to set a romantic suspense. I think between the mountains and the ocean.

  2. sydney2u says:

    My Susan Edwards historicals are set in real places but back in time and not the same as those places are now. I like that as it gives the writer a certain amount of creative license. My erotica’s are contemps so I have to pay attention to details.

  3. rbooth43 says:

    Love reading your books, and THE ART OF LOVE AND MURDER sounds like a winner!

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