Author Interview – Sylvia Kane

I’m thrilled to have had the chance to interview author Sylvia Kane!

 

Her book is called Stirred (A Forbidden Sips Bad Boy Romance), and it’s available now.

 

 

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078ZVCZQY/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078ZVCZQY/
Amazon AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B078ZVCZQY/
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B078ZVCZQY/

 

Victoria’s always been in control of her life. Always made the right decisions. She’s always stayed on the straight and narrow.

 

Until now.

 

She shouldn’t have even risked being seen in a seedy male strip club, but as the night spins out of control, the temptation of a fling with a sinfully hot male stripper is too much to resist.

 

She should stay away. That’s what the old Victoria would have done. But the way he looks at her – the way he touches her – she can’t say no. Something about letting this forbidden man claim her innocent body feels so right.

 

She could ruin her career, ruin her family’s reputation – but she can’t help herself. She’s hooked. She wants to be ruined.

 

Bradley knows that Victoria’s out of his league. She’s a corporate tax attorney, and the daughter of a prominent man. There’s no way she’s going to go for a guy like him, a guy who does filthy things on stage in a smoky nightclub after dark.

 

But he doesn’t care. She’s going to be his. She just doesn’t know it yet.

 

This is a 60,000+ word standalone novel, with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and an HEA.

 

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSylviaKane/

 

FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1854070334884132/

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Syl_Kane

 

IG handle: sylvia.kane

 

Excerpt

 

Bradley interrupted her train of thought. “What do you say to going out for dinner? Just you and me – no crowd like this to drown us out.” His eyes told her he had more than dinner in mind. “One-time offer. You won’t forget it, and you most certainly will not regret it, I promise,” he whispered in her ear.

 

Before he pulled away, he nipped lightly at her neck with his firm lips. A tingling sensation travelled down her body from her neck to her core, and her body responded to his provocation with lust. His scent mesmerised her. It was a mix of woodsy, spicy, salty maleness. Just the kind of scent she loved enveloping her between the sheets.

 

She was so tempted to say yes, to scream yes! But her cynical side wondered what quality of man she was likely to meet at a pickup joint like a club. Besides, she was still not over how arrogant he had acted earlier. That body, though – it was to die for. She could just imagine the ways in which he could manhandle her – all parts of her.

 

“I don’t know, I’m really busy with work these days.” She didn’t know why she said that. Usually, she had no problem just giving an outright “no” – with no beating around the bush. “It’d be hard to make the time.”

 

He didn’t say a thing, but asked one of the bartenders for a pen and napkin and scribbled something down.

 

“Here. Call me if you change your mind.” He got up, but before he left her side he placed a hand on the small of her back, leaned in, and said, “I’ll give you the hottest night of your life. I can tell you’re a wild woman and if I’m wrong, well, I can make you one.” He gave her another smile, showing off his straight white teeth, set the napkin down on the counter in front of her, and disappeared into the crowd.

 

She spun her head around to follow him with her eyes, but he was gone.

 

Wow. A warmth spread across her cheeks. She wasn’t used to such assertiveness, and he had put it all out there, with a cockiness and self-assured confidence that were hallmarks of his type. The type that knew what he wanted and did everything in his power to get it.

 

She picked up the note and turned it right side up. It was a phone number. She considered throwing it across the bar, but the heat swelling in her when she thought of him told her she needed to keep it. And use it. She folded it up neatly and tucked it in her wallet.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

 

If we’re talking romance, I really admire Willow Winters, Vivian Ward, and Skye Warren. Alessandra Torre is up on that list too. There are just so many awesome authors and books out there, it’s really difficult to pick just one or two.

What have you been reading lately?

 

I have to admit I haven’t done as much reading lately as I’d like, because of my release, but I have a list of books I have to get to: If You Were Mine by Jenika Snow, Devastatingly Desirable by Ember Flint, and My Torin by K. Webster.

What are some books by other authors you can’t wait to come out?

 

I’m really looking forward to “She Asked for It” by Willow Winters.

 

Did you do any special research for this book?

 

Bradley is a male stripper, so you can imagine… Just kidding, of course (or am I?). I’ll leave that to your imagination. I did have to look up some details about medical school and the process of applying for and getting a residency position, but other than that, not much.

 

(Ashley’s note: I want to write about a male stripper, just so I can do the research!)

 

Any chance of a sequel?

 

Who knows… the story is itself is complete and a standalone, so probably not. The next book in the series takes place in the same world, so it will have a similar flavor, but with a whole new set of characters.

 

What are you writing right now?

 

I’m writing the second book in the Forbidden Sips series, titled “Shaken”. It’s very hot, very sexy, and I love writing it. There’s a short version available, but I decided to make it into a full-length novel, and I’m really excited about it. It’s about a sinfully hot bartender, Andrey, who knows how to use his hands (to make drinks of course, among other things), and who decides that he must have Lily, no matter what. They start out as strictly FWB, but things change. There are some twists and turns along the ride, and I can’t wait to finish it and let my readers see it for themselves!

 

Anything else you want to show us?

 

Beautiful cat!

This is my cat. He’s pretty awesome. When we go out to the park or for a walk, he follows us like a dog would. People just stare and are amazed at him.

 

Do you outline before writing or are you a pantser?

 

I started out pantsing, but I find that it takes too long that way, and time is something that comes in short supply for me. Now, I like to plan ahead. I have an overall idea of how I’d like the story to go, and always outline a few chapters ahead. I might add elements along the way, but I find this is what works for me and helps to get the words down on paper.

 

What is your favorite quote or line from your book?

 

My favorite quote comes from Victoria. In reality, it comes from a friend who used it when discussing a guy.

 

“He had the kind of body that needed to be taken home and used, repeatedly.”

 

My next book has a line from her too. She’s hilarious!!

 

What else you would you like to tell us?

 

Just that it’s really great to be writing stories that people hopefully enjoy. I love my readers and can’t wait to write more! There are always 3-4 stories percolating in my head, but there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to write as much as I want to.

 

I also really hope readers like Bradley and Victoria’s story. I think it has some complexity and explores some wider issues in society – mostly around stereotypes we have about people based on their line of work – and maybe readers will find that interesting. Of course, the love story in the novel is the main focus, and it’s a spicy one at that.

 

Happy reading!!

Author Interview – Marika Ray, Romance

A hot romance read for a cold winter day…

 

Romance and the Beach? What Else Do You Need?

 

Releases: Feb 22, 2018 (no ASIN link yet)

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35148790-sweet-dreams

 

Author Website: www.marikaray.com

 

Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authormarikaray/

 

To be Notified When Sweet Dreams releases: smarturl.it/6ydll0

 

A romance so sweet it’ll give you a cavity…

 

 

After the devastating loss of my parents when I was in college, I vowed to focus all my energy on fulfilling my promise to my mom: to open up the hot chocolate store we’d always dreamed of running together.

 

No distractions. My plans are set.

 

But things heat up faster than I can handle when a bronzed lifeguard pursues me in the most delicious of ways. Mix in a stalker determined to throw me off my game, and a comical, ass-kicking Beach Squad (okay, ‘squad’ is a littler over the top…it’s just me and my two best friends)…well, then you have a situation that requires a level of bravery I don’t know if I possess.

 

I may appear to be a damsel in distress, but I can save my own damn self, thank you very much. And I might just keep that hottie lifeguard as the whipped cream on top of my sweet dreams.

 

Fave authors/authors that inspire you?

 

Alessandra Torre, Penny Reid, April Wilson, Fiona Cole, Kathryn Nolan, Kate Stewart…there’s a ton more, but those are the ones off the top of my head.

 

Books you’ve read recently?

 

All of the Bearded brothers series by Penny Reid, The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre, Drive by Kate Stewart, Bohemian by Kathryn Nolan…pretty much 2-3 books per week!

 

Books by other authors you can’t wait to come out?

 

Alessandra’s Hidden Seams comes out in January, so that’ll be an obvious one-click. I’ve ordered a print version of Team Player which some of the authors have signed…I’m waiting till I have the print version in my hands to read it. Kathryn Nolan’s new one that is in the same series as Bohemian will be a one-click also.

 

Did you do any special research you did for this book?

 

Yes! I live in Huntington Beach and I flagged down a lifeguard one day at the beach and asked him a bunch of awkward questions. Had to tell him I was writing a book and that’s why the questions were so weird. Like, what do you guys call your Headquarters building? And other things like terms for certain things, procedures, pay grade, hours, responsibilities, etc. It helps to be familiar with the area in which your book is taking place…way less research needed!

 

Any chance of a sequel?

 

Yep, I have a whole series (Beach Squad Series) coming out in 2018 based on the Huntington Beach lifeguard hotties and their equally fearless ladies. Each book can be read as a stand-alone story, but the setting is the same and some of the characters overlap into other books in the series.

 

What are you writing right now?

 

I am writing Book #4 in the Beach Squad series, while editing the novella in the same series based on the character Bailey, whom you’ll meet and fall in love with in this first book, Sweet Dreams. I’ll be sending out the novella for free chapter-by-chapter to my newsletter peeps, probably starting in March.

 

Where do you write?

 

I write all over the place!! I’ve written the Beach Squad series while in Arizona, Huntington Beach CA, and Hawaii. I just go to the beach in my mind and the words flow, baby.

 

Do you outline before writing or are you a pantser?

 

Sweet Dreams was a total pantser. It was a story I told my daughter at bedtime (minus the steamy scenes of course!) and I finally put it down on paper. For the rest of the series, I do a thorough outline, which I mostly follow. Sometimes the story takes a turn I didn’t plan on, but for the most part, I follow the outline.

 

What is your favorite quote or line from your book?

 

It’s really sappy sweet, but it’s toward the end of the book when Esa looks around at the people in front of her, supporting her. She lost her parents when she was in college and she was an only child, so having a family means the world to her.

I’d felt lonely for many years, adrift without a family to anchor me. I’d just put my head down and focused on building my life again. Graduating college, starting my business. Becoming an adult. And without even realizing it, I’d also built a new family, the ones sitting before me. A family that didn’t have my past history to share, but one where I knew we’d have a long future to share.

Which was just as sweet.

 

What else would you like to tell us?

 

If you like a sweet romance, with steamy sex scenes, and you love the beach, this series of standalones is for you. There’s some humor, some suspense and lots of strong women coming together to support each other.

 

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Author Interview – Rachael Brownell

Let’s welcome author Rachael Brownell!

 

What’s the title of your book?

 

 

Rumors series

 

Exclusive sneak peak at a beautiful cover!

 

What’s it about?

 

 

Like wildfire, rumors are easy to spread… and hard to extinguish.

 

 

Flat broke and down on her luck, Emerson Hastings is handed the perfect opportunity, Executive assistant to the head of Creative Marketing at Dixon & Sons. It’s a chance to prove herself, move up with the company and land her dream job in media advertising. What Emerson doesn’t know is that her boss should come with a warning label. He’s hot headed, demanding and sexy as sin.

 

 

When long days turn into late nights with her boss, rumors about Ryder and Emerson begin to spread. By the time they circle back to her, they’re difficult to ignore, making her attraction to her boss hard to deny. Everyone has an opinion and no one cares if the rumors are true. No one except Emerson.

 

 

This book sounds like a great read! How can I follow you so I’ll know when it releases?

 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/HoldingOn2013;
IG – https://www.instagram.com/authorrachaelbrownell,
FB – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRachaelBrownell

 

Care to share a little snippet?

 

 

Standing, I take in the full view.

 

His suit jacket is neatly folded over his arm, leaving him in only a white, button-down dress shirt with the sleeves rolled almost to his elbows. The shirt is either too small or he’s that defined because I can see the outline of his chest through the fabric as it stretches in an attempt to accommodate him.

 

I wondered if he would be a mix of his older brothers and now I don’t have to guess. He’s a happy medium, only sexier. Dangerously sexy. One look at him and my pulse is racing, my palms beginning to sweat. No wonder Ian didn’t want me working for him.

 

Ian.

 

Shit. I’m ogling my boss, noticeably, and I have a boyfriend. It’s not like I’m going to act on the sexual desires that are building as he walks closer to me, a sly grin on his face, causing a small dimple to appear on his left cheek.

 

Nope.

 

Can’t act on those needs.

 

That would be wrong.

 

For so many reasons.

 

 

 

Now I know I have to read this one. When do you think it will release?

 

 

 

March 22, 2018

 

 

 

Who are your favorite authors?

 

 

There are a ton of amazing authors out there that inspire me to be true to myself and work hard every day. To name a few… Rachel Van Dyken, Molly McAdams, and Alessandra Torre. Each of these amazing women has written books that I cherish as well as take the time to share their knowledge and success with those of us still looking to make our mark.

 

 

What are some books you’ve read recently?

 

 

It’s crunch time for me right now with a deadline looming next week, so I haven’t been reading much lately BUT there are three books that I’m impatiently waiting to be released, and they all come out in January. I’ll be taking a writing hiatus to read all three of them back to back to back. I think my number one right now is Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken.

 

 

Did you do any special research for this book?

 

 

For every book I’ve written, I’ve had to research some aspect of it. For this series, all the main characters work at an advertising agency – it’s an office romance. I made sure I knew the structure of the business and what tasks each person would be responsible for.

 

 

Any chance of a sequel?

 

 

This is a six book series of stand-alone novels. All six are being released in a six month period.

 

 

What are you writing right now?

 

 

I’m currently working on book 3 of the Rumors series, halfway through it and then jumping into book 4.

 

 

What do you want to show us?

 

 

Rachael’s Work Space

This is what it looks like BEFORE I get started each day. By the time I call it quits, there is generally a pile of candy wrappers and a few coffee mugs sitting around.

 

 

Do you outline before writing or are you a pantser?

 

 

Rachael’s Writing Board

 

 

For this series, I did a very rough outline. I knew where I wanted each book to start and end and how one would lead into the next. Aside from that, I’ve pantsed it so far.

 

 

What is your favorite quote or line from your book?

 

 

Sucking in a deep breath, I look up to find Ryder staring down at me. He’s in need of a haircut. A few strands are loosely hanging in front of his eyes, but that doesn’t take away the beauty in them, or the lust I see.

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Author Interview – Rachel Radner

Let’s give a warm, Southern welcome to our very first spotlight author, Rachel Radner!

What is the title of your book?

 

Frozen in the Night, coming in 2018

 

What is the blurb?

 

Two actors from the 1960’s who absolutely hate each other wake up 52 years in the future after being cryogenically frozen. As they navigate their way through this new world, they realize that their path to salvation may be each other.

 

Who are your favorite authors that inspire you?

 

Gilda Radner, Renee Carlino, Kasie West, John Green, Jennifer Niven, Jennifer Armentrout, Alessandra Torre, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, J.D. Salinger, Alexander Hamilton

 

What are some books you have read recently?

 

Bad at Love (Karina Halle), Eliza and her Monsters (Francesca Zappia), and Ghosted (J.M. Darhower). Favorite book of the year was What to Say Next (Jennifer Niven).

 

What are some books you can’t wait to be released?

 

I’m always looking out for Renee Carlino to release a new book! And pretty much any new YA/NA romance.

 

 

Do you do any special research for this book?

 

For Frozen in the Night, the book pulls from a lot of my experiences as an actress. I definitely couldn’t have written it without working in the business. For my YA romance series that I’m working on, my research was the awful years I spent in high school (not even joking).

 

Is there any chance of a sequel?

 

Frozen in the Night is a stand-alone. I have a tiny idea for a sequel, but I don’t think I’m going to focus on that until I get through all the other projects that are calling me. For my YA romance, yes! I’m almost finished with the first draft of the sequel, and I’m planning on writing a third book. Hopefully, I’ll release these books by the end of 2018.

 

What are you writing right now?

 

I’m finishing the YA sequel, and then I’m going to rework my adult romance book.

 

Is there anything you want to show us?

This is Daisy, my writing partner.

This is my writing space.

 

Are you an outliner or a pantser?

 

I do a combination of both. Usually, I outline the book I’m about to write first to gauge whether it’s going to work, and so I have a direction for where I’m headed. Then, I start writing with every intention of using the outline. But I almost always go off the rail because you don’t know how certain things are going to play out. Sometimes the characters bring you in different directions than you intended.

 

Tell us your favorite quote or line from your book?

 

“Hate is a strong word don’t you think?” Robin asked, the question ending in a whisper. They paused, and Ava could feel herself being drawn closer to him. His head leaned forward, and then his mouth just barely touched hers. She could feel an energy sweeping over her, taking control of her body as they were suddenly pressing their lips into each other. It seemed as if they were filming one of their kissing scenes together. Except this was reality. She pulled away, and they stared at each other for a moment.

 

Robin’s lips parted, his brows knitted together.

 

He’s as confused as I am.

 

Any one last thing you would like to share?

 

I’m a former actress turned writer, and my experiences tend to bleed into my fiction.

 

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