Voirey Linger Interviewed me today on her blog: Wednesday Guest: C. M. Torrens. I’ll be giving away a book there, so stop on by and leave a comment for a chance to win. Comments are open until Friday.
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Today I’m happy to interview Lexie Donovan about her first release, In The Park. A fun and hot little read worth picking up. She also happens to be a friend of mine, who I’m especially happy to see finally took the step to become a published author.
CM: Hi Lexie, thanks for joining us today. So, you got your cherry popped in the publishing world. Did it hurt as much as you thought it would?
LD: Thank you for having me! To be honest the actual popping was easier than I thought as I was in the right place at the right time with the right idea, but it’s been a long hard journey to get here. I’ve been writing for several years already and learning the craft so it was by no means an overnight success.
CM: This is your very first published story, is there any advice you’d like to give to others aspiring authors?
LD: Keep trying. I tried to give up so many times but my friends always pushed me on and I’m glad they did. All it takes is one yes.
CM: Hehe, pimp yourself, Babe. Tell us all about your new story.
LD: My story is a kinky adventure in a park. It’s full of the danger of being caught outside and sexual tension and fustration. There’s a sweet little twist at the end too.
CM: So, what’s next for you? Do you have anything specific that your working on?
LD: I’m working on another short erotic at the moment which I hope to finish soon. I’m also reworking a novel I started a few years back now that I have more knowledge of writing and how I work as a writer.
CM: I can’t wait to see more from you. Thanks for taking the time to let me interview you. You’ve been great. Is there anything you’d like to share?
LD: It’s been great to be here!
Dirty Bit: In the Park by Lexie Donovan
All the email said was, “No looking, no touching and no underwear. See you at the park.” It was going to be a wild night….
If you like my story, please check out the other works in the Dirty Bits line here.
CM: Thanks again for stopping by, and congratulations again on your first published work.
*The Winner of Lexie Donovan’s book is Christina Wolfer. Congratulations!*
Hello my all too kind readers, today I give you a very special treat. My friend, Voirey Linger has agreed to let me interview her. She must really like me because in the world of blogs I’m a boring blogger. lol
CM: Hi Hon. So, how does it feel to be able to say you’ve sold yourself twice? Er, I mean, sold two books, of course.
VL: What they say is true… It doesn’t hurt as much the second time. The thrill of that first sale was special, but I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, so there was a lot of floundering. This time I’m able to enjoy it a little more.
CM: What’s been your favorite part of the publishing process?
CM: Man, that cover is SMOKIN’ hot. I’m in love. Is that how you see Ren, your main character in Forsaking Eternity?
VL: It’s very close. Syneca has been my cover artist for both books and I think she’s done an excellent job of bringing my angels to life.
CM: Both of your books feature angelic heroes. Out of Ren and Dom which of them did you enjoy writing the most? Who was the most challenging character to write?
VL: Wow… I’m not sure that’s a fair question. When I was writing Dom, I loved him. When I was writing Ren, I loved him. I have to love my heros to write them, have to be wholly invested in that one couple to bring them to life. Once I’m done with a book, that fades, I move on to the next book, the next couple and all that love moves on, too. I can’t say I really enjoy one story more than another, because they are all a part of me.
As for challenging, Meela is becoming the challenging one. She hasn’t had a chance to show it yet, but she’s got a lot of depth and is provng to be a very interesting character.
CM: Just because I’m curious, how much world building did you do before you wrote Dom’s story, Risking Eternity, or did the world sort of build itself while you wrote it?
VL: I always have the world before I write. Worldbuilding and plotting are in place before I tackle a story of any length. Sometimes I’ll write a random scene to help with character building, but as far as actual story goes, not until I know how everything works.
For the angels, worldbuilding felt very natural. I didn’t have to debate too many questions. I knew I wanted to make my angels the kind of angels I’d grown up with. Being a pastor’s kid, this meant a very Biblical basis for them, so I relied on Judeo-Christian myth and tradition as well as actual Biblical reference. Since I was brought up on this stuff, the wor;d was already in my head. It had been taught and nurtured from childhood.
There were two points where I strayed from my childhood teachings, and I did so very deliberately. The first was what classified as a sin worthy of Hell. I had to relax that boundary to keep maggie alive long enough to have a story. The other was angel sexuality. I needed angels to be sexual beings, and it didn’t strike me as realistic that an angel who had been alive since before time would suddenly discover sexuality. They needed to be sexual creatures.
CM: Angels are hot and juicy, you have me addicted. Do you plan any others angel novels or novellas?
VL: I do, actually. And no, I’m not telling. Okay, just a hint of an idea… a question really: Can a demon find forgiveness and redemption?
CM: Forsaking Eternity was your first m/m story. What did you find was the most challenging part of writing m/m?
Everything? LOL . M/m was never my thing. I didn’t read it, didn’t write it, wasn’t interested in it. When i finished RE, I was asked if I was going to write Ren and I said no, because I knew that Ren would have a guy and I didn’t do m/m. But I’ve always said that no matter what, when a story comes to me I have to be true to it and write it as it needs to be written, not as I want it to be.Ren’s story came to me so I read some m/m, got familiar with the genre, and I wrote.
I’m not going to say it was an easy transition. Mechanics didn’t flow as easily and I have a lot of scene fails in my trash bin. This one relatively short book took me close to a year to write. But once I got things sorted in my head, it all flowed.
CM: As a huge fan of m/m, could I convince you (I will toss in free chocolate if I must) to write another m/m story?
VL: Did someone say chocolate?
VL: Forsaking Eternity is about an angel with a serious case of bi-curiosity. After being kissed by another male, he realized that it turned him on a whole lot more than the females he’d been with. Homosexuality is a social sin in Heaven, so he takes his experimenting to earth, planning nothing more than a one-time fling with an interested man. When he meets Adam, the attraction is instantaneous. He wants more than a fling but he knows nothing can come of the relationship. To complicate matters further, he’s assigned the job of finding a lost Law scroll, and the Law on it could transform his growing love for Adam from a social sin to a sin in truth.
CM: I really love how Ren became such a full and fleshed out character in Forsaking Eternity after being such a dick in the first book. Did you know all this about his character while writing book one?
VL: Actually I did. While he came across as a dick in RE, in reality he was just trying to save his best friend and do what was right. He has a very strict idea of right and wrong. There is no gray area in his mind. In FE I wanted to challenge that sense of black and white legality a little bit, make him have to make some choices. I think those challenges to his personal morality really formed the backbone of this book.
CM: I think I’ve bugged you enough. I have to let you get back to writing more deliciously juicy novellas for me to devour. If you’re taking requests, more angels and m/m would be nice. 😕 Oh, did I say that out loud?
VL: You did, but you’ll have to wait. I have another trick up my sleeve, coming soon to an e-reader near you…
CM: LOL Thanks again for your time, Hon.
Forsaking Eternity by Voirey Linger
Sequel to Risking Eternity.
Renatus is a legalist and knows the rules better than most. But knowing the Law doesn’t stop him from imagining the press of a hard, male body against his, or remembering one forbidden kiss that left him hungry for more. He leaves Heaven to mingle with mankind, hoping that satisfying curiosity will quell desire. He finds Adam, a college professor who has given up on love.
Adam once dreamed of finding the perfect man and settling down. His dreams and trust were shattered when he found out the truth about his ex. Meeting Renatus seduces Adam into taking another chance on love. But Ren is keeping secrets, and the only promise he will make is that he will leave.
Now the Most High has commanded Renatus to retrieve the Law of Men and Angels, and a vengeful demon is circling, waiting for her opportunity to strike. Staying is impossible, leaving unbearable, and Ren wants to succumb to temptation, forsaking eternity for a life on Earth with this man.
A quick review of Inez Kelley’s newest book, Sweet as Sin.
For those who have not read this author you are in for a real treat. Inez Kelley is a fantastic writer of several genre, including fantasy, contemporary and erotica.
Now, I’m not a contemporary reader usually, but this one is dark enough to capture my interest and hold it. I love the characters and Oh. My. God. The heat between these two characters is fantastic. A definite must read!
Rank: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
SWEET AS SIN by Inez Kelley
She was made for sin. Sin was something he knew intimately.
John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he’s driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.
Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won’t lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she’s as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?
I won a book yesterday and thought I’d give it some hype.
Demonic Attraction Blurb:
She’s alone, working on an array orbiting a distant moon, the isolation seriously cramping her access to sex. Until her remaining thirteen days are up, her own fingers will have to do—or so she thinks.
The Damianos have other plans. A race of pure energy, the Damianos seek pleasure in flesh and have an unusual talent. They can fracture into as many lovers as Anya needs. She is a rare find, and they intend to enjoy her, love her every chance and every way they can. But to keep her they need an anchor, another body to fix them in her dimension.
And a prime candidate is on his way.
Okay, the blurb doesn’t begin to cover the hotness of this book. Anya, our heroine, has been on a science monitoring station for a long time. Too damn long. The poor thing. With 13 days left of her rotation to go, she’s more than a little eager for someone, or something, to remind her of all the pleasures of the flesh.
This Quickie starts off hot and only gets better. The only thing bad I can say about this is that I wanted more. And that’s a good thing. I devoured the book with delicious glee and a bit sad to see the end. *sigh* But all good things must come to an end at some point, right?
I must say I’m a fan of Ms.Knox. The writing is clean and her characters very inventive. I give this little Quickie 4 hearts. She does an awful lot in a short period time, and man, this one steaming.
Rank: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥