Monday, July 14, 2014

Calinda B's Looks Like Trouble To Me #eroticromance

Today we have erotic romance author Calinda B. with an interview and an excerpt from her latest release, Looks Like Trouble to Me. She loves one of my favorite series and is a hybrid writer like me! She's quite the interesting lady. Enjoy! 



Interview questions for Calinda B.

Quick round:
Coffee, tea or…what’s your vice? Green Jasmine Tea, every time.

Favorite Movie: Bram Stokers Dracula. It’s the only movie I’ve watched over and over and over….

Favorite Color: Red, like passion, and turquoise, like the sea

Favorite book/author: Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (Mia adds in a squeal of delight at the mention of BARRONS!!!!!) 

How do you feel about bacon? Conflicted. I love the taste. But also like pigs. That doesn’t seem to stop me from indulging now and then. Hence, the conflict and inner turmoil.

(Mia adds...Okay, usually I do a bacon meme but since there is so much conflict in that statement, I'm going with a photo of what I think BARRONS looks like. Hot men should make almost everyone happy and forget the angst. I do not own the image. I wish I owned the man.)

Mia's mental image of Barrons from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning.

Now for the real questions... 

Tell us a little about yourself. 
Wow. Have a couple weeks? I’ve lived a wild and crazy life. I learned to say YES to life and life experience many years ago and have a rich life as a result. Some of it painful. Some of it joyful. All of it interesting. So many stories to tell that are real. A friend once told me he thought I made them up. I told him, “You don’t make this kind of stuff up!” Here’s an example: I once taught firewalking in Ukraine. Many high ranking fire officials were there from Moscow, all uniformed and serious. I taught through translation so have no idea what was actually said. The fire officials sat with arms crossed through the whole lecture part, making me very nervous. When we went out to the coals, they marched across. Then, they ran across. They picked me up and whirled me around, asking me to make the fire hotter (or that’s what the translator said; they could have been asking me out on a hot date). It was one of my more memorable firewalks. I’ve walked safely hundreds of times, across 40’ of hot coals, walked 108 times around and around a bed of coals, bent rebar with my throat, broke boards with my hand, almost tried bungee jumping (I dated one of the big dude bungee jumpers years ago), was a rock climber, tried ice climbing and came home being dragged out of the park on a makeshift stretcher (fell off a cliff, connected by my crampon at the top, dangling off the edge), currently scuba dive and kayak…oh, the fun times I have.

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What’s under your bed?
Cat hair!

What comes first, plot or characters?
Characters! I have to fall in love before I can write about them.

Pantser, plotter, or hybrid? Tell us about your writing process.
Hybrid. I started as a pantser, but have taken plot courses so am learning to blend the best of both worlds.

Oddest thing on your desk?
Safety whistle for scuba. It’s one of the “best whistles made” (seriously) and could call the moose off a mountain.

What’s your most interesting writing quirk?
What’s your favorite thing about the genre you write in?
Well, I started to say writing the sex, but that seems too obvious. When I’m crafting sex scenes I stay in a constant state of arousal. No joke. Other than that, I like making up scenes, seeing how the characters respond. I told my editor the other day, when she pushed me to change some scenes around, I felt like I was playing with Barbie and Ken, the Erotic Version, putting them into different scenarios to see how they liked each one. They liked each one. A lot.

What is the hardest thing about being an author?
Generating sales, marketing, promoting. It can be tiresome. Or, an up and down ride, like a really scary rollercoaster. On one day you’re on cloud nine because readers loved your book. The next day you want to shoot plastic doll heads because a reader loathed your work. Best thing is to not look at reviews or sales on a daily basis.

What’s the easiest thing about being an author?
Writing’s the easiest. When I’m immersed in a story I’m truly happy.

Tell us about your latest release!
I love, love, love, my latest release, Looks like Trouble to Me. It’s about a guy -- playboy, yacht builder, photographer, sexy Jace Savage. Like any decent bad boy, he owns a motorcycle, a sweet little café racer called a Grievous Angel. He’s lived a reckless life side by side with his trustifarian prick of a friend, Billy O’Reilly. Has used his potent sexuality and his will to get what he wants, his intelligence to get what he needs, but he’s only been in love once - until he meets Zoé Dubois. Zoé’s a student, with one semester left before she becomes a landscape designer. She’s smart, pretty, funny but has a few trust issues. Jace will bring out the worst in her with his unwillingness to let her in. He hides himself from her.

The two fall into a tempestuous, passionate love affair. They can’t stay away from one another. Sometimes, it seems like they’d be better off forgetting they ever met.

My editor pushed hard to make sure I upped the tension on every page. Even I don’t know what will happen to the pair in book 2! I hope you read and enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Blurb for Looks Like Trouble to Me
"Last name's Savage -- it means wild and uncontrolled," Jace, a party boy, yacht builder and skilled photographer with a quicksilver temper, tells the pretty waitress at Chica Rios. He's desperate to get laid, but there's something in the way of his driving, overactive libido and the girl standing before him - trouble...big trouble, and a whole lot of it, from the trustifarian prick who works by his side, to his messed up twin sister, to the secret hiding at his house. 

He sets out to woo Zoé Dubois, keeping her away from his trouble at home, encouraging her to let go of her inhibitions and live "Savage style," riding with him on the back of his motorcycle, exploring the great outdoors in a variety of oh, so delectable and naughty ways. 

He ends up with way more than he bargained for. Turns out she's the kind of woman who demands the truth...and that's just not the way he rolls. He uses his sexual experience to teach Zoé how to surrender and his strong will to get his way with her. She leverages his love for her to get him to let her into his troubled world and tender heart - something he's stubbornly determined to protect. Their passionate, erotic, romantic connection keeps them bound together while the trouble he brings threatens to tear them apart at every turn.

For mature audiences 18+

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Looks Like Trouble To Me is available at Amazon.
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

Watch the trailer at YouTube.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.


An excerpt from Looks Like Trouble to Me...

“Tell you what.”

Her head whipped back to face him. “What?”

“You get one question. I’ll answer one more question. I need to be inside you, baby. After that, you get another.”

“That’s not fair.” She seemed to squirm, conflicted.

She wanted him, too, he knew it. “What’s not fair is you being so far from me.”

Her nostrils flared slightly. She huffed out a rush of breath. “What did you do on Billy’s yacht?”

“We partied. A lot. I’d gone through a horrible, painful breakup and I needed to get her out of my head.”

“That doesn’t sound so bad,” she said, frowning. “Who was she?”

“That’s two. I told you I’d only answer one.” He got to his feet, watching her lean back slightly, legs parting ever so slightly. Good, he thought.

“Come on, Jace, who was she?”

“What does it matter who she was? She’s no longer in my life.” He took a step toward Zoé.

“What made it a horrible breakup?”

He took another step. “For someone who’s already used up her one question, you’re awfully persistent.” He crouched before her, spreading her legs wide, placing his hands on her hips. “Mmm, you smell good,” he said, inhaling her lovely scent.

“Stop, Jace, I need more answers,” she said, threading her fingers into his hair.

“And I need to get these pants off you.” His hands reached for the zipper.
She fell back on the couch. “Not fair.”

“It’s totally fair. We made a deal, baby.” He tugged the pants from her beautiful legs. “Love the sexy lingerie, babe. You have incredible taste.” His fingers pushed under the elastic, skimming along her hips.

“Jace,” she said in a breathy voice. “What are you doing?”

“I’m making you feel fantastic. That’s my guess. Lift those hips so I can slip these off.”

She complied, without protest. “You said you wanted me to tell you something.”

He paused. “I did, yeah. But now we’re doing this.”


About the Author...

An award-winning web designer and certified SEO specialist, Calinda B has worked in the Internet industry as a web page designer/developer since the early 1990's. She has also explored crazy adventure including rock climbing, bending rebar with her throat, breaking boards with her hand, and firewalking. In addition to writing, Calinda B creates fine art and music, and enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, and havoc wreaking. Calinda B makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with the love of her life and her two red-headed cats.

Her secret mission is to inspire the planet to be chock full of loving passion and she's doing her part by working on the fourth book in The Wicked Series, tentatively entitled A Wicked Ending, or the third book in The Beckoning Series, The Beckoning of Badass Things, or maybe those are done and she's working on.... She loves to write sexy books and does it daily.

Her latest book is the erotic romance/romantic suspense, Looks Like Trouble To Me.

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