Triple Play Q&A with Via Mari

Via Mari - 2It’s the last weekend in October and Halloween is just around the corner…which means it’s the perfect time to curl up with a warm drink, a decadent treat, and one of your favorite authors—Via Mari! A (currently) Midwestern gal with globe-trotting sensibilities, Via is a relatively new author to the erotic romance scene, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t already making a splash!

But how about I not spoil things for her and let her tell you herself?? 😉 Welcome to the Triple Play Q&A, Via Mari!

 


My name is Via Mari and I live in the Midwestern part of the United States but grew up in both America and the United Kingdom. I greatly appreciate the opportunity the talented Jaye Elise has provided in allowing me to share a little bit about myself and work.

I can remember reading and writing from the time I was very little. My parents would buy me the spiral-bound notebooks and I would fill them up over and over. I think my mom still has them in a hope chest somewhere!

Networking with a group of like-minded individuals online and at conferences inspired me to finally publish my work. A few of those relationships have turned into deep friendships and we continue to encourage and challenge each other professionally.

Via Mari - 1I enjoy writing romance with suspense and hot steamy sex scenes that push the boundaries of both the characters and readers. My work currently includes: Degrees of Innocence, Degrees of Acceptance, Degrees of Control, and Degrees of Power. I have to admit wondering what my mom would think about my work, but to my delight she has been a beta reader and is my biggest fan. Who would have thought?

When not curled up in my chair writing, you can usually find me out for a long walk, caring for my garden, cooking, or out supporting a community festival of some sort.

And now’s the time you’ve all been waiting for…Via Mari’s Triple Play!

Via Mari - 3As an author, what is your proudest moment and why?

While I am a relatively new author I have had many proud moments. The successful publishing of all four books of my first series was certainly special. A recently received Gold Pen Award at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Conference this year was another big moment and took me completely by surprise. What really makes me teary-eyed and emotionally proud is when a reader writes a review or sends me a message letting me know how much they loved the story, or that they couldn’t put it down. I absolutely love those moments. That’s what writing is all about for me.

If you were a character in a book or series of books, who would you be and why?

It would definitely be Katarina Meilers from my Prestian book series. The love Chase has for her is deep, powerful, and primal. He takes her on a journey of sexual exploration that can only be described as erotically romantic.

Which famous person do you most often get compared to? (This could be based on looks, talent, or any other aspect!) How do you feel about the comparison?

In reviews my work has been referenced a few times as having a slightly Fifty Shades feel—maybe because Chase Prestian owns a fleet of jets and helicopters—with a Maya Banks sort of style, and most recently, a reader sent me a message asking me if I had ever read the Button series and told me that my work was in that league. All of which have thrilled me for a variety of reasons, but I am truly honored that my readers would liken me to authors who have millions of avid fans.


Via Mari - 5Thank you once again, Via, for joining me on this week’s installment of the Triple Play Q&A author spotlight! And, given your already stellar track record, I can’t what to see what your future projects will be! If you’d like to find out even more about Via, or would be interested in picking up some of her fantastic books, please click around the links below and go to town!

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Triple Play Q&A with Piper Stone

Animal lover. Baker. Prolific author of erotica, romance, DD, and D/s fiction. Today’s Triple Play Q&A guest—Piper Stone—is all of these and more! I’m doubly excited to feature Piper this week since she has a new novel coming out on November 3rd, Three Rivers Run Deep, the first in her new Fire Devil series with Blushing Books!

Welcome to my blog, Piper! Please introduce yourself, if you’d be so kind. 😉


Piper Stone - 3Hi, I’m Piper Stone. I write exclusively for Blushing Books in various genres including romantic suspense, thriller, domestic discipline and of course – spanking! I love strong male characters who are not your typical leads. I’ve been writing since I was the ripe old age of 4, having completed 16 novels by the time I was 16. I write very quickly and also am fortunate enough to write stories for Bethany’s Woodshed, a serial style website for books that is a part of Blushing. I also tend to highlight animals in my books, especially dogs, since I’m the proud owner of two Golden Retrievers, Indiana Jones and MacGyver, who rock my world and rule the roost.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with an over achieving husband and searching for the perfect bottle of red wine to go with a grilled or sous vide dinner. I’m allergic to chocolate, but I absolutely adore baking, especially truffles of all kinds.

A little known fact, I once attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, studying Avionics. I know, go figure, right?

Piper Stone - 2Thanks for the great intro, Piper! And, just for the record, your pooches are too cute for words! But I digress… It’s time for your Triple Play Q&A!

Could you name an author or two who’ve inspired you? What speaks to you about their work?

I’ve always read thrillers or horror books so I adore Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Getting into the mind of a serial killer is so darn juicy. Don’t you think?

What do you listen to/have on in the background when you’re writing?

I absolutely love metal music, especially Disturbed, Halestorm and Avenged Sevenfold. They inspire my writing every day.

It’s 7:35am. Work starts at 8am. You need a shower and coffee…but only have time for one or the other. Panic sets in. Which do you choose??? (And why?)

Oh, a shower hands down – along with the perfect dress, make up and hair done. Yep, I’m a girl. I don’t feel like I’m ready for the work until I shower and dress.


Piper Stone - 1Well, there you have it, folks! Ms. Stone managed to cover heavy metal, serial killers, and her morning routine all within the confines of a few sentences! Impressive, huh? 😉 Thanks again for joining me for the Triple Play feature, Piper! If you’d like to find out even more about Piper, or would be interested in picking up some of her fantastic books, please click around the links below and go to town!

Sometimes It’s Nice…

Sensual Embrace

Sometimes it’s nice not to write anything.

To focus on a meaningful moment, let it happen, and savor it for what it is.

Sometimes it’s nice not to write anything.

To enjoy the stillness in your mind, appreciate what you have and all you’ve accomplished, and celebrate your successes.

Sometimes it’s nice not to write anything.

To channel your energy inward, calm the instinct to transcribe the moment, and let things be as they were meant to be.

Sometimes it’s nice…

Triple Play Q&A with Mark S. R. Sterling

Mark S.R. Sterling - 2Hello all! Welcome back for this week’s installment of the Triple Play Q&A! You know, I think I very well may be spoiling you all because, yet again, I’ve got another first for you with this week’s featured author. Wait for it…wait for it… We’ve got our very first stock market day trader!!! Woohoo!

Also, he’s a guy. 😉

You may remember some mentions of this particular author from my Triple Play feature with Sahalie Blue, so it’s a true pleasure to have him join me today! Please allow me to introduce the witty, multi-faceted Mark Sterling!


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Hi, I am Mark Sterling. Thank you, Jaye, for inviting me into your cyber-home.

I originated in the Rocky Mountain West, but moved to Texas half way through high school. I was a nerd in high school and college, studying science and engineering, and I spent a few decades working for the government on secret stuff. One day, I got mad and quit. In the years betwixt, I had two daughters. We’ll not discuss exactly how that happened.

I began a second career as a recluse stock market day trader. This wasn’t much fun, so I added erotic writer to my resume.

When I began writing erotica, I wanted a pen name that didn’t reflect any real person {there are several Mark Sterlings around}, so I inserted an extra middle name initial and became Mark S. R. Sterling. Later, I created Sterling Scott as a pen name exclusive to Blushing Books Publications.

The most common theme of my writings is romantic spanking. However, I have a love for history, mystery, and science fiction. Thus, I create combinations of these themes in my books.

I became interested in spanking when my mother sent me to Catholic School. It has been on my mind, so to speak, ever since I encountered the strict nuns. I wrote my first book before I learned to write cursive, certainly before I learned to spell. When my grandfather died, I inherited his old Underwood and began typing my manuscripts. All my early works were science fiction. It wasn’t until I switched to erotica that I got published.

Mark S.R. Sterling - 3Thanks for the glimpse into your background and inspirations, Mark! And away we go with your Triple Play Q&A!

What are you currently working on?

I’m addicted to writing, so I attempt to do it all the time. However, life intercedes. Most of my effort, these days, is with family. I have a one-year-old granddaughter that I babysit one or two days a week, and my youngest daughter has just graduated from law school. I’ve been helping her relocate to Washington DC. These two daughters live 850 miles apart, thus I am burning rubber on I-95.

However, I still find time to write. I always have several projects in the mill. Mostly, I am co-authoring a Western with Sahalie Blue (I believe you know her). Our story is about a humble Nebraska cowgirl who, with the help of her Dom cowboy-lover, overcomes the odds to become a Wild West show trick rider and champion rodeo star. Sahalie and I live on opposite sides of the country, and our general routine is to email chapters back and forth. To keep things moving, we each take one pass at a chapter, and then she adds it to the collated work. Once the entire book is finished, we will take turns editing it.

Additionally, I am also two-thirds of the way through the fifth book in my Lady Detective series — tentatively titled: “Arsenic and the Socialite”. This is a Victorian murder mystery. As with the other books in the series, I’ve taken a real life case and spiced it up with erotic spanking and such.

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Do you follow a specific routine when it comes to your writing, or would you consider yourself more haphazard in your approach?

I wish I was more structured. Basically, I’m a morning man. I’m usually up at 5 a.m. and I do my best work between the first cup of coffee and lunch. If my muse is really cooking, then I can work into the afternoon.

I recently purchased a treadmill and it is situated adjacent to my writing station. Thus, I can take 20 minute breaks for some exercise while my muse works out some plot detail.

After lunch, I usually get distracted by Turner Classic Movies, or Netflix, or the barmaid in the tavern down the street…

If you were a superhero, which superhero would you be and why?

Well, I most certainly would not be The Flash. I mean, what erotic writer wants to be known as the “fastest man to the finish”? {{wink}}

I want to be Mr. Fantastic. Most of my career has been with science and engineering, and Mr. Fantastic is the master of these talents. Additionally, having the ability to stretch and mold my body into any shape I desire would come in hand with those rarely attempted Kama Sutra positions. I could flatten my hand out into a paddle and give a combo hand-paddle spanking. Or, maybe a long thin cane or whip… Ropes, I could stretch my fingers into ropes whenever such restraints were needed. Yeah, I am the new Mr. Fantastic!


Well, well, well…it seems that a new Mr. Fantastic is born! 😉 Thank you so much for joining me on the Triple Play today, Mark! And I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to reading more about those spankings you mentioned… If you’d like to find out even more about Mark, or would be interested in picking up some of his fantastic books, please click around the links below and go to town!

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A Twist and a Tease…

Promo Card - 13Please allow me to offer you a preemptive apology for one of the biggest jerk moments of my blogging career.

Sorry. (There. I’ve said it.)

Why the apology? Because, in the interest of sharing a bit more about my writing process, I’m about to tease you. And I mean unabashedly, unreservedly tease you without giving you the satisfaction of a juicy payoff. No worries—there are no spoilers or reveals in this post. But if this premise seems unpalatable, best head for the hills right now. No hard feelings. 😉

The tease revolves around my most recent novel, Mastering His Captive, and the twist I included toward the end. (Hence the title of this post. Clever, huh?) When I sat down to write this one, the story unfolded before me in fits and starts. I’d spend entire weekends—my prime writing time—raking individual scenes over the coals only to spend my scant weeknight hours fleshing out entire chapters. The process was a bit off-kilter but it still felt right, so I went with it.

It was during one of these offbeat sessions that my hero, Vaughn, decided to surprise me with some unorthodox actions of his own, twisting the novel in a slightly different and deliciously deviant direction. And yet again, I went with it.

When I submitted my manuscript to my wonderful, supportive publishers and incredible editor, we went back and forth about the twist, wondering how it would be received. It wasn’t too dark…just different. As per usual—didn’t I tell you how awesome they are?—the team ultimately gave me the power to choose how to proceed. Take it out or leave it in? I’d never written or read anything like it before, and I found I had a borderline perverse need to put it out there and share it with others to see if they enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. So I went with it.

Now, a few weeks later, I’ve gotten feedback from readers and other authors, stating how much they enjoyed the twist. It warms my writer’s heart to know that people have connected with my characters and their interactions, unorthodox though they may be. Even the reader who said the twist “wasn’t their cup of tea” applauded the bravery of my choice to include it. Regardless of the outcome, though, I’m proud that I went with it.

So, for those of you who didn’t abandon ship after my apology, I guess what I’m trying to say is thank you. To all of you who plunked down your hard-earned cash to read my book, thank you. And as for that twist?

I’m so happy you went with it.

Fall Over Freebies Giveaway!

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The Fall Over Freebies Giveaway has arrived! Take your pick from more than twenty hot reads written by some of your favorite authors. Although, on second thought, why choose? Download them all!

On a related note, a few of the featured authors on the Triple Play Q&A are sharing their work, so if you were looking to check out a nice n’ naughty read by Katie Douglas, Sara Fields, Felicity Brandon, Allysa Hart, and/or Meredith O’Reilly, here’s your chance!

As part of the offer, I’m giving away Doctor’s Orders, my first novel. If you haven’t had a chance to read it—and if you enjoy hot, romantic medplay—why not give it a whirl? After all, it’s free!! 🙂

Enjoy!


Cover***A quick blurb for Doctor’s Orders***

Despite a recent breakup which left her feeling more insecure about herself than ever, Janie Michaels decides to throw caution to the winds after meeting Rafe Elliott. The tall, handsome millionaire’s warmth and kindness help her open up to him, but it is his readiness to take charge in the bedroom in a very specific, very embarrassing way that really sets her heart racing.

Rafe’s sprawling estate provides the perfect setting for all of Janie’s naughtiest fantasies, and soon enough she is experiencing the kind of deeply humiliating medical play she has dreamed about for many years. Naked, bound, and on display, she is intimately examined, thoroughly cleansed, and subjected to one treatment after another, each more shameful than the last.

Blushing crimson yet quivering with desire, Janie is brought to one shattering climax after another, and Rafe’s dominant lovemaking leaves her utterly satisfied. Their passion for one another grows more intense by the day, but Rafe has a secret that he cannot keep from her forever. When Janie learns the truth at last, will it tear their newfound romance apart?

Publisher’s Note: Doctor’s Orders includes sexual scenes, spankings, and extensive medical play. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.