I've managed to get some questions answered by Cecilia in anticipation of her new release, Slow Satisfaction! After you've read her answers, be sure to check out her totally hot excerpt, and enter the contest below to win! Please welcome Cecilia Tan!
What gave you the idea for Slow Satisfaction?
Since Slow Satisfaction is the last book in a trilogy, I really wanted to reward readers for sticking with James and Karina. So I knew I wanted to resolve some of the issues between my dear hero and heroine relatively early, so that instead of it all being Karina versus James, we get to see two of them against the world. Their partnership is tested when someone threatens to "out" not only James's identity but their BDSM relationship to the world. The whole trilogy deals with themes of identity, of public versus private persona, of BDSM "roles" and societal expectations and I get to play with all those questions in this one.
Any fun research you'd like to share about the writing process for this book?
Thank goodness for the Internet! On a given day while working on this manuscript I looked up: songs done by the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, ballet terminology, real estate websites in New York City, time of sunset in August in Xenia, Ohio, and rope bondage instructions. I don't know which was more fun, the rope bondage videos or the online walk-throughs of mansions for sale on the Upper East Side of New York. I ended up using a real building as the basis for James's home. Gorgeous!
What made you decide to become an author?
I never decided to become an author. I declared I was a writer when I was about four years old and I've never wavered from that. No matter how many times my father asked me if I wanted to go to medical school!
If you were stranded on a deserted island, which two characters would you want to be there with you?
Hm, of my own characters? Stefan, who is James's bodyguard, would be useful, because he's had all kinds of survival training and that kind of thing. But if we're going to be there for a while, I'd have to pick Daron and Ziggy from Daron's Guitar Chronicles. As long as they were getting along when we got stranded. If they weren't, none of us might get off that island alive!
Biggest question of all...coffee...decaf or caffeinated?
Tea. Preferably loose leaf, oolong or golden tips. Anything with more caffeine than that (Coke, coffee, Red Bull, etc) has always sent my heart into palpitations. I can't even eat tiramisu if it’s soaked in real espresso.
Occasionally in my 9-5 I run into federal and local law enforcement officers who find that I write romance fascinating. Yes, you read that right. FASCINATING. <Quizzical Look> I can only laugh about it, because inevitably the topic of THAT book gets brought up. When I explain what my romance books are based on and who the heroes are, then the plots (on their end) really start coming out. They give ideas and suggestions, and basically become my personal agents for romantic suspense.
There are quite a few who I've put in contact with photographers, and I often hold back from these images, but I was given the a-OK to share these with you. So without further adieu, please meet who I've deemed as Agent Hottie (of course this is to protect his identity).
Tell me, do you think he has what it takes to become a romance cover model?
Today I have my girl, and very talented author, Raven McAllan talking about her new release, Nina's Dom! The cover alone says so much: dark, mysterious, sexy....shall I go on?
I sat down with Raven and asked her a few questions. She had much to tell!
Tell me a little about your current release.
When I first wrote Master, a story set in Dommissimma, a BDSM club in Glasgow, I never really imagined how many people who went there needed their story told.
Nina's Dom is the fourth story, and how I love these two. It's about relationships and how people can connect with other. As ever I have a very feisty heroine who won't give in to my hero without a fight, and a determined Dom for a hero who knows exactly what Nina is and what she wants. Will he succeed in showing her? Ah well you'll need to read the book.
So, I'm dedicated toward finishing this WIP I'm working on called UNRAVELED. In it, I have my hero, who is a Vice Detective in NYC, that may or may not be the most "upfront" type of cop. He does things a little dirty, and more so, he IS hiding things from his department. Bring in my heroine, who is specifically there to investigate him...and toss in the fact that he doesn't know this, or even know what she does....and watch the conflict explode. My hero, Bennett, is based on Jason Statham and the many roles he has played. So this Monday, I'd like for you to jump in with a bit of our action hero, and below, a quick unedited excerpt. Enjoy!