Invisible by Kimber Chin
I joke that Invisible, my treasure hunt contemporary romance, is the angriest romance ever. It may not be angry to the average reader but for me, someone known for being a smiley, joke-cracking gal, it is about as angry as I get.
I wrote seven 'unworthy of publication' manuscripts before Breach Of Trust. Breach Of Trust was good, my test readers told me so. I shopped it around. Agents (the few that actually requested the full manuscript) thought it was good too. But, and this is a big but, it wasn't saleable. It had too much business, too much, well, unusual encounters (in the first intimate scene, the hero finishes before the heroine starts), too many sentence fragments (verbs? Who needs them?), and the list went on.
I was frustrated.
During the same period, the hubby and I were coming to terms with not being able to have kids. We had planned our lives around having a family. I was an antique collector (what good are heirlooms without a family to pass them on to?). We bought a big house across from two primary schools. We had savings. Both of us love kids. They love us. My hubby is constantly having his legs grabbed by toddlers in grocery stores (he has friendly knees). It wasn't fair.
So I said 'screw it.' If I wasn't going to sell my manuscripts than I would write the books I wanted to write. And I did. I wrote about two people losing a loved one, losing their faith in humanity, in love. The hero, Hagen, cusses (ironically I'm known for never using profanities – I'm the older sister of four siblings and I paid for university by babysitting). The heroine, Maeve, tells her friend “Okay. Then die, I don’t care.” Yes, Invisible isn't a happy book.
But it is real. My pre-editor cried when she read it. My editor cried when she read it.
Of course, it is not all gloom and doom. Invisible ends with the hope that romance novels give readers. Hope that every woman, no matter how broken or hurting, will find love.
BTW… Breach Of Trust finally DID find a home. It was also nominated for a Best Contemporary Romance Of 2008 award so my test readers (some of the best in the world) were right.
Excerpt from Invisible:
He was ready.
Well, good for him. Maeve wasn’t, but then she didn’t think she’d ever be. And it wasn’t up to her. It was his life, his choice. She should respect that choice. She should let him go.
“Okay.” Acceptance was one last gift she could give him. “Then die, I don’t care.” But she didn’t have to be gracious about it.
Birger squeezed her hand. “Promise,” his voice was a whistling rasp.
That blasted morbid promise. He was insisting on it. “Enough already,” Maeve’s short burst of laughter was borderline hysterical, “I promise. I promise, but I’m not going to cry for you, you ass.”
This earned her another smile. “Don’t disa…”
“I’m not going to disappear.” Though Maeve wanted to, badly, even now. “Not 'til I attend your stupid melodramatic reading, hear how you’ll squander your millions saving the common cockroach, proving to the entire world that you’re a complete crackhead.”
Heartless? If she was so heartless, why did she feel like she was breaking in two? “I’d have to be, wouldn’t I? To deal with you? You torture me daily for years and now you’ve got the gall to up and die on me. Lord, I’d be a fool to be anything other.”
Pale blue eyes danced. “Fool.”
“Yeah, I’m a fool.” Maeve looked away, her eyes stinging. Must be that ointment, the sharp smell made her eyes water.
About Kimber Chin:
Kimber Chin writes sexy (and sometimes angry) contemporary romances set in the world of business. Why business? Because men in suits are hot, hot, hot! Don't believe her? Every week, she features a photo of a man in a suit on her site http://businessromance.com/. She is also an avid romance readers and gives away her favorite romance eRead every month.