12 February 2019

Dania Voss Talks About "On the Ropes"!

Hello Dania!  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?

I spent quite a bit of time in the Fall of 2017 planning and fleshing out my world of characters that will span several series that overlap. This group of family and friends will have a reach from Chicago to fictional towns in Texas to Milan, Italy, Sicily and beyond. It’s like nothing I’ve ever done before. I’m a computer nerd by trade so becoming a published romance author has been quite the adventure. It’s hard work, but I’m having the time of my life.

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

Yes! The Windy City Nights Series takes place in and around Chicago – the Chicago Metro area, where I also live, work and play. We are a huge sports town, so part of the story line includes a major league baseball team, the Chicago Cobras and a hunky pitcher named Luke ‘strike ‘em out’ Stryker. It also includes men in uniform, sexy Italians and steamy nights.

The series also features Chicago’s newest BDSM club called Club Envidious, expanding from Texas and its kinky erotic book and ladies social club the Twisted Tea Society, where ladies discuss their favorite steamy romance novels while being served refreshments by male servers wearing only a bow tie and a smile.

Q) What do you think is your strongest asset as a writer? …what is your weakest factor as a writer?

Since the series takes place in actual suburbs and the city of Chicago, I have wanted to showcase the best of the area. I’ve been as diligent and factual in what I’ve shared about the area as I can. It’s a great place to live and work and I hope that comes through in my writing.

As far as weaknesses, I do still have a day job which limits how much time I have to write and how quickly I can release new stories. Compared to others, and I know we’re not supposed to do that, I’m not the fastest of writers.

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

Because my writing time is limited, I do work from character profiles and chapter outlines so I can make the most of my writing time. I am flexible though. Characters can take you in directions you might not have anticipated.

I hadn’t planned on featuring Club Envidious until I wrote the club owner’s story several stories from now. But, while writing The Warrior’s Whisper, Kyle Asher, Club Envidious’ owner had other ideas so the story ended up with a visit to the club and one of the private play rooms. As I writer, you have to be flexible.

Q) What are your upcoming projects?

I have the third installment of the Windy City Nights series releasing in March entitled Hannah’s Bliss and I’m so lucky to have Italian Int’l model Luca Pantini featured on the cover. A romance book cover will be a first for him.

Luca and I are working on a non-fiction project related to the photo shoot. A first for both of us. It won’t be completed until well after Hannah’s Bliss is published.

I have two other story ideas for Windy City Nights, one for the owner of Cucina Antonetti’s – Carlo and his long lost love Angel, who were introduced in my debut On the Ropes. Luca said he’d help me find another Italian for the cover of this book. What a sweetheart!

The other story is for secondary characters Tom Murphy, a Harley Davidson riding bad boy and computer geek and coffee shop owner Karla Collins who were also introduced in On the Ropes.

Ten years ago he let her get away. Does he have what it takes to make her his for good? 

By all accounts Luke “Strike ‘em Out” Stryker lives a charmed life. He’s won 4 World Series Championship rings and is the Chicago Cobras star pitcher. He’s gorgeous, wealthy and is dating one of Hollywood’s biggest A-list actresses.

But things aren’t always as they appear.

Abbey Jayne has been nursing a broken heart since Luke Stryker betrayed her ten years ago. She’s spent the last ten years focused on her career and education, trying to get over him.

Forced to see him again at her sister’s wedding, Abbey vows to not let Luke ruin her weekend. 

An accident days before the wedding has Luke re-evaluating the harsh realities of his life and future. A future that must include his one true love Abbey. 

A terrible misunderstanding drove them apart ten years ago, but Luke is determined to win Abbey back by the end of the wedding weekend. He’ll do whatever it takes to convince her they belong together. Failure is not an option.

He held out a forkful of chocolate brownie with walnuts to her lips and raised a brow in challenge. Abbey’s heart galloped in her chest. She took a deep breath and opened her mouth. So this is a part of my reboot weekend? All right then, here we go.

It was one of the best brownies Abbey’d ever eaten. She moaned when the rich flavor of chocolate fudge hit her tongue. It was the perfect combination of cake and fudge with crunchy walnuts mixed in.

She watched, transfixed, as Luke took a bite himself and swallowed, his Adam’s apple bobbing up and down in his throat. She couldn’t help but stare as his tongue licked chocolate frosting off his kissable lips.

Abbey remembered Luke’s talented tongue. He’d spent hours using it all over her. Kissing her senseless with just the right amount of firmness. Licking her nipples relentlessly until they ached so good. And when he used his tongue between her legs, it hadn’t taken many swipes against her throbbing clit to set her off like a rocket ship.

For the next few minutes, he continued to feed them from their dessert plate. Although Abbey enjoyed the delicious treats she was being fed, she enjoyed watching Luke’s mouth as he ate even more. She imagined his mouth, lips, and tongue on her, and by the time they’d had their fill of dessert, she was hot and aching. Her panties were damp and she desperately needed relief. The kind only Luke could provide.

She was practically vibrating in her chair, her breaths reduced to quick pants. Luke licked his lips and she couldn’t wait another minute to get a taste of him. She leaned in and he met her halfway.
Abbey startled and quickly pulled away at the amplified sound of the DJ’s voice. “All right, everyone, we’re going to get the evening’s festivities underway. The photographers have set up in the corner next to the gift table for anyone who would like to have pictures taken. Jake and Cassie, come on up for your first dance as man and wife.”

Abbey shivered and tried to calm down. She looked over to Luke and saw him frowning. “Bad timing, DJ dude,” he mumbled.

She giggled at him as she joined the guests and applauded while Cassie and Jake went to the dance floor for their first dance. Luke reached over and held her hand, and they both watched, hand in hand, as the newlyweds danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Tony Bennett. From the way Jake was looking at Cassie—with love, lust, and contentment—it was the perfect song. Abbey teared up. Once upon a time, Luke had looked ather the same way.

She felt his warm fingers brush away a stray tear on her cheek. His simple touch made her insides sizzle. This is so unfair. He turned her head, so she faced him. “No tears, princess.”
Luke leaned in and her eyes drifted shut. She should have pulled away but didn’t have the will left in her to do that. The soft, warm brush of Luke’s lips on hers left her reeling. The world around them fell away. She’d missed Luke so much. Missed everything Luke. Abbey’s head was swimming. She wanted him, needed him so badly.

Luke licked the seam of her lips, seeking entry, and Abbey opened her mouth, happy to let him inside. The first taste of him was a sweet mix of the delicious desserts they’d just shared—chocolate, tart apples, cheesecake, and more. His big warm hands cradled her face as their tongues tangled and danced. More decadent than any dessert.

Abbey lost herself in him. Her heart raced and her skin felt hot and tight. Her breasts were swollen and heavy and her panties were soaked. Luke moaned sexily and she was ready to toss him under the table and—

“If the bridal party and parents of the bride and groom would like to come to the dance floor now, please.”

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Dania Voss Bio
Born in Rome, Italy and settled in the Chicagoland area, Dania Voss became a romance junkie in her teens. After decades of voracious reading, she published her first romance novel On the Ropes, the prequel in her Windy City Nights series in March 2018. It was nominated as best Contemporary Romance in the 2018 Evernight Publishing Reader's Choice Awards.

The Windy City Nights series takes place in and around Chicago which means - baseball, men in uniform, sexy Italians and steamy nights...She writes contemporary, steamy romance but at their core, her stories are about love, commitment, family, and friendship. 

She's been seen on affiliates of NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX. She's been featured in the Chicago Tribune and Artist First Radio Network.

Dania loves to hear from readers. 

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