Writer Wednesday: Painting Rain by Dev Bentham

Today we have Dev Bentham’s latest Painting in the Rain! I want to acknowledge that I owe Dev an apology. This was supposed to go up last Wednesday, but I was traveling and despite assuring her it would indeed go up, I completely spaced on it and failed to do so. I’m sorry, Dev, and I hope that putting it up this week makes up for it a little bit.


What are your names? And tell us a little about yourselves?
Mike Malone: “Hey, how’s it going? I’m a social worker, here in Bayport for a summer job working with at-risk kids. Until I met Gabe, I was having a hard time being here. I guess when I applied, I thought a small town on the Oregon coast would be more gay-friendly than the little Northern Wisconsin town where I grew up.”
Gabe Thompson: “I was born here so the small town attitudes don’t surprise me. As an artist, I guess I’m used to being an outcast. But it’s been hard on my son, Trevor. He’s still angry that a couple years ago I divorced his mother and came out.”

How did you meet?
Mike: “Like Gabe said, Trevor’s one pissed off kid. He’s been acting out enough to have his parents enroll him in my program.”
Gabe: “Right. Mike’s my son’s supervisor, which is a little awkward, to say the least. We met when Mike came over to talk about Trevor’s behavior—he’s turned into an adolescent Casanova, probably in reaction to me.”

Was it love at first sight?
Mike: “It was something at first sight. He took my breath away.”
Gabe: “There I was, talking with my son’s social worker and all I could focus on was Mike’s eyes. I couldn’t believe this gorgeous young man was interested in a middle aged guy like me.”
Mike: “Oh come on, I’m older than I look. There’s less than ten years between us. Besides, thirty-five isn’t exactly over the hill.”
Gabe: “It’s damned close. But I’m glad that doesn’t faze you.”

What do you believe is your worst or most frustrating quality? What about his?
Mike: “I think Gabe doesn’t give himself enough credit. He’s a very accomplished artist—you should see his work. He’s really good. I think my worst quality is that I’m overly cautious, or at least I was with Evan. The poor kid deserved better from me.”
Gabe: “You can’t blame yourself. What happened to Evan wasn’t your fault. The thing that frustrates me most about myself is that I’ve tried hard to be a good father and I think I’ve failed.”
Mike: “I don’t know about that—I think you’re a great dad. But I’ll agree with you that the thing that drives me most nuts about you is Trevor. The kid’s a terror.”
Gabe: “He used to be a fun to be around.”
Mike: “I’ll have to take your word on that.”

What is your best quality? What about his?
Gabe: “Mike’s a solidly good guy. He’s great with the kids, even Trevor, and he’s so very sane.”
Mike: “Thank you. That’s nice of you to say. But she also asked about your best quality. Are you trying to be modest?”
Gabe: “Hardly. But I like thinking about you more than about myself. I think my best quality might be persistence. I’ve stuck it out here for fifteen years in order to be a father to my son. That’s got to be worth something.”
Mike: “It is. And I think Trevor will appreciate it down the road. I’d have to say that your best quality is your imagination. I love your house because it’s like walking inside your brain—all those whimsical creatures everywhere. It’s enchanting. As for my best quality, I don’t know, maybe that I care. I really want life to be better for those kids. Not just the gay ones, but maybe especially them.”

If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?
Gabe: “That Mike would stay here on the coast.”
Mike: “Yeah. There’s a job opening up here. I’d like to get it and be able to stick around.”


Now let’s talk to Dev!

What makes your current offering a different and compelling read?
This is my first dual third person narrative story. In the past I’ve written from one character’s point of view—either in close third (Moving in Rhythm and August Ice) or in first (the Tarnished Souls series). While I love the more literary narrative styles that those points of view offer, I really enjoyed getting into the heads of both characters. This book is also more wildly romantic than any I’ve done before, perhaps because it’s in a more standard romance format or because it’s set on the Oregon coast, an area I find deeply romantic.
This is also the first story I’ve written that has a kid at the center and I’m delighted that came out on Fathers’ Day. I can’t imagine a more perfect timing for the release.

What is the most rewarding aspect of writing and/or publishing? The most terrifying/frustrating?
I love hearing from people who’ve enjoyed my books. One of my goals for publishing was to have people outside my circle of friends read my work. Now that that is happening, it’s both the most rewarding and the most terrifying aspect of writing—that people I’ve never met will either love or hate the stories I write.

What was your favorite thing about writing these characters?
I love how different these men are from each other. Mike’s a Midwestern kid, just out of graduate school and ready to start his real life. Gabe’s nine years older, an art school dropout who’s spent the past fifteen years compromising himself because of an experimental one-night stand that made him a father. Their experiences couldn’t be more different and yet they’re both aching for the same kind of whole-hearted relationship.

Lastly, provide us with covers, blurbs, buy links, and where you can be found on the web! 🙂

Amber Allure

Find Dev on the web at http://www.devbentham.com or email her at devbentham@yahoo.com and follow her on twitter at @DevBentham.

Writer Wednesday: Winter Chill by Aria Grace & J.J. Hunter

What are your names? And tell us a little about yourselves?
I: My name is Indie Walker and I’m a freshman and Plymouth State University. I play for the basketball team and am studying business.This is my roommate and best friend Daniel Barnes.  Daniel is one of the rising stars of the wresting team.
D: Well, rising star is a bit generous but we’ve had a good season. I haven’t declared a major yet but my dad wants me to take over his construction business one day so I’ve been taking business classes. Although, I like the accounting classes so I might focus there. There have been a lot of changes in my life this year so I’m not sure yet about career directions.


How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?

I: Oh, um, well, we’ve been roommates for the past 7 months and only recently took it, um, well further.
D: What he means is that although we were best friends, it took us a while to come out to each other. We aren’t fully out at school but some of our close friends and family know we’re together. I’m glad it wasn’t love at first sight because I think we’re closer having built a friendship first. He knows all my secrets and still…loves me. It’s pretty awesome.


If it wasn’t love at first sight, what changed?


I: For me, it changed when I realized that I always wanted to be with him. After a cold weekend and a few great days hanging out together, when we were finally separated it sucked. I couldn’t eat or sleep or function without him. I guess that sounds stupid.
D: Same for me. I was more worried about what my dad would think than what I wanted so I tried to distance myself from Indie but I couldn’t. The pull to him was unlike anything I’ve ever felt.

What is your best & worst qualities? What about his?

I: My worst quality is that I spend too much time in my head. Analyzing situations and thinking the worst. I need to stop that. My best, I dunno. Maybe my jump shot?
D: You’re such a dork. Your best quality is that you’re caring of others above yourself. That might also be your worst. My worst is definitely that I care too much about what other people think. But, I’m getting over that. My best…probably my abs.


If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?

I: I think mine already has. I never expected to fall in love and be so happy. I’m not sure what else I’d ask for.
D: You stole mine. But, I’ll take it even further. I think my wish is that we’ll be able to live freely without worrying about what other people think of us. I want everyone to be as happy as we are, but even if they aren’t I wish they would stop trying to interfere with our happiness.



Aria, tell us a little about yourself!

I am a brand new author, just trying to figure out the ins and outs of storytelling. I have a long way to go before I’m great but my fans have been so supportive and encouraging that I am always so excited to publish the next book. I live in California with my husband and family. We like  outdoor sports and swimming with the dogs. When I’m not writing or with the kids, you can usually find me curled up around my ipad reading one of 500 books in my TBR list.


What makes your current offering a different and compelling read?


This book is different because it was a collaboration with another new author. He really inspired much of the story and made the descriptions much more vivid than I could have come up with. I think most people will agree that it’s the best one I’ve put out so far. Hopefully, we’ll be collaborating again because it was a really fun process.

What is the most rewarding aspect of writing and/or publishing? The most terrifying/frustrating?

The most rewarding part of self-publishing is the instant gratification. I can finish a book, have it formatted and be seeing sales within 3 days. It’s a pretty amazing process. The most terrifying part is getting feedback from readers. In general, readers have been very supportive and most feedback has been constructive. However, getting a really bad review or being called out on an error that you agree with is humbling and can create some doubt about whether I should keep doing it. But, all in all, it’s been so much fun to create characters and situations that can provide some happiness and entertainment for readers. My promise to every reader is that I’m actively trying to get better with every book so if you stick with me…it’ll be worth the ride.


Winter Chill: Novella of First Time Love 

Indie Walker started college with a basketball scholarship and a plan to stay focused on his studies. His roommate and best friend, Daniel, is one of the most popular guys on the wrestling team. When a power outage during a winter storm forces them to get closer than ever before just to survive the night, their relationship changes forever. Neither are gay but the physical chemistry they have is undeniable. Unfortunately, Daniel’s issues at home might be too severe for them to overcome.

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Writer Wednesday: B.D. Heywood and Eternal Samurai

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What are your names? And tell us a little about yourselves?

Arisada: Watashi wa Saito Arisada. I am Saito Arisada, but please, call me by my first name, Arisada. After all, we are friends here. I was born in 1155, the third son of a noble Japanese family. When I was nine, I was sent to the Buddhist temple at Mii-dera, just east of Kyoto, to become a Sōhei, a warrior monk. In 1180, during the Battle of Mii-dera, I was found near death by a vampire and turned.

Tatsu: Konnichiwa, hello. My name is Tatsu Kurosaki Cobb. I was born in Japan in 2000 (the Year of Tatsu), the oldest son of a Japanese mother and an American father. When I was ten, I moved to New Mexico to live with my uncle after my family was slaughtered by a vampire. I did not remember their deaths. My grandfather also lived with me, and we continued my studies of swordsmanship until he passed away while I was in college. When my memories of the night my family was slaughtered returned, I became driven by fukushū, revenge, and the need to know the reason why they died.

How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?

Arisada: Meeting Tatsu was rather complicated. I fell in love with him in 1172 when he was a youth named Koji Nowaki. After I became a vampire, I searched for Nowaki’s reincarnated spirit for eight-hundred years. I had vowed to kill Nowaki for betraying Mii-dera and me. When I saw him reincarnated as Tatsu Cobb, I realized I still loved him in his new form. However, I was oath-bound to slay Tatsu for revenge for my slain Sōhei brethren. But before I killed him, I wanted him in my bed just once.

Tatsu: Arisada saved my ass in a dark alley one night when another vampire jumped me from behind. Then he kissed me and disappeared. That kiss was so incredibly hot I felt it clear down to my toes and in a lot of other regions. It felt so familiar that it drove me nuts—until I discovered who and what he was.

If it wasn’t love at first sight, what changed?

Tatsu: No it wasn’t love at first sight for me, but it sure as hell was lust. Then the more I saw Arisada, the more I realized he embodied bushi damashi, the true spirit of a samurai. This forced me to accept he was not a vicious animal. He wants a world where everyone lives in peace. Then his avowals of love for me began to get to me. Not to mention he is hot!

What do you believe is your worst or most frustrating quality? What about his/hers?

Tatsu: Well, Arisada is—

Arisada: Please, be quiet Tatsu. I shall answer this first. After all, I am older. The most frustrating quality about Tatsu is his stubbornness. He is still young and naïve, and tends to jump into fights to save others without thought. I had to rescue more than once. Plus, he refused to accept that vampires are capable of love.

Tatsu: Okay, Arisada, you’ve had your say. There are times Arisada despises who he is. His nature as a vampire goes against the tenants of his Buddhist faith. He needs human blood to survive yet he grieves each time he causes the death of an innocent. That conflict is the source of so much of his self-loathing.

What is your best quality? What about his/hers?

Arisada: I wish to speak about Tatsu and allow him to speak about me. He is unbelievably brave and embodies all the qualities of a true samurai. He dedicated himself to redeeming his family’s name knowing it may cost him his life. He is also utterly adorable and the sexiest man on two legs I have ever met.

Tatsu: Okay, now you are embarrassing me. We were both raised as samurai warriors—

Arisada: And samurai never speak of their emotions? Silly boy, you know better.

Tatsu: Arisada believes everyone can be redeemed no matter how evil they are. Also, he loves humans for their effort to save beautiful things, like KubotoPark, in the midst of all this chaos and death.

If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?

Arisada: True harmony between vampires and humans.

Tatsu: That Arisada and I could always be together, which is not possible since his lifespan as a vampire is so much longer than mine.



About the Author

Tell us a little about yourself!

I was born in England, moved with my family to several countries before landing in the United States. I obtained a Bachelor’s in English and one in Secondary Education although I taught only briefly. My first passion is horses, and I raised and trained them for the show ring. I am single now but have children and grandchildren, all of whom know about my book.

After twenty-five years as a writer and editor for several national magazines, I felt I was totally burned out and retired. I was determined never to put another word down on paper, e-mails notwithstanding. That lasted all of three months.

One night at 2 a.m., I surfed onto the Sci-Fi channel and saw an anime that showed two men kissing. (I could not believe at my age, I’d never heard of much less seen a yaoi anime.) It was scorching! I was hooked and bought as many yaoi manga and anime as I could get my hands on. I love how they deal with some of the most complex and, in some cases, dark aspects of human nature yet still incorporate all the elements of romance. When I wrote my first fan fiction, I received many surprisingly positive and insightful reviews.

I began taking shinkendo classes and read The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu. I found the feudal Japanese culture to be incredibly fascinating, maybe more so because I am a Westerner. Later, I read the story about the Battle of Mii-dera and how the defeated monks committed seppuku. That historical event coupled with the idea of an story of eternal love led to my novel.
What makes your current offering a different and compelling read?

The theme is that souls who are truly in love will eventually find each other. Although Eternal Samurai is foremost M/M erotica, it is also an urban fantasy set in a dystopian world but with historical flashbacks. I avoided many of the tropes of vampire folklore—immortality, flying, religious inferences, death from wooden stakes, etc. Vampires must have blood to survive and it must be taken directly from a living human being. No blood-in-a-bag home delivery unless it is the pizza boy! Although faster and stronger than most humans, vampires will die if exposed to sunlight. The conflict between vampire and human is vicious and brutal, and is a major factor in the conflict between the two lovers. But never fear, there is plenty of romance, sex and more than a taste of BDSM.

What keeps you inspired?

I am inspired by the thought that there is a reader who will pick up my book and spend a night or two enjoy being immersed in love, passion, bloody battles and some really graphic sex. Well, that is part of my inspiration. I also love it when my characters take over and begin to act out their own story. I can’t wait to find out what they are going to do or say next. And I love language, how versatile it is. I love how words are so evocative and can bring worlds to life in such a manner that readers feel they are there.
How do you juggle writing and working outside the home? Or how do you juggle writing and your family life? Or writing, working, and family life?

As most of us, I’ve always had to juggle work, school, family, in addition to managing my horse farm and teaching youth to ride. I didn’t believe the time I suddenly had when I and my last two show horses retired three years ago. Well, semi-retired. I founded an editing and consulting business. The horses spend most of their time at pasture although we go for the occasional trail ride. I have always been involved in social advocacy so I volunteered for a GLBTQ youth organization and an equine rescue. Also, I took up shinkendo for recreation, which began my love affair with the Japanese culture. Then the writing bug hit.
What other book/series would you compare your current offering to?

That is a tough one. I would describe Eternal Samurai as cross-genre and am not sure what it compares with. There is so much in this the M/M supernatural genre I haven’t read yet. Instead, I’d love to discuss what influenced my work. (I hope it is okay to mention other books and authors here). I have been reading vampire, urban and paranormal fantasies for more than forty years. I love all things vampire.

My first exposure to supernatural M/M was Shadow Harvest by James Buchanan. One of his stories moved me so much that I sent the publisher a letter (talk about fandom!). First vampire book? Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Now, that’s a book rife with homoerotic suggestions. My first contemporary M/M vampire read was Jourdan Lane’s Bound by Blood series. Laura Baumbach’s Blood Claim was next. Hot! I read dozens more like it, some wonderful, some dull and formulaic.

Other influences include authors Marion Zimmer Bradley, Diana L. Paxson and Anne McCaffrey who created marvelous fantasies set in believable worlds. Worlds I’d love to live in. For real-life drama, I adore MZB’s The Catch Trap and Patricia Nell Warren’s The Front Runner. These benchmark novels attest to the fact that women can tell a sensitive yet powerful and emotional story from the POV of a gay man.

I devoured the Japanese novels Taiko by Eijo Yoshikawa and Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka (the English translation of course). Always looking for more like that.

However, my personal bravo goes to the manga/anime series Yami no Matsui by Yoki Matsushita, which was the magical wand that began my fiction writing. The dystopian world in Eternal Samurai was influenced by dozens of science-fiction novels but I feel it echoes the setting of the anime series Ai no Kusabi by Rieko Yoshihara. The use of the Japanese language and subsequent English meanings was influenced by the style of James Clavell’s Shogun. And I can’t resist a quick shout out to Buffy the Vampire Slayer for its sheer quirky, campy, bite-me enjoyment.

Elements of successful and popular M/M erotica stories showed me what worked. I am grateful for the success of so many of these books, especially those written by women. Finally, when I made the commitment to write a novel, I poured over Josh Lanyon’s Man Oh Man, Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Cash. Thank you Josh.

What is the most rewarding aspect of writing and/or publishing? The most terrifying/frustrating?

With writing, it is those rare moments when my Muse takes over. I am in an altered state, and the words just flow unimpeded from brain to keyboard. I usually emerge wondering where it all came from—but delighted with the results. Doesn’t happen very often. Mostly, writing is hard work but I am committed to creating something every day even if it isn’t what I can use.

As for publishing, the most rewarding is when a reader tells me they enjoyed my book. Not a rave review—although they’re incredibly affirming—but when someone lets me know my characters came to life, that the reader felt their emotions and couldn’t wait to find out what happens to them.

The most frustrating was almost getting accepted by three different traditional publishers. I said almost. Those high hopes were followed by some awful, I-have-no-business-writing-fiction lows. I received constructive feedback from two publishers that pointed out how my book does not fit the traditional M/M romance formula. However, the long periods between submittal and rejection showed me I did not have the luxury of time to wait for an acceptance by a publisher (I’m on the gracious side of middle age).

The most terrifying aspect is once I publish the book, it is no longer mine. It is now subject to others’ opinions.
What’s next for you?

Book Two. Although my books are not a series in the classical sense, the second novel Eternal Warrior, takes place in the same world. It is the love story between two men introduced in Eternal Samurai. I also have written a coming-out play in conjunction with a group that plans to stage our works for the GLBTQ community this summer.

I have several short M/M erotica stories for an anthology but want to include other writers. Still figuring out how to reach other authors who may wish to contribute. ***laughs*** My social-networking learning curve is barely above flatline.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you, your books, or writing?

 Oh yes! There is a huge difference between writing non-fiction and fiction. During my career as a journalist, I won several press awards, none of which mean you-know-what in the fiction arena. Of course, fiction is more fun. But the most significant thing was I discovered that I am compelled to write fiction. The characters and stories demand to be told. I love the characters and dark world I have created, and plan on playing in it for as long as I am able.

What was your favorite thing about writing these characters?

 Revealing the love between Arisada and Tatsu. These are not gentle characters; both are alpha males and oath-sworn enemies. I had to allow them to accept the love between them and yet not lose honor. Okay that might have been my favorite but the second was definitely the sex. Oh, I love writing the sex! Some readers may wonder how I, a bi-sexual woman—although I prefer the term genderqueer—could know what love and sex feels like for a gay man. But I have some amazing, loving, gay-male friends who not only shared with me how it feels to be in love, but were happy to demonstrate how it works. Or is that TMI?
What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Body counts. More dead guys at the end of a fight than live ones at the beginning. No, not really. The hardest thing is my compulsion to revise. A friend and fellow author says I suffer from OCED, obsessive compulsive editing disorder. Even after a professional editor proofed my book, I made revisions to the work. Later, when I corrected the errors in the first published edition, I still could not stop the compulsion to revise. I always feel my writing can improve, and I will never stop learning. It is the same with working with horses; you never stop learning about them.
What’s the coolest factoid that you discovered while doing research for this book?

One factoid that surprised me? Oh my gosh, where to start? Folklore about vampires in Japan did not exist until the late 1950s when Western vampire movies (based on classic 18th Century European folklore) introduced the mythology to Japan. Lucky for me and many of us, the Japanese have totally embraced the legend in so many creative ways including manga and anime.

What would your superpower be and why?

 Oh to fly, no doubt. I have parasailed and flown a small aircraft and even bungee jumped (once in a moment of insanity) but it would be marvelous to soar through the clouds and view the entire panorama of the world below. Plus, with the cost of air fares these days, it would be handy since my family is scattered from England to New Zealand to South Africa.

Writer Wednesday: Casey Cox & Finding King

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What are your names? And tell us a little about yourselves?

Merrick: My name is Ged Merrick. I’m Captain of the Breaker-one-Niner. It’s a military class ship designed for deep space missions. And she’s fast, she is mighty fast when we need her to be.
Jessie: And sometimes we need her to be.
Merrick: Yeah, we don’t always work within the law.
Jessie: You can’t say it, can you? We’re pirates. We never work within the law.
Merrick: It’s a small crew, usually just ten men. It fluctuates. We work mostly in the Zeta Quadrant, but have been known to drift closer to the homelands from time to time. More lately, I guess, in the search for Jessie.
Jessie: You went back into homeland territory for me?
Merrick: Of course we did. I thought he might have been sold back to Rexalon for reconditioning. Oh, that’s our home planet. Where we were trained. Farmed really. They pay big money for runaways.
Jessie: I’m King Jesson. I used to be second in command on the Breaker but for the last six years—
Merrick: You don’t have to tell them about that Jessie.
Jessie: Sure I do. For the last six years I’ve been working as an erotic dancer all over Zeta and the surrounding quadrants. There was a … we got caught up in … some bad stuff and I was uh … captured. And sold. But that’s old news. Now I’m back with the Breaker.
What do you believe is your worst or most frustrating quality? What about his/hers?
Jessie: He’s stubborn, boneheaded and never thinks of himself.
Merrick: Uh, I was going to say the same about him.

What is your best quality? What about his/hers?

Jessie: He’s stubborn, boneheaded and never thinks of himself?
Merrick: Oi, cut it out. I said he was very bendy, didn’t I?

If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?

Merrick: I only had one wish, and that came true.
Jessie: He’s playing you. He wants a Helden 54 fighter platform with duel relay.
Merrick: You’re right I do. It’s the latest in military tech. Full cloaking, quantum generators and she can be remote piloted from five hundred clicks.
Jessie: I knew it. You bastard. I’ve only ever wanted Merrick.
Merrick: Except when you didn’t.
Jessie: Yeah, well. I was lying.

How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?

Jessie: It was for me. Merrick didn’t know I existed for a long while.
Merrick: I did. I just didn’t want you to know I had a thing.
Jessie: You had a thing for me? That’s too sweet for you Merrick, you didn’t have a thing.
Merrick: I was a kid, of course I was sweet. And who didn’t have a thing for that stupidly bendy body of yours?
Jessie: And I thought it was my eyes, and my charm that got you. We met in training. On Rexalon. Pair of kids being forced to make hard decisions. He blew my world. All that anger and compassion bleeding through his skin. Hot as hell. And I should know—I’ve been there. It was a precise military operation to get his attention.
Merrick: Don’t be daft.
Jessie: Took a lot of effort to hook him, but once I did—
Merrick: I basically didn’t stand a chance.



Casey, tell us a bit about yourself! From your back catalog, do you have a secret favorite? If so which book and why?

Ooh, that’s a difficult one. It’s got to be The Rise of Alec Caldwell series. I’m addicted to the characters’ lives and Alec never shuts up, he’s always up to something in my head and the muse is crazy about him. I can’t ever imagine a time when I won’t be writing about Alec and his adventures, even though the published version will end with Volume Four.

What is the most rewarding aspect of writing and/or publishing? The most terrifying/frustrating?

The best part is when a reader really gets the characters. I’m amazed at some of the reviews and emails I’ve had. It feels good to share a little bit of love and inspiration and to brighten someone’s world for just one day.
The most terrifying is the same with any creative venture, sharing a story is like sharing a little piece of yourself. That and the fact you always think people are going to hate it, and of course, sometimes they do.

What’s next for you?

Finding King is the first in a trilogy, so the next installment is on the drawing board. I have Alec Volume Four in progress and a couple of new WIP’s, a novel length paranormal fantasy, a psychological thriller and a couple of contemporary novella’s. I am also working on a sequel for Be My Boy.

Writer Wednesday: Rebound with Sabrina York

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Welcome Kristi and Cam. Can you tell us a little about yourselves?

KRISTI: I’m Kristi Cross and this is Cam Jackson.

CAM: I’m a computer programmer—

K: A computer genius.

C: You just say that because you have yet to figure out how to work Facebook.

K: Shut up.

C: Seriously. I have to stop by her store once a week or so just to unscramble everything she’s enabled on her phone.

K: I’m technologically challenged. So sue me.

What kind of store do you have?

K: A book and coffee.

C: She loves books.

K: And coffee.

C: And the coffee grinder is the old fashioned kind.

K: Because, did I mention? Technologically challenged?

C: Best coffee in Seattle, though. And that’s saying a lot.

Seattle? Have you always lived there?

C: Oh yeah. We both went to the University of Washington.

K: Loved it.

Was that how you met?

C: Yep. There was a group of us living on the 7th floor of McCarty Hall.

K: Called ourselves the “Dawgs.”

C: We’re still friends with our dorm-mates. We all share a vacation house on Tryst Island.


Tryst Island? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it.

C: It’s our nickname for it.

K: Short for Trystacomseh Island. It’s in the San Juans.


Oh, it’s beautiful there.

C: It is.


Ahem. So. Was it love at first sight?


CAM QUIRKS A BROW. Only probably?

K: We met during the playoffs…I doubt he even noticed I was a female.



C: Our group gathered every weekend in the Fall in the lounge on our floor to watch football.

K: Mostly yell at the screen.

C: Only when the Dawgs were losing. Anyway, one Saturday, I turned around and there she was. HE CHUCKLES. Wearing her pajamas.

KRISTI WRINKLES HER NOSE. It was a nightshirt. The only thing I had with a Husky logo.

C: She was adorable.

KRISTI SMACKS HIM ON THE SHOULDER. Why didn’t you make a move then?

C: Hello. You had a boyfriend.

KRISTI GLOWERS AT THE INTERVIEWER. We wasted so much time. We both had crushes on each other.

C: And you had a boyfriend.

SHE SNORTS. You had a girlfriend. Always. Anyway, we both had these ridiculous crushes.

C: And both pretended we were just friends.

What changed?

K: We played a game of Hearts.

A game of Hearts?

CAM GRINS. Tell her what we played for.

KRISTI BLUSHES. You tell her. It was your idea.

C: A kiss. It was genius on my part, really. See, if she lost, she had to kiss me. If I lost, I had to kiss her.

K: He lost.

CAM WAGGLES A BROW. Either way, I won. Like I said. Genius.

KRISTI NODS. I did mention he was a genius.

C: An evil genius. And you liked the kiss.


SO Kristi, what is your worst quality?

KRISTI MAKES A FACE: I wish I was skinnier.

C: What? Are you crazy? You’re perfect. HE TUGS HER CLOSER AND NIBBLES ON HER NECK.

K: I should lose weight. Maybe I should go on a diet.

CAM’S EXPRESSION DARKENS. Don’t even joke about it. I love everything about you. Just as you are.


C: Everything.

K: Even my…frisky side?

C: Especially that.

K: Then when are you going to let me try that…thing Holt mentioned?

A TELLING FLUSH CREEPS UP CAM’S NECK. I have no idea what you’re talking about.


CAM, TO THE INTERVIEWER: Can we change the subject?

This seems interesting…

CAM: Please?

HE IS JUST TOO ADORABLE WHEN HE BEGS, SO THE INTERVIEWER RELENTS.  Alright. Kristi, what is Cam’s worst quality?

KRISTI LAUGHS. Other than the fact that he cheats at Hearts?

CAM PUTS OUT A LIP. Only to lose. Only for a kiss.

KRISTI CUPS HIS CHEEK. I was kidding, darling. I love that you tricked me into kissing you. And I loved everything that happened after that. Mostly, I love that we found each other.


So, if you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?


C: Undoubtedly.

KRISTI SIGHS. But honestly? If I could have one other wish come true, I would wish my sister Bella could find what we’ve found.

CAM WRAPS HIS ARM AROUND HER SHOULDER. She will. When the time is right. You’ll see.

K: I hope so. She deserves…this.



Welcome Sabrina! Tell us a little about yourself!
I am excited to announce that I am celebrating my one year anniversary as a published author. In this year I’ve sold more than fifteen titles and garnered some pretty awesome reviews.  It’s been an exciting journey.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate, and I decided a self published series was a great way to do that. I wrote Rebound, the first book in my new Tryst Island Series, and enrolled it in Amazon’s Kindle Prime program, because I wanted to be able to give it away for free once in a while. My next free days will be sometime the first week in May to celebrate my first visit to the RT convention!

What makes your current offering a different and compelling read?
The cool thing about the Tryst Island Series is that it’s about a group of friends. So you meet the same characters over and over again. I worked very hard to make these characters people you would want to hang out with. They’re funny and smart and sexy—and undyingly loyal to each other.

It must have worked. People are already clamoring for Bella’s story. I’ve been scolded for not writing faster.

What keeps you inspired?

For this series? Yeah. Just look at the photo.

What is the most rewarding aspect of writing and/or publishing? The most terrifying/frustrating?

The most rewarding aspect is hearing from readers who love my books. Oh, that never gets old. And the authors I have met? What a wonderful group of ladies. It’s pretty amazing when someone you worship loves your books too! Best selling erotic author Desiree Holt had this to say about Rebound: “You can’t go wrong with a Sabrina York story. You’ll want to take the hero home with you and keep him forever. And the sex? More than you ever dreamed. Get this book today.” 

I know! Right?

*Fans self*

Self publishing was pretty terrifying. Because I had to edit the book, format it and upload it. Fortunately I had a great team to support me.

And wouldn’t you know? Now that I have it all figured out, it’s not scary at all!

What’s next for you?
Dragonfly Kisses (Cassie and Dylan’s Story) is Book 2, and Bella and Holt’s story is the third. And did I mention, there are ten stories in the series? Strap in. It’s gunna be a wild ride.


Rebound by Sabrina York

A Tryst Island Erotic Romance


Kristi Cross has had the hots for her friend, Cameron Jackson as long as she can remember, but she knows she’s not his type. She’s nothing like the women he dates. So when he suggests they play for a kiss over a game of Hearts, Kristi can’t resist. Even if she loses, she wins. Because she’s finally going to taste him.

Of course, one kiss can quickly become something altogether steamier, especially when both parties are on the rebound…


Fall in Love on Tryst Island

When a group of friends share a vacation house, wild hijinks, unexpected hook-ups and steamy sex ensue. And true love. Did I mention they all find true love?  Visit www.sabrinayork.com for more details.


About Sabrina York

Sabrina is an award winning author of erotic romance with nearly a dozen titles available, ranging from sweet & sexy erotic romance to BDSM to erotic horror. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york or Facebook.


Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on er webpage (www.sabrinayork.com) or explore on Amazon or at Ellora’s Cave.


Other Books by Sabrina York

Adam’s Obsession (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Dark Fancy (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)

Extreme Couponing (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Five Alarm Fire (Erotic Contemporary for the High Octane Heroes Anthology, Cleis Press)—coming soon

Folly (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)

Lust Eternal (Erotic Fantasy, Ellora’s Cave) —coming soon

Pushing Her Buttons (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Making Over Maris (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave) —coming soon

Man Hungry (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Rebound: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary, Available on Amazon)

Rising Green (Erotic Horror, Ellora’s Cave)

Saving Charlotte (Erotic Contemporary for the Smokin’ Hot Firemen Anthology, Cleis Press)

Training Tess (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

Trickery (Erotic Contemporary with Magical Elements, Ellora’s Cave Hex Line)

Tristan’s Temptation (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)


Writer Wednesday: Berengaria Brown and Combustion

Today we’re interviewing Berengaria Brown’s main characters from her book Combustion.



What are your names? And tell us a little about yourselves?

Hi. My name’s Xonra Gibson and I’m Vice President of Advertising for an HR company called HR Resources Ltd. I attended the memorial service for one-hundred-one-year-old MaryAnne Menzies, a family friend, and was embarrassed to be attracted to the broad-shouldered hunk squeezed into the chair next to me at the overcrowded event, Glenn Hilton. Glen is partnered to the equally yummy Morgan McLean.

How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?

It was definitely lust at first sight for all of us. I was trying to focus on the service for MaryAnne but couldn’t keep my eyes off Glenn.

Hi, I’m Morgan. Glenn and I followed Xonra back to her car. Not only did we want to spend more time with her, but also, she’d said the car wasn’t fully inside the parking space and we’d had our car wheel-clamped at the same funeral chapel only a month or two earlier so we knew her car would be in trouble. And it was. I almost died of embarrassment when she insisted on phoning my sister to check that we weren’t a couple of slave traders or ax murderers, though. It just proves what a strong and feisty partner she is.

What do you believe is your worst or most frustrating quality? What about his/hers?

Hi, I’m Glenn. It wasn’t easy to convince Xonra to come away with us for a weekend to get to know each other better. And even then she’s busy scenting a mystery and trying to solve it instead of thinking only about us. But I wouldn’t have her any other way. Morgan and I love that she has brains as well as a body that calls to us.

What is your best quality? What about his/hers?

Morgan again. I think the fact she was so determined to discover what was happening at Berisford Village only made us love her more. She wanted to help those people and it showed her tender, human side, a side I plan to find out a lot more about in the future.

If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?

The men have already made my wish come true, that we’ll have our own happy ever after. But I want that for the people of Berisford Village as well.


And now we’ll speak to Berengaria!

Tell us a little about yourself.

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.

What makes your current offering a different and compelling read?

For such a short book, (19,000 words) there’s a lot happening. Apart from the funeral, there’s a hot and sultry ménage romance story, and the vacation mystery as well.

What’s next for you?

I’ve just contracted a new book with Ellora’s Cave, called “Four-Way Split”. We haven’t done edits yet, but I’m hoping they won’t be too far in the future.



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Writer Wednesday: Kate Davies and Most Likely To Succeed

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What are your names? And tell us a little about yourselves?

Kelsey: My name’s Kelsey Moore, and I’m…kind of floundering right now, to be honest. Back in high school I was really driven – they even voted me Most Likely To Succeed. But when my dad bailed on the family and our flower shop was about to go under, I turned down my scholarship and stayed to help out. Ten years later, and I’m still there, no college, no job mobility, and certainly no success. Is it any wonder I want to avoid the reunion if at all possible?

Nathan: I’m Nathan Barrow, and I haven’t been back in my hometown since graduation. I’ve been working all over the world as a water systems designer for an international relief organization. My ten year high school reunion seemed like a good opportunity to get back in touch with the people I knew back then, especially my lab partner, Kelsey. I’ve always wondered what happened to her, and can’t wait to catch up.

How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?

Kelsey: I’ve had a crush on Nathan since, oh, forever. But nothing ever came of it, mostly because he was just so focused on his studies. I was, too, of course, but that didn’t keep me from checking him out.

Nathan: Love at first sight? Um, no. We were just buddies, lab partners. Kelsey was my closest friend. It wasn’t until I saw her at the reunion that my feeling started to change.

What do you believe is your worst or most frustrating quality? What about his/hers?

Kelsey: I’m kind of an Eeyore, always focusing on the negative side of things. I should be more positive. As for Nathan, he has this irritating habit of trying to fix things.

Nathan: I’m not the most observant person, at least when it comes to interpersonal skills. I get caught up in whatever I’m working on and tend to miss the nuances. Kelsey is way too hard on herself. She doesn’t see how amazing she is.

What is your best quality? What about his/hers?

Kelsey: I’m fiercely loyal. Nathan is smart, driven, and an all around good guy. I mean, really? He could be making tons of money in the private sector, but he’s working for a relief organization instead.

Nathan: I’m pretty supportive of people. Whatever makes them happy and fulfilled, I’m in favor of it. And Kelsey? She’s one of the brightest, most fascinating people I’ve ever met. I love watching her mind work.

If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?

Kelsey: I’d love to be the person that Nathan sees me as.

Nathan: I wish Kelsey and I could find a way to work together again, both personally and professionally. We worked as lab partners – I know we could work as partners in every sense of the world.


What makes your current offering a different and compelling read?

To me, what sets The Girls Most Likely To… apart from everything else I’ve written is the way they intertwine. Most trilogies follow one after the other, where the second book picks up sometime after the first book ends. In this series, all three novellas are set over the same weekend, so the three couples interact throughout all three books. (So a couple interacting at the bar in one book will be observed by another couple in the second book, and the third couple will hear about it later!) It was challenging to find ways to intertwine the storylines without being repetitious – and all the books had to stand on their own, as well. But I love the way they turned out!

How do you juggle writing and working outside the home? Or how do you juggle writing and your family life? Or writing, working, and family life?

Ummm…lack of sleep? 🙂 It’s definitely a challenge. I’ve got a very active family, a full time job, and the writing. I find that I work better when I have deadlines, because otherwise, it’s too easy for writing time to fall to the wayside. I’ve also gotten very adept at writing in the car, whether as a passenger or while waiting in the parking lot for practice to be over.

What’s next for you?

Well, books two and three are coming out in April and May, so readers can find out what happens to Bree and Marc, and Tess and Nathan. After that, I’m finishing up a rodeo novella for submission, and deciding which of my other projects I want to tackle next.

Lastly, provide me with covers, blurbs, buy links, and where you can be found on the web! 🙂

Buy Links:

Amazon Preorder

Barnes and Noble Preorder

Carina Coming Soon Page

Find Me:

www.kate-davies.com (currently being revamped)



Twitter: @kate_davies
Group Blog: www.ninenaughtynovelists.blogspot.com


Book one in The Girls Most Likely to…

Ten years after being voted Most Likely to Succeed, Kelsey Moore is still living in her hometown, still working in her family’s flower shop, and too embarrassed to attend her high school reunion. Only the chance to reconnect with her study buddy—and secret crush—Nathan Barrow tempts her to go.

Nathan isn’t sure why he came back for the reunion after spending the past decade working abroad. But when he runs into his former lab partner, Kelsey, he’s sure glad he did. The chemistry between them is as potent as ever, and when she offers him a weekend of wild, no-strings-attached sex, Nathan knows he’d be a fool to say no.

Nathan can’t be tied to one place for long. But the more time they spend together—in and out of bed—the more Kelsey wonders if their reunion could become something more permanent. That is, if Nathan is still interested when he finds out she’s been less than honest with him about her life since graduation…

Writer Wednesday: Klutzy Love by Sharon Kleve


Today we’re talking to the main characters of Sharon Kleve’s book, Klutzy Love.

1.      Who are you and tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Corny Myers and with my shoulders back and my stomach sucked in I am five-feet-eight inches tall and weigh about one hundred and twenty five pounds. A monster hot dog and a side of deep-fried cheese curds can put me above that in a heartbeat.

My boyfriend Steve, never turns away from a challenge, he meets them head-on. He has to be aggressive, tough, and focused to be a Seattle narcotics cop.

2. How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?

Love maybe, lust definitely!

Steve was sweet, considerate, and a little bit wild and that was only part of the reason why, after a night of drinking margaritas with my girlfriends, I woke up in his wonderful king-size bed after a night of pure unadulterated bliss. The others were: he rode a hot motorcycle, smelled like Christmas, and was thorough—he hadn’t missed an inch of my body.

4. What most annoys you about each other?

Steve will tell you I’m a klutz and will run into burning buildings for no reason. That’s not completely true. Though, I do think hospitals should give out punch cards. You could get a discount for multiple rides in an ambulance. If you ride more than six times in a year, your seventh ride should be free. I guess I was halfway there—what a sad state of affairs.

Steve doesn’t like my profession as a pet detective. If he knows what’s good for him he’ll get over it.

5. What do you most admire in the other person?

Steve admires my ability to bounce back from a concussion. I admire his awesome butt in jeans.

6. What keeps the romance working?

Lots and lots of hanky panky….

7. If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?

I want to find out if my old boss, Mr. Langfield, was killed by his widow. He croaked while bungee jumping on his honeymoon. Why he agreed to be tied to a big rubber band was beyond me, especially since he was afraid of heights. It was very suspicious. Moreover, he was my friend and confidante.


PhotobucketSharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other’s arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.

Author of “The Corny Myers Series”

Flamingo Blues, Published December 2011

Be Mine, Published February 2012

Klutzy Love, Published August 2012

Love Under The Christmas Tree, (Christmas Anthology), Published November 2012

Josey’s Christmas Cookie, Published November 2012

Valentine Special Delivery, Published January 2013

Valentine’s Say I Love You, (Valentine Anthology), Published February 2013

Contact Sharon at:






Links to Purchase:

Amazon US

Amazon UK


Writer Wednesday: Sabrina York

darkfancy_msrWelcome. Please Introduce yourselves.



JAMES FROWNS. Helena Simpson…Tully.

SHE GIGGLES. I keep forgetting.


Ahem. Can you tell us a little about yourselves?  

ROUSED FROM HIS REVERIE, JAMES BLINKS. Certainly. While I’m a peer of the realm, I spend a lot of time in the stables. Love a good line.

He has the finest stables in Christendom. HELENA SMILES IMPISHLY. And the most beautiful gardens.


Soooo…How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?  

JAMES CHUCKLES. It was definitely lust at first sight.

HELENA WRINKLES HER NOSE. First sight? I looked a mess! You see, I’d run away from home and I was hiding in his gardener’s shed. I was wet, bedraggled—

And there was a hank of beef hanging out of her mouth. THIS, JAMES CROWS. It was adorable.


Why were you running away?

Oh! HELENA ROLLS HER EYES. My guardian was forcing me into a marriage with a hideous Lord.


Hideous! I saw him in Brighton several summers ago. He was fat and bug-eyed and had lips like a landed trout. SHE SHUDDERS. At any rate, I had to run away. And that’s how I met James. My romantic gardener.

You’re a…gardener?

JAMES COLORS. I might have pretended to be a gardener.

Why on earth would a Lord of the Realm pretend to be a gardener?


 All right. Let’s move on. James, what is your most frustrating quality?  

HELENA ANSWERS. He’s stubborn.

I most certainly am not stubborn. THIS HE SAYS WITH A STUBBORN TILT TO HIS SQUARE CHIN.

You are supremely stubborn. And demanding. And occasionally arrogant. And…dominating. FOR SOME REASON, HER VOICE SOFTENS ON THIS LAST WORD. AS DOES HER EXPRESSION. A DELICATE BLUSH RISES ON HER CHEEKS.

JAMES SNORTS. Hardly arrogant. But let’s talk about your most frustrating quality, darling.


Okay. What is Helena’s most frustrating quality? 

It’s not a quality, so much as a habit.

HELENA SNIFFS. I have no habits.

You clap your hands.

SHE BOGGLES. I clap my hands? That’s my most frustrating quality?

JAMES TURNS TO THE INTERVIEWER WITH A DARK LOOK. She claps her hands. It makes her look like a little girl. Do you know how…off-putting that can be? When a man’s in a…certain mood?

Hmm. I can only imagine.

Some men are always in a certain mood. THIS, HELENA OFFERS IN AN ASIDE.

JAMES ADJUSTS HIS CRAVAT. I’ve never heard a complaint about that.




What is her best quality then?



Everything. Her face, her voice, certainly her body.


I love that you’re tiny. I love everything about you, darling.

And I love you.


So Helena, what is your favorite thing about James?



Hookay… Next question.


If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?

JAMES STANDS AND GRABS HELENA BY THE HAND. I wish this interview was over. My wife and I need to have…a chat.


Now, Helena. Right now.






Welcome Sabrina York, Your Royal Hotness. Tell us a little about yourself!
Hello all! Thanks for having me Leta! Well, I’m an award-winning erotic author and while I’ve only been around for a while—my first book came out last April—I’m delighted to report I now have a dozen titles available or coming soon. They range from novels to novellas to short stories—everything from contemporary erotic romance to BDSM to erotic horror.

Yeah. I know. Horror? That one took me by surprise, but writing happens that way sometimes. I can build the characters and the bones of the plot, but the story has its own ideas.

Of course, my passion is for romance so I focus on that. The steamier, the better. And because I am a snarky minx, you might chuckle once in a while.
From your back catalog, do you have a secret favorite? If so which book and why?
My absolute favorite—and I know we’re not supposed to have them!—is Folly. I cut my teeth reading Regency romances as a girl and so it was a real joy to try my hand. Folly was so much fun to write and I fell in love with the characters.

When I finished the manuscript, I was so into that world, James and Helena’s story just flowed right out. And when I finished that one…Edward and Violet came to visit. They nagged me for weeks to write their stories. If all goes well, there will be at least four books in this series and maybe more.

All thanks to Sabrina York’s Folly!

What’s the coolest factoid that you discovered while doing research for this book?
Funny you should ask. I’ve read so many historical romances in my life, I thought I knew everything there was to know about the Regency period. Well, as they say, that’s what you get for thinking!

When Folly went to final line edits the word came back: Silly rabbit, the Tantalus (the ubiquitous feature in every Regency I’ve ever read, where the Lord of the Manor keeps his liquor locked up so the servants cannot snitch it) wasn’t invented until much later.

Another blow to my sexy plots…apparently women didn’t wear pantaloons in the Regency period. Those came along during the much stricter Victorian era. I had to rewrite several key scenes on that revelation.

Trust me, it pays to know your History of Underwear. Especially if you’re writing erotic romance.

Well, I hope I’ve piqued your interest! Dark Fancy is available on Amazon  and at Ellora’s Cave and everywhere-books are sold.

About Sabrina York

Sabrina is an award winning author of erotic romance with over a dozen titles available, ranging from sweet & sexy erotic romance to BDSM to erotic horror. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york or Facebook.

Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on her webpage (www.sabrinayork.com) or explore on Amazon or at Ellora’s Cave.

  • Adam’s Obsession: Contemporary Erotic Romance
  • Extreme Couponing: Contemporary BDSM
  • Folly: Erotic Regency
  • Pushing Her Buttons: Contemporary BDSM
  • Rising Green: Steamy Erotic horror
  • Training Tess: Contemporary BDSM
  • Trickery: Magical Domination
  • Tristan’s Temptation: Contemporary Erotic Romance

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Enter to win a gorgeous tiara by signing up for Sabrina York’s Royal Hotsheet (new book and contest info only–no spam! Your e-mail address will not be shared). If you’re already getting the newsletter, don’t fret. You’re already in the drawing. Send an email with “Enter Me” in the subject line (this is erotica, after all) to sabrina@sabrinayork.com. The drawing will be March 31, 2013.

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Writer Wednesday: Cris Anson

After taking a break from Writer Wednesday for several months, I’m rebooting it with a new format. From now on, we’ll interview the main characters of the book and then follow up with a few questions for the author. I saw this done elsewhere recently and it really helped me know right away if I’d be interested in the book or not–much more so than a traditional author interview. Hopefully, you guys will also enjoy this change up!


Today I’ll be interviewing the main characters from Cris Anson’s book Mercy and Redemption.

What are your names? And tell us a little about yourselves?

Thanks for asking us here today, Leta. My name is Mercy Howe and I’m a Boston TV chef specializing in colonial cooking. It helps that I live in a mashup of a 1735 kitchen and an 1800s carriage house, because I test my recipes in my walk-in fireplace. I was trekking through an old cemetery in central Massachusetts looking for interesting gravestones to illustrate a book when I heard these two guys raising a ruckus around a gravesite. Turns out they found a common ancestor, so we started a conversation about the past.

Hey there, I’m Adam Connolly, a locally famous sculptor. In a recent issue, Improper New England Magazine named me Most Eligible Bachelor. When I saw Mercy, I wanted to have a horizontal conversation right away, know what I mean? There we were, Seth and me, high-fiving that we found the actual grave of a great-great-great whoever back in the 1700s and this blonde angel comes down the hill and says Hi, guys, what are you doing? And I wanted to, you know, get to know her.

Yeah, we got that. Hi, Leta. Thanks for the warm welcome. Adam and I met at an online genealogical research site. I’m his long-lost cousin, Seth Maddox, an architect near Philadelphia specializing in historic restorations. I’m not as in-your-face as he is. I believe it’s slow and steady that wins the race, if you’ve ever heard of Aesop’s Fables. Which Adam probably hasn’t, he’s so busy bedding every woman within reach. I believe in quality, not quantity.

How did you meet? Was it love at first sight?

It’s Mercy again, and I’ll be answering the rest of your questions, because these guys would just bicker all day long. No, not at first sight, but I was certainly intrigued. I mean, hunks with a capital H, both of them. And such different personalities. Can you keep a secret? The day we met, Adam and I shared more than just a kiss *blushing*. Then the next day Seth researched where I live and visited me, and darned if we didn’t share an itch-scratching as well. So yes, I guess it was love (or at least lust) at first sight—with both of them, except I couldn’t choose between them.

If it wasn’t love at first sight, what changed?

I kept getting flashbacks of a previous life, and I realized that I had known both of them back in the 1690s. That’s right, more than 300 years ago. I was intrigued by the possibility of reincarnation so I kept pushing them both, recreating scenes from my past that I remembered, hoping they’d remember it as well. And yes, that included bedroom scenes *big grin*.

What do you believe is your worst or most frustrating quality? What about his/hers?

*laughs* The guys would probably say my most frustrating quality is my inability to choose between them. Although when I approached them with the idea of a ménage, they both agreed it was a capital idea.

Let’s see, Adam’s worst quality…do you have any idea how frustrating it is to be his date at a black-tie event and see all the groupies swarming around him without even acknowledging that I’m there? And he just stands there and absorbs it without pushing them away. Seth, well, Seth needs a more-than-gentle push. He’s a quiet kind of guy and sometimes a girl just needs to take things into her own hands.

What is your best quality? What about his/hers?

Since my TV cooking show is filmed before a live audience, I have to say it’s my ability to roll with the punches. If I make a blooper, I kind of joke my way out of it. It helps in my personal life, too, such as when I shift between one man and the other and still keep my head. Never once did I mix up their names, even when I was almost out of my mind with—um, never mind. *blushes*

Seth’s best quality is his ability to have fun and find the bright side no matter the situation. Adam’s is the overwhelming force of his personality; you can’t help but be intrigued by him.

If you could have one wish come true, what would it be and why?

Other than world peace? I wish people would have more of an appreciation of the past. We have so much to learn from what our forefathers and foremothers went through, how they struggled, what they fought for. What would that forefather that Adam and Seth found think of flush toilets? Jet planes? Cell phones? So many things we take for granted, like freedom and automatic washing machines and the simple act of reading a book. Do you know there are folks in America who think hamburger comes from a machine? Who have never seen a tomato ripening on a vine? There’s a saying that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Wouldn’t it be awful if we had to go back to living like it was 1694?

If, after reading this character interview, you’re interested in Mercy & Redemption, you can pick it up here!


Now tell us a little about you, the writer!

I’m an old broad with a young (dirty) mind. Married twice, loved them both, buried them both, wouldn’t mind someone else to love but he’d better be young enough to keep up with me. I dance like no one is watching because it’s a lifetime habit with me. I remember dancing the polka with my Dad at weddings way back when I was a kid. In fact, he and I won a polka contest at a country club one Octoberfest when it was open to guests. I met my first husband at a singles’ dance during the mini-skirt era. My second husband used to take me dancing to Big Band music with a live 12-piece band. I still jiggle everything at the writers’ conferences I attend, most notably Romanticon. Except now I have to sit down after every two or three songs to catch my breath.

It took me over a dozen years from the time I started writing in earnest to being published. Mercy and Redemption is my 12th release with Ellora’s Cave and I hope to continue writing erotic romance for many years to come. And it would be nice to have some up close and personal inspiration for those love scenes instead of just memories.

From your back catalogue, do you have a secret favorite? If so which book and why?

Of course it would be Dance of the Seven Veils. Not because it was my first Ellora’s Cave book, which by the way just celebrated its eighth anniversary of publication. Not even because it sparked a four-book series. But because it was the coming-of-age story of a 39-year-old woman, a journey to the discovery of her own sensuality. In many ways it’s my story. Because now I’m immersing myself in the BDSM lifestyle so as to write more authoritatively about it. I’m meeting so many interesting people and learning so many things about myself.

Gotta put in a plug here for my blog, Cris Anson’s Passions (http://crisansonspassions.blogspot.com/), where you can read my four-part series on the BDSM for Writers weekend I participated in, including two visits to Paddles, the longest-running BDSM club in New York, and what I experienced there.

What’s next for you?

I don’t want to give away any secrets to those who haven’t yet read Mercy and Redemption, but some of the characters from that book are being featured in the third book of that series. Tentatively entitled Redemption and Glory, it’s a doozy! As a matter of fact, the first scene takes place in a BDSM dungeon, as will a number of subsequent scenes. The characters are exploring their own heretofore dormant tendencies—which one will be the Dominant? the submissive? Or will one or both be a switch? How can they let go of all their conditioned responses and be themselves? It’s fascinating to me as I go along for the ride to uncover their true natures. And honestly? I have no clue how it’s going to turn out. That’s part of the fun.

Lastly, provide me with covers, blurbs, buy links, and where you can be found on the web! 🙂

Here’s the blurb for Mercy and Redemption:

While searching an old cemetery for likely gravestones to illustrate her colonial cookbook, Mercy Howe meets two hunks who are tracing their ancestry, and sparks fly. Literally.

When Mercy casually touches Seth and Adam, her vividly erotic vision involving all three of them feels like a memory, not a dream, and awakens long-dormant sexual urges. Their kisses are achingly familiar, and she welcomes each in turn into her body. Then she spends a no-holds-barred weekend with both men in her bed and discovers an intimacy—and a past—that blows her mind.

As memories resurface from three hundred years ago, Mercy will have to choose whether to relive the experiences from their joint past or forge a new bond with either Seth or Adam. Or both.

Inside Scoop: Contains m/m/f ménage and one doubly satisfied heroine!

Mercy and Redemption and all my books are available at Ellora’s Cave, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other digital venues. You can also learn more about me at my website (http://www.crisanson.com/), my blog, and my Facebook page.

Thank you for inviting me here, Leta. It was fun chatting with you!


Thanks for being here, Cris!