Saturday, June 23, 2012

Interview with Gale Stanley - Erotic Romance Author

Gale Stanley
Erotic Romance Author

Welcome! We're glad you joined us this week. We're in Key West gathered around a table at a Tiki Bar on the beach enjoying the warm breezes. Get your drink ordered, come have a seat with us and we'll get started on our chat with Gale and her male/male erotic stories!

Naughty Reader’s: Gale, thank you for being with us all week. Tell us a bit about yourself .

Gale:  First, I'd like to thank you all for having me!  Hmm, let's see… When I'm not on the computer or reading, I love hanging out with the grandkids and watching movies, especially science fiction and thrillers. Aside from walking and swimming, I don't do a lot of exercise or sports but I love to read about them, especially extreme sports. I have a collection of books and movies about climbing Mount Everest, caving and other stuff I'll never do myself. lol.

Naughty Reader’s: What made you want to become a writer?

Gale: I’ve always been a reader and as kid I loved to write my own stories and entertain other readers—usually my mother. Through the years, I married, divorced, raised three kids, married again and worked a variety of jobs: laboratory technician, realtor, surveyor, and CAD manager. But I still read a lot and I wrote book reviews for RT Book Reviews magazine. Eventually I wrote a short story, a personal memoir that I submitted to Adams Media. They accepted it and The Power of the Purr was published in A Cup of Comfort for Cat Lovers. They published two more of my stories in the Cup of Comfort anthologies and their acceptance motivated me to finish my first novel. Call of the Wilds, a paranormal romance, was published by Siren.

Naughty Reader’s: Please share a bit about your new release Claiming Korey without giving away any spoilers.

Gale:  Claiming Korey was released by Siren Publishing on June 11th.  It's book two of my paranormal Manlove series, Urban Affairs. Undercover Lovers is book one. The stories take place in a world where relations between Humans and Weres are hostile and shifters live in their own segregated neighborhoods. 

Claiming Korey

Urban Affairs: 2
[Ménage Amour ManLove: Erotic Alternative Ménage a Trois Romance, M/M/M, shape-shifters, light consensual BDSM, HEA]

Korey Wolfe leaves Chicago, rather than allow himself to be claimed by an Alpha he doesn't know. Arriving in New York, he falls for another wolf-shifter, and he believes his running days are over. Life with Tate is good—until Korey is kidnapped by a gang of were-slavers.
Tate sets himself up as bait hoping the slave dealers will lead him to Korey, but the plan goes south and Tate is captured. The slavers deliver him to Indio Lykaios, a wealthy shifter who owns a security company in Chicago.
Indio plans to let go Tate go. Then he discovers there's a connection between Tate and Korey, his missing Omega, and he's forced to join forces with his rival. After a successful rescue mission, Korey is caught between two strong men. Can he stay loyal to one while denying his attraction for the other? Or is it possible to have them both?

“What do you want for your birthday, stud?” Korey eyed Tate’s body with undisguised appreciation. His boyfriend was a wolf’s wet dream. He focused on Tate’s upper body, where his sleeveless leather vest hugged every inch of his delicious torso and showed off upper arms covered in ink. A wolf’s face peered through its paws at Korey from his boyfriend’s right bicep. Resilience and composure. On Tate’s left bicep, a rabid wolf pounced from a scar with bloody red edges, signifying the headstrong traits in wolves. And on Tate’s back, underneath the leather, Korey pictured the Gemini tattoo with two wolves representing Roman twins, Remus and Romulus, who were brought up by a she-wolf. Compassion and warmth. Yeah, all that and more summed up Tate. Under the muscles and ink lurked a man with many sides to his complex personality. And all mine—
Two muscular arms hauled Korey against a hard chest and a harder prick. “Stop thinking so much.”
The heat pouring off Tate’s body just about melted Korey into a gooey puddle and rendered him speechless.
Tate lifted Korey off his feet. “Hmm… You know what I want, Sunshine…?”
I thought I did. Korey looked up at gold-green eyes, so intense they seemed to bore right through him.  He’d planned to give his man the best blow job of his life, but now it looked like Tate wanted something else. Didn’t matter. He could have whatever he wanted.

Naughty Reader’s:  *fanning ourselves* Tonya, turn up the AC please! Do you write under a pen name?

Gale:  I do. I have a long name that probably wouldn't fit on a book cover and it's even harder to pronounce.

Naughty Reader’s: What types of hero or heroine do you like best?

Gale:  What can I say—I lust after the alpha bad boy, especially the tortured hero with a dangerous edge. I like to write about dark, seductive alpha males, preferably Were-wolves or Were-cats. The men are sinfully good-looking, a bit arrogant and capable of bestowing multiple orgasms at a moment’s notice. They can be a lethal predator one minute and a possessive, protective lover the next. Yum!

Naughty Reader’s:  Oh, we always like that and so do our readers. They're also interested in what we do throughout our day. Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.

Gale:  Not too long ago I was getting up at four in the morning and heading off to the dreaded day job. It was really tough because I was trying to write on my lunch hour, at night and just squeezing in the writing whenever I could. When I finally retired and left cubicle hell, it was a happy day. Now I get up around seven in the morning, make coffee, read email, go on Facebook, maybe do a little harvesting on Farmville… Then I start writing. 

Naughty Reader’s: Hey, we have to relax the muse once in a while! Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?

Gale: The books in each series are different—different romantic characters, new conflicts—and they can be read as standalones, but a common thread will tie them together. It could be the setting, or a war between the species or a government cover-up. That overlying theme will run through the series.

Naughty Reader’s:  How long does it take you to write and then edit a story?

Gale:  That's a tough one. It depends on the length and the amount of research I need to do. The first book of a series always takes longer than the others. Once the first book is finished, I have the basis for my world building and characters that will revisit in future books.

Naughty Reader’s: Do you have to be alone to write?

Gale:  I can write anywhere—and sometimes I have to because I get ideas in the strangest places. I always carry a pad and pen because I never know when an idea will hit. I've had to pull over the car to jot something down before I forget it. But the ideal place for me to write is in my office, alone.

Naughty Reader’s: Character names stick with readers and pull them closer to our characters. How do you go about naming characters?

Gale:  Mostly the names just come to me once I get into the writing and if all else fails there's always But there are a few things I try to follow, like using names that fit the time period and the ethnic background of the character. And I try not to use names that end in an "s." It may sound weird but it becomes very awkward when you write the possessive form of the name. Another no-no is too many characters with similar sounding names or names beginning with the same letter, which can make things confusing for the reader.

Naughty Reader’s: Is it easier to write about the characters if you find pictures of them before you write or do you write then find character pictures?

Gale: I usually have a picture of my character already in my head. Sometimes it's a celebrity. When I was writing Call of the Wilds, it was all about Clive Owen and I did collect some photos of him.

Naughty Reader’s:  How do you pick locations for your stories?

Gale:  Sometimes the plot comes first and then I pick a location that fits. With the Urban Affairs series I knew it would take place in a big city and I picked New York. With my new series, TomCats, the setting came first. I love Key West and I always knew I wanted to write a story that took place there. Here's an unedited sneak peek from book one which will be released in July.

Jaden's Double Doms

TomCats: 1
Jaden West and his Dominant lover, Kyle Norman, live on an island in the Florida Keys. Despite the idyllic setting, there's trouble in paradise. Jaden isn't getting the love and affection he needs and he's beginning to think he and Kyle are a mismatched pair. After a bad fight, Jaden ends up in TomCats, a gay resort known for its beautiful, top-heavy cliental. Jaden only wants one drink but he gets more than he bargained for when he becomes the prey of a psychopath. 
Owner, Tom Kay, comes to Jaden's rescue and sparks fly, but Tom is hiding the fact he's a cat-shifter. Unable to forget the beautiful blond human, Tom tracks him in catskin, but things go bad when he's trapped and taken to a feral cat shelter.
When vet tech, Jaden shows up on the night shift, he plans to adopt the tomcat and make a house cat out of him, but first the orange tabby has to be neutered...

Coming to Bookstrand July 2nd


Kyle was acting like an ass wipe. What else is new?
Jaden and Kyle were living in Paradise—sun, sand, and sea, Key West had it all. But lately Kyle had made Jaden’s life a living hell. Normally Jaden kept his mouth shut and accepted Kyle’s criticism, along with whatever punishment his Dom decided to mete out, but there was only so much a man could take.
Jaden was madly in love with his Dom and he wore his heart on his sleeve. In the beginning of their relationship, he couldn't keep his eyes—or his hands—off his roommate, but Kyle considered public displays of affection a form of exhibitionism and he discouraged it. Kyle didn't pretend to be straight, but he didn't flaunt his sexual preferences either. Jaden wouldn't have minded a little PDA but it didn't seem worth arguing about.
Jaden wasn't a 24/7 submissive, but being as inexperienced as he was, he let Kyle take the lead in most situations. They were polar opposites who had been fascinated by their differences and infatuated with each other. But as time went on, the differences were becoming more and more pronounced and Jaden was beginning to think he and Kyle were a mismatched pair.
Resentment and bitterness had been boiling just under the surface for far too long, and now Jaden exploded like Mount Vesuvius. “What the fuck did I do wrong this time?”
For a shocked second, Kyle just stared at him. “Watch your mouth,” he warned in a clear cold voice.
    “Fuck you! I don’t deserve this.” He hadn’t done a damn thing. His only wrong move had been to beg Kyle to go out in the first place. Every single time they went to a restaurant, a bar…it didn’t really matter where. The evening always ended the same way. Every fucking time. Damn stupid on my part to think tonight would be any different.

Naughty Reader's:  Wow, those two sound like trouble! Gale, thanks so much for hanging around all week. Readers, thank you for stopping in to read and to meet Gale. Check out her sites and don't forget to enter her contest below!

Gale Stanley Links:

Contest:  I'd like to give two commenters their choice of an ebook from my backlist or an ebook copy of Jaden's Double Doms when it comes out on July 2nd.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Interview with Erotic Author, Gracie C. McKeever!

Congratulations to Marie for winning a copy of 
"Desiree's Lone Wolves" from Gracie!

 Gracie C. McKeever
Erotic Romance Author

     We're visiting with Gracie C. McKeever this week at the The Double R Ranch in McCoy, Colorado. Gracie is the author of The Double R Series, writing as Gigi Moore and will share her latest release Maia’s Magickal Mates, Book 3. Under Gracie C. McKeever, she writes erotic fantasy and paranormal. 

     We've strapped on our chaps and have selected a crop. Perhaps we'll ride a we mean a bronc in a little while. There's Gracie standing by the coral watching a sexy cowboy break in a horse. 

     Before we mozy on over to chat with Gracie, we want to mention her giveaway contest. 

     Gracie will be giving away two e-books (PDF) as follows: 1 copy of Desiree’s Lone Wolves, winner to be chosen randomly from commenters who post on Monday, 6/18/12 and 1 copy of Maia’s Magickal Mates, winner to be chosen randomly from commenters who post on Friday, 6/22/12. 

Naughty Reader’s: Hi Gracie! Thanks for inviting us to the ranch. Sure is a lot of eye candy here! Tell us a bit about yourself  that our readers might not know.

Gracie: Hmm, besides writing I love to read, go to the movies (kind of a junky, especially for futuristic, sci-fi and paranormal stuff) and hang out with my family and friends. I like playing sports when I’m not watching them on television or when I’m not at the EDJ (evil day job). My favorite sport to watch is tennis (I’m a big Novak Djokovic fan). I love playing handball, started kickboxing a little over two years ago and love that too. Let’s see… I’m a Facebook addict, love rollercoasters, have several tattoos, hate to cook and am a tomboy from way back when. I think that’s about it to start, LOL.

Naughty Reader’s: What made you want to become a writer?

Gracie: It wasn’t any one thing that made me want to become a writer. I’ve just always written and loved to write since I was a kid spinning tales at seven years old. Writing has always been something I thought I would do; I just wasn’t always sure I could make writing more than just a hobby.

Naughty Reader’s: Please share a bit about your new release¸ Maia’s Magickal Mates, without giving away any spoilers.

Gracie: Maia’s Magickal Mates is the final book in The Double R series and is an interracial ménage a trois story about two gifted, Wiccan brothers who fall in love with a gifted, Wiccan woman.  Problems arise when the trio are stalked by a megalomaniac black magic Wiccan who wants to siphon their powers for himself.

Never one to sit on his hands when something needed to be done, Cade mulled his dilemma the entire afternoon in Jesse and Maia’s company.
They went from one end of the ranch to the other, meeting with the other ranch employees and guests, finally sitting in the bleachers for a spell to watch one of the scheduled performances at the Old Western town with the rest of the ranch guest audience.
Then it came to him.
“What are you doing tonight?” He didn’t turn his glance from the staged shoot-out unfolding before him—nice stunts and effects—but felt the tension floating off Maia sitting beside him.
“Um, actually, I have a date.”
He turned to her then, drawn by the hesitation in her voice.
Had she made up the date, trying to let him down easy and circumvent him asking her out, or did she actually have a date?
Cade was a second away from outright asking her with whom—because really what were the odds that she and Thayne had a date on the same night, the day after his revelatory dream?—but decided to take another tack. “How serious are you?”
“I don’t think that’s any of your business.”
“Of course it is, if I’m interested.”
“Are you?”
He didn’t miss the way her voice cracked on the question and gave her one of his most winning grins. He’d been told he had an arsenal. “Of course I am. What man wouldn’t be?”
She looked confused for a moment and Cade pounced. “I know you find me attractive.”
“You certainly are full of yourself.”
He laughed, enjoying her spirit, just like he’d sensed in his earlier wet dream. She was everything he had envisioned and more.
Cade knew why his parents, or Fate, or whomever, had deemed a ménage a trois between him, Maia, and Thayne necessary. The little spitfire needed at least two men to keep her in line.
Like you need Thayne to keep you in line?
When he thought about it, a threesome was actually the perfect relationship for him.
Thayne could take care of Maia’s emotional, feminine needs, Cade decided, and he could take care of her physical needs. Not that Thayne wouldn’t be getting into the physical, sexual action, too, but Cade was perfectly happy leaving the sensitive communication parts strictly in his brother’s hands.
“I’m not full of myself. I just know what I see.” Cade reached out to caress her naturally full, bee-stung lips with his thumb. “And I know what I feel,” he added for good measure.
“Sex magick?”
“You’re a Wiccan.” He had noticed her sterling silver jewelry—the ankh she wore around her neck, the Goddess ring on her right index finger, and the dangling moon earrings—mentally adding yet another item to the pro side of why she was perfect for him and Thayne.
“I…yes. And you?”
“Me?” Cade raised his eyebrows. “Not so much.”
“That’s too bad.”
“Going to use that to eliminate a perfectly good mate?” Oh, shit! Had he really said that? He hadn’t meant to, didn’t want to give her any ideas. He just needed to get close enough to her, bring her into the fold to let Thayne work his charm on her, not make her think this was leading anywhere serious, at least not with Cade.
“I wouldn’t do that. You’d have to be completely unsuitable for me in other ways.”
Cade grinned, felt her warming up to the chase. “Such as?”
“Well, arrogance for one. It’s a totally unattractive trait.”
“You think so?”
“I know so.”
“Hmm, we’re going to have to see about changing your mind on that.”
“You can tr—”
Cade had bent his head and buried her retort beneath his hungry mouth. It surprised him when she breathlessly parted her lips and let in his tongue to stroke hers, but then either reaction—acquiescence or resistance—only confirmed what he knew to be her contrary nature.
She let him go a little deeper, groaning low in her throat before suddenly pulling away. She stared at him, espresso eyes opened wide as she panted. “What was that for?”
“Don’t you know, little Maia?”
“I’m not little.”
“Yeah you are, but you’re just right for me and…” He almost slipped and said Thayne but stopped just in time. He didn’t want to scare the woman away, but from the expression on her face, he might already have. Damn.
Maia used the lull to stand. “We’ll have to finish this another time. I’ve got things to do.”
“Places to go, people to see…a date to get ready for?”
“That’s right.”
“Make no mistake about it, little Maia. We are in no way finished.”
“I…I have to go.” She squeezed by him to exit the bleachers, excusing and pardoning her way by the rest of the spectators in their row until she was clear of all the obstructive knees and toes and could trudge down the stairs.
Cade watched her retreat, appreciating the smooth sway of her generous hips.
Yeah, she was little, a shorty as the homeboys would call her, but stacked in all the right places and just right for him as he’d told her.
Jesse made it back from getting snacks just in time to catch the tail end of Maia’s great escape. “Where’s she off to?”
“Getting ready for her date.” Cade smiled, already planning his next move to get little Maia right where she belonged—with him and Thayne.

Naughty Reader’s: Threesome, magic and cowboys. Sounds like a delicious story Gracie! Do you write under a pen name? Hey, Tonya!! Come back here! You can't use a pitch fork and nobody's in the barn right now!

Gracie: OMG! I think she's gone! Yes. The Double R series is actually written under my Gigi Moore pseudonym.

Naughty Reader’s: What types of hero or heroine do you like best?

Gracie: I love heroes and heroines who are strong but who have faults and are engaging and sympathetic. I like my heroes and heroines to have universal problems that I can recognize and to which I can relate. Alpha heroes are okay, but again I like mine to have faults and weaknesses that make them sympathetic and relatable (human). I like my heroines to be intelligent and independent. I HATE TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) heroines or heroes.

Naughty Reader’s: Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.

Gracie: Since I have a 9 to 5 I do a lot of my writing on the go—on the commute to and from work or during breaks at the job. During weekdays in the evening I try to get as much writing done as I can before bed and if I’m on a roll I can, unfortunately, go into the wee hours sometimes, hitting the sack at 2am before my alarm goes off at 5:45am. On weekends, if I’m not editing and polishing what I’ve written during the week before starting a new scene, chapter or doing character backgrounds, I’m promoting my work online.

Naughty Reader’s: Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?

Gracie: My books are all different and have common themes. They’re different in the sense that the characters have various backgrounds and belief systems and their stories take place in varying locations and at different time periods. Also, though all of my books fall under the romance and erotic romance umbrella, I cross a lot of genres under that umbrella—from contemporary, to interracial, to mystery/suspense, to paranormal, to shapeshifters, to time travel, and to urban fantasy, just to name several.

I do have numerous common author themes that run through all my books though, the main ones being forgiveness, healing, redemption and sometimes revenge.

Naughty Reader’s: How long does it take you to write and then edit a story?

Gracie: I like to get down a minimum of 1K words daily, which is a good pace for me to finish a full-length novel in about 3 months. A 2K-3K-word-a-day output is a nice but rare gift for me.

Naughty Reader’s: Do you have to be alone to write?

Gracie: I write whenever and wherever I can so technically no. Sometimes an idea will strike me while I’m walking home from the train. In this instance I’ll just pull out a handy pen and pad from my backpack and start writing down a scene surrounded by pedestrian traffic and street noise. If I’m in a zone I won’t notice any of the distractions around me. I prefer writing alone at home on my PC, my only company the background noise of the television or sometimes, to set a mood, I’ll open Pandora and listen to music while I write.

Naughty Reader’s: How do you go about naming characters?

Gracie: I use a few different methods. Normally, I’ll crack open my copy of The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook to see what name would perfectly suit my hero/heroine and villain. I came up with Prentice (the villain from Maia’s Magickal Mates) from this sourcebook. I search popular baby naming sites for character names. I also keep a running list of interesting-sounding names that I pick up from television, movies or friends and family who know I write and give me names for future reference. I picked up the name Caution, the hero of In Plain Sight from an action/adventure movie I saw where the protagonist’s name was Caution. I thought it sounded like a perfect romance hero’s name and took it down for future use. In the case of Genesis from Guardian Seductress it wasn’t necessarily a name, but a description, place and/or concept that struck me from a SyFy movie and I thought it would make a good urban fantasy, shapeshifter heroine’s name. I came up with Maia’s Magickal Mates heroes’ mother’s name (Brielle) after hearing it from a documentary I was watching.

Naughty Reader’s: Uh oh, there goes a ranch hand into the stables! Should we warn him Tonya is still in there somewhere? Nah, he can handle himself! Is it easier to write about the characters if you find pictures of them before you write or do you write then find character pictures?

Gracie: It’s easier to write about my characters if I have a clear picture of them in my mind before I start than if I don’t, although I have written a character first before finding character pictures.

Naughty Reader’s: How do you pick locations for your stories?

Gracie: It depends on the demands and requirements of my story and my characters’ backgrounds. For example, if I’m writing a contemporary Western, the location I finally settle on comes from a combination of my research of numerous locations that boast ranches or a modern western setting, and narrowing it down to where I can perfectly see my characters living and breathing. If I’m writing an Old West story or time travel then the historical significance of the area plays in my decision. Many of my characters come from urban areas, usually New York City and are transplanted to other areas unless the story takes place in New York. I probably pick New York to start with because I live here and know it pretty well, so I already have built-in knowledge of the area. When my characters move (like the heroes and heroines in Desiree’s Lone Wolves and Maia’s Magickal Mates) it’s usually for the demands of their career, or they’re hoping to make a fresh start, escape from a horrible situation or find refuge. McCoy, Colorado, the setting for The Double R series, is so off-the-beaten-path, naturally beautiful and tranquil that it makes the perfect place for all of the above reasons as well as meets the stories’ requirements. 

Naughty Reader’s: Are you a pantser or do you outline?

Gracie: I’m a little of both. Since my stories are more character-driven than plot-driven, I usually put more emphasis on getting to know my characters and getting down their backgrounds before I start my story than writing an outline. I swear by Debra Dixon’s Goal, Motivation and Conflict and The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D, to help me with characterization. With a combination of a detailed character background and a short premise (50-100 words) I can usually start my story and from there I outline a few scenes and chapters as I go (the same way I edit) rather than outline the entire book at one time and/or before I begin the story.

Naughty Reader’s: What are you working on now and what should readers be looking forward to from you in the future?

Gracie: I’m working on a spin-off series of The Double R series called Elk Creek. The first story in the Elk Creek series is Lily’s Secrets and features Lily and Wyatt Baldwin who are introduced in Maia’s Magickal Mates. I have at least three more stories planned for Elk Creek—Sabrina’s Surrender, Lucy’s Liberation and Rebel’s Redemption—and maybe more depending on how things progress. All of the stories will be ménage a trois erotic romance (M/F/M) with at least one being M/M/F. 

Naughty Reader's: Where can the readers learn more about you and your books?

Gracie: On my Author Website, my Blog, Twitter and Facebook. My books are on Amazon; Gracie C. McKeever and Gigi Moore, and on Bookstrand; Gracie C.McKeever and Gigi Moore

Naughty Reader's: Gracie, thanks again for chatting with us this week. Readers, don't forget the contest and visit Gracie on her sites.

Contest:  Giveaway - two e-books (PDF) as follows: 1 copy of Desiree’s Lone Wolves, winner to be chosen randomly from commenters  who post on Monday, 6/18/12 and 1 copy of Maia’s Magickal Mates, winner to be chosen randomly from commenters who post on Friday, 6/22/12. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sandra Bunino - Erotic Romance

Sandra Bunino
Erotic Author

     We're excited that all of you stopped in to join us this week. We're on the beach at the Santa Monica Pier and it's gorgeous here! Sandra will be letting us learn a bit more about her and she's here to tell us about her newest release. Grab your drink and come sit around the tables with us under the shade of the umbrellas! Don't forget to leave a comment or questions for Sandra - she's picking one commenter to win a $10 gift card!

Naughty Reader’s:  Sandra, we’re thrilled to have you here with us this week but some of our readers may not know you. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Sandra:  Something readers might not know… (*taps finger on chin*) Oh, I know! I used to moonlight as an adjunct college professor for an evening undergraduate business program at my alma mater. I taught Corporate Finance and Business Statistics in another life.

Naughty Reader’s:  Now that’s impressive! Wow! I’d bet that knowledge could make for a plot or two! What made you want to become a writer?

Sandra: I had an entire library of scenes and snippets hopping around my head. One day, I decided to see what a scene would look like written in story form. From that point on, I never looked back.

Naughty Reader’s: Please share a bit about your new release Sara’s Smile without giving away any spoilers. Brenda, come back here! You can't join them on the beach! Leave those two alone! Brenda!!  Sorry, Sandra, but I think we've lost her!

Sandra: Oh my gosh, Brenda can join us later I guess. Sara’s Smile is a sweet story about love lost and found. It spans five years in the life of Sara Wiley. I love the locations in the book. It starts in New York City and travels to Martha’s Vineyard, Greenwich and Santa Monica. I’ve attached pictures of the ice cream shop where Sara worked in Martha’s Vineyard, The Brice beach house, Sara and Will on the beach, The Hanson House restoration project, and the Santa Monica pier.

Blurb: As an architect who specializes in restorations, Sara Wiley is a genius at returning neglected structures to their former glory. But when it comes to her own life, she has no idea how to reclaim the ruins, which are all that remain of her first true love.
     When the biggest opportunity of her career and a sexy contractor comes her way, she’s thrilled…until she learns that the client is the long-ago boy who captured her heart and continues to invade her dreams. Is it a bittersweet coincidence or might there be a chance, after all, for Sara to revisit the mistakes of her past and build the future she has wanted for so long?

     After years of waking in a cold sweat from dreams of her, he finally had her here with him. He had told her the truth at the bar: she had broken his heart, five years ago. He’d been young and stupid, and he’d allowed her to let him go.
     He wasn’t about to make the same mistake twice. What he hadn’t told her was that he knew exactly where she worked, and had deliberately hired the firm for the restoration. There would be time to tell her, but now was not the time.
     He pulled the camisole over her head and ran his hands down her full breasts. Erect nipples pebbled, inside her silky bra, as his fingers teased her soft globes. Will unhooked the bra clasp and pulled back to watch her tender flesh spill out of the soft cups. Guiding her to the bed, he laid her down and laved each nipple to a pink peak with his tongue. Her sweet, breathy sigh aroused him even further as his erection pushed against his pants.
     Will looked into her darkened eyes and was transported back to their last night together. But she was different now. The adult version of the girl he had left on the island that night was sexy as hell. Their gazes locked as they shed their pants and undergarments together. Sara took the condom from his hands and rolled it onto his shaft only after taking him in her mouth. Damn, she was so hot that he needed to plunge inside her sweet core before he exploded.
     He nudged her legs open with his knees and thrust inside, long and deep. Sara arched her back and moaned his name. She was so tight that he had to recite the alphabet in his head, just to hold it together.
     Sara pushed him onto his back and mounted his sheathed cock. He watched her silver chain and pendant bob between her breasts in sync with their rhythm. Will grasped the pendant and tugged her down so that her glistening body lay atop his own. Her tongue flicked along his neck, chin and lips, which forced him to give up on the alphabet recital somewhere between ‘h’ and ‘m.’

Naughty Reader’s: Do you write under a pen name?

Sandra: Sandra is my real name - Bunino is the pen part. It was my Italian grandmother’s maiden name. She was an incredible artist and I like to think I inherited her creative spirit. I have another super secret pen name that I haven’t had the opportunity to use yet. It’s reserved if I ever write something scandalous. ;-)

Naughty Reader’s: What types of hero or heroine do you like best?

Sandra:  I LOVE my Alpha heroes. There’s just something sexy about a strong, take charge man. My heroines are usually strong, career-minded women. Even though my H/h seem invincible on the outside they’re usually going through some type of conflict. Some are even a little broken.

Naughty Reader’s: Readers love to hear about what authors do during their daily writing time. Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.

Sandra:  A perfect writing day for me is to begin writing in the morning. I’m not a morning person but I find words flow easily in the morning hours. I try to get some word count in before I leave for the day. Depending on the day I’m having, I write, edit or work on promos in the evening.

Naughty Reader’s:  Do your books have a common theme or are they all different?

Sandra: I write in the erotic romance genre with varying heat levels. My books are different but seem to follow a similar thread. They begin with two people with separate lives who end up being better together than apart. I love to develop the lust to love dynamic between H/h, as well as the ensuing sexy scenes. They’re so much fun to write.

Naughty Reader’s: How long does it take you to write and then edit a story?

Sandra:  It really depends on the story. I started writing Sara’s Smile a while ago and put it away to marinate. It developed and changed over time to what are now two novellas. The first was released in May and I anticipate the second story toward the end of the year. It has a holiday feel to it so I think it would be a great November release. Most of my stories take about four to six months from the time I start writing to the end of the editing process.

Naughty Reader’s:  LOL - I love that - you set it aside to marinate! That makes so much sense to us. Do you have to be alone to write?

Sandra:  I have a family of five, not including two dogs, so I’m rarely by myself! LOL! I don’t need to be alone, however I can’t write if someone is looking over my shoulder. I wrote a 3K sex scene while waiting at the car dealership for an oil change over the weekend. If the other people in the waiting room only knew what I was writing!

Naughty Reader’s: OMG! That takes concentration while keeping one eye on the crowd around you, for sure. How do you go about naming characters?

Sandra:  It’s tough to name characters! The H/h of Marooned in Miami’s initials are the same as my husband and mine so they were easy. I try not to use names of people I know because I’m afraid they would think the story is about them. (Disclaimer to friends, family and coworkers: If you find your name in one of my books, it’s a coincidence or I really like your name. I don’t secretly pine for you… really, I don’t. ;-))

Naughty Reader’s: *Brenda brushes the sand off her shorts while walking towards Sandra and Tonya. Tonya snickers* You're such a voyuer! (Brenda) What? I was just ummm...getting ideas for a story. *winks* Is it easier to write about the characters if you find pictures of them before you write or do you write then find character pictures?

Sandra:  I usually have a clear but made up vision of the character before I find pictures. The only exception would probably be Jason Royce from Marooned in Miami and the sequel to be released in July, Lusted in Las Vegas. I had a younger George Clooney in my head the whole time! Lusted was fun to write because I loved George in the Oceans movies. There’s a nod to an Oceans 11 scene toward the end of the book. I won’t divulge it here but Oceans fans will love it!

Naughty Reader’s:  How do you pick locations for your stories?

Sandra:  I’ve visited every location in my stories. I’ve even written parts of stories in those locations. I’m drawn to sexy spots that have some type of water feature, usually an ocean, but not always. There are some great pool scenes in Lusted in Las Vegas.
     Here are a couple of fun facts about Sara’s Smile: The reason I made Sara an architect is I almost became one! I took mechanical drawing and architecture classes throughout high school and college. One of my favorite college classes was medieval European architecture. I try to include just enough scenery detail in my stories so that readers can picture the scene and experience what the characters feel, smell and see.

Sara’s Smile is so far the only book I have with a playlist. Here are a few songs that inspired the story:

I’ve included some visuals from Sara’s Smile. Please enjoy. 

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