Power Trip released today! One of my favorite things about this book is the cast of characters. The hero is a super-charged Dom who hides his powers by hooding and restraining his subs. He plunked himself down, fully formed, in my twisted imagination, so I didn’t have to kidnap him. However, I stole the heroine’s appearance from Michelle Williams playing Marilyn Monroe. She’s beautiful, yet nerdy, with black-velvet eyes. Let’s just call it borrowing. I think we can safely call celebrities fair game.
But the heroine’s brother was a straight-up identity theft. He sat next to me on a school field trip to the farm. No really- I couldn’t stop staring at him, and he looked like this:
Jake was dark, with swarthy skin and a stocky build. She knew most people considered him ugly since he was short and his smooth, bald skull flowed into his shoulders with no neck to speak of. He had a barrel chest, thighs as thick as his squat body and densely muscled calves. His shoulders were rounded, powerful, his lips fleshy, and his ears were small and curved. His eyes were his one truly beautiful feature, but he kept them covered by wraparound shades, even inside the club.
The Doc was inspired by Julianne Moore in a silver-sequined dress. Borrowing! But her girlfriend Sam is modeled on a woman I met briefly at a conference. I just tweeted her to tell her, so we’ll have to see if she wants to sue. Luckily, I think I’m pretty safe with the hero’s best friend, a tortured cop who looks like Ron Weasley, if Ron were bisexual, metrosexual, and mohawked. If celebrities are fair game, then fictional characters should be completely safe!
Did I mention all of these characters have super powers? I hope fans of comic books, graphic novels, kink, science, BDSM and x-rated banter will check it out! Please forgive all the aforementioned borrowing and feel free to create your own associations for my characters. Fair warning: This book is a TRIP!
A blast from the past can be hell on the heart.
“Spend the night with me, Crystal.”
One college hook-up with Ryan Anderson ripped Crystal LaRusso’s emotions wide open and hot-wired her to the world around her. After gaining control of her new abilities, she rebuilt her life and started a business as a sensual psychic. She’s bold, fearless and, admittedly, a little freaky. Black leather, exotic makeup and a reputation for only dating women keeps the world at a necessary distance—distance she can’t maintain when Ryan reappears in her life.
Ryan has spent the last ten years wondering what went wrong between them, and now that she’s back in his life, Crystal has a lot of explaining to do. The chemistry is just as potent as it was ten years ago, so why does she keep running away? One night won’t be enough to satisfy Ryan’s need for her, but it might take the edge off. At the very least, he can ask her why she broke his heart—and this time he’s not leaving without an answer.
This book contains an unforgettable one-night stand, a heroine with a taste for beautiful women, a quest that begins in a sex shop and ends in a sex club, and enough mind-blowing psychic sex to change one lucky man’s life forever.
I’ll be promoting Hook Up on a few blogs over the next few months, and giving away Hook Up Survival Kits. The kits contain an e-copy of Bottoms Up (which can be re-gifted if you already have it), an orchid temporary tattoo (like Crystal’s!), a mini-Magic 8-ball (psychic, get it?!), Romance Trading Cards (I love cover art) and STUDDED condoms (safety first)! Here’s the schedule, so you can enter the drawings:
October 22-24 All I Want And More – I’m kicking it with Cecile Smutty Hussy for a couple of days. Do your red-hot memories have a soundtrack?
October 24 Long And Short Reviews – On stretching boundaries…and sex that blew her mind!
October 27 Fiction Vixen Weekend Spotlight – Get inside my head! I signed up for this spot months ago, and I can’t remember what I offered for a giveaway…so we’ll all be surprised!
October 29 Love Romance Passion – Blasts From The Past
November 5 Fierce Romance – A chat with my longtime friend and critique partner Natasha Moore
November 6 Nine Naughty Novelists – Tattoo Crazy!
November 7th Delilah Devlin – Would You Want To Be Psychic?
I’m also giving away a $10 gift card to one lucky newsletter subscriber on January 29th. Why January 29th? Because that’s release day for POWER TRIP, my super-powered electric sex BDSM book! Click the paper airplane at the top of the blog if you want me to send you an e-mail when each new book comes out. All newsletter subscribers will be entered in the drawing.
Holler if you hear me! And thanks for sharing my glee!
Woot! SoloPlay comes out tomorrow! An April release is just one more reason to love spring this year. Since I spent Easter visiting my family, I had the long drive home to ponder my post this week. As many of you already know, SoloPlay is special to me. It was my first finished manuscript and it inspired the rest of the series. It took years (not kidding) of work to make it into what I meant it to be in the first place, and I learned a ton during the process. Here are the first ten things that occurred to me as I was driving home thinking about my love for SoloPlay, in no particular order and scrawled on a granola bar box while traveling sixty-five miles per hour on the highway.
10. I’m not the only writer who fantasizes about Daniel Craig. Tiffany Reisz pictured him as the hero of her kick-ass BDSM novella Seven Day Loan.
9. The sexual position in Chapter Ten is physically possible.
8. A great editor can make all the difference.
7. There really are professional sex toy reviewers.
6. Dreams can come true if you work obsessively, pay attention and get lucky.
5. Grammatically correct commas aren’t always necessary. (Okay, I learned that during Bottoms Up, but, um, the lesson didn’t stick.)
4. Writing a good bad sex scene is more difficult than writing at good good sex scene.
3. Condoms can’t be assumed. You have to write them in every time!
2. It’s nearly impossible to find a 1500 word PG excerpt for a sex toy story. (See number 8.)
1. And the most important thing I learned while working on SoloPlay is how to pay attention to my story. That is what I will take with me as I revise the next story, Crystal’s story. Yes, I’m writing the damn thing but since I’m pulling it out of the labyrinth of my head, I don’t necessarily know how best to proceed or even how to find the end. My subconscious is in charge while I’m writing, but if I keep my eyes open, maybe I’ll find my way through the maze instead of knocking down walls, re-building them, knocking down other walls. Some might say I should plot first, but I’m a character-driven girl. I’ll let you know if that plotting thing ever works out for me…
So I’ll be popping a cork tomorrow to celebrate the story that started them all for me. I’ll also be blogging on the LASR Whipped Cream site, talking about Seasonal Tension, what else? Visit the site in April and leave a comment for the chance to win a Kindle, Nook or $150 gift card! Thanks for stopping in to celebrate with me today and sharing my big hurray for SoloPlay!