AuThursday – Elise Noble

Headshot1Please welcome my fellow RWAOL member, Elise Noble.  Elise, tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I haven’t always been a writer, that’s for sure. At school, I was a science geek, and when I went to university, I did an engineering degree. That was followed by a stint in IT, then I trained as an accountant. I bumped into my old English teacher the other day, and believe me, nobody was more surprised that I’ve become a novelist than her!

Away from work, I can usually be found riding my horse, who eats all my money, or walking my dog, who prefers to eat car keys. I also enjoy scuba diving and wakeboarding, as well as track marshaling at various motor races in the UK and France.

Q: What genre are your books?

A good question, and one which I sometimes struggle to answer myself. I’ve got a terrible tendency to break the rules, so rather than sticking to the usual romance tropes, I cross over into mysteries, thrillers, and humor as well.

My stories range from straight-up contemporary romance to romantic suspense, to romantic comedy, to romantic thrillers, and usually, they’re a mix of all of them. I write the books I want to read.

Q: What are you working on at the minute?

I’ve just finished drafting my twenty-first novel, which is a romance about a rather uptight property lawyer who secretly lusts over the hot model at her life drawing class. He’s got secrets, while she comes with three cats and a creepy next-door neighbour.

I’m taking a break for a couple of weeks to catch up on reading and research, then I’ve got two ideas fighting for headspace – the tenth book in my Blackwood Security series, and a possible project about the outrageous goings-on in London’s investment banks, which would be based on real events.

Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?

Finding the time to fit everything in around my day job. It’s a real push to get it all done – not just the writing, but the editing, formatting, and the hardest part: marketing.

Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?

My first draft of my first book took close to six months, but after twenty-one novels, two novellas, and a bunch of short stories, I’ve refined the process a little. I don’t write every day. Instead, I write in blocks, and when I start, I write quickly.

My record for a novel is six days, although I was off work at that time so I had more free time. Usually, it takes me closer to a month. Before I start, I’ll spend a few weeks thinking about the plot and characters, do some research, and write out a loose outline, chapter by chapter, of one to two thousand words.

Once I start, the first half of the book is slower as I get to know the characters, and most of the time the second half just flows. I do have a tendency to rush the endings, but now I force myself to slow down a little.

My first drafts come in a little shorter than the finished product, centered around the dialogue, but I self-edit as I go so they’re quite readable. I let them rest for a while, then read through with fresh eyes and add detail where it’s needed.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s Block?

Not really – sometimes I’ll take a day to think over the best way to write a particular plot point, but I never get completely stumped. I always begin a writing project with an outline, although that has been known to change it as I go because the characters don’t always behave themselves!

Q: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Take some time out to think. Give your brain a rest and do something else rather than getting stressed over it.

Q: I see you write two series; Blackwood Security and Trouble? What do you like about writing series?

Pitch Black front only 7Feb16With Blackwood, it’s like visiting old friends each time I write a new book. I’m up to sixteen novels in that world now. Although each story features a few new characters, many of the others are recurring, which makes planning and writing so much easier. I don’t have to spend hours thinking about the characters’ backgrounds and motivations – I know them all already. I’ve got another five books planned, but three of the main characters have already appeared in other stories, and I’ve been setting up for those stories since the early books. My readers just don’t know it yet!TiP cover v3 front only

The Trouble books are more loosely connected, with just a little bit of crossover. I actually wrote the third book in that series before I wrote the second.

Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

I have a website, which usually has some freebies and contests as well as a bit more information about me and my books:

http://www.elise-noble.com

I’m also around on Facebook and Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/EliseNobleAuthor/

http://www.elise-noble.com

As well as Instagram, because I like to play with my camera in the little spare time I have:

https://www.instagram.com/elise_noble/

Okay, I confess. I’m mainly on Instagram to look at the hot men.

Join  me on Saturday when we look at some of Elise’s sexy teasers. ~Tina

 

 

 

 

AuThursday -LT Kelly

Please welcome my fellow Resplendence author, LT Kelly to the Clog Blog.   Welcome LT!

Hi, Tina, thanks so much for having me!

Q:  Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I was in the Royal Air Force from the age of seventeen. I loved that life up until I had children, it was fantastic career that provided a story rich environment. I left when I was pregnant with my second child.

It was when I was home with the children that I started revisiting my love of writing. I hadn’t really done anything much since I left school, but I’ve always been an avid reader and that has never and will never fail to be a part of my life. I took a level 3 qualification in Fiction Writing and the rest is history…

Q:  Where do your ideas come from?

All of my ideas come from experience. It’s so difficult to write what’s not in your heart, whether it’s good or bad.

Q:  Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I would love to write 5 days a week, but the reality is much different. I have 2 kids and 2 dogs as well as a full-time job. I write as and when, but when I do it seems to flow because the story is continuously writing itself in my head.

Q:  Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I used to plot to the letter, the problem is my characters always seem to ignore me and do what they want. Much like the aforementioned children and canines! So, I draw up initial loose plot and don’t beat myself up over changes or developments.

Q:  Do you ever get writer’s Block?

Honestly, I don’t believe in it. I think I spend so much time thinking about what I’m going to write and sitting there appearing to be in another world that by the time I eventually sit down and start typing it simply flows from my fingertips.

Q:  I see you write two book series, FALLING and KISSING, can you tell us a bit about them?

The Falling Series is about a woman called Teagan Lewis who just so happens to be a vampire. What I mean by that is that the two books don’t merely reply on the paranormal aspect to get by. Book one, Falling to Pieces is set in London and has a Romeo and Juliet forbidden love theme. Book two, Falling into You is where intricate plotting and twists and turns came out in my writing style. So, I’m not going to say too much about what happens.

The Kissing Series is entirely different. The series is contemporary romance, and they are standalone books. Both of them invite the reader into fantasy land in the form of making your desired Hollywood movie star, favorite model, or rock star assess-able in the realist of situations. Kissing Cassie for instance is a story about a British high school teacher who bumps into her movie idol on a European beach and he refuses to let her go. Whereas Kissing Katie tells a moving tale of the war widowed single mother who learns to love again with a rising rock star.

Q:  What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

I have written a follow on series, a standalone series, and a standalone so far. If I’m honest the standalone has killed me the most because the ending leaves no series potential. I felt a little bereft at the end of it. For the most part we grow to love our characters and to leave them behind is a struggle. I especially struggled with Teagan. Alas, we must let go and move on to avoid the sluggishness writing a long series can bring.

Q:  Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.

As I said previously, I am an avid reader. Although, now I’m a writer I admit I find it less enjoyable than I once did. I have a total girl crush on JK Rowling because I never thought I would like Harry Potter in a million years, but I was completely and utterly captivated.

Another writer whom I adore completely is MK Meredith. She’s a writer of contemporary romance, and I adored the books in her Malibu Sights series.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

I’m usually found on FB. Please feel free to tell me to get off it and get some work done. You can go ahead and like my page here:

https://www.facebook.com/authorltkelly/

I run a review blog as well. I’m always happy to help other writers with getting their stuff out there, as well as enabling readers to find their next new treasure, so please follow along:

https://ltkelly.com/

Find me on twitter here:

https://twitter.com/@ltkelly2

Kelly

Join me for a new author, next Thursday.   ~Tina

Nice Girls Writing Naughty “Charming” Anniversary Event

NGWNCharmedNice Girls Writing Naughty is celebrating their anniversary with a Facebook Page Hop.  You can join in all the fun over there.

Celebrate our Charming Anniversary with us. Here’s your chance to win the GRAND PRIZE of a Brighton Charm Bracelet and 10 charms! Simply collect the charms of each participating author and enter all 10 here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a529915d3/ . The next charm can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/ellasheridanauthor/

 

Saturday Sexcerpt -The Club by Sean Michael

theclublosinghiscoverCaution:  Male/Male Romance ahead…

“This is from The Club – the third book in the Losing His Cover Series.”~Sean Michael

Bruce put Alex’s hand back on his arm and walked with him to the back. He looked over to the bartender and the door in front of them buzzed, letting them in.

“Room two,” Bruce told him.

“Enjoy your boy, Brucy.”

He looked back to snap, but Bruce’s hand was on his back.

“You are, you know,” Bruce said as they went into their room and Bruce flicked on the lights, closed the door behind them.

“Are what?”

“Mine.”

“I know that. I have the ring.” He caught sight of his arm, the colors of the new tattoo bright and cheery. “I have another appointment with Sledge on Sunday, don’t forget.”

“I’m not going to forget, babe. I love the work he’s doing.” Bruce drew him toward the bed. “He’s helping to bury Nicky.”

 “I don’t know if that’s possible anymore. He’s stubborn.”

“Not as stubborn as we are, babe. And I know how to banish him.” Bruce began to strip him down.

Bruce sounded so sure. “I wish it was that easy.”

“We don’t need easy, do we? We just need a chance.” Bruce pulled his T-shirt over his head and undid his belt, opened his jeans.

“Greedy man. You’re in your suit, still.”

Bruce pushed down his jeans. “And you’re pretty much naked.”

“Yes.” Naked and a little hard.

“I like it. Get on the bed.” Bruce sauntered over to the wardrobe.

“You don’t want to get naked?” He sat on the mattress, stretching until his back popped.

“I kind of like the dynamic of you being naked and needy while I’m still fully dressed.”

Alex pinked and, for the first time in years, thought about covering his cock with his hand.

Bruce’s gaze swept over him, his husband’s admiration absolutely clear. Then Bruce opened the wardrobe and began looking through it. “I’m looking for a cock ring. Don’t want you coming too soon.”

“Are we going to be here for more than a quickie?”

“I think you need more than a quickie.” Bruce grabbed something from the wardrobe then came back to him. “I think you need it long and hard.”

“Listen to you.” He reached out, cupped Bruce’s cock through his slacks.

“That’s feeling, not listening,” Bruce noted, pushing his hips forward, the heavy prick moving into his hand.

“Listening…” He leaned forward, nuzzled Bruce’s belly.

Bruce groaned for him. “You going to distract me with your ‘listening’?”

“I like distracting you.”

Bruce’s hand dropped onto his head, stroking over his hair. “Yeah, I like it, too.”

“You want me to suck you, love?”

“I do. But first I want to watch you put this on.” Bruce handed him the cock ring. “Sit back and spread your legs and let me watch.”

The cold metal ring slowly warmed in his hand.

“I love watching you touch yourself. It turns me on.” Bruce’s gaze never left him.

The Club blurb:

Home for two and a half weeks now, now retired undercover cop Alex must begin to deal with what he’s going to do with the rest of his life.

His husband, Bruce, has gone back to work after taking a two week vacation, and Alex is alone for the whole day for the first time since dropping the mantle of his undercover persona “Nicky”.

It is through Bruce’s work at a BDSM bar/club that he and Alex make the biggest inroads into expelling Alex’s undercover persona for good, and bringing Alex completely home in body, mind and spirit.

Links:

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-theclublosinghiscoverbookthree-2049980-147.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Club-Losing-His-cover-Book-ebook/dp/B01GISRHFI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468502098&sr=8-1&keywords=the+club+sean+michael

AuThursday- Sean Michael

Please welcome my fellow Resplendence Writer, Sean Micheal to the Clog Blog. Welcome Sean.

Thank you very much for having me, Tina!

Q: You’ve written so many books, how do you make the time to write?

Writing is my job, so I do it every day. I have set times when I sit down and write, but I love it so much that I will often be writing outside of those set times as well.

Q: Where do your ideas come from?

Sometimes they come from the call I’m writing for. Other times I’ll see or hear something that will spark an idea. Or I’ll be in the mood to write something kinky and the guys who need that kind of thing will pop into my head.

Q: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I tend to have a general idea of where the story is going to go, but the characters are in charge and will often go left when I think we’re headed right, so I need to be flexible or it stalls the writing. I did try outlining once because I thought I ought to be more organized and when I had finished the outline, I couldn’t write the book – like my brain said what’s the point of writing it if you’ve already told the story albeit in point form.

Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?

The business of writing is the hardest part of it. Prepping stuff for submission, filling out all the various forms the publishers need, the editing. It’s surprising how much time gets eaten up by things that aren’t actually writing.

Q: Do you ever get writer’s Block?

Sort of. I usually have anywhere from four to six documents open at any one time and I work on each of them every day. I try to give each story the same amount of attention, however sometimes there will be one or two that are ‘hot’ and easy to write, and one or two that are ‘cold’ and the writing just doesn’t come easy. So I’ll write more on the stories that are popping than the ones that are not. But being able to switch keeps a block on one story from becoming a total block.

Q: You’ve written a lot of different series, can you tell us a bit about your favorites, and what

you find appealing about series writing?drawingstraws1

I hate choosing favorites, in part because whatever I’m working on at the time is the current favorite, but when people ask about older books and I think back on it, I always say oh, I loved writing those guys, because truly I did. The Drawing Straws guys for instance were so much fun to write because they were a foursome full of kinky goodness (and then they went and plotted on me!)

The thing I like best about writing series is being able to revisit the characters. And I enjoy both kinds of series – the ones that follow the same characters through all the books and the ones that follow different characters with each book, but that are set I the same world and have appearances by the characters from other books in the series.

Q: What are you working on at the minute?

Let’s see what’s open today. I’m working on a kinky demons story, the second in a series I can’t talk about yet, the next Iron Eagle Gym story, the next Windbrothers book, a ghost hunters book, and a Velvet Glove book.

Q: Which writers inspire you?

I love words and how authors put them together. Off the top of my head I’d have to say Stephen King, Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findlay, Anthony Burgess… I honestly could go on and on.

Books are wonderful things.

Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

Website: www.seanmichaelwrites.com

Blog: http://seanmichaelwrites.blogspot.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites/

Twitter: twitter.com/seanmichael09

Saturday Sexcerpt – One Lucky Deal by Kelli Evans

oneluckydeal“…This is from One Lucky Deal – Tad and Candace have been flirting and dancing all night at her sister’s wedding, they’ve just walked home from the reception …” ~Kelli Evans

Dread filled her when they got to their front door. She hadn’t wanted the night to end. Taking a moment to close her eyes and take one last deep breath of the outdoor air, she then headed inside for the night.

She let the dogs out into the backyard as she passed Tad taking off his jacket. His warm, earthy scent rushed through her and molten hot waves of awareness sluiced over her skin. She then passed him again—shoulders brushing—as he headed to his bedroom.

“Going to bed?” Candace hated whatever it was in her voice that wasn’t usually there.

“Yeah, I thought about it. Aren’t you?”

“Yeah, so tired.” She pointed to her room and went inside it. She leaned back against her door. She couldn’t possibly have picked a worse crush—even if it had been Mr. Evercut.

Then she remembered the dogs. She opened her bedroom door and headed to the back door. Tad came out of his bedroom too. His jacket was off and his white dress shirt was unbuttoned a little at the top, revealing just enough of his sun-kissed skin that her mouth watered. She wanted to nuzzle her face into that little dusting of chest hair and run her tongue over his hot smooth skin.

“The dogs,” Candace explained, pointing in the direction of the backyard.

“A drink,” Tad said before they both went their separate ways.

Candace let the dogs in.

Tad opened the tap and drank a tall glass of water.

He headed out of the kitchen just as Candace moved into it. “I should feed them.” She pulled the dog food from the pantry and dumped some of it into their bowls.

Tad checked the locks on all the doors before he headed back to his room for the night. After the dogs had gotten their fill, Candace moved back out of the kitchen and into her bedroom with all the dogs in tow.

“Good night.” She walked past Tad to her room. Her body buzzed from just being near him.

“Good night.” He headed to his room as well.

She shut the door behind her and closed her eyes again, leaning her head back against the wood. She did not want to sleep. She slipped out of her bedroom, and as she came out of hers Tad was coming out of his, and she lost her nerve again. Especially with the determined way he was walking toward her.

“I should check the locks.” She moved around him to the front door.

“I already did,” he said at the same time she tried the doorknob.

“The back door.” She pointed to the other door. She tried to slip back around him, but he trapped her.

“Candace—” His voice snagged her by the heart. It was deep and smooth. It made her want to curl up into his lap.

He looked down at her with those stormy gray-green eyes and he tugged her closer to him with a hand on her hip. “Tad?” Her breath caught in her throat.

“Where are you really going?” He bit his lip, and she wanted to replace his teeth with her own.

“Crazy, I think,” she whispered breathlessly.

He tipped his head and they breathed the exact same air. “God.” He cursed as his nose just brushed over her cheek and her forehead and then her other cheek. She closed her eyes against the light brushes of his skin against hers. “I think I’m right there with you.”

“Prove it,” Candace whispered desperately, and before the words were even completely out of her mouth his lips were against her lips. So softly at first it nearly tickled, and then it wasn’t quite so soft.

He tugged her hard up against his chest. One of his hands slid into the mess of her hair and held her head still and her mouth prisoner to his, as if he thought she was going to run off on him. She wasn’t going anywhere.

She clutched him. Her breasts were achingly crushed to his chest and her lips parted under the pressure of his. Sweet Jesus—when his tongue touched hers she could have cried with satisfaction. It was like she’d been waiting for this for such a long time.

She couldn’t believe this was happening. She was in his arms. His. Tad’s. It was Tad’s mouth. It was Tad’s kiss.

She held on tighter. His lips were unrelenting. She was glad. He pulled away just to look at her face. She didn’t want him to stop. His lips were swollen and red. Her heart thudded hard when his stormy gaze slid down to her lips before lifting and searching her eyes, looking for something specific in them. He must have found it because his lips were back on hers just as quickly as he’d pulled them away.

He propelled her back against the wall that separated the kitchen from the entryway. His mouth trailed down her jaw to her neck, and she bit her lip to hold back the embarrassing squeak of pleasure that was threatening to come free.

“I’ve wanted this,” Tad admitted. It was those words that were exactly what stole Candace’s breath away.

She wanted to tell him how badly she wanted this too, but his hand came up from her hip to her breast and his thumb unerringly found her hard nipple, and she couldn’t think, let alone speak.

“God, Candy.” His mouth dipped lower to her shoulder where he had moved her straps aside to slink over her arms. “Stop me here.”

“No!” Candace’s breathing was ragged and so was her speech. She clutched his head and held him to her as he rained hot, openmouthed kisses and nips across her collarbone. “Don’t stop.”

“Thank God,” he whispered when her dress fell away from her breasts and would have dropped to the floor completely if Tad’s knee wasn’t strategically placed between her thighs.

He grabbed her black strapless bra in both of his hands, and Candace finally let that moan out she’d been fighting back. He tugged the cups down until her breasts spilled free. Tad swore and let out a half laugh, half grunt before he tipped his head and laved her with his tongue.

“Tad…” Candace panted. She lost her legs, giving her whole weight over to the wall at her back and Tad’s knee between her thighs. “Don’t stop,” she begged.

“I swear to God, Candy…” Tad groaned around her nipple as he kissed across her chest to her other one. “I’m not going to stop until you’re shaking.”

She was already damn close.

Join me next Thursday when we meet a new author. ~Tina