Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Simply Sexy Stories Welcomes Back Rie McGaha!

NG: I’m welcoming back author Rie McGaha today on Simply Sexy Stories!

RM: Thank you. It's always a pleasure to be a guest on your blog, Nichelle.

NG: And it's always a pleasure to have you, Rie! What draws you to romance novels?

RM: I think it goes all the way back to fairy tales. There was something so magical about Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella getting their Prince Charming. I grew up wanting a fairy tale romance!

NG: Fairy tales started it all for me too. How has your writing process changed since your first book was published?

RM: I've gotten much better at the technical stuff that goes into writing a book. Telling a story is one thing, but writing for publication is quite another.

NG: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy the most...for example the inception of a storyline, world building, crafting the arc of the story or finally writing 'The End'?

RM: I would have to say it's the world building/character development that I love. Creating places I'd love to visit and people I'd love to know is very satisfying. I'm not artistic or musical, so being able to write stories that other people want to buy and read fulfills the artistic side.

NG: What can readers always count on when reading one of your books?

RM: That the story line and characters are going to be real and feasible. A lot of characters and stories are so unbelievable that you know they will never happen, which is fine for some genres, but in romance I think readers want tangible fantasy.

NG: What are you working on for the 2011?

RM: I have a 3-part series called My Soul To Keep about brothers Calen, Caleb & Arion MacLeod. Each book is titled by the brothers' names and Calen comes out in May. This is the ultimate fairy tale complete with pink castles, a demon named Damon, time travel and of course lots of romance and love.

NG: Yummy! Let's talk about your new release One Good Man. In five sentences or less, share what One Good Man is about.

RM: Allison is a BBW who has given up on love after her boyfriend leaves her for her best friend. She accepts a job in Biloxi, MS working on a floating casino. The bosses oldest son, Stephen is the requisite hunk and babe magnet. So when he starts hitting on Allison, she couldn't be more put off if she tried.

NG: What inspired you to pen this sexy tale?

RM: I wrote this right after Katrina blew into town. I used to live in Biloxi and just loved it there and after seeing the devastation to the area, I was in tears. One Good Man came from that.

NG: Wow! Did you face any creative challenges in the process of writing this book?

RM: No. When I started writing this one the words just flowed and it was written in about a week. The editing and polishing took much longer, and then finding a publisher took even longer but I'm very pleased with eXcessica Publishing.

NG: Describe the heroine and hero in three words.

RM: Stephen-hot, sexy, hot

Allison-responsible, steady, reasonable

NG: Give me three reasons readers will love One Good Man.

RM: The characters are believable.
The plot is exciting.
The romance is abundant.

NG: Rie, I wish you the best with this release and all future endeavors! Thanks for stopping back by Simply Sexy Stories!

RM: Thank you so much for having me and featuring One Good Man on your blog. This excerpt is Allison and Stephen's first meeting after Allison has moved to Biloxi and is meeting her boss, Jason for dinner.

Blurb:
Allison Hamstead thought it was love, finally, after all the years alone, someone loved her in spite of the fact she was fat! Not that her size had ever kept her from being successful, but it had kept her far from personal relationships. She’d heard all of the fat jokes ever told, all of the things people in her office said behind her back, and she didn’t miss not having a boyfriend, or dates every weekend. Did she? But now she was in love and she couldn’t wait to introduce him to her best friend, Sarah. And what a mistake that had turned out to be! It wasn’t long before the love of her life and her best friend were living together and Allison was humiliated.

Starting over is never easy, but Allison is determined to do so and moves far from Chicago to the warm waters of Biloxi, Mississippi where she accepts a position at one of the floating casinos. For the first time in her life, Allison feels like she’s truly at home. She loves her job, she loves her boss, who is like a father to her, and she loves being a part of all the excitement going on around her. Except for one little thing…

Her boss’s eldest son, Stephen, is probably the most handsome, gorgeous, and sexy man she’s ever laid eyes on…and he knows it! And for some reason he acts interested in her. Then her mother comes to visit and winds up dating her boss. Her accounts start showing large amounts of money missing. And her ex shows up unannounced and says he wants her back. Can anything else possibly go wrong?

Absolutely!


Caution! Sizzling Excerpt Below:
A stickler for punctuality, Jason could not abide tardiness. It was one of the reasons he’d invited Allison to dinner. He wanted to see what thirty minutes meant to her. To some people it could mean anytime from fifteen minutes to forty-five minutes, to others it would mean thirty minutes to an hour. To Jason, it meant thirty minutes exactly, and while he’d not care if she were five minutes early, arriving five minutes late would not go in her favor.

When he looked up again, he saw Tracey coming toward him with a young woman beside her. Glancing at his watch, he noticed the time was six twenty-nine. Smiling, he stood as she reached the table and extended his hand.

“Ms. Hamstead?”

“Yes, but please call me Allison, or Al. Either way is fine with me," she said with a friendly smile. Taking his proffered hand, she gripped it tightly. He liked that, too.

“Please, have a seat." He thanked Tracey as he took his seat.

“You have a lovely place, Mr. Collins." Allison complimented the casino just to break the ice, and to make herself feel more comfortable as she slid into the booth. Her large body fit snuggly between the table and the seat back.

“Thank you. I’m glad you could come at such short notice.”

“I didn’t have much on my social schedule." She replied, laughing lightly, hoping she didn’t sound as nervous as she felt.

He liked a sense of humor too. “Shall we order from the menu, or would you prefer the buffet?"

“I’d like to see a menu. The buffet looks tempting, but I think it would be too distracting if I were jumping up and down to fill my plate. Besides, with a meal from the menu, I’ll be limited to the amount I can eat, and you won’t see what a chow-hound I can be." As always, she tried to make light of her size, and somehow, being the one to bring it up, seemed to ease the tension she felt.

He smiled. “I see we both have the same problem then." He waved at one of the waitresses, who hurried over with two menus.

“Everything looks so good. What do you recommend, Mr. Collins?”

“Well, first I would recommend that you start calling me Jason," he said and looked at her over the top of the menu. “And if you like Italian, the pasta here is excellent.”

“Wonderful. I’ll have the ravioli," Allison told the waitress and laid her menu aside.

“I’ll have the same, and bring me another whiskey sour." Jason drained his glass. “Allison, what do you drink?”

“A red appletini is fine for me, thank you.”

“Tell me about yourself," Jason said when the waitress walked away.

She frowned slightly, then smiled just as quickly, and said, “I hate that question. It always puts me on the spot and I don’t know what to say.”

“That’s the point of the question.”

"I don’t have a long resume, Mr. Collins, but I’m good at what I do. My mother worked two jobs to support us, and I was the one who took care of the bills and managed her income so we had what we needed, with some left over for the things we wanted. She managed to put me through college and I went to work for Markham Brothers in L.A. before being transferred to Chicago.

"I’ve lived in Chicago for the past two years, working for Markham Brothers in the 'windy city,'" she smiled.

“And now you want to work in a casino?”

“Not really. I wanted to live by the ocean again, and I wanted to be some place with warmer winters. I also wanted my salary to equal the cost of living. It didn’t in either California or Chicago. But working in a casino will give me the type of experience I would never get at Markham’s. The faster pace will add an element of excitement, and I tend to work better when there’s a little pressure.”

Jason liked honesty too, and this woman was very honest.

“I have to tell you Allison, it can get very hectic around here, especially during peak season. It’s busy year round of course, but during the vacation season, it can be a mad house. My wife, Shelly works here as well, and you’ll get to know her. She’s home with the kids right now, but she’ll be here on Monday, and I’ll introduce you. Do you have children?”

“No," she said shaking her head. “I’ve never married.”

“We don’t allow dating between employees here, Allison, or between the employees and guests. We don’t allow our guests to harass the employees either, so if anyone gets too fresh, don’t hesitate to tell someone and we’ll take care of it. You will have your own office on the second floor, but as part of the management team, you will be expected to spend time on the casino floor as well. The Captain is big on managers being seen and setting an example by doing, and not just by telling others what to do.”

Allison nodded.

“I almost forgot to thank you for my room. I didn’t expect you to provide one for me.”
“You’re welcome. We thought that since you were here for a thirty-day probationary period, there was no reason for you to have to worry about finding a place to live. If it works out for everyone involved, you can find a place when the thirty days is up.”

“Thank you, I appreciate it.”

Jason looked up as a man approached the table.

“I thought you had gone home."

“I was just on my way out, so I thought I’d stop by and meet your new assistant.”

“Stephen Collins, I would like to introduce Allison Hamstead. Allison, this is the First Mate and my brother, Stephen.”

“Nice to meet you, Big Al," Stephen said with a grin, shaking her hand. Forcing Jason to move over, he sat in the booth with them.

“We spoke briefly on the phone," she told him. “But it’s nice meeting you too…Stevie." She shortened his name deliberately. He only raised an eyebrow, but Jason chuckled.

“I think she’s already got your number there big brother," Jason laughed, as the waitress set their dinner and drinks on the table.

The waitress looked at Stephen and grinned. “You want anything, Stephen?”

He grinned back and took a long, slow look up and down.

“Not right now, Heather," he drawled, “but thanks for askin’.”

“Anytime," Heather said as she wiggled away.

Jason shot his brother a stern look.

“You shouldn’t be flirting with the waitresses in front of Allison, she’ll get the wrong impression.”

“Oh, I don’t think I’ve got the wrong impression about your brother at all," Allison commented, not sparing Stephen another glance.

Stephen laughed out loud and Jason grinned.

“Allison, I think you’re going to be around here for quite a while. There aren’t many females who can resist my brother’s charms." Taking a bite of pasta, he muttered, “Whatever they may be," loudly enough for Stephen to hear.

“Come on Jase," Stephen said as he elbowed his brother. “You know it’s harmless, I never let it go past the flirting stage with the waitresses.”

“Only because Captain would kill you if you did.”

“Be that as it may, I still keep my hands to myself." He shot Allison a wink, finished his drink, and set the empty glass on the table.

“Allison, it was nice meeting you. I hope you’ll decide to stay on in spite of your low opinion of me.”

“Thank you, but I don’t have a low opinion of you." She smiled innocently, and looked up at him as he stood.

“Really?" He grinned wolfishly down at her.

“Really. To have a low opinion of you would indicate that I have put forth the effort to care enough to have an opinion of you. Rest assured that I do not." She went back to her ravioli.
“Ouch!" Stephen laughed as he walked away.

“Congratulations, Allison. You are the first woman to ever work here that didn’t fall all over herself to get my brother to notice her," Jason told her with a chuckle.

“I’m glad I didn’t offend you, Jason. Although I should have thought before I said anything. Men like that just sit wrong with me.”

“Tell me what kind of man you think my brother is," Jason said as he wiped his plate with a piece of buttered sourdough bread.

“Well, you know, he’s the charming type that thinks he’s every woman’s dream, and all he has to do is snap his fingers for her panties to fall off." She looked up at Jason as she suddenly realized what she’d said.

“Oh my God, I am so sorry.”

Jason laughed out loud.

“Don’t worry about it. You really do know my brother.”

Allison felt the heat in her cheeks and shook her head, then downed the last of her martini. She looked up at him and smiled wryly. “Now if you’d just help me get my foot out of my mouth, I’d be forever grateful.”

One Good Man is available now with eXcessica Publishing!


Curious about Rie McGaha?
Check out her website: www.riemcgaha.com
and blog: riemcgaha.wordpress.com

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sizzling Hot Reads!

There's nothing like a great book! I recently finished three fabulous reads and wanted to share them with you!
First up, J.R. Wards fifth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lover Unbound! Seriously, I can't recommend this series enough! Hot alpha vampires, dangerous and surprising plot turns, if you haven't indulged in these books you're missing out on some fabulous paranormal romances!
Indigo Skye's erotica tale is up next! Her Captive Muse is an intensely dark look into the minds of two addicts. Morgan and Brendan's story was so sinfully twisted, I had to keep reading to see how these two would end up!

Read her recent interview her on Simply Sexy Stories here!
And last, but certainly not least...Angela Aaron's sexy erotic romance, Pleasure Island! This sizzling novella really made me want to take a vacation...to a private island where no sexual fantasy is out of reach. I could smell the salty ocean air and picture the hotties ready to deliver more than just fruity drinks! This book serves a delicious, sexy escape for erotic romance lovers!

Click here to see Angela's recent Simply Sexy Stories interview!

You can read my full reviews of all these books on Goodreads here!

Don't let a day go by without reading something HOT! Your brain and body will thank you!

~NG

Friday, March 25, 2011

Just For Grins & Giggles...

We made it through another week...hallelujah for Friday!
I thought I'd share these outrageous posters for a little comic relief.
Laughter is always good for the soul!


Did you at least grin?
I hope so!
:-)

Coming up on Simply Sexy Stories:
Rie McGaha joins me on May 30th!
An exclusive sneak peek from Abrielle's Fool, my FREE story coming out April 1st in Total E-Bound's Newsletter!

Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Simply Sexy Stories Welcomes Angela Aaron!

NG: I’m welcoming Angela Aaron in her first ever author interview! Welcome to Simply Sexy Stories, Angela!

AA: Hi, Nichelle! I'm really excited to be doing this interview for Simply Sexy Stories. Thank you so much!

NG: My pleasure and happy to have you here! Let's jump right in...what genre(s) do you write and why?

AA: I write Romance and Erotic Romance. I write this because I like to read this. I’m a hopeless romantic.

NG: Me too! This is your first published work...how did you react when you learned Pleasure Island would be published?

AA: Boy, upon receiving that first email, I was so excited because being published was always a dream and I couldn't believe it was happening. Then panic sank in because I wasn't sure how to go about all the "business" that goes with publishing.

NG: It's a lot to take in, but you'll get the hang of it in no time. Describe your writing process...careful plotter, laid back pantser or combination of both?

AA: I work both ways. Pleasure Island came to me in its entirety, beginning to end. My other stories haven't been quite so easy. Most times I plot up until the end. Then I'm stuck trying to end it. I know I should plot, but most of the times it's just a rough outline. I can't say this is the correct way to write, but it is how I do it.

NG: If the end result is a terrific story I don't think it matters. What do you 'see' more clearly the setting or characters in your stories?

AA: Definitely my characters.

NG: What do you enjoy the most about being a writer?

AA: Creating the relationship between characters worthy of having people want to know them.

NG: What are you reading right now?

AA: I just finished Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series. Wow, is that an incredible story!

NG: What are you working on for the 2011?

AA: I have two full length stories almost ready for submission. One is a medieval romance and the other is a contemporary romantic fantasy. I also have an outline for a second contemporary fantasy and notes for another Pleasure Island story. I like to write a variety of themes.

NG: In five sentences or less, share what Pleasure Island is about.

AA: Pleasure Island is about a woman, who finds herself at a sex resort on a remote tropical island. She is aware the business is all about fantasies but can't help falling for the mysterious man she unexpectedly made love to in the island's club. After believing something special was happening between her and the mystery man, she discovers his attentions were nothing more than business. Or were they?

NG: What inspired you to pen this sexy tale?

AA: I was sitting on the beach at a beautiful lake in the middle of the summer and Cassie and Ryan's story just popped into my mind.

NG: How long did it take you to finish this book?

AA: Only a couple of weeks- but this is unusual.

NG: Were there any creative challenges faced and conquered before you wrote, 'The End'?

AA: Not before I finished, because this one just flowed out of me. But it did take me awhile to get up the nerve to submit the story to a publisher.

NG: I love it when stories flow like that! Describe the heroine and hero in three words.

AA: Heroine: Passionate, Wistful, Cautious
Hero: Workaholic, Lustful, Honor-bound

NG: Give me three reasons readers will love Pleasure Island.

AA: Believable characters, Great hot sex, Total feel-good story.

NG: Yummy! Anything else you'd like to share?

AA: I am sure enjoying the journey of being a new author for Noble. I'm looking forward to sharing more of my romantic tales. I have so many ideas, I wish there were more hours in the day.

NG: I think all writers must feel the same way about having more time to write.

AA: I really appreciate you taking the time to interview me. For my first interview this was a lot of fun. I hope your readers enjoy Pleasure Island as much as I enjoyed writing it.

NG: I'm honored your first interview was with me! I wish you much success with your debut book Pleasure Island and with all your future endeavors! You're always welcome to stop by Simply Sexy Stories!

Blurb: When Cassie Douglas unknowingly arrives at a sultry tropical island resort where the sole business is to provide the perfect pleasure fantasy, she finds it difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is illusion when it comes to matters of the heart. A light-hearted erotic romance from author Angela Aaron!

Caution! Sizzling Excerpt Below:
"Ryan." She spoke fully exasperated and loud enough for him to hear. "I can't take anymore."

"Oh, thank God." He growled the words, grabbed her hand, and dragged her to the rear of the club where they slipped out the employee exit.

As soon as they were out the door, Ryan pinned her against the side of the building with his hard body. His mouth came down on hers, crushing her lips against his, his tongue demanding entrance. His hands roamed over every inch of her body, stroking, and squeezing, tugging down the straps of her dress until he exposed her breasts to the humid, night air. They were making love, right here, against the building, and reason fled fast in the face of the frenzied passion between them.

"Tell me you have nothing on underneath this dress." Ryan's voice was thick and ragged with desire.

"No."

"No, what?"

"Nothing . . . ."

With one hand, Ryan hurriedly grabbed bunches of Cassie's dress and lifted it above her hips, while his other hand fumbled with the zipper of his trousers.
In a fevered rush, Cassie moved aside her leg at the very moment Ryan freed himself, and with one swift, powerful thrust and a moan of total surrender, he buried himself deep inside her. Ryan lifted Cassie's leg to his hip, allowing him deeper penetration, and he pushed and thrust and trailed kisses over every inch of her face, frantically seeking relief.

Hot and panting and completely lost in the fiery sensation of such intense arousal, Cassie, moments after Ryan's first desperate surge, began convulsing helplessly around him. She would have shamelessly screamed, but Ryan captured her mouth, stealing her cry. She took the power behind his building orgasm as he rammed her against the wall, pounding his cock deep inside her. He stiffened, and then discharged wave after wave of hot seed.

With one final thrust, Ryan let his head fall to Cassie's shoulder, struggling with his ragged breathing, his breaths warm gasps against her neck. After a moment, he raised his head and gazed into her eyes. The affection-filled look he held surprised her. She might have thought the look held love. But no. Not here on this island. Maybe appreciation, gratitude, or satisfaction, but never love.
She closed her eyes and leaned her head back against the brick, stilling her erratic breathing. She could feel him hard and throbbing inside her and not in any hurry to withdraw. How completely lost in passion they'd been, to do something so decadent and utterly thrilling as to make love outside against the side of a building where anyone might stumble upon them. Oh, but did this man break down all her inhibitions.

Cassie couldn't help the whimper that escaped her lips when he withdrew.

Ryan smiled. "Only a momentary reprieve, my dear, while I take you someplace a little more suitable for lovemaking," he said.

Cassie heard him adjust his pants while she shimmied her dress over her hips and tried to straighten her hair.

"Come on." Ryan grabbed her hand and tugged her in the direction of her room.

Pleasure Island is available now with Noble Romance Publishing!

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One lucky commenter will win a copy of Pleasure Island,
Angela's debut erotic romance!
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Author Bio:
Angela Aaron's love affair with writing began at nine years old when inspired by the "will they ever be together" relationship between Candy and Jeremy on "Here Comes The Brides." She filled notebook after notebook of "happily-ever-afters" for these characters. She hasn't stopped writing since. In the 90's Angie became an author of fan fiction, writing full length zines for several fandoms but her true love has always been romance and erotic romance with lots of sizzling moments between her characters.

Angie is from the Midwest. She is a mother, works full time, and includes her rescued dogs as part of the family. Angie is extremely down to earth, and hates phony people. Angie has to be outdoors as much as possible and finds her inspiration from the lakes and forests which surround her. She hates winter, loves summer and sun. She loves the moon and night time. She is an "autumn." She loves chocolate, a good romance and bag pipe music. She is completely at home in the water. She loves fantasy and believes in magic.

Angie's first e-book, Pleasure Island was released on March 7th, 2011 by Noble Romance Publishing.


Curious about Angela Aaron?
Check out her website: http://www.angelaaaronauthor.yolasite.com
Angela loves to hear from her readers...email her: msangieaaron@gmail.com

Friday, March 18, 2011

Cheers & Cuties!

Whoo ooo! Three cheers for Friday! I thought I'd celebrate the end of the week with a few hotties from some of my favorite television shows.

First up: Aaron D. Spears! A newer face on Bold and the Beautiful...isn't he yummy? This guy's voice is to die for and he's a great actor!

Next: Timothy Olyphant from Justified!
This guy is a little on the skinny side for me, but he makes up for it with pure sexiness. Those eyes, that voice and lazy walk of his...mmm mmm mmm!

Finally: Shemar Moore!
Loved him on Young and the Restless back in the day, but now he's a crime-fightin' hottie who packs heat on Criminal Minds!

Coming up on Simply Sexy Stories: Noble Romance author, Angela Aaron!

And...

An Exclusive excerpt from Abrielle's Fool, a FREE story coming out in Total E-Bound's April Newsletter!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Simply Sexy Stories Welcomes K D Grace!

NG: I’m welcoming author K D Grace on Simply Sexy Stories! Let's jump right in! What genre(s) do you write and why?

KD: I write erotic romance, and though I like to ratchet up the heat, my emphasis is always on the romance because I’m a firm believer the best sex comes as much from the heart as it does from all those other good bits. :)

NG: Describe your writing process...careful plotter, laid back pantster or combination of both?

KD: I’d have to say I’m more of a careless plotter. I toy with the idea for a while, usually scheming in my head on several long walks, and playing mental voyeur to my characters. Then I write a very vague synopsis and an even vaguer chapter by chapter break down. It’s quick and dirty, mostly, so I can get on with the actual writing, and it’s always subject to change as the characters goad me.

NG: What do you 'see' more clearly the setting or characters in your stories?

KD: Definitely the characters. Although having said that, it was the setting for The Initiation of Ms Holly that started the whole adventure. I was actually stuck in a train in the dark in the Eurostar tunnel. That got me thinking about sex in the dark and not being able to see the face of your lover. Then that got me wondering what would happen if even after the encounter on the train, you still weren’t allowed to see your lover’s face – like Psyche and Eros. Then the characters, Rita and Edward hijacked that scenario, invited all their kinky friends, and just ran wild and crazy all over my plot.

NG: What do you enjoy the most about being a writer?

KD:I love the fact that I’m never bored. Though I love to read and can occupy myself endlessly with a good book, if I don’t have anything I like at the moment, I can write something. I love the idea of endless worlds and amazing people existing in my head just waiting for me to invite them onto the page. Actually, most of the time, they don’t wait. They just crowd right in and make themselves at home. Okay, now I’m starting to sound like a bit of a nutter, aren’t I?

NG: lol Not to me, I get it! What are you reading right now?

KD: I’m reading Charlotte Stein’s hot space novella, The Horizon. Lots of fun, and very nasty.

NG: Mmm...my kinda book! ;-) What are you working on for the 2011?

KD: At the moment, I’m finishing up the final edits on my next novel, The Pet Shop, which will be out in print in October and in ebook formats before that. It’s published by Xcite Books. Once that’s out the door, I’ll be working on my novel, Lakeland Heatwave: Body Temperature and Rising, also for Xcite. I’m really excited, and a little nervous about this baby, because it’s my first paranormal erotic romance, and as much fun as I’m having with it, I doubt it’ll be my last.

NG: Let's talk about your latest sizzler, The Initiation of Ms Holly. In five sentences or less, share what this sexy tale is all about?

KD: Sex with a mysterious stranger in the pitch black of a malfunctioning train leads Rita Holly to undergo initiation into The Mount, a secret society filled with erotic rituals and endless intrigue, where she finds herself at the centre of a power struggle that threatens to destroy her. Think Psyche and Eros in modern day London complete with phone sex, leather cat suits and f**k me shoes.

NG: Delicious! What inspired you to pen this sexy tale?

KD: As I mentioned earlier, the inspiration for The Initiation of Ms Holly came from my own experience of being stranded in the Eurostar tunnel. And because I’ve always loved Greek mythology, it wasn’t a huge stretch from sex in a dark train to Psyche being forbidden to see her lover’s face. Once those two ideas clicked, it was a matter of putting it all into a modern context in a way that would be kinky, romantic, and have just the right blend of mystery and intrigue with a hint of magic.

NG: How long did it take you to finish this book?

KD: From the time I conceived the idea until it actually came out was about a year and a half. The book itself took much less time than that to write, but I had sent the proposal to Black Lace just before they closed their doors. Then it was several more months before I sent it to Xcite, with a couple of rejections in between. The actual writing was fast and furious because it was just so much fun. Then I forced myself to put it aside for six weeks like a good little writer, and let it incubate. Once that was done, the rewrite was a speeding bullet. The Pet Shop, which I’m writing now, is coming together much faster because of fewer obstacles.

NG: Were there any creative challenges faced and conquered before you wrote, 'The End'?

KD: The biggest creative challenge was that, since I was retelling a Greek myth, I wanted the story to be larger than life, in a lot of respects almost fantastical, and yet still be believable. I wanted to work as close to Over The Top as I could get without falling off the edge, because the story of Psyche and Eros is such an OTT sort of story, like all myths tend to be. I wanted to keep as many of those elements as I could and still make the characters seem real. Plus, I wanted the whole thing to be fun.

NG: Greek mythology rocks! The Initiation of Ms Holly has BDSM elements. What would you say to the curious reader uncertain about exploring this genre?

KD: Actually, The Initiation of Ms Holly is, in a lot of ways, my own explorations of BDSM, and the vehicle of an initiation into a secret sex society seemed to be the perfect way to do that. That being the case, perhaps Holly is the perfect book for someone who has never explored BDSM before. They can explore it with the author, and with Rita.

For me, the easiest way to explore this genre was is to approach it as a voyeur. I approached the harder BDSM scenes in Holly that way because it was the only way I could write them comfortably. Also it allowed me to observe from a safe place, and to try to understand motivations for my characters’ actions, motivations that aren’t in my every-day sexual context. What I found, by using this approach, is that I was much more open to the intimacy of the experience and to the complex psychology that underlies BDSM. In the end, the writing of, and the reading of BDSM scenes became no less uncomfortable (that’s what they’re supposed to be) but a lot less intimidating.

NG: Describe the heroine and hero in three words.

KD: Rita is tough, unassuming, independent
Edward is conflicted, romantic, secretive

NG: Give me three reasons readers will love The Initiation of Ms Holly.

KD: The Initiation of Ms Holly is a romance with sizzling chemistry.
The Initiation of Ms Holly is jam-packed with naughty, nasty, varied sex. Something for every taste.

The Initiation of Ms Holly is a love story with a twist you’ll never suspect.

NG: What's not to love? The book sounds fabulous! Anything else you'd like to share?

KD: I’d like to say what a pleasure it is to be invited to chat at Simply Sexy Stories. Thanks for having me. I’ve had a great time being here.

NG: It was my pleasure, K D, I wish you the best with this release and all future endeavors!

Blurb:
Journalist, RITA HOLLY, never dreamed sex with the Mysterious EDWARD in the dark of a malfunctioning train would lead to a blindfolded, champagne-drenched tango, a spanking by a butch waitress, and an offer of initiation into the exclusive mysteries of THE MOUNT. Desperate to save her threatened job, she agrees, scheming secretly to write an inside exposé on the club, which will make her career. But as she delves deeper into the intrigue of The Mount and the lives of its members, she soon discovers that her heart may have other plans.

Caution! Scintillating Excerpt Below:

HE PRACTICALLY FELL ON top of Rita, his hand grazing her left breast in the complete darkness. She yelped and grabbed him to keep from losing her balance.
‘God, I’m sorry!’ He gasped. ‘Bloody nuisance, this, isn’t it?’ His voice was warm, melodious, by far the most pleasant thing that had happened to Rita since she left Paris. ‘Oh dear. You’re trembling. Are you all right?’

‘I’m claustrophobic.’ Her words were thin and shaky, as though she didn’t fully trust herself to let them out. ‘It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t know where we are.’ For an embarrassing moment, she realised she was still clinging to him, but the embarrassment passed, and suddenly she didn’t care. If they were going to die trapped in a train in the Eurostar tunnel, buried beneath a gazillion gallons of water, she’d just as soon not do it alone.

He either understood, or was too polite to leave her in such distress. He wrapped his arms around her engulfing her in a muscular embrace, the scent of which was maleness barely masked by deodorant and some spicy cologne, both fading at the end of a day much longer than either of them had anticipated. ‘Don’t worry.’ In the darkness, he misjudged the distance between them and his lips brushed her earlobe. ‘It’s just an electrical malfunction. Anyway we’re better off down here than in the snowstorm up above. Sounds like all London is shut down. Who’d have expected snow this late in the spring? Never mind that, where else do you get the chance to cuddle strangers in the dark?’

He pressed a little closer to her, and she was relieved to find other thoughts, thoughts more welcome than those of their predicament, pushing their way into her head. He felt good, broad-shouldered and tall, easy to lean on.

‘Why are you huddled here in the corner rather than hunkered down in your seat?’
She concentrated on his warm breath pressing against the top of her ear. ‘I was on my way back from the loo when the lights went out and …’

‘And this is as far as you got.’

She nodded against his chest, honing in on the reassuring sound of his heartbeat.

‘Shall I help you back to your seat then?’

The train lurched forward, and she yelped again, tightening her grip around his neck. ‘No, please. It’s better if I just don’t move.’

There was a long pause. ‘Do you want me to stay with you?’

She realised the poor man had little choice clenched in her strangle hold, as he was. ‘I don’t want to be any trouble,’ she lied.

He readjusted his stance and tightened his embrace. ‘No trouble at all. I can’t think of a better way to pass the time than in the arms of a beautiful woman. You are beautiful, aren’t you?’

In spite of the stress she felt, she forced a laugh. ‘Gorgeous, actually. Too bad you can’t see for yourself.’

He ran a hand down the contour of her spine to rest low on the small of her back. ‘I don’t have to see you to admire you.’

The thought that the man was rather cheeky barely crossed her mind before he lifted her fingers to his lips and planted a warm kiss across the back of her knuckles. ‘I’m Edward. I’m from London. Clearly you’re not.’

The Initiation of Ms Holly is available now with Xcite Books, Amazon UK, Amazon USA and All Romance eBooks!


Curious about K D Grace?
Visit her website and blog: http://kdgrace.co.uk

Monday, March 14, 2011

I Vant To Suck Your Blood...

I'm guest blogging over on Fangtastic Books today! C'mon over and see my post about the challenge of naming characters.

Vampires! These iconic creatures of the undead are a part of our mainstream culture. There seems to be no end to their rising popularity in films, books, video games and more. I love the myth and lore behind these blood-sucking creatures too, but I can't say I'd enjoying being bit.

I know...I know, in most cases the vampire bites you in an act of seduction, but have you ever had someone bite you on the neck? I have and it tickles like hell and it feels so unnerving almost borderline disturbing. I can't imagine fangs actually piercing my skin!

I've been reading JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and Lara Adrian's Breed series and both describe a feeling of peace even sexual arousal once the vampire begins to feed. It would be just getting past that initial bite. I guess that's why most vampires are depicted as sexy, virile (despite being undead) hotties.

Sexy vampires get women willing and ready for their bite and and anything else they want too. I'm still not sure I'd let any of them bite me. I'd just laugh and then scream when the fangs pierced my neck and I'm sure that'd break the mood.

I only picked a few vampire hotties to share on here today...would you let one of these or any other fanged creature bite you?
Recognize this guy? I'll admit I'd consider letting him me bite me in this pic.
Luke Goss (hottie above) playing Nomak in Blade 2.
Definitely can't forget about these two!
Hmm...a nice vampire menage does come to mind.
And of course, I couldn't leave Robert Pattinson out!
Whose bite worthy?


Coming up on Simply Sexy Stories:
K D Grace's Interview
Exclusive sneak peek from Doll, my BDSM Lust Bite coming April 25th with Total E-Bound!



Friday, March 11, 2011

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Simply Sexy Stories Welcomes Robin Badillo!

NG: I’m welcoming author Robin Badillo today on Simply Sexy Stories! Let's jump right in! What genre(s) do you write and why?

RB: I write paranormal romance and mostly deal with vampires. I do have a short story being published in a couple of months that’s a contemporary romance set in Texas, and have a couple mainstream romances in my “need to be polished” file that I hope to submit soon, but for now, I’m sticking with the vampires.

NG: Describe your writing process...careful plotter, laid back pantster or combination of both?

RB: For me, a story will just come to me as a conversation between two characters, then begins to unravel in my mind until a general story plays out in my head. I have a mental picture of the plot and just start writing. The details just sort of evolve as I go along. Technically that makes me a pantster. As far as accuracy with some of the details, well that requires research, but still it occurs as needed as the plot develops.

NG: Why are you drawn to vampires?

RB: Mmmm, vampires are sexy. I love the romantic notion of the dangerous liaisons when love hinges on the edge between life and death and no one is immune to fate or the path destiny has chosen.

NG: Out of all the vampire movies/tv shows which vampire is your favorite and why?

RB: I love me some Damon Salvatore played by Ian Somerhalder from the WB’s Vampire Diaries! He’s a bad, bad boy and I like him that way.

But, truly, I think it’s because he’s broken and I have this uncontrollable desire to fix him.

NG: What do you 'see' more clearly the setting or characters in your stories?

RB: The characters hands down. After they’re in my head, then they start to tell me where they’re from and where they want to be. It’s my job to get them there.

NG: What are you reading right now?

RB: Currently, I am hopping around. When I have a chance to read, I try to change up the genre. So one day when I turn my Kindle on, I may be reading some action packed erotic romance, and the next time I may choose something sweet. Honestly, I would give anything just to be a stronger reader so I could finish a book in one sitting and get through my ever growing TBR list.

NG: What are you working on for the 2011?

RB: 2011 is a whirlwind year already…and we’re barely three months in. I have made a decision to complete the current WIP for my publisher which will finish up the Blood Hunter Trilogy, and then dedicate myself to polishing those other manuscripts that have been filed away for nearly a year now. I am vowing not to start writing a new book until the ones I already have written are in a publishing queue somewhere, in line to be unleashed into the world. I owe it to them and myself to give them a shot at being loved.

NG: Excellent goal Robin! Let's talk about your latest release Blood Hunter-The Beginning. In five sentences or less, share what The Beginning is about.

RB: In a nutshell, Blood Hunter-The Beginning is about a vendetta woven from the threads of deceit and a young man’s guilt over the tragic loss of both his parents all in the same day. Boy meets girl… girl is a vampire… boys life is turned upside down, but not before love finds its way into their hearts and changes their worlds forever. The story offers a new twist on “Love Thy Enemy.”

NG: What inspired you to pen this sexy tale?

RB: Raven Price, a vampire, appeared to me one day, standing all alone in a dark forest while she stalked a deer. From there, every move she made, I saw.
A little while later, somewhere in the very same forest, a human, Thorne Abbott, called to me and so his story began to take shape as well. Their love sprang up one page at a time, until they had come full circle and told their tale. I was just along for the ride.

NG: Describe the heroine and hero in three words.

RB: Raven: Spunky, flawed, honest
Thorne: Well intentioned, loyal, determined

NG: Give me three reasons readers will love Blood Hunter-The Beginning.

RB: I think readers will enjoy this book because it’s a story fuelled by raw emotions and offers all the elements of true romance. There’s action, lies, betrayal and of course some pretty awesome sex. But most of all, it’s a story about betting your heart when you have nothing left to lose.

NG: The Beginning sounds amazing! Anything else you'd like to share?

RB: I would like to thank all of my readers for staying loyal and for encouraging me to write more. If it weren’t for them all of this hard work wouldn’t mean a thing. Thank you all!!!

NG: Robin, thank you so much for stopping by Simply Sexy Stories!

Blurb: When loving your enemy comes with a price so steep, you have to bet your heart just to stay in the game.

For thirty years, Raven Prince has lived just fine with no mate and no hassles. The carefree vampire, happy to be the odd-girl-out in a small, close-knit coven, lusts for one thing and one thing only—human blood. The more handsome the snack, the happier she is.

Thorne Abbott, on the other hand, only has a taste for the blood of the vampire that savagely murdered his father eleven years before. The determined human won’t rest until that craving is satisfied, even if it means getting himself killed in the process.

A sexy game of pool in a small town bar throws a wrench in both of their plans and ignites a flame so hot, neither could have extinguished even if they wanted to.
The hunter and the hunted battle with themselves and each other as passion, love and a quest for truth sends them on a deadly mission that’s sure to either destroy them…or set them free.

Can lovers from different worlds manage to see past their differences, or are there good reasons why the two species should never unite?

Will it be friend or foe that goes bump in the night?

Caution! Steamy Excerpt Below:
Thorne’s face burned hot as he left her standing in the doorway. He galloped down the stairs and returned to the kitchen. Without a second thought, he poured himself a tall glass of bourbon. What in the hell am I doing?

The burn warmed his throat as he gulped down two more glasses. His nerves were just about shot. The thoughts that plagued him were about to drive him crazy. He couldn’t get the image of Raven standing under a stream of hot steaming water out of his head. Her dark hair falling in her face, her full ruby lips, plump and soft, kept his mind enthralled somewhere it never should have been.

She couldn’t be anything more than a pawn in his quest for justice. She was a vampire and he wasn’t. Falling into the same trap his father had, would only destroy him and what was left of his family. Raven was beautiful, there was no doubt about it, but she wasn’t human and there was no way around that.

No matter what his imagination conjured up, Thorne had to fight it as hard as he could. A viper took in his father and although certain Raven was nothing like that, she was what she was.

He tried to convince himself the road he chose was for the best. He gripped the counter firmly. This attraction to her is nothing, and I can get through the next several days just fine.

“Your soups boiling over,” Raven called out from behind him.

Thorne jumped at the unexpected sound of her voice.

“Oh crap!” he exclaimed as he yanked the hot lid off the Dutch oven. He hissed as the handle burned the palm of his hand. He dropped it and it clanked loudly as it bounced onto the floor.

Raven flew to his side and grabbed his hand. In an instant, she held it under a cold stream of water in the sink.

Thorn winced from the pain that seared across his palm.

“It’s not too bad.” She lifted his hand closer to her face and examined it closely. Rather maternally, as if by instinct, she softly pressed her lips to the burn, gently kissing it.

Thorne froze as her pursed lips touched his skin. Her cool mouth soothed the burn instantly. She looked up at him and with a slow motion, extended her tongue and softly licked the burn. A cold rush rippled across the injury and all pain immediately subsided.

“What—What did you do?” he whispered in disbelief.

“It’s all better now,” she replied still holding his hand close to her mouth.

Thorne, captivated by her touch, pulled his hand back just enough to skim his index finger across her bottom lip, and then slowly slipped it into her pink cool mouth. He held his breath.

Raven’s tongue wrapped around it as she intently stared into his eyes.

Thorne ran his finger along the edge of her teeth until he found the point where her fangs would slip down. He studied her reaction.

Raven closed her eyes. Her tongue slid farther down his finger and she moaned, as she tasted him. Slowly, her pristine white fangs dropped from their hiding place above her gum-line.

Thorne ran his finger over the tip of the razor sharp canine, fascinated. How would they feel gliding across his skin? He inhaled deeply to slow the blood which rushed quickly to his groin, and aroused him even more with each erotic thought.
Raven moved her mouth back and caused his finger to drop to her lip. Her eyes glowed silver, just as he’d seen them change the night he met her.

“Careful,” she warned softly.

He held his breath for what felt like an eternity, the instant she spoke, he rapidly snapped back to reality and exhaled. He jolted back awkwardly, and felt overwhelmed by his sensual behavior as the tight bulge in his jeans tingled with desire.

“Don’t do that,” she whispered.

“Do what?” He asked so quietly he almost hadn’t heard himself speak.

“Don’t stop.”

He stared at her for a long moment, and then backed away. His chest pounded as he gazed down at her. She was truly irresistible.

Raven stood before him wrapped only in a towel. The cloth pinched under her daintily feminine arms and draped loosely at the upper most point of her thigh. She was a vision. Every inch of her was as delicate as a flower and she smelled sweeter than anything he’d ever known.

“I want you so bad, I can almost taste it.” Did he actually say that aloud? Had he lost his mind?

“Now you know how my week has been.” She smiled.

Blood Hunter-The Beginning is available now with Devine Destinies!
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Author Bio:
I live in a small Texas town and the mother of four nearly grown kids ranging from thirteen to eighteen. Two boys, two girls.

I’ve always loved reading, but never really had the time to sit down and do a lot of it. In fact, I probably read more now than I ever had before.

I love movies of all genres, classics and westerns included. I am an action fan, and love a good mystery or thriller. I thrive on the shock factor of ‘who done its’ and really enjoy it when the good guys win.

I’m not the stereotypical writer with a stubborn, fluffy cat, who listens adamantly to my ramblings. But, I do have a mutt named Maxie, who provides comical relief and even gives me headaches from time to time.

I am enjoying stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing the envelope on the stories I write and hope that my readers are just as thrilled as I am with the chances I take. After all, without them, there is no reason to write.

Still curious about Robin Badillo?
Check out her website: http://www.robinbadillo.com and

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hearts & Diamonds Release Party!

Diamonds, Danger & Desire...
Hearts & Diamonds will make your pulse race!

I invite you to lose yourself in Nia and Quin's story!
You'll love my sexy alpha hero and his steely resolve to protect Nia...
and you'll get swept away in their journey of passion!
I guarantee these two characters will jump off the pages as you race to reach the end!

Enjoy another exclusive sneak peek from
Hearts & Diamonds you'll only see here!

******

“Do you have anyone who can stay with you tonight?” Quin asked as if reading her mind.

“I’ll be okay.” A valiant lie, but what else could she say? Oh, please Mr. Agentman don’t leave me alone, I’m awfully frightened.

“Are you sure?”

“Positive.” She pulled on her gloves and offered a bright smile. “Thanks for bringing me home.”

Quin nodded. “You’re welcome. I’ll walk you up to the door.”

His gaze flicked to her lips or was it her imagination?

“That’s not necessa—” She shook her head as he got out of the car.

Chivalry wasn’t dead after all.

He opened her door and she took his hand, carefully stepping in the snow. She turned once they reached her front door. “Thanks again for everything.”

“I’m just glad you’re safe.”

Nia stared into his warm brown eyes and was surprised to feel tears fill her own. On impulse she hugged him…really hugged him. She released a tight breath as his arms wrapped around her and she inhaled the scent of his subtle sexy cologne. He felt so strong, so warm and so damn good, she didn’t want to let go.

Shocked by her own behaviour, she jerked away with a nervous chuckle. “Goodnight, Quin.”

He tilted his chin down at her, his expression unreadable. “Goodnight, Nia. Be sure to lock up.”

“Oh, I will.” She turned away from him and opened the door, saddened by the seemingly finality of their chance encounter as it closed behind her.

Would she ever see him again?

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