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Hello everyone! Welcome to For Whom The Books Toll. Today I have the wonderful Dalton Diaz to my blog, welcome Dalton. Dalton is one of the Wild Wicked Weekend Authors. You can find out more about this Wild event here.
Please share 5 fun facts about yourself.
I adore Guinea Pigs
I'm a real Valley Girl (but from the wrong side of the tracks)
I have 4 boys, including identical twins
I'm a Teetotaler
Ashlyn Chase chose my pen name, and the DD is not by accident
What was your ideal career when you were a child?
A writer! I used to walk around with notebooks, and started writing romance in middle school. Oh, to have those notebooks now. Unfortunately (or fortunately!), I destroyed them in my teen years.
Tell us about a typical writing day for you.
Write a paragraph or two, get interrupted. Repeat process for at least 5 hours. Consider it a blessing to hit 1000 words without killing anyone.
On average, how long does it take you to write a book?
Too long. Working on that!
How long does it take to write sex scenes?
LOL! Hmmmm, it depends on how many orgasms the heroine insists on having before the hero reaches Nirvana. I have never been accused of having too short sex scenes!
Where do you find writing inspiration?
It's a funny thing, but sometimes the best inspiration comes from a romance where they shut the door. Wondering what the hell is happening behind there gets the imagination going.
What scene for you was the hardest to write and how did you overcome that obstacle?
It wasn't a scene, but a premise. I'm not a cougar, and had a hard time getting into the idea to write Winters' Thaw. It wasn't until I stopped thinking of Kevin as being younger than Elle that it all came together - and ended up being one of my favorite books to write.
What do you think makes a good story?
Character depth. I am very much character driven, and I get to know them as the story progresses - right along with the reader. If that development doesn't happen within the first 3 chapters, I lose interest and the book is scrapped. If it does happen, I finish the book, then go back and rewrite the first 3 chapters.
What ís the hardest thing about writing and how do you handle it?
Real Life interruptions. That will change soon, but at this point I will need to train myself to focus for longer periods of time.
If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Kevin Springer from Winters' Thaw. It's more that Stud, my Real Life DH, brought him to life. Don't hate me.
If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or to the future?
The past, but only to purchase massive quantities of Pfizer stock right before Viagra hit the market.
How important is reader feedback, good or bad, to you?
Reader Feedback is priceless. Good or bad, I'm grateful they not only chose to read my book, they took the time to contact me.
What ís the best advice you can give to an aspiring author?
Never insult your muse. If you don't take her out to play, she will ignore you, too.
How do you relax?
I am addicted to Hooked on Words. I seriously need help. I also love jigsaw puzzles because everything fits perfectly in place! (Hmm, thereÕs a disturbing look at my psyche.)
What is your favorite all time book?
Really, really hard to choose a fave book, but I'd have to say my fave character of all time is Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series. Sooo glad to hear it will be made into an HBO series!
A couple of fun questions:
Pepsi or Coke?
Polar Selzer Lime. But if it's only Pepsi or Coke, Coke all the way!
Favorite ice cream?
Edy's Key Lime frozen yogurt
Casual or dress up?
Casual, but I can still clean up pretty well!
Early bird or night owl?
Night owl. Early birds can keep the worms.
Cook outs or restaurant dinners?
Restaurant dinners so I don't have to cook it or clean it!
Hmm. I have no idea why people want to know what makes me… me, but here it goes: My favorite hobby is reading, and I am a complete romance snob.
If a story doesn’t have romance, it isn’t worth it. If there’s hot sex, all the better.
Let’s face it, fantasy is usually a lot more fun than reality. Not always, but usually. As a writer, one can be anything, do anything, say anything that comes to mind. There are a thousand and one ways to make things happen, each one more exciting than the last.
Since I have a very active imagination, this is the best job in the world.
Married for ten years, adventurous Kelly and Ryan are thrilled to take part in a fantasy come true—a week-long sex therapy study on a tropical island. The resort is first class, the sex off the charts.
Ryan’s always denied the issue that stands between them—the issue that threatens to destroy their marriage sooner or later. As they learn new sensual tricks from the other couples on the island, each x-rated assignment brings them closer to breaking down that barrier. When they do, will the pieces fit back together?
Reader Advisory: This book contains voyeurism, m/m, group sex and BDSM.
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Lovestruck veterinarian Marcus Hill thought he could wait for a relationship with Jane, but he’s offered his dream job in another state. It’s time to go.
Headstrong Jane Tipper is going to miss her best friend, but she understands why he’s leaving. She, too, has a career agenda she won’t alter for anything or anyone. Never again.
As their last week together approaches, their desire for each other hits high gear. Ending as friends with benefits sounds good in theory and feels even better. What could be better than a week of incredibly hot sex with your best friend? Neither one regrets it. Until it’s time for Marcus to go.
Book three of the Cougar Challenge series.
OR nurse Elizabeth Winters is forty-one, divorced and determined to figure out what all the fuss is about sex. Her ex spent over twenty years crushing her sensuality and it is long past time for release. Literally, dammit! In her quest, she befriends a group of women her age who admit having a passion for younger men—and thus begins a challenge…
Thirty-year-old engineer Kevin Springer loves solving puzzles and “Elle” has him aching to fit the pieces. The more he gets to know her, the more intrigued he becomes, especially in bed. He quickly realizes he wants more than her offered no-strings-attached, wild sex, but convincing her to take a chance on a relationship isn’t going to be easy.
Thanks again Dalton for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves today. Please stop by next Wednesday when my author will be the one and only Desiree Holt.