Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Author Wednesdays--Anya Richards Interview & a Giveaway!!

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  It's Author Wednesday time again, and today Anya Richards aka Bootay Hotness of the Cabal of Hotness is in the house. Welcome Anya and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions. Anya is also giving one lucky commenter their choice of an e-book from her back list.

Please share 5 fun facts about yourself that most people don't know?
This is a shocker, especially for anyone who met me at Romanticon 2013, but I’m a wallflower at heart. Shy, shy, shy!

If I could, I’d go barefooted ALL THE TIME. It’s only since I moved to Canada that I wear shoes outside in the garden and my father always referred to me as the Barefoot Contessa. What makes it really weird…? I LOVE shoes—to look at, not necessarily to wear!

I have to stop myself from singing out loud on the bus, because, well, I can’t carry a tune in a paper bag. Not to mention the fact I live in a conservative city in a (somewhat) conservative country… they’ll call the police on me!

I LOVE the NFL, but I don’t really have a favorite team. Growing up we didn’t watch American football (I still think football=soccer!) but I did fall in love with Joe Montana, so I still have a soft-spot for the 49ers.

 Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I was a Private Investigator…

What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I was one of those kids who changed their career choices every other day. Teacher, pilot, actress, nurse, vet, engineer are a few that I remember wanting to be. With the spread, and my intense curiosity (don’t you DARE call it nosiness!) I should have known I’d end up a writer.

Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Nope…just as I’m an equal opportunity lover, I’m an equal opportunity snacker. J I have to have copious quantities of hot tea though, strong enough for a spoon to stand up in it.

Where is your favorite place to write?
On the loveseat in my living room, lying with my back against one arm, my dog the sharing the other arm with my feet. That way I not only have a foot warmer but can feel her start to growl so her sudden bursts of barking don’t scare the crap out of me!

What is your biggest writing achievement? Why?
In this crazy business, I look at every new contract, each new release as an achievement, but I will confess to creaming my panties the day I saw one of my books on the Amazon Romance Best Seller List sitting at number 17, just under a Nora Roberts title. Holy crap…just thinking about it gives me goose bumps even now.

Do you have a book coming out soon?
I do have a couple of stories in the book Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After, edited by Kristina Wright and published by Cleis Press (released today, October 15, 2013), a book I’m very proud to have been a part of.

What can readers expect next from you?
Soon there will be a new book in my Unveiled Seductions series (Ellora’s Cave) and early in the new year I’ll have a Victorian-set erotic romance published by Sybarite Seductions.

If you could travel in a time machine, would go back to the past or to the future?
Damn, you ask some hard freakin’ questions! Ummm…the past entices me because I’m a huge history buff, but there are some issues I really could do without…like the smells. I’m pretty damn sure from everything I’ve read that the past was pretty stinky, and I don’t like stinky, which is why the nurse and vet career trajectories just wouldn’t have worked out! As for the future, I have one question…would it be a Star Trek kinda future, or a Walking Dead kind? If the former, count me in! If the latter… errr… no thanks!

 What is your greatest temptation?
Naughty or nice? LOL! Honestly, I’m a very steady, practical person for the most part, so for me to be tempted beyond reason isn’t easy at all. On the naughty side, I’m a sucker for a really nice, long, muscular man’s back and some powerful thighs. I’m at the stage where looking is enough, (although the occasional touch is always a happy happenstance) but if I weren’t so happy with my hubby I’d probably be a happy cougar-slut.
On the nice side, I’m a foodie and there are many, many types of food that will make me lose my mind, just a little… Okay, a lot! The one that immediately comes to mind is whipped or clotted cream… yeah, that COULD go in the naughty slot too, couldn’t it??
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
Dogs, sewing, crafting, reading and (as I mentioned before) food—both cooking and eating! I don’t have a lot of time to sew or craft anymore, but when I do get back to them, I always wonder why I don’t make more time for those things. If I had the space (think hobby farm) I’d be the crazy dog lady…I like cats, but I LOVE dogs. Picture me, in ratty sweats, wandering fields like a female Cesar Millan, except my pooches will probably be badly behaved, like their owner!

Now for the fun questions:
 Salty or Sweet?

Chocolate or vanilla?
You’re kidding right? CHOCOLATE!!

Shoes or barefoot?
HA! Answered that one already! Definitely barefoot *wiggles toes at you*

Casual or dress up?

Early bird or night owl?
Night owl to the max.

The perfect man—with the imperfect cock and oral skills. The Dom who isn’t a dom, and the man who proves it to him. The alien with dessert-flavored semen and three cocks. The older man (a kajillionaire with a penthouse in Seattle…) who has limitless ability to come all night with his naïve little virgin. A woman on a diet who craves a feast of meat and finds herself five Broadshaft Brothers who can deliver.
If you’re looking for the perfect romance with the perfect hero and heroine, this isn’t it! This is a series of spoofs, parodies, just-for-fun lighthearted take-offs. It’s for all us longtime, hard-core romance readers who can laugh at the clichés, purple prose and “suspend your disbelief” plot devices that haunt our beloved favorite genre.

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Ellora's Cave

A well-endowed germophobe goes for a wild ride with a woman who knows no boundaries and her inadequately endowed boyfriend. Two BDSM novices learn that not everyone can top—when everyone wants to sub. Big boobs, big hair, a shrill voice and gunfire fetish—the hero finds the perfect woman. A girl who’s never seen a penis before—but her momma told her what to do if a man ever whipped one out in front of her.

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Ellora's Cave

Blurb:    Unveiled Seductions, Book 1
Jakuta Dagbo knows bad weather’s approaching, even though the sky above the faie world is clear. And when Gràinne Bairdie walks into The Midnight Café wanting an arcane tattoo, he realizes the tempest raging into his life has nothing to do with wind and rain. Just one look at her brings his storm god libido, and the protective instincts he no longer trusts, to thundering life.

Gràinne’s a banshee on the run, desperate to claim the emotions she’s sure are rightfully hers. She has no time to explore the sparks of need flying between herself and Jakuta. What she’s trying to do will bring the wrath of the Banshee Council down on her head, and she knows they’ll do anything to stop her.

Yet, as Gràinne and Jakuta peel back the layers of their lives, searching for the answers she needs, they can’t ignore the lightning-hot passion searing their blood. And when emotion reaches its apex, demanding complete surrender to the cyclone of desire, neither can resist. Even if it means Gràinne’s banshee wail of release will be her last.

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Ellora's Cave

Blurb:     Unveiled Seductions, Book 2        
Tattoo artist Jasmina is on a mission to entice her client Vidar into bed, but getting the shy, obscenely ripped troll to agree is going to take some work. Even telling him straight-up she wants him doesn’t break through his reserved, polite demeanor. Just what does a jinn have to do? Maybe showing him the pleasures they can enjoy without jeopardizing their friendship will do the trick.

Beneath Vidar’s staid exterior his blood burns with the thought of having Jasmina for his own. He’s been carrying a torch for years, never thinking she’d be interested in a troll. Although he desperately wants to take Jasmina up on her offer, there’s something about him she doesn’t know, and he doubts she’ll still be interested if she finds out.

When Jasmina’s past threatens and Vidar offers her sanctuary, there’s no way to stop their passion from boiling to the surface. But despite their new closeness, secrets and dangerous enemies can destroy what they’ve built, forcing them to sacrifice everything to prove their love.

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Ellora's Cave

Blurb:      Unveiled Seductions, Book 3
Talathion Frostbane was tasked with saving his people and took on the responsibility unflinchingly. Yet all it takes to throw his entire existence into chaos is one encounter with the wyvern shifter he spurned two hundred years before. The passion between the two men is as strong as ever, but there’s no escaping the expectations of the clan. And giving in to the all-consuming desire for the dragonkin would have devastating consequences.

When Hervé Cinq à Sept travels to the Fey city of Leaich, searching for answers after someone tries to kill him, what he finds rocks his world in a variety of ways and leads him down a path of inescapable hunger. As he finds himself on his knees, lost in desperate need and heading for heartbreak, he realizes why, as a species, the dragonkin no longer believe in love. It’s so easy to lose everything—pride, independence, control—when the one you want to claim can never be yours.

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  Ellora's Cave


After a certain age everyone expects you to be who you always have been, but I refused to believe the hype. I have a great husband, three wonderful children and two cats who remind me on a regular basis of my truly insignificant place in the world. It was plenty, and yet not quite enough.
So, mentally shooting expectations the finger, I decided to write...romance novels. After years of making fun of my mother for her Mills & Boon addiction (even while surreptitiously reading her stash on a regular basis) this was a cosmic joke. The Gods laughed, probably along with my mother, and eventually an editor said, “I’ll buy it.”
My name is Anya, and I’m addicted to writing.
I adore passion, dreams and the happy-ever-after following a tough, no-holds-barred, let-‘em-have-it-with-both-barrels fight for love. In real life I’m horribly practical, chronically lazy (the dust bunnies will back me on that) and fairly easy going. I work as a Law Clerk, which in our litigious world often gives me mega-doses of just how really weird it all can be. So as often as I can I say, “To hell with real life,” and set off on a mental adventure, often creating a book along the way.
I hope you’ll enjoy those journeys with me.

Here's where you can find Anya:
Thanks so much again, Anya for stopping by today!! It was so great to meet you this past weekend! I hope you're recovering well.  :)   Please stop by next Wednesday when Amy Ruttan, also a member of the Cabal of Hotness will be here. And don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win one of Anya's books.


  1. Thanks for having me! It was so great to meet you and share Bingo night with you. What happens in Canton though, right? *wink*

    1. My pleasure, Anya. And yes, what happens in Canton stays in Canton! lol