Tuesday, October 27, 2015

C M Fontana ~ and interview and his novel ~ Sexual Sorcery

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C M Fontana
Chris Fontana is a British erotic author, currently living in Italy. His first two full length novels, Sexual Sorcery and Deadly Adultery, are available on Amazon for Kindle, as are two novellas continuing the Sexual Sorcery series.


Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: Left to my own devices, I'd get up late, and then sleep late. That's especially true if I'm writing – I tend to get into my stride in the early evening, and then will happily keep going into the small hours. But in reality, the rest of the word expects me to get up early, so, that's what I generally do.

Q: Bedtime, relaxing so you can sleep sounds. Is your preference, white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
A: The most pleasant sounds I've ever fallen asleep to were in Asia – listening to the sounds of the wildlife, and especially geckos, is wonderful. But if I'm in Europe, just simple silence is best.

Q: Dine in or dine out?
A: Out. Absolutely out. If I'm on my own I can't be bothered to cook – it seems like a waste of effort just for myself. And if I'm with other people then I want to focus on them, not on cooking or washing up.

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A: The key for me is not getting frustrated. I can manage a few minutes of high-impact exercise in the mornings, but if I try to work out for long I just start thinking of all the other things I could be doing - I just don't have the patience for a long work-out. This is one reason why I try to live in places with great scenery – I can walk through the mountains, or cycle for hours and never get bored.


Q: Who's your favorite author?
A: I'd have to say – and I'm really sorry about this, because it sounds horribly pretentious - either Shakespeare or Umberto Eco. Eco is just insanely intelligent, and I find that a joy to read; I could never write like that, so I am in awe of his books. Shakespeare I love because of the way that, within works that we all assume are terribly high-brow and literary, there are actually some thunderingly good plots and really interesting characters – something like King Lear or MacBeth could be a Hollywood action movie... which may be why Hollywood has just made a movie of MacBeth.

Q: Which of your own releases was your particular favorite?
A: As a stand-alone story, I'd pick Deadly Adultery. It's an erotic murder mystery with paranormal elements, which sounds like it could have too much going on. But it manages to balance detective work, character development and relationships, with a lot of sex, with the sex itself driving the plot along rather than being added-in. And it has moments of reflection which I'm also pleased with – I found that as I wrote it a lot of my own assumptions were being questioned, and readers tell me they've found the same.

Q: When crafting the story do you go from beginning to end, or do you jump around writing the scenes that are pushing themselves forward in your brain?
A: I generally write in the order in which events occur. Characters are important in my stories, and I want them to be free to develop as events unfold, and for their character development to drive the plot.

Q: Have your characters ever taken the story in a different direction than you had originally planned? Do you have a for instance, for us?
A: Yes, often. Although I always know what the situation is, what the secrets or mysteries are and how they are likely to unfold, I let the characters determine exactly how that will happen. And often they say or do things which surprise me. For example, Sexual Sorcery follows an investigation into a conspiracy which I assumed the heroes would neatly penetrate and then defeat. But as the story unfolded I found myself writing dialogue from one of the villains giving a quite convincing argument why their scheme should not be foiled, and I realised that one of the heroes would probably be convinced by that. It isn't quite that one of the heroes switched side and joined the bad-guys, but certainly the outcome became less straight-forward and more interesting – both for the book itself, and in terms of what can now happen in sequels.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I've now finished two short novellas which follow on from Sexual Sorcery, and which pave the way for a sequel. So, I'm writing that sequel, Sorcerer's Proposal now, and I'm putting a lot of time into thinking about how to develop this as a series. The whole Victorian occult setting is just far to interesting for me to leave it after just one novel.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: There are two – one for Halloween and then Sorcerer's Proposal for, I hope, Christmas. Both have a similar impetus. In each, I wanted to take a really familiar idea, and do something fresh with it. So, Sorcerer's Proposal has a very familiar sounding premise – a powerful nobleman invites women to come to his castle to impress him... it's all very 1001 Nights, and has been done over and over. But because the Sexual Sorcery series is based around mystery and duplicity and conspiracies, it stands to reason that the nobleman has an ulterior motive, which may be rather darker, less predictable, and more intriguing than the premise suggests.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: There are excerpts and listings of everything that I've written on http://mysticerotica.com , and Sexual Sorcery is available from Amazon: http://mybook.to/sexualsorcery
Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
 on the 29th, and then  http://deannasworld1.blogspot.com.au/

Sexual Sorcery
An unwitting academic stumbles into the erotically-charged occult underworld of Victorian London. With a cast of characters including an investigator with a talent for seduction, a mesmerist collecting a harem of beautiful ladies, and a woman who believes she has had sex with Satan, Sexual Sorcery is a sizzling story of decadence, conspiracy and carnality.

When a collection of books go missing from the University's collection, Fredrick Clifford travels to London in search of the likely culprit, an apparently respectable gentleman named Victor Braystone. But he soon finds that he is not the only one with an interest in Mr Braystone, and the manipulative Catherine Wolseley soon draws him into her own schemes.

As he, Miss Wolseley and their seductive accomplice begin to unravel Mr Braystone's plots, Fredrick Clifford finds himself both confused and entrapped in a shocking world of of sex and duplicity. And as the trail leads him from the seductions of a London club to a Satanic altar in the wilds of the Welsh borders, he struggles to make sense of both the dark uncertainties of the occult, and of an unfamiliar realm of debauchery and sex.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tina Donahue ~ an interview and her novel The Tropic of Pleasure which is part of the 11 Alpha Doms a Boxed Set

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Tina Donahue
I’m an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Booktrope, and Kensington. Yay! Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work, and trust me, I’m forever grateful for that. I’ve had my books reach finals in the EPIC competition, one title was named Book of the Year at a review site, and others have won awards in RWA-sponsored contests. I’m actually featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Talk about feeling like a freaking star. Before my writing career, I was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company. Outside of being an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, I’ve flown a single-engine plane (scary stuff), rewired an old house using an electricity for dummies book, and have been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally whenever I’m eating anything Mexican or Italian. Yeah, I like to eat (burp).


Q: If you didn’t have to clean them, how many bathrooms would you have in your home?  
 A: Wow, never thought of that. Two maybe. If one broke down, I’d have another.
                       How many if you have to clean them?
A: One.

Q: Bedtime, relaxing so you can sleep sounds. Is your preference, white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
 A: Soft music

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A: I’m all over the map. Love Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keyes, Katy Perry, the Dixie Chicks, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and too many more to mention.

Q: What is the sexiest thing on a man?
A: A smile

Q: Did you like school when you were a child?
A: Actually, I did.


Q: Your favorite title?
A: The Handmaid’s Tale, The Millennium Trilogy, Love Songs, Intensity, Odd Thomas, The Lovely Bones

Q: Would you ever consider a joint project?
A: Sure. I’m up for anything long as it’s legal.

Q: Which of your own releases was your particular favorite?
A: Wow, another tough question. In His Arms because the ending still makes me cry. Freeing the Beast (my current release) because it made me laugh. Sensual Stranger, because it moved me to tears.

Q: How do you handle a writer's block?
A: I don’t get it. I just keep writing until the juices flow.

Q: Do you write long hand first, or does it go straight into the computer?
A: Computer all the way.


Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: Oh hey, I’m everywhere. Here are my SM links:

FB Fanpage: http://on.fb.me/1ChWdD7
Email: tina@tinadonahue.com
Website: http://bit.ly/15Xy6LI
Blog: http://bit.ly/1yRB9k9
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1wFmIu6
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1ziy4IU
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Dl8DHy
Triberr: http://bit.ly/1CE2ec7
Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1yFLeMx
Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/1ChWFkO
My page at TRR: http://bit.ly/1vb7eEc
EC Author Page: http://bit.ly/1Dh9wor
or Page: http://bit.ly/1Bvw6mL
Sweet ‘n Sexy Divas: http://bit.ly/1ChWN3K
Romance Books 4 US: http://bit.ly/1JPtfeS

Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A: The best thing for anyone to do is to check my website: www.tinadonahue.com for info on where I’ll be.

Q: Tell us about 11 Alpha Doms Romance Box Set.
A: Well, I am only one of the eleven authors making up the set. My contribution is called The Tropic of Pleasure.

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The one woman they shouldn’t want. Two Doms she can’t resist. A sizzling weekend beyond their wildest desires.

Bondage, submission, punishment, oh my. Cara’s wanted Hud and Ryder forever. They’re Alpha to the core and love a wicked good time, which has her ready to sign up for their brand of BDSM.

Although Ryder and Hud haven’t been immune to Cara’s charms, they don’t have a death wish—her billionaire daddy is a major investor in their high-end construction firm. When she insists it’s no problem and offers to be their sub, visions of blindfolds, collars and her sweet surrender dance in their heads, along with the longing they’ve fought.

Oh baby. The battle’s just begun during a smoking-hot weekend on a private island.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Nic Weissman ~ an interview and his novel The Orb of Wrath

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Nic Weissman


Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.
A:        Winter = the excuse to use the fireplace
            Spring            = the smell of fields and the boost in my own hormones and morale.
            Summer = The sun!
            Fall = The amazing colors of the landscape in the Northeast of US.

Q: What sound or noise do you love? What about hate?
A: I love birds chirping. I find it so relaxing. I hate the noise of a hard brush against the floor. It is very weird. Anybody else will hate things like chalk against the blackboard or fork against knife, but not me. I don’t mind those.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A: A wide variety. Pop from the islands is my favorite. Right now Alt J, Porter Robinson, The Black keys and a Norwegian band by the name of Royksopp (this is where people will think I am weird or a snob. But I am not!).
The best song ever is Strawberry fields forever. The Beatles, of course!

Q: Snack of choice – chips, pretzels, popcorn, or cookies, cake, candy? Or maybe you’re a healthy snacker - fruit, yogurt, nuts, raisins?
A: Fruit all the way for me. I don’t have it to try to be healthy, I just always loved fruit.


Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: To me what comes after the first draft is finished: all that very long tweaking, proofreading and editing process.

Q: How do you handle a writer's block?
A: I have never experienced it. I am occasionally in halt for one or two weeks, but it is always because I am busy with something else, or I just don’t feel I have the energy, or I am simply being lazy. But once I really sit down stuff always comes out.

Q: Are you a sit down and play it by ear kind of writer, or do you need a structured guideline, or maybe a little of both?
A: I spend just one or two hours in an initial high level and undetailed outline (two or three pages). So, I don’t really put a lot of effort on it on purpose. Then I throw myself into writing. I write ten pages, twenty and go on and on. I don’t stop. I don’t go back. I don’t read what I wrote. I just keep going.

One thing I do is to take notes as I go for the coming plot. For example if I make I knot in chapter two and I plan to untie later, I take a note about it in my outline so that I will remember to do that in the relevant chapter. If I am in chapter 6 and I realize I should add something in chapter 2, I take note in my outline but I don’t go back and update just yet. I just keep moving forward. Only when I finish the book and I am done with the full first draft a very long tweaking and editing process starts. I really enjoy the part of the process when I just write and write at a fast pace.

Q: How does your spouse feel about the genre you write? Has he read any of your work?
A: I was in the beginning of the process of The Orb of Wrath. I had about four chapters and I gave it to read to my spouse. She reads a lot, she doesn’t like fantasy and she can be very blunt when delivering feedback. And this was my first intent to compose a full length novel, so I was a bit anxious. Then a couple of days later she comes back and says: ‘I have to say that I am surprised. I was ready to abruptly tell you if it wasn’t any good. But the truth is I like it’. That was the beginning of my novelist career.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I am working on second book of The Merchant’s Saga. The title will likely be The White Lady and it will be hopefully out before the end of the year.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: The best places are my web nicweissman.com or my Facebook page. But I also keep a blog in Tumblr, I have uploaded several presentations in slideshare.net and I am also in twitter, linkedin, etc. Here are the links:

Facebook     Slideshare    Blog    Linkedin     Twitter     Google+     Goodreads  
 Author Central        Smashwords     Website    

The Orb of Wrath combines fantasy, intrigue and adventure, while transports the reader into a world where almost nothing is what it seems. Plots, counterplots, mysteries, blossoming relationships, disappointments, betrayals, dangers and successes, are combined in this fun cocktail.
Erion is a skilled looter who runs the kingdom of Bor with his "brother" Mithir, performing dangerous commissions for wealthy clients. Mithir helps with his long trained magical abilities. One day, when they are doing one of their assignments, they encounter another group of adventurers, with whom they are forced to cooperate. 
The Orb of Wrath is full of intrigue and a group of diverse characters that it’s hard not to like. With everything from action to underhanded politics this book will leave you waiting for the sequel.

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