Today's Author Wednesday guest is the wonderful Heidi Lynn Anderson. I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be here today. Welcome to For Whom The Books Toll. Take it away Heidi.
Thank you all for taking the time to spend with me. Today is a big day. It’s release day! WhooHoo! In Bed with Mr. Perfect published with Ellora’s Cave, is out for the whole world to see.
To celebrate I’m giving away a basket full of goodies. Stop by my website www.heidilynnanderson.com and leave me your email address and I’ll put your name in a hat. I’ll do the drawing on Friday 9/6/13 at 11:59 pm. The winner will get an email from me and I will post the happy news on Facebook and Twitter.
Okay, now that all that stuff is taken care of, let’s get down to the fun stuff.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a wife, mother, and small business owner whose dream is to write full time. I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and love small town New England. I hate the heat and love the outdoors. That’s a weird combo when you live in Florida, let me tell you.
I like to challenge myself, so I’ve back packed through the White Mountains and skydived over farmland. I have worked in almost every job from digging in the mud to selling cosmetics. I was a preschool teacher and Hospice Nurse.
When I’m not writing or being swamped by real life. I like to be outside hiking, biking, swimming, snorkeling, and digging in the beach sand. I love to cook, and I think all the world’s problems can be solved with chocolate.
Share five fun facts about yourself.
I like dipping potato chips in chocolate.
I signed up for this intensive workout program just so I could look at the really hot trainer who runs it. The muscle spasms, leg cramps and screams of agony every time I lift my arms are so worth it.
I wear flannel Pjs in 90 degree weather and complain about how hot I am.
I’ve cooked my way through The Art of French Cooking twice.
I have a 102 pairs of high heels.
(I have 0 pairs of high heels.)
What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Wanted to be a preschool teacher.
Tell us about a typical writing day for you.
I get up at 5:00am and get my son off to school. I go to the gym and cry for an hour, them come home to shower and get dressed. At 8:00am I’m sitting at my computer, with reruns of 80s tv shows on mute in the back ground. I do writing stuff until about 12 then I get lunch. About an hour later, I’m back that the computer writing and I stop at about 4:00pm to pick my son up from the school bus. I’m a slow writer so I get about 3000 words down a day. If I have not made my quota for the day, I go back to writing until I’m done.
On average, how long does it take you to write a book?
My first full-length book JUST SEX took me three years to write and get it published. It took nine months to write it and two and a half years to fix it. LOL. My Novella IN BED WITH MR. PERFECT took about a month to write and a month to fix before I sent it to my editor.
How long does it take to write sex scenes?
That’s a good question. It can take all day or it can take weeks to get it right.
Where do you find writing inspiration?
In everything! I can be at the grocery store and an idea pops into my head.
Do you have a favorite writing snack?
I would like to tell you I snack on fruit and veggies when writing, put the sad facts are I don’t. The evil junk foods call my name all the way from the store and make me go buy them.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Every time I stop writing whether it’s to get a drink or run an errand, I have to check my emails, FB and Twitter before I can start again. It’s a long day when I’ve had a lot of water. Just saying.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I have an office that has a recliner in it. That’s where I do a lot of my writing.
What is the best way to get over winterers block?
Sit my ass in the chair and write. This is a career for me and I need to treat it as such. I can’t go to my pay the bills job and say oh, I don’t feel like it today. I’m just blocked.
What scene for yours was the hardest to write and how did you overcome that obstacle?
When I’m stuck, I call my critique partner and we talk it out. If that doesn’t work, I put it aside for a little bit and work on something else. Some times working on a new story helps clean out the cobwebs.
Whatís your biggest writing achievement? Why?
My first book. Never in a million years did I think I would write a book.
How do you celebrate a new book?
Start the next one.
(I love this answer)
Can you tell us about your current book?
The story is called The Rebound Guy. It’s about a woman who finds her boyfriend cheating on her with a transvestite. Her grandmother convinces her to go on her honeymoon alone to figure things out. Well, lets just say, she finds the man of her dreams while on vacation and decides to have a no strings attached thing with him and of course strings get attached.
What made you write this story?
The story popped in my head and wouldn’t leave.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story needs to come from the heart.
What is the hardest thing about writing and how do you handle it?
Everything about writing is hard. Lol. If you want the next contract, you do what it takes to get it.
If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
All of them! ;-) I would have a huge party and tell them how much love I them. They are all so special to me.
If you could have dinner with 5 people, who would you choose and why?
Nora Roberts. I would love to just talk to her.
God because I have some questions.
My son Nick who passed away 10 years ago, I just want to hold him and tell him how much I love him.
The child I was, so I can tell her that she can do anything she puts her mind to and show her what we have done.
And Stephen King. I want to talk to him about writing.
If you could travel in a time machine, would go back to the past or to the future?
I would go back.
What does your family and friends think about your writing erotic romances?
My family’s very supportive. My mother pushes my books at church and my husband tells every one he meets about my books.
How important is reader feedback, good or bad, to you?
I want to make my readers happy so I love hearing what they have to say.
What is your greatest temptation?
What is your greatest weakness:
What is the best advice you can give to an inspiring author?
Don’t quit! If you want it bad enough and work hard enough for it, it will come. It may take years of blood sweat and tears, but it will come.
How do you relax?
I don’t hehehe.
What is your favorite all time book?
I have so many it wouldn’t be fair to pick just one.
Pepsi or Coke?
Chips or pretzels?
Chocolate or vanilla?
Mountains or beach?
Pink- I know, don’t judge me. ;-)
Favorite ice cream?
All kinds I do not discriminate.
Casual or dress up?
Early bird or night owl?
Cook outs or restaurant dinners?
Restaurant. Someone else has to clean up the mess.
(I like the way you think, Heidi)
Curvy Ann Griffin has a secret—she’s in love with her longtime best friend and business partner Joe Mathews. After suffering through a date from hell—which definitely wasn’t worth putting on her strangling shapewear for—Ann heads home. How was she supposed to know the night would end with her throwing herself into his arms and allowing him to fulfill her every fantasy?
What’s a guy to do when the woman he loves kisses him senseless? Go with it, that’s what. For more than a decade, Joe has fought back his needs for the voluptuous beauty. In his mind, the only thing missing in their relationship was the ability to explore every inch of her luscious body.
Although sleeping with Ann could destroy everything they have, Joe won’t allow that to happen. He knows they’re made for each other. Now he only needs to convince her.
“What the hell was I thinking?” Ann Griffin said as she tugged at the Lycra shapewear cutting off her circulation. She smoothed the black wrap dress over her hips and collapsed into a kitchen chair. “Remind me never to accept a date from a guy who’s just broken up with his girlfriend ever again.”
Leaning down, Joe Mathews pressed a kiss onto Ann’s cheek. “You should have stayed home with me.”
The soft brush of his lips heated Ann’s blood to boiling. Air jammed into her lungs. Every inch of her body burned with fresh yearning and mixed with desires she’d spent the evening trying to suppress.
Ever since he sat next to her in Business 101 over a decade ago her hormones had been doing the tango. Up until now, she’d been able to stamp down her lust for her best friend. But lately her need for him blazed inside her like an inferno needing something to consume. If she wasn’t careful, it would consume her.
She forced out the breath stuck in her chest. “Why didn’t you go out tonight?”
“The Patriots were playing the Jets.” Joe moved to the butcher-block countertop and opened a pink pastry box. “I take it your date didn’t go so well?”
He sliced a huge piece of double chocolate cheesecake and set it in front of her.
“It was awful.” She pushed the yummy temptation across the table.
“That’s what you get when you go out with a guy based solely on his looks.”
“I didn’t go out with Scott for his looks.” The sad fact was she needed space from Joe so she didn’t jump him in the hallway between their bedrooms.
“Yeah, right,” he said.
She leaned on her elbows and sighed. “He seemed nice when we talked at the gym,” Ann said, referring to the business the two co-owned.
To her way of thinking, if she had to suffer though the misery of dating someone who wasn’t Joe she might as well have something nice to look at.
“I’m sure he was.”
“Okay,” she admitted. “It didn’t hurt he was shirtless when we were talking. Maybe I don’t have the best judgment when I’m at your place of business.” She laid her head on the table. “I should just wait until after closing to do the accounting paperwork.”
“Mr. Perfect’s is your business too.” Joe’s strong hands clasped her shoulders and started to massage. “Besides I need all the help I can get.”
“I’m just a silent partner.”
“There’s nothing silent about our partnership.” His finger worked the knot at the base of her skull. ”God, you’re tight.”
A moan slipped passed Ann’s lips. The needy pull in her core deepened with every cresses of his finger. Her pussy filled with moist heat. She should let her hormones have their way. Perhaps then she wouldn’t be soaking through her shapewear on a daily basis.
Ignoring the throbbing pleasure between her legs, she lifted her head. “The gym has the revenue to hire someone to help you out, you know.”
“Why? It’s fine the way it is.”
The butterflies dive-bombing her stomach every time she was around Joe told her everything wasn’t fine. “For you maybe.”
Shit, did I say that out loud?
“Are you saying our arrangement isn’t working for you anymore?” Joe squeezed the back of her neck and tilted her head up. “I’ll find someone if you want.”
The concern filling his beautiful sea-green eyes tore at her soul. It wasn’t the gym’s fault she couldn’t keep her hormones under control anymore. “I love helping you build your dream.”
“Then what is it?”
Hoping he couldn’t see what his nearness did to her, Ann forced herself to smile. “If I wasn’t bombarded with testosterone-enhanced bodybuilders all the time, Jerry from the office might look better.”
“The testosterone levels in the gym are all your fault.” He pressed his sexy lips to her forehead.
Straightening, Joe lifted his broad shoulders. “It’s true. When you rush into the gym, all flushed in your smart business suits and sensible heels, the testosterone levels spike.”
Lust clawing at her core, Ann swallowed the need to ask if his testosterone spiked when he saw her. She shifted in her seat, hoping to dull the burning need coursing through her.
Joe moved back to the counter, cut another piece of cheesecake and set it in front of her. “You could use this.”
“I can’t.” Ann pushed the plate away.
“Why? It’s your favorite.” Joe sat. “Did you have a big dinner?”
“No, Scott took me to that new raw food place.” Sighing, she rubbed at a wrinkle creasing the vintage lace tablecloth covering the old drop-leaf table.
“Pussy. A real man would’ve taken you out for a steak.”
Talking about her bad date steadied her overactive hormones. “I would have settled for a salad on a plate bigger than a teacup saucer.”
The dimple on his right cheek winked at her. “So, dinner was a bust.” He wiggled his sexy eyebrows. “What about conversation with Scott’s shirt on?”
“If you don’t mind hearing about how wonderful his ex was and how if I lost thirty pounds I would be as hot as she was, it was fine.”
Frowning, he grabbed a plate of cheesecake and jabbed his fork into it. “You’re fine just the way you are.”
“Scott didn’t seem to think so.” Ann rubbed a hand over her belly. “For two hours I had to listen to how much better-looking I would be if I stayed away from carbs and worked out more.”
The fork Joe held in his large hand clattered against the Fiestaware plate. “When he comes into the gym on Monday, I’m going to kick his ass.”
For the first time since she got home, Ann relaxed. “Don’t do that. We need his business.”
“Fuck his business.” Joe tapped her plate. “Eat up. Cheesecake has protein and calcium.”
“Make sure you tell my hips that in the morning.”
“It can’t be all bad.” Lifting his arms, Joe stood. “I eat a piece every day and look at me.”
Her gaze roamed over all six-foot-two inches of his finely honed frame. She poked her finger into the whipped cream topping of the cheesecake as her stomach clenched—it did every time she set eyes on him and his mega-muscles. “Aren’t you cold without a shirt?”
“Not with you around.” Handing Ann a fork, Joe folded himself into the chair across from her and dug into his cake.
Ellora's Cave: http://www.ellorascave.com/in-bed-with-mr-wonderful.html
When J.J. stumbles upon his conservative client in the throes of a self-induced climax, his desire to have Kat’s curvy body beneath his reaches the breaking point. At that moment, J.J. knows she needs someone to tend to more than just her yard. Now to convince Kat that he’s the right man for the job.
Judging by her pristine yard, Kat already knows J.J. is good with his hands—and she’s more than willing to put those hands to better use. The man fulfills her every lusty dream, and Kat never thought a sex-filled fling would change her life for the good. Too bad it can’t last…
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When prim proper Ava stumbles into a Miami sex club, she isn't expecting to find the man from her dreams. Navy SEAL Logan is just wasting time between missions until this naïve and innocent woman turns his world upside down.
Of all the sex clubs, she had to walk into his. How was Ava Cullen supposed to know her prim and proper aunt was part owner of the premier sex club in Miami and a top-notch Dominatrix? When she stumbled into club Paradise and came face to face with her dream man, she had a feeling she stood on the precipice of something life changing.
Navy SEAL Logan Turner always knew he needed more out of life than the next mission. That's why he opened Paradise with his best friend Julie. It didn't hurt that he could reap the benefits of owning a sex club. That was until a sexy, doe-eyed woman walked in, making his control slip for the first time ever.
Silver Publishing: https://spsilverpublishing.com/avas-pleasure-ebook-p-1198.html
Who would have thought a plan to get the attention of one man, would have
Maggie Blake taking two men to her bed.?
Maggie Blake has one desire, to experience what the way too sexy Brian O'Malley has to offer in bed. Too bad he thinks of her as an annoyance and not as the hot, willing woman she is.
Brian O'Malley has one rule in life. Never let a woman too close, but club Paradise's sassy little bartender threatens to change that rule and wiggle her hot little ass into his damaged heart.
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Dan McMullen found the perfect sub in his overbearing boss, Jen Teasdale. With her, he fulfills his deepest desire to have full control over her lust-filled needs. The more Dan dominates, degrades, and causes her pain, the more Jen gets off.
Their sexy session strains his control and brings him to war with the beast inside his soul. Will Dan find his restraint in time or will he destroy them both?
Silver Publishing: https://spsilverpublishing.com/spanking-the-boss-ebook-p-59078.html
Silver Publishing: https://spsilverpublishing.com/spanking-the-boss-ebook-p-59078.html
Bio:Don't forget to contact Heidi on her website to be entered to win!!! Once again, thanks for stopping by today Heidi and congratulations on your new book release with Ellora's Cave.
As a child, Heidi Lynn Anderson played with imaginary friends. When her mother, asked the doctor if this was normal, he assured her mother Heidi was fine, and told her Heidi was just creative.
As an adult, Heidi became a huge fan of romance novels. She loved to take what she calls book vacations. With hundreds of novels in her library, she decided to sit down and write her own vacation. In the process she fell in love with writing. Now Heidi puts her imaginaryfriends in steamy stories.
When not writing, running a small business, or spending time with her husband and son. She is taking writing workshops and doing what she can for her local Romance Writers of America chapter.
I hope you'll stop by next Wednesday when my guest will be the very talented Kate Hofman.