Archive | March 13, 2013

Wicked Wild Wednesdays ~ Interview ~ Elodie Parkes

Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today, Elodie. So first, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Canterbury, United Kingdom, and work in an antiques shop and write. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks.
I write romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale. I never consciously thought I wanted to be a writer. I just knew I had things to write and have always written things, even if it has just been left on my computer for years.
I have published three erotic romance books to date, Millie Reinvented, which is a book for women, a love story, an uplifting story for the lonely, there’s a little humor in it and lots of yummy sex.
Two of Them, a contemporary erotic romance that men might like because the two principal characters are men looking for love, lots of secrets and sex.
The Horoscope Writer, a deeply romantic, sexy love story, full of delicious sex with a touch of paranormal.
I am awaiting a fourth book being published, by Eternal Press , the release date is May 1st. The Last Time, is erotic romance.
I’ve also written an erotic romance short (14,000 word story) The Picnic, for an erotic romance anthology that will be published by Moon Rose March 31st

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Not much besides my laptop and Tea, yes cups of tea.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I started writing when I was seventeen. Life intervened in my writing time and I stopped serious writing for some time. I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago, because I had so many stories in my head.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

My heroes are loving. They have flaws and are sometimes vulnerable. They always love their women deeply. They have fears and yet will dive into the fray. They are always sexy and love sex. I think that’s important. (smiles)

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

I used to think it was August in ‘Millie Reinvented’ because he is so endearing and loving. Then I switched to Dominic in ‘The Horoscope Writer’ because he’s so sexy and yet vulnerable and constant in his love for Cassie. Recently I’m in love with Seth from my new novel soon to be published by Eternal Press. I love all my characters, every one of them. I can’t choose a favorite.

Lots of my characters have some foundation from real people who have passed through my life. They are composites of those glimpses of people and my imagination.

I’ll tell you about two books because they come directly from contact with particular people.

For instance my book ‘Millie Reinvented’ was inspired through my day job.
I was talking to a young woman who was in the antiques shop where I work and she was buying a little sculpture of two lovers kissing. She said she had to have it because it was so nice to look at, as her husband didn’t even kiss her anymore. I couldn’t say anything I just wrapped the item, and stored the thought until the story burst out onto my laptop.

The book ‘Two of Them’ was inspired by a guy in an auction house. He came to stand next to me and was bidding for a Georgian table. He was talking to me about having inherited a run-down cottage from his grandfather and buying a few pieces for it as he renovated it. We had coffee together; he had the bluest eyes and was very nice, he told me he was looking for a different job because in his words ‘he felt as if he couldn’t stand the one he had another second’. He inspired the character Jet.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

I think the hardest scenes are violence, and actually I haven’t done many. I think it’s because I abhor it.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

No one did really. I read so widely and such a variety. No, it’s real life that influences me.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

Dominic Reed from my own book, The Horoscope Writer, A deeply romantic, sexy romance, full of delicious sex that shows the lovely character of the main male lead, Dominic. He’s my ‘wish he was real guy.’

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Yikes! I’ve led a sheltered life. I can’t think of one thing. To be honest I’m very short on male company and always have been (smiles).

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I like intelligent, creative, competent heroines, someone a little different, independent but not afraid to show her sexier side.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

With a guy who came to a club with me and was scathing of the music, the people, on and on, so intolerant and opinionated. I went to the bar (allegedly) and left him there. I went off to another club that I knew.

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

My laptop, and a portable generator.
Dominic Reed.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Toffee

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

I guess I just want to reach more readers. I love to write and sometimes you just hope someone will read your story and love it enough to say so.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

I’d be blue-violet because it’s so lovely and feels happy.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

I’d like to think I have my own perception of love, built from a love of the earth, the countryside, nature, and seeing shit go on all over the world, I think real love has to be rare. I find the world harsh. There’s not enough love in it. Lots of people never find love.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so we have to ask. Who loves you?

My dogs.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Far out, I like both. As long as they have blue, green or gray eyes and are kind, intelligent and sexy. (Oooh nice answer!)
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? Sweet, no kinky, er no sweet how about damn sexy, hot and yet sweet too?
Fast or slow? Slow
Public or private? any chance of both?
Beverly: A girl after my own heart!
Top or bottom? Top

ParksElodie Parkes lives in rural England, United Kingdom.
She works in a sales and buying capacity for antiques, but her first love is writing. When she isn’t working, Elodie has two dogs that keep her fit with their need for walks.
Elodie lovingly writes contemporary romance, always erotic, sometimes with a twist of mystery, paranormal, and suspense. She likes to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale. Elodie finds inspiration in the many people who visit the places she works. People and emotions inspire her, and especially the way people act when in love or looking for love.

Find Elodie online:
http://elodieparkes.blogspot.com where you can read lots of snippets from my erotic romance novels, meet other authors and read snippets from their books.
http://www.facebook.com/ElodieParkes
http://www.goodreads.com/elodieparkes
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6448944.Elodie_Parkes/blog
https://twitter.com/ElodieParkes
http://elodieparkes.webs.com/
http://www.manicreaders.com/ElodieParkes/
http://www.theromancereviews.com/EllieP
https://plus.google.com/u/0/114681167004175190514/posts

Parks coverMillie Reinvented

She was kissed under the mistletoe: he fell in love.
When August kissed Millie at a Christmas party, he was perhaps already half in love with her.
Millie suddenly realizes that her husband has not really been kissing her for a couple of years
The kiss from August is so different and enjoyable it jolts her into the realization that she has been kissing her husband but he’s just been taking it.
It’s not the only thing he’s been taking.
Millie finds herself assessing her relationship with her husband over the next months as the August starts to pursue her.
The things Millie finds out about her husband astonish her.
What will happen as Millie and August develop a steamy, and special relationship?

http://www.amazon.com/Millie-Reinvented-ebook/dp/B008H5IF7U

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Millie-Reinvented-ebook/dp/B008H5IF7U

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Wicked Wild Wednesdays- Master Knight – Grey Dixon

A Princess in search of her Knight in shining armor

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The Masters of Tabu center around the journey of college friends from Dallas, Texas, seeking redemption, healing and love when they least expect it. Hot days and sizzling nights await—Marcus Knight, Mitchell Prince, Jared King, Shane Marshal, Brock Dragon and Jagger Squire with Simon Tempest, a friend of Marcus Knight rounding out the co-owners of Club Tabu, a BDSM private club.
Dallas will never be the same.

BLURB:

Marcus Knight, entrepreneur and CEO of Knight Enterprises, is a Dom with a darker side. After a nasty divorce, he’s sworn off any emotional involvement with any woman. By accident he meets a woman at a party when he travels to New York City for business. She’s too young and inexperienced with his lifestyle. Or so he thinks.

Khari Bradford, small town girl in search of fame and fortune on the Broadway stage. On a chance meeting, she meets an older man who captivates her. Within a short time, she becomes his newest submissive, but wonders how she ended up with him instead of on Broadway.

Will her new aspiration have her lose both dreams, Broadway and her Knight after discovering he has no intentions of staying in New York or with her? Will Marcus return to Dallas and give Khari her dream, but lose the woman who makes his heart sing?

STORY EXCERPT:

Marcus stepped out of the shadows and made his presence known to the young woman. “Would you like some help?”
She jerked around, twisting her legs and stumbled over the platform shoes. Fortunately, he moved quickly enough to catch her before she fell flat on her face or twisted an ankle. She’d raised her startled stare to him, and Marcus found himself drowning in crystal blue brilliant eyes piercing him to his soul. The pouty mouth painted a pale pink curled at the corners, making his cock twitch at her innocent and youthful beauty. Instantly, he could think of some interesting ways to spend the remainder of his time in New York. The girl seemed wholesome, and he wasn’t sure if she’d enjoy his kinkier side, but he sure wanted to find out. She was adorable and couldn’t be more than twenty-two or three. A baby compared to him. The thought of taking her to his bed, keeping her tied up, and well spanked made for a delicious proposition worth the effort to at least try and see if she was game. His pounding heart roared in his ears, and he heard a tiny voice drumming the words mine, mine, mine, over in his head.
For a moment he’d feared he’d said the word aloud. Those gorgeous eyes flared, she dropped her gaze and blushed. Marcus was certain he hadn’t spoken, but her heated cheeks told him more. She was submissive with the dilation of her pupils, the rosy flush, and he swore he heard a soft moue from her lips. What the hell was happening here and who was she?
Damn, he never expected to find such a pretty, unsophisticated submissive woman in New York of all places, but there she was, in his arms and him at a loss for words.
Her glimmering irises flashed again as he regained his voice. “Are you all right?”
“Yes, thank you. You can help me up now.” She bit her bottom lip, and he thought he’d lose all control and kiss her right there without any introductions. Right then his hard cock was almost bursting through his jeans. He had to think fast to keep her from dropping her gaze again and tripping him over the line to take her full mouth with his.
“Sorry, I was taken aback by your beauty. My offer still stands. Do you need my help?”
She blinked a few times before answering. “Sure. Do you have success with that line or are you kidding?”
“What? No, no. I mean it. You’re quite breathtaking.”
“Thank you.” She bit her lip again. “Are you one of Sandra’s clients or one of the brokers scoping out the property?”
Keep control, man. “Neither,” he said as he opened the metal door, and they proceeded down the stairs.
“Oh.”
An hour later, he’d assisted with ushering out the stragglers from the party, disposed of all the trash, and secured the penthouse. The caterers had taken care of the rest.
As they waited for the elevator, Marcus made his move. “The evening’s still young. May I take you for drinks?” he blurted out just as the bell chimed and the doors swooshed open.
“Um, I have an early day tomorrow. But, thanks. Maybe some other time.”
They descended to the lobby in total silence. He’d never been so tongue-tied with a woman, but she was so different. The quiet submissive nature of her personality was evident, and he should have had no problems, but he lost all reasoning with her.
When they reached the exit door and stepped out of the building, she turned to him, smiled and shook his hand. “Thank you for helping me, Marcus. I appreciate it.”
“My pleasure. Are you sure about that drink?”
She widened her smile. “I’m sure.” She turned and walked away.
As he watched her run down the sidewalk toward the subway station, he lamented about not getting her number. Didn’t matter, he had come up with a better plan and put it into action the next morning.
Abruptly back in the present, the ringtone on his cell phone grabbed his attention. He shifted slightly on the mattress, and his dream woman in his embrace stirred. Jerking out of the pleasant memory of when he first held her in his arms was annoying, but he smiled just the same. Yes, his life transformed that night three months ago, and he wouldn’t have changed a thing taking them to this moment. How would he convince her to come to Dallas when she had a life here in the city? New York was a temporary situation for him and always had been, but one he’d have to rectify soon. His business couldn’t suffer because of his desire for Khari.
Easing out from around Khari, he slid out of bed to answer the bothersome call.
By the fifth ring, he snatched the maddening device from his jacket pocket, flipped the cover, and answered in a low voice. “Marcus Knight.”
“Marcus, Mitch. When are you returning home, man?” Mitchell Prince was Marcus’s chief counsel for Knight Enterprises as well as one of his best friends from college. The six young men called themselves the Bad Boys of Big D. Besides acting as his attorney, Mitch also was co-owner in Club Tabu and preferred to watch and monitor scenes rather than participate in them. At least that was what Marcus observed. His friend kept his personal life pretty much to himself, much like he did.
Marcus stepped outside the room, keeping the door slightly ajar. “Not sure. What’s going on?”
“Plenty. The paperwork for the record company has been filed for two months. Why are you still in New York? By the way, this guy Simon Tempest is a punk. Smart, but a punk just the same. You need to get your ass back to Dallas before he pisses your investment down the toilet.”
“Yeah, I know.”

BUY LINKS for MASTER KNIGHT:

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“What’s to tell?” Gray Dixon asked. The nom de plume of erotica writer of hot, sexy stories for the adult crowd loves walks along the beach at sunset, a glass of wine over a romantic dinner and a night of love.
On the serious side, she’s married to her Dear Heart for many years, has three children, a dog, a couple of fish, a big yard with lots of fruit trees, two cars and a house. Ah, the American Dream she loves to describe. She likes a lot of different things, crafts, watching the History Channel, reality shows (not all, but some), travel, and of course writing. She’s worked hard all her life in many interesting fields and enjoyed all of them, but she finally found enough time to relax and enjoy escaping into the worlds she created through her stories. She mainly writes erotica with BDSM elements, and hopes readers will enjoy the tales she weaves.
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