Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: MuseItHOT Publishing
Date of Publication: August 28, 2014
Number of pages: 22
Word Count: 4793 words
Cover Artist: Celairen
Book Trailer: None
Three years after her boyfriend's mysterious disappearance, Clarissa has finally recovered enough to move on with her life. She's graduated from college, found a good job, and is engaged to someone else now. She is happy once again.
So why has Jake, her long lost first love, suddenly turned back up in Key West, Florida at their favorite sidewalk café? Where had he been and what had he been doing during his absence?
But most important of all, what could he possibly want from her after all this time?
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Clarissa looked up from her espresso to suffer a shock of disbelief. She blinked several times, thinking her eyes must be deceiving her. It couldn't be him. It just couldn't be.
Yet, there he sat three tables away from her—the lost love of her life—having returned to Key West and their favorite sidewalk café from…? She honestly couldn’t say because she didn't know where he'd disappeared to or the reason behind his sudden abandonment of her three years ago.
She trembled in the warm morning air as a plethora of emotions assaulted her beleaguered mind in quick succession: anxiety, intrigue, longing, regret, anguish, love, sorrow, and finally…indignation.
With every passing second that she resisted the tremendous urge to get up from her seat and walk over to make her presence known, the more equilibrium she regained. She could not, would not, go to him. At twenty-five years of age, with more life experience than most women her age, she knew all about the virtues of having patience.
To help sustain her resolve, she looked up at the clear blue sky, the other patrons enjoying their morning coffee, a lone car coming down the street, the group of retirees huffing along the sidewalk for exercise, everywhere except at him.
When she couldn't take the suspense any longer, her gaze returned to her former lover. He remained sitting there all alone, head tilted down as he texted on his cellphone. He looked pretty much the same as she remembered.
In fact, he still parted his dark, wavy hair on the left side, although it was now cut short. He was very tan and his clean shaven, angular face still matched his lean muscular body perfectly. The board shorts, T-shirt, and sneakers he wore lent an impression of youthful vitality. Yeah, his early thirties looked really good on him.
In comparison, she hadn't changed much either, although she now colored her curly blond hair a soft light brown. She'd also grown it out to mid-way her back but still kept it cut around her oval face. She thought this hairdo best suited her voluptuous, hourglass figure. And the pants suit with heels she wore today fit her better than the tank tops, cut-off shorts, and flip-flops ever had.
As she continued staring at him and obsessing over his reappearance, she couldn’t help remembering how safe she'd felt within his strong embrace…how lucky she'd believed she had been at finally having met a man to share her whole heart with…how well their bodies had fit together…and lastly, of how much soul-connecting lovemaking they'd indulged in. What had gone so wrong for him to abandon her without an explanation? And why had he suddenly turned up again?
Under her patient gaze, it became inevitable that he would eventually look up and see her. The moment it happened, his blue eyes widened, his face went slack, and then he mouthed her name in silent recognition. She only stared back at his stunned expression, trying her best to hide her own inner turmoil.
He promptly got up and came over. In a deeply masculine voice, he said, "Hello, Clarissa. I was hoping I'd run into you here. May I sit with you?"
She stared up into his pale blue eyes, melting a little on inside. But still, she somehow held onto enough of her composure to say, "I don't know, Jake. You'll probably disappear on me if I turn my back for a second. So maybe you shouldn't."
"I have a very good explanation for my disappearance." He pulled out the patio chair across from her and sat without permission.
"Men always do, don't they?" She'd looked across the street at an elderly couple walking along holding hands. An old scar burst open inside her heart. She'd once envisioned Jake and her growing old together.
"I went away because—"
"Don't care to hear it." She cut him off, wanting to hurt him like he'd hurt her. She kept looking at the old couple while absently twisting her coffee cup around and around. "Besides, I'm getting along just fine without you. In fact, have you heard the news? I'm getting married in three weeks."
"Yeah, I read about it in the paper a few weeks ago."
"So you get the paper delivered to wherever you've been." She smiled at the old woman giggling at something the old man had said. Underneath the terrible pain searing her heart, she added, "And I saw you with a cellphone. You were texting, I believe. So you're obvious up to date with the modern technology of our times."
"I read the local paper online. And yes, I have a cellphone. I get it—you think I should have already contacted you."
"Yes, I do."
"I always thought I'd get back to you and Key West sooner."
"Oh yeah?" She shrugged her shoulders, keeping her gaze on the old couple. "I thought that too, right up until I decided you were either dead, or wasn't ever coming back."
"I almost did die, several times," he stated. Then, in exasperation, "Won't you at least look at me? I can explain what happened."
"Why should I let you? As I remember it, you received a mysterious phone call in the middle of the night, and then you got really agitated before leaving without a word of explanation."
"Not your turn to talk, Jake!" Clarissa cut him off again, still refusing to look at him. "I think it's time we play a little game of who-knows-what. I'll start it off. You can jump in whenever I ask a question."
Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I always wanted to be a writer. It just took me a little while to get around to actually doing it.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I think it happened for me after the publication of my third book. I was so proud of having written it. And I still am. It's a historical erotic romance titled In the Age of Hysteria.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Back in the day, I waded through many years of rejection trying to break into the print markets. When E-books came along, it changed all that. Now there's an electronic erotic publisher on every corner, or so it seems. Anyway, I have very little trouble getting my stories in now. That's a nice change.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I don't have any other job. I just write.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Title: Finding Acceptance In His Arms. Summary: Kara Gibson had no idea she was looking for true love when she found acceptance in the arms of Evan Lars.
The release day is March 26, 2015 and it's to be published by Secret Cravings Publishing. It's also my very first with them. I'm so excited!
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I presently have the privilege of working with three different publishers. MuseItHOT Publishing, Cobblestone Press, and Secret Cravings Publishing.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Short stories take me anywhere from three weeks to two months. But that's ready to go out for submission, with query, back cover blurb, tag line, and the synopsis finished. Novellas take me anywhere from three to five months. Novels can easily take up to eight to ten months. Of course, this is when everything is clicking along like clockwork. Unfortunately, longer time frames do occur.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
More Erotic Romance for sure. I've got a couple of novellas in progress. Also, I have four more ER books coming out this year.
What genre would you place your books into?
All of them are Erotic Romance. But I wouldn't say all of my books are traditional ER. One is contemporary BDSM and it's a lot more edger and darker than what I usually write. I have another one that has only a smidge of BDSM in it. One is about a transsexual seeking love and happiness. Another is a historical. Then I have a historical paranormal. So on and so forth. That's one of the reasons my books have such varying heat levels. Once I figure out what my heroines want, I always stay true to their motivations, no matter what.
What made you decide to write in the erotic romance genre?
At twenty-five years old I stumbled across Anais Nin's Delta of Venus. After reading it, I wanted to be an erotic writer more than anything else in the world.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
I love them all equally. In fact, every one of my heroes and heroines are my favorites. I suppose this is because my heroes always help the heroines get what they want. And my heroines always go after what they want with gusto. What's not to love about that?
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I write in my living room at a desk in the corner. I always have Sirius Octane (New Hard Rock) playing in the background. As a matter of fact, Halestorm's 'Apocalyptic' is playing right now. Halestorm's one of my favorite bands, along with In This Moment, Godsmack, Redlight King, Nickelback, Saving Able, and My Darkest Days to name a few. But my absolute favorite band to listen to while I'm writing is Five Finger Death Punch. They're confident, aggressive, and unapologetic. Just like my writings…
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I always choose a title first, even if it's just a working title. Right before submission, after I have the manuscript all cleaned up and ready to go, I finalize the title by doing an Amazon Title Search to make sure it's unique.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
The heroines' names usually come to me pretty easily. The heroes' names are always a little tougher to pick out. As for place names, I usually pick a real city to put them in for realism purposes. But, of course, the city has to fit them and their lifestyles perfectly.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
By the time I'd read the third book on my Kindle I'd turned my back on paperback and hardback formats for good. Of course, like many people, I have a backroom slam full of paper books. Just can't seem to part with them even though I don't prefer the format anymore.
Your favorite Author is?
There are way too many great writers out there to narrow it down to just one. In all honesty, I wouldn't even know how to begin trying…
Edgy and provocative in his writings, Thomas Briar strives to exalt the virtues of love and lust in every erotic story he creates. To date, he's garnered eleven publishing contracts with three different publishers and has seven published books in the marketplace.
When he's not writing, he enjoys reading, spending time with his wife, taking long walks, and people watching. Yeah, he's always wondering what makes people do the things they do. He knows it's usually something hidden in plain sight. He just has to figure out what it is, much like the motivations of the characters in his stories.
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