Guests

Truth or Dare: Natasha Moore

Flaunt It

Available Now!

Happy Monday, people! It’s the last day to get Natasha Moore’s latest release FLAUNT IT on sale from Samhain Publishing! You can also get it from Amazon or pretty much anywhere else but I love a sale. FLAUNT IT is a short exhibitionist story, and it’s the perfect length for pre-bedtime reading…

He’ll put her on display, if that’s what it takes to keep her…

Paolo’s Playhouse, Book 1

When it comes to sexy and sassy, Piper, the most popular waitress at Ben’s bar, has it all going on. Now that they’re dating, though, Ben wishes she’d dial down the skimpy clothes and flirty attitude, and her habit of dancing around the bar and flashing to her favorite song. Every teasing peek at her body, every laugh at some customer’s lousy joke, is certainly good for business—but it sends his jealousy meter into the red zone.

Sure, they’re dating, but he’s no muscled, tattooed stud with diamonds in his ears. How can he compete, especially when she refuses to even spend the night at his place?

Desperate, Ben books a room at his friend Paolo’s fantasy club, hoping an erotic night in front of a two-way mirror will get her exhibitionist streak out of her system. Praying it won’t prove his greatest fear—that she lives only to show off. And he’s not that special to her at all…

PRODUCT WARNINGS: Flirting and pole dancing, hot sex and showing off for an invisible audience. Stop by the playhouse and live out your fantasies!

Five things I love about Natasha Moore:

1. She lent me $5 to buy a book at my very first WNY Romance Writers meeting. Real women carry cash. Hmm…

2. She likes wine. I like that in a girl.

3. She’s prolific, creative, kinky and she knows how to write emotion as well as hot sex.

4. She has a cool tattoo.

5. She often travels with her husband- around the country and just around town. Since she’s camping with him right now, we’re going to play Truth or Dare via text!

Risk It

A voyeur story! Coming November 15th!

Miranda: I like to kick the game off with Truth. Natasha, voyeur or exhibitionist?

Natasha: I am totally a voyeur, but I think I must wish I was an exhibitionist because I seem to write about it a lot. 😀 Truth!

Miranda: *giggle* And I’m glad you do! The second story in the Playhouse series Risk It takes place on the other side of the two-way mirror when Ben and Piper are doing their thing in Flaunt It. I love that. It turns me on to experience both sides of the kink continuum in two separate stories. Can’t wait for Risk It! Okay, how many glasses of wine have you had tonight?

Nat: I’m sitting by the fire sipping my third glass…

Mir: I’m jealous. My husband just went to the casino and  I’m listening to the kids watch Phineas and Ferb. Mooooooooooooooommmmmmmm! However, I’ve got you right where I want you. Wine always makes me confessional, and you keep choosing truth. Too bad I’m limited by our medium. My phone is a half-wit. Okay *pulling it together* Over the years, you have given me some really great writing advice, but I don’t think I’ve ever asked you if you have a mantra. Do you have an inspirational phrase that helps you tap the well?

Natasha: I have several notes taped up on my board: Don’t stop believing, take risks, think outside the box.

Miranda: Oh, those are good ones! *snortle* Ha, ha, you said box. Truth or dare?

Natasha: Dare!

Miranda: I dare you to have sex in a car tonight! Campers count!

Natasha: I’ll take you up on that…

Yup, my kind of girl. (You are welcome, husband of Natasha Moore. You are welcome.)

You can learn more about Natasha Moore on her website, Twitter and the Fierce Romance blog. C’mon, stalk her with me! She’s a voyeur so she’s stalking other people, and that makes it okay. 😉

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Truth or Dare: Scarlett Parrish

Happy Monday! I’ve got a little something different going on today. My Twitter-friend Scarlett Parrish just had a new book come out from Loose-Id – A LITTLE DEATH. I’m not finished reading it yet, but I’m far enough in to know it has the good Scarlett stuff – a heroine who doesn’t take any shit and keeps the reader privy to her inner fuck-off monologue, a hero that is ungodly, unworldly attractive, a dark, complicated, (dare I say) conflicted tone, and sex scenes that soak my panties. SOLD!

I’m enjoying A LITTLE DEATH and I don’t want to rush it but in my forays on Twitter, I’ve become fascinated with the Scarlett Parrish. I think she puts a lot of herself into her heroines. In fact, the first thing I consciously noticed about her work was her incredible voice. (Somehow, I got sucked into reading an excerpt – probably on Twitter – and BANG! I was in this guy’s head, and I met Daniel Fucking Cross. I had to have him, just like poor Reece in BY THE BOOK.) Some authors have the ability to sink a reader so deep into a character that the reader becomes the character. Not an easy trick, that. Anyway, sometimes I read her tweets, and I think, “Whoa! Inflammatory!” But that’s just her – and I like that. She doesn’t pussyfoot around trying not to piss people off, which is why I thought she might be up for a little game of Truth or Dare.

Since we are playing this game across oceans and time zones, I decided Scarlett would say Truth first. I can do that. It’s my blog! 🙂

Miranda: A LITTLE DEATH is a vampire story. Which came first – the idea for the book or the hungry vampire market? Do you write to the market or do you write what you want and try to find a market for it?

Scarlett:

Tricky question. I’d say neither. I like being awkward, after all. 😀 I started writing A Little Death, or the book that became it, seventeen years ago. All I knew was that it would be about vampires. I had no plan for the book, nor any notion of the market (which, let’s face it, has changed a lot in the intervening years). After six months I came up with 150k words of handwritten crud, which I eventually binned and rewrote from memory several times. Each version was different — and shorter! Characters were dropped, new ones drafted in, the setting changed, the female MC’s name changed, her parents no longer appeared in the book, she lost two ex-boyfriends, one of whom became a fellow student… For whatever reason, I just couldn’t let this book go. I recognized it needed work, but loved the basic premise — a mortal woman’s involvement with a male vampire. A common trope, but I wanted to put my own spin on it. Somehow.

Then I realized two things: the vampire Cian was actually the bad guy, meaning that Mallory needed a new vampiric lover…and the story needed to be an erotic romance.

I write to the market in that I know who my audience is: bookworm perverts. But when it comes to which sub-genre of erotic romance each story is, whether it be paranormal, het, M/M, menage…that’s where I make the choice. Filth finds its own market! 😀

Miranda: And thank gods for that. See why I love her, people? Smart, talented and filthy of mind. All right, darling: truth or dare?

Scarlett: I’ll say dare, even though I’ll probably regret it.

Miranda: I dare you to give Georgia from BY THE BOOK her own story. Ever think about it?

Scarlett: You’re the first person to say she should have one. Everyone else who’s nagged me for a sequel has focused on Daniel and Reece, but their story’s told. By the Book is about how they get together, not their entire relationship start-to-finish. After all, those boys deserve some privacy, right?

So, I have to say — no, I haven’t ever thought of it. But now you’ve put the possibility in my head, anything could happen.

Truth!

Miranda: How do you write sex scenes? I know I stare off into space, getting desperate, typing furiously, then staring off into space some more. What about you?

Scarlett: Pretty much the same way. With sex and any other type of scene, I watch it in my head as if there’s a DVD player in there and I just write down what I see. When it comes to sex scenes, if I’m not wriggling in my seat, in severe need of some ‘me-time’, then something’s wrong.

Stop and stare, type, get distracted, stop and stare some more…yep, sounds like me. 🙂

Dare!

Miranda: I’m jealous! I can’t see pictures in my head it’s all words, 24/7, yammering away up there, driving me nutso.

Okay, last one – an easy one for you. Go forth. Write more filth and release it into the world to find its home in the minds of bookworm perverts. I dare you! 😀

Scarlett: Funny you should say that; I’m working on more filth as we speak!

Scarlett, thanks for playing with me! Since you’re such a game girl, I will now share you with the crowd. Readers? Any burning questions or creative dares for my captive friend Scarlett Parrish? Find her here this week, perpetually on Twitter as @scarlettparrish, on her own blog, or on the Loose-Id website where you may buy her books! (You can get most of them other places too.)

Just in case your finger is tired (From clicking links, you pervert), here’s the blurb for A LITTLE DEATH.

Seeing dead people is all very well…unless one of them wants to kill you.

To Mallory Sharpe, vampires are a fact of life. They exist, walk the streets, and for the most part mind their own business. As a second-year university student, she doesn’t pay the undead much attention until she meets Jonathan Cutler. He has needs, and blood is only one. The other, Mallory is more than willing to help him with. After all, he has but one rule: to never spend more than one night with a woman. He won’t get attached, or consciously put anyone’s life in danger.

Another vampire, Cian Ambrose, isn’t so troubled by conscience. Mallory’s fair game, a weapon to taunt Jonathan with. In fact, it might be fun to make her his grail, or living blood donor, and Cian Ambrose doesn’t take kindly to the word no. He hasn’t heard it often in his one hundred and fifty years and it usually results in the other person ending up dead.

So with Mallory’s tolerance for undead guys running very low, Jonathan has to re-gain her trust, stop Cian killing her, oh…and for God’s sake, not fall in love.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content and graphic language.

And thank goodness! XOXO!

Talk To Me: Cassandra Carr

Guess what? My friend and WNYRW chaptermate Cassandra Carr has a new release from Loose-Id!

It’s Hot!

Radio producer Jamie MacMahon is in over her head with ex-hockey player-turned host Drew Milan. She’s attracted to the man who earned the nickname “the Beast” during his playing days from the moment they meet, but he’s her boss and she loves her new job. She’s made plenty of mistakes with men and loathes the thought of being yet another plaything for Drew, a man who sleeps with women but doesn’t date them.

Drew doesn’t want to lose a great producer and knows Jamie deserves a real relationship, but can’t stay away from the sizzling chemistry they create every time they’re together. Jamie’s insecurities and the very real prospect of having to leave a great job if this thing doesn’t work out clash hard with Drew’s fears about opening his heart and the possibility of losing his first competent producer. Nothing’s going to get resolved if one of them won’t say it: “Come on, baby, talk to me.”

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: D/s elements, fetish, spanking, strong language (“dirty” talk).

Dirty talk! Yay! I read it a few times before it was published, and each time it got hotter. I can only imagine the heat index now – but I won’t have to imagine for long. I downloaded it yesterday! 😀

If you’ve ever loved a bad boy, you’ll like Drew “The Beast” Milan. If you’ve ever wanted to put a bad boy in his place, you’ll really like Jamie MacMahon. Drew and Jamie throw down, go down and never slow down as they explore the attraction between them. Over and over again. With skill and enthusiasm. And great shoes. And apparently, a spanking too!

Since Cassandra’s my buddy, she agreed to answer a few questions for me:

Miranda: Every story I’ve written was inspired by something or someone. What was your kernel of inspiration for “Talk To Me?”

Cassandra: The concept of being seduced by a voice. The rest of the background for the story flowed from there. I started to think about what profession a person with a nice voice might have and that led me to radio. Then if he was a talk show host, what could she do? Could she be a listener? Maybe, but that wouldn’t throw her into his path easily. That led me to making her his producer. I mean, can you imagine having to listen to this awesome voice for twenty-plus hours every single week? Yowza.

Miranda: That reminds me of one of the first conversations you and I ever had together. We were sitting at Smokey Bones after a WNYRW meeting and I asked you about your WIP. You started telling me about Talk To Me. Do you remember that? The scene you told me about was the one where Jamie is masturbating to a recording of Drew’s voice because she just can’t take it anymore. I love the premise of a sexy voice too, but not quite as much as Jamie! I’m also a big fan of epiphanies. Did you have any writing or life-related epiphanies while working on this book?

Cassandra: It was while I was writing this book that I really figured out I was a writer. Not just “someone who wrote while she did other things” but “a writer”. At my wonderful husband’s urging I stopped looking for other projects and focused exclusively on writing.

Miranda: That’s a crazy moment, isn’t it? However, you can’t focus exclusively on writing. You are a wife, a mommy and you do have another job. Do you have any tips for challenged multi-taskers like me? I’m always looking for new ways to keep it all going on at the same time.

Cassandra: Learn to type faster. Seriously, I don’t know. I feel like I could be so much more productive than I am. I just try to make writing a priority. It is my profession, after all, even if I do it from home, sometimes while my toddler is running around in front of me. I don’t watch a whole lot of television – barring Sabres games, which I try not to miss. I do read a lot, but that’s research. Really…

Miranda: (note to self: learn to type, period.) Moment of truth – it boggles my mind that you write so fast and I’m not talking words per minute. How do you do that? Do you ever get “stuck?”

Cassandra: Sure I get stuck – everybody does. But I read some good advice about writer’s block – just keep writing. And it works. As far as how fast I write, when I get going and the words are flowing I can write pages and pages. I think my record is something like 6-7,000 words in one day. However, I should note that it’s unusual for me to write that much in a day. When I’m writing a first draft I try to write around 10,000 words a week. Sometimes I write more, sometimes I write less.

Miranda: And now for a really important question – what did your husband say when he saw you in your corset after our little shopping trip?

Cassandra: He said, “Let’s go upstairs!” What did your husband say when he saw you in yours?

Miranda: “I hope you don’t expect to take that off anytime soon.”

And there you have it folks, Cassandra Carr talking to me about Talk To Me! I hope you enjoyed our chat as much as we did. For your reading pleasure, Talk To Me is available from Loose-Id! Feel free to report back and tell me all about your favorite parts… talk slow, okay? 😉