The Next Big Thing
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The next big thing

When my friend Marjorie Brody tagged me to be part of this blog I jumped at the chance to do something with her. Marjorie and I have been friends since I first joined SARA (San Antonio Romance Authors) in 2004. (Wow! That’s a lotta years!).

I have been so privileged to be part of her writing process, to be in the critique group that saw elegant ideas turn into exciting novels.

The writing journey is a long and difficult one, filled with frustration and self-doubts, and so many times we sit at our computers and wonder why we put ourselves through this torture. I am happy to say Marjorie never quit, and this spring TWISTED, a psychological thriller, will be released this spring. I promise you it will grab you from the first page and never let go. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss it. April 2013. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

The Next Big Thing: NAILED

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Both my son and son-in-law are in the construction business and my daughter is in real estate. She’s always talking about the hunks walking around with their tool belts and their egos, but she also talks about the business side of it, the money details, the contracts, all the little nitty gritty stuff most people don’t think about it. I thought it would be great to do a series about three brothers, each of whom has a specialty—business, architecture and engineering. Nailed is about Tyler McMann, the engineer looking for a soul mate.

What genre does your book fall under? 

Nailed is an erotic romance focusing on the complexities of a BDSM relationship. So many people misunderstand what it’s all about and they particularly overlook the key ingredient that makes it work—trust. I wanted people to understand it’s about a lot more than sex. It’s about really connecting emotionally.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 

Wow. Well, the heroine, in her persona as Flame, is a willowy exotic redhead with green cat’s eyes so either Bryce Dallas Howard The Help) or Julianne Moore (Magnolia). Dakota Fanning looks like Sarah’s eighteen-year-old confidant. I’d love to have Thure Reifenstein of Dark Blue World. He’s Tyler McMann come to life.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

Tyler McMann wants a permanent relationship with the perfect sub, but Flame is hiding secrets the restrict their relationship to one hour at a time.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

Neither. It’s  being released by Ellora’s Cave who took a chance on my six years ago. It’s been a truly happy marriage since then.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

Nailed is a novella, so three weeks for the first draft then another to revise, fix, revise. I write about six hours a day so the words come pretty fast. 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 

I like to think I have the same emotional punch and impact as Joey Hill, especially her Natural Law and Knights of the Boardroomseries.  Cherise Sinclair is another author who is outstanding in this genre. And of course, Sylvia Day with her new series.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 

I have to say Joey Hill first inspired me not only to write erotic romance but to explore the world of BDSM. She write truly the most emotional, the most beautiful erotic love stories on the market today. Her books are the ones that made me understand the complexities of such relationships and why they are so intense and long-lasting.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 

I hope people will be interested‑curious‑enough to test the waters of erotic romance, if they haven’t already, and the world of BDSM. It’s a misunderstood lifestyle and I think people will be really surprised if they take a chance on reading about it.

Thank you for reading about my NEXT BIG THING. Please check out Marjorie Brody and read about her next big think, am amazing psychological thriller titled Twisted.

Who doesn’t want a Return to Love?
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Return to Delight

Harley June Baker left Delight thinking never to return, but when circumstances draw her back to this tiny town and straight into Cooper’s strong arms, she knows she’s in deep trouble. The man she’d loved and left behind is now one sexy devil-in-denim and hotter than a Texas summer night. With his every wicked touch throwing her senses into overdrive, how could any sane woman resist?

Cooper Dobbs is a man on a mission. He let Harley get away once, but never again. Knowing it’s time to burn up some sheets with the delectable woman, Cooper plies her with a raw, savage passion that threatens to incinerate them both. It’s gonna take plenty of panty-drenching sex and a fair amount of sweet-talkin’ to make Harley his, but Cooper reckons he’s up to the challenge.

Return of the Daredevil  

Scrumptious scoundrel. Daredevil T Dobbs, the sexiest cowboy to ever walk the streets of Delight, Texas, headed out of town, taking Melanie Honeycutt’s heart with him. But now he’s back and hotter than ever. Trust him? Her head says no but her body has other ideas.

Stubborn woman. She was the girl T never forgot and the woman he yearns for in the deepest part of his heart. But what’s a man to do when she doesn’t believe he’s home for good? T knows his way around dangerous curves, and Mel’s are hot enough to burn a man. He figures it’ll take a slow hand and some downright smokin’-hot sex to melt her reserve but he’s definitely up for the challenge.

Title holders need not apply
Sunday, November 18th, 2012

And why not? We find out with today’s guest, Sorcha Mowbray. Hi, Sorcha. Welcome. So tell us, can love really be redeemed? In the second book of The Market Series, Love Redeemed, I tell the story of two non-titled people. Granted it is not a below stairs romance, he is a wealthy textiles importer and she is a high-class prostitute, but neither has a title nor do they come from titled lineage. Brennan Whitling is a self-made man who has built his business from the ground up. He has worked hard to establish himself and continues to do so. While wealthy, he is still susceptible to fluctuations in business. Serena Freemont is the daughter of a prostitute. Since her mother worked in a bawdy house, her father could have been anyone from a drunken sailor in port for a few hours to a member of the peerage. But, nobody knows. A survivor, she made her way into one of the better brothels and was soon discovered by Madame Marchander who offered her a position at The Market. Brennan and Serena meet by chance in the equalizing arena of a public street. This venue allows certain preconceived notions to take hold and cause problems later. It is the lack of any title that makes the whole relationship possible. Not to say it would be easy for either of them, but it is far more realistic than if Brennan had been a peer. Personally, I love a historical romance with a Lord and Lady. But, I also enjoy untitled scenarios, too. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever read a below stairs romance. I’ve seen Lords chasing maids and Ladies seducing footmen, but no real below stairs romance. ( I really wanted to put action there, but I kept giggling.) I have read a few that centered on non-titled main characters…there was a good one with an actress and the owner of a gaming hell. I think it was by Jane Feather, maybe? What I like about this scenario is the lack of restrictions on the commoners. Though still bound to some degree by society’s strictures, they often have much greater leeway. Strangely, in a below stairs romance they characters may have even more restrictions on them than titled characters. They must live up to the expectations of their employers a well as contending with the strict hierarchy of the servants’ household. It would be a challenge, for me, to write a romance within those confines with any credibility or success. Got any recommendations? It doesn’t have to be an erotic romance either! Just a well written below stairs or commoner romance. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pintrest | GoodReads | Kindlegraph Love Redeemed Blog Tour & Giveaway: At each stop of the blog tour I will give away a copy of Love Revealed (Book 1) of the series. At the end of the 11 day tour a grand prize of a $25 All Romance eBook (ARe) store gift card and one copy of my back list will be given away to one lucky winner. Rules (Cause you know there have to be rules!) 1. Winners of the individual blog stops will not be eligible to win the grand prize 2. One comment per stop will be eligible for the drawings (so be sure to answer my questions!) 3. The contest is open internationally 4. Commenters must include an email so they can be contacted 5. Any prize not claimed within 48hrs will be subject to forfeiture and a new winner drawn Love Redeemed (Book 2, The Market Series) Brennan Whitling wants for nothing but the love of a good woman. He has a close family, good friends, and a successful textiles import business. But, a beautiful and elusive young woman he has only seen from afar haunts him. Until a chance meeting leads to far more than dinner. Serena Freemont has only ever known the life of a prostitute. When an invitation to dinner by a handsome gentleman provides her an opportunity to experience life as a young lady, it’s too tempting to pass up. Much like the man issuing it. After a night of passion she must disappear or face his reaction when the truth is revealed. To find happiness Serena must shed her past long enough to realize she is worthy of a future. To win her heart, Brennan must show her the redemptive power of love. Excerpt: “Are you all right, Miss?” For a moment, for this moment, she was a normal young woman experiencing the attentions of a handsome young man. Heat crept up her cheeks as he held her hatbox out, and the burning had nothing to do with the sun. “I-I— Yes, I am. Thank you.” His blue-gray eyes seemed to bore into her. “I am so glad. I was sure you were a goner there for a moment.” He flashed a brilliant grin liquefying Serena’s insides instantly. “Please let me introduce myself. I’m Mr. Brennan Whitling of Whitling Textiles Importers and Wholesalers.” “How do you do, Mr. Whitling?” Serena allowed her lips to curve up ever so slightly. “I am Miss Serena Freemont.” “It is a pleasure. Might I interest you and your”—he glanced around the bustling street as his grin faded in confusion— “chaperone in a cup of tea?” A wave of horror swept over Serena. Chaperone? Harlots did not require one of those. “Oh, Aunt Henrietta is in the bookstore, and I fear she will be in there a very long time. I am certain she won’t notice if we slip off for a quick spot of tea.” “Excellent! There is a lovely little shop just up the street.” A beautiful smile spread across his face, causing her pulse to quicken. He escorted her up the block where they stopped at a quaint little teashop. They settled in at a table and ordered a pot of tea. “What has you on Bond Street today, Mr. Whitling?” They sat in semi privacy at the back of the shop. “Oh, I was visiting some of my customers and taking new orders. I am very glad I was there to help you, and by virtue of said assistance make your acquaintance.” Did his already deep voice grow huskier? Their tea service arrived, dispelling the moment. “As am I. Landing on my backside in the middle of the street would have been rather embarrassing. But in truth, thank you for your assistance today, and now the tea.” She lifted her freshly prepared cup to her lips and took a dainty sip from the delicate china. Through lowered lashes, she watched his graceful movements as he prepared his own. “It is my pleasure on both accounts. You seem familiar to me. Have we met somewhere before? A ball perhaps?” So who is Sorcha Mowbray? Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband. She is a long time lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too! To join in all the rest of the fun on this blog tour click here: http://sorchamowbray.com/events/love-redeemed-blog-tour/

Friday, November 16th, 2012

          You never forget your first time. I certainly haven’t. Picture England in the mid-nineties. One Ms. Parker skips a couple of classes to visit a friend studying in London. These two adventurous lasses counted pound and penny and thought it would be fun to visit a third friend hitting the books in Dublin. They take a bus to the coast of Wales, a long journey they decide to lighten up by picking up some reading at a service station. The only thing that looks interesting is a pair of racy Black Lace historical romances.

We hop back on the bus, open our books, say, “Tell me when they get it on.” My friend, thirty seconds later, “Uh, now.” (I had to wait until page two for some action.) I don’t remember the title or the author. What I do remember is that it wasn’t a plot or character driven book, it was a sex driven book. Did I finish it? Absolutely. By the time the hero and heroine got their kinda-sorta happy ending, they’d done half the village each, the heroine had been forced by hero, dastardly scoundrels and sadistic lady alike, the hero had been raped by a wicked witch of the woods and he didn’t even seem to mind that much, and the part with the ritual in the forest with the awe-inspiring anal play…that’s a bit fuzzy and let’s keep it that way.

By the time I reached The End and the ferry, one thing was clear: I like a little romance with my rutting. OK, a lot of romance. When the heat is on, I don’t want to close the door but I don’t want to close my heart either, I want to be there with the characters mind, body and soul. Erotica can be, has been, beautifully and tastefully done. The book I read that night wasn’t that kind of erotica. It wasn’t proper erotic romance, either. So why didn’t I choose mainstream romance instead? To tell you the truth, I had a problematic relationship with romance back then.

Many may remember a time when the hero expressed his undying love by slapping the heroine, and I’m not talking about a sexy, consensual spanking. A time when a forced seduction scene was all force and no seduction. If you don’t remember those times and crimes, count yourself lucky. I gave up reading romance for the longest time after coming across too many of those instances. I distinctly remember two books, or rather the moments the heroes turned villains in my view.

They were contemporary romances, one starring the wealthy, arrogant and, as it turned out, abusive type, and the other a sheik who turned out to be a rapist. The heroes were profoundly sorry afterwards. They only did what they did out of love and desperation. I only wanted to perform a citizen’s arrest. The next time I gave contemporary romance a try I hadn’t forgiven or forgotten them, but to my huge relief their kind had become extinct. Good riddance, I thought.

And welcome, all the romance and erotic romance right up my alley. Today, it’s a different story. It’s a million and one different stories, and, most importantly, no more mistaking villains for heroes. It’s a good time to read romance, hot or not. So many wonderful sub-genres out there, so much variety, so many versatile authors to choose from. The heroes may be alpha but the heroines are by no means beta, and I much prefer today’s couples to the pairings of the days of yore.

I don’t look back on my first time very fondly, it was a bit of a letdown. But what I get to read today, what I hope to read in the future, more than makes up for that disappointing bus rut in the past. (I did have a good time in Dublin, though.) So thank you author-friends for your stunning work. Thank you readers for your continued support. And thank you Desiree for having me here today.

Now tell me…do you remember your first? Was it better for you than it was for me?

Dita Parker is the author of Alex Rising, a death-defying love and lust triangle set in the Big Easy, and Perpetual Pleasure, a hot and heavy novel starring a commitment phobic immortal and a stunt performer bent on showing her everything she’s missing out on (Ellora’s Cave Publishing). Dita lives in Scandinavia with her striking Viking and their children. She believes that sex is a positive life force, that love can last a lifetime, and that in 2014 Brazil will once again win the World Cup. To see how it all plays out, visit Dita’s Den.

Cerise’s goodies
Thursday, November 15th, 2012