Genre: contemporary erotic romance
Publisher: Totally Bound
Date of Publication: June 1, 2014
Number of pages: 100
Word Count: 25,815
One night…one fantasy for hire…one sizzling case of mistaken identity.
Ainsley Simmons can hardly believe she’s ordered a fantasy lover online — a man to fulfill her deepest sexual desires for the entire evening. She’s in for a surprise when sexy young Mr. R shows up at her door in a classic case of mistaken identity.
Ainsley has the night of her life being pleasured by the much younger and demanding multi-millionaire — until she discovers he’s not her fantasy lover after all.
He’s even better than that.
Ainsley Simmons chewed on the end of her pencil, her fingers hovering over her laptop, wondering if she had the nerve. Staring at the screen, she tapped her foot nervously on the polished limestone floor. The rapid beat echoed through her sprawling penthouse. Pausing to pick up a business card, she flipped it over like a playing card, thumbing the linen card stock between her fingers.
All too aware that today was Valentine’s Day, the last thing Ainsley wanted to do was spend the evening alone. Not when her friends were being whisked off by their lovers and significant others to exotic locales, all while she sat in her vast Beverly Hills penthouse. Alone. At least Charles hadn’t taken her home from her when he’d cleaned her out and scampered off to Dubai with his newest flame.
Her gaze lingered on the business card and the elegant, embossed print.
Fantasies Inc. No fantasy will go unfulfilled.
That was all it said. Nothing else.
Her closest friend, Tara, had discreetly handed Ainsley the card at her annual posh cocktail party last weekend. The who’s who of Hollywood had been in attendance that night, not that Ainsley had noticed—she’d been too busy drowning her sorrows in her martini glass. Glasses plural was more like it. No wonder she’d had a wicked hangover the next day. The card didn’t specify the kind of fantasies they specialized in, but Tara had told her. Sexual.
Maybe Tara was right—Fantasies Inc. might just be the perfect diversion from her troubles, if just for one night. Drumming her manicured nail on her desk and scanning the elaborate website, Ainsley was more than intrigued by the promise of a fun-filled rendezvous in the privacy of her own home, with no questions asked.
The company assured anonymity, and even provided a short online questionnaire to assist in the creation of the client’s perfect evening of pleasure.
The list of questions alone thrilled her. Preferred age, race, hair and eye colour, build, sexual preferences, not to mention an impressive list of sexual specialities. Next to each choice there was a ‘surprise me’ option. Ainsley frowned. Not one for surprises, she knew just the type of lover that made her heart beat faster. The type of man she’d never had before. Mid-twenties, fair and muscular. Oh, and yes, one who wasn’t afraid to take control, to make her weak at the knees—at his command.
A flicker of desire wicked through her, right to her core. Deep down in her belly was an insistent need ached to be satisfied, tempted by blissful hours in the arms of her perfect fantasy lover.
Taking a long, slow swig of her champagne, the bubbles catching in her throat, she gathered her courage. Courage to do something rash, almost reckless—that was so unlike her, but then after Charles had left her, she’d been forced to be the new Ainsley. And the night of discreet pleasure might very well be her last five thousand dollars, but hours spent allowing herself—no, more like treating herself—to an evening all about her... Well, that was just what she craved. She’d think of it as a Valentine’s present to herself.
Quickly ticking off a few preferences, she noted the Valentine’s special, an upgrade to a second night of pleasure for a few thousand more. Two nights of mysterious erotic pleasures was just too much for both her body and her bank account to imagine. She’d best stick with one night and see how it went. Gulping down the rest of her champagne, she pressed the send button.
She exhaled as her credit card was approved for the deposit. The rest would be put on her tab and could be settled at the end of the fantasy. Plus gratuity. Oh, how does one tip for that? Her cheeks flushed and her pulse raced with the thought of what she’d just done.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Yes, I knew I wanted to be a writer once I hit high school and then college. An avid reader, I found I would dream up my own plots and then write them down — the racier the better J. The words flowed easily; it just took me some practice to figure out the mechanics of story structure.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Oh boy, that took a while, about 5 years from finishing the book. Then add on how long it took me to finish the first book, a couple of years so more like 7 years all in. Thank goodness I write faster now, just as fast as those plot lines and characters run through my heat.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I am a full time writer now but I used to be a wedding planner. Very romantic most of the time!
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
“A VIXEN IN VENICE”
He’s an art thief on the run with her heart.
Release date July 3rd Totally Bound
Who is your publisher? Or do you sellf-publish?
Totally Bound, Ellora’s Cave and Red Sage.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Usually about three months, depending on the length of the book. Longer books take about 6 months.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
More toe curling romance. I love a good erotic romance and I have plenty of new book ideas jotted down for upcoming stories.
What genre would you place your books into?
Contemporary erotic romance. The pendulum had definitely shifted and now more contemporary romance are erotic in content but I think for the sake of readers it’s best to call my books erotic romance so they know just what they’re getting.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I absolutely love a racy story. When I read Thornbirds as a young woman I thought, “now that’s a great book, but where’s the sex?” Intimate scenes reveal so much about a character’s development and the evolving love story that I simply can’t imagine writing my stories without the sexy side. I like to push the envelope…hard.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Each and every book I’ve ever written contains my favorite character while I’m writing it. I live and breathe the characters, so they become a part of me. I couldn’t chose amongst them, it would be like choosing your favorite child J Most fun to write? Now that’s a different story…probably Bobbi in Cockpit. A heroine in her mid fifties who doesn’t take any crap. She meets her match when she is reunited mid-air with her old high school sweetheart. Now that’s turbulence that’s fun to write about.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
Since college but didn’t pursue publishing my work until about 10-12 years ago after I joined Romance Writers of America.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I definitely cannot listen to music when I write, yet I know many, many fellow authors who swear by it. I like quiet and just about any chair will do but I do move around from time to time just for variety.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I usually write the book, then the title comes later. I have two exceptions to that: Cockpit and Bottoms Up. Those titles I had first before I ever wrote the book…those two books will be released shortly.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
They just pop into my head…sometimes I may realize I have too many names that start with the same letter of the alphabet so I might change one so not to confuse readers. Nothing worse for a reader than ready about Mary, Marty and Myrna and trying to keep them all straight in their head. Distracting.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I almost always have the location of the book, the setting in mind when I start formulating the book outline. Then I invent everything else after that.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I just feel it as I go along, the type of person I am writing about and it just evolves from there as I and the reader get to know the character in more detail as more is revealed.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I read a huge amount of eBooks but love a paperback too.
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Kate Deveaux is a contemporary, erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. It was after reading Jane Eyre in high school, that she became hooked on the idea of writing about romance, excitement and drama. Kate has been penning stories, from the sensual to the sinfully sexy, ever since!
A former wedding planner, Kate has always been "in love" with love! She was inspired to transition from writing racy short stories to full length manuscripts after meeting other authors in the romance world at industry workshops, conferences and events. Originally from England, now resides in the U.S. with her husband.
When she’s not writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there’s even "love" in that game too!
Author website: http://www.katedeveaux.com
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