Welcome back, TLN'ers!!
Have you been on the prowl for a screen-steaming romance? Well, ponder no further!
We've got the Queen of Steam, TINA DONAHUE hanging out with us today!
Leave those winter blankets tucked away, because Tina is gonna heat us up with the latest on her new releases SiNN and UNENDING DESIRE!
No need for a sugar filled pick-me-up today! We're getting down to the good stuff and. . . psst, passion is calorie-free!
1) If you were a book, what would your blurb be?
Oh, wow. That’s a tough one. How about this?
She came into this thinking it would be easy…how wrong she was.
With a lusty libido and a mind filled with romantic fantasies, author Tina Donahue decided she had to write romance. She just had to!
Little did she know of the obstacles she faced in her journey to publication and recognition. Agents who never responded to her queries or returned her calls. Editors that said – ‘don’t quit your day job, please’. Readers who wrote – ‘Too much sex!’ – or – ‘Too little sex!’ Reviewers that made her cry.
Overwhelmed by the odds, Tina continued writing and persevered thanks to her belief in Alpha males, feisty heroines and romance that can only be described as heat with heart.
2) Using three words, describe your voice.
Sultry. Irreverent. Descriptive.
3) What's been the biggest challenge you've had to overcome in your writing?
Being a very private person – some might say ‘shy’ – it’s hard to bare my soul through my writing. A book is an author’s baby, and when someone doesn’t like it, it hurts.
4) With numerous titles to your credit: What's your secret to staying focused and committed to finishing a manuscript?
Discipline. I write or plot everyday – 7 days a week. It’s just something I do like eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t even think about it anymore. I just do it. On the few days where I do take off – Thanksgiving and Xmas – I feel like I’m playing hooky from school.
5) Any tips for all the novice writers on writing spicy?
In order to make the erotic part as satisfying as possible, a writer really needs to have an emotional connection and build between the hero and heroine. If you don’t, it’s just sex and it gets boring quickly. However, if you build the sexual tension between two (or three) people that simply cannot live without each other, then the sparks really do fly when they finally get together.
From novice writer to multi-pubbed author: Has your outlook on publishing changed?
My outlook has definitely changed. I’m no longer starry-eyed about the industry. It’s a business. An agent and editor are not your friends; they’re colleagues. It’s all about reaching benchmarks – sell-through, earning out a royalty, getting that next contract. The only thing that hasn’t changed for me is writing. I really do love it no matter how hard it is at times.
6)What's up next for you? Any news you'd like to share?
This month I have two new releases from two different publishers – an absolute first for me.
They’re very different stories. SiNN is a contemporary ménage (my first ménage), while Unending Desire is an erotic paranormal and the first in my Outlawed Realm series (which is also my first series)
Here’s the cover art/blurb and a link to the excerpts for each.
Oh, and one more thing – I’m hosting a contest today…more on that later
SiNN – contemporary erotic romance (ménage) from Ellora’s cave – releasing October 14
She’s every man’s carnal fantasy…and the target of one’s revenge
At a Phoenix gentleman’s club, Lea dances as SiNN, her body bared and vulnerable to her male partner, her features hidden behind a feathered mask. To the men watching, she’s a sensual enigma, submissive and seductive with no face, name or history. Not even Lea knows her real origins.
A man from the past does and wants her dead.
Not on the watch of U.S. Marshals Jake Gabriel and Toby Quinn. Commanding and decisive, Jake not only wants Lea’s safety but to have her naked and yielding beneath him. To Toby, she’s all he should resist but cannot.
Protected by them at a secluded estate, Lea’s drawn to their potent masculinity and the raw male lust in their eyes. Inviting desire and an emotional connection, she submits to both at once, surrendering to their most shameless hunger along with her own wanton needs.
All while a killer edges closer…
Buy link (with excerpt): http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9642-sinn.aspx
UNENDING DESIRE – erotic paranormal romance from Samhain – coming October 18
His hunger for one woman will make him a traitor to his world…
Outlawed Realm, Book 1
From a portal in his lab on E2, one of the five dimensions of Earth, quantum physicist Nikoli Zorr gazes on everything forbidden to him. Passion. Desire. The exquisite pleasure of running his hands over the lush curves of a young woman he should have stopped watching weeks ago.
His duty is to close the portals that keep the monsters out of E2—and never interfere with the inevitable fate of those on the other side. Yet he can’t bring himself to abandon the woman who has captured his soul.
Psychologist Regina Page is trying to keep her mind on her client, and off the mysterious, unbearable sexual cravings that consume her when she’s alone in her bedroom. The next moment she’s attacked by vampires, then swept into another realm by a stranger whose touch awakens that same raw desire. Whose eyes are already filled with farewell.
Yet beneath their undeniable carnal lust, something else stirs. The beginnings of illicit love. The unexpected need to protect him. Even if it means risking body, blood and soul to defeat the merciless horde…for a future that was never meant to be.
Contains a repressed scientist who likes to look, and the woman who delights in unleashing his inner caveman. And sex hot enough to burn a hole in all three dimensions…and maybe create a whole new one.
Buy Link (with excerpt): http://store.samhainpublishing.com/unending-desire-p-6491.html
Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work; she has reached finals and/or placed in numerous RWA–sponsored contests. Three of her erotic novels were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights; and Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) recently received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011). She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.
*** CONTEST ***
To celebrate the release of SiNN and Unending Desire, I’m offering a contest. One lucky commenter on this blog will have her choice of one of my following ebooks**:
1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT
2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
7. Take Me Away - #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
** Winner chosen at random. Winner chosen October 15.
Holy Smokes! Now, there's some smokin' hot news! Many thanks to Tina for taking time out her busy schedule to be here today. I do so love to spice things up a bit now and again and from the looks of SiNN and UNENDING DESIRE one lucky commenter will too! If you'd like to know more about Tina Donahue, please check out her luscious website: www.tinadonahue.com
THANK YOU, TLN'ers!! Hope your week is full of fun and tons of reading time! Ta-ta-for-now!
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