Be Inspired Meme

Thanks to Lily Harlem for tagging me! Now, I have to answer the following questions, and then tag five more lovely and fabulous bloggers to do the same.

1. What is the name of your book?

Off the ShelfI haven’t written a full length novel (yet – I’m starting one in the next couple of weeks!), but my longest work to date is my novella, Off the Shelf, so I’m going to choose that one.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?

Somewhere in the depths of my brain. Xcite Books asked me to write an erotic romance novella for The Secret Library, so I accepted then started thinking what I could write about. I’d always fancied writing something where the couple meets in a bookshop, but I knew there would have to be some conflict or something to keep them apart to make the story a novella rather than a short story. So I made the female lead into a travel writer, meaning she wouldn’t be around much. Plus, she’s terrified of rejection and the male lead, Damien, is shy. So I sure made it hard work for them!

3. In what genre would you classify your book?

Erotic romance.

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?

I had to think about this one for a while, because the male lead, Damien, while totally hot, is not your typical romance hero. He’s kind of nerdy, has long curly hair and glasses. So while I couldn’t find anyone that looked exactly like him, someone that came fairly close is Taylor Kitsch. The film company would have to ‘geek him up’ a bit – okay, a lot – but he’s gorgeous, and so is Damien, so he’s perfect.

Annalise would be played by Elizabeth Banks. And wow, wouldn’t those two look good together! 😉

Taylor Kitsch

Elizabeth Banks



5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.

She’s terrified of rejection, he’s shy; will they ever get it on?

6. Is your book published?

Yes, it was published by Xcite Books. You can buy it on its own as an eBook, or as a paperback with two other novellas.

7. How long did it take you to write your book?

I honestly have no idea. I don’t write full time and I don’t write every day, so things can take me weeks if I’m only writing a few hundred words here and there.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?

I’d compare it to the other books in The Secret Library range, as they’re all erotic romance novellas.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

None, really. I came up with the idea myself and just wrote it.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.

What, Taylor Kitsch playing the lead wasn’t enough? 😉 Okay, well the easiest and most effective way is to let you read some of it. So here’s an excerpt from the beginning:

Pushing the ‘on’ button, Annalise moved the vibrator down between her parted legs and eased it inside her eager pussy. As the ears of the Rampant Rabbit slid into position on her clit, she groaned with pleasure and rolled her hips, desperate to get more delicious friction. Then she pressed another button on the toy’s control panel to ramp up the power another notch. As much as she’d prefer a slower build-up to her orgasm, she just didn’t have the time. She had to leave for the airport in a couple of hours, and she hadn’t even packed her case. A quick knee-trembler would have to suffice.

As the vibrator buzzed away between her thighs, Annalise closed her eyes and tried to empty her mind of anything but the pleasure she was experiencing. After a brief flirtation with the thought that she’d much prefer a hot man between her legs bringing her to orgasm, Annalise simply enjoyed the feeling of her impending climax. The busily-vibrating bunny ears pressed tightly against her sensitive flesh soon had her pussy fluttering. Then, without warning, Annalise was quickly yanked onto her pleasure plateau and immediately pushed off, leaving her writhing and shouting on the bed as a powerful orgasm overtook her body.

Annalise arched her back as waves of pleasure crashed over her, and her cunt clenched and grabbed at the toy buried deep inside. Her swollen clit throbbed, quickly becoming too sensitive for the unrelenting stimulation from the vibrator. Switching it off and pulling out, Annalise dropped the toy onto the mattress by her side and gave a satisfied moan as she rode out the remainder of her climax. Finally, when the twitches and spasms had abated and her heart rate and breathing were almost back to normal, Annalise grabbed the Rabbit and rolled across to the side of her bed where the toy box was kept. She made short but thorough work of cleaning it, then reluctantly put it in its case, popped it into the small bedside cupboard and shut the door.

Annalise hated leaving her favourite toy behind when she went away, but she just wasn’t brave enough to take it with her. She usually only took carry-on luggage, and the very thought of the distinctive shape of the Rampant Rabbit popping up on the screen of the airport scanners made her shudder. It would be bad enough for the staff to see it on their monitors, knowing what it was and giving her knowing looks; imagine what would happen if they decided to check inside her bags! She would want to curl up and die of embarrassment, she just knew it.

No, it was much better off staying here. She could make do with her right hand for a few days. Even better, she might even meet someone. Annalise smiled. She’d had some pretty steamy encounters on her travels. The desk clerk in Dubai, the gym manager in Turkey, the waiter in Corfu…

Annalise shook herself. This wasn’t the time to let her mind wander down that path and get herself all worked up. She had to go and get ready now. There’d be plenty of time for daydreaming later, when she was in long and boring queues, and on the flight.

Thanks Lily. I am going to tag:

Kay Jaybee
K D Grace
Lexie Bay
Rebecca Bond
Casey Sheridan

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