Friday, August 30, 2013

Breathless Press Anniversary Blog Tour


Breathless Press Fourth Anniversary
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Breathless Press is an e-book publisher specializing in Romance and Erotic(a) stories.
Our mission statement is simple: To provide the opportunity for readers to connect with romance authors through the purchasing of quality e-books at a low price.

Starting in the summer of 2009, Breathless Press came into existence. Since then, we have been producing top end romance and erotic stories for valued readers to enjoy.

Interview:

1.       What inspired you to write erotica?

It just kind of happened! I read my very first m/m erotic romance a couple of years ago. Soon after, my husband and I took a road trip, traveling through a very boring stretch of the Idaho desert. My mind wandered to the sexy men in the story, then I began to fantasize about my own sweet and sexy characters. That's all it took! I wrote my story down, sold it to Breathless Press, and have been writing m/m erotic ever since.

2.       Tell us about your book-what was your favorite part about writing it?

PAUL'S MISTAKE is my story in the Ad-Dick-tion vol 3 anthology with Breathless Press. It continues the love affair between two of my characters, Paul and Eran, that started in ERAN'S RELEASE, part of Ad-Dick-tion vol. 2. Eran grew up in an abusive environment and shies away from love, but with the help of Paul's patience and tenderness is able to come to terms with his fears and find happiness.
My favorite part about writing this story is that I could revisit these delightful men. Paul is so sexy and gentle, Eran is a sweetheart. I had a lot of fun helping them through a rough time to the happy ever after they deserved.

3.       Do people in your life inspire some of your characters?

Of course! I work as a floral designer and meet some of the most romantic people. There's nothing like the soft, bright look in someone's eyes when they're buying flowers for the person they love. Also, some of my customers are so outrageous I can't help but adding this trait to my characters. I've never used a person I know as a character though. They've just never fit in. My characters come to me pretty much formed, already their own people.

4.       Favorite ice cream?

It used to be Rocky Road, but since I'm now allergic to tree nuts, I've gone with coffee flavored. Yum…

5.       Plotter or pantster?

Either a song or bit of music or even something on the news will trigger an idea for me. I usually spend a day or two (or longer, if I'm working on another project) plotting the story out in my mind. When I finally start it, I have a beginning, middle and ending in mind, but this is always fluid. From here, I begin writing and see where my characters take me.

6.       Tell us how your writing day goes.

Wake up 7a.m., shower. Write on a story or promotional blog until 8:30. Finish dressing and go to work. Back on the computer by 9p.m. where I'll write until about 11. Read for a bit then off to bed. Days off are better, when I can spend hours on a current WIP, working it in around chores and time with the family.

7.       What three things are on your desk when you write?

Beside the computer, I have a cup of coffee, pictures and books for inspiration, and paper/pen handy for notes.

8.       Sushi or cheeseburger?

Mmmmm….cheesburger!



9.       What is next on your writer horizon?

I have a story coming out in the Mac's Farm anthology with Breathless Press titled CALLUM'S FATE. I'm also working on the story for the Shakespearean anthology coming the end of September. I'm also working on edits for other stories and have another contemporary romance or two in the works.

10.   What advice would you give someone starting to write a novel length piece for the first time?
Take good notes! Outline and keep a timeline of events. I didn't do that with my first novel and what a nightmare it became to get everyone where they needed to be on the same day by the end of the story. Oh, and keep good notes even of minor characters. Sometimes they surprise you and steal the show!


WEE WILLIE WINKIE





Willie has met an old flame, but is he willing to give up the decadence of Boston society for the man he loves?

Excerpt:

Fredrick held up his glass and stared at the candle's flame through the amber liquid. He took a sip, savored the rich, biting taste on his tongue. He welcomed the burn down his throat. This was the very last drink he could afford, and he had to make it last.
A giggle erupted from the booth in the corner, the one whose curtains were drawn against curious eyes. A smile tugged at Fredrick's lips despite the dire state of his wallet. The laugh had been carefree, joyous, naughty. Fredrick shifted on the cushioned bench. Only a few straggling customers remained in the dining room. He wondered if any of them would notice if he shifted his cramped cock as it throbbed in sympathy with the bright laughter.
Rather than risk it, he watched the fruit vender outside the window beguile a customer. Another giggle and stifled moan swiveled his attention back to the corner. A silk-clad foot and slim calf peeked beneath the curtain. He grinned even as the delectable sight emphasized his own loneliness. It had been far too long since he'd had someone in his bed.
"Excuse me. Sir?"
Fredrick looked up, distracted from his memory of lush lips and white skin and wide, hazel eyes, and blinked at the stout innkeeper at his elbow. "Yes?"
A frown fleeted across the man's homely face at another bout of laughter from the corner. "If they're disturbing you, I can have Wee Willie take his guest upstairs. Excuse me, I mean Mister Wilkerson." The man broke off, flustered by the slip of the tongue.
Fredrick's heart leaped on hearing the name mentioned. Is William really here? How could that be? The innkeeper coughed, and Fredrick frowned at the intrusion into his thoughts. The man was so damned serious about such a minor indiscretion. "They're no bother. In fact, I'm almost done anyway." He lifted his nearly empty glass. Hearing a shout, they looked over in time to see a young man tumble through the curtains onto the floor. Fredrick caught a glimpse of red hair and an embarrassed cheek before the gentleman crammed a hat on his head and strode passed them, face averted. The innkeeper shrugged and followed, likely to be sure he paid for his drinks.
Fredrick stared at the silk-clad foot still protruding from the parted curtains. He loosened his hold on his glass but had no way to stop the wild hammering of his heart. Before he lost his courage, he stood and swallowed the last of his brandy, then walked the short distance to the booth.
A grin tugged the corner of his mouth at his eagerness. It had been three years, after all, and they'd parted in anger. Would William acknowledge him? His hand trembled as he drew aside the heavy curtain and allowed his gaze to travel up the silky hose to bright blue trousers. Blood heated his face when he found the laces undone at the waist and the silk shirt open to expose white skin and rosebud nipples.
A sigh brought his gaze up to the pretty face that stirred his dreams. Rich brown curls surrounded lovely hazel eyes and full, pouting lips. He groaned when a delighted smile revealed the even, white teeth that had nipped his collarbone on more than one glorious occasion. "Freddie, is it you?"


Dianne Hartsock

After growing up in California and spending the first ten years of marriage in Colorado, Dianne now live in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.

She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms her hands which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.




Breathless Press will be giving away the following prizes to randomly drawn commenters during the tour:

Grand Prize: 1 Kindle Fire
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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting! To enter the contest, please use the Rafflecopter: Win a Kindle fire and more!

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  2. Love ERAN'S RELEASE, and it'll be good to read the sequel!

    vitajex(At)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hugs! Thanks for stopping in, Vitajex. :)

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  3. Thanks so much for having me as your guest, Ezrabet!

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  4. The last paragraph about keeping an outline. I can't keep track of ME on a normal day, so it makes sense for authors to keep it right through all those pages. All those details! Thanks for the blog!

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  5. Thanks for sharing the interview and the excerpts. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaway. Happy Anniversary! evamillien at gmail dot com

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