I interview all sorts of authors, many of whom write in genres that I don’t, but today I’m pleased to interview Ellora’s Cave author Karla Doyle about her debut release, an erotic cougar romance called Game Plan. I’m reading it now, and it’s funny, sexy story. Karla will be here through February 28, 2012 and will pick one lucky winner to receive a free digital copy of Game Plan. All you have to do is post a comment to the question, how do you feel about about series/linked books versus stand-alone single titles…any preferences? and leave your email address.
Karla: First, thank you, Cara, for having me on your awesome blog today. 🙂 Game Plan released February 15th from Ellora’s Cave. It’s a contemporary erotic romance with an Older Woman-Younger Man theme.
Here’s the blurb:
Recently divorced from seventeen years with a snooty, uptight, controlling man, forty-year-old Andie is definitely ready for some casual, sexy fun when a hot, younger man “accidentally” hits her with a baseball. Mason’s interest is clear and he looks like a lot more fun than her overworked vibrator collection, so she goes for it, despite the obvious age gap. The young veterinarian is as easy to be with as he is on the eyes, making him an ideal summer diversion and the perfect man to help her make up for lost time and missed orgasms.
Mason had to meet the sexy woman at the ball diamond. The chemistry between them is instant and completely addictive. Andie is more than beautiful, she’s uninhibited and independent—totally unlike the needy twenty-somethings he’s been dating since his ex-fiancée deceived him five years ago. And yeah, Andie is ten years older than him, big deal. The more they’re together, the more his heart wants her as badly as his cock. Too bad Andie isn’t playing for keeps.
Cara: Who is your favorite character in Game Plan?
Karla: The hero, of course! I’m totally smitten with Mason Lang. Who wouldn’t love a 6’2” hunky veterinarian who makes a baseball uniform look erotic?
Cara: How much are you like your main character? How much are you not like him/her?
Karla: I’m like Andie, the heroine, in a couple of ways. We both studied fashion design and worked in that business. We both love animals. But Andie’s a lot more outgoing than I am, plus, she can walk in heels, and sadly, I cannot.
Cara: What was the inspiration for your current release?
Karla: I got the root idea for this story while walking my dog past a park with multiple baseball diamonds. There were guys taking warm-up throws on the side, near the bleachers. I pictured two people meeting because of an overthrown ball. The rest just fell into place as I wrote.
Cara: What is unique about Game Plan?
Karla: My heroine is a mom. There’s not terribly common in erotic romance.
Cara: What kind of research did you have to do, if any?
Karla: Years ago, I had a friend who was a veterinarian, so I’ve spent many hours hanging around a clinic and watching procedures. Then there’s the fun part of the research…looking through pictures of hot men searching for my hero. I also learned a whole lot about sex toys while writing this book…
Cara: Is it part of a sequel or a series?
Karla: Not currently. Game Plan is a stand-alone, though I do have two books outlined for secondary characters. I love reading linked books, and can’t wait to write Lasha’s story, in particular. Aside from Mason, she’s my favorite part of Game Plan.
Cara: Do you do anything in particular to “get in the mood” to write a sex scene?
Karla: Nope. As long as I’m not cranky or stressed, I’m “in the mood” to write the sexy bits. 🙂
Cara: Who was the first person you told that you were writing erotic romance/erotica novel? What was his/her reaction?
Karla: My long-time best friend. She wasn’t terribly surprised, LOL.
Cara: In general, what inspires your writing?
Karla: I get a lot of inspiration from watching people, wherever I happen to be. I often wonder what’s going through a person’s head, what they have going on in their life, or what they secretly wish for. Most of my story ideas happen that way.
Cara: Please share a happy moment in your writing career other than a sale.
Karla: I have a few, but let’s go with a recent one—the day I got my first “fan email” from a random reader. That was an amazing moment, to know that somebody loved my book enough to take time out of their day and tell me. I printed it and put it on the wall by my desk.
Cara: What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about authors?
Karla: This is a great question! The most common misconceptions I’ve encountered (and I’ve heard both of these A LOT) are:
- Being published means you make tons of money right away.
- Erotic romance authors have done *everything* they write about.
Cara: What keeps you motivated?
Karla: Hmm. A lot of things motivate me to keep writing. First, I have all these characters and stories that I need to get out of my head. Second, I enjoy writing, even when I’m stuck and frustrated and stare at a blinking cursor for hours. And third, I love getting reader feedback on my stories (the positive kind is especially preferred!).
Cara: And now, just for fun… If you were stranded on a desert island what one luxury item would you wish you had?
Karla: My computer. With internet connection, of course! I’m completely addicted to the internet.
Cara: If you weren’t a writer, you would be a…?
Karla: I always wanted to be a veterinarian, but it didn’t happen, my aversion to blood and knives sort of made that impossible. One career I’ve thought about a lot is law enforcement. If I weren’t a writer, I’d love to be a police officer.
Cara: What’s your favorite TV show?
Karla: I watch very little TV, three hours a week at most. My only must-watch shows are Californication (I just love everything about this show, it’s fantastic), The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood.
Cara: What are you reading right now?
Karla: I just started reading Reckless in Moonlight, by Cara Bristol. 🙂 Loving it so far!
Cara: Aw…thank you! 🙂 What do you notice first about the opposite sex?
Karla: Body type. I’m a big fan of men with muscles…nothing ridiculous or fake, I prefer the kind that comefrom hard work, be it physical labor or working out. The gym really is a beautiful place!
Leave a comment to the question, how do you feel about about series/linked books versus stand-alone single titles…any preferences out there? Don’t forget to leave your email address so you can be contacted if you win a digital copy of Game Plan. Readers who would like more information about Karla can find her here:
Game Plan buy-links:
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Game Plan Excerpt:
“Ow—what the?” She grabbed her ankle, hissing at the heat spreading above the bone. Everyone around her remained focused on the game. Nobody had noticed her crumple in pain. Not even Scott from across the diamond, even though he’d barely taken his eyes off her for five innings.
She eased onto the bench and rolled her leg sideways. A baseball-sized welt had already formed above her right ankle. The foot she used for sewing. Terrific.
“Hey, are you okay? I yelled over at you.”
“Apparently you need to get a better set of lungs, because I didn’t hear you.” The snarky response left a bitter taste in her mouth. “Sorry, that’s the pain talking, not me. I’m not always a bitch.”
“No worries, I get it. Taking a hit stings. It’s my fault anyway. I shouldn’t have drilled the ball that hard on the sidelines. Here, lemme take a look at that ankle… Damn, it’s rising faster than a twenty-year-old virgin getting a lap dance.”
Andie’s first thought was that the guy needed to shut up, there were kids nearby. Her head snapped up to tell him so and the thought fell away. Kneeling in front of her was what could only be defined as a prime candidate. Full head of light-brown hair with exactly the right amount of messy, incredible blue eyes and lips designed for making out. And since the buttons on his baseball shirt had been neglected, Andie was treated to a view of one spectacular naked chest.
“I take it back, your lungs look fine,” she said, and clapped a hand over her mouth. Major slip of the internal thought process.
The hunk looked up at her, totally amused. “They do, do they?” He scooped her foot into his hands and placed it on his thigh as he examined her ankle.
Strong fingers gently but thoroughly traced over her flesh. Yes, he was merely checking for damage he might’ve caused. It was still the best contact she’d had in forever. Her own hands got the job done, but they didn’t send a thrill through her system. Thank god she’d shaved her legs this morning. Not that he’d notice or care.
Andie’s mind headed for the scenario he’d mentioned. Except she became the dancer, gyrating over the bulge in his lap. And he was no virgin. Uh-uh. In her version of the strip-club seduction, the athletic stud beneath her was a sexual MVP.
“It’s not serious, but it needs to be iced.” The deep richness of his voice yanked her out of the premium-grade fantasy. “You bring any ice packs?”
She swallowed and shook her head. No way could she speak to him again. Not after telling him his chest looked good, and especially not after picturing herself grinding onto his cock. God, her face must be beet red. The way he grinned—he had to know. Oh, but he was pretty. And much younger than her.Too young for her to be picturing naked and sweaty.
“I’ll grab you some ice from my cooler.” He sprinted away. Baseball pants had always been one of her favorite things about the game. On this guy, they were downright erotic.