Monday, January 19, 2015

Cruising for Love by: Lynne Silver w/ Interview & Giveaway

Title: Cruising for Love
Author: Lynne Silver
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance (with Lite BDSM)
Publisher: Self
Release Date: Jan 6 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook

When Andi Greene heads out on a cruise, she’s pumped for a fun week of sun bathing and chilling with her best friend. Little does she know her best friend has a number of surprises in store. The first is the cruise’s theme of bondage and domination. The other? Ship’s doctor Jonah Coleman, Andi’s first love, her high school boyfriend—the boy she thought she’d marry before he moved across the country and eventually dropped her cold. But there’s nothing cold about their reunion. Instead sparks fly, and Andi’s relaxing cruise seems set to turn into a week of hot loving.

Jonah can’t believe he’s getting a second chance with Andi—a grown–up Andi who might need more than he knows how to give. But he’s willing to put everything on the line to find out if the heat between them is just the remnants of teenage love or something more. And even though he has to let her go again, he’s determined this time she’ll never forget him.

I couldn’t stop kissing him. Distantly I knew this was dangerous, but I didn’t care. Jonah could’ve pulled the hem of my dress up, lowered his white uniform pants and taken me here in this room, up against the wall. And I wouldn’t care. I loved it. We’d always been a touchy-feely couple, but this was hot to infinity.
He pulled away from my mouth for a minute. “Turn around. Put your hands on the exam table.”
It took a second for his words and tone to process. My forehead wrinkled, but slowly I followed his orders. My ass stuck out at him and, given the length of my dress, he was getting an eyeful.
“Keep your gaze that way. Don’t turn around.”
I ignored his command. I finally got it. He thought this was what I liked. And why wouldn’t he? I was here on the Whipped fantasy cruise, right? “Uh, Jonah, I—”
“Quiet. I’ll tell you when you can talk.” His large palms gripped my hips. “Unless we need a safe word,” he muttered. “Andi, do we need a safe word?”
I bit my lip, stifling a giggle at the hesitation in his question. I should’ve come clean right then and told him BDSM was not my scene, but it was too funny and sweet that Jonah was willing to go so far out of his comfort zone for me. Or what he thought I wanted.
“Sure. Let’s do a safe word,” I said.
“Okay. How about Wolverine?”
Wolverine had been our high school mascot. “Nah. Let’s go with Doctor. That way if anyone hears me yell it, they won’t suspect…”
“They won’t suspect the doctor is spanking his patient?” Jonah said darkly, but there was laughter in his question.
I wiggled my ass at him. “Are you going to spank me, doctor? Have I been a bad girl?”

: Cruising for Love

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 Where did you come up with the idea for your book?

-I never know how to answer these questions. My mind is a wacky weird place where I see scenes from characters and how they meet. For this particular book I went on a week-long cruise with my family and knew I wanted to set a story on a boat. The original story was a very different book. The original hero was the ship’s captain!

 Who did you show your first draft to and why?

-I have two critique partners and they always read my second draft. No one sees my first draft. I don’t like to waste people’s time.

 Do you have plans to a follow up?

-Yep. KK, the heroine’s best friend, will be getting her own story on February 10, 2015.

 Open your book to a random page and tell us the first paragraph…

-“Jonah, I can’t believe it’s you,” I murmured, staring at his chest; a torso that was wider and more muscular than I remembered. The last time I’d hugged him was the summer before our senior year, at the airport where his family was boarding a plane bound for California. Three thousand miles away from our east coast suburb. I turned to KK, who was grinning widely at us. “Did you know?”

 What do you like to read? Do you only read the genre you write in?

-I read mostly in the romance genre, but I also like non-fiction.

 Where do you go to escape?

-In a perfect world, I’d go a luxury resort on a tropical island. But that’s not my financial reality. To escape, I go to my bed with my Kindle loaded with a good book.

 Do you have a favorite chapter or scene in Cruising for Love? If So Please Tell Us About It.

-My favorite scene is when Andi discovers she is on a cruise with a BDSM theme, and she wants to kill her best friend.

 What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

-Join a professional writing organization, get trusted critique partners and edit, edit, edit. Don’t ever send your first draft out into the world.

 Would you recommend self-publishing or main stream publishing for first time novelists?

-I think everyone’s journey is their own and you have to do what is best for you. I will say that this is an exciting time for authors in which we have a lot more power to own our business and our financial futures in a way authors never have before. I am both indie and published with big publishers. They both have their pros and cons.

Romance author, Lynne Silver, writes the popular Coded for Love series and other hot contemporary romance novels, such as Love, Technically. Before writing romance, she wrote fiction of a different sort, drafting press releases for technology corporations. Washington DC is her home (non) state, where she resides with her husband and two sons. She is represented by literary agent, Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC.

: Lynne Silver

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