Welcome romance author Taryn Elliott! CONTEST!
Read on through Taryn's great answers to my not-so-insightful questions then answer Taryn's question at the end of the blog for a chance to win a copy of ASHES AND WINE!
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Cari! I'm so excited to talk about Ashes and Wine and the future of that series. I ramble a bit. Cari is a total rockstar for putting up with my rambly side AND she even let me on her blog? You know it's love between us. ;)
1) Ashes and Wine is one of those books that totally takes you by surprise. You think it's just going to be a quick easy read, and then you peel back all the layers of love and loss. Why did you choose to write this story?
I wish I could say it was a conscious choice. I was supposed to be writing another book but Royal and Tessa took over. This was a true fly by the seat of my pants book. It ended up being quite cathartic for me in the end. Dealing with all the emotions that cancer brings on is never easy, but I wanted to show the hope and the loss at the same time.
2) Which character came first for you--Royal or Tessa? Why are they perfect for each other?
Tessa came first. She's had a few different incarnations over the years, but in the end I needed to let her have a happily ever after with someone as strong, loving and loyal as Royal is. Tessa is so used to taking care of everyone else that it was natural for her to want to do the same with Royal, but what she wasn't prepared for is just how much he needed to reciprocate. It caused a bit of conflict for both of them. Royal's need to take care of her was hampered by the needs of his family. And because of that he thought he wasn't able to give enough of himself to her. She set him straight of course. Usually with a little punch to his rock hard stomach. But just a tiny one. ;)
3) Mercy and Alaric--I want their book! Can you give us a sneak peek of what we can expect from their story?
Well, you'll be happy to know that Mercy and Alaric are much lighter. LOL No deep, angsty loss in this book. Nope, it's all about them fighting their way into a relationship. A true opposites attract story. Mercy likes her independence. She doesn't want a man distracting her for more than an evening. And Alaric does nothing but distract her and make her crazy. Alaric, on the other hand, is used to dealing with difficult people. He's quite sure that if he holds out long enough she'll do what he wants. Is it wrong that a maniacal laugh just came out of me? Yeah...handle Mercy? Oh that poor, poor boy. Rude awakenings are so fun.
4) What's next for you?
A couple of Christmas/holiday themed stories are on the docket. One has been contracted with Loose Id and the other is sitting in my Ellora's Cave editor's greedy hands. The Loose Id book is going to be probably one of the sexiest books I've written to date. Road trip with a side of sexy times and misunderstandings with a blindside of love and happily ever after. Who doesn't want that for Christmas? It starts out just before Thanksgiving and ends on New Year's. *rubs hands together* I'm having a blast with the Christmas themes. Even if I'm a little sad that Summer is just about over.
Then I have Mercy and Alaric, Matt and Jade which is book two from my Ellora's Cave book, UNCROSS YOUR HEART, as well as a SEEEEKRIT project that Cari Quinn and I are working on this winter. *rubs hands* 4 couples, 4 books, and Salem, MA as our setting. I can't wait for that one either! In fact we're heading back to Salem in September to get reacquainted with our favorite spot.
5) Just for fun: you're stuck in an elevator with two men--one book boyfriend of someone else's creation and one book boyfriend from your own books. Who are they and why?
Ooh. Evil girl.
I'll go with Matt Cross from my Cross Brothers series. As much as I love Royal, and Nate from my first book, UNCROSS YOUR HEART, I think my heart belongs to the musician that I'll be writing about this winter. Gosh, he's so angsty and talented and filled with badboy sexiness. GROWL. But he's also very sensitive and funny as all get out. Every single one of my triggers all wrapped up in six feet of delicious.
And then JD Robb's Roarke from her In Death series because I'm a masochist. One because Eve Dallas would kick my ass for the thoughts I have about that man and Two...hello? Have you READ the In Death books? If not...for shame. You.Must.Read.Them. Irish billionaire with shoulder length dark hair and scalding eyes, alpha without being too obnoxious about it, generous to a fault, and for God's sake he still has Eve's button in his pocket from the first day they met! THIS is the man that we dream about.
Holy vibrating elevator, Batman. I'd be a DEAD woman.
6) Where can we find you on the web?
I'm all over twittah like a bad rash https://twitter.com/TarynElliottFic
I have a FB fan page for updates and writerly stuff. https://www.facebook.com/TarynElliottAuthor
But go ahead and friend request me on my regular FB if you want to see all the goodies about me like my obsession with tv, reading, music and my other ramblings. https://www.facebook.com/TarynElliottFic
Oh and if you like a little fun with pictures I have a tumblr and pinterest board. Heh. You can find all of that at my website http://tarynelliott.com/
Want a chance to win a copy of the AMAZING ASHES AND WINE? Just answer Taryn's question (and please leave your email address) in the comments!
Who would be YOUR book boyfriend of choice if you were stuck in an elevator?