I’m so pleased to welcome one of my best friends back to the blog today. I guess I didn’t look too weird at the RWA National Conference back in 2011, because A.S. Fenichel sat down beside me and we chatted a bit. Just a few minutes later, she received an email with the cover art for her first book, MAYAN AFTERGLOW. I remember her excitement when she showed it to me. Talk about a bonding moment!
Fast forward three years. A.S. Fenichel now has nine books published with Ellora’s Cave. She’s here today to talk about her newest release, JOSHUA’S MISTAKE, Book 2 of the Psychic Mates series.
Accused of treason and the murder of her Psychic Special Forces team, Tessa is in the custody of the FBI. She’s shocked and terrified when the most powerful Psi Agent in the world shows up to probe her mind and discover her guilt or innocence.
Joshua never expected to find a victim of one of his probes attractive, but he can’t seem to leave her behind when all hell breaks loose. Saving the stunning blonde means being drawn into a psychic war that will definitely end his career—and likely both of their lives.
The rhythm of their psychic auras hums to perfection and neither can fight the bond, but it’s all ripped away by a madman with a grudge. Tessa falls into a coma and Joshua will have to risk his heart and soul to pull her back from the brink.
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Karla: Congratulations on your new release, my friend! JOSHUA’S MISTAKE is the second book in the Psychic Mates series. Joshua is the brother of the hero in book 1, KANE’S BOUNTY. I remember asking you if Joshua would get his own book after I read KANE’S BOUNTY. Did you plan this series from the get-go, or was that a happy, unexpected development?
A.S.: Wow! What an intro. Thanks Karla and thanks for having me on your blog today.
I had no intention of writing another book to follow Kane’s Bounty. I wrote KB for a “call” from the editorial staff at Ellora’s Cave and that was going to be that. Like yourself, so many people read the book and asked me about Joshua and if he would have his own book. It started my wheels turning.
Karla: How many books are planned for the series, and, should they be read in order, or can each book be read as a standalone?
A.S.: Officially I’m planning on four books. Unofficially, I’ve already discovered a character in book three that is quite tempting, and I suspect people will really want more from him. The books can totally stand alone. But, as is often the case, I believe readers will enjoy them more if they read them in order. It’s like visiting with old friends when characters pop up in the next book or the next.
Karla: Where did the idea of psychic bounty hunters and operatives come from?
A.S.: The “call” I mentioned earlier was for bounty hunter related books. I saw the first scene of Kane’s Bounty in my head immediately, two bounty hunters after the same mark in a crowded bar. Then I thought, what if the hero could read her mind. That intensified the entire plot and I was really excited. So if Kane is psychic, his brother probably is too, right?
In fact Joshua is THE psychic. The most powerful PSI Agent in the world. He is a total badass.
Karla: I know you use an outline when you write. Did anything take you by surprise while you were writing?
A.S.: I do use a rough outline. I’ve never written a book that stuck to my original plan exactly. Tessa was much harder to write than I expected. She’s very complex.
With Joshua’s Mistake and the subsequent books, I saw the opportunity to have a lot of fun with different psychic abilities. It was amazing how well my crazy notions worked out. In fact, at one point something terrible happens due to Tessa’s very unique ability to slow time for an instant. I’m not giving any spoilers, but I was not expecting that. 😉
Karla: What is your favorite aspect, or part, of JOSHUA’S MISTAKE?
A.S.: Joshua! He is sexy, smart, dangerous and yet tender and caring. Most people are afraid of him and yet he’s still managed to cultivate some lasting friendships. I think people are going to really love him.
Karla: Aside from this series, what else do you have in the works?
A.S.: OMG! Here’s some really exciting news. I’m working on a series called The Demon Hunters. I just signed a contract with Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington Publishing, for the first three books. I’m so excited about these stories. The series is Historical Paranormal Romance and really different from anything you’ve seen before. The setting is in Regency England and there’s a problem with Demons. A big problem. All the books are about the demon hunters who are fighting to save the world from evil, yet there is still room to fall in love. After all, it is ROMANCE. 😉 I’ve started edits on the first book, ASCENSION and hope it will be available sometime in the summer.
Karla: Congratulations! That’s fantastic news! Now, here’s one last, totally fun (and difficult) question before I let you get back to writing. Of all the heroes you’ve written, do you have a favorite, and if so, why?
A.S.: Oh my goodness! Unfair!! I love the one I’m with. LOL… I’m writing two books now and I love the characters in them above all others. However, if I must choose… I adore Avery from Wishing Game. If I were going to leave my wonderful husband to run off with one of my characters, it would be for Avery Colton Townsend. He is a study in controlled passion. I love a man who will do the right thing no matter the cost to himself. (BTW, I married a man who is exactly like that)
Karla: Thanks for visiting today! Come back soon and talk to me about your next book. 🙂
A.S.: Thank you, Karla. This was fun and I will most definitely come back. You can’t get rid of me so easily. 🙂
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I “met” Siobhan Muir online, and she has become a valued friend. Recently, I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Siobhan’s brand-new release, BRONCO’S ROUGH RIDE. I enjoyed this unique story, as I’m sure other readers will.
Here’s the blurb:
What happens in Vegas, stays in the heart…
Chief Petty Officer John “Bronco” Andrews only meant to stay one night in Vegas for a little R&R before resuming his duties as a US Navy SEAL in Coronado. But someone slips him a mickey in the bar and he finds himself in Madame LeBeau’s sex trade. As the product. Doped up on ketamine to keep him docile, Bronco has no choice but to let it ride.
Detective Lindsey Jarvis has been undercover in LeBeau’s sex slave racket for two years and she almost has enough evidence to take it down. Between abduction, prostitution, and murder, she has LeBeau by the short hairs. All she needs is a “product”. John is the perfect witness if she can get him out before the drugs shut down his heart. Then she’ll be free to start a normal life.
Lindsey doesn’t count on her overwhelming attraction for Bronco or her need to see him through detox. But she’s a cop in Vegas and he’s a Navy SEAL, two lifestyles with too much unpredictability to maintain a relationship. Neither have time for more than one wild rough ride, and what happens in Vegas, stays. Forever.
Siobhan is here to answer some questions. If you have others, leave them in the comments for Siobhan to answer. 🙂
Karla: BRONCO’S ROUGH RIDE is the second installment of your Bad Boys of Beta Squad series. How are the books related or linked, and can they be read independently, or is it best to start at the beginning and read them in order?
Siobhan: BRONCO’S ROUGH RIDE is technically the prequel to THE NAVY’S GHOST, but you could read either of them first. You’ll see John “Bronco” Andrews and his wife Lindsey in THE NAVY’S GHOST, even though it’s not their story. BRONCO’S ROUGH RIDE takes place about ten years before THE NAVY’S GHOST.
Karla: How many books do you have planned for the series?
Siobhan: I’d no idea it was going to be a series when I started writing, but with all the characters coming to life and complaining that they should have their own stories, there should be about six stories, two of which I already have story ideas/outlines. But every member of Beta Squad will get his tale.
Karla: Where did the idea for BRONCO’S ROUGH RIDE come from?
Siobhan: When I wrote THE NAVY’S GHOST, I realized the other characters would want their own story, but John and Lindsey were already married. Hard to write a romance between a married couple that have already had their trials and tribulations. She was an ex-cop and they’d been together for at least ten years when Chris, Magic and Retro came along. So I started thinking where John could have met Lindsey, and what she was doing at the time.
I live in Las Vegas and it’s a city known for sex and inhibitions. The reality is much different than the appearance, but there are still places here where nefarious activities take place. I wanted a way to make Lindsey more than just a SEAL’s wife. What kind of woman would entice a SEAL of Bronco’s stature? Most stories about SEALs show the man rescuing his lover, who is usually a woman. But I wanted something different. I wanted the woman to save the man, and the SEAL, despite his training and abilities, to be the one in need of rescue. So I asked the question of what would happen if the SEAL was the victim? Who would rescue him and how? BRONCO’S ROUGH RIDE is the result.
Karla: Do you have a military background, or did you have to do a lot of research?
Siobhan: I don’t have a military background, but I’ve watched a lot of documentaries, listened to other military folks, and read a lot of military books, either non-fiction or romance. I had to do a lot of research to make sure my details could pass muster. Nothing worse than getting the details wrong. I was watching a movie recently supposedly featuring Navy SEALs. Not only did the actor get the lingo wrong, he misnamed things like helicopter and their response cheer. I was unimpressed after all my research.
Karla: What is your favorite part, or aspect, of BRONCO’S ROUGH RIDE?
Siobhan: I think my favorite part of this story is when Lindsey gets him alone in her hotel room and he starts to get use of his body back. The interaction between the characters is always my favorite part. I love to see how they’ll react to whatever is going on around them. This story was harder to write because John literally couldn’t do anything for the first half of it. He was essentially a big doll and it made scenes with him difficult until he could move. You try figuring out what someone is thinking when they can only move their eyes.
Karla: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Siobhan: Keep your eyes peeled for the next two books in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series, RIMSHOT’S MISSED SHOT and an as yet unnamed story for Greg “Bam-Bam” Killian, Beta Squad’s demolitions specialist. Also, I’m currently working on a sci-fi/fantasy romance with centaurs and dimension travel entitled TAKE THE REINS, and a paranormal romantic suspense ménage with werewolf brothers and a succubus entitled SECOND CHANCE SUCCUBUS. It also takes place in Las Vegas.
Karla: Thanks for stopping by and answering my questions about your new release, Siobhan!
Siobhan: Thanks so much for having me today, Karla. 🙂
Karla: Come back any time!
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Siobhan Muir lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband, two daughters, and a vegetarian cat she swears is a shape-shifter, though he’s never shifted when she can see him. When not writing, she can be found looking down a microscope at fossil fox teeth, pursuing her other love, paleontology. An avid reader of science fiction/fantasy, her husband gave her a paranormal romance for Christmas one year, and she was hooked for good.
In previous lives, Siobhan has been an actor at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, a field geologist in the Aleutian Islands, and restored inter-planetary imagery at the USGS. She’s hiked to the top of Mount St. Helens and to the bottom of Meteor Crater.
Siobhan writes kick-ass adventure with hot sex for men and women to enjoy. She believes in happily ever after, redemption, and communication, all of which you will find in her paranormal romance stories.
Siobhan’s latest release, Bronco’s Rough Ride, is a prequel to The Navy’s Ghost in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series. She has published A Hell Hound’s Fire (a free read) and The Beltane Witch in the Cloudburst Colorado series. Siobhan has also published Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin and Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack through Siren Publishing, and Her Devoted Vampire through Evernight Publishing.
I met the lovely Lisa Carlisle at Ellora’s Cave’s annual RomantiCon convention in October 2013. What a sweetheart she is! And interesting too. So glad I had the opportunity to meet and connect with Lisa last fall. ☺
Let’s jump to the present so I can share Lisa’s newest release — a new-adult erotic paranormal, DARK VELVET.
Chateau Seductions series
Grad student Savannah Evans is thrilled to be accepted as a resident to a prestigious art colony. Where else would she be able to focus on her craft of writing poetry in a setting like that of the medieval-styled castle? The remote New England island is a respite from her hectic city life. When she meets her benefactor, a mysterious French sculptor, her expectations for carefree days writing near the ocean are distracted by unprofessional fantasies about her sponsor.
Antoine Chevalier built Les Beaux Arts on DeRoche Island to bring purpose back to an existence that has lost meaning. He’s wandered the earth for decades and finds solace in returning to art. When Savannah applies for a residency, something about her words touches him. After her arrival, a physical attraction grows between them, which he struggles against. She deserves more than someone of his kind.
Antoine proposes they become lovers during her stay. But the situation turns complicated when Savannah discovers his secret. She had suspicions about his identity, but finds the truth overwhelming. Consumed by her desire for Antoine and faced with a tough decision, she is blind to the danger that has arrived at DeRoche Island.
New adult erotic romance
Paranormal / gargoyle / vampire / shapeshifter
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Today, I’m fortunate to have one of my very good friends visiting. I met A.S. Fenichel at the RWA National Conference in NYC in the summer of 2011. During our random meeting at a panel discussion about digital publishing, she received the cover for her very first book via email. Fast forward two years, Andrea has 9 book covers on her website! Including this pretty one, for her brand-new release, ALASKAN EXPOSURE.
Hi Karla, I’m so happy to be here to talk about my new release, Alaskan Exposure. This is my first contemporary romance and I’m really excited about it. I got the idea while on my own Alaskan cruise. My husband and I went on an anniversary trip last year and had the most amazing time. Alaska is stunningly beautiful and so was the first officer on the ship. We met him when we took a tour of the bridge. He was so good looking I could barely speak. Good thing my husband had a lot of technical questions about the ship. He even asked questions about becoming a career merchant marine. YUM! I took it all in, made a few mental notes (mostly about his beautiful blue eyes) and by the time we left the ship, I had the makings of a new book in my head. Now that’s what I call a working vacation. J
I’m happy to share the back cover blurb and a short excerpt here today. If anyone has any questions about Alaskan Exposure, the book or the cruise, I’d love to hear from you. I’m also going to be chatting on Writer’s Space tonight with some other wonderful writers from 9:00 – 10:00 ET if anyone would like to join me for a real time chat.
Charley headed to the designated area in front of the forward elevator bank on deck eight. In case a good shot availed itself, she kept her camera bag with her. She reached inside the specially made backpack and felt her way to the camera sling. Her Canon EOS 5D Mark III was at the top and she dug for the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens and its EW-83F hood. Her hand wrapped around it and pulled it from its snug memory foam compartment. She walked up the one deck from their cabin while attaching the lens best suited for close, low-light shots.
Even only having seen that small percentage of the ship, she had to admit it was not at all cramped or claustrophobic. When she saw an officer talking to a group of passengers, she immediately clicked off a few pictures. He was tall. His chest and shoulders filled out the white uniform and he smiled easily at the three women who peppered him with questions while batting their eyelashes shamelessly. The youngest of the three looked to be at least ten years older than the sailor.
Charley zoomed in on his bright blue eyes and neatly cropped dark, curly hair. He seemed genuinely interested in what the women were saying. If she had to guess, the handsome officer must have known the passengers. She clicked several more pictures.
His eyes turned toward her. There was a moment of surprise, followed by a slow, private smile. Inside her lens he was so close he penetrated her comfort zone. Charley felt her cheeks flush and she took the camera away from her face.
He’d caught her with her hand in the cookie jar. She’d invaded his privacy and he smiled warmly across the expanse of blue carpet. But he didn’t look the least bit offended. Normally she asked people if she could photograph them, though spontaneous pictures always turned out better. Making a conscious effort to slow her heart and ignore her embarrassment, she felt her cheeks cool slightly.
The officer said his polite goodbyes to the ladies and walked over to Charley. “Miss Ballantine?”
“Yes.” Immediately her cheeks flushed again. He smelled of a musky cologne, soap and man. What the hell was wrong with her? She shook herself out of her mesmerized state. “I’m Charlene Ballantine, sorry I’m late.”
He frowned for an instant. “I was told Charley.”
Her cheeks were on fire and her heart beat so hard that it was a wonder he didn’t comment on the infernal noise. “Charley is fine.”
He held out his hand. “I’m Kyle Macintyre, the ship’s first officer. I’m assigned the task of showing you the bridge. The captain asked that I tell you what you may and may not do while aboard.”
“They sent me a list of dos and don’ts.” Her voice was a bit steadier.
There was that smile again. “Yes, I’m sure the line sent you a laundry list, but since you’re not part of the crew and you have had no shipboard training, Captain Cristou likes to make certain they’ll be no trouble.”
She nodded dumbly, intoxicated by the deep, warm sound of his voice. “Who were those women?”
If the question surprised him he didn’t show it. “Mrs. Jones and her two daughters. They’re taking a family vacation.”
“Do you know them?”
He cocked his head to one side. “I just met them. Why do you ask?”
She shrugged, wishing she could keep her mouth shut. She supposed the question was out of context, but she was curious. “It looked as if you knew them.”
Turning the digital display on her camera around, she showed him the pictures she’d taken. He stood very close as she scrolled through the dozen shots she snapped while he was unaware. Her shoulder brushed against his arm.
The warmth of his body spread through her as if she were standing too close to a furnace. She’d lost her mind. That was the only explanation. Since her divorce, men had been the last thing she wanted. She’d spent a year in therapy trying not to think of them as the enemy and she’d made progress. She’d even gone on a couple of dates that hadn’t ended in disaster. But this sailor had an effect on her that none of the men she’d come in contact with had. Her pulse was tripping wildly and she thought running away would be a great idea. In fact, better to get as far away from Kyle Macintyre as possible. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an option.
He smiled brightly. “It does. You know, I’ve been doing this for so long, I’ve just learned that on a short cruise you don’t have much time to get to know people. I make friends quickly.”
She took a step away from his arousing scent and warm body.
“I’ll bet you do.” Sarcasm dripped from her words. She thought of looking around to see if her mother was behind her. No, it had been her. Shit.
He frowned, but was still so gorgeous she could barely look at him. “I think I should be insulted by the way you said that, Miss Ballantine, but I’m going to reserve my reaction until I know you better.”
About A.S. Fenichel
A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.
A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.
Multi-published in erotic paranormal, historical romance and now erotic contemporary, A.S. has 6 books currently available and two more underway with Ellora’s Cave Publishing.
Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.
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Today, I have the lovely and talented Cara Bristol visiting. Cara is the author of the successful “Rod & Cane Society” domestic discipline series, published by Loose-Id. She also has standalone paranormal and contemporary erotic romances in her ever-growing backlist.
Ms. Bristol’s newest release is BREEDER, a sci-fi erotic romance. Let me say upfront, I’m not much of a science-fiction reader. That said, I knew from the first snippet Cara posted from BREEDER, that I had to read it. The premise hooked me immediately. As did the tone of the story. And the hero. I read BREEDER last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great writing, great world building, riveting characters and story. You can read my 5-star review here. Add it to your TBR list, then bump it to the top.
Gorgeous cover, isn’t it?
Before we get to the Q & A, I need to say Congratulations! BREEDER is currently ranked #5 in the science-fiction romance category on Amazon! Woohoo! Now, without further delay, welcome back, Cara!
Karla Doyle: You’ve written contemporary and paranormal, why did you decide to write a science fiction erotic romance?
Cara Bristol: First, thank you so much for having me today. You’ve always been hugely supportive! I chose science fiction because the story couldn’t be told any other way. The spark of the idea for Breeder—and I want to be clear it was the spark and not the actual story because that changed—was of a society in which the law made women sexual slaves. (Sexy fantasy, horrific reality). Although many countries today still treat women as chattel, nowhere on this planet in this day and age does the law sell women into slavery (that I know of anyway). So Breeder had to be science fiction.
Karla: How did the story deviate from your original concept?
Cara: There IS sex in the story, but Breeder evolved from a sexual slavery fantasy to a story about changing values and perceptions. Imagine if everything you were taught about the world, your core beliefs, was wrong. Planet Parseon is a truly a “man’s world.” Men rule and women have no power or value other than as “breeders”. Men partner with other men for sex and companionship. To consort with a woman for pleasure is to debase one’s self. Hero Dak, one of the highest rulers of his planet and the living embodiment of the law deeming women worthless, purchases a breeder to produce his progeny. Mating is supposed to be a dispassionate, perfunctory act, but he falls in love. His love for his breeder jeopardizes their lives, his rule, and the political stability of the entire planet.
Karla: You’re known for your spanking romances, the Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series. I already know the answer to this, of course, but is there spanking in Breeder?
Cara: Yes, there is a domestic discipline element to this story and spanking occurs, but I wouldn’t categorize Breeder as a spanking romance, because the story isn’t about a naughty woman being spanked—it’s about a man and woman struggling against incredible odds to be together. I took some risks in this story by writing about DD spanking and actual hardcore violence in the same story. I trust readers to discern the difference. Parseon is a world ruled by violent men, and what happens reflects that “reality.”
Karla: How does the novel reflect your view of the world?
Cara: This is my wild ass theory: whether a result of genetics, culture, or a combination of both, men and woman think and act differently. In general—of course there are exceptions—men are aggressive and competitive. Women are passive, submissive. Historically, men have been the drivers, the innovators, the explorers with sometimes positive, but often destructive results. Women have been the builders of relationships, the keepers of the home, the glue that holds the world together as men charge full steam ahead. Women provide a mitigating, civilizing influence. Imagine a society in which men have no connection to family or home—where they have nothing personal at risk. That’s the world of Parseon. In Breeder, I remove the female influence and give a glimpse of what the world might be like if men ruled unchecked.
Karla: Interesting. So…it’s a feminist story?
Cara: Exactly. But that story is told between the lines. The main story of Breeder is the romance between hero Dak and heroine Omra.
Karla: What things inspired or influenced you in writing this book?
Cara: Oh gosh. Besides my beliefs about the differences between men and women, I drew inspiration from so many things: the “grayness” of communism such as the stark cement blocks that pass for housing in the former Soviet Union and the drabness of the Mao suit; genocide by the Nazis; the bellicosity of Star Trek Klingons; historical beliefs about women’s abilities (the “weaker sex”); and the relationship between language and control in George Orwell’s 1984. In Parseon, there is no word for love. That’s not a coincidence.
Karla: Breeder has a dystopian feel. Is that intentional?
Cara: I can’t deny the story has a bleak, dark side, but I believe hope, joy, and love override it. Against all odds, love prevails.
Karla: What do you hope readers will get out of this book?
Cara: I want my readers to feel. I hope they will gasp in shock, hate the villains, and love the hero and heroine. I want them to fume in anger, cry with sadness, and smile with happiness. And I hope they say, “Damn, I’ve never read a book like this. I wish there was another one.”
Karla: Will there be another one?
Cara: Yes. Breeder will be a series. I have not decided whether it will be three books or five. My initial thought was a trilogy, because I have two other stories in mind, but my Loose Id editor asked if there would be five books because there are five Alphas of Parseon. Duh. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Karla: It does! I look forward to reading more about Parseon and its Alphas. Besides future Breeder books, what’s next for Cara Bristol?
Cara: I am writing the fifth Rod and Cane Society novel, which I hope to submit in December or January. In February 2014, LazyDay will release Milestones, a domestic discipline anthology with seven stories by seven authors. It’s a follow-up to Coming to Terms. I’m also under contract for a sooper seekrit domestic discipline project with another group of authors. Thanks again, Karla, for having me!
Karla: It was my pleasure!
To secure his legacy, Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra, a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner. As Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, he begins to question Protocol-sanctioned male domination, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.
Breeder explores the concepts of gender roles and social prohibitions against deviant behavior. It includes graphic M/F and some M/M sexual content and domestic discipline.
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Today I’m happy to welcome back Cara Bristol, author of the successful Rod and Cane series, and much more, including WIFE ON THE LAM, a novella included in the newly released anthology, COMING TO TERMS.
Blurb: Wife on the Lam
After two kids, three moves, and the normal ups and downs of a twenty-two year domestic discipline marriage, Janelle wants to celebrate their wedding anniversary with a luxury vacation. But despite subtle hints like leaving a copy of the Cabana Resort brochure with the Couples’ Getaway Package circled in red on her husband’s golf magazine, Brent misses all the clues. Worse, he schedules a business trip on their anniversary! Though her bottom might pay for it later, Janelle decides to take her luxury vacation anyway. Leaving a note and a casserole, she flies off to the resort. She’s going to celebrate, with or without him.
If anything proves that he’s slacked off on his duties as head of household, this stunt of Janelle’s does. Brent had booked the Diamond Package at the Cabana Resort to surprise her and planned to present her with the tickets when she took him to airport for his “business trip.” She’s ruined the surprise, but he’s not going to let her ruin their anniversary. It’s time to take his errant wife in hand and get their marriage back on track.
Blurb: Coming to Terms
Summer means more than fun and sun, rest and relaxation. For the couples in Coming to Terms, vacation presents a chance to connect, and work through important issues in their domestic discipline relationships. From endeavoring to define DD to missing a DD partner to balancing erotic spanking and disciplinary spanking, these stand-alone stories penned by seven authors of spanking fiction cover a broad spectrum of issues commonly encountered in loving DD relationships. Will the obstacles prove too difficult to overcome? Or will each couple emerge from vacation with their relationships revitalized and stronger than ever?
Hi, Cara! Congratulations on all your new releases—you’ve been busy! WIFE ON THE LAM is a cute story, I enjoyed reading it. One of the things I like about your Domestic Discipline stories is how that element doesn’t overpower the story, it’s more organic.
Cara Bristol: Thank you, Karla. All good fiction begins and ends with the story and the characters. Spanking represents only one element of the characters’ relationship. It’s like sex. A “story” that is all sex is porn. A “story” that is all spanking is spanking porn. I write spanking romance. The anthology itself focuses on couples in existing domestic discipline relationships who take a vacation to reconnect with their partners.
I chuckled when I read the blurb for WIFE ON THE LAM. I think the premise of the heroine acting out because she feels taken for granted will resonate with many readers. I think we’ve all had days where we wanted to pack a bag and escape for a few days!
Cara: So much fiction focuses on dysfunction or major problems, because that creates conflict, which creates story. I wanted to show a couple in love who hit a bump in their otherwise happy, committed marriage. Even though Brent and Janelle are pissed off at each other, they still love each other very much, and I tried to show that in the little things that they do. As you know from reading it, there’s a twist in the story. Once readers realize what’s happening, I hope they take a second a look at the actions of the characters. The details in this story matter a great deal.
I know you enjoy traveling. Was ‘Cabana Resort’, the setting of WIFE ON THE LAM, based on somewhere you’ve visited? And, if you could plan a romantic anniversary trip for you and your hubby to anywhere in the world, where would you love to go?
Cara: My husband and I have traveled a lot, and Cabana Resort is a composite of many places we’ve visited including Tahiti (where we went on our honeymoon) and many places in the Caribbean. The things that Janelle does on her solo vacation, I have done: the boating, the snorkeling, the horseback riding. Once I even made the same mistake she did on her horseback ride! For our next “big trip” my husband and I would like to take a European river cruise.
WIFE ON THE LAM is part of a Domestic Discipline anthology. Can you tell us more about your story and the anthology—how it came about, etc.?
Cara: A group of LazyDay Publishing authors pitched an anthology idea centered around existing couples in domestic discipline relationships who take a vacation to reconnect and get their relationships back on track. I wasn’t a LazyDay author, but I was invited to participate. I loved the idea of joining these other authors – all of whom I knew and had worked with on other projects – but I turned down the offer at first. I had two other writing projects with the same deadline, and didn’t think I could manage another one. But I was offered a second chance, and I decided to do whatever it took to make it work. The blurb came to me in the shower, and I wrote the story from the blurb. I wanted WIFE ON THE LAM to be humorous, but also real.
WIFE ON THE LAM is a short novella, around 12k words. Was it difficult to write short after a string of longer books? Do you have a preference or natural “sweet zone” as far as the length of story you like to write?
Cara: I have two “sweet zones” – 40K (about 160 pages) and 10-15K. My vampire romance, A Scent of Longing, released by Decadent Publishing is around the latter length. Some authors find it challenging to write “short,” but I love it. My background is in journalism, so I’m used to writing concise pieces.
As I said earlier, you’ve been busy lately. In addition to WIFE ON THE LAM, DESTINY’S CHANCE, a reincarnation romance with erotic spanking, released May 14th, and DISCIPLINARY MEASURES, the fourth book of your Rod and Cane series released May 21st. So awesome, congratulations on all of them! What are you working on now, and what do you have planned for the near-ish future?
♦ Oh, and a side note — DISCIPLINARY MEASURES is currently FREE from Loose Id until May 26th. Go grab a copy! ♦
Cara: I should be writing the fifth Rod and Cane book, which is Liz Davenport’s story (the attorney in Body Politics who sent her feminist friend off on a blind date with a man who spanks), but I got an idea for a science fiction erotic romance (with spanking, of course!) that wouldn’t leave me alone. It is so hard to not write what is knocking around in your head – especially when the other story has cooled AND you lost your notes. I can’t find the notebook that contained my ideas for Rod and Cane 5. Argh! I am slowly re-plotting Rod and Cane 5.
Oh no! I hope you find that notebook! But I agree, it is hard to ignore a story when it’s demanding to be written. 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by today. Before you go, can you give us a little sample from WIFE ON THE LAM?
Cara: Here’s the opening scene in the book. Janelle is mad at her husband and is flying to a tropical resort to take a vacation without him. The Texan in this scene plays an important role in the story:
An excerpt from WIFE ON THE LAM, by Cara Bristol
“That bull gored me like a shish kebob. Meanest, orneriest critter I ever laid eyes on.”
“Was that why you left the rodeo?”
No, no, please don’t encourage him. Pressed against the airplane window, her eyelids shuttered tight, Janelle Gibb feigned sleep and prayed for the Texan to choke on a peanut. The man had begun talking the moment he’d squeezed his linebacker form into the middle seat minutes before take-off in Florida, and hadn’t taken a breath since. Weren’t cowboys supposed to be taciturn?
She had learned more than she ever cared to about driving, branding, and inoculating cattle, the details spelled out slower than molasses ran on a cold day. Unfortunately, the man on the aisle seemed fascinated and when the cowboy wound down, he’d rev him up again with a question.
‘Mornin’, ma’am.’ When he’d first boarded, the Texan had tried to engage her in conversation, but after he’d ma’amed her, she’d brushed him off with an insincere smile and a fake yawn, and curled up against the window, ostensibly to snooze.
Ma’am? The cowboy had to be her age, probably a few years older, although she couldn’t tell for sure because of his sunglasses. Light sensitivity caused by an eye infection. She’d gotten details on that too.
Would a ma’am wear a thong bikini like the one she had tucked in her suitcase? She looked pretty damn good for a woman who, in five days, would celebrate her twenty-second wedding anniversary.
She sniffed back tears of self-pity. With the plane’s engines humming in her right ear and the cowboy droning in her left, she’d had plenty of opportunity to consider what she’d done.
Screwed up. Big time. She’d been so hurt by Brent’s cluelessness she hadn’t thought her actions through to the logical conclusion — how alone she’d feel flying off to an island paradise by herself, how mad her husband would be when he found her note stuck to the fridge by a magnet.
Made you a casserole for dinner. Bake at 375 for 45 min. I went on vacation. See you when you get back from your business trip. Love, Janelle.
She’d been so furious, she’d hesitated whether to add the “love” part. Warm fuzzies had been absent when she scribbled the note. As a regional sales manager with a new territory, Brent had been away on business almost more than he’d been home during the past year. They’d always reserved their anniversary as a special day, and she had hoped they could spend quiet time alone to reconnect. For months, she’d dropped numerous hints she’d like to vacation at the Cabana Resort at Isla Island for their anniversary, even left the brochure on top of his golf magazine with the “couples’ getaway package” circled in red. She’d done everything except smack him over the head with the booklet.
“Looks like they have a nice golf course,” he’d commented, and then said nothing more. She’d wondered if maybe he hadn’t planned to surprise her, but he dashed those hopes by announcing he had an out-of-town sales conference during their anniversary.
“We’ll do something after I get back,” he’d promised. And then he had shrugged. Shrugged! At that moment, she decided she would go the resort, with or without him.
“Besides it’s not like it’s a milestone, like twenty or twenty-five.” He had added insult to injury.
Definitely not like twenty. For that he’d given her a beautiful anniversary ring that she wore on her left hand next to her wedding set. She twisted the multiple bands on her finger, then remembered she was supposed to be asleep. Had her loquacious seatmate noticed? She cracked an eyelid.
“Did you have a good nap little lady?” the Texan drawled.
Today I have a visitor — one of my best friends & fellow Ellora’s Cave author, A.S. Fenichel. Yesterday was release day for Ms. Fenichel’s sixth book, KANE’S BOUNTY! Now, how about I let her tell you about it? 😉
Thanks for inviting me to your blog, Karla. I’m happy to be back. I’m really excited to be celebrating the release of my first full length novel, Kane’s Bounty. This is one book in a series of bounty hunter themed books releasing throughout the month of May from Ellora’s Cave Publishing. The theme begs the question: what makes bounty hunters so darn sexy? Let’s face it, they’re not always hot in real life. “Dog the bounty hunter” does nothing for me.
In fiction though, it’s a different story. Kane is smart, rough around the edges, honest and a bad ass. He rescues a stranger because it’s right. Okay, so I have a little crush. But the fact remains that danger is sexy and a man who can get you into, and more importantly, out of danger will win your heart every time. Can he shoot straight? Does he drive fast? Will he get you out of the country in a heartbeat if the need arises?
So all of that is not necessarily in the bounty hunter job description, but this IS fiction after all. In fact, in real life a “fugitive recovery agent” has to follow all the same laws that govern law enforcement. Actually, cops are hot too. I should know, I married one. 🙂
Here is what I think→ Danger = Sexy, Smart = Stimulation and good hand/eye coordination = HOT. This leads me to the bottom line, he should be ruthless, mean and cunning but he better melt your butter and curl your toes if he wants to make it into an “On The Hunt” book. 😉
Here’s the back cover blurb from Kane’s Bounty. Enjoy!
Telepathic bounty hunter Kane has one rule—never get involved with a fugitive.
It’s a simple assignment with good money at the end. Picking Lena up is no problem. Protecting her when her ex-husband, mercenaries and another bounty hunter threaten her turns into the fight of their lives.
Together, the Stones of Adeline and Lena are powerful magic. She never considered the complication of the sexy bounty hunter and her undeniable desire for him. Their paranormal bond will need to be strong if they’re to survive together.
And now, an excerpt from KANE’S BOUNTY…
“If I kiss you now, it’s not because I want information, Lena. I just can’t help myself.”
His soft declaration sent liquid heat directly to her pussy. She clenched her thighs together, heightening the sensation. “I know.”
His lips toyed with her bottom one, sucking it in gently and then releasing it. He did the same to her upper lip and she responded in kind. The kiss was gentle, lip to lip. He nipped at the corners of her mouth and trailed kisses along her chin and jaw before returning to her mouth and plunging his tongue inside. She gasped. He made love to her mouth and she felt as if she were the only person in his world. The other passengers ceased to exist. To her horror, if he had asked, she would have allowed him to fuck her on the plane. Her body responded to him and a soft moan escaped her lips.
He pulled away. His breath was as unsteady as hers.
Her gaze lowered to his lap, where a substantial bulge pressed against his jeans. Unfortunately, the end of the kiss brought with it the realization that they were not alone. She longed to touch his cock, caress it, have him deep inside her.
“Please stop.” His voice sounded pained.
“Sorry.” She’d forgotten, he could read her mind. “Can you actually hear what I’m thinking?”
He shook his head. “No, but I get a pretty good idea when the thoughts are that intense.”
“Can you turn it off?”
“Yes, but it’s uncomfortable. It’s like holding your nose or covering your ears.”
“I would think it would be uncomfortable to hear what everyone is thinking.”
He shrugged. “I’m used to it. I can focus it. Like being in a crowded restaurant, but only really hearing the person across the table. You hear the rest of the talking, but it’s background noise.”
She nodded. “I understand.”
He turned toward her again. “What is it you have that Thorn wants?”
“The Stones of Adeline.”
Her instinct told her to tell him, but her training and experience with Thorn warned her not to say too much.
“I won’t betray you, Lena. Even if I turn you over to the courts, I’ll never tell anyone what you tell me about the stones.”
He was reading her mind. She shut herself off. She’d learned that trick in the last two years too. She could seal away her mind from interlopers. It was something she’d needed to learn while being married to Oscar. He was always trying to find out how he could use the stones, but get rid of her. It had become as simple as flipping a switch to her.
As soon as she cut him off, his mouth turned down in a frown. “That’s very impressive. How did you learn to do it?”
“I’ve had to learn a lot in the last few years.”
His eyes were blue crystals and they were only an inch from hers. “I meant what I said. I will not betray you.”
“But you will not let me go either.” The bitterness in her voice reflected the way she felt about all men since marrying Oscar Thorn. He was gorgeous too. He’d had money and power and he’d wanted her.
“I have a job to do, but I’m willing to listen to your story, which is more than I’ve ever done for any other mark, Lena. Try to see it from my side. I’m hired by the courts to apprehend and return a fugitive. You escaped custody. It’s my job to bring you back.”
Her stomach churned at the memory of her escape. “I had no choice. Oscar was going to kill me and I couldn’t let him get ahold of the stones. They are my responsibility and I had already put them in enough danger by marrying the wrong man. If I was dead, he’d find them.”
Kane’s eyes narrowed. “Did you swallow these stones?”
She smiled. He was worried she was going to drop dead, as if she was a drug smuggler. “No. I sat on them, in a manner of speaking.”
Understanding dawned on Kane and the heat in his eyes increased tenfold. “And is that where they still reside?”
She didn’t say anything.
Thank you for visiting, A.S. 🙂 Wishing you many sales on this and all of your books. Now, get back to writing!