Wicked Wednesday with Berengaria Brown

      

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

Chocolate. Totally delicious and sexy as hell, especially in liquid form.

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

Romance maybe 11 or so. I was home from school ill, and a friend of my mother’s gave me a Georgette Heyer novel to read.

Erotic romance maybe 14. I’d read everything in the children’s section of the local library, and my father loaned me his library card, so I could look for books in the adult section. I read “Forever Amber” by Kathleen Winsor, (which was banned in 14 states!) and was hooked.

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

That answer changes from day to day. I love pretty much everything from sweet to seriously kinky, and everything in between, covering all genres. Overall I likely come back to historical romance the most frequently.

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

Long enough for the heroine to run her hands through.

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

Late at night after work is done, alone at my desk with my faithful 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?

They’re all individual so some do, some don’t. Some publishing houses insist on it, so the characters have to get with the program in that case. But with colored, textured and flavored condoms, using them can be fun.

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

Small Woman, Big Trouble” released on 10th September.

Blurb:

Deb Steele hikes through a Water Authority reservation. But houses are being built on one section of it, and she can’t get home. She phones Kai Cole, and he and Harry Anders come to get her. While she’s waiting for them, her cell phone battery dies and a young man turns up on an electric scooter. When he realizes she’s quite alone, he plans to sexually assault her. She escapes from him just as Kai and Harry arrive.

Kai worries about how he can protect Deborah if this man is following her, and Harry suggests they learn karate. Kai decides the only way their beginning threesome relationship can progress further is if they all move in together.

But, as Deb is leaving work late that evening, the attacker jumps her once again. Why is he after her? How can the men protect her? And will they ever have enough time to build their friendship into a genuine relationship?

Author details:

Berengaria is a multi-published author of erotic romance: contemporary, paranormal (magic, ghosts, vampires, fairies, dragons, and werewolves), futuristic, medieval, and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: one man/one woman; two women; two men; two men/one woman; three men, two women/one man, three men/one woman…. Whatever the characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.

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Wicked Wednesday with Susan Laine

      

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

Strawberries and whipped cream are undoubtedly everyone’s choice, as is chocolate, so my guys will go with avocados (so-called testicle tree) and watermelons (pre-prepped for easy nibbling). Sweet…

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

Curiously, I never read any as a teenager or even in my twenties. Perhaps because MF wasn’t appealing to me. In my early thirties Amazon recommended me a MM erotic romance which I got out of curiosity. That one story opened up a whole literary world for me to enjoy as a reader and a writer. After reading them for about four, five months, I decided to give it a go myself—and the rest is history.

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

I prefer contemporary MM—to read and to write. I write paranormal and ménage too, but I rarely read them. The contemporary genre opens up so many avenues for possible plots and unlikely heroes that I just can’t resist the lure. I need to find out what other authors are telling about modern gay men. Still, I do like to read a lot of other genres too, for example historical and murder mysteries.

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

Depends on the guy, I guess. Personally, I tend to go for short hair. Don’t know why really, considering I have written guys with both long and short hair. Never written anyone bald. I suppose now I ought to 🙂

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

I simply cannot write right after I wake up. My brain has not kicked in gear yet. I prefer evenings and nights. It’s quieter and darker, and I can think clearer. Also, there’s the time zone factor: I write for American publishing houses, and their working hours start when it gets dark here in Finland, so there’s a practical component involved. I also prefer a desk and an office chair. I have tried writing in bed and in a lounge chair, but the softness bothered me and made me sleepy.

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

Sometimes my heroes do wear condoms, other times they don’t. But they always talk about it before-hand, and usually if they don’t use them, that means they are already a couple, so they are exclusive and have gotten tested. With just guys in the picture, there isn’t really a question of pregnancy, but the threat of STD’s is a concern. And there are many ways to make putting on a condom sexy: The partner can roll it on, slowly and teasingly, by using a hand or a mouth. Same with the lube—only it has to be edible if coming in contact with a mouth. Any method that involves touching sensuously can be considered foreplay and/or sex.

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

I write for several publishing houses. My latest Siren Publishing release was Mending Fences, a cowboy MM erotic romance in a contemporary setting. This is a redemption story about a rodeo cowboy who gets accidentally outed as gay in front of his fiancée. In his rowdy and self-destructive way of life he does not expect the town sheriff to come to his rescue. My latest Dreamspinner Press release was Love in Plain Sight, a contemporary MM mystery romance. In this story two police officers, one of them a deaf volunteer, have been in a relationship for a year. As their anniversary draws near, a case involving a shady art dealer becomes dangerous, and a confrontation is inevitable.

Author details:

Novels: By Siren Publishing Rivers of Wind, Sub, Rivers of Passion, Mending Fences, and upcoming Sub Rosa. By Dreamspinner Press Sunlight on Water in Two Tickets to Paradise Anthology, Sounds of Love, Twice by Chance, The Wolfing Way, The Witching Hour in June 2012 Daily Dose Time Is Eternity, Genie’s Wish, Love in Plain Sight, and upcoming Falling for Rain and Hunter’s Moon. By Evernight Publishing upcoming The Last Werewolf.