Please help me welcome Mia Downing, whose erotic contemporary EXCEEDING BOUNDARIES, was released recently through Wild Rose Press. Congratulations, Mia. How exciting to have your first book--or novella--out. Would you tell us about it please?
But first let me tell you all that Mia is giving away a free download of her first title to one lucky commenter. So be sure to leave your email when you say 'Hi.'
Thanks for having me, Barbara! You’re my very first blog stop, so I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity.
EXCEEDING BOUNDARIES is a novella that started out simple in my mind—Megan made plans to seduce Adam under forgotten mistletoe. But as the characters grew and the scene unfolded, I realized they had a lot more baggage than expected!
Blurb for EXCEEDING BOUNDARIES:
Lawyer Megan Connors wants a man, one that will wine her, dine her, and help her to forget the pain of a date rape she experienced as a teen. Her boss, Adam Wentworth, is just the man—tall, dark-haired, blue-eyed, and a confirmed player. He's perfect for a weekend of non-committal sex that will entice her inner woman out to play for good. So Megan devises a plan for seduction, one that will lure Adam into her arms.
Adam has been attracted to Megan since day one, but his preference for dominance and her fragile air kept him at bay. Megan's kiss under forgotten mistletoe is just the fuel his lust needs to exceed the boundaries she once put in place. He's game, but he wants more than a weekend with the vulnerable yet sexy Megan.
When the weekend is over, will Megan allow the past to keep her bound or can Adam convince her she’s strong enough to submit?
Megan drew away, ending their kiss, her breath quick in her throat. His breathing matched hers, and in the dim light of the dashboard, his Adam’s apple bobbed as he swallowed.
“Well?” Adam demanded as he sat back into his seat, his voice incredibly deep, sexy, and ragged.
“Very, very nice. Thank you.”
He laughed at her weak praise and covered his face with his hands. “Good Lord, woman, can I ever please you?”
He wasn’t looking, so she cast a glance to his crotch—a nice bulge was nestled between his thighs. She wet her lips and slyly offered, “Would you like to come in for a drink?”
He swallowed again and opened his mouth as if to say something, then closed it. Her bravado began to falter as he swallowed one more time and ran a hand through his hair.
“If I come in, if I kiss you again…” He turned toward her and a shaft of dim light danced off the depth of the lust in his eyes. “I won’t be able to stop, Megan.”
“I know.” Power swept into her, fanning her desire like a gust igniting a spark. She held the cards, she was in control. “Why do you think I invited you in?” She slid from the car, not waiting, knowing he’d be at her side in a second. Phase Three had begun.
Humm. I notice the edges of the page are beginning to singe, Mia. Very hot. What’s your next project?
My next book is the first of a series about a group of spies. SPY GAMES: TRAINED FOR SEDUCTION will be out in July. Chase is the spy boss and Kate is his collateral damage from a failed mission. She’s been slated for an impossible, deadly mission and Chase has been given the task of making sure she’s sexually ready to seduce the bad men. Of course, he’d rather keep Kate for himself!
The second book (tentative title is SPY GAMES: LETHAL LIMITS) is about Jake, Kate’s spy partner and Tia Richards, another spy who has a problem only Jake can solve. Jake’s been sent on a mission to find a woman of his own to love, and since Tia is the only woman that makes him forget he’s sorta fallen for Kate, she’s in his crosshairs.
The third book (tentative title is SPY GAMES: ENDGAME) is about Aaron, Jake’s sexy actor brother, and Charlotte, a spy with a secret and horrible past. Charlotte is slated for a deadly mission of her own, but is marking time until the pieces fall into place by stepping in as bodyguard for Aaron, pretending to be his girlfriend as a cover.
Blurb for SPY GAMES: TRAINED FOR SEDUCTION
Interesting and different, just what readers like. What one tip would you offer writers?
Write from your heart, not for the market. What’s big now won’t be big when you finish your manuscript. When I started writing, paranormal was dead. Now it’s the hottest thing out there. Don’t be afraid to try something new. When I first started writing, I wouldn’t have been caught dead published at an e-book house with erotic romance. Now that’s where the market is--e-pub and erotic romance. I love The Wild Rose Press and everything they stand for. They’re a great company.
How do your story ideas come to you? (Which do you visualize first, characters or plots?)
I first get a glimpse of an opening scene. In Exceeding Boundaries, I saw Megan planning to get Adam under forgotten mistletoe outside of a conference room, so she could seduce him. Then come the questions—why? Where? How? Soon the characters begin to talk to me, and as I write I start to learn more about what they do and why. I don’t really plot, per se. I write what I see in my mind, even if it’s odd, then find out why the characters did that. Usually it’s a surprise, even to me!
Thanks for being here, Mia. Come back again--perhaps when your next book is out.
Thanks so much! I’d love to come again and visit after SPY GAMES: TRAINED FOR SEDUCTION is out!
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