*Interview & Giveaway* with Olivia Cunning

ROCK HARD by Olivia Cunning

Two years ago, Sed gave Jessica an ultimatum and she broke his heart by leaving without a backwards glance. Since then, he’s tried to forget her by screwing any woman who will have him. But deep down, Sed still loves Jessica. Seeing her working in a strip club, with all those men gawking at her, sends Sed into a jealous rage. Jessica belongs to him…

Heartbroken, Jessica made her choice and ended their engagement. Jessica still hates Sed and knows one mere woman will never satisfy his over-inflated ego or insatiable sexual appetite. So when Sed shows up at the strip club where she’s working for the summer, and yanks her off the stage, she’s furious. She doesn’t need Sed. Never did, never will.

But she does want him. And who wouldn’t? The man is delicious—sexy, virile, and amazing in bed.

Thanks to Sed’s posturing, Jessica finds herself jobless, homeless, and desperate. She has no choice but to take a summer job that has her trapped on Sinners’ tour bus with the impossibly sexy jerk for two entire months. And, curse it all, the passion between them is hotter than ever!


Hi everyone! Please join me in welcoming Erotic Contemporary Romance author, Olivia Cunning, to Lovin' Me Some Romance!

About the Author: From Sourcebooks - Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, Olivia Cunning attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She discovered her second love, romantic fiction, as a teen--first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own. She currently lives in Nebraska and is working on Book 3 in the Sinners on Tour Series, set for release in Fall 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.oliviacunning.com/ and http://www.sinnersontour.com/.

My Interview:

Let's Talk About Sex  ....baby, let's talk about you and me. Let's talk about all the good things an - ehem, sorry.

Olivia! Thank you so much for joining me today at Lovin' Me Some Romance! So, are you ready to talk sex because I'm gonna pick your brain relentlessly on the topic. *wink*

First, let's talk about the rock band Sinners and its luscious five band mates that literally put the rock in rock star. Each embodies a unique and explosive sexuality that defines them in one way or another. Having a band of guys of this nature gives you the freedom to examine their sexualities from all imaginable angles and comparisons. Brian is the big-hearted lover, Sed is insatiable, Jace is into bondage, Eric's the voyeur, and Trey is bisexual. Lump all this together and we've got a party people!! What came first, the sexual preferences you wanted to explore or Sinners' bandmates? Were there any forms of sexuality you wanted to explore but didn't or won't? Are there any forms of sexuality in the book that pushes your boundaries as an author? In other words, do you find Trey's bisexuality more of challenge to write than Eric's voyeurism, or vice versa, or is it all simply creative juice for your written word?

The bandmates definitely came first. (*sounds pervy*) When I start writing a story, it takes me a while to get to know my characters. So I just keep writing until they click for me. A lot of the sexual characteristics (and personality traits) came into existence in various scenes. For example in Backstage Pass, Eric barged into the bathroom on Myrna and Brian. I did not know he was a voyeur until that moment. Didn’t realize Jace was into BDSM until he “helped” Brian by offering that suitcase of his and some pointers. So once I know all these things, I go back later and layer in hints or clues. I did not do character sketches at the beginning and assign sexualities to my characters. Trey: Bisexual. No, Trey is Trey. He happens to be bisexual. It’s part of who he is. Their sexuality is just one of many of their traits. As for writing the various types of sex scenes, I think threesomes are the most difficult. So many body parts to keep track of!

What gets you in the mood? I mean, what gets you in the mood to write sex? Set the stage for us!

My kid not being in the room, for one thing. Nothing brings my creative, em, juices to a sudden halt faster than that. I usually just listen to loud metal music (it blocks distractions) and go for it. I don’t need scented candles and champagne or anything. The ideas for most of my sex scenes originate in those first few minutes when I wake up on a Saturday or Sunday (no alarm clock!) and lay in bed drifting in and out of consciousness. Actually, most of my ideas (sex scenes or otherwise) occur to me then. That’s why I’m mostly a weekend writer.

While the heroines of the Sinners on Tour series obviously play crucial roles, I've felt from reading your novels that it's the heroes and their complex male camaraderie that are the real fabric and glue that binds this series together. Male relationships are drastically different from females and you've managed to create believable friendships and showcased wonderful male behavior in all its forms. Was this ability to write men so effortlessly as easy as it appears on the page? What influences or inspirations have you experienced that helped you develop this seemingly living, breathing relationship betwixt these five very different men?

I love men. The way they are, not the way they are idealized in many romance novels. Sure Sinners can get romantic, but if they do so in front of their friends, you better believe they are going to get ripped on for it. I find real men most fascinating when they’re in a group and no women are around (except me watching them incognito). No, I’m not a stalker. I’m doing “research”. Some of my best friends are men. I guess understanding how men interact by paying attention (instead of chastising them for being men) translates into great fictional relationships.

What is your favorite sex scene from BACKSTAGE PASS and why?

The first one, where Brian finds his muse and writes his musical composition over Myrna’s naked body. It would be amazing to inspire a man to write a song.

I've both read and hosted interviews of romance authors whom have said that writing sex scenes can often be the most challenging scenes to write within the entirety of their novel. The truth of the matter is that they're not just writing about sex for simply the sake of sex but more importantly, they're orchestrating crucial character development within these very pivotal scenes. As an Erotic Romance author, you're obviously expected to have loads of hot, toe-curling sex in your books. *I bow down to you, by the way. You're sex scenes are seriously HAWT!* How do you make sure that every sex scene is meaningful not only within the bonds of the plot, but with regards to the characters themselves?

I do? I’ll have to take your word on it. I’m just writing a story. I’m not the type of writer who analyzes purposefully. I write it. If it seems to fit, it stays. If it doesn’t, it gets cut. If I analyzed my writing that closely, I’d never finish anything. You will not find a spreadsheet anywhere near my writing space. My creative mind is much too chaotic to allow that kind of constraint.

What is your favorite sex scene from ROCK HARD? Why?

Has to be the public encounter at the Bellagio fountain. Sed sings Celine Dion to Jessica. A metal singer who sings that kind of mushy song to serenade his lady gets two thumbs up from me. If you haven’t figured it out, yet, the whole music/sex combination really does it for me.

I personally lost count of the numerous sex scenes as well as the abundant variety of sexual activities your characters engage in. How in the world do you come up with all these scenes and how do you keep them interesting? How do you make sure that you don't accidentally recreate similar sex scenes? Is there a sex scene quota for erotica novels?

I. Don’t. Know. When I write, I see a movie in my subconscious (sometimes it’s a porn movie, lol!). I just go with it. Sometimes I sit and think (especially at the beginning of a scene), but most of the time, I just write. After writing Backstage Pass, where Brian and Myrna engage in almost every imaginable form of sexual activity, it does become a challenge to devise something entirely new. A quota? No. I don’t even know how many scenes are in the books. I do know I was asked to write more sex scenes into Sed and Jessica’s book. So I guess someone is counting. Again, I’m just writing a story. No spreadsheets. Maybe a few satin sheets.

What is your favorite sexual position to orchestrate into your sex scenes? Why?

They’re all hot, but for different reasons. If they’re hot, I like them. The most romantic positions are face to face so they can look into each other’s eyes, but sometimes sex doesn’t need to be romantic. I guess it depends on the mood I’m trying to evoke in the scene. Is it “lovey-lovey mush” time? Or “you’re a bastard, don’t look at me, just screw my brains out now” time?

Naughty sex words. Okay, I'll admit to having some personal issues with certain descriptive sex words. Mostly regarding slang for female genitalia. However, sitting down to an erotic novel, I'm expecting the language and therefore have less of problem facing it knowing that it’s all part of the ride. What are your thoughts on sex slang? Are you totally alright writing genitalia sex words? Or is it simply a necessary requirement for the genre that you have to grin and bear?

I assume you’re talking about the c-word in regards to female parts? I have deleted that word from more than one scene. Usually it’s one of the guys dirty-talking to his woman and saying things such as “is your c-word wet for me? Is it hot?”, but I know it bothers a lot of people, so I edit it out. No words bother me. They’re just words. So I’m more likely to censor myself a little (hard to believe, I know) with more sensitive readers in mind. Not for myself. Strangely, I’ve seen many a reader criticize an erotic romance writer for calling the parts by their technical terms. Apparently, vagina and penis aren’t sexy enough, so I think for women parts you’re stuck with the p-word as most find it less offensive than the c-word. Personally, I think the c-word is kind of sexy in dirty talk, but I will refrain. Unless my readers can handle it. What do you think about the c-word, readers?

Finally, what's next for Olivia Cunning?

I’m finishing up the Sinners on Tour series. There are still three unloved Sinners out there. We can’t have that! Those sexy rockers need lovin’. After all the Sinners are happily-ever-aftered, I plan to create another band of hot rockers for you all to fall in love with.

Giveaway Details:

Thanks to Sourcebooks, I have two copies of ROCK HARD to giveaway to two winners! Here's how to enter:

*Comment with a Valid Email Address (Entrants that do not leave an email address will be disqualified)*

**Contest Open to USA & Canada**

***Must be 18 or Older to Enter***

****Contest Closes Thursday, April 28th at Midnight U.S. Pacific Standard Time and the Winner will be Chosen Randomly and Announced Friday, April 29th****


chilosa2004 said...
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chilosa2004 said...

I want to win. I loved Backstage Pass. Cant wait for this one!!


Linda Henderson said...

I would love to read this one. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

seriousreader at live dot com

Chele Blades said...

I sooo loooovveee sinners....trey is sooo my fav....his ability to just be makes him my hero!!

I also would love to see Exodus End as your next series..

respectfully a fan

Shelley said...

I just love these books and can't wait for the rest

tetewa said...

I've been hearing alot about this one! tWarner419@aol.com

Treelimb37 said...

I am so looking forward to reading more of your books, you are my new fav author!!


June M. said...

I would love to win a copy of this. I love second chance at love stories.

GFC: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

leisa said...

This series sounds awesome..I would love to win a copy..I cannot wait to start these books..My kind of books..lprater@modweldco.com
Thank you

CrystalGB said...

Great interview. Olivia's books sounds wonderful. Count me in the drawing please.

Samantha said...

I LOve this series!!!Great interview!! I cant wait for Jace's book..i want him;)
thanx for the giveaway


Jamie said...

No need to enter me I just wanted to say I CAN'T WAIT for the next book!! This has quickly become my favorite erotic series and I just love all the guys. I am also so happy their will be more sexy rockers after the Sinners!! I LOVE ME SOME SEXY ROCKERS!! Thank you Olivia for the amazing books!!

Mommyof2 said...

I happened upon these books by pure accident and I'm SO glad I did!! They were amazing in more ways than one! Can't wait for the next ones! :)

joder said...

Hello Olivia, from a fellow Nebraskan! I adored the first book in the series and am dying to get the new one. Each character is unique and, like potato chips, I can't pick just one. They're all super sexy and I don't know what I'll do when the last story is written.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I loved Backstage Pass and can't wait for the next book. I love all the Sinners but my favorites are Trey and Jace. Will you be doing a book about Dare?

Anonymous said...

Please pick me! I am dying to read Rock Hard!!! I loved back stage pass!--DeAnn

Becky said...

I enjoyed reading the interview. Please enter me, I would love a chance to win this.


Tamara said...

Olivia...loved backstage pass and am jonesing to read Backstage Pass...hope I win!
vintamsigond at aol dot com

Tamara said...

opps...can't wait to read ROCKHARD!

Danielle Gorman said...

I can't wait to read this book. It looks so good and who can resist a sexy musician?


BLHmistress said...

I the premise for this series it combines my two loves, music and books in one.

Thanks for the opportunity


Natasha said...

This sounds goo! Count me in. :) hehe
Thanks for making this open to Canada also.


Blodeuedd said...

Great interview :)
I must say that I could never write books with too much sex, I would blush ;) But reading I sure can

Chrissy D. said...

I loved Backstage Pass and can't wait to love Rock Hard too! Thanks for the chance.

Jess said...

I fell in love with Backstage Pass and I can not wait to read Rock Hard!

jcross719 at yahoo dot com

Thanks for the Giveaway!

Chris said...

Loved Backstage Pass and can't wait to get my hands on Rock Hard and SED.

Thank you for doing this and good luck, Olivia!

chris dot spiro at gmail dot com.

latishajean said...

Great giveaway thank you so much I would love to read this loved the first one! Thanks for the chance!
tishajean@ charter.net

Olivia Cunning said...

Good luck, everyone! If you have any questions, just leave them here. I'll check back later.

elaing8 said...

ohhh I want I want I want...lol
Please enter me in the giveaway :)
great interview ladies.

Sarah said...

You asked some really great questions, especially the one about choosing the right language. I'm so excited that Olivia is going to do another hot rock series after this - I can't imagine who could top the Sinners, though!

I can't wait to read Sed's book though I'm wondering if Jessica (or any woman) will really be enough to satisfy him??


Artemis said...

Nope the c-word doesn't bother me either. When words are used in the correct manner, I feel they add to the story.


live_above_ said...

Great interview! Ooo! Rock Hard sounds SO good! Would love to win of course. Thanks for the opportunity to win such an amazing book and good luck to everyone!!


Anonymous said...

I've finished reading both of your books and I can't wait for the next one. I've reread them several times, especially Rock Hard. ;)
I love all the Sinners but my favorites are Sed and Jace. <3

After the Sinners, are you gonna write about Exodus End?

Stephanie said...

I loved the first book and would love to win this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

Olivia Cunning said...

Anon Sed/Jace lover-
I do hope to write about Exodus End next. And I just started writing a new manuscript last weekend about a band that was "discovered" by Sinners in a bar. I don't even have a name for the band yet and Sinners aren't in the book except at the very beginning. We'll see if I'm able to finish it.

Chaos said...

Having been a shadow artist, I love books about rock musicians and would love to win a copy of this book. Rock On, Olivia!


Kris said...

I loved Backstage Pass and would love a chance to win this one. Please enter me :)

froggykm at gmail dot com

trishd said...

Awesome interview-Olivia, I loved learning about your writing process a bit-it's similar to my own. I learn about my characters as I go, and sometimes, they shock the ever lovin' hell out of me with their confessions.
As both a writer and reader, I usually don't find many words offensive-but I do prefer the p-word over the c-word. Dunno why...just something to me that sounds sexier. But the most important element for me when reading/writing erotic romance is that there is a strong emotional connection between the characters--which you do FANTASTICALLY!!! In both of your books. All of the men have some endearing characteristic that pulls you to them and makes you wanna hop on their tour bus and just play voyeur for a bit. And maybe, if we're lucky, join in. Thanks!

Laura K said...

Great interview, Olivia! I love your books. Can't wait for Appetite for Seduction!

Anna said...

I stumbled onto this series and I am soooo happy I did! Olivia, what a great interview. I too don't mind the c-word. In our culture it can be so raw, and taken very dirty even in context. I really love the p-word too. So c-word, p-word. It doesn't matter. To me. Although, I imagine that Jace might eloquently use it (ya know, the c-word) to his advantage. I. Can't. Wait.

Anna said...

leaguemomma at gmail dot com

I am a hard core Kindle user, but I just *need* this series in "dead tree" form.

jessica said...

Great interview! I also enjoyed the first sex scene in Backstage Pass. The scene with Sed singing Celine Dion sounds priceless. I hope that you have a great week!
jessangil at gmail dot com

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Awesome interview!


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Autumn Jones Lake said...

The c-word in moderation is fine by me! Great interview! Thank you.



AsianCocoa said...

I have Backstage Pass and would love to be able to read that one and then Rock Hard!
Thanks for the giveaway.
asiancocoa94 at aol dot com

meggerfly said...

I have so jumped on the Sinners tour bus! Backstage Pass was AWESOMELY HOT!!!!

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

Lil said...

I was really excited to hear about your series. Sexy, Rock Band heroes in erotic romance? *sighs happily* Loved Backstage Pass and am looking forward to getting to know the Sinners much better.

Kama said...

I live in Lincoln Nebraska and nearly fell over when I read The Sinners were playing the Lied Center. I thought, "What?! I have to get down there!"

I'd love to win Rock Hard.

As for the sex words. I find the crass ones disturbing in erotica. Maybe I haven't read enough yet but for me your use of real words was refreshing. I guess I'm not jaded enough yet.

Kama (yeah that's my real name)

aemelia_eq at hotmail dot com

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

Great interview! After seeing so many wonderful reviews for this series it has climbed way up on my list!


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