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Inside the Author with 20 Questions: K.A. Linde

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☆ ☆ ☆INSIDE THE AUTHOR WITH 20 QUESTIONS: K.A. LINDE☆ ☆ ☆
@AuthorKALinde

1. What is your favorite word?
Donut and punkin

2. What is your least favorite word?
No.
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Inside the Author with 20 Questions: Stina Lindeblatt

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☆ ☆ ☆INSIDE THE AUTHOR WITH 20 QUESTIONS: STINA LINDENBLATT☆ ☆ ☆
@StinaLL

1. What is your favorite word?
Believe. I actually have it tattooed on my wrist. Well, my favorite word is actually ‘sex’, but that wouldn’t look quite right tattooed on my wrist.

2. What is your least favorite word?
Can’t.
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Author Spotlight (Interview): Leylah Attar

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☆ ☆ ☆ Author Spotlight: Leylah @LeylahAttar ☆ ☆ ☆

When Leylah Attar entered the romance world with her debut, 53 Letters for My Lover, it was hard not to take notice.  This book covers an affair (obviously), diversity, sickness (yes, I’m being vague), and rape.  The manner in which the story was told, within a culture I knew little about, was unforgettable.  And I felt like a locked up prisoner, desperate for release, her new release, he he.

The Paper Swan was so completely different yet just as mesmerizing as the 53 Letters, that she became an automatic 1-click author for me.  And this book is one of the few books that gets the SHORTIES APPROVED rating (5 stars from more than one Shortie).

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Describe your last release in 5 words or less. 
Leylah: Intense, gritty, dark, light, hopeful
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Inside the Author with 20 Questions: Nikki Sloane

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☆ ☆ ☆INSIDE THE AUTHOR WITH 20 QUESTIONS: NIKKI SLOANE☆ ☆ ☆
@AuthorNSloane

1. What is your favorite word?
Honestly? It’s probably fuck. It’s so versatile!

2. What is your least favorite word?
Cream, especially when it’s used as a verb. <shudders>
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Author Spotlight (Interview): Ker Dukey

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☆ ☆ ☆ Author Spotlight: @kerdukey ☆ ☆ ☆

We are excited to have Ker Dukey in part 1 of 4 author spotlights for our Month of Darkness!  Ker is the author you go to when you want to read something dark and twisted. Edgy and full of many surprises. Her books should come with a warning label on how crazy you like your characters. You’re trying to enter The Dark Side, this is where you want to be.

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Describe your last release in 5 words or less (include title of book).

Ker: Deadly (Empathy series), dark, dangerous, addictive.

What are you currently writing? 

Ker:  I’m currently writing ‘Ten (My Brothers best friend)’  Which will be a standalone but secondary characters will have their own titles. Here is the blurb:

Ten years old I fell in love

Ten years was the price of that love

Ten years later our world’s re-collide

Alexandria (alex)

My brother Jonah was possessive when it came to the things he owned; this unfortunately included the people in his life. The forbidden love between his best friend and me was just that… forbidden.

Our families were from different walks of life and as a sheriff’s daughter being with a Moore’s kid would never be tolerated. To my parents their son and Dalton Moore were on different paths and their friendship would end as soon as college began but it was my brother who had a craving for trouble. He was always looking for danger, committing petty crimes and getting away with it because Dalton would take the fall, blackening his already stained name. When Jonah found out we broke the rules by loving each other, his consequences impacted us all with immeasurable suffering.

Betrayal comes with a debt and it would be paid by all of us.

One with their heart,

one with their mind

and one would pay in blood.

How did you decide on writing in the dark romance genre?

Ker: It wasn’t a choice, that’s just how my mind and stories flow. I’m always true to my characters and let them lead the way when it comes to how they develop. My mind can be a dark place but there is always some light in the darkest corners and romance is always the drive. I believe in consuming, world changing love and believe that doesn’t always come from a fluffy place.

Who was/is your favorite character to write?

Ker: Ryan, he was most complex and dark so delving into his psyche was fun.

What was the hardest scene you’ve ever written (without spoilers)?

Ker: There is a scene at the end of Cadence (Deception series) That really gutted me but needed to be written. Me and my co writer for that series D.H.Sidebottom had to call each other for support

Would you ever want your books to be made into a movie/TV series?  If so, what series and do you already have actors/actresses in mind?

Ker: I would love to see any of my titles make it to the big screen but Empathy, I think would make a great movie. I think Jared Leto could play Ryan really well…. I’m dreaming i know :p

What is your favorite dark read, by another author?

Ker: Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts blew my mind. Caleb fascinated me so much. The story was so well written, I felt consumed by the characters and lived the story with them.

Do you read romance books out of your genre?  If so, which is your favorite?

Ker: I read many genres depending on my mood and time. Black Dagger Brotherhood Is a paranormal romance and one of my favorite series. I love the angsty stuff too, Thoughtless series is a go to read of mine.

Do you celebrate Halloween?  If yes, what was your favorite costume to dress up in?

Ker: I’m a Mummy so Halloween is a big deal in our house, I’ve always been a witch whenever I dress up lol

I once dressed my daughter up as a zombie but ran out of the fake blood so I used ink from a coloring pen to put a red streak through her hair… BAD MUM FAIL! She had a pink streak for weeks after because it didn’t wash out o.O

Name one thing you are afraid of (spiders, clowns, etc.).

Ker: I do hate spiders!

When I was a child I used to be terrified of tornadoes and sharks and the ironic thing is we don’t really get them in the UK (not deadly ones anyway)

Vampires, werewolves or other?

Ker: Vamps! I would so be a fangbanger :p

Favorite scary movie?

Ker: I find it difficult to find scary movies these days that actually scare me. When I was young I watched Pet Cemetery, it gave me nightmares for months and I still can’t watch it to this day.

Final question: who is your favorite Star Wars character?

Ker: Hahaha I’m not really into Star Wars :/ But I’m huge on superheroes Thor is my favorite.

Thanks Ker!

About

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active… I would want to change the script.I would watch films and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so i thought it best that i tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

You can find me on Facebook where I love interacting with my readers.

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Book Title: Empathy (Empathy #1)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 203 pages

Synopsis

Blake:
I am a brother
I am a police detective
I am a contract killer
I don’t want to love
I don’t want to feel
I don’t want … EMPATHY.

They say some people are born with decreased activity in the front central lobe causing them a deficiency in empathy. Maybe that’s true about me but whether I was born this way or created in a moment of evil, empathy was something I didn’t possess until her green eyes met mine in the mirror and I couldn’t take her life.

I didn’t want to feel, didn’t want this woman in my life complicating how I lived but she was there at every turn. Sent to haunt me for my sins. Her light so bright she provoked a shadow from everyone she touched. When a job turns bad quickly altering my life forever I’m forced to feel. When nothing is making sense I’m forced to face truths I never would recover from. When life drowns you in its cruelty you don’t know which way the current will drag you or who you’ll become once you re-surface.

Melody:
I was a daughter
I was a student
I was a victim
Did I have his love?
Did I make him feel?
Did I have his empathy?
When the actions of a soulless killer forces sorrow into my veins I never dreamed the man healing my wounds would be the one to leave the worst scar. His love would scar my soul. Scars are permanent; I will never feel the relief from them. Will I learn to live with them, remember why I have them and learn never to let him close enough to inflict more? Will I eventually cover them… like tattoos coating them with new memories, new love and new starts? I didn’t know these answers because the pain was too suffocating, the only thing I knew was they will always be under the surface lingering. He had scars too, from his sins. There is nothing that can cover them, they were too deep, too ugly, too dark and they marked us both forever.

Warning: This book will mess with your mind. It is a very dark, sexy, twisted romance novel. 18+ only.

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Book Title: Desolate (Empathy #2)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 215 pages

Synopsis

Ryan:
I was a son,
A friend,
A brother,
A psychopath.

Eighteen years of being in a psyche ward; I was released into the world. Things have changed, Blake is married to Melody and is a father to my new fixation, Cereus. My beautiful niece who knows nothing of my existence. When consequences of past sins begin playing tricks on me, old cravings demand to be satisfied.

There is no cure for my kind of sickness.

I am void of everything but obsession.
I can’t love,
I can’t feel,
I am Desolate.

Warning: this book contains dark themes and explicit sex, read with caution. Desolate is the second book to the international bestselling title,Empathy. Please read book one to truly enjoy this title.

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Book Title: Deadly (Empathy #3)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 95 pages

Synopsis

Deadly (An Empathy Novella)

Normal is not something Ryan and Cereus have ever been, where’s the fun in normal?

When Cereus’s dreams follow her into the waking hours, she has to come to terms with the fact, Ryan is not the only monster in her madness.
That she herself… can be just as deadly.

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Book Title: The Beats in Rift
Genre: New Adult
Length: 213 pages

Synopsis

I was invisible, until they saw me.

When circumstance forced me and the Jacob twins to spend two weeks of the summer together, the bond we formed would impact us all, altering our lives.
Fate, entwining us forever.
They became my best friends, my family, my first love.
With their love came their father’s hate!
Love is powerful but also painful and destructive when it’s torn between three people. When my mother’s reputation and their father’s vile actions damage that love, that friendship, it changes the dynamics of our trio setting me on a path of love, loss and impossible decisions.

Jared the beautiful rogue, who pushed her limits, opened her eyes and owned her heart. Their love was powerful, everlasting… until he abandoned her. Justin, loyal and true, picked her up when she was left fragmented. He made a place for himself in her heart and would fight to keep it.
When both twins come in and out of Meadows life, leaving damage and hurt in their wake, will she ever choose one or the other, or leave them both without the beats in their heart?

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Book Title: Facade (Deception #1), co-authored with D.H. Sidebottom
Genre: Dark Erotica
Length: 204 pages

Synopsis

WARNING! This book is Dark erotica. This book contains situations that some may find offensive. If you are sensitive to graphic violence read with caution. This book also leads into a second book. You will get answers but the story will continue into a final instalment. You have been warned. Enjoy.

You meet someone. You date. You fall in love. You marry.
The four simple rules of love….
Wrong! I’m getting married but I’d never met him before now, never dated him, never fell in love. I have no access to the memories of the most magical time of anyone’s life.
My mind won’t allow me to evoke the past, I can’t remember those simple stages to lead me to the fourth .

I can’t comprehend why I would have ever wanted to marry someone like Dante. I should never have passed the first stage, although, I may have seen him through the eyes of the woman I once was, this me that lives, breathes here now, can’t understand how we made it to the next stage.
I’m not sure, without memories, how I know that this voice inside me, telling me I would never have chosen him, speaks some truth, I just know. He’s controlling, arrogant, callous and violent, and utterly hell bent on humiliating and degrading me – Like watching me falter, watching me struggle to comply and be the woman he asked to marry, powers him- as though he wants to break me piece by piece. Fiber by fiber. Until all that’s here is the shell he created from a soul that I once owned.

Now my memories are slowly returning. And they show me a completely different side to meeting him. Our dates, falling in love. The Dante haunting me in the shadows of my mind is loving, gentle and utterly enamored with me, nothing like the man with me now.
And this is what taunts me. My tender lover turned into a debauched, cruel sadist who is determined to consume my life, destroy my mind and murder my spirit.

I am, Star, and just like with some stars in the sky, the light you see is an echo, a façade, I am already gone
I am a no one.
Especially to him. To him I am the dark in his desires, the corrupt in his depravity.
The sin in his immorality.

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Book Title: Cadence (Deception #2), co-authored with D.H. Sidebottom
Genre: Dark Erotica
Length: 186 pages

Synopsis

Cadence

Cade.

He had her love. Her devotion. He destroyed her with it!

Years I loved Faye Avery from a distance, watched my brother have something he didn’t deserve. She was always too good for him. Dante had a need for control and that grew with him from childhood, infecting her to bend to his whim.

When Dante abandoned her, the girl who put his future and needs before her own, I rediscovered the girl who lost herself to the heartache. She blossomed and flourished in the light of the love she deserved – until he robbed me of her. Breaking her down, dimming the essence of the woman she had become.

Dante had a darkness inside him that led him down a path of depravity. He was too far gone. He functioned on corruption, humiliation, power and retribution, and all for something that never happened.

What he forgets is this! I not only wear his face, I carry the darkness inside of me too, and my wrath will coat him with it so thick he will drown under the rain of my reckoning.

He wants Star, a memory of a girl he used to know. He stole Faye, a woman who owns my heart and is the cadence in mine.

I will find him.
I will take her from him.
And then I will kill him.

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Book Title: Beneath Innocence (Deception #2.5), co-authored with D.H. Sidebottom
Genre: Dark Erotica
Length: 89 pages

Synopsis

Warning, this is a dark erotica novella read with caution.
Beneath Innocence is a novella for side characters, Jenson and Blue from the bestselling Deception series. (FaCade,Cadence)

JENSON
We all say we’d kill for the one we love, but would we?
I did.
And I took great satisfaction in doing it as painfully and gruesomely as possible. He paid for what he did to Blue…. My girl, the only girl who could ever steal my heart.
Did it get me anywhere?
Oh yeah.
I fell onto a path of self-destruction. I reserved myself a spot in hell. And Blue left.

BLUE
When someone kills for you, you owe them everything, even your life. I couldn’t even give him my heart.
Why?
Because I didn’t deserve for him to protect it for me.
Instead, I hid away, made some wrong choices and watched from afar as the man I loved fell in love with someone else.

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Book Title: I See You, co-authored with D.H. Sidebottom
Genre: Erotica
Length: 282 pages

Synopsis

I watch you, I see you in ways no one else can, and through my lens I create a life of you for someone to dissect. I capture you in your vulnerability; that smile, your laugh, those tears. I document you and sell your secrets.

When I watch you through my lens you’re mine until I pass you to the buyer. I, like most people, have a fetish for pretty things and in my job I get to be around a lot of pretty things. They pay me to watch them and capture them in a frame for many purposes, and sometimes I like my profession a little more than I should.

I took a job to capture her… I wanted to capture and keep her in more than just the image. This time I will take myself away from the lens and become the client because I cannot resist her, she reminds me too much of my first, I need to have her.

Traumatised from a vicious attack, Nina Drake finds herself shut off from the world until her neighbour brings her out of more than just her nightmares. Even after moving and changing her name, she still can’t shake the feeling of being watched. The memories are so close.

And so is the shadow of the creator of them all.

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Book Title: The Broken (The Broken #1)
Genre: New Adult
Length: 222 pages

Synopsis

When River’s already broken life shattered further on her sixteenth birthday, she was forced to be with the wrong best friend of her brothers. She was meant for Sammy but circumstance and black mail forced her into a relationship with Danny, a troubled, abusive partner. Leaving the only boy she ever loved to flee. Now four years later he has returned. When her feelings and missing parts of herself that left with him return also, loyalty, restraint and love will be tested. Can she find a way to leave the threatening clutches of Danny, to finally be saved by her childhood love? Or will Danny’s hold on her tighten when more life shattering events consume their already troubled lives?

When Sammy returns home, after four years of being away from the girl that broke his heart, he’s not prepared for all his old feelings to force their way straight back into his heart. Questions that were left unasked when he left begin to plague him, when the sudden relationship between River and Danny all those years ago seems all the more confusing now. Secrets, mistrust and Danny’s possessive behaviour sends up red flags and Sammy begins doubting himself for leaving in the first place.

When the spark between Sammy and River finally ignites it will leave explosive consequences for everyone.

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Book Title: The Broken Part of Us (The Broken #2)
Genre: New Adult
Length: 219 pages

Synopsis

Some people search their whole life for a connection — a reason to be here, and feel life in all of its intensity.. But what if you never wanted to experience that emotion?

Jasper lived his life coldly determined never to fall in love. Some people impact your life in a moment, but will stay in your life forever. What if an irresistible force crashes into you — not once, but twice, and from a totally unexpected source?

Jasper must overcome past demons that are still plaguing him and his friends. He must face future choices he never knew he would have to make. Sexual chemistry can come in all forms. When the lines blur between friendship, love and lust, a new darkness finds its way into their lives. Either these relationships survive or die forever broken…in The Broken Parts of Us.

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Book Title: The Broken Tethers that Bind Us (The Broken #2.5)
Genre: New Adult
Length: 76 pages

Synopsis

When you’re raised as family, lines are drawn. So what do you do when they blur? When you break the heart of someone you’re built to love like a sibling; over and over, driving her into the arms of someone that doesn’t deserve her? Can you take the risk of threading the tethers that bind you as a family to be together? Sammy’s and River’s son Mikey is all grown up and so is Kyra’s, Jasper’s and Derek’s daughter. The Broken tethers that bind us.

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Book Title: Drawn to You
Genre: New Adult
Length: 356 pages

Synopsis

Antonia McNally has a great family, a great boyfriend, and a great future… until she finds herself interrupting a robbery and becoming the victim of a ruthless criminal. When she witnesses brutal murder, abuse and suffers her own traumatizing assault by his hand, her life changes forever. When love, loyalty, and strength are tested, the weak falter.

Moving away to the States offers her a fresh start; however, confident, successful Finlay Hayes, her best friend’s Brother adds even more chaos to her already turbulent emotions. When she can’t decide between ripping him a new one or ripping his clothes off, one thing is for sure, they both have an unquenchable craving for each other. When life starts looking a little brighter it’s not long before the storm clouds roll in. All is never what it appears and under his good looks and in charge attitude, Finlay has a past of his own and secrets that can destroy the dynamics of the friendships she has built.

Secrets are waiting to be spilled, but at what cost?

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Book Title: My Soul Keeper
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal
Length: 305 pages

Synopsis

My Soul Keeper blurb:
What if your entire reality changed on you one day?
You wake up and your family and friends aren’t who you thought they were.
You look around, and the world isn’t what you thought it was.
You don’t even recognize yourself.
You and your reality are a complete mystery to you.

Simone’s life was about to undergo that disturbing journey. Love, lust, death, betrayal.

How do you fight the devil himself when he consumes you with lust?
How can you love someone who has come to take back your brother’s soul?

Shamar, soul keeper and son of Death, had never met such a unique soul before Simone. Captivated by her, he broke all rules to be near her — to love and protect her. But how do you protect someone from evil when the forces of good seem to be working against you?

When Lucifer himself crawled from Hell to claim Simone, what sacrifices would Shamar make to keep her safe?

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Author Spotlight (Interview): Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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☆ ☆ ☆ Author Spotlight: @SarinaBowen and @ElleKennedy ☆ ☆ ☆

The Shorties (and the NOT so short one Rachel, lol) are extremely excited to have Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy here with us today. If you are on Facebook, you may know they are two of the many coaches of The Locker Room. Grace, Ivy and myself have read most of their sports romance books, especially their collaborative book “Him” which came out on July 28, 2015. “Shorties Approved”. If you haven’t one-clicked “Him” yet, we all suggest you do so, HOT!

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What inspired your collaboration?

Sarina: I’m going to let Elle answer this one. It was really her idea!

Elle: I’ve wanted to write a m/m for a while, but it never seemed to be a good fit for any of my current series. So one day Sarina and I were joking around and somehow the idea of writing a m/m together came up. I didn’t think we were being serious, but the next thing I know, she’s emailing me with ideas. I took about two seconds to think about it, and then was like, “I’m in!”

How did your love of hockey begin?

Sarina: I grew up in Michigan, where hockey was everywhere. In fact, all the high schools had teams, yet I’d never seen a soccer game or a lacrosse stick. Loving hockey was just inevitable

Elle: I’m Canadian.

LOL, Elle.

Besides hockey, what other sports do you enjoy watching?

Sarina: Snow sports are really big in Vermont, and watching ski races and snowboard events is really fun. In fact, my son gave me the first line of one of my Gravity books when he was eight years old. He told me that the scariest moment in ski racing isn’t while you’re skiing–it’s when the person in line just before you is racing. Because all that adrenaline has nowhere to go.

Elle: NFL football! I’m a football nut (confession: I love it more than hockey…)

We all loved how you both managed to give Jamie such a cool family and showing some of the difficulties when coming out in professional sports. Any personal inspiration from your family?

Sarina: I come from a tiny family, but I always wanted one like Jamie’s.

Elle: I don’t have a big family, and I’ve always been jealous of those who do. I can’t remember who came up with the idea of Jamie having a million brothers and sisters (I think it might have been Sarina), but I loved the idea from the start, and developing the Canning clan was one of my favorite things about writing this book.

What’s their favorite hockey teams?

Sarina: I follow college hockey, and Yale is my team. One of the fun things about hockey is that small schools can compete at a high level. It’s not a money sport like football.

Elle: Boston Bruins.

What has been most challenging about writing?

Sarina: Finishing things. Just like anything in life.

Elle: Deadlines. Having to force myself to write when I don’t feel inspired is really difficult sometimes, especially when a deadline is looming over my head.

Do you listen to music while writing and if so, what type of music do you listen to?

Sarina: I need silence. Even instrumental music distracts me.

Elle: I write in silence!

Would you consider writing another book together?

Sarina: Heck yeah!

Elle: Abso-frickin-lutely.

I (Michelle) know the answer to this question, but for your readers, when writing “Him” did either of you write Jaime and Ryan’s POV or did you both pick off where the other left off?

Sarina: We both wrote both perspectives, trading after approximately 2000 words. Elle has co-written before, so she knew what to do.

Elle: We wrote both POVS. I think the first scene I wrote was the opening chapter in Wes’s POV, and Sarina did the next chapter with Jamie. Then we switched off so we’d both get a sense of the other character’s thoughts. After that, we would write whoever and stop whenever, and the other one would pick up the torch.

Rapid Fire Questions

Favorite author?

Sarina: I won’t pick. You can’t make me. 🙂

Elle: I can’t pick just one.

Favorite romance book?

Sarina: See above

Elle: Wanderlust by Danielle Steel.

Current read?

Sarina: Jen Frederick’s SACKED.

Elle: Captive by Brighton Walsh

Biggest vice?

Sarina: Caffeine

Elle: Smoking

Favorite musician?

Sarina: Eh, Hozier?

Elle: Too many to name!

Coke or Pepsi?

Sarina: tonic with gin in it.

Elle: Coke

Favorite Actor to play Batman?

Sarina: Um…?

Elle: Keaton, hands down.

Favorite Star Wars character?

Sarina: Chewbacca

Elle: I’m not a Star Wars fan! I guess I’d pick Han Solo because that’s one of the only character names I know.

Thanks ladies!

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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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Book Title: Him
Genre: Sports Romance, M/M
Length: 276 pages

Synopsis

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

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Book Title: The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1)
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 268 pages

Synopsis

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

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Book Title: The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2)
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 274 pages

Synopsis

She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.

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Book Title: Blonde Date (The Ivy Years #2.5)
Genre: Sports Romance
Length:  96 pages

Synopsis

A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could possibly go wrong?

As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman.

Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he’ll be.

Yet staying home would mean letting him win.

Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person.

Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet.

BLONDE DATE is a 23,000 word novella covering a four hour span of Katie & Andy’s night. ALSO INCLUDED: a sneak preview of the third novel in the Ivy Years series, THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR.

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Book Title: The Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years #3)
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 300 pages

Synopsis

What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

THIS BOOK IS A STANDALONE. NO CLIFFHANGERS. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.

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Book Title: The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years #4)
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 334 pages

Synopsis

The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.

For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.

Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.

Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.

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Book Title: Coming in from the Cold (Gravity #1)
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 208 pages

Synopsis

He can’t have her. And he can’t tell anyone why.

Ski racer Dane “Danger” Hollister does not do relationships, though he keeps his reason a secret. The real-life curse he’s inherited from his mother will eventually cost him everything: his place on the Olympic ski team, his endorsement income, and his ability to fly downhill at top speed.

Reluctant country girl Willow Reade meets Dane by accident. Literally. Her skidding truck forces him off the road during a blizzard. Stranded together in his Jeep as night falls, the two loneliest people in Vermont find themselves sharing more than they’d planned. And not just conversation.

Yet neither can guess how their unlikely tryst will threaten Dane’s frightening secret and Willow’s tentative peace with her own choices. Only mutual trust and understanding can end their pain and give them a hard won shot at love.

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Book Title: Falling from the Sky (Gravity #2)
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 266 pages

Synopsis

She’s the woman he doesn’t remember. He’s the man she can’t forget.

Bad boy Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus used to have everything: a gorgeous girlfriend, a career as a freestyle snowboarder and a spot on the US Olympic team. Nine months ago, after a bad crash in the half pipe, he woke up in the hospital, unable to move his legs. Now he’s landed there again, but gravity is not the culprit. With his family pressuring him to try a groundbreaking treatment, Hank self-medicates with too much tequila instead.

Doctor Callie Anders has the courage to restart a patient’s heart with a thousand volts of electricity, yet she’s afraid to risk her own. So she doesn’t confess to her newest patient they they met just before the accident, an encounter that he doesn’t remember. Even as their friendship develops, she won’t admit that she regrets turning down his dinner invitation, or that her heart stutters every time those inked shoulders roll through the door of the therapy department.

With another Vermont winter coming again, Hank needs a hand out from under the avalanche of his disappointments. If only Callie were brave enough to take the job.

This book is a standalone novel, no cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary.

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Book Title: Shooting for the Stars (Gravity #3)
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 258  pages

Synopsis

For one night she had everything.

Pro snowboarder Stella Lazarus has always loved her brother’s best friend. But the one time she tried to show him, she was shot down faster than you can say “competitor disqualified.”

Until one blissful night in Tahoe, when Stella finally gets her man.

Or does she? In the morning, Stella and Bear wake up to horrible news. The sort that sends them racing back to Vermont, and straight into the arms of guilt and family obligations.

For all of Bryan “Bear” Barry’s life, three natural laws held true: his best friend Hank was destined for greatness, Hank’s sister Stella was off-limits, and Bear would always manage to negotiate the rocky paths that life threw his way. In the space of two days, that’s all shattered.

Bear can’t believe he slipped up so badly with Stella. Even if his best friend wasn’t lying broken in a hospital bed, it would still be unforgivable. Determined to do better, he devotes himself to his friend’s recovery, denying himself the very person he loves. And the very thing he needs.

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Book Title: The Deal
Genre: Sports Romance
Length:  358 pages

Synopsis

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice… even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

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Book Title: The Mistake
Genre: Sports Romance, New Adult
Length: 297 pages

Synopsis

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

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Book Title: Game On Box Set – Body Check
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 675 pages

Synopsis

Dedication, skill and muscle – there’s nothing sexier than an athlete! Enjoy this hockey-themed romance bundle from Harlequin Blaze, featuring irresistible hockey players who are hot enough to melt the ice! The GAME ON Box Set from Harlequin includes Time Out by New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis, Face Off by USA TODAY bestselling author Nancy Warren, Her Man Advantage by Joanne Rock and Body Check by Elle Kennedy.

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Book Title: One Night of Sin (After Hours #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 162 pages

Synopsis

A sexy category romance novella from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Sometimes it’s good to be bad…

When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants.

Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.

As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark corners of an MMA cage. But Skylar’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.

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Book Title: One Night of Scandal (After Hours #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 230 pages

Synopsis

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

The wrong man never felt so right…

Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off.

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?

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Book Title: One Night of Trouble (After Hours #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 237 pages

Synopsis

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

No More Mr. Nice Guy…

The moment AJ Walsh sees the sexy, tattooed pixie walk up to his bar, it’s lust at first sight. He’s always been labeled the “nice” guy―opening doors, buying flowers, and never, ever having one-night stands. But with this wicked little angel with red lips and unfathomably dark eyes? Oh, yeah. Tonight, “nice” has nothing to do with it…

Brett Conlon is trying to convince her family that she’s put away her reckless wild girl side for good. Nothing―and no one―could be better for her reputation than golden boy AJ Walsh. So they make a deal: if he plays The Good Boyfriend for her family, he can be a very, very bad boy with her. Now their one naughty night is about to turn into a whole lot of trouble.

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Pucks and Smut: Interview with Sawyer Bennett

Sawyer Interview

By Grace

As my Smut Recap mentions (our previous post), the first Hockey Romance book I read was by Sawyer Bennett.  And since then, I (along with Michelle and YaYa) have been a big fan of hers.  We decided to feature her on our Pucks and Smut day, not only because we enjoy her work, but because she is such a big fan of hockey, with not one, but two book series’ featuring the sport.

INTERVIEW
What made you decide to get into writing and how did you go about releasing your first book?
I’m not really sure how I got here. Seems so surreal sometimes. I know that I never had any long standing aspirations to be a writer. It was more or less being a pretty prolific reader and thinking to myself, I wonder if I could write a book? About two years ago, I decided to give it a go. My first book was a paranormal romance, which his one of my favorite genres to read. I never really thought it would do much, and yup… it didn’t. It wasn’t until I took a stab at writing contemporary romance, Off Sides, that I realized that maybe this was something I could do as a career.

You have released a numbers of series’ over the past year.  Which book or series was most fun to write and why?
I have a soft spot for the Off Series, of course, because it was my first series. But the series that was the most fun to write was the Legal Affairs series, because it let me branch out in a few ways. First, I wanted to go a little bit hotter than the Off Series, and second, I wanted to use my experiences as a civil litigation attorney for the past 16 years. Finally, I wanted to throw in a bit more humor. All in all, I wrote this series very quickly, and I think it’s because it was so different than the Off Series. I had so much fun branching out with this.

Was there any book that was emotionally difficult to write, and if so, why?
Definitely Off Limits because a lot of that book is directly from my life. I have a very close association with the Marine Corps as my dad is a retired Marine and I grew up in a Marine community. Like Nix, my ex-husband was in Force Recon (which is now known as MARSOC) and they are the elite of the Corps. I also have a ton of friends that have served in the various conflicts we’ve known in our lifetime, from my dad serving two tours in Vietnam to even current friends deployed in Afghanistan right now. I know first hand the stresses of post traumatic stress syndrome and writing Nix’s character and his pain was very emotional for me. The scene in the book when he’s confronting Paul about what really happened in Afghanistan makes me cry like a baby every time!

As the saying goes, “go with what you know”.  You have writing books on both hockey and the legal world.  Can you explain how you went about taking a passion of yours and developing it into a full book/series?
See above answer on writing Legal Affairs so let’s talk hockey. When I wrote Off Sides, I just went with a sport I knew pretty well. At that time, I didn’t intend to write more books about hockey players, but it just seemed like a good story line to have Linc Caldwell be a hockey player in Off The Record. I mean… hello… hot hockey player? No brainer! My Carolina Cold Fury hockey series was specifically requested by Random House when they reached out to me to write a sports themed series. They suggested hockey, and I was like… yeah, that’s cool. So I did it. I think it’s kind of neat to be known for that, as well as the legal series as well.

We loved us some Matt Connover (Legal Briefs series), will there be any novellas, prequels?
I don’t have any immediate plans for Matt Connover but the more people that request it, the more I keep thinking… I need to write some more Matt “Fucking” Connover. With that said, however, I’m happy to say the Legal Affairs concept will continue. I plan on writing another Legal Affairs serial about Cal and Macy, and I’ve already written a partial manuscript on a full length novel called Legal Affairs: Friction, which will be the start of a new series based on a law firm here in North Carolina. It will be very Sex In The City meets Allie McBeal. Lots of interesting and quirky cases coupled with more of an erotic romance element. Friction is currently on submission now with New York but if it’s passed on, I’ll be self publishing it next year.

We may not share a love of teams (he he) but we share a love of hockey.  How long have you been a hockey fan?  And what is your favorite hockey memory?
First, let me say… GO PENGUINS! Ha ha! I first got into hockey in the early 90’s. My dad owned a bar for 27 years. He’s from western Pennsylvania so I was raised on Pittsburgh sports and I’d always hang out at the bar with him and watch hockey games. I have a ton of great memories of attending hockey games. We would travel up to Pittsburgh at least once a year to catch a game, and I’ve never missed a Penguin game here in North Carolina when the Hurricanes came here. My favorite memory is probably the one that got me really hooked and that was my first live game in Pittsburgh against the Islanders. I remember a player taking a puck to the face and he bled all over the ice right in front of the goalie net. The refs came over and sort of kicked and scraped at the blood with their skates, made a big pile of blood slush, and then just kicked it into the back of the net. I remember turning to my dad and saying, “This game is so freaking cool.” I was hooked after that.

When writing the Off series, did any current NHL players serve has your muse?  Henrik Lundqvist perhaps?
Mmmmm… Henrik Lundqvist. I may not be a Rangers fan but he is straight up the hottest player out there. But to answer your question, none of the current players served as a muse to me.

Your new hockey series, Cold Fury, releases next week.  For fans of the Off series, how does this one differ?
There are a lot of similarities in the style of writing… for example, writing in first person and alternating POV’s. Probably the biggest differences are that the sex is slightly hotter and the issues of conflict are maybe a little more angst driving. There’s also a bit more detail about hockey in these books than with the Off Series.

I noticed that the cover for book 2, Garrett was already revealed.  How many books do you plan for this series?
Right now, I have one more book planned after Garrett. It will be about a secondary character, Zach, that was introduced in Alex and who plays a bigger part in Garrett. I’m not sure right now if that book will be done through Random House or I’ll self publish. We still have to iron out those details but I think it’s safe to say that if Alex, Garrett and Zach are popular, I’ll keep writing about the Cold Fury.

You took a big huge step into Erotica, hence, Uncivilized (which all the shorties enjoyed, BTW), how was it writing that particular book for you?  It was pretty steamy let me tell you.
No secret that I pushed every boundary I ever had with this book.  This was my experiment to write to the market, because I know erotica is selling quite well. It was a really big step for me and I know a lot of authors take this step creating a new pen name as the fan base can be very different. I never thought about doing that though, figuring that people will want to read it or not, and I made it very clear in the marketing of this book that it was erotic. I’ve had a little bit of embarrassment… having my mom and step dad read it, but they loved it! They’re words… “There wasn’t as much sex as you led us to believe. It actually had a really great story line.” I had to laugh, because yeah… I focused my marketing on the erotic element but I think people were really pleased to see a beautiful love story.

Will you be writing more like what you did with Uncivilized?
I’m not sure… maybe? There’s no doubt… Uncivilized was my biggest release so far. It’s done quite well, so the business part of me says “yes”, I’ll write something like this again. However, I will have to say that this book sort of burned me out a bit. I need some time to recharge!!!!

(This one’s from Michelle) Would you consider writing about a hot baseball guy?
Good one Michelle, and I would say if I actually knew something about baseball, I most definitely would. Unfortunately, I know next to nothing even though I’ve been to a few Pittsburgh Pirates games. I do have an idea though for a new series focused around a rugby team, which is a pretty obscure sport. But I did date a really hot guy that was the captain of the Marine Corps rugby team (and he was a fire fighter for the Marines — hot, right?). He had dual citizenship with the U.S. And Ireland and later played professional rugby for Galway. I love this sport so much so I think if I branch out to another sport, this might be it!

We know a lot of authors plan signings around family commitments.  Have you already decided on what signings you will do for 2015? Any plans on coming to NYC to a book signing?
For 2015, I’ve committed to a few in the fall… Wilmington, NC, Pittsburgh, PA and San Fran, possibly Columbus in the spring. I would love to come to NYC for one so if you see one, let me know!!!!

LIGHTING ROUND
What are you currently reading?
Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton. I adore her books!!!!

Who is your favorite author?
Larissa Ione.

Favorite romance novel?
Damn… that’s a hard one. I’m sitting here and nothing is popping into mind as being my all time favorite. I’ve read so many good ones!!!  I will have to go with a recent read that has stuck with me as being one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read, resulting in a  very ugly cry, and that’s Black Lies by Alessandra Torre.

Favorite Batman actor?
Christian Bale

Carnivore, Vegeterian or Vegan?
Carnivore!!!

The Vampire Diaries or True Blood?
Hmmm… another hard one. I just started watching the Vampire Diaries recently but I think I will have to go with True Blood.

Biggest vice?
Chocolate.

Pepsi or Coca Cola?
Neither… I’m a water drinker!!!

Thanks Sawyer!

About

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern
woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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Unfinished Hero Day: Interview with Kristen Ashley

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I’m not sure who was the catalyst behind this whole day devoted to Kristen Ashley’s Unfinished Heroes, but when our reviewer YaYa mentioned the idea to me (Grace), I was totally on-board.  Joining forces with The Literary Gossip and TeriLyn Reviews, I think we have put together a fun day.   We will have hourly posts to honor these oh-so-fine Alphas!

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Note from Grace: If it wasn’t already clear, I’m a huge Kristen Ashley fan – she is one of my favorite authors.  I have yet to meet her, but my fingers are crossed for a signing next year.  I’m fairly certain I will cry when meeting her.  Yes, I’ll be THAT girl.  Truth be told, I teared up when I found out I’d get this opportunity to interview with her.  I’m a sap, oh well.  So, without further ado . . .

THE INTERVIEW
Grace: You’ve amassed a very large and loyal fan base over the years, your Rock Chicks, who are drawn to your funny/sexy/emotional stories.  Do you get as emotional when writing your stories as some readers (like my sappy self) do when reading them?  What male/female character that you have written about are you most emotionally connected to and why?

Kristen: I absolutely do. I just put the finishing touches on WILD AND FREE, the finale to The Three Series, and I bawled my eyes out while writing the last two chapters. Then I did the final read through before handing it off to my copy-editor and laughed out loud while reading the book and bawled again during the last two chapters. I also get ticked or freaked or scared. I’m totally in the zone with my characters while writing, and fortunately, I get back into the zone during re-reads.

But I must say, it’s a huge compliment that you feel the same when you read!

As for which character that I’m most emotionally connected to, truly, I’m connected to them all, even secondary characters. However, the one who gutted me was Sadie from ROCK CHICK REGRET. When she came to me, she came to me hard, her history and what had happened to her. The instant she arrived in my head, I burst into big, sloppy, ugly-face tears. I was actually writing Stella and Mace and I quit just so I could get dug into REGRET and guide Sadie to her Happily Ever After!

Grace: I believe you mentioned on FB that Deacon gave you a book hangover.  Could you explain why without giving spoilers?

Kristen: I found Deacon (the character) much like Joe in AT PEACE. He was pretty ravaged by his history. Going along on his journey with him (as well as living it through Cassidy) was tough. Hopeful and frightening. Cassidy had to take a giant leap of faith that her feelings for Deacon were on the money. And Deacon got that. Totally. He lived it and breathed it and he was actually more worried he could be the man she needed him to be (or the man she saw that he was) than she was!

But I think that anyone who goes through what Deacon went through, as who he was or anyone who loves someone like the person in question, and what happened happens to them, asks themselves a lot of uncomfortable questions. Questions that have no answers. They also assume a great deal of responsibility that they really don’t have. Being with him as he struggled to come to terms with all that was an honor, but it was also very draining. In a good way!

Grace: After finishing Deacon, my first thought was, is there going to be a fifth book to the series?!  And if so, when do you think it will be released? (you kind of left us hanging, so unlike you)

Kristen: I tend not to do that but in this instance, it isn’t actually keeping you hanging since it’s been known for some time (it’s noted on my website) that Knight’s brother Nick will bookend the series. So although there’s a teaser, Nick’s been teasing us though KNIGHT, CREED and RAID so it fits with the series that the ultimate tease would end DEACON to set up SEBRING, the finale to my Unfinished Heroes.

(Side note from Grace: I completely forgot about this fifth book.  But after readers finish Deacon, they will understand why it is absolutely necessary.)

Grace: Knight was actually the first book of yours that I read.  What made you decide to get into erotica?  How did your die-hard fans react to this genre?

Kristen: I didn’t actually decide to get into erotica. Instead I really wanted to write about an anti-hero. I’d always wanted to write an anti-hero and the call to that just could no longer be denied. Anti-heroes have always fascinated me. In fact, Ty in LADY LUCK was supposed to be an anti-hero; he just refused to come out of my head that way.

What got the ball rolling was that I had a friend, who is also a reader of mine, ask me what I’d always wanted to do with my writing. I pretty much did what I wanted to do. I’m a throw the “rules” out the window and go for it type o’ girl. But, for some reason, I’d always shied away from the anti-hero. After I answered her, I thought, “Why am I shying away? I should just go for it!”

So I went for it with KNIGHT but the way he was coming to me, the sexual relationship was much different than my other books. My other books are sexy and descriptive in that manner but not like KNIGHT.

Obviously, I was terrified. I’d wanted to be a romance novelist for decades and by that time I had a very loyal following and then and now, their opinion matters a great deal. I didn’t want to alienate anyone. I don’t write with beta-readers but, fortunately, I was able to reach out to a group of reader-friends (their names are in the Acknowledgements of KNIGHT). They all enthusiastically took my back and read KNIGHT (and then CREED) along with me while I wrote them. Oh man, they were so supportive, it was amazing. They lifted me up when I was certain I was going to crash and burn. Honestly, even now, when it turned out so well, I don’t know if I would have had the courage to go for it if it wasn’t for that group of women supporting me along the way.

When KNIGHT came out, there were those who were a little taken aback. HA! But mostly, it was embraced wholeheartedly in the sense that this series is my top indie seller, behind the Rock Chick Series. So…shoo!

Grace: I figured that someone from the Rock Chick series would be in Deacon, but was surprised that it was Marcus Sloane.  Which got me thinking.  I know that the Rock Chick series is complete, but have you ever thought of doing a novella about Marcus and Daisy?

Kristen: Actually, Marcus is also in RAID. He fits the Unfinished Heroes, no? But Lee and the boys from the Rock Chicks are mentioned in CREED. Not to mention Hawk from my Dream Men makes an appearance in that book too. And Sylvie from CREED is mentioned in ROCK CHICK REVOLUTION. I do that…can’t let my characters go, so I don’t!

As for Marcus and Daisy, outside of Elvira from my Dream Man/Chaos Series, they are the ones who get the most requests for their own story. I do hope one day to be able to do a Rock Chick Rewind and tell their story. I’d like to explore it more. Their love is very beautiful and it would be immensely cool to see how it unfolded. So, keep your fingers crossed I can find the time!

(Side note from Grace: The Unfinished Heroes series was the first series of KA’s I read.  I’ve only gotten into the Rock Chick series recently which why I didn’t recognize his name at first.  But you don’t need to read the Rock Chick series to follow along with the Unfinished Hero series.)

I could go on and on, but I know you are busy.

Kristen: We all are, darlin’, but I’m glad you found the time to throw some questions at me! It was fun to answer them! Rock on!!!!