I originally wrote Charades in 2005 with the idea of writing a series with titles that are both games and stand alone words. I made a list of 13 games with noun and verb counterparts. I did it this way to avoid having to contact game-producing companies for permission to use the name of their game. Charades and Hopscotch, the next book in the Games People Play series, are green-lighted since they aren't patented board or card games. Twister, book 3, not so much. My characters never play the game but I have one scene where I refer to it. I figured, better play it safe to avoid being sued by a megamillion toy/game manufacturer for using their game name without permission, so I contacted Milton Bradley execs. They were, of course, ecstatic about their game being highlighted in a romance suspense novel!
Book 4, Hangman, is another safe one. A paper and pencil, guessing game that dates back to Victorian times with at least a dozen definitions attached to it. No permission necessary to use it.
Since 2005, Charades has undergone many edits and I'm sooo excited that Reese Adams and Ethan Chamberlain's story is finally coming to life. The release date will be in March. As soon as I know the exact day, so will you.