Monday, June 15, 2009

Colette Gale is Seducing the Classics

Today, I'm very happy to host talented author and good friend Colette Gale, who is making a name for herself in the erotic romance world by retelling classic tales with, shall we say, a bit of a spicier twist. And Colette is giving away not one, not two, but all three of her published novels. So today, we'll have three lucky winners -- so be sure to ask Colette questions, make observations, etc. Maybe even tell us what classic tale you'd like to see given an erotic twist.

Q. Your third "Seducing the Classics" release, Bound by Honor, just came out last month. Tell us a bit about this erotic tale of Maid Marian, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

A. I am a particular fan of love triangles, and I always thought it would be wonderfully fun to do the Marian/Robin/Nottingham love triangle in a "seduced" way. In fact, I've wanted to do this particular love triangle as an erotic novel for years, because I had a certain take on the story in mind, and was dying to try it out. It took me almost two years to convince my editor that Robin Hood wasn't just a kid's story (a la Disney's foxy Robin) and that this love triangle needed to be told.

But with the popularity of BBC America's Robin Hood series and the upcoming film with Russell Crowe as Nottingham, we finally agreed that the time was right. And in my book, you'll see a very strong-willed Marian, who is a woman bound by her honor to do what her liege orders her to do. She's smart and beautiful, and a very confident romantic heroine.

Robin of Locksley, aka Robin Hood, is a charming rakehell, who's very brave and a little egotistical. He's fully aware of his affect on women--the masked bandit who might sneak into the castle to steal a kiss before slipping off into the shadows. But he's also a little lost, looking for the right woman to love--even though he doesn't quite realize it. He's been displaced from his lands, and forced to become an outlaw as he tries to figure out a way to get them back.

William de Wendeval, the Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, is a dark, angry man who once upon a time was an honorable knight. But now he struggles between his desires and that bruised honor, between what he knows is right, and what his liege demands of him.

Nottingham is the right-hand man of Prince John, who is a lecher and repulsive in his own right. John holds his own "Court of Pleasure" most every evening, inviting and at times demanding that the women of the court participate. Between his own version of chess, and the night of the "living statues," John is clearly a most lascivious, depraved man.
However, despite the erotic scenes in my books--which do push the boundaries of a "historical romance" novel, because there are sex scenes with characters other than the hero and heroine, and because they are sometimes intimate with others--at the heart of each one is a true love story. A real romance.

In my mind, what makes these erotic versions different from sexy romance novels is that the relationship between the hero and heroine grows and develops and is shown mainly through the sex scenes. Each sex scene, believe it or not, has a purpose in the development of the relationship, and that's how we see the relationship grow.

Q. I'm curious how the idea of retelling classic stories with an erotic twist came to you. Was it a deliberate effort or did the idea just come to you?

A. My first "seduced classic," UNMASQUED: An Erotic Novel of the Phantom of the Opera, was something I just started to write for myself. I am a fan of erotic novels, and I was always fascinated by Andrew Lloyd Webber's take on the original story. He romanticized and, dare I say, eroticized, the original in such a way that I was furious when Christine didn't stay with the Phantom at the end of the play/movie.

So I decided I wanted to not only know what happened down in his lair during those days she was there, but that I also wanted her to stay with the Phantom. So I wrote my version of the story, which was my first shot at writing an erotic novel. My agent loved it (although she confessed that it made her blush to read it), and we sold it to NAL. After that came a whole discussion about what classic I should do next. I wanted to do Robin Hood/Marian/Nottingham, but as I mentioned above, my editor wasn't as keen on the idea.

But when she suggested that I do a version of The Count of Monte Cristo, I jumped at the chance. It was a perfect book to write a "dirty" version of--the behind the scenes, what really happened when the doors were closed aspect.

In fact, unlike my version of The Phantom of the Opera, I followed the story line of Dumas's original classic very closely. I wrote much of the book from Mercedes's point of view, but there are actually three love stories in Master: An Erotic Novel of the Count of Monte Cristo, and I must say that I'm very proud of that book. Each relationship is very different, and again, as I mentioned above, each sex scene in that book further develops not only the hero and heroine's relationship, but also character.

The main story, that of Mercedes and the Count of Monte Cristo, is built around his desire for revenge on her for the wrong she's done to him. There's another subplot with a female slave who is the agressor in a relationship with another male slave. And the third is a very sweet love story in which the hero and heroine have a fence between them at all times.

Such fun I had with those three plots! I really loved that book. Throw in the fact that in the original Dumas there were not only orgies and hashish, but danger and a fascinating plot, and voila! The perfect idea for a "behind the scenes" look at the story.

Q. The covers for your books have been beautiful. I'm particularly partial to Bound By Honor. I love the colors. Do you have input into the covers, or are you totally surprised each time you see them?

A. I love my covers. And thank you for the compliments! I love them all, but when I saw the cover for Master, I thought it was the most beautiful cover I'd ever seen. But when I saw the cover for Bound by Honor, I had to change my mind! The art department really outdid themselves on it, didn't they?

I can take no credit for anything regarding the covers. The conception was all from the designers at NAL, and they're absolutely perfect. I just love them.

Q. Who are some of your favorite erotic romance authors?

A. I have always loved Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series; in fact, after The Story of O, that was my first foray into erotica. I also love Bertrice Small's Skye O'Malley series--and I think she did wonders (Ms. Small, I mean) for helping to push the boundaries of romance into erotica, way back in the '70s/early '80s.

Q. What are you working on now? What tales do you hope to give an erotic twist in the future?

A. Right now, I'm not working on anything as a seduced classic. In order to do another one, I have to have the right idea, and I simply don't have an idea that has the right "feel." I have a couple of ideas in mind and we'll see if they pan out.

Part of the reason I'm waffling is because in each of my books, I generally write twenty chapters or so. And my goal is, because it's an "erotic novel," that there is at least one sex scene per chapter--i.e., someone's going to get off. Somehow, some way. ;-)

So that's a lot of sex scenes (60 in my eroticas alone), and, quite frankly, a lot of ways to have to describe an org*sm. Yannow? I want to keep the scenes fresh and erotic and titillating for both me and the reader, and I don't want the quality to suffer because I'm doing too many or rushing them. That's why I can only do no more than one erotic novel per year, at the most.

However, many of you know that I also write under my other name, which is a not-very-well-kept secret. I recently released the last in my Gardella Vampire Chronicles series, and I have a brand new series coming out in early 2010 that doesn't have vampires in it (it has zombies) and it isn't set in the past (it's set in the future). So I've been busy working on the first three books in that series, and hopefully Trish and the Banditas will have more information about that when the time is closer. ;-)

Q. Anything you'd like to ask our lovely blog visitors today?

A. Simple: Robin Hood or Nottingham? And why?

Don't forget to comment today for your chance to win one of Colette's steamy reads.


limecello said...
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limecello said...

Thanks for visiting with us today, Colette. To answer your question...
Robin Hood; yes because he's the hero. I can't get past the "villain" and "lecherous desire" for Maid Marian that the Sheriff is described as/having.
As for the classics- love them. A spicing them up... I love that too :D The Scarlet Pimpernel, Wives and Daughters, Tess of the D'urbervilles, Rebecca- there is so much potential! Cyrano de Bergerac...

Congratulations on the new release, Colette!

Gannon Carr said...

Congrats on the latest release Colette (aka Colleen). :)
I'll have to say Robin Hood--gotta go with the hero. But if it was Alan Rickman as the Sheriff, I may have to go with him. LOL

BTW, the covers of your books are gorgeous!

Congrats, lime!

Jane said...

Hi Colette,
Congrats on the new release. I haven't read any of books, but I have read four of your Gardella books written under Colleen Gleason. I'm definitely choosing Robin. I still see Errol Flynn every time Robin Hood is mentioned, but I think Russell Crowe will be great in the role.

flchen1 said...

Hi, Colette!

Those sure are gorgeous covers! And ditto what Gannon said--Robin Hood, but Alan Rickman could tempt me to the dark side ;)

Hmm... zombies... definitely intriguing!

Razlover's Book Blog said...

Hi Colette (aka Colleen),

Congrats on your new release and I love reading your Gardella books written by Colleen Gleason.

The covers for your books are simply beautiful.

Keep up the good work!

Leslie said...

Hello Colette ~

You're mention of Skye O'Malley brings back wonderful memories. Skye was not a traditional heroine which is what made her so interesting.

I've really enjoyed your Gardella Vampire Chronicles and look forward to reading your new series and your erotic romances.

To answer your question I would pick Nottingham. When I think of Nottingham I think of Richard Armitage and I love a bad-boy. :)

Helen said...

Congrats limcello enjoy your day with him

Great interview Ladies and yes I am going to choose Robin Hood as well he is one of my all time favourite heros and I love watching my DVD with Errol Flynn in it and am very much looking forward to Russell Crowe's new movie.

I have read a few historical erotic stories by Jess Michaels and have loved them and yours sound fantastic I have added them to my must get list.

Have Fun

Enid Wilson said...

I actually didn't like BBC's Robin Hood but your Maid Marian has a wonderful book cover and a seductive plot. I'll definitely check it out. Thanks.

Steamy Darcy

Barbara Monajem said...

Nottingham, just because he's not the hero. (But then, I like Prince John better than King Richard, too.)

Colette Gale said...

Good morning, early risers!

Gosh, thanks so much for your compliments about the Gardellas! I'm glad you've enjoyed them.

And to the person who mentioned Richard Armitage...although Colleen doesn't particularly find him attractive (she likes Robin Hood), I, Colette, think his Gisborne is the hots.

(Sometimes it's hard to have an alter ego.)

housemouse88 said...

Hello Colette,

I have to say all three book covers are beautiful. I like the idea of spicing up the classics. Congrats on the new book. Have a great day.

Laurie said...

Hi Colleen,

What a unique twist on the classics! Great idea!

I LOVE Phantom of the Opera!! I too thought that the Phantom shpuld have won Christine in Andrew LLoyd Webber's version! My husband gave me the CD as an anniversary present and it's one of my favorites.

I read The Count of Monte Cristo way back in HS.

I'll go with Robin Hood! Loved Kevin Costner in Prince of Thieves. I even enjoyed the children's version with the fox as Robin Hood.

Russell Crowe was excellent in The Gladiator, too.

Blodeuedd said...

Hard one, you see I am so in love with with Richard Armitage so every time I think I Robin Hood I think of him, lol.
But I would go for Robin then cos he is just nice

Susan Sey said...

Good morning, Colette!

I love this idea of reimagining the classics from an erotic POV! What a fresh twist! I'll look forward to the Robin Hood story, especially, as my kids have burned the Disney version into my head unmercifully. It'll be interesting to see if something else can knock it out of there, or if I'm doomed to hear Roger Miller twanging away in my head every time I think Robin Hood. :-)

But I do love Lady Cluck.

As for Robin Hood vs. The Sheriff of Nottingham? Well, if we're doing the disney version, Robin, of course. (Though if I can do farther afield, I wouldn't my taking a crack at Little John. I love a guy with a sense of humor.)

If we're thinking the Kevin Costner version, though? The Sheriff, hands down. Who can resist Alan Rickman??

Thanks for coming by the lair, Colette, & best of luck with your release!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

limecello nabs the bird again! I think he's earning his degree alongside you. :)

It's kind of fun to give some of the classics a naughty twist because they're just so proper, especially the Regency stories.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Gannon, I'm with you and the others who've said Robin. Even though I do appreciate the easy-on-the-eyes Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne. But the sheriff -- shudder. Though Keith Allen is great in that role.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Jane, I actually found a photo of the new Robin Hood (evidently they've changed the name of Nottingham) with Russell in the RH role:

I think he's a great actor, and I love the Robin Hood story, so I'm sure I'll see this on the big screen.

It looks like it's going to have quite the cast: Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, Matthew McFadyen (Mr. Darcy in the newest P&P) as the Sheriff of Nottingham -- this is only rumored; William Hurt; Vanessa Redgrave, etc.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Fedora, another Alan Rickman fan. I'm guessing all you Alan fans are gearing up to see HP6 next month. The trailers look awesome.

Razlover's Book Blog, have to say I like your taste in avatars. :) I too am a huge fan of Collen's Gardella books, even if I didn't know her from Adam.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Leslie, I've never read the Skye O'Malley books, but I've certainly heard a lot about them.

Oh, and wouldn't Richard make a verra nice Nottingham. Maybe he'll conk Keith Allen over the head. :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Helen, would you believe I've never seen the Errol Flynn Robin Hood? I need to do that. I see Olivia de Havilland played Maid Marian, and I really like her. She was one of those gorgeous, ethereal, Old Hollywood beauties.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Enid, I enjoyed the BBC's Robin Hood until the end of last season. Could...not...believe! I'll probably watch this third and final season because, well, I'm curious how they could possibly recover from what they did.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Barbara, I see they've actually cast Prince John in the third season of BBC's Robin Hood. He's always been off screen before.

Colette, I like Jonas Armstrong's Robin Hood better too.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

housemouse88, thanks for coming by.

Laurie, I wonder how many people might have decided to side with the Phantom after seeing Gerard Butler in the role? :) I have several friends who are quite the fans of Gerry's.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Blodeuedd, I wonder if Richard knows just how many women he's won over with that role. He's so different in interviews from the role -- kind of quiet, nice, seems to be a little bowled over by the reaction to his work. I loved him in the BBC's North & South too.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

LOL, Susan, on having the Disney version burned into your brain. I think all moms must suffer something similar. I believe my sister could probably quote all the Hannah Montana episodes as much as my niece has watched them over...and over...and over.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Colette! Welcome to the Lair! (Now why that sounds naughty to me after reading your post, I have no idea, but it does. Snork!)

Lime! Congrats on nabbing the bird today! :>

Colette, I LOVE this concept and now I'm going off to B&N to pick your books up. I am PSYCHED that you retold Phantom. I too was incensed that the Phantom didn't get the heroine. Urg. So annoying. Glad you fixed that. Ha!

Wonderful too, about the Count and the others. I'm looking forward to reading them

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Trish, count me in the Alan Rickman fan club. :>

Oh, and you HAVE to see the old version of Robin Hood. Superb! Olivia de Haviland is SUCH the gorgeous epitomy of Marian.

~Drew said...

Hi Colette!

Oh my, between the two, Robin Hood all the way. Errol Flynn in green tights is THE Robin Hood. Dashing, handsome,heroic with that sly, wicked grin.
I enjoy the BBC series, but I will admit, I watch for Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisbourne, LOL! Richard had me hooked with North and South.
I would love to see him on a few romance covers! LOL!

And looking forward to the Ridley Scott movie, Russell Crowe AND Matthew MacFadyen?? *thud* Just wrote something about Robin Hood on my blog a while back!!

Your book sounds utterly fascinating! Will look for it, And have you considered an erotica version of King Arthur? There was a triangle!

MsHellion said...

I love Colette's erotica books--I absolutely love the "twist" on the classics. (And she does an excellent job of keeping the sex "fresh" as well as hot.)

Robin Hood or Nottingham?

I had quite a little crush on Alan Rickman, so I might have to go with Nottingham. (After all, if I'd run off with Snape, I'd do Nottingham.)

But I kinda where Colette's going with this book. Can I just have them both? After all, no one man can do all the stuff you want anyway...

Now I just sound greedy. Whatever.

RachieG said...

Robin Hood - he gives to the poor.

Can you go wrong?? :)

rachie2004 AT yahoo DOT com

jo robertson said...

Welcome to the Lair, Colette/Colleen. I love twists on the fairy tale stories. As Trish said, your covers are lovely, so vivid and bright.

Robin, all the way, for me!

Leslie said...

Trish ~ that's right, Armitage plays Sir Guy. *headdesk*. Maybe because I just watched North & South I've got him on the brain. :)

Okay, so can I pick Sir Guy? LOL

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Jeanne, I'm headed over to my Netflix queue to request it now.

Drew, I like that idea of an erotic retelling of King Arthur. Of course, I think that might be because I have Clive Owen and Ioan Gruffudd in my mind's eye in the roles of Arthur and Lancelot. :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

MsHellion, you crack me up with all your Snape love. I hear there's a good bit of Snape fan fiction out there. :)

RachieG, very good points.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Jo, another fan of good-guy Robin. Yay!

Leslie, sure, you can have Guy. You might have to fight off some of the ladies here though. Didn't you just love North & South? One of the best kiss scenes ever.

joder said...

If we're using the literary example then it's definitely Robin Hood. He's heroic, loyal, and helpful. If were talking the BBC version then it's Guy of Gisbourne. I adore Richard Armitage! As for a classic I'd like to see steamed up a bit, it would be anything by Jane Austen.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

joder, thanks for stopping by. I see we're amassing quite the fan club here for Richard.

Colette Gale said...

I confess that Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne was my inspiration for Nottingham in my book (just as Gerard Butler was the inspiration for my Erik/Phantom) in UNMASQUED.

So for you Armitage lovers, just picture Richard as Nottingham. ;-)

As for my inspiration for Robin Hood in this was a sort of Matthew McConaghey meets Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones--charming, handsome, with a glint in his eyes all the time.

Colette Gale said...

And funny you should mention the King Arthur idea for a love triangle...that's definitely one I'm considering doing for another seduced classic.

What I'd really like to do is Tarzan, based on the original book. He was quite the superhero really--once he left the jungle, he really came into his own as Lord Whoever he was.

But the word Tarzan is trademarked by Disney and so even though the book is in the public domain, the actual name "Tarzan" isn't.

Another one I'm thinking about doing is The Scarlet Pimpernel. After that movie version with Jane Seymour and Anthony many possibilities there!

I've had many people write to me and tell me they were very pleased with the way BOUND BY HONOR resolved its love triangle...that they felt it worked out the way they wanted it to! I hope those of you who have a chance to read it will also agree. ;-)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Colette, how weird that the world Tarzan is trademarked by Disney even though they didn't create it. Somehow that seems wrong.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hellion said: (After all, if I'd run off with Snape, I'd do Nottingham.)

Oh, yeah. I'm right there with you, Girlfriend. :>

Remember, in this case, Greed is Good. Ha!

Joan said...

Colette, welcome to the Lair!

Man, oh man. I I NEED to read these books!

I'd pick Robin any day of the week but my one question about his book is....was Little John a literal designation? :-)

And oh gosh! You've got to do Tarzan. Call him by his Lord whatever name and designate the Tarzan in gorilla speak.

And yeah, how can Disney have that trademarkded???

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Wow, I wonder how the Burroughs estate let THAT happen!? To have Tarzan be tradmarked by Disney? Ye Gods.

Lord Greystoke probably isn't though....and Oh, the possibilities!


Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Yes, I AM a Burroughs fan, BTW. I can quote great long passaged from all the books. I've read everything the man ever wrote, from Tarzan to John Carter of Mars, to The Cave Girl. Yep. BIG fan.

Nancy said...

Limecello, congrats on taking home the rooster.

Colette, welcome to the Lair. Putting your own spin on the classics sounds like great fun, and a little heat (or a lot) is always welcome.

As for your question, Robin Hood. Always. Maybe that's because my perceptions were shaped at an early age by Robin on TV or because I fell in love with Errol Flynn in my twenties or because the Sheriff has always been portrayed as corrupt. I have a thing for archery, which was the most fun PE class I ever took, probably because of Robin Hood.

All that said, however, I subscribe to the theory that every villain should be the hero of his own story, an idea that often gets short shrift when it comes to the Sheriff of Nottingham. Giving him some depth and a few shades of gray is a terrific idea. I'll be interested to see what you've done with him.

Since my TBR pile is so tiny and all. *sigh*

Nancy said...

Trish, I absolutely cannot believe someone who loves adventure movies as much as you do has never seen Flynn's Robin Hood! I had to pick myself up off the floor when I read that post. (And believe me, the thud when we fell did the laptop no good!)

Come down here, and we'll watch my copy of the digitally remastered anniversary addition together, and then we can watch the archery demonstrations on the DVD, which are way cool, and finish off with the comic footage of Basil Rathbone trying on different costume helmets.

I am just in shock over this. ;-)

Nancy said...

Joan wrote: I'd pick Robin any day of the week but my one question about his book is....was Little John a literal designation? :-)

You are a naughty bandita, JT! And now you've put wicked thoughts into my head, too. Guess we'll have to read Colette's book and see. *g*

R F Long said...

I've loved (make that adored) Robin Hood all my life, but my favorite adaptation so far has to be the ITV one from the 80s starring Michael Praed. Yum! :)

Donna MacMeans said...

Colette - That Bound cover is BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it. I'm really hoping the Nottingham movie & the success of your book opens the door for more medievals. I haven't seen as many on the shelves as I'd like.

I love the way you twist the classics to make erotic novels. Brilliant! I hope you do many more.

As to Robin Hood or Nottingham -- I'd lean toward Robin Hood based on past representations of him. I'm sure yours will be so different that the choice will be difficult.

Genella deGrey said...

Colette - I had the pleasure of reading your "Unmasqued."
I loved it! It has a permanent place on my reread shelf!
I can't wait to read your other tales!

PS - Double-Dang-Ditto on the Alan Rickman comments, Gannon Carr, flchen1, Hellion & Jeanne! :D

michellewillingham said...

Colette--what a fun way to reinvent the classics! Can't wait to try out one of your books. I love the Robin Hood legend, but I'm partial to Michael Praed as Robin Hood. Even with his mullet, LOL.

As an aside, did you notice that Master had your author name spelled wrong on this site? I checked Amazon, and it's spelled correctly there on the cover. Wonder what happened to this particular jpg file? Sorry, former teacher here! :)

Suzanne Welsh said...

Well, Robin or Nottingham....Robin or Nottingham....Robin or Nottingham...

Can a girl do both?

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Joan, you naughty, naughty girl. Little John, indeed. :)

And Jeanne is naught too!

Nancy, you had archery for P.E. class -- how cool. We did things like shoot hoops and play dodgeball. I bet they can't even play dodgeball anymore.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Nancy, sorry to have caused you to fall from shock. I promise to remedy the slight soon. :)

Christie Kelley said...

Welcome Colette. Your books sound great and very sexy :)

After your description of Robin Hood and Nottingham, I'm really not sure which I'd pick.

And as many people have said, your covers are gorgeous!

Mari said...

Robin hood! But the Sheriff is dark and mysterious, so he would certainly be tempting!

Anna Campbell said...

Colette, welcome back to the lair. And Trish, great interview! I so agree with you about those covers - they're spine-tinglingly good. I love your idea of rewriting the classics as naughty books. I don't actually sit around wanting sex scenes in Pride and Prejudice because I think it's great as it is but some books just scream to get behind the bedroom door. It wouldn't be sexy but imagine what the sex scenes between Dorothea and Casaubon are like in Middlemarch. Ewwwwww!

Actually Robin or the Sheriff depends on the movie/TV show. Give me Richard Armitage over RH in the BBC show, which I don't particularly like, sadly. Although RH is Guy of Gisborne so I suppose that's adding an extra player. In the movie, I'd much rather Alan Rickman to Kevin Costner. In the Errol Flynn version, it's Errol all the way!!!

Anna Campbell said...

I love the ITV Robin Hood too, RF. I thought MP was absolutely gorgeous as Robin and Jason Connery wasn't too shabby either. And Nikolas Grace was a wonderful sheriff. I sat next to him once at a play which was a great thrill - he's always Anthony Blanch in Brideshead to me. Surprising to hear him talk to his companion without the trademark stutter!

Anna Campbell said...

Hmm, on the line of Little John, what if Friar Tuck was the victim of a Spoonerism. We'd have Triar...

And now I'm really worried about Will Scarlet! Although Much the Miller might be OK.

Anna Campbell said...

What? Disney has trademarked Tarzan???!!! That's just WRONG! Although I never like a Cheetah...

Trish, the Errol Flynn Robin Hood is fantastic. Definitely give it a go.

Minna said...

Robin Hood, of course. Why would I choose the villain, anyway?

Caren Crane said...

Colette, welcome back to the Lair! (Good job snagging the GR, Lime!) I loved our conversation about Phantom Of the Opera last time you were here. I am a huge fan of the classics and love that you are revisiting them!

I have to say that neither Robin nor Nottingham really did it for me. I was a huge fan of Little John, though. Nothing but brawn there! Robin did have his points, though. *g*

What classic are you dying to revisit but maybe haven't found an angle to work yet?

Thanks for visiting with us!

Helen said...


I agree with Nancy you really need to see Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland one of the best movies ever in my eyes.

Have Fun

Colette Gale said...

Thank you for your compliments on the covers, ladies! (and gentlemen?)

@Duchesse...and all...I know. I can't understand how the Burroughs estate would have allowed it to happen as well. But it has. :-(

I loved the original Burroughs Tarzan too. Talk about a yummy alpha hero!

And OMG did you just hear? For Disney's next big franchise, John Carter of Mars is going to be played by none other than Taylor Kitsch!!!! I am soooo excited and I don't even know who John Carter of Mars is! But I'm going to find out!

Colette Gale said...

@Donna about lovely covers! You've been hitting the jackpot too with your Berkley covers! Love'em.

@Anna So glad to be back--and thank you for the warm welcome. Will I see you at RWA this year?

@Genella...thank you so much for reading Unmasqued. I'm glad you enjoyed it! People either seem to love it or hate it (depending whether you're a Phantom purist or not, and/or whether you like erotic sex scenes or not....)

@Joan, @Cristie and @Caren, thank you for the glorious welcomes as well! I always have a great time here with the Banditas. :-)

Anna Campbell said...

Colette, you will indeed see me at DC. And given our mutual fondness for the bar, I think it's highly likely we'll be raising a glass or two! Can't wait!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Oh, I love Taylor Kitsch. I hope we see him expand his Gambit role in any upcoming X-Men movies.

Estella said...

Congrats on your new release!
Robin Hood, because he is the hero.
I have read the Gardella series and was so glad Victoria got the man she did.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Estella, I agree with your Gardella comment wholeheartedly. :)

Margay said...

Interesting take on the old classics. And it would definitely have to be the roguish Robin - unless you could turn Nottingham into Gerard Butler or Richard Armitage or Michael Fassbender...what was I saying?


Louisa Cornell said...

Congrats, Lime! He is back with his number one lady!

Hello Colette!!! Love the Gardella series and I have really enjoyed your erotic classics series! I would love to see you take on The Three Musketeers or how about Great Expectations? Hmm.

I have to agree that I LOVED who Victoria ended up with, by the way.

Oh now here's the one you need to do. How about an erotic version of Bram Stoker's Dracula??

And as for me. I would have to take Nottingham. I tend to go for the bad guy every time in these sorts of stories. Those misunderstood evil types can be SO much fun to redeem!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Oh, Margay, Michael Fassbender is yummy. I loved him in 300.

Louisa, The Three Musketeers and Dracula do have some awesome possibilities, don't they?

Amy S. said...

Congrats on the new release! Love the covers!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Colette said: And OMG did you just hear? For Disney's next big franchise, John Carter of Mars is going to be played by none other than Taylor Kitsch!!!! I am soooo excited and I don't even know who John Carter of Mars is! But I'm going to find out!

REALLY? Oh, wow! That's awesome! Just Google Barsoom and you'll find John Carter. :>

Pat Cochran said...

I would select Robin Hood - you had me at "rakehell" and "a little lost"! In opposition to each other,
yes, but workable, especially since
he is looking for the "right woman
to love."

BTW, I love the covers!!

Pat Cochran

Margay said...

If you loved him in 300, try him out in Hex, a British tv series. All I can say is - oh. my. god.


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