Friday, July 27, 2012

Blind Heat Blog Tour




Allie is determined to build an ordinary life. To survive, she needs to be the sort of woman no one notices. She has a generic job, lives in a generic apartment, and thinks maybe one day she’ll find an ordinary Joe who wants an average Jane sort of woman.

Marcus is anything but an ordinary Joe. Even if humans don’t know he’s a shifter and millennial being, he’s the sort of man women notice. A night of passion spent with Marcus is a night any female, human or Pantherian, won’t forget.

But Allie does forget. She repeatedly fails to recognize him even after an intense sexual encounter. Marcus discovers the source of her problem—face blindness, a genetic disorder with no cure. And he decides to use erotic rituals to teach her to see with more than her eyes. What he doesn’t count on is Allie seeing past the man—and recognizing the beast within.






Excerpt:


He stood just a few feet away, sheltered by a gnarled oak, right where the bridge crossed the creek and led to a picnic area. He appeared to be waiting just for her. But it had to be a mistake. There was no one, had never been anyone, who was just for her. This silver-eyed, dark-haired stranger held himself like an exotic prince, waiting for a princess maybe—definitely not for Allie the ad writer.

He smiled and it was like a sunrise breaking through her gloom. His gaze traveled her body, reigniting the fire she’d been trying to drown. The journey stopped right at her bellybutton where it peeked between the edge of her shorts and the top of the tee that didn’t quite cover her there.

Her eyes fixed on his shirt again. She could feel its heat beckoning like hot coals in a fire, inviting her to warm her hands. She could taste that color, a burn like Red Hots melting on her tongue. She swallowed. The sensation in her head rose to a humming, nudging her to go to him, to lose herself in that bold stare. She put her fingertips to the spot again, wondering if she might be having some sort of breakdown. His eyes sparked with pleasure at the reaction, but his tone was serious when he spoke.

“You have two choices, sweetheart, you can turn around and run back the way you came and I won’t try to stop you. Or you can come to me, reach for the mystery, have what you are aching for.”

If he had struck a match to her, he couldn’t have lit her any faster.

“But if you come to me, I’m not going to stop at a kiss. I’m not going to stop at all until it pleases me.”

This was not a morning to face down temptation. If only he felt like a stranger, then she might have a chance, but he felt so familiar, like coming home. Common sense told her to run. Security lay in the other direction, returning to flatline dull days lining up one after the other. What price would she pay to feel alive, live dangerously for a few minutes? There was no one here to take him from her. No one to stop her from exploring the forbidden, not this time. One taste and she’d drop back into her role as a polite, conservative wallflower. It was a dangerous choice. All the more reason.




An Interview with Nara Malone:

1.       How did you get started writing erotica?

I guess it started with writing sensual and erotic poetry. I had success in getting articles and short stories published, but when I wrote my first novel, I needed to be able to write about real sex, so I brought what I had done with poetry into my sex scenes. My first try at that was with The Tiger’s Tale, and given that it won The Stroke of Midnight Award for paranaormal erotic romance, that recipe must have worked.

MyDungeonSpace.com is where I practiced and learned about sex blogging while writing the Dungeon Gourmet. I find small friendly groups like this are better for learning than the big commercialized sites.

2.       Shifters are an exciting genre. What is it about panthers in particular that captured your interest?

I’m glad you asked this question, because I think using the name Pantherian probably confuses many people. The shifters in my story are members of a race of beings, Pantherians, named from their homeland in the Pantherian Islands. But the stories are not specifically about panthers. The first book, The Tigers Tale, was about tigers. The second, Blind Heat, is about leopards. If I’d had more time to mull the name over, I might have chosen something less confusing. I had originally intended to call the shifters Therians, because like most therianthropes, my characters are human and one other species of animal.  But there was concern copyright issues might crop up. I felt the name had been in use so long that no one could claim they invented the name, but my editor was for taking the safe route. We were in production when that issue cropped up, so I said let’s just name them after the island. I hoped keeping the word Therian in by using PanTherian would be a clue to lovers of Therian fiction, that these are Therian shifters.

There are eight tribes of shape shifters I’ll be writing stories about. They aren’t all cat shifters. Jake and Seth, characters you meet in Blind Heat, are next in line to have their story told. They will team up in the search for what happened to Allie’s sister. Hints as to what kind of shifters are headed your way, can be found on my Pantherian Passions board at Pinterest and at the companion website for the series, Therianverse.com

3.       What is the funniest or most awkward sex scene you ever wrote and why?

They haven’t been published yet, but I think one or two of the scenes from Make Me Wet will take that honor. Make Me Wet is a Selkie story. The hero, Ronin, is called ashore one night every seven years, to take the form of a man and spend from sunset to sunrise  satisfying a woman sexually. It is in a Selkie’s DNA, that he is driven please his assigned woman.  Only this woman, for reasons I can’t reveal, can’t allow him to satisfy her. There’s also something in  selkie pheromones that makes them irresistible to women. According to legend,  if a human female can go an entire night without letting the Selkie satisfy her, the enchantment will be broken and the selkie will be freed to leave the sea and live his life with her. That has never happened. Will it happen this time? Even I don’t know the answer to that yet, but I can say that being caught up in the snare of a biological and magickal attraction that can’t be fulfilled is going to make for some unusual sex scenes.

4.       What is your favorite food or drink to have with you while you write?

There’s nothing unique about my favorite addictions: Coffee and chocolate. J

5.       How hard was it to write your first sex scene?

Every scene is hard to write. Getting my mind to settle and stay in one place long enough to finish a scene is a daily struggle. The first pass through is always depressing. First drafts never sparkle the way the seventh draft does. I think the only difference with sex scenes is that I go over them a few extra times, fussing with word choice and sentence structure to make sure I’ve hit the tone and sensuality I wanted for that scene.

6.       What would you tell someone who is trying to write their first erotic novel?


Joining a group of writers, something like Savvy Authors or RWA, is great way to meet and learn from other writers. Practice writing in some of the erotica forums on the internet to get a sense of what works and doesn’t. It doesn’t even have to be erotica. I learn so much about writing craft by participating in dVersePoets.com open link night or G-Man’s Friday 55 (http://g-man-mrknowitall.blogspot.com/) flash fiction group. It’s a quick way to get in some writing practice and to learn by reading work by other talented writers.

7.       What is your favorite? BDSM, romance, fantasy?

I think my favorite stories are a blend of all three. I believe the Pantherian Passions and the Passions Portal Series will give me a chance to mix all those elements in exciting ways.

8.       What other genres do you write in?

I write both paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. The only thing I’ve done that was outside of those genres was a paranormal adventure game for women called, Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch. It has romantic elements, but the focus is on the adventure and it is g-rated. It was just released last month by Orchid Games, and you can find a very generous free download of the game here: http://www.orchidgames.com/spiritwalkers

9.       How many books do you anticipate being in the Pantherian series?
I originally planned to write at least one story about each tribe for Pantherian Passions. There are eight tribes and the first two stories are about the feline tribe, so that would leave at least seven to go. The Pantherian world is rich in possibilities, so it may be that I’ll write more. I’ll have to see where the stories lead me.

10.   What are you working on now?

Besides the selkies? Hawaiian cowboys. Yep, there is such a thing. And while paradise is the first word that usually comes to mind when Hawaii is mentioned, I saw a different side of the islands when I was researching this book. But don’t worry, hot Hawaiian cowboys have to wind up equaling paradise in the end. You can see some pictures of Hawaiian cowboys, Hawaii, and some hints of what is coming up in that story and other stories I’m working on my Pinterets boards.
http://pinterest.com/naramalone/




Overall:

Marcus was a hunky character that really stays with you. The quirky rabbits that liked to do online research were hilarious. I actually had to read that part again twice to make sure I was reading it right. The use of humor is always important to me when reading a novel. The sex scenes were hot and Allie's problem of facial blindness was original.For more information on face blindness, visit http://www.faceblind.org. Her need to be normal was one that most women can understand, and finding a mate that can look past differences and help you become the woman you are meant to be is huge. The only difference here, is she also sees behind his human self and embraces the cat within.




About the author:

Like the heroine, Allie, in Blind Heat, Nara is face blind and lived with the condition not knowing there was a medical explanation for her inability to remember faces.  It’s a rare and only recently publicized condition.  She hopes Blind Heat will help get the word out about face blindness.

Nara lives on a small farm in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When she's not writing, she loves to run, hike, bike, and kayak. Every story she tells incorporates her love of animals, nature, and adventure.




Blogs:
www.NaraMalone.com – author blog
www.Therianverse.com--blog containing interactive content for her books from two series that include therian shapeshifters –Patherian Passions, and Passions Portal.
www.PassionsPortal.com-- interactive website for Shadowling Manor , the setting for the multi-author paranormal series.


The interactive world Nara built for Blind Heat is here--http://therianverse.com/naras-worlds/


Nara will be awarding a digital copy of The Tiger's Tale, first in the Pantherian Passions series, and a $10 Ellora's Cave GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a GC to purchase a video game targeted for female gamers written by Nara Malone with Orchid Games, Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch to a second randomly drawn commenter. 

To follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 



5 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me today and for sharing your thoughts on Blind Heat. I'm glad you enjoyed Oliver rabbit, I debated over leaving him in.

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  2. I'm a coffee and chocolate obsessive myself. The selkie story sounds like one I'll have to read to believe!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. Your books sound really good. I especially love the sound of Blind Heat and will be checking into this series (I love series).
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  4. I enjoyed the excerpt and interview.

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