Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Nicole North: Thanks for having me here today! Kilted Lover is my November release from Red Sage, which I'm excited about! This is a fun, hot contemporary erotic romance novella in ebook format. Here's what it's about: When kilted caber-tosser Scott MacPherson tosses Leslie Livingston over his shoulder to rescue her from two armed thieves trying to steal her priceless amulet, they are thrust into a deadly but sexy adventure. Though Leslie already has a lukewarm, uninterested boyfriend, her attraction to Scott is white-hot and undeniable. She wants to lick this tall, muscular alpha male all over and explore the depths of eroticism with him. But will he want anything more than one night once the danger is behind them?
Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Nicole North: My background is in psychology and art. But I found I was more drawn to language and the written word. However, I use psychology every time I write and create characters. After all, each character has a psychological makeup, behavior, hang-ups, emotional baggage, fears, etc. I find creating and exploring their psyches to be fascinating. I also love exploring relationships and how they develop, which is why romance is a perfect fit for me.
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Nicole North: In Kilted Lover, I'd definitely want to be the heroine, Leslie because she has an amazing, unforgettable night with Scott MacPherson, the hottest, yummiest man she's ever met. He's a tall muscular guy (in a kilt, no less) who is very protective of her. And he's a fantastic, giving, affectionate, erotic lover. I confess, I'm still half in love with him myself! Sigh. He's one of my favorite heroes I've ever created.
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Nicole North: I'd challenged myself to brainstorm story ideas that begin at Highland Games. Tossing the caber is one of the most well known heavy athletics sporting events at Highland Games. A picture of a caber tosser is generally on the front page of the newspaper in my area at the time of the local Highland Games. So, I wanted the hero to be skilled at tossing the caber. I wanted him to be really strong and muscular because... well... that's hot! Of course, he'd be wearing a kilt while he tossed the caber which makes him doubly hot.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Sure! Here's an excerpt of Kilted Lover:
His hot breath fanned her cheek. Her lips tingled with anticipation. She inhaled his virile scent, heavy with arousing male musk-the kind that drew a woman on a primal level. His feverish warmth heated her own skin.
Why didn't he make a move? Did he want her to take the lead? She certainly wasn't adept at seducing a man. What should she do first?
She touched his chest and ran her hungry hands over the muscles from his wide shoulders to the bunched cotton sheet at his waist. She explored him, finding each chiseled curve and hard plain more enticing than the last. She'd never felt anyone so masculine and arousing.
"Mmm. Your hands feel good." His whisper in her hair sent a shudder down her body. Thrilled she could please him, she kissed his throat. His sharp intake of breath guided her actions and told her what he liked. She brushed her lips across his stubble-covered chin and mouth. His fingers tangled gently in her hair.
Was it restraint that caused his hands to tremble?
The second meeting of their lips ignited the explosion. A flame of need and emotion licked through her, consuming all rational thought. She craved him so fiercely, she ate at his mouth like a woman starved. Her body ached for him, and her heart pounded. "Scott. Scott-"
"Shh, baby, slow down," he whispered.
Tears burned her eyes. She could hardly draw breath. Why? What did this man do to her? He sparked the most profound, primal yearning in her and at the same time, her soul craved to entwine itself around his and never let go.
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Nicole North: Next summer, July 2010, Beast in a Kilt will be released in the print anthology, Secrets Volume 29 from Red Sage. This is another story I love and had a blast writing. It's a historical paranormal erotic romance. This is what it's about: Scottish lady, Catriona MacCain has loved Torr Blackburn since she was a girl, but he only sees her as his best friend's little sister. Now she's promised to a detestable chieftain her family has chosen for her and desperately wants Torr to save her from the horrible fate of marrying the man. Torr is cursed to spend his nights as a kelpie water demon and doesn't believe himself worthy of virginal Lady Catriona, but she is determined to seduce him and claim him. body, heart and soul, if only they can defeat the enemies who vow to possess and enslave them both.
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
Nicole North: For Kilted Lover and Devil in a Kilt, doing research at Highland Games here in the US was important because both stories begin in a Games setting. I love attending Highland Games for many reasons. Almost every man you see at those is wearing a kilt. Most women know there's a certain sex appeal to a man in a kilt! Visiting Scotland was, of course, my favorite type of research. I LOVE doing research in person, where I can see everything and get involved. I'm a visual learner. And I like to explore things with my senses. Smelling and tasting Scottish food. Watching a sword fight demonstration. Smelling the damp, cool air of the Highlands... with a trace of peat smoke. Touching the castle walls, standing stones or heather.
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Nicole North: I try to make my erotic romance stories sexy, scorching and physically appealing but most of all I want them to be emotionally satisfying and romantic. Erotic love can be a powerful thing, and that includes intimacy, communication, connection, exploration, indulging. I want the reader to fall in love with the heroes I create.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Nicole North: Yes, I've been a member of a fantastic critique group (Rebels) for years. They're friends as well as CPs. They always help! It's so important that the critique group fit the writer.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Nicole North: I'd love to. Here is a sneak peek at Beast in a Kilt, my paranormal historical novella coming next summer in Red Sage Secrets Volume 29:
She moved toward him, this man she'd loved even before she knew what love was. Tentatively, she touched his hair. Silky and soft.
He stiffened but said naught. Her hands shook with reverence and the thirst to explore him. She brushed her fingertips over his ear, the upper part of his cheek, the stubble covering his square masculine jaw.
His breath caught. "Catriona? Nay," he whispered but remained still. He would not meet her gaze.
Look at me. She trailed her fingers down to his strong chin, the short whiskers scraping the pads of her fingers. Touching his lips snatched her strength.
Torr, I have loved you. no, she could not say it. Instead she bent and pressed her lips to his. She knew not how to kiss properly, the way a man would like, but she wished to.
His lips pushed against hers a bit, then parted, his breath warming her. She kissed him again and did what she'd seen others do when kissing, she flicked her tongue against his upper lip. Oh, that feels nice. She yearned to taste him all over.
He groaned. "God's bones, lass. Ye're playing with fire." He tugged her to him and returned the kiss with more force, sliding his tongue between her lips. And then she knew what he'd meant; her body was on fire, her lower belly, between her legs, an aching burning need. So overwhelming she knew not what to do next except hold onto him. They would become lovers; he would marry her. It had to be.
He surged upward, taking her with him to his tall height, and pinned her to the wall by the window. Her heart raced. He wrapped her legs about his waist and filled her mouth with eager and sinful tongue kisses. Oh good heavens, what would he do next?
Tammie King of NOR: Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
Nicole North: Here is a link to the Kilted Lover book video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Lz5dNoI0g
And the link to the (Devil in a Kilt) Secrets Volume 27 Untamed Pleasures video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1oOOvTomv4
II made them. Hope you enjoy!
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Nicole North: Yes, here are my links including my website, blog, myspace, facebook, twitter and my newsletter:
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Nicole North: My first novella, Devil in a Kilt in Secrets Volume 27 Untamed Pleasures, was released in July. It's a print book available from all online retailers and in bookstores. Devil in a Kilt: A trip to the Highland Games turns into a trip to the past when modern day psychology professor Shauna MacRae touches Gavin MacTavish's four-hundred-year-old claymore. What she finds is a Devil In a Kilt she's had erotic fantasies about for months. Can Shauna break the curse imprisoning this shape shifting laird and his clan before an evil witch sends Shauna back to her time?
Tammie King of NOR: Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Nicole North: My perfect hero is my husband. He's always been super supportive and encouraging about my writing. He knows how much I love it and he often believes in me more than I do myself. For him to have that much confidence in my abilities is truly inspiring.
Thank you for this opportunity!