Word-Slingers (2/2) – Guest Piper Denna

Hi there again everyone. My second guest today is Piper Denna. I had the good fortune to meet Ms. Denna at the very first RomCon out in Denver in 2010 though she wouldn’t remember me, and she was a heck of lot of fun at the erotica mad-libs game.

1) How long have you been writing?

Always! But I wrote my first novel about 7 years ago, and first got published about 4 years ago.

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, writing, family, etc.)

Content editing (currently have 27 authors on my roster), overseeing the other editors as EIC at Lyrical Press, mom, wife, writing as Autumn Piper, and writing as Piper Denna. 

And they’re seldom all in the air at once. LOL. Pretty much at any given time, something is coming crashing down. But I think that’s the new American Dream, right?

3) What can you tell us about your release Fantasy Mountain. What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

Remember the old TV show, Fantasy Island, with Mr. Roarke, and Tattoo? I loved the concept of guests arriving at the island resort and being able to act out/live any fantasy. While I believe on the island they used magic, I figured with the right props and enough backstage hands, people could live out their sexual fantasies at a resort, too. And there was my setting. Then I threw in an emotionally damaged proprietor who had a knack for dragging true wishes out of her clients, and a penchant for getting details right, plus her business partner, a yummy determined lawyer with an English accent, and the characters pretty much told me their story.

4) What is it about the erotic romance that you like so much?

I write what I read, and I nearly always read romance. Nothing quite like that feeling when you get all twisted up inside over the characters’ emotional conflict. In erotic romance you also get the hot scenes revving your engine and making your heart race. I’ve read some fairly sweet romances with awesome conflict that were just as satisfying in the end as the hottest reads, but I do enjoy a well-written racy scene.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I’m pretty happy writing erotic romance as Piper Denna and mainstream contemporary romance as Autumn Piper. Two “me”s are enough. lol (TM – I should think so. Hehehe)

6) Sweet or sour?

I like them mixed together. Sometimes with Amaretto…

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate to eat; vanilla to smell. I love vanilla in perfumes and candles or air fresheners.

Romance is sexy. And often funny, and sometimes tangled up with suspense. Let’s face it: all sorts of things get mixed up with romance in real life. Piper Denna’s stories are not cut-and-dried romance. She wants her characters to deal with issues female readers can relate to: independence and trust, empowerment, inhibitions, an unfaithful partner, motherhood. Sometimes her characters make mistakes and often her “bad guys” are not 100% bad. Mostly she wants to take the reader on an emotional journey to a happy ending…with a few enviable sexual encounters along the way.When she’s not writing, she edits, raises two teens along with her husband, and has an evil day job.She enjoys books–or movies–with a comedic twist and hopefully a love story with lots of tension, too.Sexiest parts of a man in Piper’s opinion? The hands and eyes. Shoulders are nice too, and of course, great pecs are never amiss…

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She arranges fantasy fulfillment for a living. Now it’s her turn.
Victoria has built a world-renowned business at Fantasy Mountain, the resort where no want is too wacky, no urge too unusual, no passion too peculiar. Her ability to create any sexual scenario has granted her everything she could want: power, money, independence. The one thing that remains out of her reach is the man she knows she’ll never have…and he happens to work just down the hall from her.
Brett has all but given up hope of breaching the wall around Victoria’s heart. In fact, he’s engaged to be married back in London in only two months. But he knows Victoria has desires; he’s seen them firsthand.
When a night of passion rekindles old feelings, can he finally fulfill the ultimate fantasy of the woman who’s made it her mission to satisfy everyone’s desires but her own? After all, whatever the erotic dream, it can come true at Fantasy Mountain.
Content Warning: Wild romps, no-holds-barred lust, and deep, meaningful lovemaking. A love story first, sparing no steamy details. Contains glimpses into very kinky fantasies.


He cradled Vic’s face in his hands, tracing dark circles under her eyes with his thumbs. “If you weren’t out drinking and cavorting with rakes all night, you’d not be so tired, miss,” he teased softly.

She swallowed hard and looked at the floor. “I was in by ten.” Was she hiding something? “I just didn’t…rest well.”

Of course. The damn dreams. She never rested when she went to California, and here he’d been begrudging her the best diversion she had from those nightmares.

“Ah, Vic. I’m sorry.” Her eyes teared up, right before she narrowed them on him. She’d be pissed off now because he felt sorry for her. Already her cheeks were turning that angry pink he so enjoyed. The green eyes squinted smaller, and her jaws tightened under the heels of his hands. Glorious angry, she was. He couldn’t help smiling again, which would only serve to further infuriate her.

She took in a great breath. He knew she intended to spew it back out on him in a flurry of irate words, but he stole it from her first. He kissed her, as he seemed to do more often than he cared to acknowledge, and stalled the angry reply.

Even as his lips brushed against her soft ones, he thought of her kissing another, and his pulse beat faster. The sweet gesture to show her he would sympathize with her whether she liked it or not became a fierce need to make her want him. Instead of a tender, closed-mouth kiss, he forced her lips apart and probed with his tongue. He longed to taste and feel her desire, her need for him and him alone. To have her love him.

He got the desire, at least. She slipped her smooth arms round his neck and matched him move for move. He’d known she would. It was constantly there with them, this physical need. Though she strove to suppress it in the name of business ethics, he could sense it always, carefully hidden. And damn if it didn’t drive him mad to know she wanted him but didn’t love him. Besides, she had more self-control than he did. As usual, she found her senses first and pulled away from him.

“Andrea,” was her breathless one-word way of halting him. It worked famously.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s double-shot of Word-Slingers, everyone! Have a great week.



  1. Ah, Tory, that's too bad. I haven't been back either. Was gonna try last year, but the language in their registration process basically said, "You can register as an author, but in order to keep the convention about readers, if we get bigger authors than you, you'll be bumped back to reader status."Which didn't set well with me. Promo dollars are precious and few, and much as I love visiting with other readers, well…if I'm spending my promo $$, I want to be doing promo. LOL But maybe one day we'll meet up there again. 🙂


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