April 12, 2014

Character Crush: Whitfield Bass of Seducing His Heart



Character Crush

Because Authors Have Crushes Too!


1.  What attracts you to Whitfield and why is he or she your character crush?

He’s handsome on the outside but scarred by a terrible childhood on the inside. He reached out to me

2.  Does Whitfield believe in love?

He doesn’t think he does, but he does in his heart.
                                                     
3.  What has been the biggest conflict in Whitfield’s life? 

Falling in love and wrestling with making a commitment. He’s a marriage- phobe.

4.  What makes Whitfield sexy? 

The way he looks, his success, his enjoyment of mocha cake and the way he makes slow and sweet love to women.

5.  What challenges did your character have growing up?
He had a horrible childhood. His mother deserted the family after he was born. His father was one of four boys and his father was a journalist, who traveled extensively. His next oldest brother hated him. Whit was raised mostly by his brother who was 11 years older than he. His childhood was a nightmare.

6.  If Whitfield were doing a sexy photo shoot, what would he wear?

Whit would wear a suit, crisp shirt and tie that brought out his clear gray eyes and almost black hair. With his shoulders, a suit would look awesome!

7.  How does Whifield define eroticism or romance? 

A curvy woman who desires him as much as he desires her.

8.  What’s sexy to Whitfield? 

A woman who cooks, is giving, loving and caretaking, as well as has a curvy body, flesh he can get a grip on.

9. Would Whitfield  lick Jell-O shots off someone’s body? 

Yes, but I think he’d prefer mocha pudding.


10. Use the first three words that pop into your mind to describe Whitfield:

Gorgeous, wounded, sexy

            Blurb


Anyone would be a marriage-phobe, too, if they grew up in Whitfield Bass's house. After he was born, his mother deserted the family. Their father, a journalist, traveled extensively and left his four sons with relatives, or babysitters. Whit's closest brother hated him and blamed him for their mother's desertion. Whit told Bess he'd never marry, never trust a woman not to take off and leave him with a house full of broken children who couldn't be fixed. Can you blame him?


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About Jean

Jean Joachim, wife and mother of two sons, is owned by a rescued pug, named Homer. She’d been writing non-fiction for what seemed like forever until she got up the nerve to try fiction. It was love. Now she spends her days in New York City in the company of her characters, with a cup of tea and a secret stash of black licorice.



April 6, 2014

Sexy Snippets #6 Press Play #6

Sexy Snippets are seven sentences, taken from a work in progress, or published book, brought to you every Sunday. Please check out the other snippets here.  Another snippet of Press Play: 


Drummer girl for Airi Moon, Play Baptiste is living her dream, loving life and her hot affair with ER Doctor Preston Stevens. Though they have a long standing no-strings, no-complications arrangement, Play can't help thinking of what her life would be like if she put down roots with Press.
Preston Stevens is a man who could have any woman he wants, only it's the bad girl drummer that ignites his libido and captures his heart. Their arrangement has worked out well for his chaotic schedule until the night Press is unable to  save the woman his best friend loves from a tragic car accident. In an instant, he is reminded that life is short and wants to grab hold of what he knows for sure: his love for Play. 

I thought abut how dire his voicemail had sounded, the words “We need to talk” had burned a hole through my damn mind the whole evening. Who the hell liked hearing those words? I made quick haste to shower, changed into a slinky black dress with capped sleeves and left my dark hair in a series of twists to tumble past my shoulders. 

I slid on my heels as I heard Rex, the band's keyboardist, whistle "Someone's getting some tonight."


I twisted my lips at him, throwing a towel at his head. "Shut up!"
Kameko, the lead singer of Airi Moon, chuckled, "I think the doc is going to be very glad to see you."
"Its only been three months," I replied, dryly. "he should be glad to see me."
"As glad as you are to see him, no doubt." Lulu grinned and wiggled her hips.

April 5, 2014

Character Crush: Noah Clark of After Midnight


Character Crush
Because Authors Have Crushes Too!



 
1.  What attracts you to Noah and why is he your character crush?

Noah Clark is handsome in an intriguing mix of urbane and ruggedness. He carries himself with the confidence that only comes from being a performer. And if that's not enough, he's caring and sexy--a lethal combination to any woman's heart.

 2.   Does Noah believe in love?

Absolutely. Noah’s parents have been together for 45 years, so he not only believes in the emotion, he knows it is strong enough to last a lifetime. He just never imagined he would find it in a pub in Long Island City, or with a woman as desperate to forget her past as he is to reclaim his.


3.   What actor or actress resembles Noah?

Josh Holloway. I never base my characters physical attributes on real people. When characters pop into my head and begin a conversation, they’re fully formed – hair color, eye color, skin tone, everything. And so to me Noah has always looked like…Noah. However, as a reader I understand the interest in learning who the author believes their character most closely resembles. For me that person would be Josh Holloway.

4.   What is the most enduring trait about Noah? Or maddening?

The most maddening trait about Noah is his one track mind. When he wants something, he goes out and gets it, no matter what it takes. The first time he laid eyes on his heroine, Isabeau, he wanted her. He wanted to show her what she was missing, by ignoring her music the way she was. He wanted to share with her what it took him years to figure out: Denying who you are is nothing but a waste of time, time you never get back. But that one track mind got him in trouble when he became so focused on what he wanted that he didn’t see the big picture. As a result, he nearly lost the woman who’d become everything to him.


5.   Use the first three words that pop into your mind to describe Noah

Sexy, persistent, and patient.


6.   What past event in Noah’s life has defined them the most?

The death of Noah’s childhood friend and Black Phoenix’s original drummer, Danny Treyborne. Noah and Danny grew up around the corner from each other, chasing girls, raising hell, and sharing the dream of one day making it big. Neither of them ever imagined just how big they would become - a multi-platinum band whose last album was the most successful of its century. Or that sex, alcohol, and rock and roll would lead to Danny’s death, and Noah’s defining moment.


7.   Who is your Noah's confidant?

His best friend: Black Phoenix bassist, Dominic Price.


AFTER MIDNIGHT Blurb:

Thirteen years — that's how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother's life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar...

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal — one that doesn't include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won't be easy, but he can't get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?


For more information on AFTER MIDNIGHT including buy links: http://www.sarahgrimm.com/after-midnight.html


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About Sarah:

Sarah Grimm is a wife and mother of two—five if you count her much-loved dogs. She resides in beautiful West Michigan, near the white sandy beaches of Lake Michigan.

The youngest of four, Sarah can’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, her siblings believe she began writing in utero to pass the time. As a child, Sarah wrote constantly, littering the house with bulging spiral notebooks and ignoring the ribbing of her mother and sister who routinely said romances? in a somewhat scornful tone. Little did they know, Sarah would go on to win a 2011 Readers Favorite Award for her romantic suspense, Not Without Risk, and her interracial contemporary romance, After Midnight would both final in the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, as well as win the 2012 Romance Through the Ages Award.

Vivacious and imaginative, Sarah spends much of her day managing the family marine repair business while listening in on the lives of her characters. In the evening, she writes it all down, weaving the story as she goes. She says this method works well for her, except on the days when her hero and heroine insist on a steamy love scene while she’s answering the telephone or doing the taxes!

When asked what he thinks of her choice of genres, Sarah’s husband grins wickedly and answers, “It makes for interesting evenings.” Hmmm..


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April 3, 2014

Quote: Elizabeth Gilbert










“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control.” 
― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love


April 2, 2014

Book Hooks #7 Press Play #5

Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. BookHooks gives authors a chance to hook readers every week with their works in progress or latest release. This week, another  little snippet from my wip, Press Play, part of my Rock Me Baby Series. Check out the blurb below and if you've missed the previous snippets here are the links:




Drummer girl for Airi Moon, Play Baptiste is living her dream, loving life and her hot affair with ER Doctor Preston Stevens. Though they have a long standing no-strings, no-complications arrangement, Play can't help thinking of what her life would be like if she put down roots with Press. 

Preston Stevens is a man who could have any woman he wants, only it's the bad girl drummer that ignites his libido and captures his heart. Their arrangement has worked out well for his chaotic schedule until the night Press is unable to  save the woman his best friend loves from a tragic car accident. In an instant, he is reminded that life is short and wants to grab hold of what he knows for sure: his love for Play. 


The media described me as the sexy, edgy, tomboyish drummer with an occasional dirty mouth—by their standards I’d fit right in as the renegade socialite.  Being comfortable in my own skin was the only thing that had gotten me through the tough times when there'd been no one to lean on, except the occasional rat sharing a broken down haven in whatever abandoned building that would keep me hidden from the pimps and addicts. As a homeless teen, it’d seemed days like this would never come true.  Me—Play Baptiste—the girl that had been tossed from one foster home to the next, had a place I belonged. I enjoyed being me—sexy, outspoken and rebellious. My carefree swag is what caught the eye of a one of the most sought-after billionaires—what girl could complain about that? I wasn't looking to change and I prayed that Press understood that there was no deterring my course when we finished what he’d called a “needed” conversation about the direction of our relationship.  Maybe I was getting ahead of myself, Press had never hinted at commitment before and it was unlikely he would do so now. Maybe it was time I prepared myself for the end of a good thing.


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