Release Blitz – A Kink A Day – Erotic Fiction – Kay Jaybee

Release Blitz

A Kink a Day – Book One, Two and Three by Kay Jaybee

In an ever more stressful world, what could be better than relaxing after a tough day with a bite-sized morsel of erotica? Each edition of Kay Jaybee’s ‘A Kink a Day’ series delivers eight hot reads. One for each night of the week and a spare in case you fancy a weekend lie-in.

These compilations of Kay’s most popular short stories from previous anthologies, combined with a few new works, provide a few precious moments of pure erotic escapism.

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Here’s an extract from A Delivery of Words (A Kink a Day: Book One)


Leaning forward, I fixed Joe with my professional stare, but allowed a flicker of a smile to play at the corner of my eyes, ‘What’s the thing that gets you going exactly? The fact you deliver naughty books and sex-toys to my house? The idea of me sitting here innocently writing porn? Or the fact that I spend most of my time thinking about sex?’

My courier returned my steady look, but I could see amusement struggling to escape from the corner of his lips. ‘I asked you a question?’

Joe grinned, giving me a glimpse of surprisingly white teeth. ‘I guess it’s the innocence thing.’

‘Innocence? That’s not a word I’m usually associated with.’

‘I bet it’s not!’ He picked up his coffee cup and took a thoughtful sip. ‘At least, not by people who know you. To the rest of the world, well, you look so, so …’

‘Ordinary?’ I smiled to let him know the word wasn’t offensive to me.

‘Well, yes, I mean, you’re attractive and all that, but you don’t look like a queen of porn.’


‘I’m sorry?’

‘I don’t look a threat, so people tell me things. Their most intimate secrets. It’s a bit like being an actress really. I adopt different personas to get information and stories out of the unsuspecting public, and then I write about what they’ve told me.’

‘So you don’t make it all up then?’

‘Not always, no. Sometimes I invent short stories, but most of the time I record the weird and wonderful exploits of the unbelievably and wonderfully warped public.’


I could tell he was disappointed, so I leant forward and gave Joe my flirtiest conspiratorial look. ‘Any stories you wish to share?’

Now he looked really embarrassed. ‘Not really. Nothing unusual enough for you, I’m sure.’

‘Would you like there to be?’…

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Kay Jaybee was named Best Erotica Writer of 2015 by the ETO

Kay received an honouree mention at the NLA Awards 2015 for excellence in BDSM writing.

Kay Jaybee has over 180 erotica publications including, A Kink a Day- Book One, Two and Three (KJBooks, 2018), The Voyeur (Sinful Press, 2018), Knowing Her Place-Book 3: The Perfect Submissive Trilogy, (KJBooks, 2018),  The Retreat- Book2: The Perfect Submissive Trilogy (KJBooks, 2018), Making Him Wait (Sinful Press, 2018), The Fifth Floor- Book1;The Perfect Submissive Trilogy (KJBooks, 2017), Wednesday on Thursday, (KDP, 2017), The Collector (KDP, 2016), A Sticky Situation (Xcite, 2013), Digging Deep, (Xcite 2013), Take Control, (1001 NightsPress, 2014), and Not Her Type (1001 NightsPress), 2013.

Details of all her short stories and other publications can be found at

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Kay also writes contemporary romance and children’s picture books as Jenny Kane  and historical fiction as Jennifer Ash


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Author Interview Number Eighty-Two – Jessica West – fantasy/romance/multigenre

Welcome, Jessica West.

Thanks for having me.

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born and have lived in Louisiana my whole life. I’ve always lived in small towns, living first in West Feliciana Parish, then in Avoyelles Parish, and now I live in Evangeline Parish. Regardless of the fact that Louisiana is a small state, each time I moved to a different parish, the people of that parish had never heard of the town I used to live in. Louisiana has a lot of really small towns like that, though, towns that hardly anybody outside a 20-mile radius have ever heard of. The town I live in is, technically, a village.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. My writing. Hmmm… Might be easier for me to tell you what I don’t write. 😉 My favorite genres are Fantasy and Horror, but I like a little romance/erotica thrown in anywhere. I tend to write viscerally, regardless of genre. I like bold splashes of color in my stories, and stark, high-contrast settings. If I were to make a movie, I imagine it would look something like Sin City or maybe even something by Tim Burton. Wow, I got a little sidetracked there. I tend to think my work is much darker than it really is. I’m stretching my wings, though, and really pushing the envelope with a series I’m co-writing with an incredibly talented and daring author buddy. So, lately, my writing has been adventurous. Yeah, let’s go with adventurous. 😉

Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere! Seriously, sometimes an idea will come to me while I’m driving or in the shower. Many of the structural techniques I use I’ve learned from having Disney or Monster High films on in the background pretty much all day. My excuse is that I have a young daughter who loves to watch them, but honestly she doesn’t watch them all that much. I need the background noise, though. I’ve recently tried writing while listening to music, and according to the feedback I got, it turned out well. I don’t know if the music was my inspiration in that case, but sometimes a song will put me in a certain kind of mood and I’ll write something because of that. I’ve written to many photo and/or theme prompts. I’m a big fan of flash fiction and other short forms, so I pay attention to various blog contests out there. I don’t always participate, but sometimes I’ll find inspiration there as well.

Do you have a favourite character? If so why? My own favorite character or a fictional character created by someone else? For my own, I’d have to say one of my newest characters in A Strange Alliance (available February 19, 2015). His name is Hastiin. He smells really good. No, really. He does. If it’s someone else’s character … this one’s harder to answer. I’ve been reading mostly indie books from authors who I’m acquainted with, so those are the characters stuck in my head at the moment. I tend to like characters who do what they feel is right, regardless of what anyone else would think of them or what’s strictly legal.

Do you have a character you dislike? If so why? Again, if we’re talking about my characters, I’d still go with Hastiin. He’s so cocky. As I wrote Alliance, he evolved, so I didn’t have a strict handle on him from the beginning. I did have a pretty good idea how things were gonna go. Even so, I didn’t realize what a dick he was until about half-way through.

Are your characters based on real people? No. Each of my characters come with the territory, so to speak. I visualize my mind as being similar to a doctor’s office. A very crowded, slowly clearing doctor’s office. One that gets more new patients in daily than they clear out. But I can only work on so many stories at one time, so everyone else has to wait. Some of them come in pairs, some bring the whole family and all their friends along with them. And, of course, I have to interview the antagonist of each story, too. I’m sure my life experiences and all the people I’ve known influence how my characters are drawn, but I don’t base characters on people I know. I will sometimes get a picture of a celebrity as I’m writing so I remember what a character looks like. Helps for consistency. 🙂

Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off? Ha! No, I haven’t, but I can’t wait until the day comes when someone pisses me off so badly I can turn around and tell them, “I’m going to eviscerate you in fiction!” Just to see the look on their faces. I probably still wouldn’t do it, cuz ain’t nobody got time for no lawsuit.

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? Most of the time there’s a great deal of research behind everything I write. The internet is my best friend. I find that I have to save it for after writing the first draft and fill in the blanks, or I have to do the research first and then write. I can’t do both, I’d never get anything done.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this is important in a book? Sometimes there is, sometimes there isn’t. I don’t like forced messages. It’s like reading a novel that could have been a novelette. If you have to bend your character’s story to suit your own purposes then you’re not telling the story true. Tell the story. That’s it. I don’t feel that every book has to have a message, no.

Sort these into order of importance: Great characters; great world-building; solid plot; technically perfect. Can you explain why you chose this order? (Yes I know they all are important…) Great characters. The rest can be fixed with editing. You can not fix a character a reader simply can not relate to. Having said that, you can get to know that character with design documents that don’t go into the book, but not everyone is willing to devote that much time to a character. If I don’t have a good handle on a character, I don’t write them. I have to have a good (if not totally complete) understanding of them before I can even begin to listen to them. If I can’t hear their voice clearly, I’ll struggle to transcribe their story accurately. And the whole thing will fall flat because I won’t understand the why, the force that drives the character and the story. It’s not like that for everyone, but for me personally, the character makes or breaks the story. Everything else can be worked in in layers, if need be.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason? I currently only have short form works in ebook format. What started out as a single novelette, however, is now turning into something bigger. Red River Rangers was the first of my weird west tales, and A Strange Alliance is the second. I see another one on the horizon, but it isn’t in clear focus just yet. Another new character introduced in Alliance has my interest, though, and I don’t imagine I’ll be able to put her off much longer. She’s strong, someone I want to get to know. And there’s only one way for me to do that. When we’re both ready, I’ll write her story next. When I do, I’ll make all three books available for print together. Since they’re short, I can’t see charging the price of a paperback for each one. But all three together would be worth the cost, in my opinion. I’ll probably release the single and the paperback at the same time, in May. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, that is.

Can you tell us a silly fact about yourself? I like socks. Like, a lot. Fluffy, brightly-colored, patterned socks. And my birthday is February 21st. 😉

Where do you think the lines are drawn between romance, erotica and porn? I think Romance can have erotic elements, but doesn’t necessarily have to include them. Erotica is expected to be steamy, it just all depends on how far you want to go. The difference between Erotica and Porn is, in my opinion, how much effort is put into the story. In Erotica, the author turns up the heat but still makes the characters work for that climax. In porn, you’re there for the good stuff. Period. And in Erotica, you may or may not get overly detailed with the physical descriptions but in Porn, I would think that’s pretty much expected. When I write this type of story, I toe the line between erotica and porn. That’s indicative of my style, though. I tend to rush, to layout stories at a fast pace, no matter what type of action is going on. If my character is trying to save the world, I rush to find the solution to the problem so they can get it done already. If my character is trying to get a piece of ass, well, same thing.

Thanks again for having me today.

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Jessica West is a Freelance Writer and Editor, an Independent Author, and Editor-in-Chief at Prose Before Ho Hos, an irreverent humor blog. She maintains a writing blog and her personal site as well.

Jess lives in Central Louisiana with three daughters still young enough to think she’s cool and a husband who knows better but likes her anyway.

She leaves a trail of blood or pixie dust in her wake, but such is the life of a Horror and Fantasy Writer. Though she prefers those genres, Romance and Erotica are her guilty pleasures. Many authors – including Stephen King, Clive Barker, Terry Goodkind, and Ayn Rand – have contributed to the delinquency of this intermediate writer, and now she’s just whistling her own version of Dixie.

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Author Interview Number Seventy-Nine – Hannah – Fantasy/Erotica

Welcome to Hannah.

Where are you from and where do you live now? I’ve lived in Canada my whole life, back and forth between Quebec and Ontario. Currently I’m pretty settled in Southern Ontario.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I write erotica. I really enjoy writing about relationships between people and I use sex to symbolize different aspects of the relationships. I’ve recently been really into paranormal/fantasy type stories and have begun a series of short stories under the series title, “Irish Fantasy”. Paradoxically, I’ve also started a series called “Average People Having Average Sex” which is exactly what it sounds like so I’m kind of all over the board.

Where do you find inspiration? My best inspiration usually from personal experiences. My worst inspiration comes from history and mythology. These tend to lead to really complicated, convoluted plots that end up in the garbage.

Do you have a favourite character? If so why? No, that wouldn’t be fair.

Do you have a character you dislike? If so why? Not really. In fact I love all my characters, even the horrible ones.

Are your characters based on real people? I can’t help but base my characters on real people. Even when I don’t start out with that intention, I often find half way through a piece of dialogue that a character has morphed into someone I know. It’s kind of a weird subconscious issue for me, but I think it gives an element of realism to my stories.

Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off? Hahaha no, that’s a good idea though…

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this is important in a book? Kind of. Not really. Maybe. I think it’s important to have some kind of theme that ties it all together so that it’s not just gratuitous sex. There’s not necessarily a message in my writing, but usually an emotional dilemma that some how gets worked out, expressed, or exasperated through sex.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason? Currently my books are available in e-book because they’re not long enough to warrant a print edition. In future, I plan to have a collection of them printed together in one book.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I have an editor. I think it’s important to have someone tell me when something is terrible and makes no sense. Some people write things better the first time than I do so maybe they don’t need one.

Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? Oh yeah definitely. It’s so easy to self publish that you can publish just about anything these days. Literally you could just write “book” on a word doc and publish it on Amazon within ten minutes. I don’t think anyone would argue that there are many self-published books that fall below the standard of traditional publishers and good self published books can easily get lumped in with these ones. There’s also the issue that since self published authors can’t offer the same discounts to retailers, their books rarely appear in book stores, giving the impression that self-published books aren’t “good enough” to be sold in stores. In addition to all of this, I think there’s a perception that people only self publish when traditional publishers fail to respond to their work. I don’t know how true this is, but I think it’s becoming less and less true as time goes on.

Do you read work by self-published authors? Yup. There are some good ones for sure.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? I’ve heard this is a faux-pas so it’s something I would never do because I don’t want to look like a dweeb, but I do think there’s something to be said for interacting with readers. Maybe that just isn’t the platform to do it on.

When buying a book do you read the reviews? I read reviews when I buy anything.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? I’ve read that reading is actually really good for developing empathy and that children who learn to read late in life aren’t affected intellectually at all, but can be delayed emotionally. After learning that, I’ve found evidence that supports it in my personal life and I’ve been a huge promoter of literacy programs ever since.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers? Keep writing, get honest feedback about your work and don’t let criticism get you down, but treat it as being very valuable.

Do you have any pets? No. I used to keep dogs in my home for an animal rescue program and while I did love them, it made me realize that I never want a pet. I did it for a year until I had to move out of the area. It was incredibly rewarding and I still love dogs, but I was always really relieved when they got adopted to a permanent home.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I can’t whistle. I’ve tried and tried, but I just can’t do it.


As a writer of erotica have you encountered any prejudice?  How have you dealt with it? Do you write under a pen name? I haven’t encountered any prejudice. I find I treat people with respect and I get respect back from them. There are some people who don’t like erotica and that’s great. I don’t like a lot of things too.

Where do you think the lines are drawn between romance, erotica and porn?  Other people would probably argue with me on this one and maybe they would be right, but since you asked me, I would say that romance focuses mainly on the relationship and emotions and sex may or may not be a part of that. In erotica the emotions are an excuse for sex and in porn… it’s just the sex.

I think I kind of straddle the line between erotica and romance by this definition. The reason why I would never call my writing romance is because I don’t want to be trapped by the readers expectations of a romance story. They usually want to see two beautiful people meet, fall in love and end up with a happily ever after and if that’s not what they get, they’re going to be unsatisfied. Some people write very good romance stories that meet reader expectations. I don’t think I could tell a story like that and make it feel genuine.

Erotica is not a new genre do you think it is becoming more accepted into mainstream reading? Slowly but surely! I think some people will always curl their nose at it. You can only expect that when it comes to sex, not everyone will be comfortable reading and talking about it.

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Author Interview Number Fifty-Four – Houston Havens – Erotica/Sci-Fi/PNR

Welcome to Houston Havens

Where are you from and where do you live now? Now that’s not a simple question to answer. I was born in Alaska, schooled in Japan and spent the rest of my life traveling the world as an international model. I’ve lived from coast to coast, in the US and outside the US. Right now, when I’m in the US I spend the majority of my time in the south or out west. I’m Irish; you can’t stop a rolling Blarney stone.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. Book one of my multi-genre PSYCHIC MENAGE SERIES is called SINFUL SURRENDER. This book falls into 10 genre’s: Ménage (MFMM), PNR, Erotic Romance, SciFi, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, MindTraveling Psychics, Paranormal, Futuristic, Fae/Fantasy with a flavoring touch of sexy bondage in my polyandry society where some enjoy voyeurism with lite BDSM.

Naturally each book in this seven book series will highlight more on one or two of these genres to keep the interest of the readers.

Where do you find inspiration? My down time reading is not the norm. When I’m not writing I enjoy reading science literature and books by authors like Michael Newton, PH.D. and Joseph F. Goodavage. I enjoy reading New Age material by authors like Ingo Swann, Fred Alan Wolf, and John Ralphs.  As well I like to do research on the latest technology by authors like Joseph Mc Moneagle and Robert A. Monroe.

Do you have a favourite character? Yes. All of them.

If so why? Because they’re all unique, like the real world around us. They all have their flaws and their lovable sides. They’re complex just like you and me.

Do you have a character you dislike? No, not even my bad guys.

Why? Because my villains are great at being bad. Love the sinner, hate the sin. 😉

Are your characters based on real people? No.

Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off? No…negative people don’t deserve my thoughts or energy in any form.

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Seeing that I’m writing in ten genres all within one book/series I need to be able to blend them smoothly and to do that I need to use the proper terminology for each genre so it’s believable to the readers. It takes a lot of research. The amount of research I do is more than I’ll use in the books, but to get what I need to get across to the readers visually I need to be very familiar with everything I write about.

Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I LOVE research…if they had a job that needed only researchers I’d snap it up in a minute. I’m an old “NEWS” style reporter type of character…I love to dig up TRUTHS and EXPOSE bad guys. It’s why I mix truths into my plots … what some readers think is all my imagination would be shock to discover a lot of what I write is BASED IN FACTS!

My resources? A lot come from the authors I mentioned above and the others I cannot disclose.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing? Entertainment wise? YES ~ the joy of a good story. Private message? Yes ~ read the book and you’ll discover the message IF you’re ready to hear the truth.

Do you feel this is important in a book? I don’t care if you’re writing a YA or an Erotic Romance … a good story has to have a message to make the plot work.

Sort these into order of importance: Great characters; great world-building; solid plot; technically perfect. Can you explain why you chose this order? (Yes I know they all are important…)

1)     Technically perfect ~ if you mean by this knowledge of the craft of writing then this would be first because without knowing how and what to write nothing else will work.

2)     Great World building ~ you have to create a believable world or the following steps won’t fall into place.

3)     Great Characters ~ they have to be real in your mind and on paper. YOU have to feel them, know them, and breathe them! They need flaws and loveable traits and a reason behind everything they do.

4)     Solid Plot ~ this can only happen if you have 1, 2 and 3 in place.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Right now I’m only in E-book.

Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason? Yes I hope to go to print with Sinful Surrender by next year if not sooner.

Do you self-edit? Of course…I self edit several times before I sent it to my editor.

If so why is that the case? The manuscript should be as close to perfect as you can get it before you send it in for professional editing so that the editor can focus on the story.

Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? Yes. It’s just part of an author’s cost in this business.A book sent to market without a professional edit is hurting future sale of the author. And I’d recommend after you get it back from a pro editor that you READ IT AGAIN yourself!

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers?

1)     Be sure you REALLY want to be an author and make the sacrifices needed to be a success in this business.

2)     WRITE and don’t submit until you’ve written book six!

3)     Be ready to work hard and long hours.

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? I wish I could answer this but I don’t have a lot of time to read anymore. I’m writing and editing my next book.

Can you name your favourite traditionally published author? Laken Cane, Suzy Knight  and Anita Cox

And your favourite indie/self-published author? Matt Holgate and Kim Mullican

Do you have any pets? Yes, a Yorkie-po. He’s black and white.


Thank you for inviting me to your blog today. I hope to entertain and intrigue your viewers. 

Houston Havens – Sinful Surrender (Psychic Menage #1)

A multi-genre story: Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Fantasy Romance, Futuristic Menage (MFMM), Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Light BDSM, and Psychics.

Tag Line: Why be tempted by one man’s seduction when you can be loved by three?


Top psychic spy Fay Avalon saw too much on her latest mind traveling mission and is now on the run from her post-catastrophic dystopian government, searching for the truth and proof. She escapes but is shot down, landing in the arms of the enemy.

In Drakker and Arlo’s world, women are so rare the men have accepted a polyandrous lifestyle. When the brothers stumble upon Fay unconscious in the wreckage of an aircraft, they are immediately attracted to her. Arlo wants to keep her, but Drakker knows they can’t. They must take her to their brother Logan Abán, leader of their people.

Logan struggles with trusting anyone, even himself. When a beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing woman falls into their laps, his denied desires for intimacy challenge his need to trust the spy. He’s frustrated by romantic Arlo’s claims of her innocence. Even when pragmatic and dominating Drakker defends her as well, Logan refuses to trust his gut.

Can one woman satisfy the diverse desires of three men? Will Logan’s fears be realized by betrayal? Is Fay to be sentenced to death as a spy, suffer a fate worse than death by being returned to her government as a traitor, or will she find a new life and love as the wife of three sexy brothers?

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Long Bio

Houston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.

Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting.An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series, and numerous articles in literary magazines, she has two award winning blogs. Stop by for a visit and leave a comment at


Logan gave a thumbs-up then said to Fay, “When I want to get things done fast, I’ll have to remember to get you jealous.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Somehow you managed to get results none of us could. We’ve been stuck here for what seems like forever. Every day we asked to leave and got rejected for one reason or another. Then your sweet violet eyes turn green with envy because of the attention I gave that young woman, and the next thing I know, we’re out of here.”

“I wasn’t jealous. And she wasn’t a woman. She was a girl.”

“She was a woman and very familiar with the ways of men.”

“She was a tart and tease.”

“Darlin’, I hate to inform you, but the little lady was no tease. She was as hungry as a mountain lion, and I was going to be her main course until you stepped in.”

“Really? Well, I’m sorry I interrupted.”

“No you aren’t.” Logan smirked. “You were jealous.”

“I was not!”

“Come on, admit it. You’re not as indifferent to me as you claim, are you?”

“What?” Fay groaned with her attempt to turn around to see his face, but found it impossible harnessed the way she was.

Chandra finished getting Arlo strapped in and shouted, “Are you two finished scraping?” She motioned for Logan to push the red button. “Let’s go!”

As he reached for his button, Chandra’s sail filled with wind, and off she flew across the dirt with them in her wake.

“I’ll have you know,” Fay hollered so he could hear her above the wind rushing past their ears, “I don’t care if the girl was flirting with you or not.”

“Really? Then why did you force your way between us and shoo her out? I think you like me. Might even adore me.”

“Abhor you, did you say? Yes, you might be right.”

“I said adore. And you do. You just don’t know it yet.”

“Adore?” Fay gave a dramatic gasp and stretching her arms up toward the heavens and then addressed God. “Please, if what he says is true…get me to a psychiatrist. I’ve gone mad.”

He laughed. “Mad with desire for me. That’s why you’re jealous.”

“I’m not jealous! The damn girl had my breakfast on your tray. An-and while I really don’t care that she wanted to play peekaboo with you, she was holding my food hostage while you played boobie-gazer for an hour.”

He laughed again. “Your exaggeration of my two-second look tells me you were jealous. And I think it’s because you adore me.”

Fay lifted her head and let it fall back with force, smacking him in the center of his chest. He exhaled hard at her hit. He gasped, trying to catch his breath. “Are you crazy?”

“I don’t know, but I do know I’m not jealous,” she lied.

“I could have lost control of this damn thing.” He tapped her hard on the top of her head to make his point heard.

“Ouch,” Fay mumbled. “Like you almost lost control with that girl?”

“Lost control? Hardly.” Logan snorted. “I can’t even tell you what she looked like.”

“I’m sure you’d recognize her breasts. You got a good look at those.”

“Not really. I was too busy watching you with my peripheral vision to notice what was in front of me. I wouldn’t know the girl or her breasts if I passed her or them on the street. There was only one thing I was eyeing, and that was you.”

“Oh, God. You’re so full of it.”

“I think you find me irresistible, sexy, and adorable.” He emphasized the last three words with a firm tap on the top of her head.

She swatted at the air in hopes of hitting his hand to make him stop rapping at her brain. “It’s more than obvious, you need a psychiatrist even more than me.”

“Well, if you’re not jealous, why did you react the way you did?”

“Because…because I care about Drakker and Arlo. I wouldn’t want them to end up with a wife who’s a tart.”

“Oh. So a tart’s fine for me, but not for them?”

“I-I didn’t say that.”

“Yes, you did.” He sounded hurt. “And for your information, if we crash at this speed, we’ll both be dead. So don’t hit me with your head like that again.”

She’d squelched his talk about jealousy, but something about the victory wasn’t satisfying. She couldn’t deny he’d secretly become her hero the night he carried her to safety. Whenever she woke during that long ordeal, never once did she hear him complain. Never once did he ask someone else to hold her. Never once did he give up on her for his own safety.

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Author Interview Number Twenty-Four Sarah Daltry

Welcome to Sarah Daltry

Please tell us a little about yourself. This is a little like being on a job interview and you never know what to say. I’m sort of a boring person. I tend to share more of myself through my work than I do in real life, but mostly because I don’t think people in real life care much about my story! I’m fairly uninteresting. I went to college, then grad school. I floundered a while trying to find a career (not a job – had those, but they didn’t really click) first in accounting, then in counselling, and eventually in teaching. I liked parts of each, but still felt unfinished. Although I suppose that isn’t true about counselling; I left that to pursue teaching since I had an English degree. I think that’s where I most want to go back – counselling.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I write erotica and romance, although sort of a strange mix of romance. The erotica is really basic erotica, and right now, it’s caught in this mess with Amazon. I don’t write and I definitely don’t condone illegal activity, but the process has been random, it seems.

My romance novels include Bitter Fruits, which was self-published for a couple weeks before being picked up by Escape/Harlequin. It will be back out in December (preorders starting soon). Bitter Fruits is a New Adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy tied to Biblical and vampire mythology. This is the first in a planned trilogy called Eden’s Fall. It will definitely be three books, because three is a symbolic number in religious mythology and plays a big role in the series as well.

I have also chosen to self-publish my second series, Flowering, which includes Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley. They are technically New Adult romance/coming of age, but they’re a little mashup of several things more than traditional romance. I really like YA and I write YA under my real name. I always saw NA as an extension of YA, but with the freedom of adding more erotic elements. College is a time of experimentation, especially sexually. So I think they are kind of smutty YA for actual young adults – people 17 -23 going through these life changes – or for people who still relate to that period in their lives. Forget Me Not is Lily’s story of finding Jack, and also about growing up and figuring out who she is, outside of her parents, her high school boyfriend, etc. Lily of the Valley is Jack’s story, and how he learns to let the past go and open up to someone. The series will continue after these two.

Who or what are your inspirations/influences?  Hemingway and Salinger. They both wrote the way I wish I wrote. I try, but I will never compare to either of them. I like the simplicity in their styles, the way they find the true nature of humanity and expose it. Neither was interested in marketability and, in fact, both ended up getting dragged through the press for doing something different, but without them, modern literature would not be what it is. I also prefer first person writing, although I am not the kind of person to NOT read something in third. It’s just a preference. They both do it exceptionally well. The Sun Also Rises and The Catcher in the Rye are my favourite novels of all time. In fact, another author and teacher told me Jack reminded her a little of Holden. Some people may hate that, but it meant the world to me. If only I could write a character that well!

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I did a lot more for Bitter Fruits, mostly to confirm some myths I had read previously. It’s more work because the myth is part based on other myths and part a fictionalized story. But I wanted to make sure I got certain stuff correct. I majored in English and studied mythology extensively. In addition, I grew up intrigued by theology and I’ve read the Bible several times. All of it. So most was already something I knew. I just needed clarification. In writing contemporary romance, I didn’t stray much from what I know either personally or through people I know.

When I was in my writing seminars in college and grad school, the mantra “write what you know” was always the primary focus. I think people sometimes confuse this with writing your own life. My characters are not me, or any one person in particular. They are, however, pieces of me, pieces of people I know, pieces of other influences. But I spent a lot of my life in school so I write college, because it’s what I know. I write places I know (all my titles so far are based in New England). I think it’s important to keep some truth in your writing. I’ve never been to Australia, so it would be silly to write about it. Sure I could research it and look at pictures, ask questions, but really? My soul would be missing from it, because it wasn’t true to me. And going back to Hemingway, I feel like truth is the basis of storytelling. You start with truth and thus comes fiction.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these? (if applicable). Flowering is available in ebook and paperback. Bitter Fruits will be in ebook only with a very, very limited personal print run I’m using for giveaways and signings. I have no plans to do audio, although Harlequin owns the print rights for Bitter Fruits if print is a worthy investment on their part. However, for now, it will be digital only.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? Well, I’m biased since I’m also an editor. So, yes, you should have someone edit your book – like me! 😉 But really, I do think another set of eyes helps. Even though I have plenty of background in writing and am more than qualified to edit my own work, I don’t only self-edit. I revise and edit obviously, but I then send it to an editor and a few other people for comments. Often it’s a matter of missing something that another person notices or, if I’m lucky, a typo that usually, inevitably, doesn’t get caught no matter how many people look at it.

I think a lot of people confuse editing with proofreading. That’s a huge part of it and I’m shocked by how many books are published without even basic proofreading. I’m not talking a few typos; I mean, serious glaring POV switches, tense shifts, misuse of your/you’re, etc. And not just once. Typos happen even in the biggest publishing houses. But it shouldn’t be endless. However, editing is more than that, too. Your character is 20 on page 8 and 23 on page 75. But time hasn’t passed. When you’re writing, you are thinking about the big picture and often miss these things. Someone else not used to seeing it for months on end picks up on it right away.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? I do it sometimes, but only on good ones. I’ve thanked reviewers, told them when the next book comes out, and even clarified. I’ve had five star reviews where I just wanted to clarify something. The person obviously liked the book and I didn’t do it to be a jerk. I think dialogue is nice, as a reader. I love when my favourite writers talk to me. I love knowing they read my comments and reviews – and that they appreciate them.

As far as comments on bad reviews, just don’t. No one benefits. The person will not change their mind and you look silly. It’s hard because sometimes people are just so far off target. You want to tell them they missed the point, that that’s not even what the book was about, but really? They don’t care. They either didn’t read it, skimmed it, feel like being a miserable troll, are genuinely dumb, or just don’t like your book. There is nothing you can do to fix that. They’re not going to read it if they didn’t. If they’re a horrible person who likes to be a jerk, they’re going to use it as fodder to be more awful. If they’re stupid, well, you can’t fix stupid! J And if they don’t like your book, they don’t like your book. I don’t like every book. Personally, I tend to focus on what I do like and I don’t leave negative reviews, because there is too much good to focus on, but to each his own.

Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write? I hate noise when I’m writing EXCEPT music. Music does inspire and motivate me and if I remember or if it’s not too late or I can find my headphones, I listen to music.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? As someone who loves movies and video games, I think it’s simply a matter of delivery. However, a novel like The Catcher in the Rye only works as a book. It’s personal, intimate, a private conversation between Holden and the reader. I’m not one to say you can’t be emotionally moved by movies or games; I have been. I majored in English and taught English. I love books. I love the classics. But I think it’s a different medium. That’s all. Each does something well. Books tend to be, like I said, more intimate, and maybe that’s why I prefer first person. A movie can’t be that personal. You can watch a movie, but you’re like an omniscient narrator – detached. In a first person novel, you are right there, while your new friend tells you the story. A video game is often that way, but games are bigger and usually involve action. A book takes nothing of you; it only gives.

What advice would you give new writers? Publishing and marketing are horrible. They will make you hate writing. Before you start out, make a note of why you like your stories. What it is about books and writing that inspire you. Because a year down the road, you will need it.

I grew up with books. They were my best friends, sometimes my only friends. I always counted on books when I was sad, lonely, sick, etc. to be my place to escape. I don’t read only happy books and I can escape into a sad story just as well, but I discovered through books that other people thought like I did. Even living in a small town where I felt like everyone around me was different than me, that I was some kind of weirdo, I knew because of books that other people were thinking the same things.

Now, after doing this for a while, I’ve started to hate books. I see the industry as nothing more than a random marketing campaign. The writing doesn’t matter. The story doesn’t matter. If you market yourself well and get the press and publicity you want (easier if you have lots of money), you will do well. There are great novels out there right, both indie and traditional, that no one is reading. But those writers didn’t market themselves to the right people. And it depresses me. When I get down about it, though, I reread “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” and think of all the “mute, inglorious Miltons.” How many hundreds of years ago was that written? But nothing has changed.

What are your best marketing/networking tips? Clearly, I do not have any! There is no one I will not talk to or help out, though, so I suppose that’s my tip. Be available and be nice.

Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? I mostly read classics and YA. I don’t like a lot of romance, I have to admit, because it’s too easy. I like a story that breaks me in places, even if it heals me up again. I want to see life in the story. I want to relate. I don’t read to escape in the same way others do. I don’t read a lot of fantasy, either, unless it’s tied to reality. My favorite contemporary writer is Courtney Summers, because she refuses to play fair to her characters. Life isn’t fair. Life hurts and sometimes, things don’t work out. I like some hope in a book, although it isn’t necessary. I just want to put a book down and feel like I was emotionally affected. The classics do that the most, and realistic YA. And realistic. Not just angsty with drama that is over the top and beyond most people’s experiences. Tell me the truth about life.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I love math and I’m OCD. When I get really stressed out, I do equations to relax.

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