Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Writers Wednesday: Mia Downing and Free Book

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?
Excerpt:
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


Emma Walters didn't choose to be a spy, but when her crazy father was caught selling bombs to the wrong people, she was given a choice--become a spy or rot in jail. Her exciting new life as agent Kate Wells becomes more so when she discovers her new boss is the agent--undercover and investigating her father at the time--who took her to third base. Emma is already in half in love with the dark and dangerous Chase Sanders. Kate wants nothing more than for him to finish what he started, but he's the devil incarnate. And one doesn't make deals or fall in love with the devil.

If someone had told Chase he'd fall in love with a certain virgin when he was on his last mission, he would have shot them dead, sniper style. She was nothing more than collateral damage, damn it. But watching the sexy new spy morph into a bombshell killing machine is too much to bear. So when the powers that be command him to train her in the art of seduction for her first--and possibly last--mission, he's scared witless. Making love to Kate means preparing her for sex with another man.

Somehow, Chase has to find a way to get Kate in--and out--of her mission without dying. And without falling in love.

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!

Visit Mia at:
http://www.miadowning.blogspot.com/
miadowning007@hotmail.com

Exceeding Boundaries is available at The Wild Rose Press:
http://www.wilderroses.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=866
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Exceeding-Boundaries-ebook/dp/B007AWZFLU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338254276&sr=8-1

29 comments:

  1. Welcome to your first blog, Mia.

    You've been so great to work with. I wish you lots of good luck with your first title--and all the others. Come back soon.

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  2. Congratulations on your release and the upcoming one, Mia! They look pretty hot. :)

    ar_cummings@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Allison! Thanks! They are pretty hot, but they have plot, too! I hope you enjoy.

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  3. The books all sound great! HI Mia - you and I have connected on fb and twitter! We're sister roses who both write erotic. I'll have to put Exceeding Boundaries on my tbr list if I don't win. Wishing you many sales!

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    1. Thanks, Kellie! I remember you from the loop. I'll look for your book as well! Are you out yet?

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  4. Can't wait to check it out! Congrats!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. OH, WOW, Mia. Love your voice. You definitely know how to spin the words. Definitely a story I would love to read.

    Best of luck to you with lots of readers.

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    1. Hi Paisley!!! I'm so happy to see you. Thanks for your vote of confidence!

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  6. Sounds like a fun read, Mia! And great advice :)

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  7. Hi Stacey! Thanks for your kind words. You have already lived that dream, though! LOL Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Stacey, good to see you here. Haven't I read your Westerns somewhere? :-> Good going.

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  8. This sounds HOT!!! Your excerpt sure is enticing. I absolutely love your cover. Sizzles. I'm off to grab my copy. Good luck!

    Anne-Marie

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    1. Anne-Marie, wait to see if you get a free one! Thanks for visiting!

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    2. Yes, Anne-Marie, we'll have the drawing later this week (sometimes we get late commenters) and the winner will be contacted by email (if it's left). The winner's name will also be announced here.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Hi Mia! I love your covers and your excerpts are HOT!!!! I can't wait to read your books! Mai Ling

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    1. Hi Mai! I can't wait to read your next book! I hope you're working on it!

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  10. Welcome, Mai Ling. Mia's covers are definitely eye-catching, aren't they? She'd deserves those good ones to reflect her stories.

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  11. I loved your first book and your second is first up on my summer reading list! LOVE the cover!

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    1. Thanks, MJ! I'm reading your Midnight Sun book right now. So hot.

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  12. I loved Exceeding Boundaries, Mia! And the cover for Trained for Seduction is sooooo yummy. You have such a great voice, I can hardly wait to see what you come up with next.

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    1. Hi, Lucy! Thanks for the kind words! LOL you already know what I have up next. I only hope my books will be as successful as Mending Fences.

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  13. Great interview, ladies. It sounds like ebooks are really coming into their own now. Best of luck on yours, Mia. Keep us posted on yours.
    Diana Locke

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    1. Thanks, Diana! Thanks for commenting and for the kind words.

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  14. This looks so good!! Congrats on the publications and thanks for chatting with us on Barb's awesome blog!!

    XO, Cecily

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  15. Hi Cecily! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Momma Mia! Sounds like a curl up under the covers read. Congrats on your first book and the series sounds great!

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  17. LOL Angela! You're too kind!! Thanks for stopping by.

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