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Monday, September 9, 2013

Giveaway + Interview: Anya Breton

I have the lovely Anya Breton on the blog today to subject her to an awkward question interview. I hope you all enjoy it, let me know if you do and I might make this a normal type of post. Below the interview Anya is going to give one lucky reader a paperback copy of her book Fire & Flame.

On to the awkward interview! I'll start it out easy ;)

1) What is/are the oddest thing(s) you've had to research for an erotica book?
The sexy answer would be the stockade Oliver straps Ashley onto in A's Surrender (I knew it existed but was way off on what it was called). But I don't actually consider that to be "odd".

The actual oddest things I've researched for an erotica would be what a caterer's cart was called (for Alpha Exposed) and how a Ferrari could break down in a way that would strand someone in the boonies (for Sweetly Bad). Not sexy or funny, but the truth.

2) Most "out there" place one of your characters has had sex (in an already published book or WIP)
The nightclub in Alpha Exposed maybe?

Clearly the sequel I have penciled in for that should have even more "out there" sex, huh? *taps her chin*

Yes, more sexy weretiger action, please!

3) Does being a romance writer affect your choice of undergarments? (Thanks Rebecca for the question!)
haha. I *did* buy some underpants with cute little ruffles on the ass after I was published. But I think that's just because I saw them then rather than before.

4) Word(s) that make you cringe while reading romance books?
I don't particularly like the word "dick". I don't know what it is about that one but it makes me think less of whatever character uses it. I think I made myself use it in one of the early books because the editor at the time didn't like how I'd used "organ" instead :D

5) You're at a bar and have to pick who you want to wrestle with. Your options are a drag queen, or a midget. Who do you pick and why.
Midget. I bet the drag queen would pull my hair. The midget wouldn't be able to reach. Plus, I secretly want to wrestle a midget SO badly.

I would have went with drag queen, I'd throw glitter in their eyes ;)

6) We've battled on Twitter with name that Disney song(s) before. Which Disney song do you believe is the dirtiest?
You opened my eyes to the dirty lyrics in "Make a Man Out of You" but it would be cheating to pick that one. So, um, maybe Gaston? There's something about this song that makes me giggle:

When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
Ev'ry morning to help me get large
And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs
So I'm roughly the size of a barge

*fans herself*

7) Tell me about your recently released book, Sweetly Bad. What made you decide to write a female character that is plus sized?
My editor had suggested I do a sequel to Wickedly Good featuring the younger brother Drew. I hadn't considered it because, well, Drew was such an ass.

A few months later Ellora's Cave put out their special call for "Curve Appeal"--stories featuring curvy heroines. I instantly thought of Drew and thought it would be perfect to have his romantic downfall be a curvy girl who could hold her own.

For Erica I wanted a real woman with real worries without going overboard on the body image issues. I ended up with a kick ass mechanic who wasn't afraid to tell the hottie that he can't kiss for shit ;) She's probably my favorite heroine to date.

This story was such a challenge. I knew I had to stay true to Drew's character...yet somehow keep the reader from despising him. I had to give him a reason to turn his life and himself around (preferably for more than just love). The reader had to be rooting for them to get together at the end. And the romance had to be believable. All in under forty-thousand words. No pressure or anything, right?

I'm glad I pushed myself through several stalls and finished this because it's the romance I'm proudest of.

Thank you for joining me and answering my silly questions. I can't wait to read Sweetly Bad, I can honestly say I haven't read a book with a plus sized woman as the main character so I'm excited!

Anya is an awesome author that has written Romance, Erotic Romance, Urban Fantasy and even Young Adult. I've enjoyed everything that I've read from her so far and think you all will enjoy her work too.

Here is what is up for grabs!

Fire & Flame

Sara McKenna longs for a career in television--far away from the violence of her Fire witch heritage. But when her father is struck down through a typically savage stroke of fate, Sara is summoned home by her father's second-in-command--her childhood rival, Fire witch Brent Conley.

Brent failed to protect the only man he's ever respected. He refuses to fail his former priest's haughty daughter. Sara must produce a pure-blooded child to continue their coven's line, and Brent intends to personally see to that duty.

Although Sara will fulfill her duty, she has every intention of returning to her media career, without letting Brent steal her heart. But when Brent sees Sara again, he realizes just how much he's missed her--and how much he wants her to stay. Will Brent be forced to free the one thing he's always wanted to possess?

I've already read this book and enjoyed it, you can check out my review for it HERE.

Item up for grabs: 1 paperback copy of Fire & Flame by Anya Breton

The paperback giveaway is open for readers in the US. If an INTL winner is chosen an ebook copy will be supplied instead. The winner will be contacted via email on 10/01/13, and their shipping information will be supplied to the author. Giveaway ends on 09/30/13 at 11:59PM CST.
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  1. Haha cool interview! I wanna see those ruffle undies in Nailed At Night & I feel bad for Drew, you're obviously going to put his organ (heart) thru the wringer!!


    1. Pretty sure MG would have something to say about my undies being on the internet ;)

      Yeah, but Drew deserves a wringing!

  2. So the wrestling? Are we talking mud, pudding, or jell-o?

  3. Ha! Loved this interview. And thank you for letting me add an obnoxious question!! :D

  4. I hope to win the e-book :D I cross my fingers, it would not be bad to win a book first time I win :p

  5. I hope to won either copy its awesome that you would give it away...

  6. I hope to won either copy its awesome that you would give it away...

  7. Hi Anya! Was there anyone in your life who first encouraged you to sit down and write a book? Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Meghan: There were several friends along the way who encouraged me. But ultimately it was my guy's patience that was the deciding factor. He didn't complain when I'd disappear into my cave for hours on end. Thanks for the question!

      Good luck! :)

  8. I'm really excited for you Anya! I had a random question. What made you decide to write erotica in the first place? Just curious why authors write what they write :)

    I would have chosen the drag queen in a fight, and for the same reason as was given. To throw glitter in their face.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and this was a great interview. Definitely chuckled a bit.

    1. The quick answer is that it was a process over time.

      The long answer is that I was completely against explicit sex in books for many years. With most of the romance paperbacks I read, I'd skip through the love scenes. In fact I'd told MG I would NEVER write erotic romance in a million years (hah!).
      Then I sat down and wrote the Lore urban fantasy series. Each new book in the series had more sex than the last. Eventually the scenes got super explicit. I actually cut an entire scene because it went way, way overboard. That's when I realized I digged the sex scenes. So I tried my hand at erotic romance. The first one I wrote is the free serial over on my blog (No Stranger). I had that very first line in my head and it wouldn't go away. Now I struggle to come up with plots that are regular romance :)