Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Wicked Flower by @cloveflores

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clip_image002Wicked Flower

A Sin Pointe Novel

Book 5

Carlene Love Flores

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-77130-987-5

ASIN: B00N44IJEI

Number of pages: 228

Word Count: 80,160

Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs

Book Description:

Sin Pointe front man Stefan Calderon is playing a very dangerous game and his mom’s live-in caretaker, Dani Foster, just landed right smack in the middle of it.

Practically strangers when Stefan rolls into his small hometown looking to patch things up with Mom, his and Dani’s worlds collide with a hot and intense hook up. He knows right away this woman will make the perfect partner for his two weeks in town. But when she realizes whose son he is, and what he’s there to do, sexy times come to an abrupt halt.

That is until they come up with a solution. Rules. Every game needs them. The question isn’t if they’ll break them, but when and how hard.

It’s a wickedly delicious game, one neither of them intends to lose.

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excerpt

Wow. Had Will pegged this perfectly or what? Stefan was determined not to hear her. What hurt Dani most was how his confidence had been shattered by a ten minute conversation in a silly rose garden.

She didn’t even remember that she’d just been crying and the wetness on her cheeks surprised her when she wiped a piece of hair from her face. “But you come back. And when you do, you bring the best laughs and joy with you. You bring yourself.”

“No, don’t do that. Don’t make me out to be some good guy, Dani. It’ll only hurt you in the end.” He paused and then stabbed her with a look sharper than steel. “You sucked my cock good last night, but that doesn’t mean you own me. I don’t owe you anything.”

Her face flamed with sheer anger. She nearly spit the word asshole right back in his face but remembered Will’s warning. She could be just as stubborn. “Try again. I did suck your cock good and no, you don’t owe me anything. But you will hear me out. You know who else leaves their loved ones behind? How about soldiers?”

“That’s different and you know it.”

“How so? They stay gone for months. Thom gets one two-week break half-way through his year-long tour. He comes home one time, Stefan. In an entire year. How is that different than what you do?”

Stefan looked like she’d shot him. He held his hands over his midsection and hunched over before he righted himself again.

“I don’t know. It just is. I’m not laying my life on the line for anyone.”

“But you’re putting it on hold so you can make all those people who love your music happy.” She wouldn’t stop now. “I bet if you were with someone, you’d find a way to see that person, no matter how far away you were. And I bet that person would be thankful, and…” Her eyes welled up with tears again. “So very happy for each moment, no matter how short or how much time passed between visits. Or how big of a mean jerk you could be sometimes.”

The amount of time he stayed with his head bowed down killed Dani. Losing him in a couple days hadn’t hurt before because she realized she’d held out hope that things would work out between them. That her Superman would figure it out and fix it all. He’d invite his mom to Nashville and Dani too. All she needed was an invitation and his ability to wait two measly months for her to arrive.

“Stefan, look at me.”

She waited patiently.

“I’ll just hurt you, Dani. Don’t you get it? I fucking love you and I’d hurt you.”

Her breath tunneled around her lungs and her knees threatened to give out but she wouldn’t stop until she’d convinced him he would not do that. Not if he … not if he loved her. The way she loved him back.

“Why do you keep saying that? Leaving, when it’s your job, doesn’t hurt the one you love.”

Her mind was nearly useless after his use of the L word. Maybe he was trying to tell her he wouldn’t be faithful.

“You don’t understand me, Dani.”

“Then help me out here. Are you saying you’d sleep around on the road? Is that some inevitable part of you being Stefan Calderon, bass player?”

Crap. He wasn’t answering her.

“Fuck, I don’t know. Maybe. I’ve never been tested like that.”

“What the hell do you mean?”

Again he went silent. And this time he got up out of his stool and walked to the sink. As if they hadn’t just been in an industrial sized conversation, he reached up and pulled a glass from a cupboard and filled it with water. He guzzled the entire thing down then filled it up and walked back over to her. He set the glass down in front of her, nudging her hand which she realized was in a tight fist.

“Fighting can’t be good for the baby. Dinner’s getting cold. Let’s eat. Then maybe we’ll talk more.”

Maybe we’ll talk more? Who did he think he was? Ending their discussion like that. But her chest had tightened and she knew he was right when she took in a deep breath and felt the built up tension leave and her body relax back to normal.

She hated that he was right. But if he thought she wouldn’t fight for him, he was dead wrong. She took the glass of water, emptying it then handed it back to him.

“What did you get?”

She could play nice while they ate. He loved her.

Stefan brought their plates over. He sat down across from her and stabbed a peapod and a chunk of pink salmon, shaking his head as he bit the food from the fork and chewed. He stabbed another and another bite.

Whoever had made this man, had gotten so many things so very right. No matter that all those things combined made her absolutely crazy.

He loved her. He’d said so.

She chewed, and tried not to cry smile.

  authorinterview

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

 Hi! Thanks so much for this interview. Love having that sexy kiss looking down on me as I type! I wouldn’t say I always wanted to be a writer but I’ve always been very good at playing pretend and thinking up fantasies. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a nurse because I was very fascinated with blood. I worked for a while as a phlebotomist but soon realized that writing romance was my true passion.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

 I was sitting at my son’s football practice one night and nervously asked one of the mom’s I’d gotten to know if she wouldn’t mind reading something I’d written. I hadn’t told anyone besides a few of my family members that I was writing a book. This wonderful lady read it and gave me her honest opinion, that she didn’t necessarily think that book would get published but that someday, she believed I’d be a published writer. I’ll always be very thankful for how graciously she dealt with the situation I’d put her in by asking her of this. We’re great friends to this day and always will be.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

 I wrote Sidewalk Flower beginning in 2008 and it was published in 2013 with Evernight Publishing.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

 My latest book is called Wicked Flower (A Sin Pointe Novel, #5). The naughtiest member of Sin Pointe knows all about dangerous games so why is he so afraid to win this one?

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

 I am so proud and happy to say that Evernight is my publisher. I have six books with them and love our working relationship. At this time, I have not self-published but I look forward to dipping my toes into that world at some point in the future.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

For now, I am not sure what the next Sin Pointe book will be but I do have some ideas. I think it’s time to lurk around in some new worlds. I am currently working on a sexy Christmas story about a warrior race of wish-granting reindeer. Usually around Halloween or Christmas, I write a short story with some magical element just to keep things fun and fresh.

What genre would you place your books into?

I write edgy contemporary and that’s where 99% of my story ideas fall under. I seem to enjoy writing about naughty rock stars and adorable odd balls. J

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

 I write what I fantasize most about and that just happens to be modern day, contemporary stuff with lots of music involved.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

 Thank you so much for asking this. My favorite character is Ben. He’s the quirky, gentle giant webmaster for the band Sin Pointe and his is the third book in the series. It’s called Sin’s Haven. Although, he makes an appearance in all five books. He’s one of those guys who has no idea how sexy he is and I love tapping into that. Plus he’s funny and odd and adorable and has the task of living amongst rock stars. Because of that, I admire his confidence, even though it’s subtle.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

 It depends on the mood of the part of the story I’m working on. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of writing in my dark bedroom with Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” playing in the background which is funny because I’m writing a sexy reindeer story. Sometimes I write with a blanket over my head. I know, weird, but it’s about shutting everything else out when you’re trying to get to those very intimate moments.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

 I do read them. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my book and then share their thoughts, whether they liked the story or not.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

 Great question! I normally write the book and it’s always different as to exactly when, but at some point during the writing, the title jumps out. The first Sin Pointe Novel’s title came very early on when I was writing a poem about the heroine who reminded me of a flower that had fought its way up through the cracks in a sidewalk, hence Sidewalk Flower. The only time it’s been different was for this last book, Wicked Flower. It’s the fifth book in the series and so by the time I got to writing it, I knew the hero very well. His name is Stefan and we first meet him in Sidewalk Flower. I always knew his book would have Wicked in the title because that’s just who he is.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

 I’m one of those people who honestly feels they are receiving someone’s story by very special, otherworldly means. My job is just to listen and write it down. So the characters come to me in that way. Normally I’ll see them in a very vulnerable, intimate moment with another character and that’s where most of the stories start.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

 Sort of along those lines although not exactly what you’re asking, but I’m a huge Depeche Mode fan and there are several song titles that have ended up in the Sin Pointe novels. “But not tonight” is one of my favorites. “Get the balance right” is another. The moral of anything I write is a message of not feeling ashamed. I’ve seen too many good-hearted people go down because of one mistake and the shame heaped on top of them was just too heavy.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

 I like to pet my favorite book covers so for that one reason, I hope hard copies will always be around. I like standing in long lines and handing a book over to my favorite author and watching them write that special message to me on the dedication page. That being said, I LOVE my Kindle and love that my own books are part of such awesome technology.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

 My favorite book is Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon because it was my first romance novel and I love how it came into my world. I was walking aimlessly around the crazy busy floor of San Diego Comic-Con in 2008 and a young lady stuck a book in my path and asked if I wanted it. I was lost and didn’t have books on my mind. But she said, “Come on, it’s free.” She had a good point. I took it home, read it and fell in love. Absolutely in love. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read it but we’ll say lots!

Your favorite food is?

 San Diego-style Rolled Tacos

Your favorite singer/group is?

 Depeche Mode

Your favorite color is?

Midnight Blue

Your favorite Author is?

 Sherrilyn Kenyon 

 

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abouttheauthor

clip_image004Carlene Love Flores is a fan of the stars (especially Orion), music (especially Depeche Mode), and her traveling family (no favorites-she loves them all). These inspire her intimate romance stories.

If she could touch someone’s heart with writing the way others have for her, she’d say there never lived a luckier girl.

Website http://carlenelove.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/cloveflores

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/carlene.l.flores

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6887320.Carlene_Love_Flores

1 comment:

  1. Hi Janine! I am very happy to have been here today at Total Eclipse Reviews. Thanks so much for the great interview questions. I wish you and your readers a great week ahead. Love stories rock!

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