Today I have the lovely and vivacious Tina Donahue with me. Her books are scorching hot, and I do mean HAWT! So please give her a warm welcome! (Did I mention she has a contest as well?) Enjoy!
How I Got to be Sinfully Wicked
by Tina Donahue
I didn’t always write erotic romances.
When I first decided I wanted to write for a living, I tried my hand at thrillers. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lawrence Sanders. His Love Songs and Caper are two of the best novels I’ve ever read. My god, that man had style. I loved him. I wanted to be him.
I wrote a number of thrillers with two of them getting me New York agents that were eager to represent me. Unfortunately, none of that initial interest panned out. I thought I was doomed.
My current agent, who is much, much wiser than I am (thank goodness) suggested I try my hand at writing romances. After all, my thrillers had very moving love stories in them as integral parts of the plot.
I gulped at his suggestion. I may have even gasped at having to try a new genre, but I thought – why not. I love romances. Kathleen Woodiwiss has always been one of my favs. Not that I was about to commit to an historical. I wasn’t that assured.
I studied the market and started to write. My first effort wasn’t what I’d expected…a romantic comedy. My friends know I have an irreverent sense of humor and did it ever get a work out in my first title. However, I still wasn’t certain of how it would come off to my agent or an eventual publisher, so I wrote two more. When I finished the last of the three, I sent it off to my agent and four days later I had a contract not only for it but my brand new editor wanted to know if I had any more romantic comedies. I did…the other two I’d written but had been afraid to submit to my agent. In one week, I’d sold three novels. Wow.
And thus, my romance writing career was born. I stayed in romantic comedy for awhile, but then the erotic scene was exploding. My editor asked if I’d be willing to write something like that. Always game, I plunged right into the subgenre. My stories got hotter, my fantasies wilder, which brings me to where I am now – ménages
My first ménage SiNN was released last year by Ellora’s Cave. Sinfully Wicked, which just came out a few days ago (also from Ellora’s Cave) is my second contemporary ménage. And it’s even hotter than SiNN. :)
For me, it wasn’t easy to reconcile a woman loving two men equally or for the guys to be willing to share her. But my characters spoke up, told me what’s what and I listened to them. Glad I did.
Here’s the blurb.
Two brothers—one woman—unforgettable passion…
Years before Nikki fell in love with Mitch and Connor, betraying them as only a high school girl could. Now, she’s back and needs their help.
Powerful and commanding, Mitch has never stopped craving Nikki. Connor hungers for her as badly, but isn’t ready to forgive. If she needs some fast cash by working at their gentlemen’s club, she’ll have to audition by stripping for them.
Aroused by their shameless scrutiny, Nikki’s willing to do whatever it takes to be near them again…even being punished in the BDSM room or starring in one of Connor’s erotic films. Mitch won’t have it, unless he and Connor are the ones mounting and enjoying her.
On a sultry weekend, Nikki surrenders to their lust, dominance and exquisite discipline, reawakening their timeless bond and the beginning of forgiveness.
Buy Link (with excerpt): http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9983-sinfully-wicked.aspx
Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work; she has reached finals and/or placed in numerous RWA–sponsored contests. Three of her erotic novels were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights; and Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) recently received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.
*** CONTEST ***
To celebrate the release of Sinfully Wicked, I’m offering a contest. One lucky commenter on this blog will have her choice of one of my following ebooks**:
- Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT
- Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit
- Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award
- In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
- Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT
- The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
- Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
- Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR
** Winner chosen at random on April 6.**