For as long as I can remember I’ve been a fan the hidden swan. Being a tall for my age, slightly awkward girl, I always gravitated to stories where the unlikely beauty came out on top. I guess it all begin when I saw Cinderella for the first time and watched her get her full sparkle transformation on at Radio City Music Hall. This was back in the day when they used to show movies at RadioCity so you can imagine how far I’m going back. Seeing this hearth sweeping, picked on, odd girl out emerge on top in the end warmed my heart and gave me a hope that never waned.
My love of unlikely heroines continued throughout my tween and teen years when I started to read romance and went in for the 80’s glitz with authors like Jackie Collins and Danielle Steele. I was furthered spurred along by Judith Krantz and the fabulous television mini-series that went along with her books. Anyone else remember Lindsey Wagner in Scruples? I mean how fantastic was she, going from secretary to boss of bosses when her rich (ok so she loved him) husband died and left her dough to build the world’s most lavish department store? For me this was a quirky young shopaholic’s dream.
And what about the great Maxi from I’ll Take Manhattan who headed up her own magazine empire? And I might add when she was portrayed by the super cool Valerie Bertinelli in the 80’s miniseries, she did it with the most epic feathered hair ever! If a girl was gonna work it, she might as well do it with the big shoulder pads and ever bigger hair.
Armed with my love of glitz, after high school I went on to major in fashion design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology where I studied hard and for a few years lived the manic make it work life of a potential Project Runway contestant. After graduation though, I quickly came to realize that life as a working girl in the fashion industry was no game show and it definitely didn’t have the glitz of a Judith Krantz novel. No, it was more akin to Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada. Though with longer hours, more angst and more epic side-eyes. Pretty deep for a regular girl from uptown trying to make it in the downtown world.
This is why my Creative Hearts series of books from Crimson Romance is so near and dear to my heart. In each book: Through The Lens and Seduction’s Canvas I’ve tried to pull the curtain back a bit on the life of a creative in the romantic setting of New York City. For my latest books in the series, Threads of Desire, I’m thrilled for folks to meet my own unlikely heroine, Gabby and get a glimpse into the not always so glamorous side of the fashion design world.
Fashion designer, Gabrielle Russell isn’t afraid to show her unique style or her ample sexy curves. Straight laced, financial analyst, Nick Ross knows he’s definitely not the right man for Gabby. Now if only they could get their hearts and hormones to listen to their heads everything would fit perfectly.
A native New Yorker, K.M. Jackson spent ten years designing for various fashion houses before pursuing her dream of being a writer. She currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, twins, and a precocious terrier named Jack that keeps her on her toes.
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