"Janine" isn't actually my given name. But it still made me feel a bit weird (but in a totally good, flattered way) to find out that the protag Janine Archer, in Shanna Germain's new release from Mischief Books, Leather Bound, is named after me. Yes, this is official - Shanna has said she likes naming characters after writer friends!
Leather Bound is a post-50SoG BDSM romance, so right on the zeitgeist:
Janine Archer has everything she wants: a private house in the coolest part of town. A hot man to share her bed when she’s in the mood. And best of all, her dream job at Leather Bound, the bookstore that she co-owns with her best friend.Excerpts and info about Leather Bound
But when a beautiful man named Davian arrives at Leather Bound, looking for a book that doesn’t exist, Janine finds herself oddly compelled to track down the mysterious volume.
Perhaps it’s the book itself, with its compelling promise of sexuality. Or maybe it’s Davian himself, with his dark sensuality that pulls on Janine’s lust and heart with unexpected fierceness.
As Janine searches for the elusive book, other parts of her perfect life begin to change.
She discovers a sexual world she never knew existed, and follows its erotic lure into a secret underworld of submission and pleasure.
Janine in the book isn't herself based on me, of course. She's not a tattooed cherry-redhead (that's her lesbian friend/business colleague Lily) - she's brunette. She works in a bookshop (I used to work in a library). But she does wake up on page one next to a TOTALLY HOT guy with long hair and a GOATEE, so I am still pretty damn proud of my namesake - she hasn't done too badly for herself! (And that's before the mysterious Davian turns up, of course.)
And naturally, I'm going to repay the compliment. The next short story I've got lined up to be written is definitely going to feature a heroine called Shanna.
Shanna the vampire hunter ...!