Studenstein | 9781419936548 | Ellora's Cave | Paranormal erotic romance | September 16th, 2011
A man built for sex. A woman who wants more.
Freedom fighter Shani Brown is determined to drag the ungrateful Royce back to her team in Seattle. Despite his denial of mistreatment, she wants to give him a chance at a better life. Due to her horrific past as an unlicensed love-bot, Shani never plans to have sex again. But Royce's makers punish him remotely with crippling pain. His only escape is to orgasm. Never one to turn her back on a job, Shani soon finds herself servicing him-and soon after, caring for him.
Love-bot Royce Harden wasn't looking to be rescued, especially not from the San Francisco BDSM club where he was having a perfectly good time. But rescued he was-by a hellcat bent on delivering him to her people. As Royce starts to trust Shani, he begins to dream of freedom. But freedom comes with a price. Royce must face his vanity, his makers, and even the loss of his sexual upgrades if he's going to be the man Shani deserves.
What main genre do you write in?
Please tell us your latest news!
Gosh, I've always got so much going on that "latest news" is updated hourly! But I guess the big news is that my novella STUDENSTEIN releases September 16th. I'm really excited about this story. It's such a fun premise, and my hero is absolutely drool-worthy.
Studenstein is the second book in my Love-Bots series with Ellora's Cave, and I'm working on revisions for book 3 right now. The biggest problem with writing book 3 is coming up with a title! I'm so in love with "Studenstein" I can't settle for anything less than awesome.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love Shelly Laurenston, especially when she's writing as G.A. Aiken. The first book of her Dragon's Kin series was one of my favorite stories of all time. Her heroines kick butt and her characters all have a sense of humor. She also knows how to turn a situation on its ear in a way that's refreshing.
Much as I love steamy sex scenes, my favorite romances balance sensuality with snark. If I hadn't ever read Shelly Laurenston, I would never have known I could write stories that were both steamy and funny. And then where would I be? Nowhere, I tell you! :)
Please describe your writing environment.
I have a desk, but I hardly ever work there. Instead I sit at the kitchen table most of the time when I'm home. However, I love to wander. I ride a bike to a coffee shop for a couple hours. Then I'll go to one of my local restaurants and sip some wine while I write.
Never one to sit still, I move from room to room even within my house. And that's not even counting traveling! My husband is a nature and wildlife photographer, so we go camping a fair bit. I've written in our camper, on ferries, outdoors hiding from the glare of the sun... In fact, I do my best (or at least fastest) work when I'm off the grid and don't have access to internet!
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Marketing! Writing is the easy part. I was a technical writer for years before I started writing fiction, so I've never had a hard time getting words on a page. And learning to write a decent story was fun, fun, fun! But the promotions aspect flummoxes me. Sometimes I almost want to just go back to having a boss who tells me what to write! (No, not really. I don't ever actually wish that.)
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My husband has been great! As I said before, he's a photographer. I've watched him grow his business over the past eleven years and it's been an inspiration to me. He always says, "It only takes ten years to become an overnight success" and that's been a fantastic reminder to me that hard work pays off, and I shouldn't be too tough on myself.
Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.
Well, I have my "real" name. That person wrote and edited scientific stuff that you will probably never encounter. Don't go looking for that person. Her work is boring. :)
Do you like to mix genres?
Well, sorta. My work is often a mix of paranormal and science fiction, though all of it can be classified as "erotic romance." I like writing the kind of hard-nosed heroines that can be found in Urban Fantasy too. But I don't see myself ever leaving the paranormal-scifi-UF umbrella. The "real world" scares me.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
Lately, all I read is novellas. I love quick reads that I can buzz through in a night. But even when I used to read novels, there was never a "book I was reading" because once I picked it up, I didn't put it down until I was done.
Yeah, I'm a one-sitting kinda girl. That said, I read two stories last night: Erotic Images by Missy Jane, and Feeding the Vampire by Jeffe Kennedy. I like them both. Erotic Images had a very cute hook and storyline, and Feeding the Vampire had a great thematic twist at the ending.
Feeding the Vampire suited me because I really like books with strong character arcs and an uplifting moral. Despite being a short story, it fit both bills.
What inspires your writing?
Irony. Pretty much every story I write allows me to take a theme, or paranormal element, or romance trope and look at it from a totally different angle. In my very first story, Mere Temptation, my mermaid heroine didn't want to become human-despite having plenty of reasons to do so. My second mermaid (in Mere Passion) was promiscuous, argumentative, and ruled over an island in the Arctic.
I'm always asking, "why?" Like, "Why can't frankensteins be sexy?" or "What if a god was a total doormat?" or even, "What if Cupid hated his job and didn't believe in love?"
When I was a kid in English class, my teacher claimed I always had to play the devil's advocate. Well, now I get the chance every time I sit down to write a new story!
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
Myself. Because then I wouldn't have husbands and kids trying to eat all the food off my plate.
Who's your agent? Please tell us about them.
Saritza Hernandez! She's with the Lori Perkins agency and handles authors working with e-first publishers. Saritza's a sweetie pie! Nice and positive when I need reassurance. Forceful when I would rather hide under a desk. She's the bomb.
Thanks so much for having me on Night Owl Reviews. It's been a blast!