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Guest Blogger: Mina Carter
Friday, July 13th, 2012

So, one of the questions I, and I’m sure every author out there gets asked, is where we get our ideas from. My answer is usually “how do you make the ideas stop?” but for my latest release, Aries Revealed, there were a few specific triggers. I’ve already mentioned on the blog tour (redzworld stop) that the film Soldier with Kurt Russell laid a major seed for the Zodiac series (and, as it happens, the species idea for the Sargosians from Taming the Wildcat) but Soldier just laid the seed. It wasn’t until a friend showed me this image from Magic Mike (of course, I didn’t have a clue what it was at the time)

So, after I stopped drooling on the keyboard (this friend has a habit of sending me images like this just to see me stop what I’m doing and drool. Her favourite subjects are Alex Pettyfer and Jensen Ackles *whimpers* Both of which I am extremely susceptible to, and ceases word production immediately) I started to think about strippers in a sensible, writerly type of way. Okay, okay…AFTER I got over thinking about Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer taking their clothes off, I started thinking about things sensibly and just how I could use a stripper character in my cyborg series. I love convoluted storylines and new angles on things so it got me to thinking what if the stripper with the cyborg act really was a cyborg? He’s pretending to play a human who plays a cyborg? The idea was just too much fun NOT to write and thus, Aries Revealed was born!

I would like to point out that there was a second image sent to me shortly after the first, but this one just shorted out my brain so I can’t really claim it helped with the creation of Aries any. But it provided a good hours viewing pleasure ;)

So, now I’ve gone around the houses and up the garden path, let me leave you with some info on the story our lovely lads from Magic Mike inspired!

Sometimes the best place to hide, is in plain sight…

Johnny makes a living on the strip circuits. His most popular routine? The Aries 7000. Bronzed and oiled, he pretends to be the scourge of the universe, one of the deadly and outlawed zodiac cyborgs. But Johnny isn’t really a stripper playing a cyborg. He’s a cyborg playing a stripper.

Milly, a freighter captain, has had a thing for the sexy stripper for months. But when Johnny, the subject of many of her hottest fantasies, asks her out to dinner, she runs. All is not lost, however; a chance encounter yields an Aries 7000 sexbot, hers for a weekend of pleasure.

It seems too good to be true. Sex with the man of her dreams without risking her heart. But Milly’s bot has some secrets…secrets that could save her life when the past returns to haunt her.

Available from: Ellora’s Cave | Amazon | Amazon UK | ARe

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Mina Carter was born and raised in Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England). After a slew of careers ranging from logistics to land-surveying she can now be found in the wilds of Leicestershire with her husband and young daughter…the true boss of the family.

Suffering the curse of eternal curiosity Mina never tires of learning new skills which has led to Aromatherapy, Corsetry, Chain-maille making, Welding, Canoeing, Shooting, and pole-dancing to name but a few.

A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She’s addicted to coffee and Nutella on toast.

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7 comments to “Guest Blogger: Mina Carter”

  1. Kay Angel
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      · July 13th, 2012 at 9:39 am · Link

    Thanks for the eye candy! My word production also stopped for several minutes, tho’ with less drooling and more panting. :-P

    I’ll have to add Aries to my TBR list on payday to see if it is as good as the eye candy. :mrgreen:



  2. Deb Carter
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      · July 13th, 2012 at 10:20 am · Link

    Well even though the eye candy don’t make me drool I still like to see good looking men. I’m a lesbian so I don’t go to that area of the drooling but I do love a really great story no matter if its not my total cup of tea. I thank you for sharing about how your ideas come because sometime I felt like I was going crazy. I have pages and pages not to mention the post-its with ideas that pop into my head from a song or picture. When I do other things like weeding the garden those ideas just seem to work into more of a story line. As I said the ideas keep coming and coming and like you I feel I have to get them down before they fill my brain up and i can’t think. So I know I’m grateful the idea keep coming and so maybe someday I will be a true writer that is even published. Good Luck with all you seek to do.



  3. Kay Angel
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      · July 13th, 2012 at 12:12 pm · Link

    @ Deb :idea: One of the coolest things about my cell phone is the voice memo feature. I can set my cell phone off to the side while I’m working on something else and leave notes to myself on ideas that come to me while I’m cooking, cleaning, driving, or whatever. Then I can go back and put them on the computer when I get done. This is especially helpful RE songs, as there’s an app for finding songs, so I can always nab it and listen to it again while I write.



  4. Deb Carter
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      · July 13th, 2012 at 12:46 pm · Link

    @Kay..thanks maybe I will look into that someday. My phone is a very old phone that I have had for 5 years so it don’t have those features. LOL I’m use to caring a notebook in my pocket from the military and then when I was a store manager of a video store the notebook became post-its. as for the songs I have a mp3 player with 730 songs that I listen to all day even when I write but I seem to tone out the songs that don’t go with the stories I’m working on at the time. I even use a clipboard and paper to do all of my writing on so even if I have a problem with power or can’t use the computer I can continue my writing LOL. It works for me now but always looking for ways to improve my writing since I new to writing. So I just made of a note of what you told me Kay and thanks all the help is much needed as well as appreciated. :wink:



  5. ELF
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      · July 14th, 2012 at 2:13 am · Link

    What a fun storyline…sounds like it could be a little confusing, lol. Thanks for the wonderful pix.



  6. Brenda Zerbe
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      · July 14th, 2012 at 9:34 am · Link

    Thanks, this is the first time on your Website. I linked thru Midnight Reads. Really enjoyed it.



  7. Fedora
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      · July 14th, 2012 at 10:13 am · Link

    Now that was quite fun, Mina! Thanks! ;)