Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Celebrating with Diane Leyne!

Hello and welcome readers. Today, I have Diane Leyne stopping by and taking the time to answer a few questions. Today is also a very special day, because she has a new book release to tell you about!

Hennessee: Diane, thanks for taking the time to sit a spell with me. For starters, I want to know if your friends could only describe you using one word, what would it be?

Diane: Enthusiastic. I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing now!

Hennessee: Do you have an upcoming book you would like to tell me about?

Diane: I have two actually.  My very first book, No Place Like Home, was released by Siren Publishing February 21st.  Cassie had loved Jackson and Markus and had offered herself to them when she was eighteen, but they rejected her.  She left for university and didn't return for seven years.  She was surprised to find the men had returned too, and this time, they have decided they want her in their lives.  She isn't convinced about a relationship, but it wouldn't hurt to have some fun, right?
On the 28th, Home for the Holidays will be released.  Nelly is going home for Thanksgiving when she had a car accident.  When Jack rescues her and drives her to the family home, Nelly impulsively invites the smoking hot widower to join them for dinner.  Thinking Jack is the boyfriend they've heard about but don't know is now an ex-boyfriend, her family put them in the same bedroom.  Jack's not arguing and Nelly starts to warm up to him when she finds out that her car accident wasn't an accident and Jack is the prime suspect.

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Hennessee: What do you say to people who believe romance books are porn for women?

Diane: Don't knock it until you've read it.  And if you do and still don't like it, don't read it again, but don't criticize me for enjoying it.

Hennessee: When did you begin writing?

Diane: I''m relatively new to writing.  No Place Like Home is my first novel, although I've given it a try a time or two before, but I never seemed to get far.  I always enjoyed writing in school, but one I got out and started working, there didn't seem to be much time for creative pursuits.  I've always enjoyed photography and was able to start selling stock photos a few years ago and make that dream come true.  So last Christmas, I decided that it was time to finally buckle down and make a serious attempt at writing and No Place Like Home was the result  and I hope the first of what I hope will be many books.

Hennessee: What kind of hero do you most enjoy writing about?

Diane: I like a hero who really likes women and cares about the heroine as an individual.  They have to care about more than just sex although they really like the sex too.

Hennessee: How do you deal with writer's block?

Diane: Get moving.  I find that after I've written to a certain point and am not sure what the characters will do next, the best thing is not to force it.  So I try to get away from the computer and do something else.  My best ideas come on the subway on the way to work.

Hennessee: When is your favorite time to write?

Diane: I usually spend the work week thinking about an upcoming book, letting my mind travel down several possible paths until I think I've found the one my characters would take.  Then I write on the weekends.

Hennessee: What do you think makes a great bedroom scene?

Diane: I think letting the reader get into the minds of the characters is what can make a bedroom scene great, and not just the heroine's mind, but the hero's too.  

Hennessee: Do you have any advice for new writers?

Diane: It's like anything else:  practice, practice, practice.  That's how you get better at anything and writing is no different.

Hennessee: When you read, what do you enjoy reading the most:

Diane: It's like anything else:  practice, practice, practice.  That's how you get better at anything and writing is no different.

Hennessee: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

Diane: Joss Whedon.  He's a writer, producer and director.  He's done big budget movies with the Avengers and then filmed Much Ado About Nothing on a shoestring at his home right afterwards.  I've been a fan since Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I'd love to pick his brain.  

Hennessee: I have to know. What's your poison?

Diane: My soft drink of choice is diet coke.  My hard drink is a greyhound which is grapefruit juice and vodka.

Hennessee: Do you have a favorite quote?

Diane: I have this one up on my website:  Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.  Groucho Marx

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Heating Up Hedon Falls with Michelle Graham

Welcome Michelle Graham, author of the hot menage a trios, Hedon Falls series. The second in this series, The Art of Love, released February 21st!

Melanie Hynes owns the brand-new art gallery in Hedon Falls. When she decides to make erotic art the theme of her opening exhibition, she goes in search of artwork.
Justin Gauthier creates a unique blend of painting and photography. Melanie finds his youth and vigor intoxicating. David Hannah can sculpt provocative pieces from ordinary materials. And Melanie discovers that he is very good with his hands. Garrett Anderson’s paintings of BDSM are shocking and arousing. When Melanie asks about the lifestyle, he teaches her.
Three men, each with their own distinct talents, and she falls hard and fast for all of them.
When David finds out she is seeing other men, he is hurt and angry. Confused by her attraction to three men, she doesn’t know who to choose. Justin and Garrett show her the joys of sharing, and she thinks that may be the key to her dilemma. Can she convince David to consider a ménage?

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I had the opportunity to ask Michelle a few questions. Here's what she had to say. 

Hennessee: What do you say to people who believe romance books are porn for women? 

Michelle: First off, what’s wrong with porn? I’ve never believed that it objectifies women. I know a lot of people would disagree with me on that one, but we’re all entitled to our opinions. The whole purpose of porn is to cause sexual arousal, and most erotic romance books do that. It’s just a different format. So I have no problem with my books being called porn. And I also think that more women should enjoy porn in its visual formats, too.

Hennessee: Do you have an upcoming book you would like to tell me about?

Michelle: I just had a book released on February 21. It’s called The Art of Love. It’s about a woman who owns an art gallery and goes in search of erotic art to display. She ends up finding three artists who get her hormones and her heart revving. This is the second book in my Hedon Falls series, and it can be read as a stand-alone, but for those who read the first book, Landing the Big Ones, it’s a chance to catch up on those characters as well.


When single mom Serena Keegan finally gives in to her son's pleas for a pet, they decide that fish are the perfect option for their apartment lifestyle. They quickly discover that they have a lot to learn about their aquatic friends. Thankfully, Dalton's Aquariums and More! is there to help. The owners, identical twins Lance and Liam Dalton, both find themselves attracted to her. They are eager to provide her with the assistance she needs, for the pets and for more…personal matters.
Serena’s past experience with men has been less than stellar, and she worries she and her son will end up hurt. Despite these fears, she finds herself falling for the sexy store owners, whose talents extend well beyond business. But Liam has a past he hasn't told her about, and when Serena finds out, it threatens their growing love.

Hennessee: What do you think makes a great bedroom scene?

Michelle: I prefer the graphic language in erotic romance because it’s more real. You wouldn’t hear a man saying he wanted to put his “manhood” into someone’s “private flower” or something like that. But it’s got to have emotion as well. A well written scene has a balance of both.

Hennessee: When did you begin writing? 

Michelle: I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I can remember my grade three teacher keeping booklets of stapled paper in one of the centres and I loved filling them with stories. I’ve always wanted to be a published author, but life happened in the meantime. I’ve been trying to get back into it now that my kids aren’t so little and last year something just clicked. I’ve been writing constantly ever since. 

Hennessee: Are any of the scenes in your books based on personal experiences? 

Michelle: There’s a scene in Landing the Big Ones, my first book, where Serena, the heroine, screams when she comes, which prompts her son to knock on the door to ask if there’s something wrong. We’ve had a couple of knocks on the bedroom door, but like Serena, I have a lot of difficulty keeping quiet during sex.

Hennessee: When you read, what do enjoy reading the most?

Michelle: I love reading erotic romance, especially ménage. That’s why I write them! I guess I enjoy the ‘naughtiness’ of it. I do read mainstream stuff too, with a preference for paranormal. My favourite authors are Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Laurell K. Hamilton. I also enjoy reading YA, because sometimes it’s nice to escape the adult world for a while.

Hennessee: What's your poison? 

Michelle:  Wine, preferably a nice Pinot Grigio or Riesling.

Hennessee: How do you deal with writer's block? 

Michelle: I’ll often go back and reread what I’ve already written, editing along the way. That will help me to remember what came before and I’ll often get an idea along the way. If I’m still stuck, I’ll just skip to the next scene and go back later. 

Hennessee: What are your hobbies, Michelle?

Michelle: Reading and playing the piano. I used to say writing, too, but that’s not as much of a hobby anymore.  

Hennessee: We all have a comfort food. What's yours?

Michelle: Chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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