Love Game | Publisher: Ellora's Cave | Genre: Erotic Romance | Release Date: 01/07/2011
Battling housework, Sandi wonders if the spark in her marriage has disappeared. When her husband interrupts their hot-shower lovin' to take a call from work, she's positive the magic is gone.
In an attempt to spice things up, she gets a makeover and sets a date with her hubby for a night of passion and romance. There's only one problem-Roberto doesn't show. But all is not lost. Alejandro, a silver-tongued Latin loverboy wrapped in an expensive suit, volunteers to keep her company for the evening. He says all the right-and deliciously wrong-things, leaving Sandi no choice but to see him again.and again and again.
One by one, Alejandro strips away her inhibitions, pushing her to act out her darkest fantasies, desires so private she's never mentioned them to anyone, not even her husband. Blindfolds, bondage with silk ropes, sex on the roof-nothing is off limits. But everything is not as it seems. The game's afoot-a love game-rekindling the scorching-hot passion in Sandi and Roberto's marriage.
Please tell us your latest news!
Thanks so much Night Owl Reviews for having me as your guest and giving me the opportunity to chat about my latest release. 2010 was such a great year for me, I was fortunate enough to become part of the Ellora's Cave family. My first release with them--LEAP--came out last November and my novel LOVE GAME releases in January 2011. It's been such a positive experience working with this group of professionals!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I'm absolutely in love with the final draft of Love Game. I have to give my editor, Jillian, props for helping me make this the best book it could be. With her guidance, I think it really blossomed.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several authors who rank among my faves--Denys‚ Bridger, Jambrea Jo Jones, Aubrey Leatherwood, and Kayden McLeod to name a few. What strikes me most about their work is their individuality. Denys‚'s prose is lush and gorgeous. Jambrea has so much energy and her love of writing always comes through. Aubrey's plots are always fresh, her creativity and style never ceases to amaze me. Kayden creates paranormal worlds with so much rich history. When I read works by these ladies I'm not only entertained, but I learn a lot about what can be done with words.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think my writing style in general is very conversational. I get into my characters heads and interject their thoughts, feelings and reactions into the story narration. But I think I'm very good at varying my voice depending on the tone of the manuscript be it serious, comedic, romantic or contemporary.
Do you see writing as a career?
Very much so. I take my work seriously and I'm very disciplined about working on projects for several hours a day, six days a week. That being said, it's also a blast. I'm in love with writing. I feel like I've finally found my calling.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. As a child, I used to write fantasy pieces involving unicorns and princesses. I wrote my first "romance" at the age of twelve. It was pretty awful, lol. Luckily, my skills have improved. A big helping of life experience has helped a lot too.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The thing that helped me the most was learning from writers with more experience than I have. I've been part of the e-publishing world for about three years and all the authors I've worked with have been so welcoming and helpful. They're more than willing to share their experience and their knowledge. I encourage new writers to reach out to the pros they respect. So many of them are willing to teach and lend a helping hand.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I think at first my parents were worried about me starving to death, but their also very proud and talk me up to all their friends. My mother reads my books, so does my life partner. My father steers clear of my erotic romance books for obvious reasons, lol.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
Before I can start working on a novel in earnest, I have to have an outline and character work-ups. Once I get into the meat of the manuscript, I let it flow and evolve as necessary.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it.
I have a talisman of sorts. When I first started writing fiction professionally, my best friend gave me a beautiful paper doll ornament in a red Southern Belle dress with a green ribbon around her waist. The doll's become the embodiment of my muse and she hangs from the shade on the lamp over my work area. I've named her Brighid and she keeps me motivated--that is when she hasn't run off to Mexico with the muses of my author friends!
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing?
Once DS is off to school and I've done my morning yoga, I usually settle in with a good cup of coffee and my laptop (aka my fifth appendage) on the sofa. I always listen to music while I'm writing. I chose songs that reflect the mood of the scene I'm working on. It's such a big help to get me in the right frame of mind.
What main genre do you write in?
Erotica / Spicy Romance
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