Sunday, January 9, 2011

Simply Sexy Stories Welcomes Shermaine Williams!

NG: I’m welcoming author Shermaine Williams today on Simply Sexy Stories!
Happy New Year, Shermaine! Are there any resolutions pertaining to your writing that you'd like to share?

SW: Happy new year to you too, Nichelle, and thanks for having me. I have to admit, I’m not one of the greatest fan of making resolutions, but 2011 is definitely going to be a year when I write more. 2010 was not good—I concentrated on the wrong type of writing and my fiction suffered.

NG: It must be a nice feeling to be back on track with your writing. What do you enjoy the most about being a writer?

SW: I love creating the story, which can simply be thinking about it and, sometimes, waking in the middle of the night to record an idea in case I forget it. Completing a story feels so satisfactory as well—you feel like you’ve achieved something special.

NG: Agreed! What genre(s) do you write and why?

SW: My stories all tend to be contemporary, but the sub-genres vary. I’ve written paranormal, BDSM, humour and interracial.

NG: How would you describe your writing process?

SW: Hmm, slightly off-key! I don’t stick to specific hours or a work station, which some often swear by. Sometimes I work better in the day, sometimes I work better at night, sometimes on the sofa, sometimes at the desk. It depends on how I feel. I tend to create an outline and start by writing a synopsis and working from that.

NG: What's the one thing you wished you had known about the publishing world before you got into the biz?

SW: All the promotion that would be necessary! It is a little overwhelming at times and takes some getting used to, but I’m getting there.

NG: I find it hard trying to find the balance between writing and promotion. Any advice you’d like to share with aspiring authors?

SW: Don’t give up. Between writer’s block, rejection, time constraints and everything else, it can be difficult, but is worth it. Other than that, plan stories well and give yourself a deadline if you don’t have one from the publisher. It forces you to work and get a manuscript complete.

NG: I love personal deadlines too! What are you working on for the 2011?

SW: So many titles! I have a Lust Bite due out with Total E-bound in April, I’m currently working on a older woman/younger man novel. I hope to get a fem Dom piece finished this year as well as a follow up to Remote Control, which is published on 17 January. I am also working on the follow up to The Second Challenge, published with Phaze.

NG: You're a busy lady! I'm so glad you stopped by Simply Sexy Stories to talk about your scorching new release Lady in Red.

NG: In five sentences or less, share what Lady in Red is about.

SW: Lady in Red is a novel about the relationship that develops between Florence and Mack after she begins working at a firm where he is a partner. She finds that her efforts to stay away from him are in vain as they always seem to end up in each other’s company, for one reason or another. Though she starts off believing that they are merely coincidences, she soon finds there is a greater connection between them.

NG: What inspired you to pen this sexy tale?

SW: I have written a few interracial stories with a black woman/white man combination so I wanted to give it a go the other way around! Its not really that simple. I like stories with a paranormal touch that keep you guessing and I hope Lady in Red does that.

NG: What’s the one thing readers can always count on when they pick up a book written by you?

SW: *Sings Missy Elliot’s Hot Boys* Huh? Oh, sorry, got a little distracted there! Besides the hot boys, I like to think that I write stories that offer a few surprises and make a reader think.

NG: A great combination! Shermaine, thank you so much for stopping by Simply Sexy Stories!

Blurb: Besides the fact that he exudes arrogance, there isn’t much that Florence knows about her new boss. In fact, no one seems to know much about him. Taking the sensible course of action, she fully intends to leave the mysterious Mack to his own devices, but her body and mind have other ideas. No matter how hard she tries, Florence’s mind would always return to him, leading her to do what was necessary to entice him. Little does she know that Mack knows more than she could ever imagine.

Caution! Steamy Excerpt Below:
The carriage rocked slightly as it took them home, causing their arms to come into contact on the mutual armrest. It was clear why everyone in the office liked him, reflecting his casual manner was an easy way to feel at ease with him. Though it felt calculated, this failed to stop her attraction to his open manner, much like everyone else at work.

“Do you think its coincidence that we ended up at the station together?”

“Of course it was a coincidence,” she replied, seeing if she could get a rise out of him.

Her attempt failed, a smile curling his lips as he shook his head, which only made her giggle. The ice was broken further and the two chatted amiably as they wound their way home beneath the London streets, friendly and familiar as if they had known each other for years and travelled together on a regular basis.

They had established that they didn’t live far from each other after Mack brought up the subject when they neared the station. Despite herself, Florence felt faintly disappointed as they got off. Though they lived in the same area, they needed to go in different directions from the station and they stood outside the station to say goodbye to each other.

“See you on Monday.”

“You will,” he replied. “Have a good weekend.”

Though she turned and began to walk away, Florence didn’t get far before Mack stopped her, holding her arm and pushing one side of her waist to pivot her around. She had no chance to protest before he kissed her, one hand on her neck while the other remained at her waist.

His tongue snaked into her mouth with such passionate force it surprised her and left her unable to resist, her arms remaining hanging at her sides due to him holding her tight enough for both of them.

Standing with their bodies firmly pressed together and bathed in the light from the station concourse, they attracted some looks from passersby. Neither noticed, as Florence was too caught up and Mack didn’t care. Folding his body against hers caused her to lean back, and she was forced to grip his upper arms for fear of falling over.

The cold wind blowing around them was no match for the heat Florence’s body produced and, as if she had suddenly become too hot to handle, Mack released her.
Though the kiss ended, his arm remained at her waist to hold her up, her flustered manner causing her to stagger slightly. Stunned by his action, Florence could only look at him, momentarily unable to speak.

© Shermaine Williams 2011


Lady in Red is available now with Total E-Bound Publishing! One lucky commenter will win this hot contemporary, paranormal, IR erotic romance.
You must leave your email addy to qualify...good luck!
A winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 12th!


Curious about Shermaine?
Stop by her website:www.shermainewilliams.webs.com and blog: http://www.freewebs.com/shermainewilliams/apps/blog/

6 comments:

  1. Mmm,I like it. Nice work, Shermaine!

    Jay
    flowerchild@sky.com

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  2. I have to read this book!

    Dianne
    dbarskey(@)hotmail.com

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  3. Nice interview. Book sounds good! I like when the author gives us something fresh.

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  4. Shermaine randomly selected a winner of Lady in Red and the winner is... JAY!!

    Congratulations, Jay! I'm sure you'll enjoy this hot read! ;-)

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  5. Thanks, Nichelle! I've already received it and will start reading it tomorrow.

    Have a great weekend, all - I know I will!

    Jay

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