Desktop: How to Walk Like a Man
It's my tradition to do a desktop post when I have a new story release, showing images that inspired my story. Today is release day for “How to Walk Like a Man” and here's my desktop post!
"How to Walk Like a Man" is the second book in my “Howl at the Moon” series. It features a brand new couple and romance, but it’s worthwhile to read “How to Howl At the Moon” first to get into the setting and universe.
NOTE: All of these images were taken off the web and fit my mental picture of the story. However, none of them are actually related to the story or characters IRL!
I searched for quite a while to find the right ‘mental model’ for Roman. He’s a big guy and definitely military in personality and bearing. But I didn’t want a typical chisel-jawed model type. I found this photo below and loved it for Roman. He has a longer face and his ears stick out a bit. And, of course, he’s gorgeous! So apologizes to whoever this actually is (no, I don't know his name), but I liked this image as my inspiration for Roman.
I have to admit, I have a weakness for guys with a sense of humor. That was Matt’s most important attribute for me. Ryan Reynolds fits the bill and is a nice mixture of hot and funny/real.
SHERIFF LANCE BEAUFORT & TIM
Lance and Tim’s romance was featured in the first book in the series “How to Howl at the Moon”, but they’re in this second book as well.
My husband and I lived in Oakhurst, California for a time. That’s how I picture the setting for Mad Creek, up in the California mountains. But Mad Creek is even smaller and more remote that most real towns in the area.
Above – looking down on the town from a ridgeline with Roman and Matt!
THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
SHERIFF’S OFFICE UNIFORMS AND GEAR
For the Sherrif’s office vehicles and uniforms, I used those from other towns in the Sierra Nevadas. I found some photos that even included service dogs!
Their uniforms – I don’t think anyone could talk Roman into wearing a tie!
ROMAN’S DOG FORM & JAMES (his K9 Handler)
DEA uniform (Matt)
Often the DEA will wear simple black jackets or T-shirts with the DEA insignia on the back.
Annnd some extras:
Penny (in dog form)
Minnie (in dog form)
You can check out the "How to Walk Like a Man" page with excerpt and buy links here!