$20 Gift Card Giveaway , Author Interview & Excerpt of Savage Magic by Judy Teel

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Savage Magic

by Judy Teel

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A deadly disease from an unknown origin…

Addison Kittner and ex-FBI agent Cooper Daine arrive at Bone Clan expecting a warm welcome. Instead they’re imprisoned and placed under quarantine, where they discover that the werewolf mountain Clans are being decimated by a deadly plague which can’t be cured.

An old obligation that changes everything…

With only a few days to live, Cooper’s brother, Alpha of Bone Clan, asks Cooper to fulfill his promise, one that’s crucial to their Clan’s survival. But if he does, Cooper risks loosing Addison. Forever.

An ancient creature bred for genocide…

Determined to stop the plague and cure Cooper’s brother, Addison defies Clan law and sneaks away to an ancient ruin which might hold the key. There she discovers an unexpected link to her past and inadvertently calls forth an immortal monster that will destroy the paranormal races protecting humanity if it can’t be stopped.

But as Cooper and Addison battle to stop the annihilation of the Clans and the forces trying to tear their bond apart, something even more powerful and deadly gathers just out of sight…

And prepares to strike.

BUY LINKS

AMAZON:

Shifty Magic (Book 1): http://amzn.to/1gImhOO

Undercover Magic (Book 2): http://amzn.to/1L1VJ9I

Savage Magic (Book 3): http://amzn.to/1gImjGF

NOOK:

Shifty Magic (Book 1): http://goo.gl/6hU5bQ

Undercover Magic (Book 2): http://goo.gl/0qjldj

Savage Magic (Book 3): http://goo.gl/SijP9j

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Excerpt:

The scent of blood got stronger, pulling my thoughts back and making my heart pound a little harder against my chest. Slipping a knife from the sheath inside my right boot, I watched the flutter of shadows on the path below where it turned and disappeared behind a thick wall of laurels. Slow breath in…Silent breath out…

Deeper shadows emerged and took shape — a man and a woman, both dressed for living outdoors and blending in. And there was Cooper, complacently allowing them to roughly pull him along between them, his nose and a cut on his cheek seeping blood. Weird. Cooper was built like an early twenty-first century Olympic gymnast and I’d seen him take out opponents in less than ten seconds without a single blow landing on him. How had they managed to subdue him?

I watched them come closer and pass below me. The woman on one side of Cooper was medium height with light skin and dark red hair that she’d pulled back into a short ponytail with a strip of leather. The man on the other side was tall and muscular with tanned skin, his bright red hair in a military cut.

I adjusted the soles of my logger boots against the branch under me to give myself a more solid launch, judged the distance — and jumped.

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Author Interview:

-Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?


– Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

If the entire series were one book, Savage Magic would be that midpoint where everything changes. A surprise enemy is back and an unexpected ally also comes to light. Moving forward, Addison and Cooper are going to have to put on their big girl panties (yup, even Cooper) if they’re going to come out on the winning side.


– What draws you to your genre?

I love the dystopian urban fantasy genre because it allows so much freedom. Books like mine can have action, romance, mystery, emotional depth and even funny moments. No getting bored in these worlds!


-When did you realize you were a writer?

Probably when I was six. We were asked to create a painting and then write a story about it and it was one of the few times I remember liking school.


-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

Because I write for the New Adult and Adult market, I haven’t really limited myself on subject matter. I write what the story demands, which is why the Shifty Magic series flirts on the edge of horror sometimes. I do minimize details in places though, not just to keep the books genre-focused, but also to keep the stories moving.


-What or who were your early influences?

The Hobbit, tons of romance authors, C.S. Lewis – I was all over the place. Movies like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark influenced me too. Good storytelling, both of them. Everything I read and everything I watch I’m analyzing and learning from. Can’t seem to help myself.


-How do you deal with writer’s block?

I have one of those anti-gravity chairs in my office and if I’m stuck because I’m tired, I’ll get in that and meditate or nap for 20 or 30 minutes. If I’m stuck because I’ve been sitting too long, I’ll get up and do some kind of physical chore like laundry, or I’ll take our dog for a walk. If I pose a question to myself like, “How can Addison get out of this?” or, “What would Cooper be feeling here?” and then let it go, I always get my answer.


-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

It’s a magical thing to be a writer. All these people and places and events in my head go out as a book and other people feel and experience them as if they were there. It’s the coolest job I’ve ever had.

The only hard parts are the long hours at the computer and sometimes having to miss out on fun things in order to get a project finished. But it’s worth it.


-Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Ilona Andrews is always at the top of my list and so is Jim Butcher. I also really liked the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. Great stuff.


-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?

I have two toy Minions in hula skirts on my desk. Whenever I look at them, it makes me smile.

I’m a tea hoarder. I used to tell my kids they were exaggerating about that, but no. Guilty as charged.

I’ve recently started using a program that lets me dictate my first drafts because I have so much trouble resisting editing when I need to be writing. It’s helped. A little. I probably should find a support group for obsessive wordsmithing.


-Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun.

 

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AuthorPhoto_SavageMagicAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Judy Teel was born in Virginia and moved to North Carolina just before middle school. She’s a fiction author and novelist writing in the dystopian urban fantasy genre. Her stories deliver mystery with some thriller elements, a kick-butt heroine with a large dash of snark in her, a bit more than a touch of romance with a guy that makes readers’ hearts beat a little faster, and a wild ride full of action and emotion from start to finish.

Shifty Magic is permanently free on all platforms and Undercover Magic is free as a thank you gift for anyone who signs up on my readers list: http://judyteel.com/my-free-book/

Website: http://www.judyteel.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JudyTeelBooks

Twitter: @JudyTeelBooks / https://twitter.com/JudyTeelBooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5023501.Judy_Teel

Amazon Author’s Page: http://amzn.to/1NIne6S

Tumblr: http://judyteel.tumblr.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/judyteelbooks/

 

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GIVEAWAY


Judy will be awarding $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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Giveaway, Author Interview and Excerpt of Wealth and Privilege by Jeanette Watts

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Wealth and Privilege

by Jeanette Watts

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Money. Family. Love. Hate. Obsession. Duty. Politics. Religion – or the lack thereof. Sex — or, once again, the lack thereof.

Thomas Baldwin finds himself married to a woman he can’t stand, while head-over heels in love with another woman he can’t have. Talk about bad planning. He feels like a kite, buffeted by circumstances which blow him not only through personal crises, but also through some of the most significant events in Pittsburgh during the late 1800s, including the railroad riots of 1877, the creation of the Homestead Steel Works, the assassination of President Garfield, and the Johnstown Flood. Over time, and with the help of his muse, who dances maddeningly just beyond his reach, he takes control of his life, wresting it from the winds attempting to control him.

A carefully-researched historical novel about life among the privileged class of Pittsburgh during the Industrial Revolution.

AMAZON / B&N 

 

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Excerpt:

 

A soft rumble of thunder sounded in the distance, and they both groaned.

 

Just what we need,” Thomas observed. “More water.”

 

Well, I suppose thunder doesn’t necessarily mean more rain,” Regina answered hopefully.

 

It was an odd sort of thunder. It took Thomas a moment to realize why. Then it occurred to him that it was continuous, and getting louder, instead of fading away.

 

A strange black fog began to drift through the air. They froze, staring at each other, listening. The rumble increased like – what? It was a cross between an oncoming train, and – and – Thomas imagined this must be what an avalanche must sound like.

 

Then he knew what was going on. The South Fork dam had broken!

 

Before he could share his insight, Regina’s face changed. She stared up Clinton Street, mouth open, eyes wide with horror. She pointed, incoherent noises issuing from her throat. Thomas turned, and nearly fell off their precarious little raft.

 

The source of the crashing rumble was a towering wall of debris moving toward them. A misty black cloud hung in the air, occasionally obscuring the horrific sight. A writhing mass of tree roots, rooftops, planks, railroad pieces and other metal parts tumbled over and over upon itself.

 

The rumble had clarified into a roar of screaming and crashing as the rapidly approaching behemoth rolled toward them. They couldn’t outrun it, either on or off their little craft. Regina pointed to the nearest building. The brick corners were coined, laid unevenly enough to make a decent ladder. Thomas understood without a word. They poled their way across the watery distance, desperation giving them strength and speed.

 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

 

-Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?

 

Well, I write historic fiction, as well as dance textbooks, screenplays, and various other things. I do have a very juicy manuscript on the order of Fifty Shades of Gray in the works, as well as a contemporary satire I’m calling Jane Austen Lied to Me.


– Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

 

My release is called Wealth and Privilege. I’m afraid all the sex in it is “off screen.” The story is about obsession, in a way. But I’d like to be loved the way Regina, my heroine, is loved.


– What draws you to historical romance?

 

I love history! Research is fun for me. My preferred reading material for fun is biographies. I’m a Vintage dancer, so I spend a lot of time with historical dancer forms, and I make a lot of historical clothing. History is this big juicy playground full of scandals and secrets. Revisionists always have to clean it up – Grandma ran a boarding house, not a bordello, the Civil War was about rights, not about slavery, the Founding Fathers weren’t deists and Freethinkers… but when you get in there and get the facts, it’s always messy and fun to write about.

 

-When did you realize you were a writer?

 

I was writing stories to tell my best friend while we walked to school when we were in something like fifth grade. I used to just make them up in my head, she was the person who made me start putting it down on paper.


-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

 

Depends on the context. The juciest manuscript I mentioned earlier, I guess I’m just trying to draw the line this side of tasteful. For Wealth and Privilege, I originally meant to put in more sex “on screen.” But the characters had other ideas. I even put in a character that I meant for my hero to have an affair with, but he just wasn’t interested. He’s a one-woman kind of guy.


-What or who were your early influences?

 

Margaret Mitchell is the biggest influence. You can see Gone With the Wind in all sorts of details. My heroine is a female version of Rhett Butler. My ending is influenced by Gone With the Wind. But there’s a touch of Edith Wharton in there, too.


-How do you deal with writer’s block?

 

I actually started writing Wealth and Privilege on paper (it took me 10 years to write). I would take my notebook – spiral notebook, mind you – and sit at the sewing machine. I would sew for a while and think, then I’d stop sewing and write until I got stuck again, and then I’d go back to sewing. Having the distraction kept me from sitting there staring at the page until drops of blood formed on my forehead.


-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

 

The best part is having the characters come to life. I had this story banging at the inside of my head. Now it’s on the outside where everyone can see. The most difficult part is finding enough time for writing. Life is full of distractions.


-Who are a few of your favorite authors?

 

Well, obviously Margaret Mitchell… my other favorites include David McCullough (he’s an awesome historian and writer!), Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Isaac Asimov, Philippa Gregory, and Anne McCaffrey. Wow, thinking this list over, now I understand why my computer contains manuscripts in various stages of completion for historic fiction, romantic comedy, a children’s book, and erotic fiction.


-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?

 

Huh. I’m not exactly shy, most people know more about me than they want to… and the darnedest thing about being a writer, little personal things come leaping off the page. I guess I’ll say

  1. I don’t like zoos. They depress me. It’s a prison for animals.
  2. I didn’t have a boyfriend in high school. The people from my high school know that part, of course.
  3. I used to blush very easily. In college, the guys used to love making me blush. I was the innocent sort who never got the dirty jokes, when I finally started figuring them out, I would be pink from my hair to my cleavage. No one who knows me now would believe it for a moment. I’m a dance instructor, I turn everything into a sexual innuendo.


-Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?

 

Well, yeah, hey, everybody! Read my book! Wealth and Privilege! It’s really good. Even if I do say so myself.

 

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AuthorPhoto_WealthAndPrivilegeAUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Jeanette Watts has written television commercials, marketing newspapers, stage melodramas, four screenplays, three novels, and a textbook on waltzing.

 

When she isn’t writing, she teaches social ballroom dances, refinishes various parts of her house, and sews historical costumes and dance costumes for her Cancan troupe.

 

WEBSITE

GOODREADS AUTHOR PAGE

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

 

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GIVEAWAY

Jeanette will be awarding a Victorian cameo to a randomly drawn winner (International) via rafflecopter during the tour.

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$25 Gift Card Giveaway, Author Interview and Excerpt of Jack Gets His Man by D. E. Haggerty

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Jack Gets His Man

by D. E. Haggerty

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Everything seems to be going well in Jack’s life. His store is busy making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. The new bookkeeper at the store discovers things aren’t actually as they seem. Someone is playing fast and loose with the store accounts. Jack’s bestie and his knitting group fancy themselves detectives and jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they aren’t re-enacting scenes from Mission: Impossible, they’re setting Jack up on dates and generally insinuating themselves into his love life. They’re determined to find love for Jack as well as his missing money. Will Jack catch a thief or find love? Either way Jack’s going to get his man.

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EXCERPT:

 

Look,” Tommy said as he looked anywhere but at Jack. “I appreciate you coming out here and all, but I’m not interested.”

 

Jack bristled. Not interested? How could the man not be interested in him? He was good-looking, owned a successful business, and was tons of fun to boot.

 

Sorry, sorry. I’m saying this all wrong.” Tommy took a deep breath and leaned forward. “I’m not gay,” he whispered.

 

Okay, now Jack was confused. Normally men whispered that they were gay. Not the other way around. He leaned back in the booth and crossed his arms across his chest. “Okay. What’s going on?”

 

Betty and her gals have been trying to set me up with every woman within a thirty mile radius. It’s driving me absolutely batty. Do you know what it’s like to be the only single man at church and have every old biddy there trying to set you up with their daughter, niece, granddaughter, second cousin. Everyone!” He threw his hands up in surrender. “It’s fucking exhausting.”

 

Jack chuckled. “I can only imagine darling.”

 

Exactly. I thought if I told them I’m gay, I’d be off the hook. Because, let’s face it, you don’t want to be on their bad side.” Tommy leaned forward and whispered. “You know some poor woman pissed them off and they put ex-lax in a special batch of brownies just for her. I don’t touch the cookies anymore.”

 

Jack let his gaze slide up and down Tommy’s body. “No, I don’t imagine that you do,” he drawled.

 

Thanks.” Tommy might not be gay but he had absolutely no problems with Jack checking him out. What a shame he didn’t play for Jack’s team. “Anyway, I’m really sorry about this but I didn’t want to say this on the phone. Plus,” Tommy’s eyes pleaded with Jack. “I would really appreciate it if you didn’t tell them I’m straight.”

 

Jack chuckled. This was new. He was, unfortunately, used to hiding people’s secrets but usually it wasn’t because they were straight. “What do I get out of it?”

 

Dinner?”

 

Jack waved his hands. “It’s fine. I totally understand. The ladies can get a bit pushy.” Tommy snorted. “Yeah, yeah, more than a bit. But I love them.”

 

I don’t know whether I love them or want to strangle them. When they’re attention is on someone else I want to worship at their conniving little feet. But when they sink their claws into me, I want to scream like a little girl and go hide.”

 

 

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INTERVIEW

– Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?

Hmmm… let me see. I’m a middle-aged (egad!) woman who has tried nearly every profession in the book before settling down to write. Just to name a few: lifeguard, sports store manager, military policewoman, lawyer, and B&B owner/operator. I’ve somehow managed to write five books and I’m working on my sixth. I like to travel which probably led me to living in various countries. I’m in Istanbul at the moment but looking to leave in a few months but we have no idea where we’re headed. I want to go to somewhere I can learn to surf but my husband doesn’t think that’s a sound way to decide where to live. *eye roll*

– Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

The main character, Jack, is not always a choir boy. Okay, he is most definitely not a choir boy. He ‘accidentally’ sleeps with an ex-boyfriend. He maintains it was an accident because it’s unfair to tangle sex in front of man who has been drinking and is going through a dry spell. And then he hires someone to work at his store because he wants to ‘date’ him. That doesn’t work out for him very well when his best friend, Izzy, reminds him of all the men he’s had to fire because he slept with them and then didn’t want to go back for seconds.

– What draws you to romantic comedy?

I’ll be perfectly honest. I didn’t want to write romantic comedy/chick lit at all. Although I like to read chick lit, I preferred writing suspense and mysteries. But one of my good friends convinced me I’m funny and that I should go for it. And then I realized I could add a bit of mystery to my romantic comedy. Huh! Maybe that’s an idea. And now I’m just having an absolute blast. This series, the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives, nearly writes itself.

-When did you realize you were a writer?

I’m not sure I’ve realized that yet. I’m still waiting for people to call me out when I claim I’m a writer.


-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

So far I’m a total chicken about writing sex scenes. I love to read them but I’m not sure I can write one that doesn’t sound trite or hasn’t been done a million times before. I’ll get there eventually. Even if I someday manage to get over my aversion to writing sex scenes, I’m pretty sure I’ll draw the line at writing a rape scene. I’ve discussed and referred to rape in my books before but I don’t think I could actually write the gruesome scene out.


-What or who were your early influences?

I read absolutely everything I could get my hands on as a child (including my mother’s Harlequin romances). I loved The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I wanted to be Nancy Drew when I grew up. I still do. I think I read Little Women about a gazillion times. I still remember which shelf it was on in the elementary school library.

-How do you deal with writer’s block?

Just. Keep. Writing. Seriously, it’s that easy. You don’t need to work on a manuscript if you’re stuck but keep writing whether it’s a blog post or book review or whatever. Keep exercising those writing muscles.

-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

The very best part of being a writer is making up my own schedule and working in my pajamas with uncombed hair. And of course the fact that my entire work revolves around books. That’s pretty awesome. The most difficult part is all the extraneous stuff that comes with being a self-published author. For example, marketing, handling social media, begging for book reviews, the list goes on and on.

-Who are a few of your favorite authors?

On the more serious literature side, I absolutely adore Amitov Ghosh, Khaled Hosseini, A.S. Byatt, and Margaret Atwood. My fun-loving side enjoys Janet Evanovich, Eva Langlais, and Alan Bradley. I could go on and on.


-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?

1. I’ve completed a full-length marathon but I finished dead last. Like they literally waited for me to finish and then started tearing down the finish line.

2. I am terrified, okay it’s more like a phobia, of snakes. Seriously, I can’t even watch them on television. I have to cover my eyes.

3. I was convinced as a child that sharks were somehow going to magically appear in swimming pools and was afraid to swim alone. Don’t ask me how the sharks are going to suddenly appear – it’s just magic.

-Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?

Just thanks for having me! I too love kink – even if I’m too scaredy-cat to write it!

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I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my sixth book.

 

Contact Information

Website: http://www.dehaggerty.com

Blog: http://www.dehaggerty.com/mymusings

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dehaggerty

Twitter: https://twitter.com/denaehaggerty

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DEHaggerty/posts

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/denahaggerty/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210211.D_E_Haggerty

 

Other books by D.E. Haggerty:

Unforeseen Consequences: http://amzn.to/1gJ1U5b

Buried Appearances: http://amzn.to/1OP5TaX

Begraven in het Verleden: http://amzn.to/1gJ1XxS

Life Discarded: http://amzn.to/1P5nA6Q

Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem: http://amzn.to/1OP5Yet

 

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GIVEAWAY

The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

$20 Gift Card Giveaway, Author Interview and Excerpt of A VIXEN IN VENICE by Kate Deveaux

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A VIXEN IN VENICE

by Kate Deveaux

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He’s an art thief on the run…with her heart

 

Look closer, into Hotel Totally Five Star Venice, where art curator Monique Le Bres has just walked through the doors of the newly opened swanky luxury hotel to assist with their art collection.

 

Alessandro Bonnard, the world-renowned art connoisseur and collector has been sent incognito to supervise Monique and oversee her acquisitions for the hotel.

 

Concealing his true identity, Alessandro is intrigued by the art-loving vixen with an appetite for kinky sex. He pursues Monique, charming her at every turn — taking her to places she’s never been — both in and out of bedroom.

 

Monique falls hard for the man who has utterly captured her body and soul. Only to find out he isn’t who she thought he was after all…he’s an art thief on the run…with her heart.

 

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EXCERPT

Waiting a good half hour, Monique was quite sure the coast was clear after  her supervisor had departed. Weary from her travels she couldn’t wait to get back to her nice room and fall fast asleep in the sumptuous looking bed.

 

Stepping out of her office, Monique headed for the elevator at the end of the hall, noticing each door she passed had a nametag with identifiers. Sales the Direttore Vendite.  Food and Beverage. Diretorre del Marketing. Director of Marketing and so on.

 

The subdued hush of voices from an adjoining hallway made Monique stop in her tracks. Pausing, she listened. The soft giggles intrigued her. Tiptoeing towards the sound, she peered around the corner. Near the end of the hall, she glimpsed Donovan’s silhouette as he leaned against a woman, kissing her. His hands holding hers above her head as she hooked one long leg around his waist, pulling him closer to her as they embraced passionately.

 

Monique’s key slipped from her hand and tinkled noisily on the wood floor. Mouth agape, her cheeks flamed as Donovan looked up and nodded to her from down the long hallway. Then the woman looked at her too. Monique immediately recognized the young blonde with the pixie cut hair and the cute little body from the lobby. The one she’d seen Donovan pat on the ass when Monique had first arrived.

 

The young woman merely smiled at Monique, her legs still wrapped around her supervisor’s hips, and then returned to kissing Donovan. Running her hands along his wide shoulders before he spun her around and planted his hands on her ass, pulling her too him. Hard. Monique looked away, but then back again. Strangely aroused at the unbridled passion, she was aware her nipples peaked under her silk blouse as she watched his hands slide over her curves and slide up and then up and under her skirt.

 

He tugged the woman’s panties down.

 

She kicked them off with flair. Crumpled, the lace thong lay in the hall while the lovers went at it. Grabbing, tasting, and kissing. Monique was aware her own panties were moist, shocked by her own enjoyment at watching them. Hiking the woman’s skirt up further, Donovan pursued her, baring her sculpted thighs and making Monique’s body quiver as she watched when Donovan slid his fingers between the woman’s legs. A soft groan escaped his lover’s mouth as they kissed and she tugged impatiently at his belt.

 

Monique gulped an audible gulp. Donovan cocked at eye in her direction.  Monique quickly retreated, embarrassed to have been caught standing there enjoying spying on the lovers.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

-Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?

 

First of all, I’m completely delighted to chatting with you. I love Kink and you love Kink, I think we’re going to get on fabulously! So much in common. J I’m a contemporary romance author and I write toe curling erotic romance. When I’m not schmoozing with my heroes and heroines in my fictional world, I love to play tennis and love to cook (when I have the time), and absolutely adore entertaining friends.

 

–       Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

 

I’d love to as I had so much fun writing A VIXEN IN VENICE. Several of may passion comingled- fine art, Venice, and luxury travel, plus a drop dead sexy hero and a heroine with a weakness for naughty sex. What’s not to love about that? The book is set in one of the Totally Five Star hotel’s that has newly opened and Monique; the free spirited heroine, has been hired to oversee a massive art collection for the luxury hotel. Little does she know the man who is sent to supervise her is a reclusive world-renowned art collector who is more than happy to supervise her both in and out of the bedroom when he seduces her, one Venetian night at a time.

 

–       What draws you to romance?

 

I love romance, always have and I think romance doesn’t end at the bedroom door. Erotic romance is not only scintillating, but also allows me as an author to write about far more revealing and intimate aspects of a romance. And the best part?  When people ask me about the research for my books — gotta love that question. It’s erotic romance..need I say more? J
-When did you realize you were a writer?

 

I always loved to write and by high school I devoured novels such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and others, such as Judy Blume’s Forever and The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough. Those books spurred me on to write short sexy stories and then branch out into longer plotlines.


-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

 

I write whatever I think is important to the story. Themes that make people uncomfortable are often the most promising to write as they take a special skill to show both sides of a story. This is the case in BRIDE UNDONE when my heroine, the bride, falls for the father of the groom. Taboo, yes, but I hope through my story telling the readers understand that true love can be found in the most unusual places. Also, I want to note that as an erotic romance writer I write about heroines who are empowered by their sexuality and never demeaned by it. That’s where I draw the line.


-What or who were your early influences?

 

In addition to some of the authors I mentioned above the writings of “The Greats,” like the Brontes, Jane Austen, and then of course the page-turners like Danielle Steele, Sidney Sheldon, Rosemaunde Pilcher, Jacqueline Susanne (Valley of the Dolls) and Maeve Binchy. I couldn’t ever read enough in high school and college and romances intrigued me, although I would have enjoyed a racier read than was often available. That’s probably what spurred me on to write about what happens behind closed doors —bedroom doors, that is.


-How do you deal with writer’s block?

 

I have been lucky so far not to have much of a problem, but when I do, I just turn my attention to another work in progress. Or I write a scene about anything… Just get those fingers typing and usually something clicks inside. I have reached places in books I’ve been writing where I didn’t know where I was going next, so I usually mull it over during the day, or ideas pop into my head at night and then as soon as I have an inkling of where I am going, I put bottom in chair and start typing!


-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

–       Best part is all the imaginary friends I have in my books and all the fun things they can do (okay, I know, I make them do these things!). Most difficult? Still don’t like editing much, I prefer to write, but editing is a very necessary part of the finished product so I have learned to embrace it as much as I can.

-What are three things that many people don’t know about you? I once was in a PG movie, (yes, it was my big debut on the screen but also my last), I’ve sailed all through the Caribbean and the Bahamas and Pacific Northwest “finding myself” and will never jump out of a plane willingly.


-Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?

I’d just like to thank you “Kinky Ladies” for having me as your guest. J It was a real pleasure to stop by and talk about my book, naughty romance in general, and let you in on a few of my little secrets. (not so secret now!

 

Hugs,

Kate

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AuthorPhoto_AVixenInVeniceAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! Kate is currently working on several fictional stories – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She currently resides with her husband in the U.S. When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too.

 

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Author website: http://www.katedeveaux.com

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For Claire

by Amelia Swan

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Claire is dreading her 30th birthday…until she finds out Jay is flying out to help her and Dylan celebrate. Armed with a new dress and a carefree attitude, Claire is ready for whatever the big night may bring.

It’s been three months since the last time Jay met up with the married couple he’s grown so fond of. When he finds out Claire’s birthday is coming up, he jumps at the opportunity to see them again.

Jay and Dylan are hoping to give Claire a birthday she’ll never forget, but she ends up getting so much more…

What would make Claire’s 30th birthday a memorable event? A night in bed with her husband and their lover.

Publisher’s Note: This title contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual situations, ménage (m/m/f).

Buy Links:

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Excerpt :

I looked at Jay. With his full beard, broad chest, and tall stature, he was all man. Jay was powerfully sexy, and I couldn’t wait to watch him take control once we got home.

My eyes drifted back to Dylan, my beautiful husband. His high cheek bones and lean musculature were enough to take my breath away, and they usually did on a nightly basis. I couldn’t wait to share him with a man we both loved and trusted.

I sat up straight and pushed my chair out an inch from the table. “I’m ready to go.” I looked back and forth between the two of them, surprised they hadn’t caught the urgency in my tone. “Like right now.”

We hadn’t received the check yet, but that didn’t stop both men from digging into their wallets and throwing a few bills apiece onto the table. I knew Jay and Dylan well enough to be sure they left more than enough to cover the bill and tip the waitress exceptionally well. The three of us stood and hastily pushed in our chairs, hoping to hurry out of the restaurant while trying to look inconspicuous.

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Interview:

-Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?

– Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

For Claire” is the second story in a three part series. It explores the relationship between Claire, her bisexual husband Dylan, and his ex-boyfriend Jay. In this installment, Jay flies out to New York City to celebrate Claire’s birthday with the married couple. The last time they’d all met, things had gotten pretty steamy. This time Claire finds herself feeling more deeply for Jay than she ever imagined she would.


– What draws you to the romance genre?

I tried writing other things before I found my way to the romance genre. There’s something about it that just clicked for me. Beforehand, I could only come up with ideas for short stories. Now I have more ideas for novel length books than I have time to write.


-When did you realize you were a writer?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I feel like I’ve basically been a writer my entire life. I used to write little plays for my friends to perform when I was in elementary school.


-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

If something isn’t sexy, then I stay away from it. A lot of publishers have restrictions on what can and can’t be included in books, and my guidelines seem to mesh with theirs. Nothing illegal and nothing gross.


-What or who were your early influences?

Sylvia Day was my earliest romance influence. Her historical are some of my favorite romances I’ve ever read. Her ability to set a scene is something I really admire.


-How do you deal with writer’s block?

The first thing I try to do is power through it. Sometimes if I make myself confront the difficulty I’m having, I can overcome it. If that doesn’t work, I move on to work on something else for a bit.


-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

The best part of being a writer is knowing that I’m living my dream. The most difficult part is the actual writing. Sometimes things just come to me, and other times it’s a real struggle.


-Who are a few of your favorite authors?

In general, I like Kurt Vonnegut, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walt Whitman, and Suzanne Collins. When it comes to romance, Jessica Sorenson is easily my favorite.


-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?

I love playing board games, fantasy football, and Dungeons and Dragons.

-Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?

Thanks for taking time of your day to learn more about me and writing!

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Amelia Swan writes contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and new adult romance. She’s interested in characters that are smart, sincere, and somewhat artistically inclined. All of her heroines are girls she could totally see herself being friends with.

Website: www.ameliaswan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/byameliaswan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/byameliaswan

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Purely Professional

by Elia Winters

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Columnist Bridget Hartwell agrees to write about BDSM to impress her new executive editor at Sultry, the “sex-positive magazine for sex-positive women.” Unfortunately, it’s a topic she knows absolutely nothing about…but if she ever wants that promotion, she’ll need to learn the ropes, fast.

English professor Max Harlow is active in the Dom/sub scene, but only for casual play—he’s never found his ideal partner: a woman who is his equal, but sexually submissive. When he’s asked to explain the lifestyle to his cute but obviously inexperienced neighbor, Max is certain it’s best to approach it academically—to keep things purely professional.

Until Bridget’s first article is a huge hit, giving her the perfect excuse to delve deeper into the naturally submissive side of her sexuality. But as their encounters intensify and each of her boundaries is skillfully pushed, Bridget must decide what this all means… for her identity, her career, and, most importantly, her future with Max.

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Excerpt:

What about your fantasies?”

Bridget hesitated.

What? What is it?” Catching her hesitation, Max looked up from the Scrabble board.

It’s just…” She paused and took a swig of beer. “I’ve had a lot of crushes on men in positions of power. My volleyball coach back in high school, my internship coordinator in college, a few professors…” Realizing he was grinning, she blushed, remembering he was a professor. “Right. Anyway, I never acted on any of them.”

And yet you complain that you date weak men.” He swirled the beer around in his bottle and held it up to the light, his gaze thoughtful and distant.

Well, I don’t want some guy to boss me around.” To hide the discomfort she suddenly felt, Bridget looked down at the board. She played reach off the H in hinder and fumbled as she chose four new tiles.

I think we both know that’s a lie.“ Max said smoothly, and he drank his beer. “I’ll bet you’re just afraid of what kind of woman you would be if you gave in to those urges.” He rubbed a tile between a thumb and forefinger, then set it back on his shelf. “I’ve been doing this a long time, Bridget. You responded today like a natural submissive. You liked more than just the sex. You liked all of it.”

She set down her beer and looked at him. “All right.” She tried not to sound defensive. “So what does that mean?”

It doesn’t have to mean anything.” Max shrugged. “Maybe this afternoon, I just want to play some Scrabble with you and order a pizza. But when we’re done with all this experimenting, you’re going to have a lot to write about.”

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AuthorAvator_Purely ProfessionalAUTHOR Bio and Links:

Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.

Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.

Elia’s virtual life is as busy as her real life. In addition to her website, http://eliawinters.com/, you can also find her on:

Twitter / Tumblr  / Facebook / Pinterest / Goodreads

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?

Thanks for having me! You can sum me up in two words: geeky and kinky. Well, I’m much more than that, but those two words are pretty effective. When I’m not writing saucy romance novels, I teach high school English and work to keep those two halves of my life separate.


Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

I’m here about Purely Professional, but I hope you don’t mind me mentioning that I have a new book that just came out this month! Playing Knotty is a hot story of bondage meets bookworm. Emma Green is a bookstore owner with some body image issues, and she’s thrust into the world of bondage via an old friend, Ian Cooper. Ian rents the back room of her store for a bondage workshop, and when his model gets the flu, Emma volunteers to help. She doesn’t expect to develop feelings for Ian, and she certainly doesn’t expect to love bondage.


What draws you to erotic romance?

Sex is fantastic and a key part of most romantic relationships. I think it’s important to celebrate sex and love, and writing erotic romance lets me do both. Plus, I enjoy promoting other important issues to me, such as feminism and body-positivity, through my writing.


When did you realize you were a writer?

I’ve always seen myself as a writer. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, poems and short stories and even fanfiction. I wrote my first novel when I was 15, and that’s when I thought I’d like to make a living as a writer.


Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

Sex needs to serve the story line, even in erotic romance. If you can remove the sex scene and have no change in the story, then the scene shouldn’t be present in the first place. Most of the time, I’m drawing the line in ways that have nothing to do with sex: I don’t write woman-against-woman hate, with the bitchy ex girlfriend or the backstabbing fake-friends.


What or who were your early influences?
My first romance-esque awakening came in the form of The Mammoth Hunters by Jean Auel, the third book in the Clan of the Cave Bear series. Having loved the first book and unable to find the second, I got my hands on the third and soon realized it was a league removed from anything my sheltered 7th-grade self had read before. When my mom caught wind of the content, she made me return the book, but I was hooked. From then on, I was sneaking my mother’s romance novels, becoming adept at leaving them exactly as I found them as I combed through looking for sex scenes. Not exactly a glorious beginning, but we all start somewhere.

 

How do you deal with writer’s block?

If it’s a first draft, I lower my standards and just write some drivel to move the scene forward. If I’m getting writer’s block on a revision, that usually means that I haven’t planned my revisions thoroughly enough. I take a step back and clarify my character arcs and themes.


What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

The best part of being a writer is seeing my books go from rough first drafts to finished novels. It’s so rewarding to get the final proof. That’s when the book feels real. The most difficult part of writing is the first revision. My first drafts usually need significant rewrites (mostly due to my “lower my standards” method of solving first-draft writer’s block), so the first revision is like cleaning out a storage locker full of a dead relative’s old stuff and searching for the valuable jewelry.


Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Margaret Atwood is a queen among writers. I love her poems and her novels. Barbara Kingsolver is also brilliant. I love Orson Scott Card’s writing but hate his politics. Frank Herbert’s Dune series makes me feel completely inadequate in wonderful ways.


What are three things that many people don’t know about you?

  1. I had a very conservative upbringing. I wasn’t even allowed to see movies rated R until I went off to college.
  2. Most people know I have an English degree, but many don’t know I also have a minor in astronomy.
  3. I’ve been trained as a whitewater raft guide.


Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?

Thanks for having me! Stay tuned to my website, because I have a Steampunk erotic romance called Combustion releasing on May 5th

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Queen of Clubs: Cora

by Katie de Long

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The exotic dancers and employees of the Queen of Clubs walk a fine line, with only wits, beauty, and market savvy to keep them from toppling into the shark pit. Ride shotgun through lapdances, romance, and sexual awakenings. Don’t worry, these girls won’t ask what your hands are doing under the tip rail.

Cora, an adventurous student, finds herself auditioning for a stripping gig…and it comes with more than the asking price, including a very attractive DJ.

Queen of Clubs contains adult content, and is intended for mature readers. Each Queen of Clubs title is a standalone novella length work.

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EXCERPT

I still felt Kirk’s eyes following me, as they had for every set on stage, every lap dance along the wall of the club. It was somewhat unsettling, somewhat flattering, and entirely captivating. A part of me wanted to give in to it, to revel in someone who so plainly appreciated my sensuality, rather than punishing me for it.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Katie de Long lives in the Pacific northwest, realizing her dream of being a crazy cat-lady. As a kid, Katie flagged the fade-to-blacks in every adult book she encountered, and when she began writing, she vowed to use cutaways sparingly. After all, that’s when the good stuff happens. And on a kindle, no one asks why there’s so many bookmarks in her library.

Website : Twitter : Facebook : Goodreads : Mailing list

 

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Queen of Clubs is currently published monthly. Visit delongkatie.com for preorder and purchase links, or sign up for the mailing list, to be notified when new titles are available.

 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

– Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

At this point, Queen of Clubs is releasing one story a month. Queen of Clubs: Tori and Queen of Clubs: Krissy & Athena are the two most recent stories in that series. Tori follows a dominatrix, and Krissy & Athena is a lesbian romance. So, obviously wildly different themes. Coming up next month, it’ll be one a little more vanilla- Queen of Clubs: Crystal. I wanted Queen of Clubs to be so character-focused that even if a reader didn’t want to look at one story because it wasn’t their niche or they didn’t like her voice, they could still read the others.

But I don’t know if those will be my latest releases. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve, some standalones and shorts and such that aren’t on an actual publishing schedule.


– What draws you to Paranormal or erotic romance?

Well, I am creating some stuff for a paranormal pen name (K. de Long), and I fell in love with the noir-ish tone and concept. I’m a diehard urban fantasy lover, as well as most other kinds of specfic. So it’s a style I was born to love, I think. It’s not exactly romance, though.

As far as e-roms, I’ve seen some beautifully written fade to blacks, but most of the time, that fade never felt right to me. It felt like inserting it, pulling us away from the characters and what that moment, and their sexuality meant to them was depriving me, the reader, of a whole other dimension of the story. When I took up writing, I didn’t want to have large sections of my characters be off limits, and picking fairly outwardly sexual or sexualized characters like strippers just opened that further. It doesn’t make sense to write Queen of Clubs as a sweet romance.

 

-When did you realize you were a writer?

When my first story got published, probably. I still don’t really identify as a writer. It’s just kind of something I do that gives me unusual outlets to relate to my family and the world around me. I like writing for the community and the conversation, not so much because I feel like a writer.

I take that back. The first time a story that I had submitted to a friend who puts together anthologies got picked up. I had submitted it to her for a developmental pass, as I was experimenting in a new genre, and her response was “You’re totally gonna let me include that in the anthology, right?” it was a strange moment. I largely write for purposes; I’ve basically never begun writing something without a clear goal for its end purpose. So having that experiment end up so far away from its original purpose… it was a nice moment. I was proud to feel possessive of the work.


-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

Tough one. Largely, my philosophy is live and let live. There’s fetishes or plotlines that I have absolutely no interest in writing, but I don’t really begrudge those who want do want to read or write them.

There’s certainly some subject matter that goes a little further, and squicks me out. But it’s still the same; if people want to read it or create it, they should have the opportunity to.

It’s a little bit of the wild west out there in how difficult it is to organize things, to get them in front of the readers who are looking for them. So my feelings tend to be far more opinionated on proper labeling, trigger warnings, an adult content toggle, and on retailers treating products neutrally, rather than, say, capping how high an erotic work can rise on the bestseller lists (B&N), banning products or relegating them to a second-class status in which even the readers looking for them can’t find them (Amazon).

Chuck Wendig did a great piece on The Interview being scrapped, (http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/12/18/art-held-hostage-why-sony-not-releasing-the-interview-is-scary/ ) and it touches on a lot of the same ideas I have on this stuff. Every story isn’t art, but the act of creation is, and I don’t believe my creations have any more right to market access than someone who writes something much more………. niche.

I guess the only hard line I have is work that is intended to harm a specific, real, person. For instance, Amazon recently pulled a story that was a very thinly-veiled rape fantasy about an actual woman. Not linking it, because I don’t want to compound the threat’s presence by giving it publicity. Anyways, it pretty explicitly laid out a scenario attacking a game developer who was already receiving those exact threats for her work. If someone’s work is intended to express a threat or incite real violence rather than provide entertainment or posit “what ifs”, that’s not something I can defend.

In that title’s case, too, I’d feel bad for people who might have thought it was innocent erotica, rather than understanding the picture it was intended to tie in with. Rape fantasies are pretty common, and fiction is one of the safer ways to indulge that, even when you would never wish to be raped, or wish to rape, in real life. The difference really is in them modeling it so very closely on a real person with the intent of pushing threats that had previously only been in twitter DMs and such to a wider audience.

Even then, I’d say it has a right to exist— and also to be used as evidence in legal proceedings where its message of violence has influenced the crime.


-What or who were your early influences?

I grew up reading and editing, and it’s difficult to tell exactly whose styles and strengths stuck with me enough to influence my own work. I had a diet of fantasy, horror, speculative fiction, science fiction. Brandon Sanderson, Tad Williams, Stephen King’s short stories, Clive Barker. Quite a list for an e-rom author, right? I came to romance somewhat later in life, though my mom certainly loved her bodice rippers.

More recently, I was inspired by some sex worker activists in my social circle, including Tara Burns, author of The Whore Diaries. Her work is mainly essays and anecdotes, rather than structured genre fiction, but it left an impression on me for its honesty and humor. And it was radically different than the way I’d seen that subject matter treated in storytelling. Oftentimes, even when those with lived experience in supposed sleazy fields write about it, they bow to the pressure to sensationalize it or fit it into the same acceptable narratives. It’s only okay to be a sex worker if you’re apologetic about it, or were forced into it, and Tara certainly is not apologetic. She owns it, both the good and the bad.

On a more immersive level, I’m more influenced by music than I am by writers. I keep thorough playlists for the dancers I write about, and listen almost all the time when I’m working. When I’m working on my noir-ish dark fantasy, it’s often minimalist, almost industrial songs like Depeche Mode’s Angel, Massive Attack’s Angel, A Perfect Circle’s Counting Bodies Like Sheep. For most Queen of Clubs, it’s upbeat, strip club-y music, and often– gasp– radio pop.

 

-How do you deal with writer’s block?

To be honest, I’ve rarely been blocked, and never for more than a week or so. Usually just rereading the last few chapters of the work, or if it’s bad, starting at the beginning and tweaking as I go is enough to pull me in to finish writing. But I also start with pretty heavily structured stories, so it’s rarely even a question of how character A gets from point A to point B. I think I would get lost and blocked if I didn’t have a thorough outline before starting.


-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

The best part? Staying home with my pets- I have a lot of animals. I love being able to take a short break to let my wrists rest, scoop up a kitten and butt heads with it, and then go back to work.

The most difficult part? Right now, it’s my backlog. I’ve got hundreds of thousands of words unpublished. If it tells you anything, an average novel is 50-70k, for romance.

Some of these projects are very close to finished, in the final rewrites even, but just having that much to do weighs on you. And some of them are waiting for other things. When Season One of Queen of Clubs finishes, it’ll introduce the characters anchoring two new series. And there’s more spinoffs already written for events in Season Two and Season Three of Queen of Clubs. But until the stories preceding them are published, it would be spoiling some twists to put these spinoffs up.

 

-Who are a few of your favorite authors?

I have a soft spot for Tamora Pierce, although I think her work’s fallen off lately. Also, I love Lili St. Germain, Tad Williams, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Brandon Sanderson, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Neal Gaiman, Mike Carey, and Allen Moore. Neil Shusterman’s Unwind is another favorite, YA though it is.

 

-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?

1. I can arrange a song for a hundred-piece orchestra (in theory, anyways. Been years since I did anything of the sort). Also, it takes an ungodly amount of time to learn how to handle that many instruments.

2. I absolutely love heights, but get claustrophobic underground. My favorite job ever had a task that involved being harnessed to a catwalk thirty or forty feet up in the air, and everyone on that crew with me knew that job was mine. I never wanted to come down.

3.The absolute happiest memory from my childhood involves a 100 year old house, a 100 year old piano, a foggy day, and a song by a composer no one would recognize. The happiest memory from my adulthood… well… no one wants to know that one. Trust me. You just don’t.

-Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?

Not really. It’s been great talking to you all, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again. Anyone who wants to hang out more can check out my site, follow the blog, or tag me in on Facebook.

Love and Lapdances!

* dances offstage *

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Right Here Waiting

by K.E. Belledonne

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In 1942, Ben Williams had it all – a fulfilling job, adoring friends and the love of his life, Pete Montgomery.

But World War II looms over them. When Pete follows his conscience and joins the Army Air Force as a bomber pilot, Ben must find the strength to stay behind without the love of his life, the dedication to stay true and the courage he never knew he’d need to discover his own place in the war effort. Good friends help keep him afloat, until a chance meeting on the home front brings him an unexpected ally—one who will accompany him from the stages of New York City to the hell of the European warfront in search of his love.

Written in the style of a 1940s film, Right Here Waiting pays homage to classic wartime romances from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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EXCERPT

And now, coming to you from a secret location, pre-recorded earlier today, in cooperation with the Armed Forces Radio Network, we are proud to present one of our brave young men, United States Army Air Forces Captain Peter Montgomery, performing a special song from all our troops here to all of you folks back home.”

Ben gasped and rushed to the radio to turn up the volume. He closed his eyes and pictured Pete standing in front of the microphone in his freshly pressed uniform—khaki, the color of his eyes when he laughs—standing surefooted and strong. Crowds never made Pete nervous; singing for millions of people over the radio wouldn’t be a problem for him. When they’d sung duets during Ben’s shows at the Black Cat supper club, Pete was always so smooth and sure, never a tremor or nerves. And now, Ben could just picture him: Pete’s eyes would be closed; he’d have a slight smile; his hands would be either gently folded behind his back or holding the microphone stand.

The honey sound of Pete’s voice singing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”—a voice Ben hadn’t heard in two years—poured from the radio, simple and unaccompanied. He sank to his knees in front of the set and turned the volume even louder. He reached out with one finger to caress the wood, stained golden-red because Pete swore it was the same color as Ben’s hair in the summer. The set reverberated under his fingers. Ben put his entire hand on the set, feeling the vibrations of Pete’s voice through the wood in almost the same way as he’d felt Pete’s voice through his chest when Pete would sing him to sleep, Pete’s naked chest under Ben’s palm, their legs tangled and bodies satiated.

Ben didn’t feel the tears streaming down his face and ignored the pain in his knee as he knelt there—he only felt Pete. Pete’s happiness and joy in the world, Pete’s kindness and generosity, Pete’s caring and love—Ben was enveloped in thoughts of Pete. For this short song, a song of longing and dreams of home, which he knew Pete had picked as a secret code of their own, he and Pete were together, just as they’d be together again, someday soon.

After the song ended, Ben heard Pete whisper, “Merry Christmas.”

Merry Christmas,” Ben whispered back. “Be safe, darling. Come home soon.”

Right Here Waiting will be released by Interlude Press on February 10, 2015.

 

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INTERVIEW

-Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?

Hi there! My name’s Kat. I’m a writer and translator, currently living in the French Alps.

Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

Right Here Waiting is set in World War II. The two central characters are Ben Williams, a singer, and Pete Montgomery, a bomber pilot. It’s a bit sweeping and romantic — it’s about their love, and how it is tested by the adventures they find themselves on. I like to say that it’s the Old Hollywood movie you *would* have seen, had times been more accepting.

– What draws you to Historical Romance?

Historical fiction/romance is my favorite thing to read – I’m a big history buff and I just wanted to write a book that I would want to read!


When did you realize you were a writer?

I know I’ve been writing stories my whole life – I clearly remember writing a whole science fiction story about my third grade class, and I think that was the first story I ever put to paper. It’s just something I’ve always done, just as something for myself.


-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

I like to read books that are escapes from reality. I don’t like books that are too traumatizing, or too depressing or too upsetting. As an author, I write the books I would want to read.


What or who were your early influences?

L.M. Montgomery was the first author that I absolutely had to read everything she’d ever written. I have most of her books. Madeleine L’Engle is another one. I’ve read almost everything she’s written, hundreds of times over.


How do you deal with writer’s block?

It depends on how long it’s been going on. If it’s only been a few days, and whatever deadline I have is far enough off, I’ll just go do something else—listen to music, or go to a museum. Unfortunately, I seem to get a great deal of ideas while I’m washing the dishes… If I’m facing a deadline, I just start to write, free-form and stream of conciousness, and eventually I can veer it toward what I’m trying to write.


What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

The best part of being a writer is being able to see and write both sides of an argument or scene. That’s also the most difficult thing.


Who are a few of your favorite authors?

L.M. Montgomery, Madeleine L’Engle, Elizabeth George Speare, Margaret George, Connie Willis, Diana Gabaldon and Jasper Fforde – just to name a few.


-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?

1) I love to cook, even though sometimes things don’t work out perfectly. Beef stew is my specialty.

2) I love to knit and am currently working on improvising my very first pattern. It will hopefully wind up as a sweater, but we’ll see how it goes.

3) I am an avid alpine skier.


-Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?

Thanks to you for hosting this, thanks to the readers for taking time to read this – please come check out my book, and good luck in the contest!!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

K. E. Belledonne is a writer, editor and translator based in the French Alps. A native New-Englander, Kat spends her spare time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox.

Ms. Belledonne describes her story as “like an old friend—the book you curl up with when you’re not feeling well. You know how it goes. You know how it will end, but it just makes you feel better reading it.”

Right Here Waiting is her first novel.

Connect with the author at http://www.kebelledonne.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KEBelledonne, on Goodreads at http://www.Goodreads.com/kebelledonne and on Twitter at @kebelledonne.

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Love Under Two Outcasts, Lusty Texas Collection

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BLURB:

Charlotta Carmichael is mostly not ashamed of the way she paid for her college degree. Mostly. As an exotic dancer at a gentlemen’s club, she earned enough to get her degree in psychology.

But sometimes the scorn she’s suffered in the past comes back to haunt her. She fears a similar reaction from Jesse and Barry Benedict. Will they still think she’s good enough for them if she tells them the truth?

Jesse and Barry know all about past mistakes and regret. Feeling like outcasts, they left their Montana home and headed to Lusty, hoping to make a new start. Once they understand that Charlotta is their soul mate, they confess their sins of the past—because they want their relationship to have a solid foundation.

As Jesse and Barry rush to save Charlotta from a stalker, they all soon learn that moving on is easier said than done—and requires a bigger leap of faith than they’d ever imagined.

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Excerpt:

The sound of high heels on the marble floor echoed in the reception area. Jesse realized belatedly the feminine footsteps were coming their way.

Gentlemen, I apologize for keeping you waiting.”

Jesse knew the voice from the two telephone conversations he’d had with the doctor. He looked up—and had the surreal sensation that in that instant, with that simple tilt of his head, his entire life had just changed. One quick glance over at Barry, and he knew his twin was experiencing his own personal epiphany.

Jesse got to his feet, his gaze taking in her piled high blonde hair, soft grey eyes, and the way her beige silk blouse and trim brown skirt displayed her made-for-sin body.

He met her gaze, pleased when he read in hers that he and his brother weren’t the only ones to get gob smacked with a flood of pheromones.

She’d extended her hand and Jesse wasted no time in clasping it in his. The zing of electricity shot straight to his groin, and it took supreme will to keep his wood from tenting his jeans.

I’m Jesse. And you have no need to apologize, ma’am. We’re here at your service.” He saw the double entendre hit its mark and liked the humor he read in her eyes.

And then he appreciated her ability to give as well as she got, when she said, “Well in that case, please follow me to someplace a little more private.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Morgan Ashbury, also writing as Cara Covington, has been a writer since she was first able to pick up a pen. In the beginning it was a hobby, a way to create a world of her own, and who could resist the allure of that? Then as she grew and matured, life got in the way, as life often does. She got married and had three children, and worked in the field of accounting, for that was the practical thing to do and the children did need to be fed. And all the time she was being practical, she would squirrel herself away on quiet Sunday afternoons, and write.

Most children are raised knowing the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. Morgan’s children also learned the Paper Rule: thou shalt not throw out any paper that has thy mother’s words upon it.

Believing in tradition, Morgan ensured that her children’s children learned this rule, too.

Life threw Morgan a curve when, in 2002, she underwent emergency triple bypass surgery. Second chances are to be cherished, and with the encouragement and support of her husband, Morgan decided to use hers to do what she’d always dreamed of doing—writing full time.

Morgan has always loved writing romance. It is the one genre that can incorporate every other genre within its pulsating heart. Romance showcases all that humankind can aspire to be. And, she admits, she’s a sucker for a happy ending.

Morgan’s favorite hobbies are reading, cooking, and traveling—though she would rather you didn’t mention that last one to her husband. She has too much fun teasing him about having become a “Traveling Fool” of late.

Morgan lives in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, with a mysterious cat, an eight pound Morkie dog who thinks he’s a German shepherd, and her husband of forty-two years, David.

 

Website: http://www.morganashbury.com

Morgan’s books at Siren-Bookstrand:

http://www.bookstrand.com/morgan-ashbury

Cara’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cara-Covington/616302148428229

Author Interview:

-Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?

I have two pen names, Morgan Ashbury and Cara Covington. Most of my releases the last couple of years have been as Cara – as my readers love the Lusty, Texas series. I had my first title published in March 2007 (I am a Siren Publishing Exclusive Author), and on December 19th, my 40th title, Love Under Two Outcasts, was released.

– Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

Outcasts, like all my Lusty Texas series, is a ménage, this one, a heterosexual one (I have 4 titles in the series that are bisexual ménage). My two heroes—Jesse and Barry Benedict, and my heroine, Charlotta Carmichael, are well suited to each other, and the action between them is often very hot. This novel has been rated “sextreme” by my publisher.


– What draws you to Paranormal or erotic romance?

I love romance, and believe the reading experience is that much more enhanced when the lovemaking is shown in exciting detail. Erotic romance allows for the most graphic sex scenes, yet insists on a happy ever after kind of ending—my favorite kind. All my novels have been h-e-a.

 

-When did you realize you were a writer?

I think I was about 8 or 9. Writing was a way for me to find comfort and be in a world that was kind. I was the youngest of 3, and my father had died when I was 7. I found life was happier when I could create my own friends. But I truly believe that being a writer was what I was meant to be.

 

-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

This is never a really difficult thing for me. My biggest challenge was finding a way to understand bisexual ménage, and once I understood that it wasn’t sex I was writing about, it was love, then that became easy. Yes, my books are hot and the sex scenes are graphic. However, the core of the story is the relationship and the internal and external conflicts faced by the heroes and heroines.

 

-What or who were your early influences?

Oh, there are so many writers that I loved before I became published: Nora Roberts, Barbara Delinsky, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood (the historical)….then there’s also Ernest Hemingway (I was born on his birthday), Clive Cussler, and Leon Uris.


-How do you deal with writer’s block?

I really believe that when you, as an author hit that wall that some have dubbed “writer’s block” that it truly is just a case of doing something wrong. Usually, it means I am trying to make my characters do something they wouldn’t or shouldn’t do. It means, I’ve made a mistake. I need to find and fix it, and when I do, the “block” is gone.

 

-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

The best part about writing are those moments when you disappear, and it’s all your characters. You’re suddenly writing dialogue you never knew you were going to write, but you’re so into those people you’re created, that they come to life. Actually if they don’t come to life at some point, I know I have a problem.

The toughest part about writing? The love scenes. Do the math: 40 books, 6 or more scenes per book, and that is a lot of love scenes. Making love is important and central to each triad; the challenge is making the mood, the actions, the words, but first and foremost the emotions reflect the characters.

 

-Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Heather Rainier, a fellow Siren author would be near the top of my list. Heather has created the wonderful Divine Creek Ranch series. Actually she and I write cross-over stories once a year. Each book can stand on it’s own; but the reading experience is enriched if the reader reads both books. Love Under Two Outcasts is my cross-over book for 2014, and it crosses with Heather’s Absentminded Angel. Among my other current favorite authors also are Kelley Armstrong, Emma Wildes, and D. B. Reynolds (her Vampires In America series is phenomenal!)

-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?

I am anal about some things, and flighty about others. Generous, and parsimonious. And, I am a great-grandmother!

-Thank you so much for stopping by and talking to us! It has been a lot of fun. Is there anything else you’d like to add before we get to telling everyone about what they could win today?

I love writing, and I love writing my Lusty, Texas series. Many of my themes are relevant to today’s woman. I love hearing from my readers, and always work very hard to give them exactly what they want.

Thanks for having me!

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Book Title: Torrid
Author: Jayne Blue
Genre: Erotic Suspense
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SYNOPSIS

Sometimes, the thing you want belongs to someone else…

Jack – Once upon a time I had everything. The perfect family. The perfect life. In one horrible year, it went away. I can never have it back but I can hurt the man responsible for taking what was left. I know how to steal something even more important from him. He doesn’t see how she looks at me instead of him. I can make her burn for me, make her addicted to me before I send her back.

And it will be so easy.

Tora – I’ll cross any line to get to the truth, no matter who I have to hurt. I don’t have a choice. I’m not afraid to use sex to get what I want. I know you think that makes me a whore. But until you understand what’s at stake, you can’t know.

Don’t judge me until you do.

Sometimes, you have to take what you want no matter what it costs.

EXCERPT

Jack leaned in the doorway of the study giving me a cool smirk and my blood simmered. I’d been so careless. My mind spun, trying to weave the lie that might satisfy Jack as to why I was in this room alone. I didn’t belong here and he knew it. Seth accepted my lies so easily. Jack, I suspected, was a different species altogether.

“You seem to have a habit of sneaking up on me,” I said. He was casual, I would be too.

“You seem to have a habit of sneaking off,” he said. He moved away from the door and came toward me.

“She didn’t like me very much, your stepmother,” I said. I would stick to as much of the truth as I dared. He doesn’t know anything, I reminded myself. Until five minutes ago, I’d been careful.

“Me either,” Jack said. He was no more than a foot away from me. He had his hands in the pockets of his dress pants, making his suit jacket lay open. His crisp, white shirt stretched across his broad, strong chest. “Were you not good enough for her little boy, Seth?”

I sat back on the desk, crossing my arms in front of me I let my bare feet dangle. I had tossed my shoes in a heap by the door. Out there, I owned the dress Seth made me wear. It served my purpose to act as his trophy. In here though, it was just Jack. And he had a way of looking through me that made me feel naked.

“I didn’t know her very long,” I said. “She barely knew me before she died. I didn’t take her opinions personally.”

When Jack smiled, his eyes flashed. “You think you would have survived if she had?”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean…how long have you been engaged to Seth? Two months, three? My guess is she was just starting to do her number on you.”

“Maybe,” I said. “But, like I said. I didn’t it take personally. I find a lot of people make assumptions about me at their peril.”

Jack nodded. “I think I can see that.”

“So what were you hoping to find by sneaking off back here?” I said. The second I said it, I knew I’d found my hook. Jack’s eyes darkened.

“Just looking around,” he said. “You know this wasn’t originally Miranda’s house. My father bought it for my real mother just a few months before she passed away. We never lived here though. It needed renovations. Miranda ended up doing them. What do you think of the place?”

“It’s big,” I said. A pulse beat toward Jack’s throat and I wondered if that was his tell. It beast faster as soon as he started talking about his real mother. “I think I would have gone with a more modern, less ostentatious flare.”

Jack nodded. “Maybe you’ll still get the chance. That’s what you’re after isn’t it with Seth? The money. The house. That’s the rumor everyone’s spinning.” His words were cruel but his eyes held mischief.

It was bait I was smart enough not to take. So, I cast my own. “What are you after? Seth got everything didn’t he? The money. The house. But you…you’ve always done fine on your own haven’t you? What could Seth possibly have that you still want?”

I smiled and tucked my hair behind my ear. Something in Jack’s expression shifted when I did it. He froze, the smirk melted off his face and a shadow came over him. He moved in close and cupped his hand around the back of my head, tilting it sideways. His breath was hot against my cheek. Until now, it was Miranda’s scent, Miranda’s presence that filled my senses in this house. In an instant, Jack Manning wiped all of that away.

I misread the gesture as he came close to me. Or maybe I didn’t. But, when Jack’s skin touched mine, it ignited something that I’d known was there from the second I saw him. My flesh burned hot where he touched me. I took in his clean, musky scent. My eyes locked with his. His brown eyes widened and flashed, seeing something in mine that he maybe hadn’t expected.

I could say I don’t know why I did it. I could say it just happened. But that would be yet another lie. I wanted him. I wanted something that was real even if it was just for one moment.

Jack brushed my earlobe with his thumb and I brought my hands up, sliding them across his shoulders and up along the back of his neck. I drew him down to me and brought my lips to his.

I kissed him.

There was the slightest tension in his arms but then he responded. Jack pulled me against him so every part of me touched him. I might have been naked since I had only the thin silk of my dress protecting my skin from his touch. His chest was firm and warm, his skin hot under my fingers as I drew him down even closer. As I pulled him forward, his weight pressed me further on the desk. He kissed me back slow and deep, his tongue probing, his lips a feathery touch against mine. He was holding back. When he finally broke away, the pulse at his throat beat furiously. My chest heaved as I tried to catch my breath.

Jack didn’t say anything but kept his eyes locked with mine until he took two steps backward and turned toward the door. He took the knob in his hand and for an instant, I thought he was leaving. Instead, he quietly closed the door and engaged the lock. Then, he turned back toward me, his eyes smoldering. Heat flared between my legs as he came back to me with four strong strides.

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Top Ten Worst Romantic Hero Jobs

While brainstorming plot and character development ideas for Torrid and some of my other erotic romance titles, there are inevitably a lot of “throw aways” for what the hero should do for a living. Let’s face it…they can’t all be Christian Grey. That said…here are some tongue in cheek romantic hero jobs that didn’t quite make the cut as sexy enough.

#10 – Accountant
#9 – Insurance adjuster
#8 – Data Analyst
#7 – Sewage Treatment Plant Supervisor
#6 – Proctologist
#5 – Meth dealer
#4 – Master at Arms of Unicycle Gang
#3 – Assistant Janitor at Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.
#2 – Artificial Bovine Inseminator
#1 – Assistant Bovine Artificial Inseminator

FUN FACTS

Fun Facts About Jayne Blue

* Least fun, best paying job I’ve ever had – copy writer and web content ghost writer for other lawyers.
* Most fun, worst paying job I’ve ever had – wedding singer (true story).
* Most fun, best paying job I’ve ever had – erotic romance writer (of course!)

Fun Facts About Jack Manning – Torrid’s Hero

* Jack suffers from dyslexia.
* Jack made his first million dollars on a laptop computer in his college dorm as a day trader.

Fun Facts About Tora Blake – Torrid’s Heroine

* Tora learned how to drive a car when she was eleven years old.
* Tora learned how to repair small engines by the time she was twelve.

MEET THE CAST

Jack Manning = Henry Cavill
Tora Blake = Olivia Wilde
Seth Manning = Blond Tom Hiddleston
Miranda Manning = Sela Ward

 

Meet The Author

Like most authors, I’ve been writing stories all my life in my head. What I try to bring to the page is what I love about the stories I read. Strong heroines, snappy dialogue, interesting predicaments. Throw that all in with some scorching sex scenes and I’m hooked. My real life is far less daring. My husband and I are in the process of rearing a small herd of children. I’m a lawyer, media consultant, band mom theatre mom, football mom, wrestling mom. As a result, my favorite recipes come with Costco labels. We live in the beautiful Irish Hills area of Michigan on a lake where our interesting neighbors always keep us entertained, my husband makes his own wine, and the fish are always biting.
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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

-Thank you for stopping by We Love Kink! We’re so glad you decided to sit down and chat with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself in case the readers haven’t met you before?

Sure! I’m a Michigan native and live on lake in the Irish Hills area. I’m a wife and mother of four and have been a lawyer and media consultant for my “day job.”

– Please share some juicy details about your latest release.

Torrid starts out as a sort of revenge fuck between my hero, Jack Manning and his step-brother’s fiance, Tora. Except Tora has some deep dark secrets of her own and it becomes clear pretty quick that we don’t know for sure who’s getting “fucked over”, if ya know what I mean. Jack is a character from my most popular selling series, Call Girl Inc. He’s the first “John” my heroine in that book meets. He’s hunky, charming, and the perfect scoundrel. Tora is a strong, smart and beautiful, but she harbors some pretty dark secrets from the moment we meet her.

– What draws you to erotic romance?.

Soooo many things. I love that there are really no rules in this genre. You don’t always need a traditional HEA between your hero and heroine. I love the freedom to let my characters take chances, indulge in dark fantasies and pretty much get into all manner of trouble on their way to finding love or at least some connection.

-When did you realize you were a writer?

I don’t remember not self-identifying as a writer. I used to make up elaborate Barbie plots with my sister before I was old enough to put words to paper. Everything I’ve done since has really been an extension of that. I’m a professional Barbie player but with a keyboard instead of dolls now.

-Where do you, as an author, draw the line on subject matter?

Ugh. It’s so hard. I’m just really turned off by any type of incest. And this isn’t really a line because I’ve read soooo many authors who do this so well, but I’m not good with the virgin-as-heroine stories. I like my girls to know their way around it if ya know what I mean.

-What or who were your early influences?

E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web was the first book to turn me onto reading and later taught me so much about style. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon were the ones that finally fired me up to get serious about penning my own stories.

-How do you deal with writer’s block?

I just don’t indulge in it. I write everyday and give myself permission to suck sometimes. If I write through it, it doesn’t take over.

-What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?

The best part are those days where I have a plan but some kind of magic dust hits the page and I end up with a character doing something I didn’t expect or something happening that’s a shock even to me. The hardest part is sometimes just getting my butt in the chair and soldiering on when I’d rather watch a Real Housewives marathon or something.

-Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Gabaldon for character, Rowling for pure story, Stephen King for just otherworldly awesomeness and proliferation.

Ok now its time to get personal

-What are three things that many people don’t know about you?

  1. I’ve worked as a professional wedding singer.
  2. I’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life and likely never will (so much hype!)
  3. I learned how to water ski when I was 40 (very badly, mind you).

 

What is the sweetest thing someone has ever done for you?

I can’t name just one thing or event. But. . . my husband has been super supportive and hasn’t batted so much as eyelid when I told him I was going to start publishing erotic romance. So, just his ability to roll with it and understand why the laundry’s always piled up and the dishwasher’s never empty has meant the world to me.

What is your favorite candy?

Reeses peanut butter cups

About how many “toys” do you own?

Three.

Name someone in your spank bank.

Charlie Hunnam. Cuz, duh!

Lets play Screw / Marry / Kill. Name someone you would Screw. Name someone you would Marry. And name someone you would Kill.

Charlie Hunnam/Jeff Bezos (think of what that could mean for kindle sales!)/Jerry Sandusky

– Ok We’ll stop torturing you now. Thank you so much for stopping by and playing with us! It’s been a blast. Is there anything else you’d like to add before you go?

Awww! Just a huge thank you for letting me hang out with you guys. Connecting with readers and booklovers is really my favorite part about this phase of my career.

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