The Genetic Attraction Cover is Here!

My beautiful new cover by artist Valerie Tibbs is here. The genetic pattern in the background, the beautiful Connecticut home where the three get together, and, of course, my two heroes and heroine — they’re all here. For more detail on the cover, visit my book blog  or my website.

Genetic Attraction comes out Jan 4 from Loose Id.

I’d love to know your reaction to the cover if you’d like to comment.  :  )

The New Genetic Attraction Cover is Here!

The cover art for Genetic Attraction has just arrived! I’m thrilled. The book, a male/male/female menage, releases January 4, 2011 from Loose Id. 

Dr. Emmaline Silvay has two great loves — her life-saving work and her handsome, young research partner. This last passion is secret. After all, she’s his boss, she’s 11 years older, and he lives with his girlfriend. But when she learns that his “girlfriend is actually his boyfriend, a beautiful supermodel, and the two men have intentions that go far beyond friendship, she realizes that her two loves are in confllict. Which one will she choose?

I’d love to know your response to the cover. Like it? :  )

Winner! Stevie Carroll

I had a tough time with this decision because there were so many great hero (and one heroine) suggestions. If you haven’t yet, check out the comments below the post because you might find some exciting new books with yummy heroes that you want in your holiday stocking. I know i did.

Ultimately, i couldn’t resist the lure of going adventuring with Ross Poldark (even his name gives you shivers, right?) and escaping the dreaded French. Thanks to Stevie Carroll for her great comment — and to all of you for your sigh-worthy suggestions.

Stevie, i’ll be posting on your blog that you won. Please e-mail me with your address at taralain@cox.net and i’ll send you your Starbucks card. Enjoy a chai latte for me.

Oh, and everybody pop over to the website if you have a minute because i’m starting to post the dates and locations of my blog tour for Genetic Attraction.

Thanks again for all your comments.  :  )

Hero in Your Stocking?

It’s the holidays and everyone wants a little something wrapped up for their special pleasure. So close your eyes, dream about your favorite book heroes, and tell me which one you want in your holiday stocking? Is it Mr. Darcy, or is he just too straightlaced? Heathcliff? Waaay too tortured in my opinion. How about someone a bit more modern like Eric from Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, or the yumlicious Jean Claude who makes Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake’s life worth living?

Pick your favorite, tell me about it in a comment below and you may win a holiday Starbucks Card. Egg nog latte for two anyone?

My personal fave this holiday has to be my hero, Roan Black. He appears in my new book coming Jan 4. Genetic Attraction, and also in the prequel, The Scientist and the Supermodel, which you’ll be seeing in the spring. So here is a picture that provides inspiration for Roan Black, just for your holiday enjoyment.

Post your favorite hero in a comment below. Any book from any era. Look forward to seeing who you choose.

And the Winner IS ——!

MELINDAAAAAAAAAAA!

I got so many great ideas for blog posts for my upcoming blog tour starting Jan 4, and i thank all of the participants.

Greta had this great suggestion about doing a post in experiment form since my heroine is a scientist. I just couldn’t quite figure out how to do it. Liz said to focus on a deleted scene, but Genetic Attraction didn’t have any deleted scenes, so i may save that one for another book. Robin suggested i have my characters appear as a series of guest writers, which is terrific too. But ultimately, i found i chose an oldie but goodie with a twist. Melinda suggested a character interview, which is always popular, but she said to set it right before the book starts so nothing is given away. I love this idea because it gave me a good place to begin — especially since i’ve already written the prequel to Genetic Attraction so i know exactly what happens before it. :  )

Melinda, i don’t have a way to contact you, so please e-mail me at taralain@cox.net and give me your address so i can send you your Starbucks card!! Hope you enjoy a latte on me! (If Melinda doesn’t contact me, i will name a runner up.)

BTW, tomorrow i’m going to be chatting at Beth Wylde’s yahoo group.  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bethwylde/

There will be a great bunch of writers there –Jianne Carlo, Lynn Lorenz, Georgia Woods, Belinda McBride, and Diana Castilleja. Plus moi. There will be tons of giveaways including a new Starbucks card, so come on over and chat. 5-9PM EST (2-6PM for us PSTers)

Also, i have some great guest bloggers coming up over the holiday season. Watch for steamy Jianne Carlo and delightfully kinky G.G. Royale.

MELINDA!  Contact me.  :  )

Blog Suggestions Please! Win Coffee!

Hi everyone —  I’m doing a blog tour around the release of my book, Genetic Attraction, on January 4. I have a bunch of blog ideas, but need more. HELP. What kind of blog posts would you like to see from an erotic romance writer? My book is a menage — male/male/female. There’s an older woman and two younger men. The woman is a famous genetic scientist. One younger lover is her research partner and the other is a beautiful supermodel. They get in all kinds of delicious trouble.

I have a $10. Starbucks coffee gift card for the best suggestion. Just post your suggestions in the comments below. I’ll choose the winner and post the name here and on Twitter. You can check back, or just leave me your email in the post so i can notify you. Who can’t use a little extra coffee at the holidays? Egg nog latte anyone?

Appreciate all your help.  :  )

New Contract — The Scientist and the Supermodel

Today, i received a contract from Loose Id for my second novel, entitled The Scientist and the Supermodel. The book is the prequel to Genetic Attraction which will be released on Jan 4, also from Loose Id. I am thrilled.! (So thrilled i had to include Sloan Parker’s gorgeous picture. LOL)

 S & S, as we affectionately refer to it, is a male/male erotic romance that tells how Dr. Jake Martin, the handsome young genetic scientist who is secretly in love with his older research partner, Dr. Emmaline Silvay, goes into a bar in Los Angeles and is swept away in passion for a beautiful supermodel, Roan Black. Though Jake has had a little experience with men, he thinks of himself as straight, but erections don’t lie, and Jake’s response to Roan is pretty unequivocal. Jake fights his response until he can’t fight any more, and decides it’s “just sex”, But as readers of Genetic Attraction will discover, Roan Black is impossible to resist.

I’ll let you know as soon as a release date is determined.

New Contact Happy Dance!!!!!!!

Today, i received a contract from Loose Id for my second novel, entitled The Scientist and the Supermodel. The book is the prequel to Genetic Attraction which will be released on Jan 4, also from Loose Id. I am thrilled.! (So thrilled i had to include Sloan’s gorgeous picture again. LOL)

 S & S, as we affectionately refer to it, is a male/male erotic romance that tells how Dr. Jake Martin, the handsome young genetic scientist who is secretly in love with his older research partner, Dr. Emmaline Silvay, goes into a bar in Los Angeles and is swept away in passion for a beautiful supermodel, Roan Black. Though Jake has had a little experience with men, he thinks of himself as straight, but erections don’t lie, and Jake’s response to Roan is pretty unequivocal. Jake fights his response until he can’t fight any more, and decides it’s “just sex”, But as readers of Genetic Attraction will discover, Roan Black is impossible to resist.

I’ll let you know as soon as a release date is determined.

Sloan Parker: What I Learned Writing Two Erotic Romances

My guest blogger today is friend and all around great author, Sloan Parker. Isn’t she a cutie? Sloan has written two fantastic novels. The first, More, is a m/m/m menage that i adore and reviewed back in June (check out “You Need More” in my blog archives.) The new novel, Breathe, i have just begin, but even in the first few pages a reader understands that the book is unique, challenging and amazing. Because i’m even newer to novel writing than Sloan, i asked her to share some of what she’s learned in creating these two fabulous works. Read her post, and then hurry to Loose Id to buy yourself a couple of holiday presents. (And look below for a really yummy present from Sloan.)


5 Things I Learned Writing My First Two Erotic Romances
by Sloan Parker
Thank you to the lovely Tara for inviting me to her blog today. To say thanks I’d first like to share one of my fav m/m pictures.

 

Isn’t it great? Now that I’ve set the mood to talk about m/m romance…

Tara suggested I share a little something about writing my first two books, MORE and BREATHE. I’m always happy to talk on the subject of writing (Tara, you may be sorry you got me started). In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the craft of writing, the business of fiction, and what kinds of stories I want to write in the future.

 

Writing More and Breathe (both published by Loose Id) were in some ways very different experiences for me, but each helped me refine the process for how I work best and the types of stories I enjoy writing (erotic, passionate, suspenseful contemporary love stories). 
Here are five things I learned along the way:
1)      The sex comes easily for me (so far, anyway).
A few years ago (after many years of failed attempts writing romantic suspense) I found my way to erotic romance and m/m romance. A spark flared to life inside the creative part of my brain, and I began writing with renewed passion. Writing the sex scenes in More was one of the easiest parts of working on that book. When I started my next story, I was concerned that writing the sex in More was a fluke and that I’d find myself struggling through it in my other work. Thankfully that wasn’t the case. Breathe is a less erotic novel, but the sex scenes came just as easily (yeah, cheesy pun intended). With any luck (and hard work…yes, another shameless pun) I’ll continue to find the sex flows as effortlessly as it did for More, Breathe, and the three shorts I’ve written.

2)      Editing one manuscript (with my editor) while writing the other was not as difficult as I’d feared.
If I wanted to have a successful publishing career, I was determined to learn to effectively handle jumping back and forth between different phases of projects. Surprisingly, this went well for me. Maybe it had something to do with focus. I can be extremely focused on the task at hand. Just ask my partner how many pans I’ve ruined trying to make dinner while writing. Or how many times the smoke alarm has gone off before I noticed the food in the oven had been charred beyond recognition.

3)      Emotion is key and the emotional state of each character greatly affected that character’s voice.
More was written from one person’s POV, Luke Moore’s, while Breathe was done in alternating POV between Lincoln and Jay. At first Luke wanted to avoid anything emotional. He wanted to get laid, nothing more (or so he thought). He had been hurt once, and he wasn’t about to go through that again. That seriously affected his outlook on, well, just about everything. In Breathe, Lincoln and Jay were emotionally raw from the first page. Both unable to let go of their painful pasts. The POV characters of each book looked at the world in very different ways, and those emotional elements dictated so much of the story, including the character’s voice, the way he communicated, and of course the sex (where, when, how, how often, etc.).

4)      Nerves take on a new meaning with book two.
I found myself with a completely different set of nerves while writing my second book. I had signed a contract for my first book. I was about to have people reading my work and possibly asking for more. Would Breathe measure up? Would it be of interest to the same readers as More? Was the sex hot enough? What about the theme, style, story, and characters? Were they too similar? Too different? All new questions for me. Which brings me to the next thing I learned…

5)      Readers have varying opinions on what makes good fiction. My conclusion: write a book I’d like to read.
The best fiction (no matter the genre) is infused with passion — the author’s passion for the story and characters. If I stop and think too much about what people will think about my next story, if anyone will buy it, if I’m going to please or displease my readers, I’ll lose that passion. I want to balance what readers want within the genre with what I want to say. The way I hope to do this is to put my reader hat firmly in place and write the kind of story I’d like to read (and then hope it works for my readers too). Thanks to my publisher and the readers of More and Breathe, I hope to continue to tell the kind of emotional, erotic love stories I enjoy reading.
Related to #5, I have a question for you readers out there. Do you think you can tell when an author writes a book they were not as “into” as their other work? Do you think you know when they are writing in a genre that isn’t one they normally write or read? Can you tell when they have passion for their story? Feel free to comment with your thoughts or any questions you’d like to ask me. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again to Tara for asking me to do a guest blog. I had fun sharing about my writing experiences.