Beth Kery giveaway at USA Today

Beth Kery, author of , interviewed me and several other outstanding erotic romance authors asking which erotic romance was our first. The article appears today on the Happily Ever After blog at USA Today and has lots of great recommendations for books and authors you might not know about. Swing by to comment for a chance to win Beth’s current serial, When I’m With You, or her previous one, Because You Are Mine!

Uncommon Pleasure out today!

There's nothing more exciting than the unexpected...


A Dear Author Recommended Read for March!

In Over the Edge, after a tragic incident during Ty Hendricks’ last tour of duty he cut off all connection with anyone he cares about—until a night with Lauren Kincaid draws him reluctantly back into the world. Lauren sees a wounded man in danger of losing everything to his inner demons, but the sensual, no-holds-barred fight for Ty’s soul could cost Lauren her heart.

In All on the Line, Abby Simmons fell hard for Lieutenant Sean Winthrop, but he sacrificed their relationship when he deployed to Afghanistan. Now he’s home, full of regrets and intent on winning back the woman he never forgot. Abby gives Sean her body but holds her heart aloof, until one night of pleasure forces her to choose her U.S. Marine…or life without him, forever.

Click here for buy links and an excerpt.

Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Lauren Dane tagged me in the Next Big Thing blog hop. The blog hop is an author answering ten questions about whatever their next “big thing” is. That author then tags more authors and so on and so forth.

It’s a fun way to find out a little bit about what your favorite authors are doing – or maybe being introduced to new authors. I’m going to talk about the book I just turned in, which will be out from Berkley Heat in September, 2013.

1. What is the working title of your book?

UNCOMMON PASSION. It’s the second in a series set in Galveston, Texas. The first book, UNCOMMON PLEASURE releases in March, 2013.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

One of the secondary characters in UNCOMMON PLEASURE, Ben Harris, intrigued me. He’s the second participant in a menage, the guy the heroine knows is up for anything, any time, with anyone. I got to thinking about what kind of man that would be. He could be fun-loving, easy-going, obliging…or he could be tortured, carrying the weight of a terrible past, and using sex to avoid dealing with what he’s done. Ben’s the second kind of guy. 😉

3. What is the genre of the book?

It’s erotic romance.

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

Ben looks like Bailey Chase in his Deputy Branch Connally incarnation on Longmire.
Rachel Hill has all of Abbie Cornish’s reserve in Bright Star.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

“A virgin refugee from a fundamentalist cult determined to experience life and sex to the fullest gets involved a man with troubled past equally determined feel nothing at all.”

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?

This will release from Berkley Heat in March, 2013.

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

The first draft took about 10 weeks to produce. I spent another 3 months getting crits and revising the manuscript.

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

I think the virgin-meets-bad boy trope is fairly common in erotic romance. In fact, I’d already done a similar story, so finding new emotional territory to explore made this book an interesting challenge!

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always been interested in the question of what turns someone into “that guy”, the one the characters can turn to for the ever popular “one night of no-strings-attached” sex. Giving him a heroine who needed experience but turned his definition of “experience” on his head seemed like the best way to create conflict.

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

It’s got all the characteristics of an Anne Calhoun erotic romance: a troubled, experienced paramilitary hero and a heroine who knows exactly what she wants who sets him back on his heels. Plus, there’s the ever-popular scorching sex. 😉

More seriously, in this book I explore family and friendships more than I have in previous erotic romances, so if you like community and family issues with your smexxing, give this book a shot.

I tried, folks, to find someone to tag for this blog hop, but everyone was either on deadline or had already participated. 🙁 So check out some of the amazing writers I contacted, all of whom have fabulous books releasing in 2013.

Megan Mulry, Mira Lyn Kelly, Alison Kent, Miranda Neville, Leah Braemel, Ruthie Knox, Elyssa Patrick, and Jill Shalvis.

Breath on Embers: A Visual Tour

I spent a week in New York recently, and while I was there took some pictures on the Upper East Side, where the story is set.

We’ll start with Ronan’s building:

That’s the Croydon, at the corner of 86th and Madison. To the right is Central Park. I used to live in that building, but a rent-controlled two bedroom apartment was only in my dreams.

When Ronan and Thea return from skating at Rockefeller Center, they stop for little while at the north end of the Great Lawn. The view to the south is of Midtown Manhattan. The nighttime view is quite spectacular, but I wasn’t there at night. 🙁

Ronan’s firehouse:

The rectangular frame in the center of the shot with the 9 illuminated spots is that firehouse’s tribute to the 9 firefighters they lost on 9/11. Starbucks he and Tim visited was one block west, at the corner of 85th and Lex. They all look the same, and the exterior was covered in Manhattan’s ubiquitous scaffolding, so I didn’t take a picture.

That’s St Ignatius Loyola at the corner of 84th and Park Avenue. The interior is quite lovely.

Finally, the lights strung in the Park Avenue planters.

That’s closer to Grand Central than the UES, but you get the idea. The lights are strung for over fifty blocks, lighting the way as Ronan and Thea carried their tree home.

Several readers have asked: I made up Idylle. But, perhaps secreted away in the Fashion District there is such a place…

Finally, a bonus Agony/Ecstasy photo. Above is a picture of the building Cole “owns”, overlooking the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To the right, the glass walls enclose the Temple of Dendur, which is the view Cole and Marin see at the very end of Transformed.

Not too shabby. 🙂

BREATH ON EMBERS blog tour – dates and locations!

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of BREATH ON EMBERS, my latest release, stop by one of the blogs listed below and comment for a chance to win! The content varies but for the most part I talk about inspiration for the story. I’ll also be in New York City, the setting for BREATH ON EMBERS, the week of 12/3-12/7, so follow me on Twitter to see pictures of the locations that inspired the story. I’ll pull them together into a blog post (eventually).

I’m on tour most of December, and hope to see you at one of the lovely blogs hosting my tour.

December 3rd: Book Lovers Inc

December 4th: Romance Novel News

December 5th: Delighted Reader

December 6th: Romance Reviews Today & The Bookpushers (2 Blogs)

December 7th: Tracy’s Place

December 10th: Romance Around The Corner

December 11th: Cocktails & Books & Happily Ever After (2 Blogs)

December 12th: Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind

December 13th: Book Lovin’ Mamas & Novel Thoughts (2 Blogs)

December 14th: Belle’s Book Bag & Books-n-Kisses (2 Blogs)

December 17th: Scorching Hot Reviews

December 18th: Smexybooks

December 19th: Book-A-Holic Anon & Hanging With Bells (2 Blogs)

December 20th: Under The Covers

December 21st: Fiction Vixen

Have a great holiday season, and see you around the web!