Thank you Carmen for visiting on the blog today!
1. How did you get started with erotic romance? I write sexy contemporary with scorching love scenes that, for some, might cross the erotica line—especially if you consider the number of pages and scenes devoted to that. That said, I think the heat level must come from the characters and their emotions. I like books with tons of tension and conflict, and I believe that makes the playtime in the bedroom a lot steamier. J
2. What are your favorite characters to write about? Characters that are questioning themselves or their choices. Take my heroine Penny. Even though she exudes professionalism and confidence, inside she’s battling her own fading idealism, her old-fashioned ideas of where a woman in her thirties should be in life. I think we can all relate to that.
3. Open your book to any page and tell us what is happening. Deal! J In chapter two, a wave of empowerment sweeps over Peggy as she convinces Luc to hire her as his P.R. person to make sure the reopening of his trouble resort goes smoothly; in exchange, he’ll give her a list of referrals so she can open her own business.
4. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies and cream, hands down.
5. Horror movies or classic film? I used to watch horror movies, but nowadays I’m a weenie. I’d say indie flicks, rom-coms, and yeah, maybe even some classics.
6. Cheeseburger or salad? Cheeseburger with salad. Adding the greens makes me feel less guilty.
7. Pantster or plotter? Natural-born pantser trying to plot.
8. What was the toughest scene you ever had to write? Usually it’s the baring-of-the-soul moment—when the character vents and tells the other a hidden secret or something very private. I have to make sure I convey the emotions to the reader.
9. The anatomy of a sex scene: How do you construct a bite-your-nails-hot scene? It’s not easy as you think! I usually let the characters lead me, then I do a dirty draft of the scene. Then I go back to make sure everything makes sense and there’s enough emotion.
10. What is your next writing project? I’m writing Heating Up Las Vegas, which tells Darren’s story. Darren was Penny’s ex in Heating Up Hawaii, and as a recovering alcoholic, he has his own demons to face before finding love. I’m very excited about this project.
Heating Up Hawaii
by Carmen Falcone
After a long separation, will Penny and Luc's sizzling attraction be enough to surpass their startling secrets?
Luc has made many sacrifices for his career, including Penny Ashbrook, the woman who set his aspirations back a year. But now she has returned and is more alluring than ever. After all these years, he thought a self-made billionaire like himself could master everything, but to resist the strong pull toward the one woman he can't have is an impossible task.
When this unlikely pair is reunited they will have to face the many challenges set in their way, especially an attraction that has only heightened with time and a deadline quickly approaching. Can their new bond surpass old—and new—fears?
Publisher: Breathless Press
Heat Rating: 3
Word Count: 38240
Release Date: May 3, 2013
Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters and places beat doing Math homework any day. She traveled the world, achieved a B.A. in Tourism in her hometown in Brazil and was soon invited to work in the USA, where she met her Swiss husband. She'd always dreamed of becoming a published writer, and after her daughter was born, she revisited that dream of writing - this time, unwilling to give it up. She lives in Austin and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and three high energy pugs.