Sunday, November 20, 2011

Monday Author's Spotlight/Book Giveaway - Carolyn Rosewood

Today, in the Author’s Spotlight, I am pleased to have Author Carolyn Rosewood. Carolyn has a new book, Playing For Keeps, published by and available at Evernight Publishing. 





Playing For Keeps Teaser

He strolled toward her, moving slowly like a large cat. It was easy to imagine him as a panther. Dark, deadly, striking when least expected. The fact he was drop-dead gorgeous only enhanced the image. There was no way to stop her traitorous body from responding to his sultry moves. Her pussy was suddenly wet and her tank top felt way too tight. Images of fucking him silly on one of the tables in the bar flitted through her mind.

Instead of walking around behind the bar, he sat at the closest table and put his chin in his hands, still studying her face. “Before I tell you how I know, tell me why you’re hiding.”

She shook her head. “It doesn’t work that way, Damien. I took a chance coming in here tonight, trusting humans. I get to choose how much to reveal and when, not you.”

He stood up so quickly the chair fell backwards. “Who the hell do you think you are? I’ve known demons, Teresa. They don’t take the kind of risks you did tonight. You don’t seem stupid so that only leaves careless.”

His words stung but there was truth in them. She was careless. Had been for as long as she could remember, but it hurt to hear someone say it out loud.

“My customers are loyal to me and they lied tonight for my sake, not yours.” He took several strides toward her, his dark eyes flashing. “But don’t think for one minute I’m going to let you throw people around my bar every night. Sooner or later those same customers will begin asking questions. And when that happens, I’ll be minus one business and you’ll be back where you belong.”

Men fell at her feet and begged her to stay. They didn’t cross a room, full of righteous indignation, and lecture her. How dare he?

“Who the hell are you to tell me what to do?”

“The person who owns this bar, that’s who. You want to work here, you follow my rules.”

“I make the rules, Damien. I don’t follow them.”

“You’ll follow mine or you can leave right now. The choice is yours.”

He’d reached the other side of the counter now. Lust and anger rolled off him in waves. The combination was intoxicating, but he was only a man. Forcing her breathing to slow down, she weighed her options again. There were only two choices. Play along for now, or find another place to hide. Damien was one of the sexiest men she’d ever met. The fact he wanted her to leave made her more determined to win him over.

Lowering her eyes, she also toned down her voice. “I made a mistake, Damien. It won’t happen again.”

“You’re damn right it won’t because I want you gone. Tonight.”

As a demon, she’d never met a man she couldn’t persuade to do her bidding. She seduced mortals into signing away their souls using her body and her looks, and no man had ever dismissed her from his life as Damien was doing now. A bar owner in a one-horse town should be no challenge at all for her. What was so different about him? Why was he immune to her charms?

“You don’t mean that.” She held his gaze steady.

He faltered for just a second, breaking eye contact. “Stop that shit, Teresa. I know what you’re trying to do.”

Was that all it would take for him to let her stay, to seduce him? That shouldn’t be a problem. The sudden realization he wasn’t immune to her powers of seduction gave Teresa such a thrill she decided to change tactics. Why argue with him about who made the rules when all she had to do was get him into bed?

She smiled and hopped up on the bar, giving him a nice eyeful of her hot pink thong as she swung her legs around. As she slid off the other side and inched toward him, he took a step back. Several emotions crossed his chiseled face, competing for control. “Stop what shit, Damien? Do I really need to use my powers to seduce you? You wanted me from the second you saw me in the bathroom.”

“You can’t solve this with sex.”

His voice was husky and unsure. Beads of sweat broke out along his hairline. His soft, wavy hair that she wanted to run her fingers through and bury her nose in.

“Sex solves everything, Damien.” She closed the gap between them until they were only inches apart. His eyes were intense, searching. He was hanging on by a thread, and the realization she was that close excited her to the point of physical pain. “Sex is the great leveler between two people.”

“Is that all you want? To seduce me?”

“Would that be so terrible?” She took another step closer and ran a finger from the pulse at the base of his throat down his shirt, stopping at his navel. He drew in a sharp breath as tiny beads of sweat broke out along his upper lip. His full, thick lips that begged to be kissed.

“If you want me to leave, then so be it. But there’s nothing to stop us from having some fun first, is there?”

His face twisted into a mask of pain and confusion.” Dammit, Teresa I’m not immune to you, okay? But I know how to fight it because I’ve been there before. I want you to leave.”

“Liar.”

“Please get out of here,” he whispered.

“One night.” She ran her hands over his chest, enjoying the contrast between his rippling muscles and the soft cotton shirt. “Just one, and then I’ll leave and you’ll never see me again.”

“Why do you have to prove yourself?”

Teresa rubbed her fingers over his nipples under the fabric and he groaned. “I’m not trying to prove anything. I just want to fuck you.”

“Damn you,” he whispered.
She smiled. “Too late.”






Interview


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, Carolyn.  I loved the teaser excerpt.  Tell us a little bit more about the book.  What inspired you to write this story?



Playing for Keeps is the third book in my Seduced By A Demon series from Evernight Publishing, and as soon as I wrote the first line of dialogue for Teresa, the heroine in PFK, I knew she needed her own book. She's SO ruthless and self-absorbed in HUNTED, Book 2, that I knew it would be a fun challenge to make her the heroine of a love story.


I understand you’re fairly new to the erotic romance scene. Tell us about the journey your writing career has taken.



I suppose I'm new in terms of being published but I've wanted to write since I was about eight years old. I was that geek in school carrying around a notebook filled with hand-written stories. I didn't get serious about my writing until a few years ago. One of the places I joined was Litopia, an online writing community. After receiving some help with various manuscripts, from both members of Litopia and RWA chapter mates, I responded to a challenge thread on Litopia from Emma Shortt. Emma is both my Evernight editor and a moderator on Litopia. From that story THE LAST SOUL, Book 1, was born.



What genre/genres are your favorite, and why?



I'll read anything as long as there's an actual story and three-dimensional characters, and I believe the plot.


Can you describe the process you go through when starting a new story?



They all start as ideas, and those come from everywhere. I either jot down a few key words, or the full-blown plot if that's what comes to me, or use the voice recorder app on my iPhone to capture the idea before it's gone. I start as soon as I can, depending on what else I'm working on. The first thing I do is get to know my characters. I name them, give them physical characteristics, and outline everything from their favorite color to their most cherished childhood memory. Then I do their GMC charts - goal, motivation and conflict, and use those as a roadmap as I write the story. I'm very much a pantser from that point on.


Do you have any advice for new/aspiring romance writers?



Read, learn your craft, have patience and perseverance, and avoid the temptation to compare yourself with others. Write what you love and the rest will take care of itself.


Tell us what you have on your own personal To Be Read list?


 Oh my goodness there are at least one hundred books on it. :)


What can your fans expect to see from you in the near future?


I have a menage story called A VERY NAUGHTY CHRISTMAS coming out in December as part of Evernight's Stockings and Suspenders anthology. I'm waiting to hear back on a story for another Evernight anthology, and I'm getting ready to submit a fantasy/romance that takes place in an alternate universe. This is a full length novel called HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET. I also have a six book menage series planned.



I want to wish you all the best with your new book and with your writing career.  Please stop back by my blog anytime.



**Don't forget to comment on this post with your email address for a chance to win a free copy of Playing For Keeps"


7 comments:

  1. Loved the excerpt!! Would love to win the book!!

    dbibb5134 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  2. You are a talented writer, Carol. That excerpt is excellent!

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  3. Great interview and great blog! :)) New follower, if you get a chance stop by and visit me some time!

    http://thereforyoumelissa.blogspot.com/

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  4. Congrats on your new release Carolyn! I couldn't pass up a chance in trying to win this book as it reads so nice.
    I love the excerpt and it is a wonderful tease...*S*
    thank you for the giveaway, and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Annalynne & Carolyn!

    Darcy
    pommawolf @hotmail.com

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  5. Talk about a teaser, lol. Love the excerpt ;)
    chamblinh@gmail.com

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  6. Keep them coming I want more.. hopefully I can get a chance to win. I love the excerpt and storyline.. the 3 p's I say. Which are Passion, plot, and Perfect story. I would love to read more.
    Ana Torres

    anaitorres87@yahoo.com

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  7. Thank you so much, Dee, Adonis, Melissa, Darcy, Heather and Ana! :)

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