Monday, November 23, 2009

The Infamous Beaver Suit

Heidi Rice’s Hot-Shot Tycoon, Indecent Proposal (a fabulous read by the way – go on, go, go get!) is where you will meet Daisy. Daisy has a penchant for climbing fences to rescue her landlady’s cat. Sadly Daisy’s fence climbing is very familiar to me… TOO familiar :) and I was thrilled to be able to confirm for Heidi that yes, there are women out there crazy enough to scale fences for the good of furry creatures everywhere - her editor doubted it. I honestly didn’t see it as strange until I looked at it from said editor’s point of view… hmm…

In my case I was rescuing a dog, and I feel a little ripped off about the lack of a half naked hero in my story. Clearly, I’m climbing the wrong fences…

I regularly find myself in strange situations and so I enjoy reading about people who are a little more extreme.

Enter the beaver suit.

I’m thrilled to inform you all that you don’t have to wait to read the beaver suit idea. A best selling author has already captured it far better than I ever could which brings me to Susan Elizabeth Phillips. If you like quirky, her work is for you. I get a kick out of just reading the “All About Me” section on her website.

This is one of my favorite first chapters and first lines (I’ll admit I collect them, but only to you :D ). Natural Born Charmer is the title of “the beaver suit” book, the full excerpt is here, but here’s a peek including the infamous suit:

It wasn't every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road, not even in Dean Robillard's larger than life world. "Son of a" Dean slammed on the brakes of his brand new Aston Martin Vanquish and pulled over in front of her.

The beaver marched right past, her big flat tail bouncing in the gravel, and her small, sharp nose stuck up in the air. Way up. The beaver looked highly pissed.

She was definitely a girl beaver because her beaver head was missing, revealing sweaty, dark hair pulled into a scraggly ponytail. He'd been praying for a little distraction from his own depressing company, so he threw open the door and stepped out onto the shoulder of the Colorado road. His newest pair of Dolce & Gabbana boots emerged first, followed by the rest of him, all six feet three inches of steely muscle, razor-sharp reflexes, and unsurpassed gorgeousness or at least that's what his press agent liked to say. Still, it was pretty much true, although Dean didn't have nearly as much personal vanity as he let people believe. Even as a kid, he'd figured out that looks didn't take you far, but emphasizing the superficial was a good way to keep people from getting any closer than he wanted them to be.

"Uh, ma'am" You need some help?"

Her paws didn't break rhythm. "You got a gun?"

"Not with me."

"Then I've got no use for you."

On she marched.

Aren’t you grateful you live in a world where you can stick your heroines in a beaver suit?


Jackie Ashenden said...

That is just downright cool. Bring on the beaver suit!

Lacey Devlin said...

I thought you might like it :D

Angie Peters said...

I also love reading about characters who are different, quirky and get themselves into scrapes.

I loved Natural Born Charmer by SEP. What a memorable opening!
And Heidi Rice always has fantastic first chapters :)

Suzanne Jones said...

Oh how fabulous, Lacey.


Sally Clements said...

That is totally cool. Now I know what I want for Christmas!

Joanne Cleary said...

Very cool! Now you have to read Heidi Rice's latest with Juno and Mac, Connor's brother. Just finished it and it was fab :-)

Lacey Devlin said...

Juno and Mac's story isn't released in Australia until January :( M&B must think we all need a lesson in patience ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh you are talking about one of my absolute favourite books - Natural Born Charmer is a firm keeper and IMHO surely has one of the most drooliceous heroes!
When I grow up I want to be Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Love Nina

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