Release Blitz – Take Me Anthology

Release Blitz – Take Me Anthology

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Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Genres: Anthology, Erotica, Romance

Surrender to desire with 12 books by the hottest names in dark romance, including bestselling authors Pepper Winters, Anna Zaires, and Lynda Chance.

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The anthology includes:

CD Reiss – Spin
Jenika Snow – A Beautiful Prison
Pepper Winters – Destroyed
Skye Warren – Trust in Me
Kendall Ryan – Unravel Me
Anna Zaires & Dima Zales – Twist Me
Shay Savage – Otherwise Alone & Otherwise Occupied
Amber Lin & Shari Slade – Three Nights with a Rock Star
Pam Godwin – Deliver
Lynda Chance – Marco’s Redemption
Gemma James – Torrent

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About the Authors

 Pepper Winters – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter

 Skye Warren – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter

 Kendall Ryan – Website | Facebook | Twitter

 Pam Godwin – Website | Facebook | Twitter

 Gemma James – Website | Facebook | Twitter

 Amber Lin – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter

 Shari Slade – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter

 Jenika Snow –Website | Facebook | Twitter

 Shay Savage – Website | Facebook | Twitter

 Anna Zaires – Website | Facebook | Twitter

 Dima Zales – Website | Facebook | Twitter

 Lynda Chance – Website | Facebook

 CD Reiss – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter

 

Interviews

INTERVIEW WITH ANNA ZAIRES

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

I’m Anna Zaires, and I write contemporary dark erotic romance and sci-fi erotic romance in collaboration with my husband, sci-fi and fantasy author Dima Zales.

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

I’ve been fascinated by captivity-themed romances from an indecently young age. Old Harlequins, 80s bodice rippers – they were all an inspiration for this book. I wanted to explore a captivity story in a modern setting, with a heroine who was fully conscious of the wrongness of the situation—and thus, Twist Me was born.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I’d say my current favorite is Nora, just because I’m deep into writing Hold Me (Twist Me #3). Truthfully, though, I tend to fall in love with all my heroines (and heroes!) while I’m writing their story.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

I have trouble shutting up my inner critic while I’m writing the first draft. I end up editing each sentence as I go along, which slows me down quite a bit (but speeds up the subsequent editing process :)).

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

The next book I intend to release is Hold Me, which is the third (and probably final) book in the Twist Me series. It’s my most emotionally complex story to date, and writing it is tearing me to pieces.

INTERVIEW WITH CD REISS

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

My name is CD Reiss and I write erotic romance and romantic suspense. The books are about ambition and art, but also, there are lots of steamy scenes and boundary pushing.

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

I wanted to write something high octane, with life or death stakes. I also wanted to take a nice girl and find out what would happen if she fell in love with a criminal. Who would affect who? Would she clean him up or would he desecrate her? The jury is still out.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

I love Antonio from Spin. You know, he’s actually a good man. A decent man, but he was raised to be bad, and he just doesn’t know HOW to be good.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Uhm, there is no hard part. I have the best job in the world.

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

Coda is the continuation of Jonathan and Monica’s story from The Submission Series. It’s book nine, so it’s really hard to talk about it without spoiling the first eight books….suffice it to say, Jonathan Drazen is back, and more Dominant, more demanding, more sexy than ever. If you haven’t read about him yet, you should check out Beg….book one is free everywhere.

 

INTERVIEW WITH GEMMA JAMES

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

My name is Gemma James, writer of a mixture of genres, including dark romance, erotica, new adult, and suspense. Most of my work is dark and erotic, though I’ve written one book that isn’t. I like to push boundaries in my books and make jaws drop.

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

Torrent is the product of two ideas. I actually have Skye Warren to thank for the second. She put out a call for submissions for short stories about criminals. I wanted to write a story for that anthology, but the idea became too big for a short, so I merged it with an earlier story I’d begun, and thus, Torrent was born.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

Tough question. I’d have to say Gage from the Devil’s Kiss series. He is so stubborn and set in his ways, and he won’t hesitate to go to extremes for what he wants. That whole series holds a special place in my heart because it was my first taste of writing anything that dark or erotic.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Working past my hang-ups. My need for perfectionism makes me freeze up a lot. I write with a maddening stop-and-go process, which drives me nuts.

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

Currently, I’m working on the third book in the Condemned series (Torrent is the first book). It’s titled Fervent, and hopefully it’ll be the conclusion to the series. I say hopefully because I write by the seat of my pants, so I never really know where a book or series is going until I get there. The tentative release date is scheduled for late March.

INTERVIEW WITH JENIKA SNOW

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

My name is Jenika Snow, and I am a #1 Amazon bestselling author in several sub-genres of Erotic Romance. I live in the Northwest and have been published since 2009. I write erotic romance in the sub-genres of Contemporary, Dark, Paranormal, and Sci-Fi.

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

I have been a dark romance reader for some time, absolutely love the genre, and have been an avid fan of the authors included. Having my story, A Beautiful Prison, amongst such great talent and stories is incredible.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

I have to say I don’t really have a “favorite” character, but Gavin, the “hero” from A Beautiful Prison, is one of my top characters. He is ruthless and cold, but when he meets his love interest, Ruby, a part of him softens toward her. He won’t ever change, because he is who he is, but he also knows that there was someone out there for him that could warm his cold heart.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part for me is hoping readers like my stories. I stress every single time, even six years after being published, that readers will hate my books. I think that is normal for every writer though.

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

My upcoming release is a darker MC read (the second book in The Soldiers of Wrath MC) with the talented Sam Crescent. I also have a couple other stories coming out this month with my publisher.

INTERVIEW WITH KENDALL RYAN

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

Hello! I’m Kendall and I write naughty books. There, I said it. I felt the need to get that off my chest. I have 14 novels published both indie and traditional and I’m drawn to forbidden romance.

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

Unravel Me consumed me. I wrote it the fastest I’ve ever written a book… in just 16 days. It was INSANE! And I still love that story. It’s about a woman who’s a PhD student writing her thesis on amnesia… her subject is man with amnesia whose been admitted to a mental hospital.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

Ah! I have no idea. I love troubled sex addict Knox, I love male model Ben with the filthiest mouth I’ve ever heard. I can’t chose!

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Everything. Writing books is HARD and sometimes agonizing for me.

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

My upcoming release is FILTHY BEAUTIFUL FOREVER, it’s the 4th and final book in the New York Times & USA Today bestselling FILTHY BEAUTIFUL LIES series, but can also be read as a standalone novel. It’s about 30-year old mega successful alpha male billionaire Collins Drake who made a promise to marry his best friend when he was 10 years old, and when she shows up at his door all these years later, his life gets completely knocked on its ass.

 

INTERVIEW WITH LYNDA CHANCE

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

My name is Lynda Chance and I live in Galveston County, Texas. I’ve been married for a whole crap ton of years and have two grown children who live in the Dallas area. I write erotic romances that contain an over-the-top alpha-male hero. The books I write aren’t ‘dark’ per se, but the hero is so obsessed that they might come off that way. One promise I’ve always made to my readers is that my heroes will never cheat.

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

I really had no rhyme or reason for writing Marco’s Redemption—a scene came to me (the bathroom/dress scene toward the end of the book) and I just developed the characters around that scene.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

I really couldn’t choose—Maybe Logan Crenshaw from ‘Pursuit’? I’ve loved him so much that I’ve written two short stories about his relationship with Lauren. He’s just so insanely protective and possessive about her—crazy with it. (The short stories are free and can stand-alone, wink, wink.)

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

That’s an easy question. Plotting. I hate plotting. I despise plotting—can’t do it and suck at it. –I always want to get straight to the meat of the story—which is when my alpha-male sees his woman for the first time and goes ape-shit crazy in territorial lust. Who has time for plotting when sex scenes are calling?

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

The fourth book in the ‘House of Rule’ series is coming out soon. The first three books were about the Rule brothers and the empire they built together. This story is going to center around their business enemy who reaches out and basically just takes their younger sister for himself. Max and Erin’s story has been fun to write because I’m letting Max off his leash.

 

INTERVIEW WITH PAM GODWIN

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

I live in the Midwest with my husband and our two children. I’m a coffee-addicted, sleepless vegetarian with a love for writing the dark and suspenseful side of romance.

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

A local news story about a sex-trafficking operation made me fearfully aware that this is happening in our own backyards, behind the gates of our own communities, in family-friendly suburbs. To raise awareness, I set Deliver in a Texas neighborhood with unsuspecting villains and a victim who could be your best friend, your brother, or your son.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

Van Quiso (in Deliver and Vanquish) is a sex-trafficker, rapist, and all-around unsavory character. Peeling him apart and exposing his broken and poisoned insides was a delicate process, but one I thoroughly enjoyed and learned from.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Deadlines. The rush at the end, the caffeine-fueled all-nighters, and the second-guessing and self-criticizing that comes in the final lap are hell on my nerves. But ahhhh, when those final words are written, it’s an amazing feeling.

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

Dirty Ties is a departure from my edgier writing. It’s a crime/action novel filled with illegal motorcycle racing, corporate corruption, lies, betrayal, torquey horsepower, and loads of steamy romance.

 

INTERVIEW WITH PEPPER WINTERS

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

Sure, my name is Pepper Winters. I speak with an English accent, have been lucky enough to live in a few countries around the world, and love to write dark, twisted love stories while in my PJ’s. I’m married to a French Canadian and have a house rabbit. That’s about it. With regards to my writing, I’ve always loved getting into the heads of people. I love to twist their darkest desire and confront their greatest fear. I find it brings a much deeper story into life. However, I’m about to release a Contemporary Romance that won’t be dark and I’m enjoying writing it immensely.

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

Destroyed was, and still is to this day, the hardest book I’ve had to write. It took a lot out of me. The characters didn’t behave and the plot line went in a completely different direction than the one I intended. I fought it every step—which made it incredibly hard to write. However, the book went on to hit the USA Today Bestseller, Indie Choice, and earned me a publishing deal with Grand Central (Hachette) publishing. So even though it took so much out of me, it gave back so much more.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

My favourite character to date. That’s an exceedingly hard question. Mainly because each book I write there is something I love about each character. However, if I have to pick, I’m going to break the rules a little and choose two. Q Mercer from Monsters in the Dark Series will always have a piece of my heart. He’s so damaged but so strong. So twisted but so loyal. I loved getting into his headspace. I’m also falling for Jethro Hawk from the Indebted Series. He has a lot beneath the surface and my heart breaks for him with what he has to deal with.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Hardest part is my eyesight currently. Before, I could stare at a screen for 18 hours a day with no problem. Now, I have to wear glasses and they get tired very quickly. I can write very fast when I’m in the zone (up to 13,000 words a day) but unless my eyes are focusing, it’s hard. I’m lucky that I don’t really deal with writer’s block. If I do, I’ll get my notepad and pen out and do some plotting. That always helps get me back on track.

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

I have a few coming out. 2015 is going to be my busiest year yet. I have Second Debt (Indebted #3) coming out on the 26th Jan, followed by Third Debt (Indebted #4), Forbidden Flaws (Contemporary Romance), Ruin & Rule (MC Romance 28th July), Fourth Debt (Indebted #5), Je suis a toi (Monsters in the Dark Novella), Final Debt (Indebted #6). Busy year! The Indebted Series are a dark romance dealing with diamonds, debts, and unwavering loyalties.

INTERVIEW WITH SHARI SLADE AND AMBER LIN

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

Hi, I’m Shari Slade and I write contemporary erotic romance and new adult. I write gritty stories about people who make terrible choices in the name of love (or lust). Somehow it all works out in the end. People have described my work as passionate, bittersweet, and blisteringly hot. When I’m not writing, wrangling a handful of surly pets, or smooching my husband, I’m a worker bee in the nonprofit sector. I also spend entirely too much time on facebook, twitter, and tumblr. *waves* I’m Amber Lin! I co-write the Half-Life rock star series with Shari Slade. I’m mostly along for the ride…

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

Shari Slade: If I remember correctly, Amber Lin and I were tossing around story ideas for solo projects and somehow got on the subject of callused hands. As you do. Logically, those callused hands led us to a rock star and a Sunday school teacher and a sex contract. That isn’t logical? It is for us. It’s how we ended up with super-sexy Three Nights with a Rock Star.

Amber Lin: I looked through our old brainstorming emails. I won’t share the whooole thing, and it probably wouldn’t make sense to the general public anyway, but there was this part where I said: “God, callused hands are amazing. Really big ones. With nimble fingers.” And then Shari replied with “Callused hands are an excellent place to start. So, yes!!! Let's do a rock star and a nerdy girl BECAUSE REASONS.” So off we went!

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

Shari Slade: I hate to pick favorites and I’m pretty sure I give a different answer every time someone asks, but right now Lock is my favorite. Lock is the growly front-man of Half-Life, all charisma and animal sex appeal.

Amber Lin: I’m a bit partial to the heroines myself. I’m sure there’s a reason for that, but I can’t think what 😉

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Shari Slade: Making the time to write is so difficult. Between my day job, family demands, and the siren song of social media, there are never enough hours in the day. Sometimes I just have to unplug, put a “do not disturb unless on fire” sign on the door, and get it done.

Amber Lin: Carving out the space and time and mental focus to do it is definitely the hardest part. Having a co-writer makes it infinitely easier and harder 😉

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

Shari Slade: Up next in 2015 I’ll have another gritty rocker romance co-written with Amber Lin, Second Chance with a Rock Star. I’ll also be releasing a dark contemporary new adult romance, Finding Always.

Amber Lin: I’m super excited about the third book in the Half-Life series. Moe is a powerhouse! As for my personal releases, I have BIG plans for 2015, but you’ll have to hang around to find out. You can sign up for my newsletter at authoramberlin.com.

INTERVIEW WITH SHAY SAVAGE

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

Hello! I’m Shay Savage, and I write action-adventure romance/erotica novels, primarily from the male point of view. The men I write about are typically alpha males and very “manly men,” often violent, and usually somewhat emotionally screwed up. They’re hit men, alcoholics, and cavemen in a very literal sense! My books aren’t always pretty stories, but I guarantee you’ll end up feeling something!

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

The character of Evan Arden was inspired by a lot of things, including many of my friends who have served overseas and come back different than they were before. Evan suffers from PTSD in a big way, and I’ve attempted to bring those feelings to the reader. The original inspiration was a simple request for a story about a man and his dog, and Evan’s Great Pyrenees, Odin, definitely plays a big part in the series.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

I love to write about broken bad boys – they are so much more interesting than others! Evan is definitely my favorite. He’s wonderfully damaged and terribly violent. You may not like what he does, but you’ll feel for him. He has a sweet side for sure, but doesn’t show it often. He incredibly intelligent and insightful, but often can’t see the forest with all those trees in the way.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Developing auxiliary characters can always be a struggle. I want the focus to be on the main couple, but they usually have to interact with others at some point. From the standpoint of writing erotica specifically, it takes a lot of effort to keep sex scenes fresh and interesting.

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

Though I do have a couple of books in the pipeline, including additional stories about Evan Arden, I don’t have a release scheduled just yet. My most recent release was Alarm – a story about a woman who gets pulled out of her humdrum life by a sexy and exciting man covered in tattoos, and ends up getting in over her head. It’s about learning to live, dealing with death, and what happens when we judge people based on their outward appearance. It’s a fun and sexy read – check it out!

INTERVIEW WITH SKYE WARREN

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?

I’m Skye Warren, the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance! Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my book in Take Me, which is TRUST IN ME. It explores taboo themes like captivity and redemption, overlayed with suspense. If you’re up for something dangerous, disturbing and erotic, take a look…

2. What inspired you to write the book included in Take Me?

One of the things I love about dark romance is how new it is, how nebulous the boundaries. With every book, I wonder what other barrier I can cross. What’s next? That’s what happened while I was writing Trust in Me last year. All my books, at their blackened hearts, are romances after all. So there was a hero… and a villain. It was almost a love triangle, except the reader knew how the story would end. The good guy gets the girl, every time. Doesn’t he? This is fiction, and dark erotica at that. If there’s any place a villain can find a happy ending, it’s here. And what does redemption mean anyway? When do you deserve a second chance? These are the questions explored in TRUST IN ME.

3. Who is your favorite character that you’ve written and why?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. I have a real soft spot for Mia in TRUST IN ME, because I felt her so strongly and so completely. Sometimes I have to dig for a character’s voice and backstory, but she showed up fully formed—and insisted on telling her story.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Nothing and everything. I love the actual writing, coming up with a story and falling in love with them. But reader expectation is such a tough thing—it’s tough in any genre but has particular challenges for dark books. Even the word dark means different things to different readers. But ultimately I can only write the books I love and hope that my readers enjoy them.

5. Tell us about your upcoming release!

I haven’t shared too much information about my upcoming release yet, but it’s the start of a new series. It’s dark, sexy, suspenseful—and with a sweeter edge that I’ve enjoyed writing. Readers can sign up for my newsletter to get notified of my new release: http://www.skyewarren.com/newsletter

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