Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sundae With Nuts - Christa Maurice

August 24th, 2014

Welcome to another saucy episode of SUNDAE WITH NUTS where I have asked my fellow authors to join me for the day for a bit of fun and a laugh. We are romance writers after all!

Without further ado, I am most pleased to introduce the lovely and talented (and very brave!) Christa Maurice!

Sundae with the Nut Christa Maurice

1.Favorite knickers: cotton, lace, silk or errr…leather?
I have a wonderful pair of leopard print stretch lace that I break out for special occasions and whenever I need to feel super.

2.Who is your fantasy male or female? Or both?
Fantasy male? Hmmm. Either Steve Perry circa 1985 when he was growing his hair back in after that odd short cut and the mustache from the Frontiers tour or Rick Savage circa 1989-90 when he’d toned down a little in his personality and so had his hair. I don’t think I could be with a man could maintain more lift on his hair than I can.



3.What language, when heard spoken, makes you frisky? (like Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish called Wanda)
Spanish. When I worked in Chile I had a boy in class who just made me crazy. I’m not normally cougar-iffic for the barely legal, but this “boy” was a physically fully mature rugby player complete with broad shoulders and a cute little butt. Most of the other teachers in school had problems with him, but not me. He liked me. He would pass me in the halls and say, “hello meees” and I would say hello and walk on clouds for an hour afterward. Then there was this guy Rey who managed the Baja Fresh near the Borders where I worked. He flirted with me endlessly on the days I came in without my then husband, but when the ex cam in with me, I was invisible. Somehow, that was even sexier. Mm, Spanish. Must go to Spain.

4.What vehicle, abode, beach, construction site or other locale did you lose your virginity?
The front seat of my 1978 white Monte Carlo with the blue landau roof to the singer of a local band. Blond, blue eyed, half decent singer.

5.Do you believe in love at first sight?
Having fallen in it four or five times now, yup.

6.If you could play a board game during sex, what would it be?
Personally, I’d skip the board games and go straight for the Wii. The things you could do with Wii Fit yoga are intriguing.

7.Any special “toys” you’d like to give mention to for their outstanding achievements?
Not a toy girl.

8.I *heart* Peter Cetera. What song immediately swoops you back to your “first days” of falling in love?
My first boyfriend was a summer love and despite it being quite old at the time, I was really into the Journey song “Feelin’ That Way” for the line “when the summer’s gone / she’ll be standing by the lights / once she’d been to where she’s gone to / she will know wrong from right.”


9.Most romantic or sexiest destination out there.
I’ve traveled pretty extensively. Two years ago I had to have pages added to my passport. Rare is the place that I don’t see romantic potential in. Venice; The Maldives; Blackwater Falls, West Virginia; Paris; San Francisco; Prague. With the right attitude just about anywhere can be romantic. Except Fujairah. I couldn’t find any potential there.

10.Who was your first crush or kiss?
First crush was this boy in named Patrick. I remember riding the bus with him in kindergarten, but we weren’t in the same class that year. We were in the same class for 5th through 8th grade and then he changed schools.

11.If you become a best-selling author and sell your movie rights, what will be the first thing you do when you hear? Other than contact Cd Brennan and offer to share with her, of course.
Try to negotiate the soundtrack. Then go to Disney World.

12.I wanted to be a helicopter pilot and a cowgirl when I grew up (still do). What did you want to grow up to be when you were a little girl?
I wanted to be Lorelei Shellist. I didn’t know who she was or what the perks of her life were, but I vividly recall seeing an ad she appeared in where she was wearing these great big sunglasses. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen and imagined that she had some kind of amazing life. Little did I know. Dated Don Henley right around Hotel California. Modeled for all the big designers. Engaged to Steve Clark until he died. Lived all over the world. Now she rents vacation properties in California and is a life coach. I did manage to live a low rent version of that life so I think I succeeded. I dated musicians and married an artist. I modeled for comics (less dieting involved.) I was nearly deported (she just escaped Milan; I just escaped Chile.) She lived in Japan. I lived in Korea. I’m considering buying rental property when I return to the US and I’ve been a teacher all my life. Plus, I have the big sunglasses. 

And last but now least.

13.Favorite ice cream flavor.
Ice cream? Who cares what flavor it is? I’ll heat up the hot fudge.

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Wow! I'm loving Miss Christa already. I think her and I would hit if off great over a glass of wine and reminiscing our travels. Plus, she loves Journey. Obviously, since it appeared in two answers. I hooked up everyone to listen to the Journey tune, but I pissed myself laughing at the high-waisted trousers and male camel-toe. But feckin' hell, he was sexy back in the day. I hope I got his bangs right in the picture, Miss Christa!

Good woman, you have special occasion knickers. I love this concept and plan on getting a few of my own soon. It's been too long since I perused Victoria's Secrets catalog. Because my boys are getting old enough now where I can actually go have a couple of special nights with my hubby. What you wear underneath is important to the progression of events as the evening gets on!

I hadn't a clue who Lorelei Shellist was so googled, of course. One of most interesting answers for that question. Christa, you take the Nut award home for that one! But I have to say, you are running some funky parallels in your lives. Way to make your dreams happen, girlfriend!

SATELLITE OF LOVE looks hot as hell. Pick up a copy or one of the other many fantastic books by Christa Maurice!



                       Kensington Publishing Corp: Christa Maurice




Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sundae With Nuts - Desiree Holt

August 17th, 2014

Welcome to another saucy episode of SUNDAE WITH NUTS where I have asked my fellow authors to join me for the day for a bit of fun and a laugh. We are romance writers after all!

Without further ado, I am most pleased to introduce the lovely and talented (and very brave!) Desiree Holt!

Sundae with the Nut Desiree Holt!

1.Favorite knickers: cotton, lace, silk or errr…leather?
Ooh! Silk with a little lace.

2.Who is your fantasy male or female? Or both?
How about two males?

3.What language, when heard spoken, makes you frisky? (like Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish called Wanda)
Spanish. I really think it’s the language of love. I have a lot of Hispanic heroes and they have some very sexy phrases.

4.What vehicle, abode, beach, construction site or other locale did you lose your virginity.
OMG! Well, I hope my kids aren’t reading this but on a blanket at the beach.

5.Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes. Still do.

6.If you could play a board game during sex, what would it be?
Scrabble using only erotic words.

7.Any special “toys” you’d like to give mention to for their outstanding achievements?
A proper collection of vibrators can do wonders for your sex life, especially used together.

8.I *heart* Peter Cetera. What song immediately swoops you back to your “first days” of falling in love?
This will really, really, really date me and I’ve got more than one song: 
I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra and When I Fall In Love by Nat “King” Cole 


9.Most romantic or sexiest destination out there.
Acapulco and Bermuda, my two honeymoon destinations. Dancing in the waves at moonlight and drinking champagne.

10.Who was your first crush or kiss?
Hi name was Jackie, we were twelve and when we kissed goodnight our races locked. My dad had to come downstairs and unhook us. Bummer!

11.If you become a best-selling author and sell your movie rights, what will be the first thing you do when you hear? Other than contact Cd Brennan and offer to share with her, of course.
After Cd I’ll call my kids and open the $150 bottle of champagne chilling in my fridge for a special occasion.

12.I wanted to be a helicopter pilot and a cowgirl when I grew up (still do). What did you want to grow up to be when you were a little girl?
A movie star, Boy, that dream died in a hurry!

And last but now least.

13.Favorite ice cream flavor.
Coffee, coffee, coffee.

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Ah, another Friday evening getting my Nut post ready, and it's an absolute beaut here in northern Michigan. Listening to the Nat King Cole link and the sun is just setting. Nice. Plus, I just got back from holidays, so feeling (a bit) refreshed and refueled. Tired as hell, but a good tired. Now, where is the wine?

This Sundae, I am totally chuffed (Irish = beyond excited) to have the lovely Miss Desiree for my Nut. She's a bloody legend in romance!! I feel I want to slag her like the rest of the Nuts as it is a bit of a rite of passage, but do I dare? LOL. No, probably not. A bit starstruck, I am. 

Miss Desiree, fab answer for #2, and even though the Nuts has been going now for years, it's an original! Now tell me, any two particular fine specimens you have in mind? Because I'd love that visual. And I don't know if its my change coming or what, but I've had some seriously kinky dreams lately. That just will add fuel to the fire.

Love your twist on Scrabble. Well played, Miss Desiree. For #10, how mortifying for you! Any boner that young man had swiftly vanished, I expect, with the approach of your father. But what a great story to tell NOW. :-) And yes, yes, please call me when you get approached for a movie and I'll pop over to share some of that champers. 

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Known the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, do give it up for the lovely and talented Miss Desiree Holt. Her latest release, FINDING JULIA, with Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing is just as hot as the rest. I know because I've read it!






Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sundae With Nuts - Shannon MacLeod

August 10th, 2014

Welcome to another saucy episode of SUNDAE WITH NUTS where I have asked my fellow authors to join me for the day for a bit of fun and a laugh. We are romance writers after all!

Without further ado, I am most pleased to introduce the lovely and talented (and very brave!) Shannon MacLeod!

Sundae with the Nut Shannon MacLeod

1.Favorite knickers: cotton, lace, silk or errr…leather? 
Mmm…there’s a question. Lace sometimes, spandex sometimes…was commando an option?

2.Who is your fantasy male or female? Or both? 
I always like the rock star type guys – long or spiky hair, earrings, maybe a tat or two…especially if they’re hidden away. I love treasure hunts!




3.What language, when heard spoken, makes you frisky? (like Jamie Lee Curtis in  A Fish called Wanda) 
– that’s an easy one. A deep Scots (Gaelic) burr coming out of the right mouth makes me melt.

4.Do you believe in love at first sight? 
Absolutely!

5.If you could play a board game during sex, what would it be? 
Twister!

6.I *heart* Peter Cetera. What song immediately swoops you back to your “first days” of falling in love? 
Def Leppard’s Love Bites, When I’m With you by Sheriff or Love of a Lifetime by Firehouse (almost dated their lead singer once – we made a date but stood each other up. We ran into each other again a few nights later,  both apologizing for not showing, not realizing the other didn’t either….awkward….LOL) 





7.Any special “toys” you’d like to give mention to for their outstanding achievements? 
There are so many that are special in so many ways. Goodness, now – how’s a girl to choose?

8.Most romantic or sexiest destination out there 
– aside from the idyllic visions of the beach at sunset or a heather strewn field in the Highlands, I’m a firm believer of making the best of what you got wherever you got it. An afternoon trip with your special guy/girl to the hardware store can be a romantic getaway if you apply the right amount of imagination *winks*

9.Who was your first crush? 
The Beatles, Jack Wild and David Cassidy, not necessarily in that order

10.If you become a best-selling author and sell your movie rights, what will be the first thing you do when you hear? Other than contact Cd Brennan and offer to share with her, of course 
– I’d likely scream myself hoarse then start planning the mother of all celebration parties.

11.I wanted to be a helicopter pilot and a cowgirl when I grew up (still do). What did you want to grow up to be when you were a little girl? 
Rock star, pro surfer or storm chaser – preferably all three at once.

And last but now least.

12. Favorite ice cream flavor 
– I’m a chocoholic to the core. 


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Today, I have the pleasure of Miss Shannon's company, a fellow Lyrical/Kensington author and guest from across the pond. First, I have to say commando is always an option. So you're hot after the rockers, eh Miss Shannon? I'm pretty impressed you ALMOST dated the lead singer of Firehouse. So I had to put him in your fantasy male pic. LOL Now there, is some awesome hair. He's second from the left, right? One time I saw Weird Al Yankovic at Mardi Gras. That's my brush with fame. Oh, and I got in trouble from security for trying to take a sneaky picture of Ronan Keatinge at Bruxelles in Dublin.

I adored your answer to what you wanted to be when you were younger. Or in your case a combo-extravaganza. What  a heroine in a story you'd make! I'm also a deep chocolate lover, so I'm down with that, girl. And mother of all parties after such an announcement? AMEN. I'd be doing the same. Sometimes, I catch myself planning it already - who I would invite, what famous music band would play, what I would wear...sigh. But hey, you never know. One day.

I had no idea who Jack Wild was so had to google him. I so enjoy my Friday evenings getting these posts together. Pure enlightenment. Was it the Oliver or Melody stage that you fell for him? :-)

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Miss Shannon MacLeod is an extremely talented writer. If you want to find a story that involves that deep Scottish burr she mentions with a bit of time travel, stop by her website or Kensington page!




Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sundae With Nuts - Sub Call from Lyrical's Paige Christian

August 3rd, 2014

No Nut today but I do have a Submission Call for you. Yippee!

Here you go and good luck!

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As I stood blurry-eyed in my kitchen this morning, staring at the space on my counter where my coffeemaker used to live, and wondering why, exactly, I’d given up caffeine, I had an epiphany. Now, it wasn’t the type of revelation that would resolve any lingering questions regarding the existence of alien life; I save those thoughts for after lunch. No, what struck me like a sharp corner to the funny bone was the fact I haven’t put out a single submission call this summer. With all the changes at Lyrical Press after we joined Kensington, I’ve been wrapped up in current projects and making the transition as smooth as possible for my authors. Now it’s time for me to put on my conductor’s hat and call, “All aboard the Submission Train!”

Oh, right. That’s why I gave up caffeine. I’m weird enough without stimulants.

Regardless, I’m looking to expand my author list and acquire some great stories. The recently announced merger between Lyrical Press and eKensington means that we’ll be accepting non-romantic fiction as well as romance. In keeping with this change, I’d love to see some women’s fiction stories or cozy mysteries. But my true love will always be romance, and right now I’m looking for contemporary romance, historical romance (especially if it is set in unique time periods or locations), erotic romance (Hot, Hot, Hot), sports romance with strong female athletes, and romantic suspense with no paranormal element.

·         Manuscripts should be submitted to: paigeechristian@gmail.com

·         I prefer stories that are between 40,000 and 100,000 words.

·         Characters must be well-developed, their motivations clear and their actions must move the story forward.

·         Choose your point of view (i.e. first-person, third-person) but ensure that, whichever you choose, you write your characters from a truly deep viewpoint.

·         Your work should be as clean and polished as you can make it.

·         All works must be complete and submitted with a query letter and synopsis.

·         Agents are encouraged to contact me with either completed projects or proposals.

·         Please note: Lyrical Press is no longer open to previously published works. This includes self-published work.

If you have any of these stories finished, polished, and ready for consideration, please send them my way!

All my best,
Paige Christian 

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