Louisa Masters with Inter-Office Relations

Ah, the dreaded interview. Some authors cringe while others seem to embrace it like breathing. I’m happy to say that today’s guest falls into the latter category. When Louisa Masters and I first starting conniving, I mean collaborating, I mentioned interview and she jumped at the chance. Naive or glutton for punishment?  I dunno, but I think she’s a natural. (wink) Here’s what Louisa had to say in our recent “chat” about writing and her new novella, Inter-Office Relations.

All right, Louisa, when did you start writing?

Hee—there’s an interesting question! I started telling stories as soon as I could talk. It took a while for me to understand the difference between truth and storytelling! When I learned to write, my parents encouraged me to write my stories down. Things snowballed from there.

How long did it take you to finish your current book?

With my day job interfering, about a month. Of course, it helps that it’s a novella! That’s not including the extensive editing that comes after, of course. I hate that part, but I wouldn’t have a readable story without it.

Yep. Edits. :P Who’s your favorite character in this book and why?

I have a soft spot for Tim. When I wrote Inter-Office Relations, I had a tiny crush on a guy I was working with at the time, and Tim is (loosely) based on him. The crush passed, but the fond feelings remained. And no, I never did any of the things in the story with that guy!

Uh-huh. LOL The road to publication is long and tedious for most, what would you do differently if you could start over?

I’d start networking a lot earlier. Not only are the connections great for promo, but the support and creative mojo you get from other like-minded authors and readers is essential. I couldn’t do without some of the people I’ve met over the past twelve months. Big shout out to the ladies at RWA Online!

What’s your favorite kind of hero and why?

Strong, with a vulnerable edge. I don’t want a superhero, I want a regular man with weaknesses as well as strengths. He will, of course, be amazingly sexy in his own special way—the sexiest man I met was ugly as sin, but smelled incredible.

Heroine?

She’s not allowed to be perfect! The perfect heroine—beautiful, intelligent, kind, talented at everything she tries, and universally adored—makes my teeth hurt! I want to read—and write—about people that I could conceivably meet one day, and be friends with. So a heroine with some faults, but still eminently likeable, is what I like best. I think Jeannie from Inter-Office Relations fits this mold. She’s a nice person, good at her job, and hopelessly in lust with her friend and colleague. She’s too insecure to ask him out, but when the chance comes to proposition him without losing face…

Mmmm, sounds intriguing. What’s your favorite type of romance?

If you mean genre, then this is impossible to answer! In general, it has to have a happy ending. Romeo and Juliet is not a romance, it’s a tragedy!

Amen!!

Otherwise, I’ll read any kind of romance, provided there’s a real give-and-take relationship between the hero and heroine. And I hope that’s what I write!

If you could talk to any author alive or dead who would it be?

Nora Roberts is my idol, mostly because of her discipline. I’m a champion procrastinator, and I truly admire people with the kind of discipline that allows them to turn out that many books per year. Plus, I love her writing.

Well, I think I’ve  made everyone wait long enough. Please, Louisa, tell us about your book! :)

Have you ever had a crush on a colleague and wished you could pull them into the photocopy room and have your wicked way with them? That’s how Jeannie feels about Tim…

With her resignation submitted, Jeannie Price has one last task she’s itching to perform before leaving her job. After months of sitting next to hot, sexy colleague Tim Harding, it’s time to turn fantasy into reality with a scorching invitation to collaborate on matters of the flesh in Conference Room B. Then she can walk away without regrets.

Tim’s dreams of wild, sweaty sex with Jeannie come true when he accepts her offer, but he’s stunned to learn she doesn’t want to see him again after their steamy tryst. She may be trying to brush him off as just one more item on her To-Do List, but he’s determined to convince her there’s nothing taboo about inter-office relations.

Hot-cha-cha! And here’s an excerpt!:

“Do you want to have sex in Conference Room B?”

Tim Harding jerked his head up from the cost analysis on his computer screen. Jeannie Price was leaning on the partition between their desks, her dark eyes fixed on his face. He took a moment to admire them as he pondered her words.

“Is this a hypothetical question?” he asked finally. “Because—”

“It’s not a hypothetical question. It’s an invitation.”

Her words slammed straight to his cock. Was she joking? Had she guessed that she was the star of his late-night fantasies? He’d even pictured taking her in the office—okay, he’d imagined the boardroom, but he was flexible.

He swallowed, hard, his cock twitching. She’d been very flexible when he imagined her on his balcony. And in his shower. And…

“I’ll tell you what,” she said. “I’m going to be working in Conference Room B for the next half hour. You think about it, and if you decide to join me…” She shrugged, and her long brown hair slid forward, drawing his eyes to her breasts. In his dreams, her hair flowed over her naked breasts, her nipples peeking through the locks, and when he drew her down over him, it would swing forward, surrounding them like a silken tent…

She straightened, gathered up her laptop and notepad, and handed him an inter-office envelope.

“This may help you make up your mind.”

He watched her walk away, the sway of her hips and the way her dress slid across her ass making him shift uncomfortably. After a whole year of working with her, he was used to being in a constant state of arousal, but that didn’t make it any easier.

She disappeared into the conference room, and he sat back in his chair. Was she serious? Or was he going to walk in there and find half the office waiting, ready to point and laugh? He shuddered at the thought. No, Jeannie wasn’t like that. That was actually part of the problem. If she wasn’t so nice, and friendly, and incredibly fun to be with, he probably could have overcome the sexual thing by now.

Yeah. Right.

He looked at the envelope in his hand. Help him make up his mind?

He ripped it open.

The first thing to fall out was a strip of condoms. A whole strip? He could work with that.

The second was a piece of fabric. Frowning, he picked it up, then dropped it when he realized what it was.

Panties.

He stood up so fast his chair slammed into the partition behind him.

He didn’t care.

Condoms in one hand, panties in the other, he was already halfway to Conference Room B.

Wow! And if you think that was hot, check out the cover! Holy-schmoly!!

Inter-Office Relations is now available from The Wild Rose Press. You can buy it here.

I’ll be giving one lucky commenter a copy of Brodie’s Bride by Amie. (Whoop!)You have until midnight Wednesday before I make my choice! And don’t forget to check out my other blog visits this month at www.louisamasters.com

Big thanks to Amie for having me today!

Louisa

xxx

And a big thanks right back to Louisa for coming to visit and another thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Lots of <3–Amie

Jennifer Jakes-Twice in a Lifetime

If you’ve been around me any in the last couple of months, you probably already know that I am OBSESSED with self-publication. So whenever the opportunity arises where I get to talk with someone who has taken that plunge, I start drilling them with questions. Last week, that poor soul was Jennifer Jakes, author of the award winning Rafe’s Redemption. She has recently released her own self-published novella, Twice in a Lifetime. So, of course, being Wild Rose Press authors as well, I had to ask her (read grill her incessantly) about her journey into the growing world of self-publishing.

Amie:  Jennifer, I admire your bravery and dedication! I’m sure there are a lot of writers out there who are interested in self-publication but don’t know where to start. (namely, me!) I’d love to hear anything you’d like to share about your self-publication experience. And of course I want to pick your thoughts a little as well! Here we go…

When did you decide to take the self-pub plunge?

Jenn:  I’ve been kicking the idea around for about 6 months – my main thought being it would be a great avenue for novella length stories.

Amie:  Is your book available in print as well as in e-formats?

Jenn:  No, but only because it’s 40 pages.

Amie:  How did you find the printer?

Jenn:  If you are going to sell on Amazon – which of course you should – they offer a service (CreateSpace) to get your story to print.

Amie:  Tell me about the art work. who did the cover? And how much of a hand did you have in determining the final look?

Jenn:  I used Kim Killion from HOT DAMN Designs. And honestly, she does the best work. She’s even contracted with Publishing Houses to do their covers, so you know you’re getting quality. Her prices are very fair – around $125. Kim sends you a lengthy questionnaire and she will tweak the design after you get “first peek” and make any changes you decide.

Amie:  And now for the dreaded edits…who did your edits and how many reads did you have before you said, “it’s time.”?

Jenn:  LOL – I did my own edits – well, me and my Critique Partners. The 3 of them can find plot holes and typos better than anyone! I can’t recommend anyone publish something without someone taking a look at it for typos and such. It’s too hard to find stuff like that in our own writing. And that’s even after going over and over and over it. I’m guessing I read TWICE IN A LIFETIME at least 20 times. I suggest doing a final read aloud. You’ll find things you missed before.

Amie:  Tell me about the stumbling blocks.

Jenn:  Well, this one went pretty easy. But I think the reason it did is because I admitted my limitations. I am not techy, so I hired out the formatting. For $15 a woman changed my Word .doc into the formats I needed for Amazon and Smashwords. She also gave me HTML and MOBI copies, but I didn’t use those. I’ve heard of people spending days agonizing over getting the formatting right and I just didn’t want to go through that. Best money I ever spent in my opinion.

Amie:  Successes?

Jenn:  I say making the decision to hire out the formatting and the cover. If you put a lesser quality book out there – even if it’s .99 cents – you’re going to get horrible reviews.

Amie:  Things you wished you’d done differently

Jenn:  I made the decision to NOT overly pre-promo in case something went wrong. Since everything went smoothly, I wish I’d done more promotion, but it was a case of weighing the odds and I worried if the formatting didn’t look right or the sky started falling (LOL) I would have stuck my neck out at the wrong time. So I’m not sure I would do it differently because I am a cautious person when it comes to me handling technology. ;)

Well, I guess I’ve made y’all wait long enough. Here’s the blurb and excerpt for Twice in a Lifetime:

Be Careful What You Wish For. . .

No-nonsense stuntwoman Isabella Douglas will do anything to stop an unwanted divorce and reclaim the happy life she had, even allow her old friend to concoct a magical spell to turn back time. But when the spell goes awry, Izzy finds herself trapped aboard a 1768 Caribbean pirate ship with a captain who’s a dead ringer for her sexy as sin husband, Ian. Convinced he’s playing a cruel joke, she’s furious – until she realizes he doesn’t know her or believe they’re married.

Captain Ian Douglas does not have time to deal with an insane woman who claims to be his wife; he has to save his kidnapped sister. But as Izzy haunts his dreams and fills him with erotic memories he can’t explain, he’s forced to admit he feels more than lust.

Trapped in a vicious cycle of past mirroring present, Izzy knows they only have days to find Ian’s sister and prevent disaster from striking a second time. If she doesn’t, their marriage will be destroyed again – along with the man she loves.

WOW! Twice in a Lifetime sounds FABULOUS!! Here’s more…

Her fingers threaded in his thick hair as she traced his mouth with the tip of her tongue. “Kiss me.”

He hesitated, then groaned and covered her lips in a breath stealing kiss. Hot, wet, silky. Her nipples hardened, ached for his touch, the tug of his fingers, the pull of his mouth.

“Touch me.” She pressed a kiss to his throat, then licked his collarbone. “I need your hands on me.”

He grunted and slid his hands down her back. Rough palms gripped her cheeks, grinding her against his erection. His gaze burned through her as he moved his thigh between her legs.

“Yes. Please.” She tilted her hips, rubbing, needing release more than air. “Oh, God, yes.” Desire roared through her, the ache building. Building. The orgasm so . . .damned. . .close.

A sharp knock sounded at the door. “Captain? The men are ready to go ashore.”

Ian pulled back and swallowed hard, his expression hungry, his heart thumping against her breast.

“Captain?”

“Yes. Yes, I’ll be right there.” His heavy lidded gaze skimmed her body. Possessive. Aroused. Regretful as he set her aside.

Her mind crawled to process what was happening while her body was doused with disappointment. “You’re still going?”

He raked through his hair, then nodded. “We need provisions before sailing for Jamaica. I’ll only be a few hours.” He stepped to the door, but turned and pinned her with a hard stare. “But when I return . . .”

“Yes?” Her heart thumped in anticipation of some explicit description of what he would do to her. Oh, but his tongue was naughty in all the right ways.

“. . . I expect an explanation.”

Izzy drooped against the door, her thoughts racing even though her legs collapsed. This was going to be the shortest second chance in history.

Whew! Okay, Jenn (deep breath), back to business…

Amie:  Where did the story idea come from/how did it come about?

Jenn:  I had this idea of a stuntwoman sent back in time (I love time-travel historicals) and what fun it would be because she would be such a strong kick-ass heroine. So I built the story from that little seedling of an idea.

Amie:  Your favorite character?

Jenn:  Well, I always love my heroes J – but this time my favorite it Izzy, the heroine. And she’s probably the most like me than any heroine I’ve ever written.

Amie:  And the most dreaded question of all—are you going to try your hand at self-publishing again? 

Jenn:  Definitely. I’m almost finished with a Christmas Free Read, then I’m going to work on another short story – an erotic western historical twist on a classic Fairy Tale.

Amie:  Any words of advice for self-publishing hopefuls out there (like me)?

Jenn:  My advice would be start researching now – ie: join a self-publishing loop or two. The advice there is priceless! I’m on the RWA Forum Self-pub loop and a couple of Yahoo Self or Indie loops. Oh, and follow blogs that talk about self-pubbing. A good one is Writer’s Guide to E Publishing.

About the Author

After trying several careers—everything from a beautician to a dump truck driver—Jennifer finally returned to her first love, writing. Maybe it was all those Clint Eastwood movies she watched growing up, but in her opinion there is no better read than a steamy western historical.

Married to her very own hero, she lives on fifteen acres along with two beautiful daughters, three spoiled cats, three hyper dogs and one fat rabbit.

During the summer she does Civil War re-enacting and has found it a great research tool, not to mention she has continued appreciation for her microwave and hot water heater.

Visit Jennifer Jakes at www.jenniferjakes.com

Thanks so much for being here, Jennifer! Pirates *and* time-travel…doesn’t get much better than that folks! Now I’m off to buy my copy of Twice in a Lifetime.

Thanks for stopping by! <3, Amie 

Scorcher Blog Tour Week4–Lisa Sanchez

Woohoo! You’ve made it to the last stop! Props and mad love to you!! Mwah!

If, by chance, this is your first stop, you’ll want to stop by my blog- http://www.lisasanchezromanceauthor.com to start this week’s tour. We’ve been talking about things that get your motor revvin’ hot, things that turn us, as readers on. You won’t want to miss!

As I mentioned in my original post, music can play an integral part in the wooing process. If you’re on a date with that special someone it can help set the mood. Think back to some of your favorite flicks. How many times have you seen the sexually frustrated hero dim the lights in his apartment, strip down and turn on some mood music? It’s standard fare in the game of love.

For me, music plays an important part in romance long before I get anywhere near the bedroom. I associate music with the people I love. Especially when that love is new, and exciting and full of fire. It’s no surprise, then, given my predilection to associate music with relationships, that Hally and Nick share a love for a certain romantic song. Here’s a quick peek:

Her smile was infectious, and Nick couldn’t help but return one of his own. Looked like their afternoon was off to a good start.

Nick placed the key into the ignition and Journey’s “Faithfully” blared throughout the vehicle as the truck roared to life. “Sorry about that,” he said sheepishly after cranking the volume down to a respectable level.

Princess shook her head, leaned across the seat, and cranked the volume back up. “Don’t be sorry. I love Journey, and I love this song. As far as I’m concerned, the louder the better.” She treated him to a flirtatious grin, and his heart swelled. She liked old-school rock, was a mean-ass cook, and a vixen between the sheets. Shit. He’d found the perfect woman.

How about you? Do certain songs help you get in the mood for love? Do you associate certain music with your significant other? Weigh in with a comment!

Leave a comment on this blog, as well as the other five blogs on the Scorcher Tour to be entered to win a free PDF copy of my erotic suspense, Obsessed. The winner’s name will then be forwarded into a final drawing at the end of the tour for a chance to win a $30 Amazon gift certificate.

Obessed~blurb The victim of both a brutal attempted rape and now a serial stalking, Halley Davis is broken, and desperate to glue the shattered pieces of her life back together. Tormented by a psychopath and battling a heavy dose of anxiety, sex and dating are the last things on Halley’s anxiety-ridden mind. That is, until she meets the man who rescued her from the hands of a would-be rapist. With a body made for sin, a wicked, sexy tattoo and an aura that screams “badass,” her rescuer not only calms the storm of terror raging inside her mind, he ignites a passion within her she’s never known before.

Tired of using meaningless sex to drown out the horrors of his past, Nick Ackart has sworn off women. In fact, if women were classified as meat, his ass is Vegan. Despite his determination to remain unattached, Nick is unable to stay away from the emerald-eyed beauty he rescued from a sadistic pervert. Immersed in a tangled web of sexual desire and deep emotion he was certain was long dead, he vows to protect Halley from the monster hounding her, even though he stands to lose his heart in the process.

Loose Id- http://www.loose-id.com/Obsessed.aspx

Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Obsessed-ebook/dp/B0053IK8JM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312759046&sr=8-1

Lisa Sanchez Blog- http://www.lisasanchezromanceauthor.com