Maureen O. Betita
Genre: contemporary erotic paranormal romance
Date of Publication: September 15, 2015
Number of pages: 215
Word Count: 78,206
Cover Artist: Barbara Cool Lee
A house by the beach, happily married for over 25 years – what more could Sarah and Andrew Denby need? Yet, something is missing…until Will Bramble knocks on their door. He leads them into a deeper sensuality than they ever imagined.
The lanky redhead figures on a quick seduction, some fun in the sack and moving on. But Sarah’s laughter, Andrew’s strength, and the welcome of their bed, fills the hollow place in his heart.
From the haunted hills of Santa Bella, to the rambling fields of Scotland and the enchantments of Ireland, they discover the powers of physical intimacy, while the legacy of his magic, hidden beneath his human skin, brings their world to life.
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Casually, Will laid an arm across the back of the bench. “The windows and doors won’t take very long. But if you’d like, we can talk about a few odd jobs. Like repairing this deck. I think the support beams are failing; it’s too spongy. I have the time on my schedule.”
She turned her face toward his hand and inhaled the batch of pheromones he’d set down earlier. Her eyes closed slightly and a tremble ran through her body. The obvious desire for more flew through her. She took another deep breath. He set his drink cup down and turned to face her. When he lifted his hand slightly, she ran a tongue down it, and then flinched back. “Oh! I…uh…” The blush from the coffeehouse rose to a full bloom on her face.
“Seems like a good thing to do…” Taking her hand in his, he raised it to his lips and ran his tongue down it, and then sucked several of her fingers into his mouth.
Her eyes widened as she stared at him. “Oh, God. I...want…”
“I like to follow my instincts, Sarah.” Will looked straight into her eyes. He licked at her fingertips before setting that hand at his bulging crotch. With a moan, her eyes lost focus as the pheromones took hold. Will kept still when she pushed off the bench, knelt on the deck, and fought to get his pants open. Her fervor impressed him. She lowered her mouth onto him and sucked like it was the first cock she’d ever touched.
A smidge of guilt ran through him, but the glory of her mouth swept that away. If she hadn’t been inclined, it wouldn’t have worked.
Though he wanted to linger over the encounter, it was best if he delivered this first dose of chemistry speedily. “Damn, that feels so good.” He stroked her hair, let his head drop back and surrendered. She swallowed most of his cum, save for the bit that dribbled down her chin. He smiled and lifted her, opening her shirt and spreading that bit down her cleavage, even painting her nipples with it. “Make sure he sucks them tonight,” he whispered.
Sarah nodded, and he helped her back to the bench, securing her shirt before putting himself back together. He picked up his drink and let her return to herself. His chemistry would make sure she stayed calm. Her memory wasn’t going to argue with what just happened. It would just shuffle it around; probably decide nothing had occurred save a pleasant fantasy.
As he expected, the lovely writer sat up straighter, picking up the conversation from where it left off. “Yeah, the deck. It is a bit spongy. I keep trying to talk Andrew into putting together a shed under there, with a door to the front and the back. And extend it.” She got up and pointed to the box below the deck, giving him a nice view of her ass. “That used to be where the twits before us kept their dogs.” It was as if the small interlude had never taken place.
His imagination sped ahead, picturing her spreading those legs and inviting him to fuck her. Battling the image, he finished his cookies and then told her to check out the bedroom. “You can watch while I get the new window in.”
Standing, she sedately followed him into the bedroom and lay down on the bed to observe him work. He stepped in and out of the room. One of the times he came back in, she’d slipped her hand under the waistband of the baggy jeans she was wearing and began masturbating. Will ignored her and kept talking about the window. When she climaxed, filling the room with her scent, he sat, pulling her hand free and cleaning it off. A small smile lit her face and then she drifted into a late afternoon nap. Her susceptibility boded well for his pursuit. He hoped Andrew was equally inclined. From impressions, he was nearly certain.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Other than a few very short girlish periods, when I wanted to be a ballerina, a dog trainer, or an explorer in Alaska… Yes, I have always wanted to be an author.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
After I attended the 2008 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention’s Aspiring Writer’s Class from Judi McCoy. She insisted we all begin referring to ourselves as simply writers, not aspiring writers. It stuck.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Hmmm, sequence… In April of 2007, I nearly died. In April of 2008, I attended the class I mentioned above. In 2009, I attended the second half of that class. In 2009, I began pitching. In 2010, I got an agent and later that year, my first book, The Kraken’s Mirror, was published.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Nope! I slaved as a phone operator to get my husband through college. After that, I was set free from outside employment.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Latest is Foxoddness. Oh, twenty words? You’re tough! (Big breath…) Imagine a long married couple, meeting a very sexy man who is touched by magic, and going on an adventure!
Did I do it?
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I self-publish at present. Love the control!
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
That has varied so much, I hesitate to give it a number. Once upon a time, from idea to finish was probably less than six weeks. At present…I have half a dozen started ( anywhere from 5000 words to 40,000 words) and I figure when I settle down and tackle one at a time, it will take about a month or more to finish each. If I can bridge the time, I’d say three to four months total…?
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre?
Books of a different genre? Oh, different. Almost always different. (Which, I suppose, since different is the norm, I might actually do something that is the same…) In 2016, I’ll finish both of my paranormal pirate series, start my contemporary paranormal erotica series, Irish Magic, continue with several standalone books – one a romantic suspense, one a dystopian romance and – I hope – start my short story series, Ebony Bay, featuring the place monsters vacation, where it isn’t really safe to be a tourist…I’d say they are horror stories, with a touch of most everything else.
What genre would you place your books into?
(Slaps myself to stop laughing) I honestly don’t know. I have some common themes – generally, there is something magical (paranormal), sometimes there is time-travel, or aliens (scifi/fantasy). There is always sex…
What made you decide to write that genre of book? ;-)
What genre? *snicker. Sorry, I write what I read, what I dream and what I get inspired by from most media outlets. Anything might spark a story. For example, Foxoddness came from another book about the kitsuné myth of Japan, which are the stories of foxes and their interaction with humans. My dystopian book was inspired by a History Channel series about what would happen to civilization and all our trappings if humanity suddenly disappeared. I take inspiration anywhere I can find it. Even Irish Magic came from, would you believe, an interview Phil Donahue had with Shelly Winters, when questioned about the most sensitive area of a woman’s body and she answered the small of her back…
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
(I had a great answer of characters in general, than read you wanted one from MY books. Oh.) My favorite character – always a tough thing to answer. I often create female leads who inspire me to find the part of me that inspired the character. Emily in The Krakens Caribbean Series, Sarah in Foxoddness, Miranda from Forever A Pirate Series… So hard to narrow it all down… I think Ria in Essentially Human is my favorite. Her vulnerability and stubbornness, even when it serves her ill, strikes me as terribly real. I love it when I hit the nail on the head. She isn’t necessarily amusing, but she is…real.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
Always tinkered but didn’t sit down and bleed on the page until the early 2000s, say…2002. I’d been telling myself bedtime stories for decades, but after the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, dreaming them wasn’t enough. I started to write down my pirate stories.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
When I started, it was Starbucks, from morning to evening, and an iced Americano at my side, surrounded by lively crowds. That morphed into late, late at night, with mindless TV chatter in the background, sitting on my couch. Then I went back to Starbucks, but with headphones and music (usually movie soundtracks). At this point? Best is done late at night, with new age music in the background. I also find quiet hotel rooms energize the words.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Uh…well… For the most part. And sometimes it really hurts, but I give it a day or two and usually discover the humor. And sometimes, oh! Sometimes I can fly for a month on what I read. I treasure a hand written letter from a fan on the other side of the country.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Hee, hee. Yes. (I know, I don’t always come up with easy answers.)
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
To be perfectly frank, I don’t think I’m very good at this. My pirate saga/series, Forever A Pirate, contained so many names beginning with M and J, I had to go back in and ask my Facebook friends for help. I get into a rut with names beginning with…whatever. And overuse them until I’m out of names.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
Names come first for characters, but I find no difficulty with changing them. Sometimes place names come from maps, and sometimes I totally make them up. (I mostly make everything up.)
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
As I go along, for the most part. I may decide on a particular wound, but how my character reacts and how that pain molded their personality is a pantser thing. I learn about my characters as a reader does, I suppose.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is...")
Not sure Aesop would appreciate my idea of morals… After some recent soul searching I’ve uncovered what anchors at the heart of my stories. The belief in the transformative power of good sex. Yes, sex. Sex first, love second. (I’m a scandal, I know.)
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I read ebook. In fact, 90% of my reading is done on my phone. (I’m in the process of getting a bigger phone, the eyes are getting older…)
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Wow. Uh…the Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold. The lead character is absolutely perfect. And…The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – the perfect mix of magic and world building.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Since movies have a limited time to tell a story, I think The Tolkien Trilogy was done brilliantly as a movie series. It isn’t the books, but it is the basic story. Worst? Dune. Visually stunning, but it didn’t even touch the basic heart of the book.
Your favorite food is?
Pizza! I even had a main character in the Kraken stories (a time traveler) describe her love of pizza with such delectability that her lover’s nephew eventually opens a pizza place. Well, the pirate version of what might be called pizza.
Your favorite singer/group is?
Old group? Jethro Tull. New group? Evanescence.
Your favorite color is?
I tend to like pairs – lime green and purple. Lime green and navy. Lime green and orange. Hmmmm, I guess it’s lime green, if I had to name one!
Your favorite Author is?
(Glare…) I don’t really have just one. I do have a favorite poet…Walt Whitman.
Maureen O. Betita believes in the transformative power of sensual encounters. She uniquely blends erotic romantic adventure, plus fantasy/paranormal elements in her books, including The Kraken’s Caribbean series and the Forever A Pirate series.
Pirate Festivals, Steampunk Gatherings, Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Renaissance Faires – these are all within her social sphere and she borrows, steals, and creates stories from her adventures at these venues. Her imagination includes worlds of science fiction romance with three books revolving around the common theme of Alien Encounters; an intricate creation of contemporary erotic fantasy, with Born in Flight; and trips to a slightly alternative side of contemporary Ireland with the upcoming 5 books series, Sex Magic.
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