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A CHAT WITH ANNE RAINEY

Hey Anne, thanks so much for taking the time to be with us today hon…

Thanks for having me! *g*




Congrats on your first release with Kensington Aphrodisia, SOME LIKE IT ROUGH this month and then you also have BODY RUSH coming out in June.  Can you please tell us a bit about both?

Well, here’s the official blurb for the anthology SOME LIKE IT ROUGH. My novella is called “Cherry on Top”. Cherry is a woman who is a bit jaded. She’s been married once already and has no intention of going down that crappy road again. Dante is a workaholic. Together they find something they never expected:  Love.

Some Like it Rough” is written by Kate Pearce.

Luke Warner wants to chill out when he cashes in his stocks and returns to his hometown. But things heat up when he reunites with his best friends, Julia and Paul, and invites them both to share in a sexual adventure like they’ve never had before…

“Private Eyes” is written by Susan Lyons. Assigned to work undercover as an exotic dancer, straight-laced Haley Croft discovers the thrill of strutting her stuff. And when she catches sexy Ry Montana checking out her moves, she can’t wait to give him his own private show…

“Cherry On Top” is written by Anne Rainey. When massage therapist Cherry DuBois rubs her oil-slicked hands all over Dante Ricci’s rock-hard body, red-hot desire courses through her. She longs to lose control and give herself to the pleasures of sexual submission.

Read the first chapter of “Cherry on Top” here: http://annerainey.com/bookshelf/some-like-it-rough/

BODY RUSH is my first full length! And I’m super excited about it too! In this book I introduce three women, friends since childhood. As they sit down for their usual drinks at the local nightclub on Friday night, they hash out a plan to spice up their rather boring lives. And they get way more than they bargained for too!

Here’s the blurb for that one, which comes out in June!

Three restless women…one naughty idea…

Legal Briefs

Taking orders from egotistical hot shots in suits is no turn-on for legal secretary Lydia Burke, but she knows where to find what she’s looking for–at a local BDSM club. Three sexy, commanding men want to show Lydia their version of the law, and she’s just the woman to yield to their demands…

Doctor’s Orders

Psychologist Roni Smart is willing to play doctor in her spare time, but she’s looking for a man who lusts after more than her money. Enter Jake, a computer whiz whose able fingers, red-hot body, and brash take-charge attitude are the perfect antidote for her fever…

Midnight Snack

Coffee shop owner Jeanette Williams just can’t read the menu when it comes to men. But she’s more than happy to serve the knee-weakening biker guy who shows up each morning, stirring a shameless desire within. So when she catches his hungry eyes on her, she offers him an after-hours culinary lesson he’ll never forget…

Read the first chapter of BODY RUSH here: http://annerainey.com/bookshelf/body-rush/
I’ve been known to blush sometimes when I’m reading certain scenes.  Has anything you’ve written made you blush?

LOL, Yes, I’ve definitely blushed! One scene in BODY RUSH made me blush. It’s one of those scenes that make me wonder what in the world I was thinking evan while writing it! LOL



Is there anything special that sparks your creativity?

Seeing people in love. Romantic couples. Old, young, middle aged. It’s ALL good! I love watching people as they express their love. Whether it’s a little hand holding or a hot kiss, it inspires me to write. I want to recreate that moment, that feeling.


Do you have specific writing times or do you just go with it when it strikes?

I write during the day, while my kids and hubby are gone. Sometimes the phone even comes off the hook. I’m alone with my characters and no one can interfere. I find I’m most creative then. The only sound is the television in the background. I can write twice as much in these hours because my mind can really go deep into the story. I can write when I have a houseful of people, too, but my mind isn’t fully engaged. The scenes aren’t as descriptive as they are if I’m alone. If that makes sense. LOL



Who controls your stories, you or the characters?

Ah, good question! I always go into things thinking I’m in control. I write up my outline/synopsis, I know how the story is going to end, I see the characters, even their dilemma, all of it. Invariably, the story will turn on me though, and suddenly about midway through I’m veering off course. *shrugs* I figure they know where they want to go. I’m just the pilot, Ivy, the characters are the ones who know the true destination!



Is there a genre you would especially like to try writing?

Romantic suspense. That’s where my heart is. I love romantic suspense. I’ve been reading the genre for two decades. Maybe more. I’ve been outlining, in detail, an entire series actually. From the first book to the last, I know the characters inside and out. Unfortunately, I’ve not had the chance to even start the first book. Too many other deadlines…for now. When the right time hits, however, I’m confident that my romantic suspense series WILL be told and I truly cannot wait!



What aspect of writing is the most difficult for you?

Middles! LOL I love starting a new story. I love ending it too. When it comes to seeing them through that difficult moment? Ah, I hesitate every blessed time! I want everyone to love each other—all the time—and that’s just not realistic. So, I have to push myself through those dark moments in order to get to those HEAs!



Do you prefer to write short stories or full length books?

I struggle through the full length stories, but it’s so awesome to see it to fruition. I want to watch the characters grow, I want to move the plot along at a slower pace. Take one step at a time. I adore it. Nevertheless, when I get a chance to write a short story I get SO excited! It’s like seeing love happen with the fast forward button pushed. The hero and heroine meeting, the fast-paced sexual tension, the hot love scenes, and then BAM! That breathless ending that leaves you panting. It’s all good. I can get as much enjoyment out of a 50 page story as I can a 500 page story. It’s not length, it’s quality.



Do you sometimes find that writing is cathartic?

Only in poetry. I have thousands upon thousands of poems. I’ve been writing poems for years. I love poetry. To me it’s like meditating. I feel renewed when I finish a poem.



Do you have any favorite authors?  Genres?

Greg Iles, James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Tina Wainscott, Kay Hooper, Linda Howard, Shayla Black, S. L. Carpenter, Sandra Brown, Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, Christine Feehan, Edgar Allen Poe and many many more! I read all genres. The only genre I can’t bring myself to read is Chick Lit. It’s wonderful, but it’s simply not for me.


Have your reading tastes changed over the years?  Have you abandoned a genre & moved on to another or do you just expand to include new ones?

Definitely, I’ve abandoned a genre, lol! I used to read ALL historical romance, the steamy stuff to be precise! Madeline Baker, Nan Ryan, Connie Mason, etc. Now I’m all about paranormal or contemporary, and almost all of them erotic!


Are you currently reading anything or just too busy right now?

Every author I talk to says they have no time to read. I fall way outside that group. I love to read. That’s the whole reason I became an author. I have my faves, just like any other avid reader. I go to book signings hoping to have my picture taken with my favorite authors. The best moment I can think of for me (as a reader) was when I had the opportunity to meet and have my pic taken with Linda Howard. What a great lady. Nice, down to earth and so funny she had me cracking up!

Right now I’m reading a book called “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitztpatrick, a YA book. Love it so far!



What would be your ideal “5 years from now I see myself..” scenario?

Hmm, this question always makes me feel egotistical or something. Like I’m just all that, when I’m really NOT. But, hmm, 5 years from now…I would love to see my books mass marketed. I’d love to walk into Wal*Mart and find Anne Rainey on the shelf. With any luck at all it’ll be the romantic suspense series I’ve been outlining for what seems like forever. We shall see though!



Anne, I’m so glad we got this chance to chat.  I’ve really enjoyed it and look forward to reading your newest offerings…

Thanks so much, Ivy! By far this the most fun I’ve had in awhile!

Also, you can find me at: http://annerainey.com

Or at my blog: http://threewickedwriters.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/annerainey

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Anne-Rainey/e/B002BMFSAW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_3

Samhain’s bookstore: http://www.mybookstoreandmore.com/anne-rainey-pa-247.html

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ALEX SINCLAIR ~EROTICA FROM A MALE POINT OF VIEW

Hey Alex!  I really appreciate your joining us what with the time difference & all that’s going on with you at this time.

Hi Ivy,

I am playing the role of Mary Poppins at the moment. It is not the first time I have done this. I think I have the most accident prone family in the whole world, but at least it gives me time to see my nephew and nieces.
First things first, you’re from Southern England .  I’ve been told by a couple English fellas I know that the stereotype for that area is Nigel Havers and Hugh Grant, true?

You could be onto something with this. It depends what part of the country you are from. I have never actually met anyone as well spoken as Hugh Grant! That has to be a fake accent. My family is from Liverpool (Just think of the Beatles) originally so I have a mixture of both accents.

Are there any other writers in your family, which I understand is on the large side?  Do tell, sure you’ve got some good stories O’ favorite Uncle. *G*

I think my dad use to write and my aunty is working on a novel. I would tell you what it is about, but getting your hands on that information is like getting blood from a stone. I do have a very large family. Most of them do various forms of self-expression from dance, to music, to gymnastics, to artwork and a few martial artists. I take credit for that last one. I think I am the first person in the family that has ever truly wanted to become a writer.

When did you know you wanted to write?

I first knew I wanted to write when I was… (Counting back the years! Still counting back… and now feeling old. I will stop counting now) I had to be about seven or eight. One of our projects in class was to make our own paperback books. A4 paper folded over with a stapler through the middle to hold it all in place. I think the other kids took two minutes to write their stories. I took about an hour. I create this really strange super hero and then explained his back story, why he did what he did, how his powers work and what his dream was. I really enjoyed creating a whole new world and telling exciting stories. It was the first time in school I had ever gotten praise for work (I was a big time slacker even back then!) and then when ever it came to English papers through secondary school, my teens and such I just kept coming up with bigger and better stories. I wrote my first novel at the age of seventeen, which didn’t do tell well, but still ranks as my all time favourite novel because I liked to write from strange perspective like a street lamp flickering out of existence and trying to discover the meaning of life in its last few moments. Or a plant in a plant plot that witnesses a key part in the story or tell the life story of a bullet shot from a gun in a major shoot out. The whole story is told like this… hence, it made no sense! But from there I just kept writing and writing and attempted to find more realistic characters in weird and wonderful worlds.

Is there anything you need (ie. chocolate, quiet, wine, caffeine, music) when you feel the creative urge?

I have a very set method when it comes to writing. Sometimes a book plan can take longer to do than the actual book. I need everything to be one hundred percent perfect and in place so I can just tell my story. So when it comes to planning I need music. It adds for a good distraction so I don’t over think things too much. When I write and re-write my books I need quiet. And then when it comes to the dreaded synopsis and reading the book to make sure I am happy with it I need wine… lots and lots of wine. That way I don’t have the brains or will power to start adding bits or re-writing parts, which I was terrible for.

Why erotic romance?  To my knowledge there aren’t many men who write erotic romance.

There were several factors that sort of guided me to this. I use to write books on philosophy and techniques pertaining to my martial art style I use to teach. I self-published these over many years because there really is no market for them, but I wanted to be a serious writer so moved into fiction. My earlier attempts were deemed a bit weird and fancy. The world, the story and the writing was good, but my characters were flawed. So over the next few years I decided to write character driven stories, but it is hard to tell a realistic free flowing story when I constantly have to keep putting on the brakes. The most human thing that all my stories lacked were love or if they did it was the cliché, happy ending, wouldn’t really happen in the real world type of love story. It was then that I saw that erotic romance novels were really popular. I decided to try my hand at a romance story and the first one was fairly rubbish! I pretty much kept holding myself back when it came to betrayal, love, lust, sex, feelings, emotions and such. I think they are all intertwined and it is hard to write about one whilst ignoring the other. So I created a story called lady and the lake and decided I will tell a real story about a real character, I will write first person and have no limitations or no go areas. I never meant for the book to be so erotic! But it was picked up straight away from my publisher and since then I have never really looked back. I think with no limitations I can tell very realistic stories set in the real world, which is believable, but also capable of stealing the reader away from the daily routine of life. I just believe sex, love and romance are so important when two characters are truely getting to know each other because like in real life you are taking down your guards and allowing another person to know all there is to know about you in mind, body and soul.
I’ve noticed that you’ve written on several “hot topics” or whatever you wanna call them…You’ve covered the Holy Man, your best friends Mom and the familial affair thing…anything else you’re configilating about?

The story the lady and the lake is based around an affair. I plan to write several stories with lady and the lake from various characters perspectives. So I wanted to try something new and a bit different for my next book. The friend’s mom is from a novella of mine call the man with two hearts. That was a tricky story to write and its about a guy basically having two affairs with women that he loved in the past and let go. It tries to answer the question “what could of happened if I stayed with this person?” but on one hand he is having an affair with his sister in law, so I wanted to try something different, but believable hence the friends mom. The Holy Man was an experiment, which kind of worked…! It was a novella to see if a character for a novel I was planning would work. The novel plan was then completely re-written! I am currently working on three stories right now, two novels and a novella. One novel is almost complete and is a gothic erotic horror with a complicated love triangle. The other two are in the final planning stages, but both around “hot topics”. The novel I cannot really say too much about now because I would need ten pages to explain it! The novella is actually a really sweet sexy story, but the subject matter is kind of sad and upsetting. It is to do with this man getting over the death of his wife by seeking the support of her sister. It is a complicated story. I like to ask question in my stories. Lady and the lake (how far would you go for love?) the man with two hearts (what could have happened if I stayed with this person?) Before the Dawn (Self-discovery) and this new one (What counts as betrayal?)
How does your family feel about your choice of genre?

My family don’t know I write erotic romance. Not too sure what they would say. They do know I write because I write all the time, but always been funny about letting people read my work. I have overcome that fear now. And I am really comfortable with the stories that I write. And the subject matter I think allows me to write about certain aspects of life that truly allow me understands human nature.

Did it take you long to be “discovered”?

Yes. My martial art books that I self-published went in their thousands, but I gave most away for free because I just liked helping people learn martial arts. My fiction books were a nightmare. From the age of twenty-one to twenty-three I had twelve contract offers from various publishers, but each and every single contract was cancelled before I had the chance to sign. It was sort of like someone really loved my weird way of writing and then someone else higher up said “that’s too weird!” and I nearly gave up at that point. I didn’t write for a few years and then moved into erotic romance and got picked up within a month. I am only twenty-five and there are loads of writers that are older than me that have not signed. But from the sheer volume of books I have written it feels like it has taken a lifetime. I think it was merely the case of finding the genre that best allowed me to tell my stories and I have found that now.

Are your books going to be available on this side of the pond?  Ebook or print?  When, please?

Lady and the Lake will be available on e-book in June. You will be able to find that at Midnight Showcase, which is on your side of the pond. I think I am the only one stuck over here. I might have to build a boat.

Alex, thanks so much fella for being with us. I’ve had a large time chatting with you and hope you’ll keep us up to date on what’s going on with you!

It has been a pleasure. Thank you for taking the time out to talk to me.

Into The Tunnel of Darkness by Monica M Brinkman

by Monica M Brinkman To everything there is a season…

This book was written in the hope of showing any individual who contemplates having an affair what they may expect to
experience. It is also written for those who may be able to identify with my words and to sincerely help them make the right
decision for their own circumstances. 

It is my wish that some will read these words coming from the very soul and think twice before taking on a lover, and
to help those dealing with the aftermath of infidelity. 

My words are simple; the situation surely was not. 

These are my emotions, my words, my inner feelings. When all was lost, I found solace in my writing; it healed, it inspired and it is truth!

Mmarie, 2009 (After the healing)

In poem form, Into the Tunnel of Darkness spoke of adultery and the consequences that attach itself to this life changing topic. I picked this book to review because I thought it had an inter… Read More

Hoodoo Money by Sharon Cupp Pennington

by Sharon Cupp Pennington

Things are not always as they seem in the Big Easy . . .  

After her almost-wedding to a bigamist, successful children’s author Braeden McKay has given up on love. She’s content to live vicariously through her imaginary heroine, Platypus Pearl, and a gaggle of adventurous, web-footed cohorts — until a working vacation in New Orleans shakes up her quiet, structured world. Had she known that souvenir nickel stolen from the grave of a hoodoo woman would catapult her into a nightmare of betrayal and murder, she would have insisted her friend put it back.

Cursed nickel or unfortunate happenstance? Sanderson Montgomery isn’t one to discount the supernatural beliefs of others. This is The Big Easy, after all, Mecca to the spiritual and the superstitious. As a veteran detective, neither does he ignore cold, hard fact. And the fact is, someone or something is bent on harming Braeden McKay, and it’s up to him to protect her while keeping his heart out of the mix.

Can love, the very thing Braeden wants no part of, be the one force greater than any adversary – even a hoodoo curse?

Braeden McKay, a successful children’s author, is visiting the “Big Easy” with her friend, a well known model. If Braeden had a clue that the cursed nickel her friend picked up off of … Read More

Thief of Light by Denise Rossetti

by Denise  Rossetti Book 2 in the Four-Sided Pentacle series

A luminous new erotic fantasy romance from the author of The Flame and the Shadow.

In the subtropical city of Caracole, Erik the Golden is widely known as irresistible-his Voice an instrument of incredible pleasure. But the Voice is a curse as much as a blessing, for once Erik used it to steal a soul, and now he must pay.

Pruella Takimori McGuire is the business manager for the beautiful courtesans of the Garden of Nocturnal Delights. She deals in numbers, not Magick, and when Erik turns his charms in her direction, she sees only vanity, not a golden gift. If Erik cannot use his power to win Prue’s heart, how can he truly possess her?

And all the while, a far darker power corrupts the foundations of Caracole-the Necromancer, who feasts on souls. When the Necromancer’s hired assassin kidnaps Prue, Erik must harness his air Magick to recover the woman he has come to love more than life itself.

Thief of Light is the second book in a science fiction/fantasy series by Denise Rossetti.

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Even Dead Men Play Chess by Michael Weitz

by Michael  Weitz Making house calls or meeting people in public places is how Ray Gordon makes his living. He’s not a doctor. He’s not a prostitute. Ray Gordon is a chess teacher. When one of Ray’s students, Walter Kelly, is found dead in his shop, the police and his family let it go as an accident. Ray, however, doesn’t buy it. As a former cop with a lingering curiosity, Ray snoops around and stumbles into the murky world of methamphetamine, the worst drug epidemic of our time. The problem? Walter Kelly was 65 years old and his only addictions were woodworking and chess. How does a 65 year old man become involved with illegal drugs? Why is a neighbor glad Walter’s dead? And just how do dead men play chess?

Even Dead Men Play Chess is the first in what I hope is a series.

Raymond Gordon did a short stint as a cop, discovering after less than a year that it wasn’t for him. N… Read More

Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis

by Jill  Shalvis Baseball player Wade O’Riley’s bad-boy image is about to be cleaned up by publicist Samantha McNear. But the sexual tension between them is about to drive Wade to his knees.

 Wade O’Riley has a laid back, live in the moment, bad boy (especially when it comes to the ladies). With the latest scandal Samantha McNead, the team’s publicist, is brought in to clean up that image by being … Read More

For the Love of Patrick by Alison Stewart

by Shannon  Rouchelle

Alison Stewart, a successful fashion designer, is determined to find true love on Valentine’s Day.

That night, at a posh nightclub, she meets a man named Patrick. Before she has a chance to find out the details about him, a riot breaks out and she is escorted from the building. Determined not to let the man of her dreams slip through her fingers, she goes to great lengths to find him with embarrassing results.

Can Alison find Patrick and live happily ever after, or will she be destined for a life alone?

When Allison accompanies her friend to a club for Valentine’s Day, she hopes to find someone but doesn’t really count on it. When she meets Patrick, the attraction is instant but she loses him due… Read More

Q & A WITH SHILOH WALKER

Shiloh, thanks so much for taking the time to be with us today.

Your name is unusual, is it a family name passed down?

LOL… well, I can actually take full credit for this name… it’s a pen name.  I just kinda plucked it out of thin air.  ;o)  And yes, it was mine well before Brad and Angelina had their little girl.

Please tell us a bit about BROKEN, the follow up to FRAGILE….

broken~shiloh walker

Well, Broken is kind of a story that almost wasn’t.  I didn’t really plan on writing Quinn a book.  At least not when I was writing Fragile.  Originally, when I was in the ‘planning’ stages of Fragile, Quinn was the bad guy.  This is one of the reasons I don’t like to plot.  A) I’m not an organized thinker and plotting goes against my nature.  B) When I try?  Things go wrong.   Quinn was supposed to be the bad guy, but he wouldn’t cooperate and Luke didn’t like that idea, either.  The more I wrote of Fragile, the more I got to see that Quinn wasn’t bad guy material-a little screwed-up, yeah, but not bad guy.  Still, I didn’t plan on giving him a book.   The first person to read it after I’d finished it was Lora Leigh and the first thing she asked me was… “Where’s Quinn’s book?”  I told her I wasn’t writing one for him.  She just laughed and said, “You better. Trust me.  People are going to ask when his book is coming out.”  And she was right.  Plus, the more I got to thinking about, the more ideas got to brewing…

Quinn’s story starts up about a year after the events in Fragile.  He’s mostly settled in St. Louis, working as a bounty hunter, something he settled into by chance, more than anything else.    He’s getting by day to day and doing fine, right up until he meets a new neighbor-she’s beautiful, and she’s trouble.  Quinn doesn’t even realize how much trouble, though, until it’s a little too late.  But if you want to know more than that…you’ll need to read the book.  ;o)

Do you find yourself “not fit for public consumption” if you don’t write everyday or do you need to get away from it?

Um….I’m very often not fit for public consumption whether I write or not.  ;o)  I’m constantly reminding myself to behave.  But I can’t write every day.  That’s the way to burn out for me.  I need a break, besides…I’ve got a family and I need to spend time with them.  Writing is my job and I enjoy it, but it can’t and won’t come before my family.

Do your characters come to you and dictate the story or are they shaped by the story you want to tell?

Sometimes both.  More often than not, it’s like I see it in a movie, playing out in my head and I’m just putting it out in story form.

Is there anything you need to be creative? (chocolate, music, quiet etc..)

Quiet.  No kids.  I do prefer music, but it’s not a need.

Do you have favorite authors on an “auto buy” list as soon as they have a new release?  Willing to share who they are?

Anything and everything by Lynn Viehl and JD Robb.  Most stuff by Nora Roberts, and Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Rob Thurman, Jeaniene Frost, Kresley Cole’s Immortal series, Lora Leigh’s Breeds, Nalini Singh are also pretty high on that list.

Having the dual perspective of being an author and a reader, do you think ebooks should cost the same as print books?

No, I don’t think they should cost the same, but there’s a tricky road between making them a value for readers while still making them profitable for the pubs.  There’s more to earning a profit than just lining the pockets-profits are what allow publishers to invest in ‘unproven’ or ‘new’ voices, riskier genres, etc.  If that profit margin shrinks, we may not see some of those unproven or newer voices, which cuts down on the choices, the reading selections for readers.   Plus, the format of the book, print or ebook, is actually not the biggest cost-there’s a lot more that goes into the cost of the book and it’s all pre-production, has nothimgto do with storage, shipping, etc.  It’s acquisitions, editing, final line editing, marketing, etc.  Those are HUGE costs and they are unchanged regardless of format-readers aren’t always aware of those costs, but they do exist.

Right now, with the changes in the industry and the economy in general, things are in chaos, but I’m hoping as things settle down, the market will adjust and adapt and hopefully publishers will find a  workable pricing solution-one that will benefit readers and still allow them to earn the profits they need.  I know the talk of profits might sound greedy, but it’s not, not really.  It’s realistic.  Publishers are businesses and businesses can’t stay in business without earning a profit.

One thing I can say, no ebook, IMO, should ever cost more than the print equivalent.

What are your top 3 pet peeves?

Only three?  Eek.  People who try to drive while talking  on the cell phone, smoking and putting on their make-up…all at the same time.  Piracy.  Spambots.

Do you have a favorite music genre or is it dependent on your mood

Eclectic.  Very, very eclectic.  I’ve got music on my iPod ranging from Kenny Rogers to Aerosmith to Elvis.  Listen to country, Christian rock, the big hair bands of the eighties and classical music.  Just depends on my mood.

Thanks so much for being with us today. I’ve enjoyed learning more about how you create great books for us to enjoy.

Thanks for having me!