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author interview with suz deMello, a.k.a sue swift

sue venice maskBest-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written over sixteen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books and Ai Press, where she is currently Managing Editor. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I had always felt a creative wellspring bubbling inside me, but didn’t know how to express myself. I tried everything—singing in concert choirs and rock bands, craft projects including refinishing old furniture (which I truly do enjoy), majoring in art as an undergrad. But I never felt fulfilled until I took a couple of writing classes at my local community college and started writing my first romance novel.

I chose romance because it’s the largest fiction genre out there. Although I wasn’t a romance fan except for Georgette Heyer—I love Regencies—I felt that the form of the books was easily grasped and used for my own purposes.

 How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

When did you starting writing erotic fiction?

After my line closed at Silhouette Books and I got a severe case of writer’s block, a few of my friends suggested I make a complete change from writing sweet, traditional romances (which had never really suited me anyways) to erotic romance. They were right—I was completely energized by the change and my career has really taken off.

 Missionary or on top?

Neither.

Can lust and desire make the smartest person really, really, stupid? Why or why not?

Oh, yeah. I’ve done some really stupid things in the name of love. I think it’s the impact of oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone. Women secrete it when we orgasm, and because it’s also “the bonding hormone,” when we have great sex with someone who’s a toad, we nevertheless may fall in love with the toad. I’m still pulling out of those feelings in regard to a disastrous affair I had nearly two years ago with someone who really is messed up. Of course, at the time I thought he was the coolest person alive. Now I see how messed-up he and his life are, but even knowing that intellectually doesn’t change this mysterious pull I have toward him.

 Does size matter?

Oh, sure. Too small is just that—too small. Same with too big. But in general, “it’s not the meat but the motion,” as Maria Muldaur put it.

Is a polyamorous relationship just a fantasy or can it truly be successful?

I’ve seen poly work, but to last a long time, those relationships take a great deal of effort, communication and love between all the participants. Most often, however, I see poly done badly—poor communication, secret-keeping, sneaking around, compartmentalization rather than integration and so on. If your partner has others, and doesn’t communicate adequately, it can be a nightmare. Poly takes a lot of maturity and attention.

Tell us something that would surprise your readers, or something most people don’t know about you.

I’m a switch.

VERY interesting! For those of you who don’t know, a switch is both a submissive AND a dominant, which you don’t always see.

Sounds hot, Suz. And busy, lol. So is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?

I’m continuing with my Highland Vampires series from Ellora’s Cave. Right now I’m writing what will be, chronologically, the first book in the series—though it’s the fourth novel—my head sometimes works like that. I’m planning two more books, one set in the 13th century and the other in the Victorian Age.

Where can readers stalk…um…I mean, find you?

LOL, I’m easy to find. Here’s the 4-1-1:

–Website: http://www.suzdemello.com

–For editing services, email: suzswift@yahoo.com

–Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sueswift, and visit her group page at  https://www.facebook.com/redhotauthorscafe

–Twitter: @ReadThis4fun and @Suzdemello

–Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/suzdemello/

–Goodreads: http://bit.ly/SuzATGoodreads

–Blog: http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com

Thanks to suz deMello for stopping by today for a fantastic, very informative interview!

author interview with Cassandra Carr

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra’s books have won numerous “Best Book Of” awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

She thinks the best part of being a writer is how she writes about love and sex while most others struggle with daily commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers. Her inspiration comes from everywhere, but she’d particularly like to thank the Buffalo Sabres, the hockey team near and dear to her heart.

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website, “like” her Facebook fan page or follow her on Twitter.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?

A BDSM relationship gets turned upside-down.

Favorite book?

Pride & Prejudice

Fictional crush?

John Thornton, North and South

Who is your favorite character that YOU have written?

Sebastian, the hero of the first book I ever wrote, Should’ve Known Better.

What inspired you to write your first book? Do you have a specific writing style? How did you come up with the title?

My mother told me “You should fictionalize your fanfic story and see if you can get it published.” My writing style has been called “concise”. I’m not sure that’s a compliment, lol. Awakening was the perfect title for a woman discovering BDSM and a man figuring out he doesn’t always have to be the strong one.

What was the last movie you went to see?

The Nut Job – at least in the theaters, that was the last one I saw. I also watched Frozen with my daughter, on the floor of a church community center. Let’s just say I’m too old to be doing stuff like that very often.

What type of person do you dislike most?

Adults who don’t act like grown-ups. I swear some adults have more tantrums than my five-year-old does. Also, people who don’t follow through on what they say they’re going to do. Being left in the lurch is a huge annoyance for me.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

It’s the longest book I’ve ever written, and I nicknamed it The Book That Would Never End. That should tell you all you need to know…

How many novels, short stories have you published?

I have around forty works published, from shorts all the way up to full-length books like Awakening.

When did you starting writing erotic fiction?

The second book I wrote was Talk to Me, which is erotic. That’s what I was reading at the time and it sounded fun to write.

Do you see body type as part of the character?

It can be, especially for a female character. One with big boobs might be perceived in a way she doesn’t want to be. Ditto for someone who’s overweight.

Is a polyamorous relationship just a fantasy or can it truly be successful?

It can be, sure. But it’s most definitely not easy. Perhaps the hardest part would be having it out in the open. So many people would judge you.

Talk about the first erotic story you wrote

That was Talk to Me. The entire book was based on the premise of being turned on by someone’s voice. In this case, a radio producer falls in lust (and then love) with the radio personality she’s working for. See? A tiny kernel can become an entire book!

Can anyone write erotic fiction?

No, and not everyone should. Most of us have sex (or there’d be no babies), but not everyone can describe the act without sounding ridiculous.

How did you learn to write good sex?

Read a lot. Strangely enough, one person who I think does great sex scenes is Lisa Kleypas in her historicals. I own every one and learned a ton from her.

What does indie publishing allow that traditional publishing does not, specifically with regards to erotic romance?

The chance to write something “outside the box”. Right now I’m revising a dark erotic trilogy to be released in the beginning of May (the Payment series) and I doubt any publisher would’ve gone for the story.

Do you like pushing the envelope?

I do. That doesn’t mean I do it a lot, but it’s fun to see what readers react to.

Tell us something that would surprise your readers, or something most people don’t know about you.

I’m actually pretty shy, and book signings are not one of my favorite activities. I feel like I sit there for hours with a smile plastered on my face, hoping someone will notice me. So if you’re at the RT book fair, come say hi! I’ll feel like less of a loser. 😉

How do you describe sex scenes and keep them from becoming repetitive?

Use a lot of different descriptions and adjectives. I know that sounds like a no-brainer, but I just read a group of five shorts by the same author, and she repeated three or four phrases multiple times.

Do you think it is best to call body parts by their anatomically correct names, or come up with euphemisms?

If the euphemism isn’t ridiculous it’s okay, but so many of them are that I tend to use the common way of saying something.

 Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?

*takes deep breath*

On May 1st a bundle of sports romance books called Heart of a Champion releases. On May 6th a trilogy of dark erotic (the Payment series) will come out.

On June 1st another bundle – the Occupational Hazards boxed set, will come out, as well as Scorin’ on the Fourth of July, which is part of a series of shorts called Red Hot & BOOM.

On August 1st my Decadent novella, Burning Love, will release as part of their Calendar Men series. On the 15th a male/male bundle, tentatively titled Boys Will Do Boys, is due out. There’s another MM bundle too, not sure of the release date.

There are other things too, but I think that’s enough to give you all a starting point. 😉

Where can readers stalk…um…I mean, find you?

Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com
Facebook: 
http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr
Twitter: 
http://www.twitter.com/cassandra_carr
Pinterest: 
http://pinterest.com/booksbycasscarr/

Make sure to check out Awakening by Cassandra!

AwakeningBlurb: Vanessa Clark is doing a research paper for one of her last classes – Psychology of Sex – before receiving her Bachelors’ degree. Once she discovers the topic of BDSM, everything else pales in comparison. But where will she learn about it? The Internet has its limits, and Vanessa needs to talk to real-life practitioners of BDSM to really understand the lifestyle and write about it.

Will Astin, who serves as a dungeon master at a local BDSM club, doesn’t expect to find a gorgeous, irresistible young woman when he agrees to a meet and greet with a college student as a favor to the club’s owner. Even better, she’s interested in learning about BDSM for what he suspects are more than scholarly reasons, and Will decides he’s just the man to teach her about it, hopefully claiming her for his own.

Will and Vanessa begin a journey which teaches both of them there’s more to BDSM than meets the eye. In the process, they grow closer, but when Will’s job puts him in the line of fire – literally – their roles are reversed and Vanessa has to take charge. Can they handle the rapid shift in their burgeoning dynamic, or is their relationship doomed?

doris o’connor – through the dom’s lens blitz

THROUGH THE DOM’S LENS

BY DORIS O’CONNOR

TTDLBlurb: Sometimes doing a favor can change your life forever.

Never one to rate her curves, Sally thinks her glamorous sister has lost the plot. Stand in for her at a photo shoot with the most sought after bondage photographer ever?

She’ll be laughed out of the studio, or arrested, or both. However, the temptation to actually meet the man she’s been secretly lusting after for months proves too hard to resist.

Junsako cannot believe his eyes, when Sally turns up. It’s been a long time since the Dom in him felt such an instant pull to anyone. All those curves will look beautiful in Shibari suspension, and Sally proves to be a born submissive. If only she would let go of her body issues and see the beautiful woman he sees through his lens.

Only one thing to do—convince her—with as much kinky sex as possible.

Excerpt:  “I want you to do something for me, pet. I want you to close your eyes and remember that feeling.”

She frowned at him, but her eyes fluttered shut and after a while she smiled.

“Good, you’re there in your mind?”

“Yes, Sir, I think so.”

“Good girl, now open your eyes and look at the screen again.” She tensed immediately and her smile slipped, but she did open her eyes and glanced at the screen. He’d changed the image to a slide of the process of her being bound. The first one showed her stood in front of him, looking nervous as hell, and she tensed even more when she saw it.

“What do you see, pet? Truly look at the picture, past the body, concentrate on your facial expression and remember how you felt.”

She bit her lip, and her nose screwed up in concentration, but eventually she answered him.

“I was nervous…” she glanced at him and then continued in a whisper, “and turned on.”

“Good girl, now the next picture. What do you see?”

In this shot she was half in her chest harness and blindfold, and Junsako hardened as he, too, remembered the heady thrill of binding her soft flesh in the rope. The picture didn’t do the eroticism of the art justice. In his mind’s eye, however, he heard her soft sighs and mewls, he felt the rope slide through his fingers and mark her skin, as she sank further into that blissful state of submission.

Sally remembered it, too, if her increased breathing and the dampness seeping through his sweat pants were any indication. He didn’t say anything else, afraid to break the moment, just continued to bring up picture after picture, until she wriggled on his lap, and he was hard enough to pound concrete again.

By the time they were back at the picture he intended to use, tears were falling down Sally’s cheeks, but she was smiling this time.

“Thank you, Sir, for helping me remember what it felt like. I still see a fat woman, though. I know I’m not skinny and … oh.”

The breath whooshed out of her lungs when he stood up with her and flung her over his shoulder. It was a matter of moments to cross the distance to his bedroom, and Sally shrieked when he threw her on the bed face down.

Before she had even stopped bouncing he grabbed her ankles and yanked her down until her ass hung over the edge with her knees on the floor. He kicked her legs apart, and took a moment to admire the view in front of him. With a flick of the remote he turned on the ceiling spotlights. The soft lighting illuminated Sally’s shapely ass. With her legs spread wide, he had a perfect view of her glistening pussy. Her cunt got wetter the longer he just stood there and watched her, and when she tried to push herself up on her elbows he urged her back down on the bed with his hand flat on the small of her back.

“Stay still, pet. It amuses me to watch you like this. You have the most perfect ass, my love. It will look even more beautiful when it’s pink from my hand.”

Sally whimpered, and more of her juices slipped out of her clenching hole.

“I’m going to spank that ass now, and then I’m going to fuck it.  My little pet will like that, I think. Give me a color, pet.”

****

Sally’s heart beat so fast in her ears she was sure she’d have fallen to the floor had she not been lying down already. Junsako’s dirty words made her so wet her juices were sliding down her inner thighs, and she found it difficult to concentrate on his words.

An open handed spank to her left ass cheek stung, and before she could open her mouth another one followed to the right side this time.

“I asked you a question, pet. What color are you?”

“Gr-green.” She murmured the words into the cover, as he dug his fingernails into her tender skin and grabbed a generous handful. That should have mortified her, but somehow it didn’t.

“I can’t hear you, pet.”

His strained voice soothed her concerns. He sounded like a man aroused, and it gave her an enormous thrill that he wanted her just as badly as she wanted him.

“Green, Sir. I’m so green. Please don’t stop. I—”

The next spank set her ass on fire and sent her further up the bed, until her hips dug into the edge. It was padded, with little hard nobbles, and just the right height to stimulate her clit, as she discovered with the next few well-placed open handed swats from his hands. He hit a different spot on her ass every time, and with the added stimulation from the torture devices attached to the side, she was close to coming in record time.

Higher and higher she flew until time lost all meaning, and all that mattered was the breathtaking pause before he spanked her again. When he finally stopped heat radiated from her ass all over her body in rolling waves of bliss, and she ground herself against the edge. So close, she was so damn close.

Junsako grabbed her hips and pulled her away from the bed, and Sally whined her protest.

He kissed her shoulder, and chuckled into her neck, as his whole body seemed to engulf her. His hard cock nestled in the cleft of her ass, and he delivered little bites along her back, parallel to her spine. Every sharp sting made her moan, interspersed as it was by his murmured words.

“So beautiful, my pet. This luscious body belongs to me, and you will not come without my permission, will you, pet?”

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61d4d0c6f49d0ad8976fa2.L._V360675208_SX200_Authors Bio:

Glutton for punishment would be a good description for Doris… at least that’s what she hears on an almost daily basis when people find out that she has a brood of nine children, ranging from adult to toddler and lives happily in a far too small house, cluttered with children, pets, dust bunnies, and one very understanding and supportive husband. Domestic goddess she is not.

There is always something better to do after all, like working on the latest manuscript and trying not to scare the locals even more than usual by talking out loud to the voices in her head. Her characters tend to be pretty insistent to get their stories told, and you will find Doris burning the midnight oil on a regular basis. Only time to get any peace and quiet and besides, sleep is for wimps.

She likes to spin sensual, sassy, and sexy tales involving alpha heroes to die for, and heroines who give as good as they get. From contemporary to paranormal, BDSM to F/F, and Ménage, haunting love stories are guaranteed.

Writer of sensual, sassy, sexy romances
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