Laura, thanks for stopping by Manic Readers today, can you tell us a bit about your newest release, JUST GOTTA SAY?
Thanks for having me here! I’d love to!
JUST GOTTA SAY is my debut erotic romance, and it releases this Friday, September 30. It’s a ménage a quatres story (yep, that’s means foursome!) and has a bit of male-male sexiness to spice things even more. Here’s the blurb:
Callie Davis stumbles upon two of her three male roommates in a surprising, molten-hot midnight tryst and discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. Desire to play with them grips her, and she can’t stop fantasizing about having multiple men, particularly her three long-time best friends.
Callie is thrilled when a guys’ night out gives her the perfect opportunity to recreate her fantasy, with the help of a threesome porn video and a bag of sex toys. That is, until Lucas, Jack and Noah return early and catch her in the act. More than anything, the guys want to make her fantasy come true. But Callie has a secret, and she can’t help wondering if being with all three men will risk the future she’s always wanted with one of them.
As three strong sets of hands caress and undress her, Callie surrenders to desire, because sometimes you just gotta say…yes.
Why the move into erotic?
I’m not sure it was so much of a “move” as an expansion, if that makes sense. What I mean by that is just this: all my stories have strong eroticism. I write detailed, explicit sex scenes in all my stories. It’s just how they come to me and, since I intend each of the sex scenes I write to further plot or character development, I believe the detailing helps show that progression. I don’t think of myself primarily as an erotic romance writer, but I do write erotic. So, JUST GOTTA SAY just took that element and expanded on it.
This story attracted me for several reasons. First, because, to me, group fantasies are just so damn sexy and erotic. The idea of one woman being the focus of multiple men’s desires and attention. That’s just hot! *winks* Also, I’ve always liked friends-to-lovers stories, and I think that’s what makes Just Gotta Say not only off-the-charts sexy but also sweet and romantic too. Plus, I couldn’t not write it—the characters would not leave me alone.
Did you intentionally go w/ the old fashioned vampire feel for Forever Freed?
Not exactly. Lucien Demarco came to me as a fully formed character. He knew himself, his story, and how it had to be told. I tend to write character-driven stories, which means I let the characters dictate what kind of story theirs is and how it would best be told. And Lucien was a complete force of nature. He dictated FOREVER FREED from beginning to end and pestered me non-stop whenever I wasn’t writing, which is why I finished the initial 145K draft in just 11 weeks… Reworking all that for publication resulted in the final 95K novel plus a draft of a prequel (Forever Damned) I hope to return to in the not-too-distant future. A sequel is also outlined (Forever Young).
Can you tell us about your WIP’s?
I have a couple things in the hopper right now. I just finished Book 1 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series with Entangled Publishing. North of Need is a contemporary fantasy romance that releases 11/1. The four Anemoi were directional wind gods the Greeks associated with the seasons. I’m now in the midst of writing Book Two, West of Want, scheduled to release in March 2012. I’m also in the middle of edits on a dark paranormal erotic series tentatively called The Vampire Kings series with Harlequin Nocturne. These are novellas in their Cravings line and the first, In the Service of the King, releases February 2012. It’s funny because North of Need is some of the lightest paranormal I’ve written, while the Kings series is much darker. Something for everyone! *grins*
Do any your WIP’s hearken back to your earlier writing?
I think all my writing is connected by a theme that I’ve realized runs through all my stories—people’s desire to belong somewhere, to someone. To have that safe place to land, to know you’ll always be wanted and accepted. Every one of my stories deals with that in some way. I didn’t set out to write that as a theme, but it’s really become important to my identity as a writer, which is why I strive very hard to not only make my stories hot and erotic, but also meaningful and emotional. Because the sex is simply the physical manifestation of the emotional connection that belonging brings.
Does your muse require anything special to get those creative juices flowing, other than two minutes to rub together? It’s got to be hectic with work, children, husband, and home.
Fortunately, my muse isn’t picky and doesn’t have a required routine that needs to be observed. You said it—with a full-time job, two young children (ages 7 and 5), a husband, a house, etc., I have to write whenever I can. The only real routine I have is my need to reread what I’ve written to get my head back in the story. Otherwise, I’ll write anywhere, any time.
Can you tell us a bit about your historian work and archaeological training? Have you ever been on a dig?
I have a Ph.D. in American history and work as a college professor. I’ve worked on quite a few digs, beginning in graduate school. I went to William and Mary, and we used to like to joke that you couldn’t throw a trowel in the ground in the Williamsburg, VA, area without hitting a colonial archaeological site. Which was kinda actually true. I absolutely love archaeological fieldwork.
Do you have certain “go to” authors you’ve been with for years?
As a reader? Absolutely. I’ll read anything by J.R. Ward, Sherrillyn Kenyon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Preston & Child.
Do you have a favorite genre?
Paranormal romance, hands down.
Have your reading tastes changed over the years?
I read more romance now than I did when I was younger, but my reading has always been in the paranormal realm.
Do you have an all time favorite book?
No. I couldn’t begin to pick just one.
Are you currently reading anything?
I go in cycles with reading. While I’m deep into writing, I don’t let myself read because I’m a bit of an obsessive reader—once I start a book I usually can’t stop myself until I’m done. LOL Last week I needed a break, and thus I tore through five books, the last of which was Olivia Cunning, Backstage Pass. I’m back in the writing saddle now, so no books for me!
Is there anything special you’d like to share with Manic Readers?
Thank you for having me here! And thanks to the readers for sharing in my stories and bringing my characters to life! Also, to enter to win an ebook copy of JUST GOTTA SAY, leave a comment with your email address! Good luck!
Thanks so much Laura for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with Manic Readers. I’ve enjoyed it!
WANT TO WIN JUST GOTTA SAY? The Just Gotta Blog Tour started on Monday, 9/26. See my blog post that lists all the dates and stop! A giveaway everyday!
A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance HEARTS IN DARKNESS and the bestselling and award-nominated paranormal romance FOREVER FREED. JUST GOTTA SAY is Laura’s third published book and debut erotic romance. Her fourth book, contemporary fantasy romance NORTH OF NEED, is the first in a 4-book series and releases November 1. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.