Interview With Suz deMello

By Cynthia Sax on September 24, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with Suz deMello for a short interview. Today we’ll be talking about Temptation in Tartan, a vampire erotic romance.


Cynthia Sax: Where did you get the idea for Temptation in Tartan?

Suz deMello: I wrote Temptation in Tartan due to the success of a previous short story. I sold Highland Vampire to Spice Briefs, where it did well. So I wanted to capitalize on that success by writing another vampire tale set in the Scottish Highlands, but I had a problem: HV is a contemporary, and I just couldn’t see writing futuristic Scottish vampires. So I decided to write a prequel set in the 18th century.

Cynthia Sax: Where is Temptation in Tartan set?

Suz deMello: Temptation in Tartan is set in 1747 Scotland, a few years after the disastrous defeat of the Highlanders at Culloden Moor. The aftermath of that battle saw the destruction of the clan-based way of life that had prevailed in the Highlands for centuries. The wearing of tartan and ownership of weapons of war were prohibited, and punishments severe.

Further acts against Scots called “The Clearances”—which literally cleared the land of its inhabitants, their homes and flocks, often using fire as a weapon—killed many and drove still more to overseas havens, including the USA. The Highlands have never recovered their old population level or traditional way of life.

So at that time, Scotland was not merely exciting, but threatening. The story in Temptation in Tartan is based on those historical events, most especially the arranged marriage between Kieran, Laird Kilborn, and Lydia Swann Williston, who is related to Sassenach military in charge of the Highlands. Kier knows that marrying the wealthy widow will safeguard his clan as well as provide needed resources.

One of my favorite lines from the story is based on this situation, when Kieran tells Lydia, “I betrothed with ye for yer money, but after we met, I married ye for purely carnal reasons.


Cynthia Sax: Does a character in Temptation in Tartan have a secret? What is it?

Suz deMello: LOL, Kieran and the rest of Clan Kilburn have a very big secret indeed, one that they’re trying to keep from Lady Lydia. When eavesdropping, Lydia hears a snippet that describes this secret:

“But have ye told Lady Lydia? About him, about us?”

“Are ye mad?” Kier answered the castle’s steward. “She was affrighted enough on the way here.”

“Aye, I heard aboot it. Ye doonae think she’s suspicious of a man who ripped off the head of his enemy and drank his blood?”

Kieran laughed bitterly. “At least she doesnae suspect the truth. I doubt she’s ever heard the word vampire.”

Lydia strained her ears. She thought her husband said something like “vespers,” but didn’t understand what evening prayers had to do with a secret her husband was keeping from her. Was it a Gaelic word she didn’t yet understand?


Cynthia Sax: Is Temptation in Tartan a series and will you be writing more stories in this series?


Suz deMello:
Yes, this book is part of a series dubbed “Highland Vampires.” Right now it consists of three novels and two short stories. I project another novel and another shortie before I’m done, and the series will trace the vampire clan from its advent to its end, some eight centuries.

Find the list of works in this series here:

http://www.suzdemello.com/highlandvampireseries.html

Thank you, Suz deMello, for joining us today!

Suz deMello’s Website: http://www.suzdemello.com

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She had to marry a monster…

Rumors had followed the chieftains of Clan Kilborn for centuries. Said to be descended from the Viking Berserkers, they were ferocious in battle, known for tearing off the heads of their enemies and drinking their blood.

But English noblewoman Lydia Swann Williston would marry Kieran, Laird Kilborn, to bring peace to the Kilborn lands after the horror of Culloden and the brutal pacification. A widow, she also brought needed wealth to Clan Kilborn. For her part, eighteen-year-old Lydia wanted children. With her husband killed at Culloden, she would make a new life in the Highlands.

The old chieftain of Clan Kilborn also died in battle, and she hoped that the new young Laird would lack his ancestors’ ferocity.

She was wrong.

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Interview With Sayara St. Clair

By Cynthia Sax on August 18, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with Sayara St. Clair for a short interview. Sayara St. Clair’s latest release is Hurt Me, Heal Me, a Contemporary erotic romance with BDSM.


Cynthia Sax: What makes Paul, your hero, so freakin’ sexy?

Sayara St. Clair: God, where do I start? Let’s see…

Okay I’m going to be shallow and start with Paul’s looks. He’s tall, built and rugged.

He has:

a) Shoulder length hair you can tangle your fingers in.

b) Electric blue eyes you can get lost in.

c) Iliac furrows you just want to lick for a day.

As a landscape designer running his own business, he’s clever and creative. He also gets outside and works hard with his crew (I’m imagining he does this without a shirt on). And now I’ve totally lost the plot. Ummm…yes… What I’m trying to say is that being clever, creative and good with his hands also translates to other areas of his life.

Paul is a Dom and in addition to being all stern and commanding, he can be caring and loving and he also has a great sense of humor. He loves to play—in every sense of the word.

He’s very skilled in the art of Shibari. He loves tying his woman up in intricate bondage and teasing her to within an inch of her life.

And last but not least, he has a southern accent and a deep, gravelly voice with which to speak it.

So to sum up; big, strong, handsome, stern, smart, funny, caring, loving, rough-round-the –edges, deep-talking, rope-toting Texan Dom.

Yeah baby!

Cynthia Sax: What is your favorite line from Hurt Me, Heal Me?

Sayara St. Clair: “Come on, Snowy,” he growled in a deep voice. “It’s high time I got some body fluids all over you.”

Firstly I have to point out that my heroine’s name is actually Caitlin, not Snowy. But I love this particular line because it’s said in a scene where Paul and Caitlin are involved in a bit of playful verbal sparring. In the scene, they’re just learning about each other’s sense of humor. I like to think of it as “stroking each other’s funny bones.” I also like it because Caitlin (who’s had quite a difficult past) is finally coming out of herself and seeing that it’s perfectly okay to tease your Dom a little.


Cynthia Sax: What creates conflict between Caitlin and Paul?

Sayara St. Clair: The main conflict stems from the fact that Caitlin has been trained by a sadistic Master to orgasm only while experiencing extreme pain. She longs for things she’s never experienced with a lover, things like love, tenderness and care. Paul can give her everything she’s always longed for, however it’s impossible for him to hurt her the way that she needs.

It’s devastating for Caitlin to think of turning away from what she’s ached for all her life. And from Paul’s perspective, as a Dom who wants to give his woman everything she needs, it just tears him apart.


Cynthia Sax: Is Hurt Me, Heal Me part of a series and will you be writing more stories in this series?


Sayara St. Clair:
Yes. Hurt Me, Heal Me is part of the Dante’s Purgatory series. It’s the first book in the series and I’m currently working on book number two. Well, I work on book two in the moments when the impatient characters from book three pipe down and give me a chance!

The element that ties all the books together, is the BDSM club called Dante’s Purgatory. And the next book will be the story of the club owner, the Italian Stallion, Dante Caffarelli.

Thank you, Sayara St. Clair, for joining us today!

Sayara St. Clair’s Website: http://www.sayarastclair.com

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Dante’s Purgatory, Book One

After the death of her Master, Caitlin Bennett discovers years of sadistic cruelty at his hands have made her a slave to pain. To orgasm, Caitlin needs the type of extreme agony few responsible Doms are willing to inflict, especially Doms like Paul Nelson. Offering nearly everything she craves, Paul’s perfect—except for his aversion to the whip.

Paul refuses to hurt Caitlin, instead attempting to retrain her with patience and trust. But the longer she suffers from a lack of release, the more she’s convinced her mind and body are irrevocably conditioned. And Paul has precious little time to convince her otherwise. Waiting in the wings is a newbie Dom determined to have Caitlin for his own…who’s learning the whip just for her.

She’ll soon have to choose—the man who can give her what she wants? Or the man who can give her what she needs?

Inside Scoop: Caitlin recalls scenes of abuse that could disturb the more tenderhearted.

A Romantica® BDSM erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Buy Now: http://www.amazon.com/Hurt-Me-Heal-Dantes-Purgatory-ebook/dp/B00MFQ6I62

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Interview With Kathy Kulig

By Cynthia Sax on July 23, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with Kathy Kulig for a short interview. Kathy Kulig’s latest release is Nightlord Lover, a sexy vampire menage erotic romance.


Cynthia Sax: What makes Garrick and Ramon so freakin’ sexy?

Kathy Kulig: There are two heroes in NIGHTLORD LOVER because this is a ménage story. Garrick can be described as the warrior vampire, a mysterious and muscular predator. And Ramon is the sorcerer vampire with special powers. He’s sleek and wild like a rock star. Both are strong and fierce when it comes to protecting and pursuing Larissa. They’re intent on claiming her, but not against her will. The only problem is, there are others who would claim her at any time, given the opportunity, even destroy her. Of course, Garrick and Ramon are hot, as vampires usually are.

Cynthia Sax: What is one thing you absolutely love about Nightlord Lover?

Kathy Kulig: I love the setting for this book. New Hope, PA. It’s a historical, colonial village along the Delaware River. There are many old homes, shops and restaurants here. It’s also known as one of the most haunted places in the world. I also like the magical element in this story and the symbiotic relationship mortal and immortals have that makes the town thrive until the rebels gets greedy.


Cynthia Sax: What is your favorite line from Nightlord Lover?

Kathy Kulig: A favorite line that comes to mind is in the opening paragraph. I plan to start this intro. paragraph for each book to set the tone. It’s the internal thoughts of one of the vampires from the New Hope Guild. I’ll let the readers see if they can guess who it is. The line is: “Eternal nights awaken the sensual hunger that drives me into the shadows, searching for the one to end the agony and fill the need.”


Cynthia Sax: Where did you get the idea for Nightlord Lover?


Kathy Kulig:
I’ve been to the real New Hope, PA many times and learned about the history, stayed in a couple bed and breakfasts (both claim to be haunted), and took the ghost tour. There truly is a hitchhiking ghost like I have in the story. I always felt it would be a great setting for a vamp story. While hubby and I stayed at one of the B & B’s, we learned about a hidden tunnel under this huge Victorian house that was built in the 1700s. The tunnel was part of the Underground Railroad that was used to rescue slaves and help them to freedom. This tunnel was found while the owners of the B & B decided to do some construction. They stopped the construction to preserve the tunnel.

The tunnel ran from a trap door beneath a gazebo in the yard to the basement of the house. As the writer, I thought what if there were dozens of tunnels like this all around the village connecting stores, businesses and homes? Vampires could travel underground in these tunnels during the day. And what if there was a tunnel that crossed beneath the Delaware River? In my story there is a council of vampire slayers who live in peace across the river. But not for long. All this musing created the beginning of Nightlord Lover

Thank you, Kathy Kulig, for joining us today!

Kathy Kulig’s Website: http://www.kathykulig.com

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Warrior vampire Garrick Labar guards the secrets of the Guild. His comrade–vampire and sorcerer Ramon Travere–enforces the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. When Larissa Devine moves into town, both Garrick and Ramon are mesmerized and enraptured by her. They crave to claim her as their crimson swan and lover. But a new arrival is fair game and if they don’t claim her first, a band of renegades will.

Larissa finds a blistering-hot ménage with her protectors too intoxicating to resist. The immortals can’t deny their sexual attraction for her and sense her blood pulsing hot and furious when they’re close. Erotic desires thrust her into a world of danger and seduction. When the renegade vampires attempt to destroy a hundred years of peace, Larissa is caught in the crossfire. Eternal love and carnal nights can be her future if she survives.

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Interview With Kate Hill

By Cynthia Sax on July 18, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with Kate Hill for a short interview. Kate Hill’s latest release is Storm Stallion, an erotic paranormal.


Cynthia Sax: What makes Ivan so freakin’ sexy?

Kate Hill: Other than being a handsome stud (he’s a shapeshifting winged centaur), Ivan is protective of those he loves. He enjoys taking care of others, especially the woman in his life. There’s nothing sexier than a guy who isn’t afraid to show love for his family and Ivan is definitely that kind of guy.

Cynthia Sax: Where did you get the idea for Storm Stallion?

Kate Hill: Ivan and Bala were secondary characters in Mystery Stallion. They appeared throughout the entire story, but didn’t actually meet each other until the end. After writing their first scene together, I knew I had to give them a story of their own.


Cynthia Sax: What makes Ivan and Bala right for each other?

Kate Hill: They both want the same things in a relationship. They love having a family life and they enjoy being together in the bedroom and out. Ivan and Bala truly love making a home for their daughter and each other.


Cynthia Sax: What creates problems between Ivan and Bala?


Kate Hill:
When Ivan and Bala first met, she had recently lost her first husband. Bala was prepared to follow him to an early grave, but Ivan literally swooped in and rescued her from a fiery death. Though for Ivan it was love at first sight, he didn’t push for romance because he knew Bala was still in love with her first husband. Eventually she realizes that she would like more than friendship with Ivan, but she is plagued by guilt about finding love a second time. To keep from hurting each other, they’re not completely honest about their feelings regarding her first husband and it strains their relationship. Only when danger strikes do they realize–possibly too late–the depth of their love for each other.

Thank you, Kate Hill, for joining us today!

Kate Hill’s Website: http://www.kate-hill.com

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From the moment Ivan rescued Bala from the inferno that wiped out her village, he has been in love with her. Knowing the young widow’s heart belongs to her husband who died from the Horseman Plague, he struggles to keep his passion for her a secret.

Bala is burdened by guilt over the lustful fantasies she’s been having about the handsome Fighting Carrier. When he surprises them both by asking her to marry him, she accepts. With Ivan she enjoys a sexual freedom she has never experienced before. Despite their love for each other, their marriage is threatened by the shadow of her first husband.

Ivan and Bala realize they’re meant to be together, but first they have to find their way back to each other.

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The Cocky Hero – Tryst Denied

By Cynthia Sax on July 16, 2014

Raff, the hero of Tryst Denied, is a handsome alien male. He knew there was a chance (a very slim chance but a chance) he’d find his one, his forever mate, while he was stationed on Earth and he wasn’t taking any risks. He chose the best human body he could, hoping his outer appearance would compensate for any shortcomings.

He then ensures everyone knows he’s ‘the best’ by telling them, as illustrated in this short excerpt

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“You’re not real,” she said, trying to convince herself.

“I understand why you’d think so.” The Orogone straightened, his chest puffing out. “I am a handsome son of a bitch.” He grinned, displaying impossibly perfect straight white teeth. “But I’m all real.” He waved his free hand over his body as though he was a possible prize in a game show. “And I’m all yours.”

Tawania’s gaze dropped to the impressively large ridge in his dress pant. He was also all hard. She gulped, swallowing the lump of want, of need building in her throat. Did it matter that he didn’t exist? Her orgasm would be very real.

“I’m Raff,” he continued, not needing a response. “And you, my brown-eyed beauty, have the lucky distinction of being my One, the sole female I’m destined to spend my long life span with.”

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His cockiness, however, covers up feelings of insecurity, of not being good enough. Men who truly believe they’re ‘the best’ don’t need to tell anyone. Raff tries too hard.

He also focuses on his appearance because he doesn’t think there’s much he can do about his core, about his souls. He hopes by making his outer self as perfect as possible, the female he’s destined to love for a lifetime will forgive his character flaws.

Ironically, by over compensating, he looks even more flawed.

What do you like about the cocky hero?

Tawania sees aliens. She knows they’re not real. To avoid being locked up in an institution, she does what any functioning insane person would do—she ignores her imaginary intergalactic visitors. Only one tall sexy alien won’t be ignored. Raff’s heated touch scorches Tawania’s grip on reality. His kisses drive her to madness. He declares that she’s his destined mate. He also insists he’s real.

Raff, an Orogone warrior, is very much real. This handsome warrior has been sent to Earth to round up misbehaving off-worlders and he’s not accustomed to being ignored, especially not by a brown-eyed human female with the most kissable lips in fifteen galaxies. He has mere days to convince her to bond with him. Failure results in death.

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Interview With Madeline Pryce

By Cynthia Sax on July 11, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with Madeline Pryce for a short interview. Madeline Pryce’s latest release is Dark Secrets, a sexy Paranormal.


Cynthia Sax: How does Dark Secrets start?

Madeline Pryce: Dark Secrets picks up two months after the close of Dark Cravings where she was put through the ringer. The opening scene represents a culmination of events that finally pushes Ella over the edge…

A swirling mass of orange and red flames cut through the air, the sound of its approach deafening. I narrowed my gaze, shutting out everything except the firebomb hurling in my direction. Time slowed. Oxygen vaporized into thick, curling strands of smoke. Heat waves wrapped around the outside of the blazing inferno barreling ever closer.

I should be doing so many things right now. Years as a lethal killing machine afforded me the training I needed to protect myself. Ducking, phazing…hell, even something as simple as a side-shuffle to the left would have saved my ass.

Except I didn’t move. Instead, I had a complete and total what the fuck moment. Our routine training session had just taken a complete one-eighty in the wrong direction. Micah McGregor, my half-demon lover, had just thrown a fireball at my head. Holy crap. Since when had he been able to conjure flames out of thin-freakin’-air? Knowing he was a demon and actually seeing it were two very different things. Proof that his demonic powers were manifesting lay in the ribbons of black magic twisting from the starburst pattern embedded into his palm.

Cynthia Sax: Does a character in Dark Secrets have a secret?

Madeline Pryce: Dark Secrets – as the title indicates – is all about the secrets we keep from the ones we care about. Ella isn’t the only one withholding information. As the book unfolds – one secret after another is revealed, pulling the readers deeper into the plot and series arc.


Cynthia Sax: Is Dark Secrets a series and will you be writing more stories in this series?

Madeline Pryce: Dark Secrets is the second full-length book in the Dark series. The first book, Dark Cravings, released from Ellora’s Cave in Dec 2013. The main series follows Ella and Micah with some novella interludes for the side characters. There is also another spin off 3-book series contracted by Ellora’s Cave that will start publishing next year in 2015. One thing you can expect from the Dark series is pulse-pounding action, gritty action, witty dialogue and some smokin’ hot sex scenes.

Series Reading Order
Dark Cravings (#1 Ella/Micah – 85k)
Dark Innocence (#1.5 Hannah – 45k)
Dark Secrets (#2 Ella/Micah – 85k)
Dark Vengeance (#2.5 Castro – 45k) – release date coming soon!
Dark Promises (#3 Ella/Micah) – Spring 2015


Cynthia Sax: What one piece of advice would you give new writers?


Madeline Pryce:
This is a question I get a lot. The best thing any new writer can do is write. And read. Read tons and tons of fiction books, study the wording, how the sentences are constructed and what techniques the author uses to foreshadow and reveal the plot. The more you write, the more naturally it will come (most times, LOL). Next, get yourself a good critique partner – check out writing forms. The ability to take a critique and learn from it and use it to enhance your novel is a valuable skill. Don’t ever give up, just keep trying and writing.

Thank you, Madeline Pryce, for joining us today!

Madeline Pryce’s Website: http://madelinepryce.blogspot.com

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The worst moment of Micah’s life was when Ella nearly died in his arms. Her miraculous recovery should have been the start of their future. Unfortunately, a new demonic heritage, the Shadow Agency’s corruption and Julian, the vampire who turned Ella, are testing their relationship. Despite hotter-than-ever sex and a variety of new places and positions to explore, Micah begins to wonder if a relationship based on lust can survive for more than a few scorching-hot months.

Ella has forgiven, but not forgotten, the fact that Micah once plunged a dagger through her heart. Everything with Micah is passion, excitement and an uncontrollable desire to explore his body in a variety of very satisfying ways. But as buried secrets, ongoing lies and murderous deceptions pile up, Ella is reminded that she and Micah’s relationship was based on a curse. In order to forge a future together, Ella and Micah will have to face down their personal demons—and prove that love and trust are more than just words.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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http://www.ellorascave.com/dark-secrets.html

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Why Tryst Denied Isn’t an Interracial Romance

By Cynthia Sax on July 10, 2014

Readers have asked me why Tryst Denied isn’t classified as an interracial romance. Many readers believe Tawania, the heroine, is an African American. They believe Raff’s current form is Caucasian. If you look at these two beautiful people, you might think they were an interracial couple.

But they’re more than that. Raff is an Orogone. He’s, as Tawania calls him, an alien, not human, a different species. Technically, Tryst Denied is an interspecies romance.

I never address race because this couple has bigger challenges. They come from different planets, different galaxies. They’re being hunted by the savage Palavians and trying to simply survive. They’re not as concerned with the different color of their skin.

I also never address race. Period. In any of my stories. I never say a heroine or hero is African American or Caucasian or Asian. I mention their names and describe them in my stories. I also describe them to my publishers’ cover artists. Tryst Denied’s cover artist interpreted Tawania as looking like the woman on the cover. Other cover artists might have interpreted her a different way.

I do this because I don’t identify people in real life by race. When the hubby and I go to China, I see millions of different faces. They all look unique to me. Their coloring might be similar but their faces are one of a kind. My characters are as special. They’re all different, all unique, all more than the color of their skin.

Tawania sees aliens. She knows they’re not real. To avoid being locked up in an institution, she does what any functioning insane person would do—she ignores her imaginary intergalactic visitors. Only one tall sexy alien won’t be ignored. Raff’s heated touch scorches Tawania’s grip on reality. His kisses drive her to madness. He declares that she’s his destined mate. He also insists he’s real.

Raff, an Orogone warrior, is very much real. This handsome warrior has been sent to Earth to round up misbehaving off-worlders and he’s not accustomed to being ignored, especially not by a brown-eyed human female with the most kissable lips in fifteen galaxies. He has mere days to convince her to bond with him. Failure results in death.

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Tryst Denied Mentioned On USA Today Blog

By Cynthia Sax on June 29, 2014

Tryst Denied was mentioned on the USA Today Blog today!

Yay!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/06/27/hot-new-romance-novel-releases-june-2014/11416321/

Tawania sees aliens. She knows they’re not real. To avoid being locked up in an institution, she does what any functioning insane person would do—she ignores her imaginary intergalactic visitors. Only one tall sexy alien won’t be ignored. Raff’s heated touch scorches Tawania’s grip on reality. His kisses drive her to madness. He declares that she’s his destined mate. He also insists he’s real.

Raff, an Orogone warrior, is very much real. This handsome warrior has been sent to Earth to round up misbehaving off-worlders and he’s not accustomed to being ignored, especially not by a brown-eyed human female with the most kissable lips in fifteen galaxies. He has mere days to convince her to bond with him. Failure results in death.

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Tryst Denied Releases

By Cynthia Sax on June 25, 2014

Tawania sees aliens. She knows they’re not real. To avoid being locked up in an institution, she does what any functioning insane person would do—she ignores her imaginary intergalactic visitors. Only one tall sexy alien won’t be ignored. Raff’s heated touch scorches Tawania’s grip on reality. His kisses drive her to madness. He declares that she’s his destined mate. He also insists he’s real.

Raff, an Orogone warrior, is very much real. This handsome warrior has been sent to Earth to round up misbehaving off-worlders and he’s not accustomed to being ignored, especially not by a brown-eyed human female with the most kissable lips in fifteen galaxies. He has mere days to convince her to bond with him. Failure results in death.

Buy Now At Ellora’s Cave: http://www.ellorascave.com/tryst-denied.html

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The bells above the door rang a warning and the small hairs on the back of Tawania’s neck lifted, her nipples growing taut under her rose-colored camisole. She turned her head and sucked in her breath.

A tall man with golden skin, golden hair and the most chiseled chin she’d ever seen stood in the doorway. He wore dark sunglasses, an expensive black leather coat, black pants and a royal blue silk shirt. Standing with his legs braced apart, he slid one of his fingerless-glove-clad hands into his coat.

And extracted a gun.

The woman with the bad weave screamed. The burly man in front of Tawania dropped to the dirty tiled floor. The armed newcomer pressed the trigger, a blue beam of energy shot from the muzzle, and everything went still and quiet. The woman’s sparkly phone floated in the air. The man on the floor posed with his hands reached out to cover his head. The horrible music stopped.

Holy shit. Tawania stared at the stranger, frozen with uncertainty, not knowing what to do or say or how to react.

He removed a fancy handheld device from his jacket’s pocket and studied the glowing screen. “A 9-1-1 call originated from the payphone outside of this store on May tenth. There was a complaint about an alien with blue and red eyes. Who made that call?”

Oh God. Tawania took a step backward. I made that call. He must be from the FBI. Only they would have fancy weapons similar to the gun he carried.

“F-f-fuck y-y-you, Orogone.” Mr. Lee, the owner of the convenience store, hung, suspended in the air, his body shaking. In mere seconds, he’d somehow grown a long pointed beard and obtained two more arms.

Phones are floating. Mr. Lee has four arms. Tawania exhaled. She wasn’t being sent to jail. She was going insane.

The stranger returned the handheld to his pocket. “There’s no need to be hostile, Palavian. My target is a human female, not you.” He removed his sunglasses and clipped them to his collar. Blue and red flames flared in his dark eyes.

Tawania smothered her groan. She’d invented another being, an Orogone, belonging to the same alien species as Willa.

And this imaginary man was searching for her. When she’d returned to her apartment and found a strange angry woman there, Tawania had run out of the building and made the 9-1-1 call from the store’s payphone. Being a product of her overactive brain, he’d know that.

“W-w-why w-w-would I help you, Orogone?” Mr. Lee spat, acting very feisty for a man unable to move.

“Because you’re on Earth illegally and I hear Palavia isn’t very pleasant during this part of the solar cycle.” The sexy stranger rubs his space gun against his chest. “Either tell me where she is or—“

“Or you’ll do nothing.” Tawania stepped out of the line, losing patience with this alien shakedown fantasy. “Because you’re not real.” She stomped toward Mr. Lee and plunked the bag of sugar on the counter, loosening the contained mass. White crystals skittered across the surface, sparkling under the fluorescent lights. “I want to pay for this.”

Tawania glanced at the candy display. “And this.” She grabbed the box of chocolate-covered peanuts and set it beside the sugar.

“Well, hello, sweetness,” the Orogone male drawled.

Tawania rolled her eyes as she searched through her tote for her wallet. “Is that the best pick up line my brain could produce?”

Mr. Lee sniggered. The Orogone male grumbled words she didn’t understand. Mr. Lee laughed again. A second beam of blue light hit him and his laughter stopped. He vibrated in the air, the contours of his body blurring and then he disappeared from view, leaving an empty space where he once was.

“Hey, I haven’t paid for my purchases yet.” Tawania turned her head, met the Orogone’s gaze, and she sucked in her breath, her body humming with awareness. He was a male worthy of her wildest, most erotic fantasies, tall and handsome, oozing with confidence and sex appeal, intriguing laughter lines creasing the tanned skin around his unusual eyes.

“Mr. Lee doesn’t need your precious money, love.” His low baritone deepened even more, curling her fingers and toes. She could wake up to those deep tones. Tawania wiggled. Hell, she could come to that voice, shrieking “yes, yes, yes” at the top of her lungs.

What am I thinking? “You’re not real,” she said, trying to convince herself.

“I understand why you’d think so.” The Orogone straightened, his chest puffing out. “I am a handsome son of a bitch.” He grinned, displaying impossibly perfect straight white teeth. “But I’m all real.” He waved his free hand over his body as though he was a possible prize in a game show. “And I’m all yours.”

Tawania’s gaze dropped to the impressively large ridge in his dress pant. He was also all hard. She gulped, swallowing the lump of want, of need building in her throat. Did it matter that he didn’t exist? Her orgasm would be very real.

“I’m Raff,” he continued, not needing a response. “And you, my brown-eyed beauty, have the lucky distinction of being my One, the sole female I’m destined to spend my long life span with.”

He slid the muzzle of his gun over his right pectoral muscle, scratching his leather-clad skin. In her elaborate fantasy world, as explained by Willa, the mark on an Orogone’s chest would heat when he found her One, his forever mate.

“Of course, I’m your One.” Tawania expected to be the star in her own make believe world and she’d fabricated this perfect man to play her faithful lover. Orogones never cheated on their mates.

Unlike every human man she’d ever met.

“Doctor Chartwell would tell me that you’re the manifestation of my need for true and lasting love.” Tawania perused Raff leisurely from his carefully styled spiky blond hair to his polished black leather shoes. His shoulders were impossibly wide, his waist narrow, his muscles defined.

Hot damn, I have a great imagination.

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Interview With Tina Donahue

By Cynthia Sax on June 25, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with Tina Donahue for a short interview. Tina Donahue’s latest release is Taking Eve, an Erotic paranormal – past life regression – with BDSM elements.


Cynthia Sax: What excites you about Taking Eve?

Tina Donahue: I’ve had this idea in my head for a long time about a contemporary woman who willingly engaged in bondage and submission in a previous life. I love the back and forth between the present and the past. How the hero and heroine’s passion endured throughout time. I always want to keep readers turning the pages, and by moving from the present to the past and back again, I found myself eager to learn what happens next.

Cynthia Sax: What is your favorite line from Taking Eve?

Tina Donahue: I know you…you know me.

Faith is thinking this as the story begins when she sees Colin for the first time. In their former lives she was Eve and he was Anthony, the noble Master she craves. Before their eyes meet, you can feel the tension within her. She senses he’s her lover from times past. Then when their gazes finally touch that thought – I know you…you know me is in her mind. Very powerful.


Cynthia Sax: Where does Taking Eve start?

Tina Donahue: I like to begin my stories with a solid hook. In the case of Taking Eve I had to begin the narrative in the present and let Colin, who’s a hypnotherapist specializing in past-life regression, lead Faith to the past. I began the story as Faith has reached his office. She’s seen his pictures in advertisements and realizes he’s the man she’s been dreaming about. This sets the stage for their current attraction and the question of what happened the first time they were lovers.


Cynthia Sax: Where is Taking Eve set?


Tina Donahue:
During her past life regressions, Faith returns to Victorian England, a hidden manor referred to as the House of Lords. There nobles bid on and take her each night. The setting is opulent, the activities smoking hot.

Thank you, Tina Donahue, for joining us today!

Tina Donahue’s Website: http://www.tinadonahue.com/

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A willing slave to possession, punishment, pleasure…

Dreams of a manor where submission and dominance once ruled draw Faith to hypnotherapist Colin Danes. Potently virile, he looks remarkably like her most cherished master from a past life. Desire smolders in his eyes, proving he’s never forgotten her.

Their carnal dance continues in the present and leads to their past when she was known as Eve. Through hypnotherapy, Colin brings her back to the Victorian era, a hidden estate where she eagerly submits to whatever he and her other noble masters crave.

The exquisite discipline of the strap. Being bid on and mounted each night. Displayed and used for the enjoyment of all.

Most will take her. One will try to imprison her. Only he will be her true master in that life and this.

Inside scoop: Faith’s paranormal journey takes her to a time of debauchery, including many voyeuristic, some male/male encounters. Faith’s past life encounters also contain some reluctant consent situations.

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