02 January 2017

Q & A with CJ Bower!

Hello CJ!  Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today!  It’s such a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…

Q) Is this book part of a series?  If so, can you tell us about it?
            Icing the Competition is book two of my three-book series, Caked with Pleasure, after On Track with Icing. In this story Jacqui’s best friend Persephone Williams has a secret crush on Jacqui’s fiancé Nick Barrister’s best friend, Shawn Sheldon. They meet at the beginning of On Track, when Nick and Shawn go into Jacqui’s corporate suite at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to thank Jacqui for the bachelor party cake Nick orders from her.
            Shawn’s marriage doesn’t work out and he meets up with Persephone at an art gallery showing six weeks after his divorce is final, but he doesn’t get her name. Their paths cross again at Nick and Jacqui’s party, where they are finally properly introduced.

Q) Can you give a fun or interesting fact about your book?
            This book is dedicated to three amazingly talented cake artists, Richard Ruskell, Elisa Strauss and Collette Peters, who have all competed on the Food Network Challenge cake decorating competition. Richard has competed eighteen times, and has won six gold medals.
            I have also included homage to a long-time racing broadcaster who lost his battle to cancer in April 2015, Steve Byrnes. His commentary always made the races fun to watch, because one never knew what interesting tidbit he’d discover or crazy antic he’d catch on camera.

Q) What gave you the inspiration for your book?
This book came about because after I finished On Track with Icing Jacqui’s best friends decided they needed their own story. I actually started writing Camille’s story first, which starts out with Jacqui and Nick’s wedding.
I knew Nick wanted Shawn as his best man, but Jacqui would never have had asked Lisa to be maid of honor. That’s pretty much when I decided that she had to go (and how her character evolved from airhead, bimbo, trophy wife to scheming gold-digger).  It turns out that Persephone was a much better match for him. He had to work hard for her affections, which was something he hadn’t had to do since he was in high school.

Q) Do you have any habits that get you in the writing frame of mind?
            I just try to clear my thoughts and focus on the voice of the character I’m trying to work with at that time. I also try to make my environment as distraction-free as I possibly can, though I do need to have some kind of noise in the background, whether it’s music or television.

Q) Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I’m a pantser. The characters seem to just leap to life on the page as my fingers fly across the keyboard.
However, I did have to do some planning as On Track with Icing evolved from a one-off into a three-book series. I created a mini bio for every character name that appears in the series. At last count there were 65 characters in the series, and about a third of them appear in all three books.
Peri’s story was pretty much inspiration and writing as the story carried me away.

Q) How much real life do you put into or influences your books?
Tons! My three main heroines, Jacqui, Peri and Cami, all took on several of my own characteristics, and Jacqui ended up with my medical history (though my story ends happier than hers). I spent 4 years working in my family’s bakery in Western Wisconsin, so they all have my work and creative experience.
I’ve also infused personality traits of my best friends into several of the other characters. And I’ve told anyone who spends any length of time in my company that anything they say or do may be used as book fodder, which has seriously worried one of my aunts. J She’s concerned that I’ll include family squabbles among my characters.

Q) What are your upcoming projects?
I’m currently working on book three of the series, Knotted Up with Passion, which is Camille’s story. I haven’t officially revealed who her love interest is yet, but there are small clues in the first two books. I have a positive feeling that the readers are going to love who she ends up with. Let’s just say that sparks have already flown, and the flame is threatening to burst into an inferno. I’m surprised their heat hasn’t made my laptop spontaneously combust! J
I also have another major project in the works, which is at minimum a 5-year project. It involves 50 stories, one for each state in the country. Two stories have already been completed, and I’m working on three more.
In addition to those projects, I’m also polishing up an erotic fantasy piece about a woman whose husband surprises her on their 10-year-anniversary by making one of her sexual fantasies come to life. It’s hotter than anything I’ve ever written before. 

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NASCAR driver Nicholas Barrister thinks he's going into Jacqui's Bakery to order a cake for his friend's bachelor party. He didn't count on falling for the woman behind the counter.

She's everything he wanted in a woman…except for one thing. 

Plus-sized bakery owner Jacqui Jacobson's confidence is at an all-time low after her public divorce and her ex-husband's despicable accusations. So the last person she expects to show interest in her is racing hot-shot Nick Barrister. But when the two click over her risqué cake designs, it seems like icing on the cake. 

However, Jacqui hasn't told him that not being able to have children was the main cause for her marriage ending. As her relationship with Nick turns from casual to serious he expresses his desire for children, and now time is running out. Can she tell him first before her ex-husband, who has reared his ugly head and is determined to destroy her new-found happiness, beats her to it? And will Nick still want her once he finds out? 

Content Warning: contains lots of steamy sexual content and exciting racing action 


While recovering from his divorce, NASCAR driver Shawn Sheldon focuses his energy on his racing career. However, a chance encounter with the innocent Persephone has him thinking about trying again. But can Peri handle Shawn’s high-profile life and the media circus that goes with it?

Can the innocent beauty heal the arrogant stock car driver’s heart?

Shawn Sheldon comes home early from Daytona and discovers his wife Lisa in their bed with two men. He immediately kicks her out and files for divorce, but the hits keep blindsiding him like a high-speed crash at Talladega. Shattered by Lisa’s betrayal, Shawn takes a self-imposed sabbatical to let his heart heal. However, a chance encounter with the beautiful Persephone encourages him to try again.

Persephone Williams has harbored a secret crush on Shawn since their introduction a year ago. While she’s dated in the past, she’s never had a steady boyfriend, and none of them inspired her to punch her V-card. After one hot, steamy kiss with Shawn, she finds herself giving in to the desires of her heart. He is arrogant—cocky, even—but he proves that he has a soft side too.

When Shawn’s ex-wife resurfaces and tries digging her red-lacquered talons into him again, he shows Peri that she’s the one he wants. But can Peri handle his high-profile career and the media circus that goes with it?

Content Warning: contains steamy sex and hot racing action
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance


Despite the fact that her parents remind her of a 50's-sitcom, Camille Coulson didn't have an easy life. She spends the first three years of her adult life as a sub for a man she thought she knew.

When the relationship takes a turn for the worse, she gets out and moves back in with her parents and younger brother. To get back on her feet, she obtains her degree in marketing and takes over the bookkeeping and promotions management position for her best friend.

However, the one thing Cami didn't count on when she started working at Jacqui's Bakery is the undeniably strong attraction for the one man who is completely off-limits to her...



           Francesca “Frankie” Cuttino relocated to the baseball-obsessed town of Kingston, Rhode Island to start a new life. She’s been taking refuge in her teaching job and indulging in binge watching TV. Welcoming the break from her three-time ex-fiancé, she takes comfort in the much needed alone time. But her sexy new neighbor has her rethinking the single life.
            Professional baseball player Jed Silver is on the hitting streak of his career. He’s the newest member of the Kingston Crushers and the town’s latest obsession. He’s enjoying his rookie status and all the attention it earns him with the women. That all changes when he stumbles onto his gorgeous next-door neighbor, who doesn’t have a clue who he is.
            As baseball fever overtakes the town these two heat up the sheets, making for one explosive summer, until Frankie’s past catches up with her.


            Sabrina Aleninis a self-assured young woman who has a clear plan for her future. As a YouTube blogger who is gaining momentum, she needs the right type of man to help her reach her goal of creating her own empire. A wealthy older man who likes hot blondes. Mixed Martial Arts fighter Silvio Almeida does not fit the bill, no matter how infuriatingly irresistible she finds him.
            In Training for his upcoming MMA fight, women aren’t on Silvio’s radar. Seeing firsthand how easily life can change in a single moment, he’s decided to live life not looking too far into the future. But his path keeps crossing with Sabrina’s, and he can’t get the beautiful blonde off his mind.
            When love throws them from their determined paths they will have to discover if the best future is the one unplanned.


            When Maggie’s ten-year-old son joins a soccer team she hopes it will be an opportunity to meet new people and move forward from the disastrous past months. After all, a broken marriage and returning home to live with her parents wasn’t quite how she envisioned her thirties.
            Agreeing to play soccer herself as a part of the parents’ team, Maggie’s lack of skill requires a little extra coaching. Leo is happy to assist, and Maggie becomes captivated by the former professional player, who ignites feelings she thought had disappeared forever.
            But as Maggie’s ex-husband pressures her to rekindle their relationship, Maggie’s guilt reaches overdrive. How can she possibly consider a future with Leo when there’s a chance of putting her family back together?


            Kelly Atkins has dedicated her life to caring for the horses at her off-track Thoroughbred rescue. When she’s forced to sell part of her land to cover mounting expenses, she’s shocked by who steps in to buy it – her high school sweetheart, Dustin. She didn’t even know the man had moved back to town. Seeing him brings back memories of the most painful time of her life. Not only had she lost the man she thought she’d spend forever with, she also lost her twin brother. And for years she held Dustin responsible for his death.
            Dustin, a former rodeo bronc rider, has plans to start a retired rodeo horse rescue. As he and Kelly start to rekindle the love they once shared, he fears what will happen when she learns his secret. A secret that could drive her away forever.


            Football superstar Wade McKinney is crushed when he’s cut from the team. How did this happen? In order to make a comeback, he needs to focus on becoming the best player he can possibly be. Leaving town for a fresh start, he takes a job as a sports reporter for a local news station. With no room for anything else in his life, Wade denies his attraction to co-anchor Rebecca Ryan.
            Since tragedy struck mere ten months ago, Rebecca has become the rock holding her family together, leaving her no time for a personal life. But there’s something about Wade McKinney that has her wondering what his story is.
            Wade only sees a future in football and Rebecca hasn’t the time for a relationship. But when fate steps in, Wade and Rebecca find something they weren’t looking for in each other.


            Racing is all Catalina Bryant ever wanted to do. She’s spent the past fifteen years climbing the ranks and paying her dues, which included fighting off slurs and innuendoes regarding her gender. Overcoming many setbacks, she has finally made it to the highest level in NASCAR and is on the eve of starting her rookie season.
            Her new crew chief, Chad Kiesgen, is incredible. He has a strong work ethic and amazing integrity. Just the guy to help her achieve her goal. However, she hits a speed bump when the sizzling chemistry between them carries over to their personal lives, which could damage both of their careers.

            There’s another man lurking in the background who wants Cat for himself and will stop at nothing to claim her. Will Cat find love in Victory Lane, or will her career crash and burn before she leaves the starting line?

20 December 2016

Cover Reveal...Sara Zook "Once He's Fallen"

Cover Reveal
Title: Once He's Fallen
Author: Sara V. Zook
Genre: Paranormal
Cover Designer: Susan Garwood from Wicked Women Designs
Releasing early 2017


Death divides love—at least that’s what they say. 

One person is left on the earth, the other’s spirit goes to the unknown, their connection completely severed.

An angel is sent to watch over a woman and comfort her during her time of loss. It takes little time for the angel to realize that the woman was once his lover, her loss being his death.

When a couple’s love is so powerful that not even two different realms can separate them, it makes the rules the angel is under difficult to follow:

He’s not to touch her.
He’s not to speak to her.
He’s to stand in the distance and merely observe.

When another man walks into his love’s life, will the angel swallow his jealousy and obey what he’s told to do, or will he succumb to the emotions of wanting her all to himself, strong feelings threatening to bring disaster to a heartbroken creature of Heaven?   

Sara V. Zook pursued her dream of becoming a writer and after earning her bachelor's degree, sat down to create her first novel in which Strange in Skin was completed in three short months.
She's the author of the Strange in Skin Trilogy, Clipped, A Magic Within & A Chaos Within, Evanescent, Reminiscence, her mobster release, Six Guns Volume 1 & Six Guns Volume 2, The Pull and its sequel The Push, & Take Me.
She resides in Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised, with her husband and three small children.



15 December 2016

Merry Mistletoe Hop!

            Another year is on our doorstep.  Out goes 2016 and in comes the promise of something new, something better.  New Year’s Eve builds our hope that the coming year will be different.  That we’ll be different.  Some will vow to finally lose weight.  Some will vow to quit smoking, work harder, be a better person or spend more time with the kids.  Resolutions are a tradition and yet breaking them is also a tradition.  Some of us even make bets on when they’ll be broken.

            I have decided against making a New Year Resolution.  Yes, I could vow to lose the extra 20 pounds I’ve been holding onto.  But I already know I have to eat right and start exercising.  No, what inspires me now is, of course, my writing.  I feel like my writing ability is growing with every book I write. I have so many ideas and I’m only limited by how fast I can or cannot type. 

There is perhaps no other creative outlet that bares the writers soul quite like writing.  Whether it’s writing poetry, songs or stories, the modern day bard has to tap into deep recesses of the soul.  Writing stories can be a rollercoaster journey, full of emotional ups and downs as the writer tries to convey believable characters and situations.  A writer pours their very essence into their creation, much like Dr. Frankenstein into his monster.  Add a little electricity and pretty soon the author is shouting “It’s Alive!”.

            I hope I get to shout those words a lot this coming year. Happy New Year, the birth of 2017.  I raise my glass and toast to the promise of a new beginning.  Happy writing.  Happy reading.

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Nancy Fraser Visits Today!

Hello Nancy!  Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today!  It’s such a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…

Q) How did you dream up the dynamics of your characters?

Part of the credit would have to go to the publisher’s submission call. They wanted a man in a kilt! Easy enough. Since the line is erotic romance, I quickly decided on a contemporary setting rather than historical. A wanted a hero who didn’t wear a kilt in his day-to-day life, but felt strongly enough about his heritage to don the kilt for a special occasion. As for my heroine, I knew she needed to be more closely tied to tradition, home and family. Yet, in her own way, a modern woman. Out of that came the story … a dutiful daughter who participates in Highland games, a man who couldn’t wait to conclude his small town visit and get back to his big-city life.

Q) Is this book part of a series?  If so, can you tell us about it?

I’d never intended it to be … other than being part of The Wild Rose Press’ Real Men Wear Kilts series. However, there are a couple of supporting characters begging for their own stories. No doubt we’ll find another sexy, kilt-wearing hero in the near future.

Q) Do you have any habits that get you in the writing frame of mind?

Music and coffee. I choose the music based on the type of book I’m writing. For Kilty Pleasures, it was fiddle and bagpipes. And coffee. I even choose a bag pipe piece, Falkirk Wheel, for my trailer. For my October release, an Egyptian-themed time travel, Eye of the Pharaoh, I listened to the score from the 1999 remake of The Mummy.

Q) Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

Yes. Knowing my characters inside and out makes it easier to get into their heads when I’m creating dialogue. Supporting characters will sometimes sneak up on me, but my main characters are drilled into my head before I start.

Q) What are your upcoming projects?

I’m currently working on two projects. The first is a novella for The Wild Rose Press’ new “stranded” series, based on the concept of stranding the main characters until they realize they’re meant for each other. My story, Waking Up in Oz, is loosely based on the Oz legend and set in Oswald, KS, a small town in the midst of series of deadly tornados. The story is set in 1975 and considered a vintage historical.

The second project is a stretch for me … a futurist/alien romance. Contracted to Decadent Publishing, I’m waiting for my first round of edits and expect a summer release.

When Ronan MacAlister returns to Glencoe, Maine to see to the affairs of his late uncle, he's immediately reminded of why he's stayed away. The small town is definitely not his cup of tea, and he can't wait to settle the estate and be done with the cold winters. The only bright spot is the feisty farm manager, Aileen. All grown up now and far from the shy and reserved girl from his childhood, she exudes a steamy sexuality that has Ronan and his unruly body on full alert.

Aileen MacDougall had a huge crush on Ronan when she was a teenager, content to adore him from afar whenever his family came to Glencoe for a visit. Now he's back, and although the circumstances are less than ideal, she's eager to find out if her fantasies can live up to reality. But he holds the key to the future of Glencoe in his hands as well as her own hopes and dreams.

Can being trapped together in a remote cabin during a freak snowstorm melt his heart? Or will they discover they have differences even kilty pleasures can't overcome?

Sneak Peeks:

Excerpt #1:

Angus gave another nod toward the table laden with food. “Why don’t I have her make you a plate? You can grab a spot close to the door and still greet your guests.”

“Thank you. I’d appreciate it.”

While he waited for his food, Ronan studied the townsfolk milling around the brightly lit, albeit stuffy, hall. They came from all walks of life. Farmers, store owners, and bankers. The one and only barber...who happened to be the town’s mayor as well. A cross section of exactly what made this place click and the main reason he could never coax his uncle into leaving.

Time and again his gaze returned to the beautiful woman near the far window. She fanned herself with a slim, delicate hand and he wondered how it would feel to have those same fingers caressing his skin. She was a goddess among a room full of middle-aged farm wives and gray-haired spinsters.

When she opened the shutters to let in some air the evening breeze blew her long, reddish blonde hair from behind her ear. The disheveled strands brushed her creamy cheeks and fell like a curtain over her slim shoulders. She tossed her head from side to side, jostling the silken threads until they came to rest across a pair of voluptuous breasts.

He gave his perusal free rein. Her trim waist flared into nicely curved hips. Perfect to hold onto during a long night of hot, satisfying sex. The thought made his palms itch.

Excerpt #2:

Ronan retrieved the bottle of cabernet from his uncle’s stash and pulled the cork. Aileen was giving him some enticing signals...at least it seemed like it. Given his body’s immediate reaction, he hoped he wasn’t reading her wrong.

He busied himself with building a fire from the logs and kindling in the basket beside the hearth. Once he’d finished, he crossed the great room and drew the curtains closed.

Setting a romantic mood, are you? Ronan gave his pesky conscience a nudge and turned the lock on the cabin door.

The soft ‘ding’ of the microwave proceeded the heavenly aroma of pungent spices. Aileen reached for dishes on the shelf above her head, the stretch of her arms outlining her curvy figure, lifting her lush bottom. His stomach growled with an appreciation that had little to do with food.

“So,” he asked, “what’s for lunch?”

“Beef stew, salad, and homemade biscuits with butter and honey. I put the kettle on for tea and there are sodas and bottled water in the fridge.”

“I’ve decanted the wine. It should go nice with the stew.”

She graced him with another of her smiles. “We can eat here at the table or over by the fire whichever you prefer.”

He nodded toward the low table and pillows in front of the fireplace. “Why don’t you take the food over? I’ll pour us some wine and be right behind you.”

They enjoyed their meal in a companionable silence. Like Aileen, the stew was complex with many layers of flavor. The simple salad was all business and the biscuits and honey a sweet ending. The meal, like the woman who’d made it, stirred his senses and begged to be tasted over and over again.

He set his dishes aside and pushed the table a few feet to the left. Relaxing back against the pillows, he pressed the wine glass to his lips and turned his attention to the sexy beauty sitting across from him.

The glow from the fireplace played off Aileen’s silken hair, turning the reddish blonde highlights to pure gold. He wanted nothing more than to wrap the gossamer strands around their naked bodies.

She took a sip of her wine and closed her eyes. When she darted her tongue out to catch an errant droplet on her lip he nearly lost the last increment of his composure. Not having her...all of her...was no longer an option.

Excerpt #3:

Ronan pushed the last letter into place atop the triple word square. “Reticent. Tacking on to your word and utilizing the ‘e’, that’ll be another eighty-six points for me.”

“Nice play. Too bad you’re still forty points behind.”

He shot her a glare, followed by what he hoped was his most lascivious grin. “You know what would make this more interesting?”

“Let me guess, Strip Scrabble.”

“I was going to say Nude Scrabble, but I’m willing to work for it.”

“I bet you are. Why don’t we put the game away and go to bed? It is after midnight.”

He gathered his remaining game pieces and dumped them into the storage pouch. “I’ll go light a few candles, maybe take a quick shower.”

She nodded and then stood, gathering up the game board and box in her hands. “When you come out of the shower you should put the kilt back on.”

“Hmm...kinky. I like it. What will you be wearing?”

“A smile.”

~ ~ ~

13 December 2016

Release Day STUD FARM by Joanna Blake!

Release Blitz
Title: Stud Farm: The Delancey Brothers
Author: Joanna Blake
Cover Model: Craig Gierish
Cover Designer: Mayhem Cover Creations
Release Date: December 11, 2016


There's a feisty little filly that needs taming. And I'm just the man for the job.

My name's Clint McRae. I took this job without realizing how hard it would be. Hard to train a know-it-all trick rider like Pheonyx Delancey, Hard to get her all the way to the National Championships. Hard to keep my hands off her. She's got talent coming out her ears but she's reckless and wild in the saddle. I can't tell if I want to kiss her or spank her.

By the time the season is over, I'm sure I'll be doing a fair bit of both. I'm older and more experienced so I should know better. But she's the one who's got me hogtied. Meet the newest Delancey!

Stud Farm includes the ALL NEW novella Pheonyx Rising, Ride With Me, Bound To Me and the rewritten Branded as well as an ALL NEW Very Delancey Chrismas! *Please note, these stories are not available anywhere else!


I splashed water on my face, then looked up at myself, leaning against the sink. I had to get out of here. I was way too riled up. I was no good around horses right now. Never mind it being good around Pheonyx. I didn't trust myself not to toss her over my shoulder and carry her off with me.

I wanted to do things to her. Not gentle, sweet things like a beautiful, young girl deserved. Rough and filthy things.

 I splashed more water on my face. Then I tugged my jeans out and splashed water on my stomach and cock. I flinched at the cold but it didn't do a damn thing to make it lie down.

  "Bad dog." I muttered, shaking my head.

There was no use for it. I had a twenty four hour seven a day a week kind of boner. I had to git, while the gittin' was good. I left the bathroom, sneaking around the back way towards my car.

I left my favorite lawn chair where it was. I figured it would be here tomorrow. I couldn't take one more second of almost-naked Pheonyx, covered in slippery suds. I cursed as my hard on got even harder. I cursed again as a sexy redhead in next to nothing caught up to me.

I didn't slow down. I kept right on walking. That didn't stop her. Those impossibly long legs of hers kept up with me just fine. I tried not to notice that her barely covered chest was bouncing with each step. I wanted to grab her, kiss her hard and bury my face in between those luscious tits of hers. I would wrap her long, silky legs around me and-

"Where are you going?"

"PJ's. I need a drink."

I'd spoken without thinking. PJ's was in town and not more than a couple miles from my house. I could leave my car there and stumble home after a few drinks. More than a few drinks. I knew I was gonna have to tie one on to clear my head. A big, Pheunyx Delancey sized bottle for starters. It was a time honored way to avoid thinking about a woman. "Great, I need one too. I'll follow you." I stopped in my tracks.

"Do. Not. Follow. Me."

She smiled at me. "Are you okay?"

I grunted and practically ran for my car. She was still standing there when I peeled off. Her pretty head was tilted to one side, as if she was hatching something. I shuddered to think what that might be.
I was still hot and bothered, sitting at the bar an hour later when Pheonyx walked in. She'd put on some clothes thank the good lord. Too bad those clothes were a skin tight pair of jeans and a hot pink camisole that didn't cover much more than the bikini. She'd done something to her face too. I exhaled sharply when I realized she was wearing makeup. Just a little around the eyes and something pink and shiny on her lips. She'd curled her hair too. I knew it was for me. She was sending me a signal. An impossible to resist one. God help me, but I lit up at the sight of her. I'd thought she was pretty before. But right now, she shined.

The air in the room changed as she strode across the bar. Every man in the place sat up straight. I stared straight ahead, refusing to pant after her like the rest of the dogs. Goddammit. She'd followed me.



   jompauthorbio Joanna Blake loves good old fashioned romance, men who open doors and work with their hands. Hot Blooded Heroes is a series of sizzling stories about True Blue American men and the women who love them. She's thrilled to be collaborating with Pincushion Press on her new series! Come along for the ride! XoX, Joanna
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02 December 2016

Shari Elder Stops by to Chat about Sci-Fi Romance....

­­Hello Shari!  Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today!  It’s such a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…

Q) Is this book part of a series?  If so, can you tell us about it?

First, thanks so much for having me. I’m glad to be here. Race to Redemption is Book #1 of the science fiction romance series Green Rising. It is set in a world where corrupt corporations fund an equally corrupt intergalactic government. They all hoard resources, keeping the general populace poor and use 24/7 surveillance and a Cyborg Army to maintain control. Below the surface, a rebel coalition is emerging. I have seven romance novels planned, in which the opposition will take several steps forward, then get knocked back a few steps, until their alternative world finally takes hold. In this book, which gets it all started, our heroine, Elaina is very much part of the corporate world. Through her experience as a transport pilot for Erik, she discovers that there is another way to live.

Q) Can you give a fun or interesting fact about your book? And what gave you the inspiration for your book?

I am answering these together because a really fun fact is how this concept evolved. I wanted to write a story about heroes and heroines who had different careers. In the very first version, Elaina was a NASCAR driver, and Erik was a doctor on an outpost in North Africa, who ran a clinic as a cover story, but he was actually a special ops agent assigned to monitor bioterrorist activity.  As the idea developed, I found the issues so complicated, and the research so vague, that it morphed into a science fiction romance. In this way, I could play with the ideas with a greater degree of freedom.  Elaina became a storm racing pilot, and Erik a doctor-scientist monitoring biogenetic tampering.

Q) Do you have any habits that get you in the writing frame of mind?

I generally write at the same time every day, which is first thing in the morning and on the metro to work.  I think the persistence and regularity ‘trains’ the muse.  My life, like many of you, is hyper-busy, so by identifying a time and keeping it sacred to my writing, it keeps things moving along.

Q) What are your upcoming projects?

I just finished a draft of a paranormal novella entitled Unnatural Allies.  It picks up at the end of my previous Evernight Release, Shifter Trials. I am also about a quarter finished with the Scent of Memory, which is Green Rising Book #2. It will be a big win for the rebels.

Book info

Race to Redemption (Green Rising Book #1) is science fiction romance jam-packed with action, one panty-melting hero, sexy alien races, and a kickass heroine. In the story, a pilot and a doctor race across the desert to prevent a deadly plague while fighting the pull of their own hearts.

Race to Redemption Blurb

A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.

A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.

A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attacked, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.

Be warned:  anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.

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About Shari Elder

Hello, I'm Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.

At night, the other Shari emerges.  I take off the suit, curl up on the couch and let my imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination).  As my alter ego, I save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.

In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. I can't resist a happy ending. And I am particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives me immense satisfaction. 

Join me on my journey. The best ideas emerge from team work.

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