Wicked Wednesday with R. Brennan

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1. If your characters could pick a food to play with in the bedroom, what would they use?

Ohh, that would completely depend on which characters in which story — but for my story in Evernight’s Vanilla-Free Christmas — it would be strawberries and chocolate syrup.

2. How old were you the first time you read a romance novel? Erotica?

I discovered a joy in reading about the time I started high school — with an historical romance novel. I devoured the genre almost exclusively for years. My love of erotica didn’t come till even later–about the time I discovered “”adult” online role play. I wanted to write a romance novel and I was having trouble writing the sex scenes, so I dropped into a Gorean chat room thinking it would have role played sexual interludes I could read. I got a quick education in both BDSM and erotica.

3. What is your favorite romance genre to read? Why? (Paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, MM, menage, etc.)

I think my favorite to read is still the historicals — I was weaned on them, you know? Though I do have to say a steamy paranormal romance come a close second.

4. What’s hotter for the hero: long-hair, short, or bald? Why?

I prefer men shaved bald. I think it started with Stone Cold Steve Austin to be completely honest. I had such a crush on him. Mmm mmm. I also have a weakness for men with facial hair. I’ve never dated a man without it in my life. Go figure.

5. When is your favorite time of day to write? Where is your favorite place to write? (Morning, evening, bed, playground, etc.)

I work full time and am not really a morning person, so I HAVE to write in the evenings during the week. On the weekends, I tend to start in the afternoon, take a short break after a few hours and then hit things again for a bit in the evening. I don’t have a private place to write, really, so I sit on the bed in my room and settle the laptop on my thighs. It’s comfy, though I’m sorta making a bum hole in the mattress.

6. Bonus question! Do your characters use birth control (i.e. condoms) and if so, how do you make the mechanics of it sexy?

I’ve not written birth control into my stories. When I wrote my first one, I did have more than a few comments about that, but I think of it as something implied in the story. It’s like a woman’s cycle — you never hear about that in a story either, but it still happens to every woman.

7. Tell us about your latest release or what you’re working on now.

I’ve had the fortune of three releases in December 2012. The first being my short in Evernight’s Vanilla-Free Christmas Anthology. The second is my erotic short, Routine Maintenance, which is included in Felt Tips, a charity anthology of office supply themed erotica. All proceeds go toward buying school supplies for kids and work clothes for adults trying to find work. This one was the brain child of the esteemed erotic romance author, Tiffany Reisz. (Good stuff!)

The last of my releases (for now) is Blood and Fire, an erotic horror short being released by MuseItUp Publishing on the 28th. All of the stories have BDSM and D/s elements to them. Write what you know, right?

Author details:

Website: http://rbrennan.weebly.com
Blog: http://bexbooknook.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/BexBookNook
Twitter: http://twitter.com/bexbrennan

 

Wicked Wednesday with Lila Shaw

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1. If your characters could pick a food to play with in the bedroom, what would they use?

My characters are rather fond of eclairs…squeeze the cream filling out into exotic locales for licking, then fill the empty eclair with something else (use your imagination). Lick off chocolate first then slowly nibble the outer pastry bits away until the new inner filling is discovered.

2. How old were you the first time you read a romance novel? Erotica?

I think I was in my mid-teens when I discovered the gothic romances of Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney and Mary Stewart. After that I moved on to Harlequin, all sweet romances, because they were cheap and easily found in vast quantities in my library. The “hard core” stuff (Rosemary Rogers et. al. who is really not so hard core compared to what I read now) was problematic, not because of the content but because the covers were so in your face bodice rippers and embarrassing. I’m a rather private person, so I really didn’t start to read erotica until I got my Kindle and discovered the wealth of ebooks out there.

3. What is your favorite romance genre to read? Why? (Paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, MM, menage, etc.)

I love contemporary and historical the best, but I’ll read paranormal too, sci-fi if it’s steampunk more so than studly aliens. Those kind of weird me out. I have not yet developed a taste for menage or M/M.

4. What’s hotter for the hero: long-hair, short, or bald? Why?

I’d go with short hair, then bald, then long. Long hair seems too Zoolander or Wayne and Garth to me–take your pick of either extreme. Bald is in your face aggressive, which can be hot, but I like an alpha in beta’s clothing, which means he’s bald on the inside, but conservatively shorn on the outside. Rawrrr!!

5. When is your favorite time of day to write? Where is your favorite place to write? (Morning, evening, bed, playground, etc.)

I like to write in the morning before the rest of my family wakes up. I’m naturally an early bird. That’s when I also exercise too. I start to conk out around 9 PM. I have an office I use to do 99% of my writing, though I occasionally write on my lunch break at work or on my netbook while watching TV with the Silverback (husband).

6. Bonus question! Do your characters use birth control (i.e. condoms) and if so, how do you make the mechanics of it sexy?

Unless they are paranormal (which all my succubus ladies are), they use condoms in their first sexual encounters. I don’t bother trying to make it sexy. I go more for making it quick and unobtrusive OR I build it into the story as a sign of intimacy. I had one couple discuss getting tested after the sex scene as a way to show how much commitment they’d developed to each other. Sounds dry when dissected but it worked in the story pretty well as I’ve had readers comment on how they liked the frank discussions the characters had.
7. Tell us about your latest release or what you’re working on now.

My latest stand alone release is Succubus Games but I have a short story in the Vanilla-Free Christmas anthology from Evernight.

[Editor’s note: Succubus Steam is out!] I’ve contracted for another succubus story in Evernight’s Romance on the Go line called “Succubus Steam” tentatively scheduled for release in January 2013. This will be the third in “The Succubus Chronicles”, a collection of unrelated erotic romances about succubi in different settings and time periods. I love writing about succubi and also have a collection of horror shorts about them I plan to self-publish (because horror erotica is a tough sell with publishers, especially in a collection). I also have several more succubus romances planned, probably ROTG length as well.

Author details:

Lila Shaw:
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ARe Cafe: Meet Erin M. Leaf

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Check out my new interview over at ARe Cafe: Behind the Books-Meet Erin M. Leaf!

Ever wanted to know why I began writing? What my inspiration was for the vampire novel I just wrote as Marie E. Blossom? I guarantee you will not be expecting these answers. Head on over now!

Teaser:

Julie: Welcome, Erin. Why don’t you start us off by telling us how you discovered/decided you wanted to become a writer?

Erin: Well, see, when I was a kid, I fell off my bicycle and hit my head. After that, I really sucked at math, so what was I going to do?

*long pause*

Okay, no, not really. I mean, I did fall off my bicycle (more than once), and I’m sure I hit my head (probably more than once), but I was bad at math before that happened, so…

Wicked Wednesday with Carlene Love Flores

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1. If your characters could pick a food to play with in the bedroom, what would they use?

Funny you should ask…Trista and Lucky have this thing for a Mexican snack cake dessert called a Gansito.  It’s all kinds of chocolate, strawberry and creamy filling yumminess.  And it fits in the palm of your hand which makes for easy feeding to each other!

2. How old were you the first time you read a romance novel? Erotica?

Sorry Grandma, but the cat is out of the bag…I was probably about nine or ten when I read my first romance novel.  But then there was this really long dry spell and I didn’t read another until about five years ago.  Now I’m eternally hooked.

3. What is your favorite romance genre to read? Why? (Paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, MM, menage, etc.)

I love reading paranormal romance.  The myth and extraordinary worlds paranormal books can take you to are fabulous, but what I really love is how they allow for so much tragedy and then redemption.  I love those ones.

4. What’s hotter for the hero: long-hair, short, or bald? Why?

Oh no!  Do I really have to choose?  Three hot cuties just popped into mind for each…Bald-Theo Rossi, Short- Tom Hardy, Long—My Lucky from Sidewalk Flower. I will try and make a case for long hair…When your hero is leaning over you, don’t you want to see it hanging in his face and then have the excuse to sweep it back and tuck it behind his ear or leave it be to tickle your nose?  Hmm??

5. When is your favorite time of day to write? Where is your favorite place to write? (Morning, evening, bed, playground, etc.)

I love the night.  But unfortunately, I’m a sleepy head, early to bed kind of girl.  So, this means I do most of my writing during the day, in my bedroom that I’ve made as dark as I possibly can and sometimes with a blanket over my head and laptop.

6. Bonus question! Do your characters use birth control (i.e. condoms) and if so, how do you make the mechanics of it sexy?

Sure they do!  I personally think it’s sexiest when they’re shy about how to put the condom on, or it’s a “let me help you with that” kind of situation.  Of course then there’s Mother Nature’s birth control.  Trista is still upset with the powers that be and their horrible timing with what happened in Sidewalk Flower just as she and Lucky were about to be intimate for the first time.  But it gave Lucky the chance to be the gentleman she desperately needed.  I think that was sexy.
7. Tell us about your latest release or what you’re working on now.

Sure!  Sidewalk Flower was just released on January 11th by Evernight Publishing and it’s about a jaded young woman, Trista, who sets out on an intense road trip home to deal with her past when she is asked to allow a relative stranger to tag along.

But, she’s seen too many good guys succumb to the harsh realities of her supposed privileged life in the music business and intends on keeping her distance.

When she picks up Lucky, the southern gentleman cousin of her selfish best friend, she has absolutely no idea of how to accept a perfectly good person with good intentions.  Home has never looked so good, or felt so far away.

Buy Links:

Amazon– http://www.amazon.com/Sidewalk-Flower-Pointe-Novel-ebook/dp/B00AZR275O/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1357905030&sr=8-16&keywords=Sidewalk+Flower

BookStrand– http://www.bookstrand.com/term-search?term=Sidewalk+Flower

Are– https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sidewalkflower-1041391-148.html

Thank you for having me!  It was a wicked pleasure to be here 😉

Author details:

Evernight Author Page: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/carlene-love-flores/

Website & Blog:  http://carlenelove.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/cloveflores

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/carlene.l.flores

Wicked Wednesday with Kastil Eavenshade

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1. How old were you the first time you read a romance novel? Erotica?

I actually didn’t start getting romance books until around 18 years old. I was more of a high fantasy girl. Erm, the erotica, however, much earlier. I can neither confirm or deny finding my dad’s secret stash of smut books. I guess this is why my parents support me. 🙂

2. What is your favorite romance genre to read? Why? (Paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, MM, menage, etc.)

I love fantasy, always will. It really takes you away into another world. In some respects, since most fantasy takes its cues from historical places, I love a good historical because if it too.

3. What’s hotter for the hero: long-hair, short, or bald? Why?

I like long hair. Gives me something to tug on. 😉

4. When is your favorite time of day to write? Where is your favorite place to write? (Morning, evening, bed, playground, etc.)

Preferably, the afternoon works best for me but with having a job, I have to squeeze my time toward the evening. In my old house, I wrote in my crafting room. Having a laptop helps me move wherever I need to be. Now I have a room just for writing though it’s not set up yet.

5. Bonus question! Do your characters use birth control (i.e. condoms) and if so, how do you make the mechanics of it sexy?

For my historicals, they spill the seed outside the womb though I have employed certain old world drugs to prevent pregnancy. For contemporary, I just mention the ripping of the package and that’s it. The one thing I try to do with the condoms is that the characters are prepared. There’s no pause to go to the bathroom or dig through a purse. It’s a mood breaker. Much like your date making your feel-up more like a gyno appointment because he’s trying the find the mystical land known as the g-spot.

6. Tell us about your latest release or what you’re working on now.

My latest release is a romantic comedy titled The Romance Novel Book Club. It’s a piece I’ve been working on off and on for a bit. I posted some chapters on a private writing site and got some great feedback. So I did something that’s been a monkey on my back. I finished it. It’s a light-hearted take on a thirty-something female who’s been through the ringer on every relationship and thinks the key to happiness is through reading romance novels. IN the end, she finds the courage to let go all her failures and stop looking for Mr Perfect and getting Mr He Gets Me. Her best friend in the novel was named after a very good friend of mine. I do have another book with the character planned but not started.

Right now I’m working on two projects. Talbot’s Seduction, a prequel to Talbot’s Ploy and another naughty fairytale based on Snow White titled the Forest Maiden.

Author details:

website: http://kastil.wordpress.com/
twitter: https://twitter.com/PamBitner
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/KastilEavenshade
novels: Talbot’s Ploy, The Romance Novel Book Club, The Wolves of Argonne (naughty fairytale), The Heat of His Kiss (romance on the go).

Wicked Wednesday with Rose Anderson

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1. If your characters could pick a food to play with in the bedroom, what would they use?

My Victorian characters Nicolas, Ellie, and Luca in Loving Leonardo spent some time in Paris. I could see them having a rich dish of chocolate ganache sent up with strawberries and champagne. It would all start innocently of course – between sips of champagne, strawberries would be dipped in chocolate. Chocolate being what it is, it would have to be licked off fingers. I can certainly see them running with that. 🙂

2. How old were you the first time you read a romance novel? Erotica?

I was 12 when I read Jane Eyre and I fell in love with the mysterious Mr. Rochester. I was 26 when I read my first Kathleen Woodiwiss and that hooked me to romance. Believe it or not, my first erotic story was my own Hermes Online!

3. What is your favorite romance genre to read? Why? (Paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, MM, menage, etc.)

I adore historicals. I spent a good many years of my life in historical clothing as a Living History presenter. I’ve only ever read two sci-fi’s in my life and one was absolutely horrible and completely threw me off the sub-genre. You have to suspend the reader’s disbelief for this type of book. The other belongs to fellow author Michele Hart and I found it a fabulously believable tale.

4. What’s hotter for the hero: long-hair, short, or bald? Why?

I grew up in a Chicago neighborhood filled with black-haired olive-skinned men of Mediterranean descent and like a duckling, I imprinted on that standard of beauty. My husband had long hair when we met – beautiful, silky-soft, chestnut-colored hair. Oddly enough, every single hero in my books has one or the other short or long. You got me thinking about bald now. I loved Star Trek’s Jean Luc Picard too. lol

5. When is your favorite time of day to write? Where is your favorite place to write? (Morning, evening, bed, playground, etc.)

At 10 AM I kick butt. I work off my laptop at the kitchen table close to the coffee pot and accompanied by my cockatiels and dogs.

6. Bonus question! Do your characters use birth control (i.e. condoms) and if so, how do you make the mechanics of it sexy?

It’s funny how times have changed. In my life I must have read hundreds of romance novels and never, not once in all those years, did I see a condom anywhere. Directed by my publisher’s editor I had to address this in Hermes Online (and in the end I managed to skirt the issue anyway), but Dreamscape and Loving Leonardo deals with sex in Victorian times. They had condoms back then but the need just didn’t arise when I wrote their love scenes. I see the point to safe sex because we live in a germy world, but do our fantasies need condoms? Do people really read our books and go stupid because they read literary characters not using protection? I don’t think so. Every way I can think of to write it in sexy comes out lame. Rolling down a condom just isn’t sexy to me as a reader. I personally think it detracts from the scene.

7. Tell us about your latest release or what you’re working on now.

I just published Loving Leonardo, my first bisexual Polyamorous ménage set in 1897. My hero Nicolas Halstead is an art historian working for the famed Ashmolean museum and leads a somewhat normal life as of a man of means. He takes pains to hide his homosexuality from the world. One day Ellie comes to call and confronts him with it. To his incredulous disbelief she proposes marriage. It turns out she wants him to help her rescue a previously unknown work of Leonardo da Vinci – a book of love poems and erotic sketches from Leonardo to his gay lover Salai. How can Nicolas refuse? They race to Venice where the book is held by a man who has plans to destroy it for the vulgar thing he sees it as. Along the way they meet Luca and the three fall in love. While they come to redefine themselves, a man with a dark obsession comes into their lives. The story continues in the second book. I love these three so they may come back and have adventures in other novels.

Book 1 of The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo has just been released, a paranormal story inspired by a serious local urban legend. It’s steeped in Native American lore. I just finished the blurb. 🙂 Find it on Amazon.

Book 1 – Ashkewheteasu

What does an immortal Native American shaman do when the grave he’s sworn to watch over for all eternity disappears under urban development?

His purpose of guarding his wife’s burial mound gone, Ashkewheteasu seeks to end his immortal existence. In his despair, he assumes the form of a wolf and steps in front of a moving car and into the life of Dr. Olivia “Livie” Rosalini. The veterinarian saves the animal’s life, and in the process saves the man within. Unbeknownst to Livie, the dog she’s taken into her home and grows to love is a magical being seeking to win her heart as a man. While Ash is learning a new world filled with new love, friendship, and happiness, an old menace makes plans to steal it all away; just as he had 3000 years before.

Author details:

I’ve been happily married to my soul mate for the past 35 years and together raised our two children on one of the prettiest places on earth in America’s upper Midwest. We share our lives with five feathered and furred loved ones, and a loving and supportive extended family as well – family we were born into, and family built with dear friends. I’ve been writing for at least twenty years but kept it all to myself after several unsuccessful attempts to send manuscripts to New York knocked the wind from my sails. In the summer of 2010 all roads converged and before I knew it I became a published author. My goal is to learn all I can about this business through five romance novels, then take that knowledge and apply it to the series I’ve been working on for the past six years. Three romance novels are in print now and two to go! After that – love stories of a different sort.

website: http://calliopeswritingtablet.com

Wicked Wednesday with J. Annas Walker

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1. If your characters could pick a food to play with in the bedroom, what would they use?

Cassy and David would go with chocolate syrup. As vampires, they could add a little blood and it wouldn’t show. Claire and Alistair would want whipped cream.

2. What is your favorite romance genre to read? Why? (Paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, MM, menage, etc.)

Paranormal gives me a great chance to live through characters that have no possiblility of existing. It really does present a total fantasy. It does away with the limitations of the mudane world.

3. What’s hotter for the hero: long-hair, short, or bald? Why?

Short hair. I’m just not into hairy men. I find it easier to write hotter scenes, if I find the guy’s attractive to me.

4. When is your favorite time of day to write? Where is your favorite place to write? (Morning, evening, bed, playground, etc.)

I like to write really early in the morning, ie 4-6am. I don’t really have a choice as to where, as my computer is on a PC. I would love to have a laptop and write in bed.

5. Bonus question! Do your characters use birth control (i.e. condoms) and if so, how do you make the mechanics of it sexy?

None of my characters so far have used birth control. I can’t seem to make that part sexy. Also, for the most part, one or both of my characters are supernatural. That usually eliminates the need.

6. Tell us about your latest release or what you’re working on now.

Right now I have a new project that blends several old mythology characters into a single story. They get to be themselves. The difference is the heroine. She is a new creature, the blending of a demi-goddess and a vampire, and is where the older characters’ paths cross. She starts off a sheltered misfit, but ends up being the key to the universe.

Author details:

Twitter: @jannaswalker