Enticing The Boss by Lily Bly (Interview)

perf5.000x8.000.inddEnticing the Boss

by Lily Bly

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GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance

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BLURB:

Jean Price has loved her boss for the last six years. Unfortunately, he’s been engaged to her treacherous stepsister. When the wedding is called off and a project puts Jean in close proximity with the sexy CEO, she jumps at the opportunity to show him how she truly feels. It’s time to start enticing the boss.

 David Shep is finally seeing his father’s protégé for the stunning woman she truly is—in the office and in his bed. But when her support is conspicuously absent when he needs her most, he can’t help but wonder if he can trust her with his heart.


EXCERPT:

“David?” His gaze bolted up toward me, startled. Thank goodness he’d missed my personal tirade in the hall. He was slow to reply, as if recognizing me through a fog.

“Jean.”

He breathed the word, and I tried hard not to get excited over the relief he seemed to pack into the single syllable. I took a few more steps into his office. It was in as much disarray as David. File drawers yawned open here and there with folders skewed at angles. White boards were covered with almost unintelligible notes.

“I didn’t expect to see you here this late.” I adjusted the strap of my purse across my shoulder and smoothed the lapel of my coat. He attempted to smile, but his expression fell far short of his usual jaunty grin. Instead, he let a frown fall and shrugged his shoulders, smoothing wrinkles on his normally pristine white shirt across the breadth of his chest.

He sighed, scrubbing a hand over his face. “Beth dumped me.”

“What?” I couldn’t believe it. David and Beth had one of those annoying fairytale love stories behind them that I couldn’t stand, but it wasn’t just because I was in love with the prince and, at times, had considered driving a stake through Beth’s heart. David and Beth seemed well-staged for happy ever after. No one except me—prince included—seemed to notice that the woman everyone thought was Cinderella had, in fact, always been an ugly stepsister.


About the author…

authorphoto_lblogo_whiteLily Bly lives in North Dakota and looks forward to winter. She prefers Marvel over DC, acoustic over electric, and tea over coffee. She thinks that love—whether sweet, sappy, or tough—is the stuff of life and likes her reading and writing to be chock-full of it. Before finally taking the plunge to write full time, she worked in various industries including funeral service, law enforcement, veterinary service, and retail health food. She writes heroines who can hold their own and heroes dying to hold them.

Web: www.LilyBly.com

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Interview With Lily Bly

1.) When did you first start your writing career?

Lily Bly: I started seriously pursuing it about five years ago, but I’ve always been an avid reader and writer. Story ideas come easily to me. I was that nerd who spent her afterschool hours hanging out in the library stacks, and I’ve never been able to pass up a new notebook and pen.

2.) What draws you to the type of romance you enjoy writing?

Lily Bly: I write erotic romance, and I like the uncompromised entirety of it—its completeness. There are no sweet pan-aways to waves on the shoreline. The characters’ full experiences are laid bare.

3.) What is your ideal writing time, place and/or ritual?

Lily Bly: I usually write between breakfast and lunch and then at night after the kids are in bed. I have a comfy desk set up, but sometimes I’ll switch to using a laptop or paper and pen in another part of the house or even outside for a while. I can write anywhere so long as I have access to my WIP playlists.

4.) Which authors would you say inspire you the most to write?

Lily Bly: Every time I read a book, I’m inspired to write. If it’s a book that I didn’t particularly care for, I want to write a better one. If I really loved the book, was drawn into the story, and left wishing it wouldn’t end, I’m reminded of why I write and inspired to do more of it. I hope to be able to give readers that experience some day.

5.) Any advice for the budding authors out there?

Lily Bly: Develop a thick skin. You will have to face rejection before acceptance. It’s guaranteed. Also, consider writing rules (even the multitude from Stephen King) with the Captain Barbossa approach—They’re “more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” Stay true to your story.


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Obsession Of A Djinni By Claudia Herring (Interview)

OBSESSIONS OF A DJINNI by Claudia Herring, Romantic Fantasy, 374 pp, $15.99 (paperback) $.99 (Kindle)

Title: OBSESSIONS OF A DJINNI

Author: Claudia Herring

Publisher: Caravanserai Publishing

Pages: 374

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

 
A djinni seduces his master’s young bride, forcing her to make a fateful choice.A world of mysterious powers and tumultuous intrigues comes to life
in Regency England as a djinni, burdened with a dark secret, is thrown
into a love triangle fraught with subterfuge.

Will he defeat his nemesis or be betrayed?

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Prologue

I am Djinn. I am abandoned.

Another day of countless days. Waiting. A torture, but not the worst I have endured.

The light of this place sets me on edge. I know not its origin. Where the brightness falls illumines my carpets, colors rivaling my jewels, the finest weave of silk from Persian masters, treasures on which to tread. But I would gladly tread a floor of dirt strewn with rushes if I could be free.

I stretch my arms above my head. My kurta shimmers around my body, the gossamer silk the hard work of thousands of industrious and sacred lepidopteran larvae and their keepers. I see the gleam of silver and gold, the glimmer of gems on my ivory tabletop reflecting the rubies’ blood red, the emeralds’ echoing green and the ancient amber of the topaz as if it were a soft, tranquil pond.

I will be called. I know not when. My impending summons looms over me like the sword Dionysius hung above Damocles. I pray my next master will be kind, for I have had enough of cruelty. And if I could have wishes, if I could follow my heart, I would search for my Thalia.

Meanwhile, I am here, in Bramley House, for many years now. I sense I am in the East wing, upstairs, in one of the older bedchambers. Of over a hundred rooms in this centuries-old manor, this is one rarely used. In here are cast-offs of years gone by.

Among the clutter and jumble sits a marble bust of some long-forgotten statesman, transported to these misty isles to adorn the august Roman villa of one of England’s early conquerors. A magnificent, life-sized bronze stands by the window—an Indian god with four arms, dancing, dancing, dancing, a Natraj, Shiva, who keeps this world, where I am forced to exist, in motion. A few steps away, above the mahogany escritoire, hangs a drawing, elaborately framed in burnished gold leaf, the flowing black ink magically coalescing into my lady, my Lavinia, my Thalia, fixing you in her grave gaze, her somber eyes conveying the tragedy I made of her life.

And on the mantel the etched brass urn, securely lidded, where I am prisoner—for how long I do not know.

I remember being in this great house, living in its rooms, a real person in a real place. Happy. Reunited with my beloved, my heart, my Thalia. I remember sunlight streaming at an angle through the wavy old glass, warming my black velvet jacket, dust motes floating in the rays like stars within a galaxy. My hair pulled back in a queue secured with a black velvet ribbon, the style of the time. I took it all in, my treasures, my manor, my love, my life.

Even I never realized how quickly it could change.

 

 

Claudia Herring writes romantic fantasy novels. Her
Djinn Chronicles series are set in a world of mysterious powers and
tumultuous intrigues fraught with subterfuge. They begin in Regency
England where sensible mortals interact in disbelief with djinnis,
magicians, sorceresses, and soothsayers.She would live in a library if she could.

Is afraid of her cat.

If you like Diana Gabaldon or Carol Berg, you’ll love Obsessions of a Djinni.

Website: https://claudiaherring.com/

Twitter: @claudiakherring

Facebook: claudia.herring.writer

 


Interview with Claudia Herring

1. When did you first start your writing career?

I’ve always created things—I’m a graphic designer, an illustrator, a painter. Writing is another creative medium. I’ve been writing almost everyday and working seriously on novels for about seven years. So far, there are three novels, starting with Obsessions of a Djinni, then Ties of Smoke, and Whispers of Deceit, all part of the Djinn Chronicles series.

2. What draws you to the type of romance you enjoy writing?

The Djinn Chronicles series is a fantasy with romance as its core. I’m drawn to fantasy romances that are more literary, like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, like Debra Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy — stories involving strong romantic attractions that lead more often than not to disasters. These are not usually your more common romantic tropes—just like Obsessions of a Djinni is not a normal romantic trope.

3. What is your ideal writing time, place, and/or ritual?     

Best time for me is early morning when I’m still in a kind of alpha state. But I can write anytime I have a spare moment, even if it’s just fifteen minutes. I can write anywhere, but I don’t like to write when there’s music in the background. I need to hear the rythm of the words, and can’t do it when there’s another tune playing.

4. Which authors would you say inspire you the most to write?

Elizabeth Kostova’s The HIstorian was and is always an inspiration. I don’t want to give the marvelous plot away, but It handles a common subject of fantasy in a unique way and is a literary delight—I’ve read it around nine times. I like to reread my favorites.

I love Diana Gabaldon, Debra Harkness, N.K. Jemisin, Martha Wells. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, If Noboby Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor, Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman.

The above are a mix of genres, from science fiction, fantasy, horror (!) and nonfiction. I read anything and everything, and am inspired by all.

Caravan by Dorothy Gilman. I read this a long time ago, and the characters and story made a big impression on me. When I wanted to read it again, I couldn’t remember the name or author. But I recalled that finger puppets played a key role. I googled the phrase and there it was. I’ve never been so happy to find a long lost book, and upon rereading it was thrilled to find I liked it even more than I remembered.

4. What advice would you give to aspiring authors? 

I never feel wise enough to give advice, but below is some advice that I’ve heard and that has made me more motivated to go through the ins and outs of writing a novel: 

Write every day, but don’t stress if you miss one—you’re just resting and will come out stronger for it.

Every writer feels discouraged at times, that’s part of the process. Power through it.

A walk (leave the the headphones behind) makes a great break and can give that story in your head time to gel.

 

 

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