Monday, February 10, 2014

Visual Inspiration ~ My Sweetest Escape by Chelsea M. Cameron

MY SWEETEST ESCAPE by Chelsea M. Cameron
Released January 28th, 2014
Published by Harlequin HQN
New Adult Contemporary Romance

The past will always find you.

Jos Archer was the girl with the perfect life; until the night it all came crashing down around her. Now, nine months later, she still hasn't begun to pick up the pieces. Even transferring to a new college and living under the watchful eye of her older sister, Renee, isn't enough to help her feel normal again.

And then she meets Dusty Sharp. For reasons Jos can't begin to fathom, the newly reformed campus bad boy seems determined to draw her out of her shell. And if she's not careful, his knowing green eyes and wicked smile will make her feel things she's no longer sure she deserves.

But even as Dusty coaxes Jos to open up about the past, he's hiding secrets of his own. Secrets about the night her old life fell apart. When the truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together;or tear them apart for good?

Visual Inspiration for Jos and Dusty

When I first decided I was going to write this story about completely new characters, I got my butt to Pinterest and started looking up images. I’d never written a redhead girl before, and I knew, from the very beginning of learning about Jos’s character, that she was a redhead. I also knew she would look younger than she was, so I searched for sweet redheads and found these:

I knew she had freckles and curly-ish red hair and these two perfectly brought that together for me. I also knew that, being a redhead, she’d have a little bit of fire about her. The other thing about Jos that I love is her passion for music, because I’m also a huge music lover. It was basically the best excuse ever to spend hours on Pandora and YouTube, finding new bands and songs.

Then it was time for Dusty. Oh, Dusty. When I first knew that he was a beatboxer, I knew he would have a kind of swag to him. I have a tendency to write non-white male leads. I think it’s a side effect of knowing so many people that were a mixture of a bunch of races. So I knew Dusty was biracial. Then I went to Pinterest again to find a guy to stare it. Believe me it was AWFUL. I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy, but I’d stopped watching a few years ago, mostly due to a character they killed off. BUT I’d seen previews and clips of the absolutely beautiful Jesse Williams. I mean, look at him. LOOK AT HIM.

THOSE EYES. I mean, COME ON. I knew I had my perfect Dusty inspiration. Once I had that, the rest of his personality followed. But the more I wrote, the more things about him I discovered. Like his love of sock sliding, and how much of a good friend he could be. I was BEYOND shocked when I was writing the scene where Jos goes to his apartment for the first time and he has a kitten. I had no idea about the kitten until it showed up in the story out of the blue. But once the kitten was there, it was like I’d planned it all along. I love it when that happens in my writing.
There were so many things that were unexpected about this book, which was what made it such a joy to write. I love people who are interesting and three-dimensional and I hope my books reflect that. Each one of my character is a real person with desires and hopes and a past and quirks and flaws. I love sitting at my computer and having them throw something at me that I wasn’t expecting. I honestly have the best job in the world. Plus, looking at pictures of Jesse Willams shirtless is considered research. You can’t get much better than that.

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.


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  1. Pinterest is the best for stuff like this! This sounds so good and deff something I need to check out.

  2. Love the inspiration. Jesse Williams is gorgeous.

  3. I love your picks!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  4. Okay, Jesse Williams is PERFECT as Dusty!! I could stare into those eyes forever *sigh*

  5. I love the covers! I've seen them around on goodreads, but now I definitely want to read them!