Joint Twitter Party: #HoltHillScorch w/ @DesireeHolt and @JoeyWHill

Desiress Holt & Joey W. Hill Twitter Party

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  • Are you a fan of scorching hot romance?
  • Are you always looking to get your hands on a new sexy series?
  • Do you want the opportunity to ask questions of Bestselling authors Desiree Holt and Joey Hill?

Now’s your chance!! On Thursday, April 25 from 7 – 9pm EST, award-winning authors Desiree Holt and Joey Hill, will be hosting a Twitter party to answer reader questions and dish out some exclusive scorching hot teasers and info on their newest installments from each of their series. You definitely don’t want to miss this party!

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Meet Author Desiree Holt

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Author Desiree HoltDesiree Holt’s writing is flavored with the rich experiences of her life, including a long stretch in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singer to heavy metal rock bands. For several years she also ran her own public relations agency handling any client that interested her, many of whom might recognize themselves in the pages of her stories. She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award for best BDSM book of the year, winner of the Holt Medallion, multiple winner of the Whipped Cream Book of the Week Award and is published by five different houses. Romance Junkies said of her work: “Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.”

 

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Buck Naked; Coming 4/30/13

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BuckNaked72webGenre: Erotic romantic suspense
Tone: Thriller
Heat: Very hot
Elements/Tags: oral sex, suspense, military
Series: Naked Cowboys #2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pub. Date: April 30, 2013
Format: all
Words: 26,898

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Amy Stark has it all together—except for chronic bad taste in men. She’s firmly in hands-off-all-men mode when a flat tire forces her to accept the help of exactly the type of man she’s sworn off. Arrogant, cocky and condescending.

When she runs into him again later that day and then finds out her brother has invited him for dinner, the fire between them has a sizzle of a different kind.

At eighteen, Buck Montgomery left home to make his mark on the bull-riding circuit. He may have had wild success in rodeo but his personal life is in the dust, and while he’s ready to start a new life he’s wary to expose his heart. Buck knows he should tell Amy the truth, but every time he opens his mouth, hers is right there with kisses like molten lava.

When his past resurfaces at the worst possible time, Buck can only wonder if Amy will love the man he has become…or if the man he was will chase her away.

Warning: Contains barnyard language and clap-your-hands-over-your-mama’s-eyes sex between a cowboy with a checkered past and a ranch girl with all the right moves.
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Meet Author Joey W. Hill

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Bestselling author Joey HillWinner of the 2011 Romantic Times Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over thirty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including four series. Her characters include everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids.

Free excerpts from all her works are available at her website, www.storywitch.com. Additional vignettes, character interviews and graphics inspired by the work are at the fan forum site, www.jwhconnection.com.

Twitter: JoeyWHill    Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeyWHillAuthor

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Willing Sacrifice; Coming 5/1/13

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Willing Sacrifice by Joey HillGenre: BDSM erotic romance
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Knights of the Board Room, #6
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Janet Albright prefers her men submissive, her relationships confined to a club environment. Which is why her attraction to former Navy SEAL Maxwell Ackerman doesn’t make a lot of sense. There isn’t a submissive bone in his honed, muscular body, suggesting that her interest in Kensington & Associate’s head limo driver is best indulged as a private fantasy. The problem is, after a crisis situation reveals a different side of them both, the attraction becomes mutual and undeniable. They take the plunge, willing to see if the give-and-take of their unexpected relationship can satisfy their deepest desires. Unfortunately, ghosts from their past might take the reins from them both, destroying the balance of power before their love can find a way to tip the scales.

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When: Thursday, April 25, 2013; 7–9pm EST

What: It’s a no-holds-barred Q&A party and discussion with award-winning erotic romance authors Desiree Holt and Joey W. Hill. Let the steam begin!

Hashtag: #HoltHillScorch

Hosts: @JoeyWHill & @DesireeHolt   |  Moderated by: @lit_connect

Prizes:

Pre-registration Prizes:

  • $100 Amazon gift certificate and choice of three signed books from Joey W. Hill. International or domestic entries welcome!

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  • Desiree Holt tote bag (US/Ca Only)
  • Buck Naked (US/Ca Only)
  • Buck Naked mug (US/Ca Only)
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    • Chuckle – since I have trouble limiting my answers to 140 characters, I’m going to go ahead and answer some of the questions here – but you’re all welcome to ask me whatever you want during the event as well!

      Evelyn, I never contemplated writing anything else. I was devouring Harlequin romances in grade school, and had moved on to Kathleen Woodiwiss, Valerie Sherwood, etc by junior high school. I was also a heavy fantasy reader, but all of it was character-driven, with romantic or strong central love stories (Tiger and Del series with Jennifer Roberson, Stephen Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant Chronicles, etc). And it really is true that you tend to write what you love to read. I know folks who look down their noses at romances, but there are plenty of writers in the romance genre that can hold their own next to the literary “masters” – AND give you a happily ever after (wink).

    • Nadia, just to expand a little on the answer I gave Evelyn above – every important endeavor in the world seems to be driven by love. Have you ever noticed the way we connect to a character in a story is by whom he or she loves? And the stories that linger the most with us, no matter the plotline, are those where a love story is a strong underlying theme. Look at the movie Forrest Gump, as an example (I’m a real movie buff). That movie wouldn’t mean anywhere near the same thing without the connection to Jenny. It doesn’t even have to be girl-boy love. I think of the movie Glory – it was the dedication of the men to one another, to the higher ideals they were purusing, that drove them forward, and that was a type of love as well.

    • Probably the same thing that makes writing any book hard. Sitting down and just dashing out a draft is lovely, fun, like being lost in a dream. The hard part is diving back into that draft and doing the cutting, polishing and sculpting – in short, the editing – to make that dream one that the readers can share with you. You can see it in your head so well – communicating it in a way that helps the readers take the same journey is a LOT of work (lol). What I enjoy most about it is that first thing – I call it “finding the groove”. I’ll be writing a story, and I can feel when I hit a vein, and then suddenly I’m fully connected to the characters and the fingers on the keyboard are being directed by them, not a conscious effort in my mind. Whenever it happens, it reinforces that this is what I’m meant to do, and I don’t have doubts or insecurities. This is the place where there are no questions or worries.

  1. When did you start reading and writing romance books?

    If your books was made into a movie, what actors would you choose to play the leads?

    • Hi, Amy – thanks for your question – as far as more detail about when I started to read them, you can also look at Evelyn’s question up at the top. However, as far as when, I started reading romances maybe 4th or 5th grade. I’m sure I read love stories even before that, though. I remember reading the story of King Arthur and his knights (which was chock full of love stories), and stories like Bambi by Felix Salten, which was a lot about human nature (ironically) and the tragedy of life and death – all the things that underpin a great love story.

      I’m assuming you mean the latest release, Willing Sacrifice – you might not have patience for me to list out heroes and heroines for over thirty titles (chuckle). Of course, most of my heroes (in my head) are Hugh Jackman (ha!). Okay, but I digress…hmmm. I’m always a little reluctant to suggest who my heroes/heroines look like in my head, because I don’t want to disrupt the reader’s impression, because the book is as much your personal journey as it is mine. So, keep that in mind and don’t let my ideas adversely affect yours when you read the book. I see Max as a gray-eyed Channing Tatum, and Janet is…hmm, she’s harder because in truth, I think more about the heroes when it comes to this than the heroines (laughter)…okay, I’d choose between Diane Lane or Kelly Preston on that one.

    • Sorry – forgot to answer when I started writing them! I started writing in 5th grade and wrote all through high school. Entered college as a creative writing major and then was smart enough to switch to business. Took about ten years off to work in animal rights/animal welfare field, and then in my late twenties, the writing bug returned like it had never been gone. Think my muse knew I needed some life experiences and seasoning to deepen my craft!

    • Hmm…my very first book ever was written in 5th grade. It was about a group of animals that were tired of human cruelty and so they banded together and went on a killing spree, at the end of which they met a very tragic end. Remember, you asked (lol). Ahem. However, my first published book (albeit for a very short time span, since the ebook publisher eventually folded), was Guardian of the Continuum. It was an epic fantasy with a strong romance sub-story. It won some awards and good reviews, but is now in the dusty author drawer, waiting for the day I have time to pull it out, update it a little bit (they were using cassette tapes and large desktop computers in it), and possibly market it again – or at least offer it as a fun self-publishing project. It was intended to be the first book in a five book series, and I did write book two, though it was never published. Legacy of the Raven was a paranormal/historical cross – set in the Golden Age of Piracy (gotta love a pirate hero…)

    • The very first book I wrote is still sitting in a folder on my compeer. It was the story of a woman who fell in love with a cop. She was being hunted and he was protecting her. I threw n every cloche, I think, and maybe some day I’ll haul it out and see if I can make it readable.

    • Heather, hero dialogue is always more fun for me. I guess because guys have such a different way of viewing things at times. For instance, my husband, who has become more conscious of health issues related to food lately, was watching a Pizza Hut commercial this weekend, where they were advertising the new cheese stuffed crust. The pizza is scalloped somewhat like flower petals on the outside. When I pointed that out, my husband nodded and added darkly, “It’s like a death blossom.” lol…

      In Willing Sacrifice, Max is a man of few words, being a former Navy Seal and a limo driver for powerful men, all of which requires discretion as well as a constant state of vigilance. But he also notices everything, so when he talks, it’s usually something significant and to the point. When he says “Yes, ma’am” in that Texas drawl, it definitely catches the attention (grin).

      The hardest one to write dialogue for in Willing Sacrifice is one of the secondary characters – Matt Kensington. He’s the head of Kensington & Associates, kind of the lead alpha of the whole K&A pack, and he can be pretty inscrutable at times. When I write his dialogue, I have to really pay attention and make sure it fits him (or rather, meets his approval – lol).

    • Vinessa, my favorite book of all time is Once in a Blue Moon by Penelope Williamson. Great characters, setting, dialogue – it’s perfect. Though I have a lot of close runners-up (Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult…) Though if you meant which of MY books is my favorite, that would be Ice Queen/Mirror of My Soul. I list both titles because Marguerite and Tyler’s story was actually one long story broken into two books. I go back to them every once in awhile as a touchstone for creative inspiration.

      • Vinessa, my favorite book of all time is not even a romance. It’s called Trustee From the Tool Room and I’d call it an adult fairy tale. I always read it when I feel bad for any reason.

    • Well, since I’m married to a short, burly Southern boy with a great smile, strong computer geek streak and who’s stubborn as a mule, I’d say that pretty much defines one specific real life hero that captured my heart. However, in books, it’s the hero that might be broken, but he’s still a man. I mentioned Once In a Blue Moon above as one of my alltime favorite books. McCady Trelawney fits that description to a tee. Still sexy and arrogant, but there’s a real emotional core to him, a hero who wants to be heroic, not the wastrel that the other men in his family were, etc. One of my own favorite heroes was Gideon of Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity – a vampire hunter steeped in blood who is slowly devolving because of all the violence that has ruled his life, and yet with a moral code that never falters.

    • Alpha males who are flawed. Something that makes them human. Something that creates an internal conflict for them and I want to be the woman to resolve it. Also I’m partial to military, cowboys and cops!

    • Ashleigh, it can come from many different places, and often it can be just a snippet of conversation I hear at the grocery store, or the expression on a stranger’s face, etc. I’ll get this “ping” from the muse, and know there’s gold there. The example I always use is the idea for one of my older stories, Natural Law. I was sitting at the ferry landing (I used to ride a boat to work), and I saw a contractor with curly dark and silver hair. His expression, body language, etc made me imagine a homicide cop, one who was alpha in all aspects of his life, and yet, in the bedroom, he craved submission. By the time I was on the boat ride home, the story notes were coming fast and thick, and I was imagining his Mistress as a petite, fairly inexperienced Domme who still had the steel core he needed to let himself surrender to her… etc.

      As far as Willing Sacrifice goes, Janet was a secondary character in some of my previous Knights of the Board Room books – she’s the terrifying and efficient admin for Matt Kensington. I started thinking about what might lie behind the tough facade, and when I did that, a story idea unfolded. I’d also introduced Max in previous books, as a former Navy Seal who was the head limo driver for K&A, and when I started thinking about Janet’s story, the two of them drew together in my head like magnets. So it sort of works like that…very organic, hard to define why exactly it works the way it does – you can just feel when the pieces fit together the right way.

    • From a lot of place. People I meet, scenes I see. Crazy ideas that run around in my head. Actually mu stories are first and foremost character driven. I start with the characters and the story evolves from there. I also like to play the What If game. I’ll look at people and think, What f they just met, the connection is hot and they are both reluctant to let the other one know? How would they go about ti? And then what happens.

      Another example. Joy Ride. I spent 10 years in the music business. Two years ago I went to Johnny Depp’s Viper Room in LA, saw a band, fell in love with the hot, hot. hot guitar player and built a story around him based on my experiences in the business.

    • Danielle, either particularly nurturing romance scenes or the erotic ones. I’m always mystified by authors who feel writing sex scenes is so generic, tab a into slot b. Every erotic encounter is a unique opportunity to mesh sexual and emotional expression and progress the protagonists’ relationship further. And as far as the romantic scenes, I love those breakthrough moments – where the hero does something for the heroine she doesn’t expect, which opens her heart to him a little bit more. For example, in Willing Sacrifice, there’s a moment early in the story when Max lifts Janet onto the hood of his truck. She used to be a ballet dancer – a career tragically cut short – so the way he lifts her reminds her of being lifted by a partner on stage, the confidence of his hold, his attention to how he’s holding her, etc… I love those moments.

      • I’m with Joey as far as writing the sex scenes. I love the evolving of them, the seduction, rough or smooth, and how every movement, every act, expresses the emotions of the characters. I want to write a scene that every woman who reads it would want to be that heroine.

    • Hey, bn100! Glad to see you here. See my response to Vinessa above for more detail, but it’s Ice Queen/Mirror of My Soul, featuring Marguerite and Tyler’s story. Though of course, every story is my favorite while I’m writing it (it’s like choosing a favorite child), though the second edit round is like the “throwing a tantrum in the grocery store, fussy, whiny, need a nap” stage where they are far LESS loveable (laughter).

    • Fieryna, well, since I’m very partial to BDSM romance, I expect it’s the knight on the white horse rescuing the damsel in distress, with Dom/sub overtones. For the most part (except in my earlier work, which was more influenced by 80s heroines), my heroines are very strong, but so strong that they’re on the verge of breaking because of certain situations in their lives – which means they often have a craving to submit in their romantic/sexual situations. The hero, though he may have baggage of his own, is able to come in and become the partner they can trust at their back, giving smething they can finally believe won’t cut and run when they need him, for both the big and little things in life. This fits even when the heroine is the Domme, because I’m a big fan of the palace guard type of male submissive – he may submit to her sexually, but he doesn’t abdicate his responsibility to be protective – to be a man.

    • Michele, I think almost as soon as I started reading stories that engaged my imagination, I wanted to write stories of my own. So, as noted in earlier questions about my early reading experiences, I can lay the blame (laughter) at the feet of stories about King Arthur and his knights, Bambi by Felix Salten, countless horse stories like Black Beauty, The Black Stallion series, the Taran Wanderer series by Lloyd Alexander, etc. When I started writing romance seriously, Nora Roberts was a huge influence, because of her clean style and the excellent way she wrote sexual tension. Also for her alpha heroes that are so close to being Doms, they might as well show up at the local dungeon clad in black leather (laughter – they were very inspiring!)

    • Natalie, see the question above – you and Michele were on the same wavelength! (smile) Great stories inspired me to want to write my own. I’m not really sure why reading wonderful stories inspires some people to be lifelong readers (bless you all!) and inspires others to enter the crazy world of writing, but there you are (lol). One additional twist on the inspiration question, however – I think I probably went down the erotic romance road, because the sex never went far enough for me in most books. I felt like a different level of emotional intensity was possible if that area of a relationship was explored more deeply and, as a writer, that challenge particularly interested me.

    • Sheryl, you guys are dovetailing well into one another’s questions – see Natalie and Michele’s questions, directly above yours, to get a partial answer to yours, but I can expand on it a little here as well. I think the genre chooses you, to a certain extent. You’re drawn to write what you love to read, and I always loved gritty, raw emotional love stories that explore the nature of what love is. When I was a kid and read the tales of Robin Hood and his merry men, the epilogue had the death of Robin Hood. He’s poisoned, and Little John picks up a boulder he shouldn’t have been able to lift and breaks down the door of the room where Robin Hood is to get to him. He then dies in Little John’s arms while his faithful righthand man weeps over him. Things like that would haunt me for days (yeah, I was a bit of a melodramatic litle girl – laughter – pity my poor mother!). When I started writing love stories, I knew I wanted to write stories like that – only with a happily-ever-after, so that they would both inspire hope AND make people cry (laughter)

      • Actually, for me, it was an experiment. My not so erotic books were dying a slow death. Ellora’s Cave had a submission call out for a Valentine’s themed story. My late husband really encouraged me to buy some of their books, read them and see if I felt comfortable. I read some and I discovered I loved them. (Special note: the one that really sold me was JOey’s The Ice Queen.) Then I set about learning how to do it so it was poetic and not just graphic.

    • Carin, after Max and Janet, we have at least one more, because Leland (the detective from Afterlife) and Celeste (the reporter who gave the K&A men the Knights of the Board Room name) need their story. Some of the secondary characters (like Noah, the waiter from Hostile Takeover) will migrate over to my Nature of Desire series if they end up having their love story with one or more of those characters. The five K&A men were the core of the KOBR series, and now that their five tales are told, it will pretty much be a book-by-book thing. If a character that’s set in their world, and who ends up falling in love with someone in the same world, happens (like Leland and Celeste), that will be the next KOBR book. So as long as that’s happening, the series will continue, but my guess is over time it will come to an end, though I expect the “Knights” to make appearances in my other contemporary series, like Nature of Desire.

      In short, we won’t have to say good-bye to them anytime soon! I also have two free novella vignettes revisiting these characters, and plan to do more. There’s always so many little stories you can tell, revisiting the characters after their happily ever after, that don’t really fit the publishing standard framework. Which results in the author being able to offer them as fun freebies to the readers! (the fan forum’s at jwhconnection.com – there’s a short login process to avoid spammers, but after you do that, just navigate away from the site, log back in, then click the Forum link under the big JWH Connection header. Scroll down about 15 items to the vignette section, and you’ll see all the free downloads for the vignettes there!)

  2. Hi Desiree … I have a question for you, I saw your spot on one of the Sunday morning TV shows, great job! Does it bother you when your books are labeled “mommy porn”? As a reader, I do not feel erotic romance is the same as the porn movies I saw in college. What are your thoughts? theresa.esterline@gmail.com

    • Actually, Theresa, it does. Porn of any kind is simply raunchy sex with no emotion and no character development. And “mommy porn?” Get real! You don’t have to be a mommy to appreciate good erotic romance, the development of the characters and the evolving of their love story. The way their desire for each other grows and the things they do to pleasure each other. I think it’s a way of denigrating a genre that many people don’t understand. And who came up with it? A man, of course!

    • Lisa, I mentioned above that Nora Roberts had a huge influence on my early writing style. She had such a clean, strong way of writing, and she turned her back on the old “misunderstanding” romance I found so frustrating. You know – where the hero and heroine continually get driven apart throughout the book because one of them overhears something and misinterprets it, blah blah blah… She took the hero and heroine on an emotional journey together – there’d be bumps and bruises because of emotional baggage along the way, but they were TOGETHER through the journey – not apart for 40 pages while one of them was stewing over the “misunderstanding”, etc. She also writes awesome sexual tension.

      Overall, though, I’d have to say every well-written AND poorly written book have served as guides and mentors to my own writing style. And will continue to do so until I lay down the pen, because a writer always has room for improvement.

  3. Do you enjoy reading the same genres you write? Is there any genre you’d like to try your hand at that you haven’t tried yet? Is there any genre you could never see yourself trying? What’s the best trip/interview/meeting you’ve ever done for research? What do you find the most difficult about being a published author?

    Looking forward to hanging out with you both, Joey and Desiree!

    • Do you enjoy reading the same genres you write? Is there any genre you’d like to try your hand at that you haven’t tried yet? Is there any genre you could never see yourself trying? What’s the best trip/interview/meeting you’ve ever done for research? What do you find the most difficult about being a published author?
      Flchen1, look forward to spending time with you on Thursday as well! I used to enjoy reading erotic romance a great deal – now I’ve done so much editing of my own work and others, it’s hard for me to get lost in an erotic romance the way I used to be able to do. So I typically read more classic fantasy fiction (with strong romantic elements, like Mercedes Lackey or Jennifer Roberson) or mainstream fiction (Jodi Picoult, Audrey Niffeneger, Sarah Dunant, etc). I do admit to a couple addictions in the romance / borderline erotic genres – JD Robb’s In Death serires and JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Can’t wait to read Blay and Quinn!

      Probably one of the most difficult things about being a published author is that – losing the ability to turn off the internal editor so you can’t enjoy reading as much as you once did. After all, most of us become writers in part because we were avid readers! The other thing is the time commitment – if you really want to do it well, you have to sacrifice a lot of things along the way, like normal friendships, relaxation time, etc (laughter). But there are benefits that balance it – like writing the stories themselves, forming relationships with readers over the years who love reading and stories as much as you do, etc.

      I pretty much always see myself writing romance in the contemporary or paranormal veins. I have dipped my toe into historical, and though it’s not my favorite, I will go there if the muse drives me in that direction. I can never see myself writing an inspirational or sweet romance, because I enjoy the sex scenes too much (grin).

      My favorite research trip was New Orleans, to research Hostile Takeover. I had the opportunity to see the city in the company of my mother, and she helped me achieve a much more expansive level of research than I would have done if I was by myself.

      • Hi Fedora! Big hug! I’m with Joey as far as reading the genre I write. I read at night, after I’ve written all day, and I want something that will take my mind in another direction. So for me it’s Sherryl Woods, Robyn Carr, Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn. They take me to another world and air out my brain, so I cam fresh for the next day’s sex!

  4. Hi Joey and Desiree!

    What I want to know is – what’s next on your plate? New books in the same series? New series? A genre shift? What do we readers have to look forward to?

    • Hey, Limecello! So glad you’re joining us.
      As far as what’s upcoming for me, there are three things happening after the release of Willing Sacrifice and Taken by a Vampire (both of which are releasing the first week of May). Through the summer, I’ll be working on a new four novella series for Berkley’s ebook line, intending to turn it in by September 30. While they don’t want me to detail too much about it yet, it will be contemporary BDSM, and the four books will be linked (so it will be like one long book divided into four serial parts, which is likely the only way I can write it, given that I suck at writing short – laughter).

      I’ll also be working on another book for Ellora’s Cave during the summer. This one will be for the Nature of Desire series, which is exciting, because I haven’t revisited that series in some time. It will also be my first menage that features two women and one man (versus the usual two males and one female). The central heroine will be Gen, a secondary character from the Ice Queen/Mirror of My Soul books, and she will be learning all sorts of things about herself with the help of the reserved and stunning Mistress Lyda, and Noah, who made a memorable appearance as a waiter in Hostile Takeover. I’ve given up anticipating what the muse will send my way, but the ideas for this one are already bubbling like a stew.

      Finally, already in the queue (just taking a loooonnnggg time to get to its release date) is Letting Go, a contemporary BDSM romance that Berkley will release in January 2014. My hero is Dale, a retired Navy SEAL approaching fifty, and Athena, our heroine, is a wealthy Southern widow who always served as a Mistress to her husband, but “service” is the key word – she’s always longed to be a sub, and Dale is a strong Master that will help her explore that side of herself. I hope to have an excerpt for this one posted on my website sometime in the near future. I turned in the book March 31, so I’m waiting the editor’s approval of the overall direction of the manuscript before doing that.

      I know, I know – there are people saying “f/m/f? and a Mistress who decides to be a sub? I don’t like books like those!” Well, I’ll have to ask your trust -my muse has a tendency to have me approach known stories in unusual ways and make them far more appealing than you’d expect (wink).

    • Well, loved writing my short novella, Dangerous Addiction, and my publisher suggested writing a full length sequel. We learn that Fallon, my heroine, who has only had one other Master, was actually seduced into the lifestyle by a manipulating, power-hungry jackass. He destroyed her ability to do anything except what he ordered her to do. her friend literally dragged her out of the man’s house and for a year she stayed away from any relationship. But she had discovered the BDSM can be addictive and when she meets Cord (in the story), a Dom searching for a permanent relationship like calls to like. And they love forward being together.

      In Beyond Addiction, they are living together at Cord’s ranch and their D/s relationship is blossoming. Enter Brian, the aforementioned jackass, who has never forgiven her for leaving him. If he can’t have her he will destroy her. And Fallon discovers she’s not quite over her addiction to him. So the story has her balanced on the knife edge between the two men in an emotional tug of war. It will be out late this year.

      My 5th Phoenix Agency book, Feel the Heat, will be out I think sometime in June. Ditto my 5th book in my Rawhide series, Hard to Handle. Aftershock, the sequel to Joy Ride will be out later this year, also, as well as another SEAL story (not related to the series I was in), Lock and Load in the Attack Force series, Branded By Lust, #5 in Night Seekers, and some short novellas in between. Oh, and Stripped Naked, #3 in Naked Cowboys also later this year.

    • Stella, they took it in stride pretty well. I never hid what I wrote, but I also told them they were under no familial obligation to read them, beacuse I understood that can be a little awkward, to envision your daughter, sister, close friend, etc researching or writing erotic romance – especially BDSM romance! My mother did eventually read some of my work. She was mainly concerend that I wasn’t delving into some of the more extreme things she was reading about, hanging around nefarious characters. I’m actually kind of glad she had that concern, because it led to me taking her to romance cons to see what kind of “nefarious characters” read my books. It reassured her greatly and gave us a lot of good memories of those events together.

      My brother just likes to tell people his sister writes porn. Yeah, typical brother (laughter).

      • Some of my family are still wrestling with it, but my kids (al adults) are used to Mom doing different things and being adventurous. And while the do not read what I write they proudly promote me. My younger daughter even drove me to a Fetish Fair a couple of weeks ago. And I think my son uses it as a pickup line!

    • Vanessa, see my reply a few blocks ago for even more detail on this one, but I like to read a well-told love story. I’ll do that whether the book is mainstream, literary, historical, western, contemporary, erotic, etc. To me, if the author has the gift of delivering us into the hearts and souls of the characters, the setting is pretty irrelevant – it’s a story worth reading. And that’s all kind of storytelling – books, movies, TV dramas – I know there are people who see a difference between watching a great movie or reading a great book, but they both have to have a well written story – whether book form or screenplay form, so I learn from both and improve my writing from either medium.

      I’ll give you a case in point – Firefly is my favorite TV series of all times, and the movie that was made based on it – Serenity, rates as one of my top faves as well. Now, I don’t really care for westerns, or sci-fi/space opera – Firefly is a western-inspired sci-fi/space opera. It has some of the best characterization and story telling I’ve ever seen, but then that’s the genius of Joss Whedon and the talent he attracts to making his visions come alive. So, hence – the great story and characters were more relevant than the genre.

    • Oh, wow…that’s a long list – and it keeps expanding. I learned about urethra sounds when I started writing the Vampire Queen series, and it had never occurred to me that not only could those be pleasurable to men, but they come in decorative/jewelry forms as well (laughter). Being a fiction writer gives you so many opportunities to learn about things you’d never research on your own. For the last two books, I’ve had to do research on: ballet dancing, Navy SEALs, weaponry, Hebrew wedding customs, 1700s Scots history and Latin dancing. And that’s just a partial list!

    • Tough question. I’ve learned a lot of interesting things, fired at the gun range of a company that makes sniper rifles, gone ziplining (watch for it in an upcoming book) and discovered I wasn’t as afraid of heights as I thought. Learned how vets draw straws of semen from horses for breeding—I guess that was pretty weird!

  5. My all time favorite cover is A Witch’s Beauty, the second book in the Daughters of Arianne series. It was a very complicated cover concept, and Don Sipley just knocked it out of the park. As publishers cut costs and move more and more to tweaking stock photos, I’m sad to see covers that are literally works of art disappearing. I understand the economics and why publishers are doign it, so I’m not knocking it. But I am glad I had the joy of having some of this “artwork” grace my books before it’s a thing of the past. My second favorite is Mark of the Vampire Queen and my favorite contemporary one is Afterlife – love the colors!

  6. Wow! Sorry everyone for being MIA but I really have not one but three excuses! Out of town at a conference, then sick as a dog for four weeks and finally trying to catch up for a deadline. SO accept my apologies and I will try to answer everyone’s question

    First, when did I know I wanted to write romance novels. I really expected to write straight mysteries, but when I started my first book and after two months I couldn’t get past three chapters I knew something was wrong. Then I read my first )yes, unbelievably first) romantic suspense and I was off to the races. I’ve never looked back.

  7. Nadia, when I read my first-yes, first-romance novel in 2004 I was hooked. after that all I wanted to write was romance. I loved the evolving of the love story and the happy ending.

  8. What got you into writing BDSM? Do either of participate yourselves or did you research others?
    Who are some of your favorite/auto-buy authors? I have read your books before Desiree, but Joey you are a new author for me. Any suggestions for a first read by you Joey?

    • Well, if I were the one suggesting, I’d say buy The Ice Queen and Mirror of My Soul. Those were the first two of Joey’s books I read and they really seduced me into the world of BDSM. They are so beautifully written you just want to put yourself i the story. The more I read about the lifestyle the more it drew e. I was close to 50 when I married my second husband, but in his younger years he had been a Dom and we adapted what was good for us in the bedroom. Now I ind of feel like I’m writing my stories as an homage to him.

      My auto-buy authors are all over the place: Joey, Kele Moon, Annabel Joseph, Robyn Carr, Sherryl Woods, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, John Lescroart, Dee Davis, Debra Webb, Marie Force, Bella Andre, Liz Crowe. All great authors.

      And I’m, so glad you’ve read my books!

  9. Ok – I love when there are great descriptions of the who what when where and how, what’s the first place you go to when you need to cut words out of your script. I would love to get added paragraphs of chapters if they were available, sometimes a book just ends to soon.

  10. Hi Desiree and Joey! So exciting to have you both here!! This question is for both of you. What is your tried and true method of getting past writer’s block?

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