I have a rule that when I hear something three times, I pay attention.
Yesterday was the third time someone suggested that I should speak to her book club about my new release, Desire and Deception. This, mind you, in spite of the fact that in the interest of complete and full disclosure, I pointed out to every woman who suggested this that the book was extremely hot. As in steam your computer screens up hot. As in Body Heat hot. Undeterred, the women thought it would be a wonderful change of pace. I agreed it would be great fun. What a great opportunity to talk about my work with a group of interested readers. I was so excited.
Then, at three in the morning, I woke up and I realized I didn’t have a discussion guide for Desire and Deception. I am sharing my DRAFT discussion questions for Desire and Deception with you, looking for feedback and input. Here’s what I have in mind so far.
1. What are the major themes of this story?
2. Desire and Deception is an erotic thriller. How did the sex scenes show character or advance the plot? Do you think the story could have been told without the sex scenes?
3. What were the major turning points in this story for Izzy? For Sarah? For Sean? For Dan?
4. Did the secondary characters (Gert, Sol, Stedman, and Jazmin) add to the storyline or detract from it? Discuss their contribution to or detraction from the story for you.
5. What was your first reaction when you met Reverend Edmonds? Given Angie’s history, did you think his actions on his farm were justified at the time?
6. If you thought your best friend’s husband was a killer, what would you do?
7. Where do you see Angie and Jake fitting into Dan and Sarah’s life as newlyweds? Do you think they can have an amicable custody arrangement for Jake?
8. The author writes, “In the end, Izzy becomes more like “good girl” Sarah–and Sarah becomes more like her “bad girl” friend.” Do you agree with this statement? How did Izzy and Sarah differ? What characteristics did they have in common?
9. How do the roles of women in society play a part in this story? Is Izzy a victim or a villain? How do you think you might have turned out if you’d been born into Izzy’s crime family? What about if you’d been born into Sarah’s alcoholic family? What choices do we all make as women about our lives?
10. Did Sharon Buchbinder keep her promise to her readers that they will be affected by the story? Did you feel anxious? Cry? Become angry? Laugh out loud?
11. Did the story have a satisfying ending for you? Why or why not.
So, my dear readers, what questions would you include in a Reading Group Guide?
(BTW, if you have a moment and have not already done so, could you please stop by my new Facebook page for Sharon Buchbinder, Romance Author and LIKE me? Many thanks!)