Could I get a big welcome for today’s guest, Doris O’Connor? Enjoy, everyone!
1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve always written and spun stories, literally from the minute I cuold pick up a pen. I was an only child, having to make my own entertainment, and I’ve always had an overactive imagination, lol. If you mean seriously writing with a view to publication, then the answer is since September 2010.
2. How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball=work, family, writing, etc.)
Hmm, who says I keep them all in the air 😉 First and foremost I’m a wife and mother. We haev a brood of nine ranging in age from 21 years to 5 months, so there’s never a dull moment. I fit writing round everything else in between school runs, tax serivces, endless rounds of laundry, dog walking, promo, teenage crises’s, sibling squables, oh and more landry 😉 I even manage to sleep occasionally!
3. Your next release is…TODAY! I see the book’s called Too Hot to Handle. Can you tell the audience about it?
Gladly, Too Hot To Handle was first born during NaNoWriMo 2010 and had several re-writes since then. It’s the first book in a trilogy about the Giovanni, three drop dead gorgeous cousins from a very tight knit Italian family, which has its fair shares of secrets and drama. Too Hot To Handle is the story of Alex and Kitty, who have a passion filled night in Amsterdam, that sets a string of events in motion that changes their lives forever. I didn’t set out to write a series, but I fell in love with the Giovanni family when I was writing this, so you never know, if readers like them as much as I do, there may be more stories.
4. Judging by your book descriptions, you alternate between straight contemporary (erotic) romance and paranormal romance. What is it about these two genres that you like so much?
In a nutshell it’s what I like to read myself so when it came to writing it was natural to write in both genres. It had to be romance, because I’m a sucker for HEA, though I have sort of drifted into the erotic part. My writing just got hotter and hotter and I can never stop my characters from jumping each other 😉 So, now I’m not even trying to stop them and just let them enjoy those scenes!
I also sort of drifted into Paranormal. My Paranormal romance Lure Of The Blood started off as a short Erotic and then the mysterious man lurking in the shadows announced that he was a vampire and my heroine’s boss decided he was a shifter and actually Marnie was his, thank you very much, and yeah… I had a 50K Paranormal romance on my hands. Not only that, but my jilted vamp needed his own story, so Lure Of Forever is almost done, and I hope to submit it soon. Fingers crossed and all that.
I do like to torture my characters on the way to their HEA and there is so much scope for torture in paranormal. *wicked grin* I am putting Lucas through the wringer a bit in this manuscript. In fact my Crit partner called me downright nasty, lol, but it needs to be done. I just love tortured heroes.
5. Do you think you’ll settle into a single genre or continue alternating?
Hmmm, good question. All my latest ideas seem to be paranormal, so who knows. I just write what the characters tell me, so it’s very much up to them. I tried arguing with them a few times. Yeah, not doing that again—the results weren’t pretty! Though I’d like to think I will continue to write in both genres.
6. Silliness 1: Sweet or sour?
7. Silliness 2: Chocolate or vanilla ice ceram?
8. I see you have what looks to be an entry in an anthology coming out in a couple of months from Breathless Press. What can you tell the audience about that?
Ah, yes. The Blood Bar Chronicles started off as fun project in my critique group UCW. It was supposed to get us out of a writing slump and we were just chucking ideas around in chat. We came up with this challenge.
The ‘Wicked Ladies Of Fiction’ monthly meet up is always a time to remember, and this month the location is The Blood Bar in the dark streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. There is a new element amidst the shared laughter and catching up of news this time, and the ladies of WLF find themselves in a night filled with adventure, danger, and lust.
Every story starts and ends in the Blood Bar. Breathless Press heard about the project and expressed an interest in looking at it and the rest is history, as they say. I am incredibly excited about this Anthology. We had great fun writing it and are planning on more.
9. You’ve also gotten your work into Evernight’s upcoming Virgin Anthology. What’s it like, writing in response to a specific call for submissions for an anthology? Any hints/tricks to doing something like that?
Personally I find it helps to have some pointers. It seems to get my muse working. I don’t think about it too much, just let it ferment. For the Virgin Anthology I was mulling for ages and had some ideas. Then one morning I woke up with an epiphany. I had a manuscript I had stalled on and it just came to me how I could make it work with a few simple changes. I subbed that evening and thankfully Evernight agreed it would fit.
10. What do you like to do in your spare (snort, yeah, like a mom has any such thing) time?
Well, most of my spare time is taken up by writing to be honest. If I’m not writing I’m reading. A long soak in the bath with a good book is my idea of bliss. Could only be beaten if I was laying on a beach somewhere, lol.
Blurb – Too Hot to Handle
When firefighter Alex Giovanni returns to his old neighbourhood to fulfill family obligations, he is reunited with the woman inhabiting his dreams. The sexy siren ran out on him after one explosive night many years ago. Hiding behind her sensible clothes she portrays the perfect image of Miss Prim and Proper and Alex vows to unlock the passionate woman he remembers. Mixing business with pleasure has never been so much fun.
Kitty Jenkins’ orderly life gets turned upside down when Alex walks into her school. Their passion filled night four years ago has left her with a secret that threatens to tear them apart. Giving into Alex is out of the question, regardless of how much her body craves his touch.
When secrets spill and disaster strikes, can their passion turn into love?
Kitty’s heart beat a strange staccato against her breastbone. What had possessed her to slip back into her school girl outfit, she would never know. Yet here she was, dressed like some third-rate hooker, about to embark on a one night stand. Taking a deep, fortifying breath, she knocked on the door of Alex’s hotel room. All was quiet on the other side, and she was just about to turn round when the door opened; and Kitty’s greeting stuck in her throat.
Dressed in nothing but low riding jeans, Alex smiled at her, and she hastily wrenched her eyes upwards from the incredible abs on display. Covered with a light dusting of chest hair that trailed down to his jeans, they would give any model a run for his money, and Kitty swallowed. Dressed he was bad enough, but like this he was breathtaking, and judging by that lazy smile he knew it, too.
“Room service around here just keeps on getting better.” Alex’s husky voice raised goose bumps on her exposed skin. “Coming in?”
He hooked one finger under her chin and tugged the end of her shirt tails with the other hand, forcing her to take a step toward him.
“I-I shouldn’t be here, really. I’m not sure why I’m even here.” Kitty mumbled the words, and heat spread into her cheeks.
Alex merely smiled and pulled her closer still. “Liar, we both know why you’re here. Question is, my naughty little girl, will you step through the door and expand your curriculum?” Alex’s heated whispers against her ear sent her heart into overdrive, and she leant into his warmth. His clean, male scent wrapped itself round her senses, and her stomach flip-flopped in delicious anticipation. It had been so long since any man had held her. That had to be the reason for her immediate reaction to this man.
“Well, Sir, that all depends what you have in mind, because I have been very naughty.”
Alex went very still at her breathy statement, and Kitty bit her lip. Has she read this wrong? Was he not up for a little role-play? She hesitantly raised her eyes to his face to read his expression, and the heat in his gaze scorched her skin.
“So, I’ve heard. Come here, and take your punishment.” His deep voice had dropped several octaves, and he grabbed her by the wrist and spun her into the room. The door clicked shut, the sound loud in the quiet room, and before she could even blink, he had her pinned against the wall. One jeans clad thigh spread her legs wide, and he raised her hands high above her head, whilst his other hand blazed a trail of heat along her exposed tummy. His mouth claimed hers in a bruising kiss, and she opened to his quiet demand automatically. His tongue found hers in an erotic dance that left her jelly-legged, breathless, and grateful for his big body holding her up against the wall.
He groaned his approval when she kissed him back, and he deepened the kiss, his fingers slowly slipping south, until they dipped under the elastic of her thong.
“My, you are a naughty girl. What have we here?”
He chuckled into her neck, and Kitty gasped when he thrust one finger into her wet core.
“So wet already, and we’ve only just started.” He flicked her clitoris once, and the slight pain caused a renewed burst of moisture to coat his fingers as he inserted another finger into her and found her g-spot. Kitty moaned into his shoulder as sensations built deep inside her core, and he licked himself down the column of her throat towards her breast. She screamed when he bit one nipple through the shirt and bra and thrust her hips at him, desperate to reach the release his talented fingers were driving her toward.
“Not so fast. You’re being punished, remember.”
Alex smiled and withdrew his fingers. He licked each digit in turn, murmuring his approval and then stepped back, his heated gaze roaming over her body. Kitty clenched her thighs together in a vain effort to relieve the hot ache in her pussy.
“Spread your legs, naughty girl.” Alex growled the demand, and Kitty’s eyes widened at the steely determination she saw in his face. “You will not come until I give you permission. Do you hear me?”
“Yes.” Good God, does that porn star voice really belong to me?
Alex’s eyes narrowed, and Kitty automatically dropped her gaze. She licked her lips, seeing the huge erection straining the flies of his jeans. Oh my. He was clearly as turned on as she by their little game. But how far would he take this? And did she trust him enough to find out?
“Yes, what?” His deep voice held an edge of steel, and she bit back her moan. That voice alone would send her over the edge. Who’d have thought a little role-play could be so erotic?
“Good girl. Now strip – slowly.”
Alex’s voice brooked no argument, and Kitty hastened to comply. She fumbled with the tails of her blouse until Alex stepped forward and ripped the thing clean off her.
“Not that slowly.”
His eyes wicked, he unhooked her bra and sent that, too, flying. He whistled his approval as her breasts fell free. He cupped each mound in turn, and spun her around and toward the double bed, which took up one side of the hotel room. The slap on her ass took her by surprise, and she yelped. He soothed the sting with his large hand massaging her ass cheeks, and he chuckled into her neck.
His fingers once again dipped into her wet folds, and she froze when he inserted one digit, slick with her juices, into her anus. Heaven help her, that felt way too good. Heat spread across her skin, and Alex bit into her earlobe, as his fingers continued their erotic dance in and out of her forbidden passage, and her body betrayed her arousal by a renewed gush of moisture between her legs.
“That’s my naughty girl.” Alex’s erratic breathing into her neck pitched her own arousal sky high, and she put up no resistance when he urged her onto the bed, his naked, warm, torso heating her back.
“Get on all fours for me.”
Oh my! I need a fan now. In case you need more reason to check Doris out, here’s the cover and blurb for her Breathless Press release:
Blurb – The Blood Bar Chronicles, Saving Hope
Noelle has only one thing on her mind — how to save her sick daughter from a mysterious illness. The night out with the girls ought to be a distraction, but it turns out to change her life forever.
Fate is not something Henri, a two thousand year old vampire, takes lightly. When he steps into the bar teeming with Supernaturals, there is only one scent he finds. Noelle was the one woman he’d never forgotten. She held a secret that could cause a war. With time finally ticking in his ear, there is only one decision he can make — he has to protect her or die trying.
Thanks for coming by everyone. Be sure to check in tomorrow for the winner of the Adonis Devereux giveaway. Next Thursday, I will be hosting another Evernight author, Ambrielle Kirk, who will be talking about her upcoming release, The Protectors.