People always ask me, “Out of all the romances you’ve written, which one is your favorite?”
This week, I’m sharing a bit about my favorite Amber Quill Press paranormal-comedy, Beauty & the Bigfoot.
The book started out with the premise: “What if a girl fell in love with a Bigfoot her father captured?” I liked the idea, but I wasn’t sure where I could take it. Later, when I was doing research for the book, (Yes, there was research involved!), I came across several historical accounts (dating back to the 1500s) of huge, hairy “wild men” living in the woods. Native American tribes have several names for Bigfoot and they took the subject seriously. After reading these stories, my imagination took over from there. (Once you read the book, you’ll see how it all ties in together.)
I knew from the start that this was going to be a paranormal comedy – because really, how can you take a Bigfoot romance seriously? So I set about creating the unique/strange characters. Tara’s father is pretty odd. He has an entire room in his house devoted to Bigfoot evidence and will stop at nothing to capture – not just any Bigfoot – but the Bigfoot that’s been roaming the woods near town for years. Charlie’s out to prove something to himself, to Tara, and to everyone in town – even the pigheaded Sheriff.
Believe it or not, I had to do a ton of research before I started writing this book! When I wrote the part of Charlie (Tara’s father and Bigfoot expert) I had to know everything about Bigfoot that he did. So I became my own expert in the subject.
Beauty & the Bigfoot was a lot of fun to write and I had a great time creating the characters. Through Tara and her eccentric father, Charlie, I was able to turn up the camp level and add in many wacky references and asides.
Here’s a plot summary and some fabulous reviews:
Beauty & the Bigfoot
Can true love exist between the species?
Tara’s world is anything but normal. Her father is known as the resident crackpot – just because he’s on a personal mission to catch a Sasquatch. Despite all of the “Bigfoot evidence” cluttering their house, Tara never really believed in Bigfoot – until the day her father brought him home.
She affectionately names her father’s prized catch ‘Joe’ and discovers there’s something oddly familiar – and erotic – about him. With a media circus descending on her father’s ranch and a showdown brewing with the local sheriff, Tara risks her life to save Joe. When Tara finally succumbs to her animalistic urges, she learns that Joe is not exactly who – or what – he seems. Joe is more than a Sasquatch – he’s her soul mate!
"An Erotic Twist on the Classic Bigfoot Tale" Having a father who is a certified Bigfoot investigator was not easy for Tara MacAllister growing up. He has been obsessed with the fictional creature for years, even claiming one lived within miles of their own place. Not believing in Bigfoot, Tara warred with her father constantly, until the day he actually brings Bigfoot home.
Beauty & the Bigfoot is a thoroughly entertaining read on a classic legend, that I found enjoyable and sexy! Ms. Wilkins puts a twist on the Bigfoot myth, that left me pleased with the ending. Beauty & the Bigfoot was a well thought out, erotic and downright fun read to the end! I loved Tara and her take on what is happening to her, and Joe is just a downright yummy male, even if he is a little hairy! If you are looking for a fun, erotic and entertaining read then Ms. Wilkins delivers.” Reviewed by Missy Brown – paranormalromance.org
4 Coffeecups! "I thought this story was going to take a weird and strange turn when I first started reading it. A large sigh of relief escaped my lips when I discovered it to be a regular love story with an odd twist. I enjoyed this book a lot. I have always been fascinated by the idea of Bigfoot and the author heightened my curiosity by adding a hint of the Native Americans’ belief. Tara’s father, Charlie, adds a certain comedic flair to this book. His dedication to Bigfoot and not caring about public opinion won my heart. This is one story where you will laugh and sigh all in one reading." Kimberly, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
A hoot and a half! “I could use a lot of words to describe Kelli A. Wilkins’ BEAUTY & THE BIGFOOT, but if I had to narrow it down to just one summary word, it would be this: fun. I knew I was going to be in for a treat when I picked this novella up; there was just no way that a story with a title such as this could take itself seriously. I mean c’mon…love with Bigfoot? Sex with Sasquatch? How far-out is that? I am delighted to report that I was right. This story was a hoot and a half, and Ms. Wilkins has definitely been placed on my “authors to be watched” list because of it. I quite enjoyed reading BEAUTY & THE BIGFOOT. It is a quick and easy read, entertaining, and even sexy at times. And now that I’ve “discovered” Ms. Wilkins writing, I am definitely going to have to explore her backlist of stories. And maybe sign up for her newsletter as well.” BD Whitney, BookWenches Reviewer
So, is Bigfoot real? Is the Patterson film a hoax? Are there Sasquatches roaming the forests of the Pacific Northwest? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that the legend continues on – with a happy ending – in Beauty & the Bigfoot.
Next week, my favorite contemporary is… a tie!