. . . Meghan Muldoon is at a cross-roads in her life: struggling to balance the demands of a high stress vocation as an advocate for victims of violence with her feelings for Keenan Rossi, a man who wants to make their relationship permanent.
. . . On Valentine’s Day, a series of routine crises force Meg to question staying in a profession which fulfills her both professionally and spiritually—or devoting the rest of her life to the one person who completes her.
. . . Which one is For Keeps?
From now through February 14, 2017, the Wild Rose Press is offering all their Valentine themed stories at drastically reduced prices. This offer includes the Candy Hearts series, released one year ago, which remains timeless for romance as well as laughs.
In honor of this, Meg Muldoon from For Keeps, part of Candy Hearts, asked to tell her side of the story, because Keenan Rossi is the one who usually hogs all the glory.
Tell us a bit about For Keeps. Valentines Day starts out as usual for me, but then a set of routine set of events lead me to make a decision about keeping my job or Keenan Rossi in my life.
What did you think the first time you saw Keenan Rossi? It was several years ago when, as the newly appointed Director of Crime Victim Services, I was invited to sit in on the monthly crime stats meeting. I noticed this well-built man with wide shoulders and a broad chest staring at me as if he’d never seen a woman in a skirt before. He had a huge coffee stain on his shirt–which he tried valiantly to cover up but failed dismally. Much later I learned he spilled the coffee because he was too busy scoping out my legs and failed to pay attention to the spigot on the coffee urn.
What was your second thought? That he had great hands. Big, rough, a working man’s hands. They intrigued me.
What do you like most about him? Keenan is driven by a golden conscience. He calls his parents often, even when he’d rather be doing something else.
Why do you think that is? As a boy, every Sunday morning, right after Mass, he watched his father pick up the phone and call his mother to check in on her. Kee says they often spoke for more than an hour. His father let her ramble on, even if she was repeating herself. Keenan picked that habit up and I love him all the more for it.
How would you describe him? Big, bold, eye-catching. Nice eyes. A heart of gold beneath a veneer of bluster. He has a great chest, too. The kind a woman can curl up against.
How would he describe you? Stubborn, driven, obstinate.
What made you choose victim advocacy for a career? I went through college on the ROTC program, then spent a number of years in the US Air Force after graduation, mostly with the OSI, Office of Special Investigations. It was there that I was exposed to crimes against women and children. After mustering out, I used the GI Bill to pay for law school. Working with victims of crime seemed like a natural consequence of my education. I’ve never regretted the choices I made.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Brenda Lee Johnson from TV’s The Closer and Ouiza Boudreau from Steel Magnolias. They are strong women who often don’t know their own limits, which doesn’t stop them from forging along.
What book is on your nightstand right now?Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital. It is written by David Oshinsky who won a Pulitzer for his earlier book on Polio. I asked Kee to get me this for Christmas. He winced, shook his head, he did it. I gave him a new band saw. Don’t ask.
Last question, when you want to romance Keenan, what do you do? I make a big pot of tapioca pudding–from scratch. It is a royal pain but it’s his favorite so if he’s had a particularly difficult case, I like to spoil him with it. I often dress it up with fresh berries and real whipped cream. The man turns to putty. Then I turn on “Heavenly”, my favorite Johnny Mathis CD, and let nature take its course.
To purchase For Keeps, and all other Candy Hearts stories, on sale, go to Wild Rose Press .Then click on All Specials.
Do you like dark books? Want a genie all your own? Here’s one for you, from Rainy Kaye:
Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told – literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well.
When he meets Syd – assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd – he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets.
Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming – the wish that will destroy him.
A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.
Feast on this collection of 22 Contemporary and Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Fantasy Erotic stories from bestselling, award-winning and multi-published authors, in this limited-time anthology. All stories are exclusive new content and can be read without reading the series, but will be icing on the cake for readers loyal to each saga.
JUST DESSERTS – A Collection of Bite-Sized Delights
22 Bestselling, award-winning and multi-published authors bring you the naughtiest delights.
Michele Bardsley ~ Honey Bear ~ The Pearson’s Security Series
Renee George ~ Alpha-Bites ~ The Cull: Claimed by the Alpha
Renea Mason ~ Tasting Paris ~The Good Doctor Trilogy
Piper Denna ~ Confidential Craving ~ Fantasies Inc. Series
Erzabet Bishop ~ Black Magic Café
Iyana Jenna ~ Strictly Professional
Anne Lange ~ Blind Taste Test
S.J. Maylee ~ Common Grounds
Terri George ~ Feast on Me
Lee Rene ~ The Sweetness in the Pudding
Mindy Larson ~ Sweet Tooth
Felicity Kates ~ Super-Sex Me ~ The Little Miss Kick-Ass Series
Emma Nichols ~ Sinfully Sweet ~ The Sweet Series
Libby Sinclair ~ Cake Topper ~ The Incarnation Chronicles
Rissa Blakeley ~ A Little Taste of Naughty ~ The Shattered Lives Series
Mariah Kingsley ~ Sugar and Spice
Rosemary Rey ~ Always the Last One
Persephone Jones ~ Cherry Tart
Christine Severin ~ Cherry Lips
J.S Snow ~ Claiming
Let’s talk about sex
… All about writing erotic… A mini multi-author interview guest post.
Why did you choose to write erotic works?
Erzabet Bishop: I started writing erotica after 50 Shades. When I read it, I thought ‘I could write this. How much fun would that be?’ And so I looked for a book on how to write erotic romance and it led me to the ERWA site. From there I found my first submission call and wrote a holiday fetish story and a zombie story. I’ll never forget that first payment for a story I’d written. It was an amazing moment. I haven’t stopped since.
Iyana Jenna: Because that’s what thrills me. It gives me ‘feel.’ J Though maybe my work is more leaning toward sweet romance.
Kate Reedwood: I fell into it by accident. Or maybe it fell into me? Either way it makes a fun, ah…diversion from writing traditional romance 😉
Persephone Jones: I don’t know if I so much chose to write erotic works as what I write happens to be classified for marketing purposes as erotic romance. I just transcribe what pours out of me. I love writing about relationships and how people relate to each other through their sexuality. Plus, it’s fun. I write what makes me happy. 🙂
Libby Sinclair: All my stories have an erotic element that needs to be experienced or the characters don’t feel as real. Humans (and aliens) are sexual creatures and hiding that part of ourselves only leads to problems. Passion drives most of what we do so the reader needs to feel it too.
Mindy Larson Gilbert: Not to copy Renea, Persephone, and Kate, but I don’t feel that I chose to write erotica, but rather, my characters chose me. And just like everyone else in the world, they choose to have sex. Again and again. I’m just lucky enough to give them life. And love. Hopefully I can fulfill all their wishes and make their dreams a reality in the pages I write.
Autumn Piper: I also write mainstream (read: not quite as hot) romance as Autumn Piper. When the characters demand the love scenes are more detailed, it becomes a Piper Denna story.
JS Snow: Erotica is really not my scene, it’s more for my alter ego, and I’m more typical romance genre. I love the naughtiness I can get away with in erotica where it wouldn’t fly in contemporary romance. Take a walk on the wild side baby!
Renea Mason: I don’t know that I chose anything. My stories pick me. Perhaps it’s my affinity for character driven stories that makes the allure of writing sex so appealing. The way we make love reveals so much about who we are. It’s a mystery in itself, and my books are always part mystery. It’s the one time, all that a person hides from the world is revealed. Sex is always more than sex in my stories, it’s a journey. And since sex unearths a character’s secrets, it tends to build curiosity for the reader in addition to the physical erotic response to seductive words on a page.
Rosemary Rey: I’ve been reading them for much longer than I should have. I think it is beautiful to describe a sexual encounter and the emotions and thoughts of the characters. I love books which connect sexual relations with a mysterious plot. I read once to write what you want to read, I love erotic suspense and it was a natural fit. However, Erotic works are an exercise in writing. I plan to write a fiction book that will have romance but no sex. If I can write descriptively in Erotica, I think I can write this fiction book.
Rissa Blakeley: When I started writing, I was going to leave all that behind closed doors. To be honest, I was embarrassed to write such…interesting scenes. I had been reading paranormal books with some erotic scenes for quite some time. Once in a while I would share a scene with The Boss (my husband). He asked me a few times if I was going to write those types of scenes in my books, and I said ‘NO WAY!’. He mentioned he thought I would do well at it. So, with The Boss’ encouragement, I wrote my first scene of naughtiness in Broken Dreams. After I shared it with him, he said, ‘You need to write more of that!’ And here we are…
Anne Lange: When I hit the first sex scene in the first story I wrote, I didn’t even contemplate leaving the bedroom door closed and letting the reader use her own imagination for what was happening. Frankly, I wanted her right there, experiencing the same sights, scents and sounds as my characters. Living and breathing the moment with them. Relationships, sex, love and everything that goes with it is part of our lives, whether we openly admit it or not. And it’s through those moments, real or fantasy, that our strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes and vulnerable spots are exposed. And, honestly, it’s fun. I like to write about things we’re not necessarily comfortable talking about – those sinful things – even if it’s only in our fantasies
What is the hardest thing about writing a love scene? (No snickering)
Rissa Blakeley: Worrying what my mom is going to think! She reads all my stuff and sometimes I cringe at the more aggressive or more detailed passages
Erzabet Bishop: You have to think about where all the moving parts are and after you write several love scenes, it takes some creativity to get things moving in a fresh new way. Sex is sex, but a writer has to give it that spark that makes your toes curl and draws you in.
Rosemary Rey: None! My problem is writing dialogue, knowing what is necessary in a scene, but sex scene is description and feelings and those of us who’ve had sex can visualize the action and know the feeling when he touches the nape of your neck to bring you in for a long lingering kiss, and your breath halts–expectant and needy. It is simple for me. Everything else seems like work.
Libby Sinclair: I have difficulty with mechanics. I’ll get my couples twisted into pretzels then realize if so-and-so is bent over this, legs can’t be over there with arms over there. I might write about sexy aliens with special abilities but I’m sure they can’t detach limbs. 😉
Persephone Jones: I would say the most challenging aspect of writing love scenes is keeping them fresh and interesting every time. As authors of erotic romance, we write a lot of sex. How to make each scene unique and specialized for the characters is hard but fun work. J
Iyana Jenna: Writing a love scene IS the hardest thing. I usually slow down and sometimes stop writing altogether when I come to that part. I really need to learn a lot about it. Hot scenes are the hardest part!
Mindy Larson Gilbert: You guys took all the good ones! I totally agree with all the above. Guess I should’ve answered quicker, but one other aspect that springs to mind, is staying focused on the story as a whole and not get completely sucked into just the sex scenes.
Kate Reedwood: Finding a quiet spot to do so. One cannot write a sex scene on the couch with people looking over one’s shoulder. Unless there is titanium strength duct tape handy to mute the snickers… 😉
Anne Lange: Not making it sound just like the last one I wrote. Repetition in action, narrative, logistics, etc. is, I think, a big hurdle. It can’t become predictable or mundane, or a bunch of flowery prose, but at the same time is has to be believable, realistic and something the reader will (hopefully) really get into.
Renea Mason: Since I write ménage, it’s making sure I have all of the appendages doing the right things.
Is it difficult to write erotica?
Erzabet Bishop: Sometimes when I’ve done several in a row I have to think about what I’m doing with the sexy scenes. You have to be creative and make it sing.
Mariah Kingsley: Yes. I watch a lot of porn to find different things to do.
Anne Lange: I personally don’t consider myself an erotica writer. I prefer the label erotic romance because the focus is on the love story, it just happens to have (sometimes) naughty sex with BDSM or muliple partners.
Kate Reedwood: I close my eyes and imagine I’m a camera in the room, watching what my characters do. The problem is in the language, and finding new ways to keep things fresh sounding without it becoming too technical or flowery.
Rosemary Rey: Not for me. I think the hardest part is feeling like there is never enough time to write innovative stories. The hardest parts are the story surrounding the sex. You still have to grip the reader. If your characters and their relationship don’t develop properly, then you can lose your reader, regardless of how hot the sex.
JS Snow: It is because there is a difference between erotica and romance. You want to write something great, but most of the time it ends up reading like a porno movie complete with the cheesy music.
Rissa Blakeley: Yes. I spend a lot of time visualizing the scene in my head over and over, while putting the words down. Making sure the scene is believable, sexy and not too much or too little can become overwhelming.
Renee George: I think it can be difficult to write erotic scenes well.
Libby Sinclair: Yea and no. Yes in the fact that society has such a stigma against healthy sex and no b/c in the end, writing is writing. You just have to make sure it makes sense and conveys the emotion you want.
Persephone Jones: It’s not difficult to write but it is difficult to love it when you’re done. I’m my own worst critic so I’m never satisfied with the finished product.
Mindy Larson Gilbert: As long as i’m alone, I can do it. It’s difficult to let go and get in that magical place to evoke the sex gods if I have someone reading over my shoulder.
Terri George: I’m not sure that what I write is Erotica. More Erotic Love Stories. If you mean do I find it difficult to write sex scenes, yes. I’ll sometimes move on to the next part and go back to ponder on them. It’s all about the emotions my characters are feeling at the time really (hot intense passion, or emotionally damaged after a major fight etc) once I’ve tapped into that, I go from there.
Renea Mason: Not At All.
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