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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#Interview Take the Heat Anthology edited by @skye_warren

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Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.

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The ultimate bad boys, criminals capture our attention and awaken our darkest desires. Celebrate the illicit in this romantic suspense anthology, where handcuffs are used for more than play. These stories are shocking, sexy, and thought-provoking.


In New York Times Bestselling Author Skye Warren’s Magnolia Hotel, meet the heroine who pays her brother’s debt to a loan shark—who happens to be her childhood crush. Find out if the jury made the right decision in Acquitted by award-winning author Giselle Renarde. Explore a dark and sensual psychology with New York Times Bestselling Author Pam Godwin in Unlawful Seduction.


Hi, Skye Warren here! I’m the New York Times Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction, and I’m also the editor of Take the Heat, an anthology of criminal romance. I’m so excited to share this release with you.
One of the best parts of putting together this anthology was seeing what each author did. Sheri Savill’s story is hot as hell and surprisingly tender. Plus, she’s a seriously funny lady, so I’m excited to interview her today and get her to spill her best, and hottest, writing advice.
Sheri, let’s start with the age-old question: are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sheri Savill: I’m neither. I pretty much just take down the internal dictation from “the voices.” Because all my books are entirely factual and everything in them is real and true even though they’re sold in the “fiction” section. Heh.

Skye Warren: What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?

Sheri Savill: The best piece of writing advice I’ve had is “Sheri, for god’s sake, just write whatever the hell you want, you crazy bitch. No one is reading it anyway. Just have fun.” The worst was being told to send things I wrote to online publishers. They were very interested, by very flaky and unprofessional. There, I said it.

Skye Warren: Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Sheri Savill: Swedish death metal. And spa music.

Skye Warren: What are you passionate about these days?

Sheri Savill: Tattoos and living life to the fullest, every minute. Spoiler alert: were all going to die.

Skye Warren: If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

Sheri Savill: “Dear George Eliot, I’m sorry, but I never finished any of your books. They were uber-boring and way too long. I faked like I read them by skimming the back cover and I wrote papers on them and got As anyway. Sorry.”

Skye Warren: Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received. 

Sheri Savill: “Dear Sheri Savill, please stop writing. I have made a voodoo doll of you. I am out of pins.” Seriously, I don’t know if you will print this but the best fan comment I ever got, hands down, was: “Savill writes the best face-fuck in the business.”

Skye Warren: Do you write in multiple genres or just one? Do you ever consider straying outside your genre?

Sheri Savill: I write erotic romance AND humor and anything else I feel like writing. I “stray” a lot. I’d think I’d like to write humor exclusively, at this point. It’s easier for me. It makes me feel good to make a couple people snicker. I never wrote fiction—much less erotic fiction— in my life, until a couple years ago. It’s okay, don’t get me wrong. But it’s not nearly as interesting as my real life. Heh.

Skye Warren: Would you ever co author a book with someone?

Sheri Savill: If so, who would you choose, and what would you write? I’d co-author almost anything with someone I respected as a writer and who could hit the ball back. I thrive on the back and forth, the interaction. I don’t do well in a vacuum of self. Which is problematic for a writer, I realize. My dream job would be sitting in a room with other creative funny people, writing crazy shit all day.

Skye Warren: Having recently written a co-authored book, I think the mutual respect thing is so important. It’s SO FUN and SO HARD, which pretty much encapsulates writing in general. So, what is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

I’d love to get some erotica readers to give me a chance in other genres, get the word out on me. I’d especially like to have some quality publisher realize that I’m a really good humor writer and beg me to do a humor essay book and then promote the hell out of it for me. Since that is unlikely, I will be doing that on my own.

Skye Warren: Thanks so much, Sheri! And thank you all for coming to check out Take the Heat. If you’re down for a dark ride, I hope you’ll read it!


TAKE THE HEAT
The ultimate bad boys, criminals capture our attention and awaken our darkest desires. Celebrate the illicit in this romantic suspense anthology, where handcuffs are used for more than play. These stories are shocking, sexy, and thought-provoking.

In New York Times Bestseller Skye Warren’s Magnolia Hotel, meet the heroine who pays her brother’s debt to a loan shark—who happens to be her childhood crush. Find out if the jury made the right decision in Acquitted by award-winning author Giselle Renarde. Explore a dark and sensual psychology with New York Times Bestseller Pam Godwin in Unlawful Seduction.

New York Times Bestseller Skye Warren – Magnolia Hotel
Cynthia Rayne – Captivated
New York Times Bestseller Pam Godwin – Unlawful Seduction
Sheri Savill – Slipknot
New York Times Bestseller Shoshanna Evers – This Might Hurt A Bit
Candy Quinn – The Bombshell
Tamsin Flowers – Playing with Fire
Elizabeth Coldwell – Disposing of Donnie
Audrey Lusk – Surprise Witness
Trent Evans – Last Day
Giselle Renarde – Acquitted

Ride the edge of desire and see if you can TAKE THE HEAT…

Read Take the Heat now: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | More buy links…

About Sheri Savill

Sheri Savill is the author of dark BDSM erotic romance, and humor, and is a real-life submissive who was into BDSM before it was cool. A career in media and journalism (reporter, editor, DJ, copywriter) drove her to the brink of insanity, so she became an attorney and web developer.

Known for her irreverent blog, Savill is tattooed, pierced, geeky, easily annoyed yet fun-loving, and well caffeinated. She speaks often of a treasured “letter from Dave Barry” that no one has actually seen. Award-winning sex author and columnist Violet Blue called Savill’s BDSM parody “painfully, hilariously timeless.”

When she’s not charging her portable electronic devices, Savill spends her time writing, thinking about writing, or wishing she had written. She scored a780 out of 800 on a standardized writing test of some sort and, just as she predicted, has never had to use calculus in her entire adult life.

 

Ride the edge of desire and see if you can TAKE THE HEAT…


Skye Warren – Magnolia Hotel

Cynthia Richards – Captivated

Pam Godwin – Unlawful Seduction

Sheri Savill – Slipknot

Shoshanna Evers – This Might Hurt A Bit

Candy Quinn – The Bombshell

Tamsin Flowers – Playing with Fire

Elizabeth Coldwell – Disposing of Donnie

Audrey Lusk – Surprise Witness

Trent Evans – Last Day

Giselle Renarde – Acquitted


FROM “MAGNOLIA HOTEL” BY SKYE WARREN

Maybe Liam still had that spark of humanity, of compassion, I’d once loved as a child. And even if I knew my brother was partly to blame for his situation, I couldn’t leave him to the wolves. Namely, one wolf. Liam.

I turned to my childhood friend who looked so different now with the glint of scruff on his face, with a bend in his nose where it had been broken. He looked some much more distinguished. In fact, he looked intimidating.

“Please let him go. Even if he… I know what he did. But he’s my brother. I can’t leave here without him. Take the two thousand. I’ll get you more, soon. I promise you. Just don’t hurt him.”

“Do you know how much he owes me, Grace?”

I swallowed. “Five thousand dollars?”

His face pulled into a slight grimace. He sighed. “Fifteen.”

I stood there, stunned. Unable to gasp or even breathe. Fifteen thousand dollars. I would never have that much money, not ever. But he was my brother.

“Please,” I whispered, reduced to begging.

Liam looked away, and for a horrible second I thought it was a refusal. My stomach pitched wildly, in fear and doubt and desperation. How could I fix this? I couldn’t, I couldn’t. My brother was going to be beaten or killed.

Then he turned back to me, a hard glint in his gunmetal eyes. “There is a way you can help. You can be mine, Grace. Mine to do whatever I want with.”

Seconds passed with excruciating slowness as my mind protected me. Then reality slammed into me—all at once. He meant sex. I was almost sure he meant sex. Then I laughed at myself, hollow and jaded. What else would it mean?

I hadn’t thought it possible to hate Liam more, but I did, because he’d setup an impossible choice. For fifteen thousand dollars—and for my brother’s safety—I had to agree.

What did that make me? A prostitute? A sex slave?

I looked at my brother as the offer stood in the air. He wouldn’t meet my eyes. Couldn’t he at least put up a token protest? At least try to protect my honor? But I was getting a clearer picture of Benny than I had our whole lives. Letting himself fall to this level was one thing, but dragging me into it was the last straw. I would do this for him—and that was it.

“Never again,” I whispered.

I would never drain my bank account and come running to help ever again. Never sell my body for him. Never trust my brother again. It was like losing a family member. The only one I had.

Benny nodded, or maybe he was just drifting out of consciousness, his head bobbing slightly. Who knew? I was done. I would do what Liam required of me, and then I would be finished. Finished with family. Finished with criminals.

I’d be alone then.

I nodded grimly. “I’ll do it.”

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

#Interview with @Nancy_Corrigan for Hunter Betrayed



Nancy Corrigan believes in unending love and epic tales with a paranormal flare. She enjoys transcending the boundaries of reality to take her readers on an erotic, emotional and romantic journey.

She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. When she’s not weaving sizzling fantasies, she works as a chemist in a pharmaceutical lab.

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What is your story's heat level? How do you approach the sex scenes? On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the hottest)
I’d rank Hunter Betrayed as a 4 for explicit sex. I view sex scenes as being an integral part of the H/H’s journey to obtaining a HEA. Some of the encounters in Hunter Betrayed are sweet while some are scorching and very naughty, but all advance the emotional and physical aspect of the story.

How do you maintain activity as a writer when sitting at a desk all day?

Breaks are essential. Sometimes I exercise. I have an elliptical in my office space. Other times a nap or a trip outside the house is required. 

What is it that you loved about the main characters in your story?Calan is the leader of the Wild Hunt. He’s noble but wicked. He’s willing to suffer for the good of the world, his siblings and Harley. I love the tortured aspect of his nature and his desire for love. Fate has been against Harley from birth. She’s been damned to suffer because of lineage, but she won’t give up. Her endurance is amazing. I also love her willingness to be what Calan and the world needs.

What do you feel is your strongest type of writing? Humor? Angst? Confrontation scenes? Action? Sex? Sensuality? Sweet Romance? And why?Sex and action scenes are probably my strongest. I love reading books that keep you glued to your kindle from start to finish. I try to incorporate that high energy level in my writing too.

Are you social media savvy?If so what do you suggest for others? If not, why not? I enjoy spending time on social media but don’t have enough time to dedicate to it all. My favorite site by far is Pinterest. I’m a very visual person and it’s easy and fun for me to create boards for my books, characters and interests. It’s also so much fun to scan quickly and see what the people I’m following are exploring. Facebook is next but it’s frustrating at times as I know I’m missing out on people’s posts because of the way FB decides to load my newsfeed. My advice is to find what you love and embrace it, then skim the other platforms because everyone has different tastes.

What are some things from your life or things you have observed that you've infused into your stories?There are lots of little things from my life and experiences incorporated into my books. Sometimes I don’t realize I’ve added them until I’m editing, but I usually leave them in.

If you had an unlimited budget, where would you like to visit for story-related research?
Europe! I love writing myth-based stories. Hunter Betrayed is based off the Wild Hunt myth. It shows up in various forms throughout Europe and even North American mythology. I have another series starting later this year with Mist Unveiled, which is based off of Norse myth. To be able to get the feel of the countryside and history of the countries across Europe would be invaluable.

Any fun facts about the research for your book?
I
had so much fun researching Hunter Betrayed, but the one thing I found interesting was how many different versions the Wild Hunt myth could be found. Each one spun the story in a different light but all had the common theme of an uncontrolled procession of horsemen and hounds. It’s amazing to see how cultural and social standards affected the telling of the tale.

Finally, tell us a little about your newest release! Hunter Betrayed is book 1 of the Wild Hunt series. It’s based off of the Wild Hunt myth and surrounds the redemption and healing of the riders of the Wild Hunt through love. Calan and Harley’s story is the trigger that allows the Wild Hunt to ride again and opens up a world of danger, conspiracy, temptation and scorching, all-consuming love.
 
 
“You.” She swallowed hard. “It’s you.”

“Yes. It is.” A long moment passed where they held each other’s gazes. Finally, he released a shaky breath she felt skim over her cheek. She pressed her palm to the sensitive skin to hold the warmth close. “You never returned to me.”

She’d tried. Raul had stopped her. She’d escaped a near rape at his hands by stabbing him but afterwards she hadn’t been quite…right. It was as if his touch had dirtied her.

She wrapped her arms tight around her chest and pushed the memory away. “I ran just like you told me to.”

“I also told you to come back. You promised you would.”

Guilt choked her for breaking her vow too. She looked away.  “Yes, I did.”

The feather light stroke of his fingertips along her cheek quickened her breaths. Her body reacted to the simple caress as if he’d touched her intimately. Her breasts pebbled and warmth pooled low.

“No matter. I’m glad you finally did. I need your help.”

“What are you talking about?”

“You remember all the knowledge I shared with you, correct?”

She remembered. He’d forced information into her brain she hadn’t known what to do with. Within one heartbeat and the next, she’d learned everything she’d needed to know about how to avoid falling victim to the redcaps and sluaghs. He’d also implanted a compulsion to have an obsidian blade made that had become her constant accessory. She never left the house without it. It was the only thing that could kill the fairies’ creatures.

She forced herself to nod. “Yeah, you saved my life.”

“I thank the gods for that, little female. I was right about you. You are the key.”

“The key to what?”

“You will be the one who will unlock me from my prison and allow the Wild Hunt to ride again.”

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