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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Email: sbunino (at) gmail (dot) com
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