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…My REVIEW!
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/.
Let's Talk About Sex ....baby, let's talk about you and me. Let's talk about all the good things an - ehem, sorry.
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.
Thanks to Sourcebooks, I have two copies of ROCK HARD to giveaway to two winners! Here's how to enter:
**Contest Open to USA & Canada**
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****Contest Closes Thursday, April 28th at Midnight U.S. Pacific Standard Time and the Winner will be Chosen Randomly and Announced Friday, April 29th****