Favorite Scene to Write
The fishing scene in Deep Blue is my favorite. What’s that you say, fishing? In a romance? My heroine’s thoughts exactly, but then she climbed into the small row boat with her tall, muscular hero, Jaeger, and her gaze went straight to the flex of his muscles as he rowed the boat. Suddenly, fishing didn’t seem like such a bad idea after all. The sun slowly rose…they were alone…and somehow, everything Jaeger uttered sounded like naughty sexual innuendo. “I’ll bait your hook” and “it takes a delicate touch,” rumbled from his deep voice, all of which had my heroine squirming in her seat. She’s trapped with a guy she finds incredibly attractive, and all she can think about as he explains fishing is sex.
Cali’s attraction to Jaeger is a problem, because she has the perfect boyfriend. Or does she? Cali can’t explain why she likes Jaeger. Yes, he’s incredibly good-looking, but he’s a woodcarver. He never left their hometown, and he doesn’t seem to have many prospects, but then, neither does her boyfriend, who is stuck at her former college wrapping up his last semester because he slacked and didn’t get his credits completed before graduation.
Cali’s smart, and she usually has one up on men when it comes to intelligence, but Jaeger isn’t like other guys she’s dated. He reinvented himself after his Olympic career ended suddenly from a bad fall. He didn’t give up on life like some might, and Cali finds she admires him for it. Out on the lake, in the early morning light, she realizes that Jaeger isn’t just good-looking, he’s a survivor—a bit scrappy like herself. Or maybe it’s something intangible that draws her to him. Either way, after their fishing trip, Cali is determined to keep a safe distance from Jaeger, but this is a romance, and we all know how attraction can make the best of intentions fall short.
I wanted a fishing scene where my heroine was a novice, but the rest—the dirty fishing talk and the banter—came straight from my characters. This scene was so much fun to write. It flowed and didn’t require tons of later editing. I love it when that happens.
When Cali Morgan kicks off her perfect post-college summer in Lake Tahoe, she has everything she ever wanted: acceptance into a top law program, a gorgeous boyfriend, and an incredible summer planned with her best friend.
Confident about her place in the world, Cali makes it her mission to be her friend’s wingwoman and help her meet guys. What Cali doesn’t count on is running into Jaeger Lang, one of her older brother’s high school friends, or the sparks that fly when she’s around him.
Jaeger has changed, and it’s not just the added height and muscle. There’s something about him that’s deep and a little scarred. In spite of the changes, Jaeger becomes a top pick for her friend—if Cali can keep her hands off him.
But when Cali’s boyfriend dumps her and her carefully laid plans begin to unravel, she finds herself questioning what it is she truly desires. In the midst of doubts about her future, one thing is very clear: she wants Jaeger for her own. The question is, has her friend already fallen for him?
Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.
Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
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