Welcome to the Hot Summer Nights Erotica Blog Hop!
Summer is back! The heat is on and I am grooving to a new album called Crates Remix Fundamentals Vol 1. coming out this month by Jill Scott the Grammy winning poet. Full of R&B, club dance rhythms and pure motion, I can't help but feel like this summer is going to be smokin' hot. Joining us today are authors Shyla Colt and Rebecca Lyndon. I wanted to ask them some probing questions about what it means to be an author in the erotica genre. Stay tuned for some sizzling answers!
What are some of your favorite things about summer? Being a major book addict, I love ice cream (and all the things you can do with it!) and a hot read to make my nights fun and exciting. (When I am not out with the hubby or experimenting with ice cream that is!) Pair that up with some sexy music and that is all you need.
1. What is the sexiest thing you have ever done with ice cream?
2. I love a great song that has sex appeal. What are some of your favorites?
I hope you enjoy the blog hop. There are over 100 erotica and naughty bloggers to visit, so make sure you get ready to start hopping! Enter to win by putting a comment in the comment portion below. Please leave your email address so you can be contacted if you are a winner! You will be eligible for the grand prize book giveaway (including Shyla Colt's Lessons From the Professor), a $100 gift card to Eden's Fantasy and a collection of Rebecca Lyndon's books posted below as the prize from my blog.
Shyla Colt joins us for the blog hop with her new book, Lessons From the Professor. She agreed to answer a few interview questions to let us warm up to her new summertime release!
What is your favorite part about writing erotica?
I’d have to say the research, and no not “that” kind. ;). Each
character has their own unique style, fetish, etc. Sometimes it
requires research to get just right. For example, with Lessons from
the Professor, I spent a few weeks, reading books, and watching
documents to make sure my portrayal would come across as authentic.
Who are some authors that have inspired you in your craft?
Dahlia Rose, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Laurel K. Hamilton, to name a few
In Lessons From the Professor, you talk about the medical
profession. Were you ever in the field?
I’ve never worked in the medical field personally, but I have a number of friends who do.
What are some of the challenges you face as an erotica author?
I would have to say keeping things fresh, and steamy. You have to make sure the romance fits the character without getting repetitive, which isn’t always the easiest thing to do.
What are your current writing projects?
I’m working on a Paranormal fiction, and my first Paranormal YA book.
Thanks Shyla for stopping in to visit with us on the blog hop!
Our next author has a spicy series of BDSM fantasies that have kept me up late on more than one occasion. Luscious and addictive, these novellas are ones you will want in your erotica collection. Rebecca Lyndon joins us today for a short interview:
In your Masters of Mercy series, you write about the BDSM lifestyle. How did you find yourself interested in writing about bondage?
First, I’d like to say thank you to Erzabet for inviting me to come do this interview. I’m so happy to be here today.
Even though I’ve been interested in BDSM for most of my adult life, it actually took me while to decide to write about it. Not because of shame or anything as interesting as that, I’m afraid, but because I was busy writing other things.
I am a romance writer at heart. Love stories are my passion. It’s never much mattered to me what sub-genre. As long as there are two people falling in love, facing obstacles, and coming out on the other side better people because of each other, I’m usually on board, but for a long time I stuck to historical and paranormal romance.
One day over our weekly coffee session, a couple of friends, suggested that I try my hand at erotic romance. It was simple suggestion, but for some reason I had never thought of it. My mind immediately lit up. The BDSM theme was a natural choice for me. By the end of that day I had fully-formed ideas for three series. Something had caught me and wasn’t letting go. I loved it.
The theme of forbidden desires appears often in your work. How did you come up with the story line?
I’ve always been drawn to the idea of the forbidden. It brings up strong emotions in people--shame, fear, desire. The theater of BDSM makes a great backdrop for this kind of story. You can take this symbolic conflict inside a character and make it tangible. Fear and shame can literally be beaten into submission, forcing the characters to face who they are without those protective shields. That’s a journey that appeals to me both as a reader and a writer.
Using paranormal blended with BDSM has really crafted three super hot novellas. What are you planning next?
Ah, the fun part!
There will be more Masters of Mercy shorts coming out. All nine of the Masters will get their stories.
Also, the first in a longer series I’ve been working on coming out in July. The Acadian Curse tells the stories of a family of brothers who are cursed to transform into beasts that cannot hide of their true desires. I like to think of them as kinky Jekylls and Hydes. The first story, Bound By Desire, deals with the oldest brother, Grant, who has spent his life running from the curse until the day he meets a woman who embraces him for all that he is.
Who are some authors that have really inspired you in your work?
Going way back, I’d have to say Clive Barker and Anne Rice. Those two were probably the most important influences when I playing around with the idea of becoming a writer. Clive Barker’s prose is so dark and beautiful that it’s awe inspiring. And Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles were the first books I read that really pulled me into another fully-formed world. My style doesn’t run as dark as either of them now days.
I read all over the map--mostly genre fiction with a sprinkling of history, mythology, biographies. It doesn’t matter who I’m reading. There’s always something there to be learned.
Though if you want a good erotic recommendation, try Lisa Alder or Delilah Claire. Full disclosure: they’re two good friends of mine, but, man, they can write. Lisa Alder is a master storyteller, and the quality of Delilah Claire’s writing will blow you away.
Name an erotic movie or book that just melts you where you stand.
These days anything with Chris Hemsworth does the trick.
But I’d have to say The Piano. That movie proved without a doubt that sexy has nothing to do with traditional attractiveness.
Thanks Rebecca for stopping by to talk with us about the Masters of Mercy series. I know I will be watching for the next installment. Fill out a comment with your email below to have a chance at winning the three books in the series so far.
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