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On a “Blood Hunt”

Please welcome Naomi Clark to the Spicy Butterfly Garden! I am so pleased to have her and that she allowed me to pick her brain a bit. Naomi is going to give us a little insight into her re-release of Blood Hunt, the second novel in the Urban Wolf series. Evernight Publishing picked up her series when her previous publisher went under and we are excited about that. Let’s give Naomi a warm welcome!

Give us the title and genre of your book and a quick 50 word or less tagline.

Blood Hunt – urban fantasy.

Werewolf Ayla Hammond is taking on Paris – but what kind of monster is stalking the streets of the City of Love, and will Ayla and her girlfriend survive it?

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Did you have any inspiration for this story or its characters?

This is the second novel in my Urban Wolf series, so the characters have been with me a while now (through one novella and the first novel). The inspiration for the story was twofold: I wanted to write something set in Paris as I have such amazing memories of the city, and I wanted to take a different approach to some classic urban fantasy tropes. I can’t say much more without spoiling the plot though!

Sounds incredible!

What was your favorite scene to write?  Why?

I do love writing action scenes, and there are plenty in Blood Hunt! But I think my very favourite was writing Ayla and Shannon visiting the Arc de Triomph, as that’s where my fiance took me to propose. So I have lots of very happy feelings associated with it!

Awwww! So awesome to connect a personal aspect into your story.

Give us an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.

I used a mix of real European folklore and my own imagination to create a lot of the history and werewolf lore in this series. You see a lot of that in Blood Hunt when Ayla and Shannon visit a few Parisian museums. I loved writing those scenes too!

As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story.  How do you come up with the title to your stories?

Blood Hunt was originally published back in 2011 as Dark Hunt. The reason for that was there was another lesbian werewolf novel released a little earlier that year called Blood Hunt, so my original publisher felt we needed to go in a different direction. I liked Dark Hunt fine, but I felt it didn’t really reflect the book. When Evernight took the series on after the original publisher folded, I was quick to change the title back to Blood Hunt! I feel it gives a hint as to the plot without giving everything away, and captures the underlying horror elements of the story.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?  The worst?

Best – “get it written, then get it right.” You can edit anything except a blank page, so give yourself permission to write crap if that’s what it takes to get the first draft done! Then you can polish it up.

That is great advice. Focusing on editing before it’s all out can cause roadblocks, at least for me. Allowing yourself to have days where you don’t write good stuff but knowing you can go back and edit later, frees the mind.

Worst – “write what you know.” I actually feel this, although well-intentioned – restrictive advice. Write what you love is a better maxim for me.

I like your advice coming out of your worst advice. I tend to write what I know, but I’ve ventured into the realm of paranormal recently and it’s been interesting!

What has been your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?

Silver Kiss, the first novel in this series, was part of the American Library Association’s recommended GBLT list for 2011. It was an incredible achievement just to be nominated, but to actually make the list? Indescribable.

Wow! Congratulations on that! 🙂 That is awesome!

What book (or books) are you reading now?

I’m switching between Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams in paperback and Goddess of Legend by Erin Ashley Tanner in ebook. Loving them both!

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? 

I make my own perfumes and rumour has it they’re pretty good!

Interesting!

Three words that best describe you:

Creative, patient, eclectic.

Favorites of all Time:

Favorite Number?

7

Favorite Food?

Chocolate!

Me too! Me too! J

Favorite Song?

Argh, so hard to pick just one…Love Like Winter by AFI

Favorite Movie?

I’m currently loving Pacific Rim, but for all time favourite, I have to go with The Last Unicorn (although it makes me cry every single time).

Oh The Last Unicorn! I loved that movie. Haven’t seen it in years!

Favorite place on Earth?

Northern Ireland.

Favorite memory?

Gotta go with seeing my fiance drop to one knee at the top of the Arc de Triomphe and ask me to marry him 🙂

🙂

Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book?

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Beyond the portal, the skeletons began. The arrangement of bones was neat and orderly, with occasional bursts of arty patterns, like the heart shape made of skulls and shinbones. The bones were all yellowed with age, some of them cracked and chipped. Wolf skulls with empty eye sockets stared down at me from shadowy recesses, some heartbreakingly small—cubs, nestled in stone alongside their elder Pack mates. I ran my fingers over the smooth, dry bones, awed by the sheer number of them. Every now and then we ran into rusted gates that blocked off access to parts of the catacombs tour groups couldn’t visit. It was at one of those gates that I noticed a smell that shattered my wolf’s happy calm. Sweet. Rotting. I gagged.

“What’s wrong?” Shannon asked, slowing down to join me at the gate. “Ayla? Something wrong?” She peered through the bars of the gate with me, down the passage into blackness. You couldn’t see more than a foot ahead, but that horrible smell was coming from down there somewhere. It was faint, nothing like as strong as it had been round Mike’s body last night, but it was unmistakable.

How could Shannon not smell it? I glanced at her, saw no sign of revulsion or even awareness on her face. She couldn’t, I realized. She couldn’t smell it at all.

Le Monstre,” I said softly, letting my wolf move forward in my head, sharpening my senses without actually letting her out. She was nervous now, on edge and ready for flight. It was such an unnatural response for her—for me—that I didn’t know what to make of it. But with my senses switched on high, I was sure of one thing.

Whatever Le Monstre was, I didn’t think it was here. The smell was stale, maybe a few days old, which might explain why Shannon didn’t notice it. It was still strong enough for a wolf’s senses, but too faint for a human’s. Maybe the creature had a lair deeper within the catacombs, or had made a kill here recently. I couldn’t smell flesh or blood, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave the gate either. I needed to know what Le Monstre was, where it was. I curled my fingers round the bars, rust flaking off against my skin, and inhaled that scent, desperate to identify it.

“Ayla.” Shannon tugged at my sleeve. “Are you okay?”

“Is there a tour guide around?” I asked, barely hearing her question. “They need to get someone down there.”

She looked around. We’d started out tagging along behind a small group, but split off to visit the wolf caves and now we were alone, surrounded by shadow and bone. It was too easy to picture some lurking horror down in the darkness, feeding on human flesh. Panic burst through my wolf and suddenly I did feel claustrophobic and trapped; trapped down here with a monster that might be just on the other side of that gate.

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About Naomi & Where to Find Her:

Naomi Clark lives in Cambridge and is a mild-mannered office worker by day, but a slightly crazed writer by night. She has a perfectly healthy obsession with giant sea creatures and a preference for vodka-based cocktails. When she’s not writing, Naomi is probably either reading or watching 80s cartoon shows, and sometimes she manages to do all three at once.

 

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On The Run With “The Wolf on the Run”

Today, I welcome Jorja Lovett to the Spicy Butterfly Garden. She has allowed me to pick her brain regarding her latest release from Total-E-Bound, The Wolf on the Run, book 2 in The Wild Irish Wolves series, as well as sharing a little bit about herself and her writing. Welcome Jorja! 🙂

Give us the title and genre of your book and a quick 50 word or less tagline.

The Wolf on the Run is the second book in my paranormal romance series, The Wild Irish Wolves.

Alpha Rory is determined to protect his pack, including feisty Naomi. How can he get close when she’s intent on facing her demons alone?

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This is a gorgeous cover. I love it!

Did you have any inspiration for this story or its characters?

I was on a road trip through Southern Ireland when I had the idea for my wolf pack. The rolling hills were perfect inspiration for the Olcan Hills shifter community to roam. Rory was an integral part of the first book and I really thought he deserved to have his own story told. (And I wanted to get him naked!)

I have the same “relationship” with some of my characters. I think one of the best parts of being an erotic romance writer is all the men we can get naked and not really get in trouble with our husbands! 😉

What was your favorite scene to write?  Why?

The strip scene! As the local policeman and Alpha of his pack, Rory is such a serious character. I wanted him to have fun. So, when Caleb volunteered their services during a hen night at the local pub it was a good excuse to indulge. (See previous answer)

Sounds exciting. Can’t wait to read it!

Give us an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.

There’s a scene in the book where Naomi and Mia have a run in with a particularly nasty assistant in a bridal shop. It’s based on my experience when I was shopping for my wedding dress, and payback for the woman who told me I’d have to cut out the cookies if I wanted to look good.

Seriously?! Some people have nerve! But it sounds like you got your revenge in the story! 🙂

As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story.  How do you come up with the title to your stories?

I like my titles to give a clear indication to the reader what the book is about. Although, this book started off with the title, ‘Hidden in the Pack’ lol

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?  The worst?

When I was going through one of my ‘I’m useless’ phases, another author told me if I could give up writing I should. Of course, the characters and stories wouldn’t let me, so I shut up and started writing.

The worst piece of advice probably came from my husband. He’s forever providing random ‘ideas’ that I wouldn’t go near with a ten foot pole. I’m beginning to wonder if he had anything to do with this recent trend for dinosaur erotica…

What is the deal with dinosaur erotica? It’s been mentioned like four times this week and I’m pretty sure I’m missing something…

What has been your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?

I’ve had my fair share of disappointments and publishers who didn’t live up to my expectations. Getting that first contract with Total-E-Bound for The Wolf on the Hill was a turnaround for me. I finally began to believe in myself when I signed with them. It helped that I made Are’s Bestseller list with that book too.

 What book (or books) are you reading now?

C.A Szarek’s Collision Force.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? 

I used to enjoy painting. I sold a few watercolours to local craft shops and even worked as a figurine painter in a factory for a while.

Three words that best describe you: Honest, quirky, dreamer.

Favorites of all Time:

Favorite Number? 5. There’s no rhyme or reason to this…it just is.

Favorite Food? Chocolate. It’s a food group, right?

God, I hope so! 😉

Favorite Song? Extreme – More than Words. I was with my first boyfriend when this came out and the perfect age to swoon at Nino’s good looks.

Favorite Movie? 10 Things I Hate About You. I love the humour combined with the romance and the soundtrack is pretty awesome too.

Favorite place on Earth? My bed lol I write there, sleep there, and make sexy times with my hubby there. Where else would I rather be? 😀

Favorite memory? We once did a tour of Scotland and England with our kids, and our guinea pigs! We got some strange looks from the hotel owners every time we carried our piggies in. More so from the people in the park we took them to for the day.

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Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book? 

Excerpt:

Naomi came after Rory, pitting her stealthy grace against his sheer power. In his peripheral vision, he could see the wisps of her breath spiralling into the cold air as she forged ahead, determined to catch him. Rory snorted, sending his own white breath curling up into the atmosphere.

He led her over the hills, their claws making short work of carving up the cold, hard terrain. Naomi never lost ground. Even when he made a turn towards the woods on the boundary, she kept pace.

The chase awakened something deep inside him—that animal freedom with no responsibilities except the survival of himself and his pack. The spiky silhouettes of barren trees lined his path, like broad strokes of a black marker pen scratched against the silver sky.

He dodged in and out, never slowing, with Naomi always in pursuit. Occasionally, a pair of woodland eyes blinked at him from the darkness—a rabbit, a fox, observing their bizarre courtship.

Rory had no doubt the exhilaration of their illicit run would end in wild sex between him and Naomi. It was like a very enthusiastic bout of foreplay without actual touching.

They crunched through the leaf-littered forest floor until he tired of being the hunted. He looped back the way they came and stopped in a clearing. In all aspects of life he preferred to be the one doing the chasing, but at this moment in time he wanted nothing more than to be caught.

He shifted back into his naked, horny self. Naomi came to a skidding halt seconds later, scooting a bundle of leaves over his bare feet. “You can run, wolf lady, I’ll give you that. Now can we go back to bed?”

She shifted back to stand beautifully naked before him. “Not until you say it.”

“Say what?” He was hard as hell and ready for round two.

“That I’m as good as you.” She gave him a flirty smile. One which said she was looking forward to the future rather than staring back at the past. The run had obviously done wonders for her too.

“That was probably a fluke. I don’t think you could keep up with me on a normal day. You know, one where you haven’t seduced me on top of a car boot and made me carry you home first.” The play fighting wasn’t limited to their animal personas. Not when it proved such a turn on. Human or wolf, the scent of Naomi’s arousal would always draw him to her.

“I didn’t hear you complaining at the time. But, if you’re tired, just say and we’ll call it a night.” She shrugged her shoulders, making her boobs jiggle enough to bring his erection to full strength once more.

He stepped forward and brushed her wild hair from her face. “I’ll never be too tired for you, Naomi. I’ll race you back. This time the winner stays on top.”

She grinned, eyes twinkling as bright as the stars. “You’re on.”

This was one race he intended to lose.

Available from Total-E-Bound 4th October

On general release from 1st November

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About Jorja Lovett:

Jorja Lovett is a British author with both Irish and Scottish roots, which makes for a very dry sense of humour. Writing since she was old enough to wield a pen, it wasn’t until she joined her crit group, UCW, that she pursued her passion seriously.

Now, with Joe Manganiello as her permanent muse, if she can leave the pause button on her Magic Mike dvd long enough, she hopes to spend the rest of her days writing steamy romances.

 

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Meet The Author Blog Hop – Matt Riley of In Flames Interviews Author Jessica Jayne

What’s up?  I bet you’re all wondering what I, Matt Riley, am doing here at the Spicy Butterfly Garden.  It does seem odd that a fireman from an erotic romance novel would be blog-posting on his author’s website.  But as it stands, Jessica Jayne asked me to interview her for the Meet the Author Blog Hop and I had a hard time passing up this opportunity.

For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Matt Riley and I’m best known as the hero of Jessica Jayne’s novel, In Flames.

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I am a firefighter and with that role comes life-threatening experiences and moments of heroism.  It’s a humbling, yet fascinating field and the camaraderie amongst my co-workers is much like a second family.  And I owe a lot to them.

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My brother, Chad, who was also a firefighter died while fighting a fire and that was a very difficult time in my life and his widow, Gracelyn’s.  But Gracey and I became extremely close and have helped each other through the grieving process and are now moving on.  I’m not going to go too much into the details of my relationship with Gracey.  If you want to find out where we stand, you will need to read Jessica’s book.  In fact, if you’re really curious, you can purchase it here:

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Anyway, here comes Jessica!  Hey there, Jess!  How are you?

Jessica: Matt!  Hi!  I’m doing well.  It’s been very busy, but good.

Matt:     What is keeping you so busy?

Jessica:   Well, my three children just started back to elementary school and that always seems to cause chaos in the schedule for the first several weeks.  Despite all three of them loving school, it’s the getting everyone up in the morning and with the program that tends to be the issue.

Matt:     Ha-ha!  I can relate.  Brian, Jenna and Josh will start back to school today (August 26), so Gracey and I have been prepping them by sending them to bed earlier and waking them up early for the last week.  Not happy campers.

Jessica: It’s hard coming off summer vacation.  I remember those days.  It’s like coming off a vacation and going back to work when you’re an adult. It’s no fun!

Matt:     Very true, Jess.  So, did you do anything fun this summer?

Jessica: Of course! We took the kids to Legoland.  Went bowling and to a trampoline park.  Took the kids to their first fine dining restaurant for a “fancy dinner” as they like to call it.  We did some fishing and spent some quality time on the beach.  In fact, we rented a house on the beach for the family and hung out for seven days.  It was glorious.  We’d roll out of bed in the morning and right into the swimming pool.  Then we’d wander back to the house for lunch and a nap.  After nap, we’d roll out to the beach to hang for the afternoon and catch sunset.  It was extremely relaxing.  We had family and friends visit us.  It was lovely.

Matt:  Sounds like a great summer.  Everyone can use down time.  Did you do any other traveling over the summer?

Jessica:    Anyone who knows anything about me knows I love to travel, so I try to squeeze in long weekends or quick trips here and there.  My husband and I took a long weekend just the two of us and went to St. Augustine.  We stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast called At Journey’s End and just enjoyed the romantic and historic elements of that wonderful city.  We did a historical bike tour, took a sunset sail on a sailboat and ate very well.

Matt:     I know with kids it is not always easy to find that “couple time.”  Sounds like you and your husband try to find that time.  It’s important to the relationship.

Jessica: Couldn’t agree more.  If you don’t feed your relationship, you will starve it.  And we lucked out!  Both of our parents live fairly close to us, so they love taking the kids from time to time to give us that “couple time” and they get that “grandparents time.”

Matt:     So, what has you excited for the foreseeable future?

Jessica: Football!  College football to be more precise!  The Ohio State Buckeyes to be exact!  And of course, GameDay with Kirk Herbstreit!  *smiles*

Matt:     I should have known you’d go there! *laughs*  I’m pretty psyched about this year’s Buckeyes team too!  What is it about football season that gets you all riled up?

Jessica: I grew up in the Midwest, in Ohio in a house with a father and a brother that lived and breathed sports, particularly football.  I probably went to my first high school football when I was two years old.  It has been ingrained in me since I can remember.  Plus, it’s hard not to like a bunch of guys running around in tight pants getting all sweaty and stuff.  *winks*

Matt:     You women!  *rolls his eyes and chuckles*  Gracey says the same thing!

Jessica: Gracey is a smart woman!

Matt:     That she is!  Any new books you’re working on that you want to share with us?

Jessica: Actually… yes!  I have new release coming out this Tuesday, August 27th! Board Approved is the second book in the Taking Advantage series.  Board Approved involves Greg Snow, a 42 year old corporate attorney, that has dedicated his life to his work because his first marriage failed miserably.  He didn’t really want to put his heart into a relationship again.  He is a member of the board of directors for Advantage Insurance Company and meets Tessa Mills at Advantage on board day.  Tessa is a twenty-something yoga instructor that teaches lunch time classes at Advantage.  She’s had a rough go of things and has generally had a bad run of guys in her life.  What happens to two lost souls when they find each other?  Can they overcome all the obstacles that stand in their way?

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Matt:     What?!  You aren’t going to tell us the answers to those questions?  *laughs*

Jessica: Nope.  You’ll have to read the book to find out. *winks*

Matt:     How did you come up with the Taking Advantage series?

Jessica: I came up with the first book in the story, Board Stiff, while I was sitting outside of the boardroom waiting to give a presentation to a board of directors.  I thought… hmmmm… there’s a story here!  I flipped over a corner of my presentation papers and jotted down the idea.  From there the series idea just popped into my head.  So, I’m doing three books about three guys on this board.  They are all good-looking, single and at the top of their individual careers.  I thought they also needed a love life, so I’m giving them each one. *smiles*

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Matt:     It’s interesting that every day events in your life trigger a story for you.  Not being an author or writer of any sort, I’d have thought you needed to sit down and really think to come up with a story line.

Jessica: Fortunately, life provides ample storylines.  I carry a notebook in my purse and jot things down as they come up.  Your story with Gracelyn came to me as I was waiting in my car in the parking lot of a restaurant.  I was waiting to meet some friends and I saw this couple come out of the restaurant.  They appeared in love, but yet, they seem restrained… afraid or concerned about people seeing them together.  Hence, the scene in In Flames where you and Gracelyn are leaving the bar and grill.  *winks*

Matt:     Ahhhh!  I love that scene! Though it was emotional.

Jessica: Wouldn’t be a romance if there was no emotion!

Matt:     Very true.  *chuckles*  So, can you tell us three of your most favorite activities?

Jessica: Hmmm… spending time with my kids and husband is top of the list.  I don’t really care what we’re doing.  There are always laughs and I love few things more than the sound of my children’s laughter.  I’m a family kind of person, so spending time with family like my sister, my brother, my parents, counsins, in-laws, etc.  I come from a rather large extended family, so I enjoy that kind of stuff.  I’m a relationship kind of person meaning that I’d rather spend time with people than spend money on things.  So, one of my other favorite activities is spending time with my friends.  I’ve always had good friends and over the last few years I’ve met some really amazing women that I consider some of my best friends ever. We do all sorts of things, like country line dancing, going to the movies, playing board games.

Matt:     What is your favorite board game?

Jessica: Great question.  My favorites have been Apples to Apples or the Fifty Shades of Grey game.  Yep!  There is a board game based on the books!  It’s hysterical.  But we had a game night recently with other couples and played Cards Against Humanity, a game for horrible people.  I’m pretty sure none of us have laughed that hard in quite some time.  We had a roll of toilet paper on the table so that we could wipe the tears that would flow from laughing so hard.  It’s a must, but it’s definitely an adult game!

Matt:     Sounds great.  I’m going to look that one up when I get home.  We’re always looking for something new to do with our friends.  As I understand the rules of this blog hop, you have to offer a code word.  Do you have yours?

Jessica:  Sure do.  Code word – fireman

Matt:  *laughs* Great one!  Anything you want to add before we wrap this up?

Jessica: I’d like to thank you for taking the time to interview my for this blog hop, Matt.  I appreciate it!  I’d also like to thank my husband, family and friends for their constant support in this crazy journey I’ve decided to take on.  I’d like to thank Evernight Publishing for taking so many chances on me.  They are a great publisher.  I’d like to express great appreciation to the book reviewers and bloggers that help get us newer authors’ names out there!  And I’d like to thank the readers for giving my characters and stories a chance.  It’s always been a dream of mine to be an author and it’s a great privilege to be given the opportunity.

Matt:     Awesome, Jess!  Enjoy your week!  🙂

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There Is No Promise Like the “Wild West Promise”

Today at the Spicy Butterfly Garden, C.R. Moss is visiting us again and I’m thrilled to have her.  This time she is giving us some insight into her the Double D Ranch Tales series with co-author R.M. Sotera and their latest Evernight Publishing Romance on the Go release, Wild West Promise, book 3, in the Double D Ranch Tales series.  I can’t wait to delve into this series!  I’ve got a weak spot for cowboys!  🙂

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Give us the title and genre of your book and a quick 50 word or less tagline.

~ Wild West Promise ~ book 3 in the Double D Ranch Tales series ~ a contemporary, western, erotic romance story with a hint of the supernatural set in Nevada and written for Evernight Publishing’s Romance on the Go line ~ Available Now!
In life and the afterlife, on the Double D Ranch, one belief holds true—the power of desire changes lives.

Did you have any inspiration for this story or its characters?
~ The inspiration for the Double D Ranch Tales series stemmed from a trip I went on where I stayed on a working ranch. There were ranchers/cowboys, horses, trail rides, campfires, cattle and food cooked outside. My muse started asking, “What if?” When I returned home with a handful of ideas, I went to RM and said, “Guess what we’re going to write about.” From there we wrote Wild West Weekend, followed by Wild West Hauntings and now we have the short story Wild West Promise available for readers while we continue to work on the next novel length Double D tale. Wild West Promise is Kent’s story. He’s one of the ranch hands on the Double D who’s played small parts in the first two books. When RM came up with the idea for WWP and told me about it, I agreed we should go for it. She whipped up the first draft, we tweaked it and now it’s out! 🙂 There’s also a bit of a paranormal subplot in it that we’re hoping to expand into a longer story down the line.

What was your favorite scene to write?  Why?
~ I have to say I liked the graveyard scene where the paranormal/supernatural bit comes into place. It’s gritty and plays on my love of horror.

There was a time when I really enjoyed horror… horror movies and books.  I was an avid Stephen King reader and you couldn’t stop me from watching a good slasher movie.  But now, I just struggle with it.  Though I occasionally pick up a Stephen King book and see how long it takes me before I can’t take it anymore!  🙂  I’m a glutton for punishment!  And now, I’m eager to read this scene!

Give us an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.

~ It takes place outside the Las Vegas metropolitan area. If you’ve ever been to Red Rock NCA (or if you look it up online), you’ll notice that the descriptions in the book (& the others in our series) are of that area.

In my last interview with you, you discussed the skiing in Las Vegas and directed me to the site.  You’ve opened my eyes (and my husband’s) to the fact that there is more to Sin City than gambling, swank hotels and shows.  I appreciate it!  🙂

As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story.  How do you come up with the title to your stories?
~ Well, when it comes to the Double D tales, we start off with Wild West and then the third word plays on what’s going on in the story. For my solo stories, sometimes the titles come to me before I even write the story, and they actually help me determine what will happen. Sometimes I have to get into the story, get a feel for the theme and then decide on a title that will fit it best. There have been times where a bit of conversation, whether in person or on television, or a headline gives me an idea for a title as well.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?  The worst?

~ Best: Plant butt in chair and write. (Granted, I’m not always good at taking that advice…) Worst: I’ve had some questionable critiques early on in my career. But as for ‘advice’ advice, I can’t really think of anything. I’ve always taken into consideration what someone has said and taken what I can from it—if anything—and leave the rest if I really don’t feel it fits me.

Yep, I think we all received that sit and write advice.  And it’s the truth.  I agree, I don’t always take it either.  But the only way to write is to sit down and do it!  You have a great attitude about advice.  Not everything works for everyone else, so take what you need and move on!  Love it!  I’ve learned to do that with reviews of my books too!

What has been your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?

~ There are a number of them. I can be my own boss and set my own hours. If I want to work during the day I can. If I want to work late at night into the wee hours of the morning I can. I can work in my jammies and not have to worry about a bad hair day! I’ve been able to travel a bit more and meet some great people. I also enjoy giving a helping hand to other writers and seeing their dreams come to fruition. It’s also pretty cool meeting people who are excited about meeting you and who say they’ve enjoyed your stories. 🙂

What book (or books) are you reading now?
~ I’m jumping between a number of stories now. Let’s  see… The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough; No More Wasted Time by Beverly Preston; Under the Dome by Stephen King; and a few others.

You sound like me!  I, too, have multiple stories going at one time.  My husband often thinks I’m nuts… he may be right!  🙂

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

~ I crochet. I can shoot. I’ve also been developing my ability to read tarot and communicate with spirit.

Three words that best describe you:

~ People have said that I’m funny; loyal; & some say honest, others say blunt…

Favorites of all Time:

Favorite Number?
~ 2

Favorite Food?

~ pizza – Me too!  Me too!

Favorite Song?

~ (so many to choose from…geez…but if I had to pick one…) ‘Time Stand Still’ by Rush – I always get stuck on this question too!  There is so much good music out there.

Favorite Movie?

~ (again so many to choose from…& like with music, it really depends upon my mood…but as of this moment… if I had to pick one…) “Stranger than Fiction” [Interesting tidbit: The film’s title derives from a quote by Mark Twain: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” The Mark Twain Calendar. New York: Harper and Kleinteich. 1917.]

Favorite place on Earth?
~ Ah, how to choose one out of all the places I’ve been… Upon reflection though, most places I’ve enjoyed being all were near or on the water so I’m going to say: The beach. – There has always been something about the beach that brings tranquility.  I particularly enjoy it at sunset.  Great choice!  🙂

Favorite memory?
~ It’s a tie between being on the dormitory rooftop patio in Germany, looking at the stars and listening to ‘Time Stand Still’ and the cruise I took with hubby in the Caribbean.

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Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book?

Wild West Promise

~ Blurb ~

In life and the afterlife, on the Double D Ranch, one belief holds true—the power of desire changes lives.
* A rugged wrangler. A feisty Irish woman. A day full of promise. Times are wild on the Double D, and one ranch hand is in for the ride of a lifetime.
* Little does Maggie O’Hurley know her life is about to change. She visits the ranch to attend a friend’s bachelorette party and meets a wrangler named Kent. Her immediate attraction to him revs up her libido, and she plans to do what’s needed to snag the sexy cowboy…including making a decision she never thought she’d deal with again.
* As a workaholic, Kent Samuels hasn’t been with a woman in ages. When a bewitching redhead steps into his path, his world tilts, and she’s all he can think of. He doesn’t know if he’s able to give her forever, but he will give her what time he has. Once he does, he knows he can’t let her go.
* Past experiences war with ideas for the future, but can the pair make promises they can keep?

~ Excerpt ~

* The entrance to the cave had the most vivid red rock she’d ever seen. Cascading colors of orange, dark brown, and shades of grey slipped by beneath her as she climbed the ladder after Kent. When they’d reached the inside, he walked to a plywood wall that read Boys Only in big black letters. He opened a makeshift door, then slipped to the side allowing Maggie to enter full center.
* In awe, she cradled her sore thumb with her other hand and surveyed the space. “It’s quite the bachelor pad, wouldn’t you say?”
* Kent set the picnic satchel on a wooden table near a painted sign on the wall stating, ‘Girls stay out! This is the Dougan brothers’ place!’
* To the left of the table an array of ropes and riding crops of different shapes and sizes hung on the wall. Beneath them sat a chest with an engaged lock keeping it closed to inquiring minds. In the corner, a plastic crate full of flashlights and batteries lay next to a small generator. Something purple and wrinkly looking poked out of a hole of the bin. She screwed her mouth to the side and furrowed her forehead. Homing in on the item, she gained a better look and made an O shape with her mouth as understanding dawned.
* Kent glanced her way, down at the realistic looking dildo, and back at her. “The place caters to the grown Dougan men now.”

Buy Links:

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/wild-west-promise-by-c-r-moss-and-r-m-sotera/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Double-Ranch-Tales-ebook/dp/B00EDZQSEK
All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wildwestpromise-1266286-149.html

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A little about C.R. Moss:

An eccentric and eclectic writer, C.R. Moss pens stories for the mainstream and erotic romance markets, giving readers ‘Worlds of Possibilities.’

Where to find C.R. Moss and her social links at http://crmoss.com/

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~ Come out to the hottest readers’ conference in the west, Hot Mojave Knights, and meet C.R., RM & other great authors ~ Las Vegas, NV – October 2013 ~ http://www.hotmojaveknights.com/

Thanks so much for stopping by, C.R.  It is always such a pleasure!  🙂

Carlene Love Flores Is “The Boss”

It is with great pleasure and great honor that I get to interview Carlene Love Flores for the Spicy Butterfly Garden.  Carlene has a new Evernight Publishing Romance on the Go release, The Boss, and it is fabulous.  I can say that because I read it.  It has romance.  It has sweet and tender love.  It has steamy and spicy sex.  And it has a rock star turned military as a hero, who sweeps in on his best friend’s younger sister.  And Carlene wrote it beautifully.

Weclome Carlene.  Can you give us the title and genre of your book and a quick 50 word or less tagline. 

This is a contemporary, May-December, Romance on the Go (short story) with Evernight and it’s called The Boss.

Nick declares he’s leaving his singing career to enlist in the army. And the sexy yet stubborn man insists on a never before private meeting in Cherie’s hotel room before he heads out. When Cherie discovers he’s acting on promises made to her brother who died in combat, she can’t stand letting Nick go without showing him one last night of extraordinary pleasure.

 

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 Do you have an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.  I always find there is something in every story that makes it unique.

Interesting: I wrote The Boss in about two weeks in response to an anthology call, something I’d never done before.  The story was rejected for that call but I was asked to re-submit it to the Romance on the Go line. I did so happily and the rest is history!  – I’m glad you resubmitted it.  It is a beautiful and entertaining story.  Sometimes a door closing in one situation is a door opening in another.  Seems the rejection to the anthology still worked out to your benefit.  Congratulations!

Funny: My critique partner can’t stand that I use the endearment “Sweet One” in the story so I of course drive her crazy now, calling her that whenever I get the chance! – I enjoyed the “sweet one” endearment.  It’s not always easy to find a cute nickname that fits the characters.  Once you get to know Cherie and Nick, sweet one seems to work perfectly.

As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story.  How do you come up with the title to your stories?

Knock on wood, so far I’ve been very lucky to have had editors who like the titles I come up with. Usually the title will come to me when I’m thinking about one of the main characters and what they symbolize to me. That’s how I ended up with Sidewalk Flower (because I see Trista as this beautiful person who grew up through the hard walk of life) The Boss was the same thing.  Here we have Nick who literally is Cherie’s boss but it also symbolizes him taking his fate into his own hands when he makes the decision to give up music and become a soldier.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?

Dianna Love once suggested framing your short story around two people who have history but left off with unfinished business the last time they met. I used to be so intimidated to write a short story because I had no idea how I was going to introduce two people and then tell their story with a limited amount of words.  Giving them a history that you can briefly allude to solves that problem so that you can get right into the meat of their conflict/story and not leave the reader feeling like they’ve missed something.

That is great advice, Carlene!  Writing a short story is not easy to do because you do have to develop the characters and plot in much fewer words.  I think short stories are a rare talent.  Not everyone can do it with success.  I’d say Dianna Love’s advice definitely benefitted you because “The Boss” is wonderful.

What has been your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?

Earlier this year, the hero from my first book, Sidewalk Flower, was voted by my publisher’s readers as their favorite book boyfriend.  My “trophy” was a coffee mug that reads “Lucky Mason, Evernight’s Favorite Book Boyfriend 2013.” It may as well be an Oscar and a Grammy all rolled into one. To have people fall in love like that with one of my characters is the ultimate reward. Now whenever I hold giveaways for my readers, I always pull the winning name out of my “Lucky” cup.

How exciting!  I’m going to have to add that book to my TBR pile!  I really enjoyed your writing style in the “The Boss” so I look forward to your other books.

What book (or books) are you reading now? 

I just finished Love, Technically by Lynne Silver. The tagline on the front reads “He’s geeky and he knows it.” I wasn’t sure how Lynne was going to make it a sexy read but she did and I am now in love with the hero, Sark.  Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a smart yet sexy read.

I’m always looking for new book suggestions and new authors.  I will check it out.

Favorites of all Time:

Favorite Number?  11:16 (This is my birthdate and I randomly see it nearly every day.)

Favorite Food? San Diego rolled tacos, nobody does them better than my hometown.

Favorite Song? “Why I’m Feeling Blue” unreleased as of yet by Casey James.

Favorite Movie? “Grease” – Me too!  Me too!  One of the best movies… EVER!

Favorite place on Earth? A concert. – That is an awesome answer.  My husband and I are huge music people.  We enjoy all genres of music, but nothing is better than watching and listening to music live!

Favorite memory? When my son was born, the sheet was pulled up so I couldn’t see him but the look on his daddy’s face said it all. – Children change us forever.  There is something about being a mommy that cannot be explained but is certainly understood amongst us!  🙂

Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book?  

Absolutely! And before I go, thank you so much for inviting me here today. It means a lot. Here’s a bit from The Boss. 🙂

Lock by thick, shiny, cocoa brown lock, Cherie snipped large chunks of his hair until it was short enough that it wouldn’t snag in the clippers. She set the cut sections on the counter and stretched one out, pulling until the wave was straight. “Hey Boss, you’ve got about seven inches here. You should see about donating it.”

“That’s a good idea, sweet one, but it’s not long enough,” he said, not looking her way, she assumed because he was avoiding the mirror behind her. He didn’t look bad. Just different.

Cherie tried not to stare at his piercing eyes or his full lips, but she couldn’t help it. They were fascinating. When she forced her eyes away, they just betrayed her and latched on to his neck. It was thick and smooth except for the vein running up the side. A chill chattered her teeth and cooled her tongue as she gazed at how beautiful, thick, and smooth he was, even without all the hair. A sly little devil of curiosity made her wonder if he was that beautiful everywhere else. But of course he was. He had to be. Women lost their minds over him for a reason, didn’t they?

“You’ve looked into donating it already, haven’t you?” she asked, admiration and surprise growing in her heart.

He just nodded and gave her a half smile, like he’d rather not talk about it. But he didn’t look very happy. Man, she’d done a job on his poor hair. He was gonna be pissed if he saw this middle stage of the makeover. She turned on the unfamiliar clippers, making them hum and buzz in her clammy hand, sad to see his hair gone but anxious at how much hotter and dangerous-looking he’d already become.

Standing meagerly at his side, suddenly aware her heart was pounding, Cherie made herself hold the back of his head firmly in her hand. Warm puffs of his breath so close teased through her thin top, and she hoped he didn’t see what she felt. Her nipples hardened and ached to be his. She expected to breathe in a whiff of his usual freshly showered and soapy scent, but a wash of sweat and salt left her even more intrigued. She had to focus. With her free hand, she shaved a strip and then another until he looked like the typical new recruit.

By the time she was done, it was too much. She handed him the mirror while she looked away.

“Wow,” he said low and cool.

“I’m sorry.”

“No, don’t be. You did a good job. I like it.”

Her shoulders began to shake.

“Hey, really, you did good.”

Cherie sat down on the edge of the tub, still gripping the clippers that had warmed her hands, ignoring the tiny dark hairs dusting the floor, her fingers, their clothes.

“I didn’t realize how much you’d remind me of him like this.”

They stared into the mirror together for a few seconds while Nick ran his hands over his new ‘do. Well, she’d done the requested deed. His silence must mean he was politely waiting for her to get a clue and leave him be so he could clean up and be on his way. This was apparently his last night of freedom for a while. Who was she to delay the company he probably had waiting up in his suite?

“Well, I guess that’s it. Take care of yourself, Nick. Keep in touch.”

“Do you really think I’m ready to let you go yet?” he asked her.

“Um, yes, I did.”

“Well, you are wrong, sweet one.”

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 Buy Links:

Evernight

Amazon

ARe

Bookstrand

Where to Find Carlene:

http://carlenelove.com/

http://www.evernightpublishing.com/carlene-love-flores/

https://www.facebook.com/carlene.l.flores

https://twitter.com/cloveflores

http://waterworldmermaids.com/

 

It’s All About Sunset Temptations by C.R. Moss

Today, I’d like to welcome C.R. Moss to the Spicy Butterfly Garden.  She’s giving us the inside scoop on Sunset Temptations, her third book in Decadent Publishing’s 1NightStand line.  The blurb and excerpt below have me more than intrigued.   All I can say is that I can’t wait to read this one!  🙂  And look at that cover!

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Give us the title and genre of your book and a quick 50 word or less tagline.

‘Sunset Temptations’ – Contemporary, Erotic, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Menage, Alternative with MM, MFM, MMF

Can wishes come true in one night?

For roommates, Ivy and Kiran, everything is going great on their 1NS dates until a mistake one of them made comes back to haunt them. Will they make it through the dilemma or will they miss out on having their true desires granted?

Did you have any inspiration for this story or its characters?

A couple of years ago I went to a convention and met the lovely ladies of Decadent Publishing. While a group of us were sitting around and talking, information about Decadent’s 1NightStand line of books came up. The concept sounded interesting, and I told them I’d send in a story. I had already started on a book that I thought I’d target to a different publisher and their line, but I re-purposed it for the 1NS series. Thankfully, the first story, ‘Sunset Desires’ was accepted and from there followed ‘Sunset Seduction,’ the release I’m touting today: ‘Sunset Temptations’ and the fourth book ‘Sunset Heat’ is in the editing queue. The ‘Sunset’ series follows four female relatives on their dating adventures. I like sunsets. I live in the area my stories are set in. And after a trip up on the mountain, the storyline came to me.

I’ve actually heard quite a bit about this line at Decadent.  I’m intrigued. 

What was your favorite scene to write?  Why?

Toward the end, when the sh!t hits the fan. Cause the suspense and ‘dark’ aspect of the story was something that resonated with me. I can’t say much more or else it’d spoil things. 😉

Are there any aspects of yourself in any of the characters in your book?

In this book, no. But in other books, yes, I’ve used aspects of myself. Though, in this book, it is set in the area I live in.

Give us an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.

Like I just mentioned, it’s set in the area I live in. It’s up at a resort on Mt. Charleston. The fun fact: Las Vegas has a ski resort. Yep, it sure does. The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is up on Mt. Charleston.

I love Vegas and the surrounding area.  It is so beautiful and different than the east coast.  And thanks for the fun fact!  I never knew that!  Maybe now I can convince my husband to head back out there.  He’s not a gambler, but he is a snowboarder, so that information might work!

As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story.  How do you come up with the title to your stories?

I normally have a title when I start working on the story and it’s usually based off my idea or the theme of the story. If I don’t have a title, then I pull it out from a phrase in the story or something a character has said.

Three words that would best describe you.

Funny; loyal; honest (though some would say ‘blunt’)

It’s not always easy to sugar-coat the truth!  Blunt can be a good thing sometimes.

What was your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?

Helping a couple of my close friends realize their dreams of becoming published as well.

What book (or books) are you reading now?

I’m currently reading The Thorn Birds. Not sure what I’ll open next… I’ve been considering re-reading some VC Andrews stories…

I read The Thorn Birds a long time.  I stole it off my mother’s shelf when I was like fifteen or something.  It was racy and scandalous for my age, but then again, no one knew I was reading it at the time!  Oh how I love VC Andrews’ books!  I may have to re-read one now that you mention it!

What is your writing process from beginning to end?

First thing I normally do is check email, then I’ll check Facebook. Next I’ll get to my writing projects. When I’m working on a story, I’ll reread and do editing on the parts I haven’t edited yet to catch myself up. I’ll make the font a color other than black to keep track of what I’ve already gone through. Then I’ll write the new material. If I’m starting a new project, I do an information dump and outline as much of the story that’s in my head first thing. Then I work off the outline, fleshing out all the ideas and stuff as per above.  But then, when I’m really focused on a project, I tend to just plough through it and focus only on getting it done…staying up late writing, getting up early and getting back to the story, eating when I think I can get away from my ‘desk’ without ruining the flow… I say ‘desk’ because sometimes if it’s nice outside, I’ll grab my notebook and pen and either sit on my patio, or go to the pool, and write. The house and social life suffers, but I’m a slave to my art. 🙂

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? 

I crochet. I can shoot. I’ve also been developing my ability to read tarot and communicate with spirit.

How is the tarot card reading coming along?  I’m always a little gun-shy about that sort of stuff!  🙂

Do you have any tips or advice for authors trying to get published?

Learn the craft, from grammar to story building and everything in between. Adhere to the rules for a while. Once you do that, then you’ll understand how and when to break the rules and really let your creativity thrive.  After learning the craft, start promoting yourself before the first story is picked up/published. And if you’re going the e-book route through e-book publishers, get two or three places under your belt right away. If you’re doing the independent route (or e-publisher even), perhaps finishing two or three books first before you send book one out to the world would be a good idea. This way you don’t have to rush in starting to build a back list and can space out the publications of the ones you already have done while you work on more. But on top of knowing about writing mechanics, learning about marketing and promotion and getting that going is just as important.

Great advice!  The marketing and promoting can sometimes be the tougher end of the whole process. 

Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book?   Squeee!!

* “You know you can always tap me.”
* “True. But don’t you want to change things up? Experience something, someone different for once?”
* “Yeah, that’s why I suggested finding a third for our arrangement. Spice up our routine.”
* “I’d be all for it, but considering neither of us has found said person yet, I’m going to take what I can get through this date my cousin set up for me.”
* “So am I.” He smiled, his straight, white teeth gleaming and his olive-toned skin shining in the golden glow of the afternoon sun. “Don’t worry. I’m not gonna cramp your style. I have my own person to meet up at the lodge.”
* She loved her handsome, bisexual friend, and as long as he was on his own date, that meant he wouldn’t attempt to put the moves on hers. “Well, I guess it’s okay then. Get in the car. You can tell me all about whoever has invited you to the event on the way to pick up Seana.”
* “Technically I haven’t met him yet.”
* Processing his statement, she climbed into the driver’s seat. “What do you mean you haven’t met him yet?” She pulled out of their apartment complex and headed in the direction of her cousin’s place.
* Kiran’s gaze darted everywhere, never landing on her. “Um…. I signed up with 1Night Stand, and tonight’s my date, too.”
* Ivy stopped herself from slamming on the brakes. “Where did you get the money to pay for the service? Huh? I know you’re as broke as I am. We’ve lost our jobs. We’re losing our rental. If you had cash stashed somewhere, we could have used it for a new apartment lease. I know you want—”
* “You’re rambling.” He placed a hand on her shoulder and squeezed. “I want a partner. You’ve always understood that.” Her roommate released her, shifted in his seat, then played with a frayed string on his jeans. “Most of the guys I’ve met are self-centered assholes who don’t have sense enough to treat their significant other right. I’d like to meet a nice man, for once. When I emailed Madame Evangeline at 1Night Stand and told her I was a friend of yours and Heather’s, she was happy to accommodate me. That’s why she arranged for my night to be the same one as yours and Seana’s.”
* “And the money?”
* Silence rolled thick from the other seat. Her instincts screamed trouble.
* “Kiran?”
* He cleared his throat. “Well….”
* She’d seen and heard this nervousness from him before. That time he’d gotten into a little trouble with some bad dudes. Could he have done so again? She shot a quick glance at him. His skin seemed on the pale side. Her sixth sense dinged. “Oh no. You didn’t.”

 About C.R. Moss:

An eccentric and eclectic writer, C.R. Moss pens stories for the mainstream and erotic romance markets, giving readers Worlds of Possibilities. So what does she write? She writes stories from the light and sweet to the dark and deadly with varying degrees of sexual heat. Writing as C.R. Moss gives her and her muses the freedom to explore worlds of possibilities when it comes to love. Readers can find C.R. on her website, & if they click on LINKS, they’ll find links to her social media sites. http://crmoss.com/

Links to buy the book can be found at: http://crmoss.com/books/sunset-series/sunset-temptations/

C.R., thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your new release with us!  It’s been a pleasure!

Interview With Doris O’Connor – Author of The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin

Today, I convinced fellow Evernight Publishing author, Doris O’Connor to swing by The Spicy Butterfly Garden and let me pick her brain a bit about her new book, The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin and life as an author.  She’s a pretty awesome lady!

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Doris, Give us the title and genre of your latest book and a quick 50 word or less tagline.

The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin

Contemporary Erotic Romance

Lay back and think of England? Sure, she could do that. It’s only sex after all. Auctioning off her virginity is the easy part. Falling in love is not part of the plan.

I’m definitely intrigued! 

Did you have any inspiration for this story or its characters?

The story was sparked by a newspaper article I’d read. It got my thinking and then slowly the characters emerged. You can see my inspiration board for this story here.

http://pinterest.com/dorisoconnor/the-billionaires-unwanted-virgin/

What a good idea that it… gives the reader some visuals to your story!

What was your favorite scene to write?  Why?

Oh, I have so many, but if I had to pick just one it’s probably the wedding. Lakota surprises Alice and they have a beautiful ceremony, and it’s the first time they acknowledge their budding feelings, at least to themselves. It’s an emotional and hot scene, when they’re stood under their wedding blankets, and I had great fun researching Native American wedding customs and prayers.

Are there any aspects of yourself in any of the characters in your book?

Not so much myself, but Alice’s mother reminds me a lot of my Gran. She would have given me exactly the talking to, Elizabeth gives Alice. I smiled to myself when I wrote their scenes.

Give us an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.

Alice is afraid of heights and Lakota doesn’t like spiders 😉

I’ll be honest… I’m not a fan of spiders either!  🙂

As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story.  How do you come up with the title to your stories?

Ah, I know what you mean. The working title for this book had been Unwanted Innocence, because Alice is a virgin and Lakota didn’t want her or her innocence, but that title didn’t have the WoW factor, really.

It was seeing the amount of Billionaire Titles around that made up my mind for me in the end. The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin pretty much sums up the story, so it stuck.

I’m one of those strange writers that needs a title before I even sit down to write the story. More often than not that original title sticks, but occasionally I end up changing it. The characters usually tell me if the title fits or not.

Three words that would best describe you.

Passionate, Determined, Loyal

What was your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?

Without a doubt it’s when I hear from readers. It always puts such a huge smile on my face. To know that I have taken someone away from their worries and transported them into a different world, where they can forget about their daily troubles and just enjoy the story—yeah that’s awesome 🙂

What book (or books) are you reading now?

Top of my Reading Pile right now are Ann Mayburn, Zara Stoneley, Jenika Snow and Sandra Bunino. It’s a toss-up as to who’s latest book I read first.

What is your writing process from beginning to end?

Typically I wake up in the morning, having had my characters invade my dreams. I have dreamt entire stories before now, though most often it’s a scene, a dialogue, or an action. I get that little bubble of excitement in my tummy that tells me I’m onto a good thing, and the characters are chomping at the bit to tell me their story.

Next is the title, and then I open a brand new doc. I may start typing straight away, if the voices are that strong, or I might go on Pinterest and look for visual inspiration first. At the very least I will have pic for my hero and heroine.

Then, it’s a case of just letting my characters guide me. If I do as I’m told and simply take dictation we’re all good. If I start doubting them, everything grinds to a halt. When I’m actively in a story, I can write anything from 2 – 5K a day. My personal best for one day’s worth of writing is 8K.

I call that first draft word vomit. I simply write to get the story down. Once that’s done and I’ve typed The End, I whoop about for a bit. Then go back in to edit. This is when I’ll flesh out bits that need it, correct typos, clunky phrasing etc.

Then the manuscript will go to my ‘Reditor’ Raven McAllan. She will pull it to pieces and then send it back to me. I’ll fix what needs fixing—quite often whilst mumbling under my breath. We have quite a few ‘arguments’ in Skype over a phrase or a word, or whether that sex scene needs more details. Raven is very good at asking, “Why? Why does he do that, etc.”

Drives me round the proverbial twist at times, because in my mind it’s all crystal clear, but it’s not on paper, so having Raven’s input is invaluable. That extra pair of eyes is priceless, because we are all blind to our own mistakes.

Once that’s all done, I will write a blurb and the synopsis and then it gets submitted to the powers that be.

I inbox stalk like crazy and then either cry into my coffee or whoop like a loon when I get an acceptance 🙂

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? 

Hmm, does having produced nine beautiful babies count as a talent? 😉 I’m not sure that I do. I suppose I have a natural talent with languages. English isn’t my first language—I grew up in Germany and came over to England when I was eighteen.

I also know Latin, French, and a smattering of Italian. Just don’t ask me to speak any of it, lol. On paper I’m fine. In person, not so much.

Nine babies!?  That’s amazing! I don’t know if I’d say it’s a talent, but it definitely makes you pretty special!  I have three.  I know my hands are full!

Do you have any tips or advice for authors trying to get published?

Find yourself a good critique group or partner. Mine has been invaluable for the support and friendship, and that extra pair of eyes I already mentioned.

Read lots, and then read some more. It is amazing how much you pick up by simply reading, and write the stories that are on your heart. Find your voice, and use it.

Never, ever give up. I always say if I was never published again, I would still be writing, because for me it’s all about the stories.

Rejections are part of the process. I know everyone says that, but it really is true, and they are not personal, even though they might feel like it at the time. Publishing is a very subjective business.

Before you submit, do your research, and do follow the submission guidelines. It makes a difference.

Above all, have fun. Enjoy creating your stories 🙂 I love being a writer!

I couldn’t agree with you more about the fun!  🙂

Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book? 

Billionaire's Unwanted Cover

 I would love to. Here’s the blurb and excerpt:

Blurb:

Lay back and think of England, she could do this. It was only sex, after all. Auctioning off her virginity was the easy part—going through with it not so easy.  When Alice realizes who has acquired her, keeping her emotions out of the deal seems an impossible task.

Self-made billionaire Lakota, Lance Kemnay has no time for women, let alone one, who would sell her virginity to the highest bidder. Ever practical, however, he sees in Alice a solution to his immediate need for a wife. The emotions she stirs in him are just lust, and lust can be dealt with. As they connect emotionally and physically, his resolve to keep his heart aloof is tested beyond limits.

Can he trust his tender feelings, or has he been taken for a fool by the one woman he thought he could trust?

Excerpt:                                                        

He’d bound her to him with the ridiculous terms of their arrangement, and he had no idea how she really felt about him. That her body desired him, of that there was no doubt. Could there ever be more between them? Was the trust she exhibited in her submission to him enough to build a relationship on?

Would she want to stay with him once the arranged time was over? His little Alice was a romantic. Would she settle for a life with what little he had to offer, knowing full well that he was incapable of ever saying the words every woman wanted to hear?

“Lakota?” Her uncertain whisper shook him out his maudlin thoughts. This was here, and this was now. He would live in the moment and worry about all that later. Right now he had his woman where he wanted her.

“I’m here, my sweet. Relax.”

She drew in a breath and another, in a visible effort to calm her nerves, and he bent down and kissed her again.

“Remember those candles you admired on that stall in Colombo, my sweet?”

She stilled completely and her breaths grew choppier, and he smiled.

“I see that you do… Now, feel their kiss, and fly for me.”

He’d gone hard as nails in the middle of the crowded market at her innocent reaction to his whispered comment that these were far more than scented candles. He’d bought them on impulse, waiting for the right moment to introduce them. He knew her well enough by now to know how far he could push her, and he wanted to give her the pleasure this play brought.

She flinched at the first drop of wax hit her just below the collarbone, and he swiped the drop away, watching her closely for her reaction. Again and again he repeated the process, until she arched into the touch of the wax on her skin.

He drew patterns around her breasts, leaving the wax to settle, and letting the flame burn a little hotter each time. Her breathing changed to the slow, deep state of relaxed awareness he wanted her to be in as he scribed what was in his heart on her quivering tummy.

By the time he was done his dick was just about ready to explode, and Alice was so wet, the covers were stained under her ass. He smiled to himself at the face of housekeeping in the morning and poured one last heavy drop of wax over her hugely distended clit at the same time as he thrust his cock into the tight clasp of her body, with a growled, “Come for me, baby.”

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Alice came so hard and so fast she could barely catch her breath. The sensation of the hot wax dripping over her most sensitive flesh coupled with the feel of him sliding deep into her core, his weight pinning her in place proved too much.

She was dimly aware of Lakota reaching his own pinnacle in record time, and then she was free. Released from her bonds and held securely in his arms, she blinked to get her eyes to focus.

Her body was covered in multi-colored patters of wax, and he’d traced a word into her lower abdomen—Mine.

Alice bit back her tears, and Lakota’s hands settled over her fingers tracing the word. She looked at him, and she held her breath at the emotion she glimpsed in his eyes, before he masked it.

“I will run you a bath, and you can soak it off. I’m not going near that beautiful skin of yours with a knife.”

“Do we have to take it off?”

He grew very still at her husky question, and his voice was hoarse when he finally answered.

“I don’t want you getting sore. This is your first time. We don’t know how your skin will react.”

Alice smiled at the protectiveness and concern behind those words.

“I seem to be having a lot of firsts around you, Mr. Kemnay.”

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Author Bio:

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Glutton for punishment would be a good description for Doris… at least that’s what she hears on an almost daily basis when people find out that she has a brood of nine children, ranging from adult to toddler and lives happily in a far too small house, cluttered with children, pets, dust bunnies, and one very understanding and supportive husband. Domestic goddess she is not.

There is always something better to do after all, like working on the latest manuscript and trying not to scare the locals even more than usual by talking out loud to the voices in her head. Her characters tend to be pretty insistent to get their stories told, and you will find Doris burning the midnight oil on a regular basis. Only time to get any peace and quiet and besides, sleep is for wimps.

She likes to spin sensual, sassy, and sexy tales involving alpha heroes to die for, and heroines who give as good as they get. From contemporary to paranormal, BDSM to F/F, and Ménage, haunting love stories are guaranteed.

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Thanks so much for having me here today, Jessica 🙂

Thank you, Doris!  And good luck with The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin!

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