Saturday, October 12, 2013

LIVING for the Weekend!

I don't have to tell you how much we live for the weekend.  I'm constantly reminded of my grandmother's words to me, "stop wishing your life away!"  I know she was right, but it's so hard to do that when you have such a grueling life.  But, one of the ways we manage our stressful life is through reading.  I would be so lost without a book.  I cannot understand anyone who doesn't enjoy reading?  Reading, for me, is Life! 
And keeping in that mindset, here are two Authors that I'm positive you're going to love!  The weather is slowly but surely getting cooler, and why not heat up with some great romance novels.  There's something for everyone!  You already know how we get down!  Happy Reading!  Don't forget to click those buy links below the interviews!
Proudly Present Authors,
Clarissa Wild and Carla Doolin
***Enjoy all three of the Doing It books in one volume!*** 

~Doing It Wild

Rich girl Grace Bennett is forced by her father to get engaged with a guy of his choosing, so he can expand his company. She wants to escape this unwanted marriage and runs away from home, only to meet handsome, funny and hardworking Finn Wood. Getting a taste of freedom, it's a hot night together with him Grace will never forget.

~Doing It Risqué

 After a fiery night, Grace Bennett couldn't get over sexy Finn Wood, no matter how much she tried. To make matters worse, her rich father agreed to a deal and now Grace has to marry one of the worst guys out there. She's determined to keep that from happening, and forges a plan with Finn, so they can be together after all. Will she succeed?

 ~Doing It Free

 Grace Bennett eloped with hot construction worker Finn Wood and has to make things work without her father's wealth to back her up. Being free to do as they want, Grace and Finn make a sexy bet to celebrate. As their lives are finally settling down, Grace gets an unnerving phone call that wrecks her world and she's left to pick up the pieces. Will their relationship survive?

 **This is an explicit Erotic Romance for adults only! Contains steamy, hot sex between two fantastic characters!**

Clarissa Wild is the erotic romance author of the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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1. How do you come up with your hot steamy love stories?

I usually get my inspiration from songs or dreams I've had. The idea develops into a fully fledges story. Sometimes I draw inspiration from other books and movies as well :)

2.      Do you patent your leading men after a man you personally know, or are they simply a figment of your wonderful imagination?
They're never really like someone I know, although, maybe I have included some of my hubby's traits in the men, but I don't really stop to think about it that much, haha.

3. What sets your Romance/Erotica novels apart from other authors?
I think my books show that women don't have to be mary-sue's in order to snag the guy the want ;) The women in my books are strong, know what they want and go after it.

4.      Do you use music/candles or any other vices to help you get in the mood to write sexy love scenes?
Sometimes, yeah, I have a playlist with sexy songs I use to get into the mood, but I don't always listen to it.
5.      When you’re not writing, how do you like to relax?
I enjoy watching a lot of romantic movies and series, I'm quite a sucker for paranormal love stories as well. I also enjoy reading books and playing with my cat ;)
6.      Which is better—a major publishing house or self-publishing?  Why?
I self-publish, so the answer to that is pretty obvious to me: self-publishing. It gives me more control and I push out more books as I see fit. I wouldn't be able to do this with a publishing house.

7.      There seems to be a struggle in the writing industry when it comes to eBooks and Paper.  Do you see an imbalance or are they equal? 
I don't know, I think e-books are well on their way to the top, but paperbacks won't vanish. I enjoy reading paperbacks too. There's just nothing that can beat flipping and feeling the pages like that ;)
8.      If one of your characters were able to talk about you, what do you suppose he/she would say and why?
That I'm a crazy lady for making them work their butts off, haha :P.
9.      If one of your characters came to life on the silver screen, which actor(s) could you see portraying them and why?
Hmm, I haven't actually thought about this, really, so I honestly don't know. As long as they cast a good looking man I'm happy ;) haha

10.  Thinking of characters you’ve created—which ones gave you the greatest challenges and why?
I think it was Grace Bennett, because she is so far off my own personality that it was hard trying to put myself in her shoes. I liked writing about someone who is so different from me though, quite an experience.
Kane has friends. He is content. He carves his celebrated birds and farms on his little slice of heaven in Puffin Cove, Newfoundland, and heals from the tragedy that sent him fleeing from his homeland. But one look at a beautiful redhead in a quiet pub, and the life he has so carefully rebuilt tilts on its axis.

Laura knows there must be something better out there. This is the only life she is going to get, and dammit, she isn't going to waste one more day. When she runs away from home she certainly doesn't expect to fall instantly in love with a small east coast town, and a crusty, sexy Irishman.

As Kane and Laura explore the beauty of the land and a love that they never knew could exist, their fears for the future and the scars of the past threaten to tear apart a perfect forever.
Warning: Adult language and sexual content.
Jillian Snow Bainbridge is the darling of coastal Puffin Cove, Newfoundland. A native daughter, a young mother, a widow. The little pixie charms everyone she meets with her quick wit, her cheeky smile, and her sinfully delicious baking. Everyone, that is, except the audaciously gorgeous Landon Blood. 

These two have had claws out and swords brandished at each other since they were in diapers. But on a stormy winter night, their weapons of self-preservation malfunction, and the thick veneer they've formed against each other cracks.

As they begin to explore a terrifying and exhilarating new facet of their relationship, the carefully stitched edges of Landon's psyche begin to unravel, and Jill is powerless to stop the demon in Landon's soul from destroying the only love they've ever wanted.
Warning: Adult language and sexual content.

Life is short, and love is what we strive for as human beings. This is why Carla Doolin writes contemporary adult romance. Her books are high on the spice scale, so take a pass if you don't like steam beyond the bedroom door.  She writes about people who are so real, they could be your neighbours, and you'll wish they were your friends. It's hard not to fall a little in love with her characters, and you will find yourself rooting for them long before the happy ever after.

Carla wishes you love and happy reading as she walks her dogs with her most excellent husband, or rides away into the sunset on her Harley, waving the cool wave (her hubby says it's not cool to wave like you're swatting at seagulls). She'd love to hear from you. She can be found any day of the week on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website.
      Being an author myself, I remember the exact moment when I decided I wanted to be a writer, so, Carla, tell our readers, when was your ‘ah-ha’ moment when you knew you’d wanted to be a writer?
      To be perfectly honest, it was not a conscious decision. I'm pretty sure it was in the neighbourhood of three in the morning on a snowy winter's night when I couldn't sleep. (And yes, there is a U in neighbourhood...I write in the obscure language of Canadian English...neighbour, humour, armour, you get the picture...I love when reviewers very politely point out my typo's, but I like to be unique, eh?) For most of my crazy life my friends have told me that I should write a book. So on that dark and stormy night, my finger accidentally hit the Microsoft Word button, the rest of my fingers joined the party, and Spitfire was born.
      What made you decide to write Adult Contemporary Romance versus, say, other areas of the Romance genre?
      It's my favourite (Yes! I forgot favoUrite!) genre to read, and I've read a lot of them. It's my comfort zone, and what flows most easily from my brain through my fingers. I can't imagine trying to write dystopian steampunk paranormal. Geez. I can barely spell that (I had to look it up). I think it is incredible when authors can make up whole worlds. Somedays I can barely describe the sofa I'm sitting on. So I write what comes easiest to me.

What sets your novels apart from other authors of the same genre? 
      I love to travel. LOVE IT!! I see beauty in what others may see as just ordinary. I translate the beauty I see into my stories, and the everyday people who pass by me on the street in their beautiful town or village or countryside become the heros and heroines of my books. They are people who could be your next door neighbour. They could be shopping in your grocery store. They could be the person who apologetically shrugged at you after they cut you off on the road because they were daydreaming about the love of their life. They are people that you wish you could climb into their world with and be their friend.

What do you want your readers to come away with after having read your novel(s)?
      I want my lovely reader to be smiling. To feel that her chest is a little fuller. To wish that the story would go on and on and that she could voyeuristically share in the rest of the couple's special life. Or that she could be the heroine and fall asleep in the arms of the sexy, sweet man she fell in love with in the pages of my book.

How do you deal with an unsatisfied reader who may rate your book negatively?
      I burns for a bit, but I have come to realize that not everyone's fancy can be tweaked with every book. Life would be very dull if everyone liked the same things. Having said that, I have taken a lot of my critical reviews to heart, and have actually made some changes because of them. Positive changes. Changes that make me feel taller, stronger, and more confident about my craft. And so, I have come to embrace negative reviews in a very positive way.

How many years have you been writing?
      My first story was written and illustrated by hand, published for an audience of one, and won critical acclaim. I was eight years old, and received a coveted gold star from my fourth grade teacher. As I grew, creative writing was always a joy and an easy credit for me. My girlfriends and I used to write hilarious 'dialogues' to each other, fictitious accounts of ourselves and the current loves of our lives in gloriously steamy and titillating scenarios. Over the years I wrote letters and tomes and journals, but never did I pen another story until two years ago, when Spitfire was born.

What does writing do for you?
      It's the reason I get out of bed in the morning. It's the reason I laugh out loud in the middle of the night. It's the reason my husband is a very happy man (most of the time). It's the reason I can't wait to plan my next travel adventure, so that a seed can take root in my brain and grow into the next love story. It is my passion, my hobby, my release from a life that can be a little crazy, a way to control a world within a world that cannot be controlled..

What would be something your readers would be surprised to learn about you outside of your writing talents?
      I'm impulsive and voracious. When an idea takes root in my brain, I want it and I want it now! My friends call it amazing. My husband calls it a pain in the ass (secretly, my friends probably call it that too). For this reason, I have become a rabid knitter, a classically trained pianist, a rescue chihuahua owner, and a Harley rider.

If your novel(s) became a movie, what actors could you possibly see portraying your characters?
      That's a toughie! My characters are kind of themselves. I don't really visualize an actor or real person at all when I'm writing. But a lot of people have mentioned that they envisioned Gerard Butler as my 'Kane Downey'. And if I had to pick a 'Laura Spencer', possibly Kate Beckinsale.
      If you could be any character you’ve created, which one would it be and why? Oh, I would love to be Laura, to experience her grand adventure, to feel the love for Kane blossom in my heart, to feel those strong arms wrap around me, to look forever into his Celtic blue eyes, to trail my finger down his...uh. Sorry. Yeah, Laura. That is one lucky lady.



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