Monday, August 16, 2010
BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS - Why Boots? Why Bootscootin'?
Happy Monday, All!
And welcome to my new blog post series "Behind and Beyond My Books"! Each new title I release, I'll let you know the scoop on the 'Why's' behind each storyline.
We're kickin'-off with the "Behind and Beyond" on my new Amazon Kindle and Smashwords release BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS! BOOTSCOOTIN' is a romantic comedy that's a bit chick lit, gone-country - think Sex and the City meets Urban Cowboy. Here's the blurb:
Manhattan apparel designer Roxy Rae Vaughn, who's also a still-in-the-closet, country line dancing queen, wants to be a fashion success story. Tired of being nothing more than a Fifth Avenue up-and-comer, thanks to her elitist parents, Roxy moves to Nashville, Tennessee and opens a boutique in a local tractor supply store, the only retail space she can afford. Short on cash and way, way down on luck, she rear-ends a pick-up truck belonging to a tomato-growin', bootscootin' cowboy who is anything but the perfect fit for her career plans, although he is her ideal dance partner. Can Roxy accept that her best fit is on the dance floor moving to her own style and her cowboy's lead?
Tomato farmer by day and bootscootin' instructor by night Zayne McDonald doesn't give a damn about winning Nashville's heirloom tomato contest, even though his late father did. Zayne wants to honor his father, but what he really wants is to line dance his way to a winner's spotlight. When he and Roxy are discovered by a huge dance show producer, Zayne learns it's partnering with Roxy that's his winning hybrid mix. That is, if he can keep her and the tomato contest away from Beefsteak Jack Baudlin, the toughest tomato man in CMT country.
So Why Boots? And Why Bootscootin'?
How do authors choose their topics? Or do the topics choose us?
For me, it's a bit of each, mixed together for some fun and fabulous, farcical, romcom adventures. I take topics I enjoy and ask quirky, LOL 'what if's'.
Me and my muses The Carrie Squad simply luuuvvv boots and bootscootin'!!!
(Note: They'll be more on The Carrie Squad in another Behind and Beyond My Books post...but yes, The Carrie Squad is named after my favorite gutsy gal, Sex and The City's Carrie Bradshaw).
Nothing beats putting on a pair of boots (like these babies below) and hittin' the nearest dance floor:
Got this pair in NYC - yes, there's Bootscootin' in The Big Apple too!!!
Bought in Nashville TN 'cause they screamed D. D. Scott
Favorite pair - also bought in Nashville, TN
Even Bootscoot at Bedtime in these Bad-Ass Bootscootin' Slippers!!!
Okay...so perhaps I have a boot fetish.
As a child, I took dance for eight years - everything from tap to ballet to jazz to disco and point plus more. Even though I was a wee bit plump for my leotards, I had great rhythm, style and always danced my heart out. I was good. Plump. But good.
In college, the country line-dancing craze hit. My college town even had a fabulous bootscootin' bar called the Neon Cactus where you could do a mean grapevine all night long! A few years later, while traveling to my favorite city Nashville, TN (also a fabulous topic for a future Behind and Beyond My Books post), I discovered the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon www.WildHorseSaloon.com . Thus, the saloon in my BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS was created and christened The NEON COWBOY SALOON.
In this case then, I think the topics chose me as their author. Because both boots and bootscootin' are a big part of me and a beyond perfect fit for my lifestyle, me, my muses and our characters gave life to these items on our pages.
Check out how I made my passions fit my pages. (Hint: You bet your ass I made the bootscootin' dance scenes hot! There's nothing like dancin' with your man - even if it's in your living room. Actually, especially then...) Here are the links to my debut release BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS:
For my next Behind and Beyond My Books post, I'll give you the sexy, sassy scoop on "Why Blahniks".
In the mean time, tell me your thoughts on boots and/or bootscootin'. And if you're a writer, give us a peek into how you choose the topics that end-up on your pages and screens...
Sexy Sassy Smart Behind and Beyond My Books Wishes --- D. D. Scott
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