Welcome Ms. Beth! I want to thank you so much Ms. Kery for coming over to my place!! Kick back, relax and enjoy yourself!
BK: I will, thank you for the hospitality, Ms. Cecile.
If I picked up a book called Ms. Beth Kery - All You Want to Know... What would the blurb be??
Geek by day, creator of shamelessly sexy romance by night…
Is writing your full time job? If so, what do you do to unwind?
I think I have officially moved over into full time writing work, yes. Unwind for me equals hot baths, a good glass of red wine, chatting with my husband about the ins and outs of the day, and…er…watching ghost hunter shows. They are my shameful secret.
If you have a job outside of the home, how do you balance it all?
I’m not sure I do it very well. Every day is a challenge. I write at home, so sometimes it’s hard to stop…to ‘clock out’, you know? I really need to work harder about doing that and spending more fun time with my husband.
Which of your books is your favorite and why?
I know asking that question is like asking who is your favorite child is ~ if that is the case, please tell us about a particular moment in one that touched your heart? ((Yes, I know I am evil!))
I change my answer to this question, but at the moment, my answer is DARING TIME. I just recently re-watched the Denzel Washington Déjà vu and it reminded me of why I think time travels can be so wildly romantic. I think DARING TIME is probably the best representation of me as a writer and person. I did so much hands-on-research for it. Plus, it’s a combination of erotic romance, a historical, a contemporary, a crime drama and a paranormal. I loved, loved being able to put all those favorite elements into one book.
What has been one lesson that you have learned in your writing career that will always stay with you?
When I first signed with my agent, Laura Bradford, and she sold Wicked Burn to Berkley in about two and a half weeks, she called me and said, “It usually doesn’t happen this easily, so enjoy it while it lasts.” I soon learned that writing is a bizarre road of euphoric highs and terrible lows. You have to cling onto those highs to sustain you through the rough spots. You can’t just move through the ‘high’ looking for the next one, but instead, gather the good news around you like a cloak and hang on tight to the experience. The winds of change and time will try to blow it away, so you’ve got to really grip on to those moments.
What one piece of advice would hand down to someone pursuing a writing career?
I’ve said this several times, so I hope readers don’t get sick of hearing it, but my simple advice is this: WRITE. Sit down at that computer and put in a daily word count. Set a goal, and meet it. Put down your word count in a daily log to keep track. If you have trouble sticking to it, hook up with a writer friend and report to each other for accountability. With all the sideshows that go on in publishing, it’s sometimes easy to forget the most important thing is product. Don’t let doubts arise about your readiness to start a project. Just do it. It will be the best experience/training you can give yourself. No one can convince me that writing a piece of work was a complete waste of time. Value is inherent in the experience of creating a book, novella, etc. , whether it sells or not.
What has been your most memorable moment with your writing career?
Good question. Hmmm. I used to say when I signed with super-agent Laura Bradford, and was still coasting on the high from that, when she called me just 2.5 weeks later and told me Wicked Burn had sold to Berkley Sensation. It was almost too much for me to stand. I think my brain de-circuited.
However, I might have a new most memorable moment. The week of Feburary 1, 2010, I was happily celebrating the debut of RELEASE with my awesome yahoo group, Total Exposure. During the ‘party’ my agent called and unexpectedly told me I’d been invited to do a Berkley anthology with Megan Hart, Lauren Dane and Emma Holly. I was floored. At the end of the conversation, Laura said…now I’m not sure if I should tell you or not, because it might increase your disappointment if we don’t get the offer, but you know that proposal we sent to Silhouette Special Edition? The editor called at the end of last week and was asking a bunch of pre-deal type questions.
My heart stopped. I’ve hoped and prayed to get in with SSE for a while now.
Well, I had to muddle through wondering until Friday, when Laura called to say I got the deal with Silhouette for a series called Harbor Town, U.S.A. So I released a book, got an anthology deal and a series deal all in one week. It’s a toss up between that experience and the signing with Laura and then selling a couple weeks later. The latter will stay with me forever, because it was my first agent/first deal.
If one sentence could sum up your life up to day, what would that sentence be?
She got really, really scared at times…but she always tried anyway.
Okay... nice and easy time is over... Hee hee...
Do you drool over covers as much as we do??
If anything, I might drool more. I do love a beautiful cover and I get so jealous of some of the amazing ones I’ve seen.
Do you blush when you read a really steamy love scene?
Nope. I might have once. I remember when I FIRST got back the edit for an erotic romance, I was mortified for about five minutes. Why? Because it’s done in a super-professional manner, but in the margins, it’ll say things like, “How about using ‘cunt’ here. You’re over-using ‘pussy’”.
But then you get used to it. Explicit language is just language, and it’s got to be edited just like anything.
Do you read your work to your hubby... No, I am not talking about the nice, sweet, parts... I'm talking about the smutty scenes, lol =)? IF you do, what does he say or does he blush?
I don’t. We have an agreement about that.
Tell us a little bit about Beth's fantasy hero??
One thing I’ve learned in life is that men are so different from women. I know I’m stating the obvious, but I really respect that difference. A lot of times I hear that my heroes are so alpha that they’re obnoxious. I know I’m going over the top for the purpose of a romance novel, which is a fantasy, but I really do believe that men occasionally (often?) do things that women just can’t understand.
I love men. I consider myself to be very girly, and I love how different men are from me. It’s the contrast that I think is so sexy. I’d never dream of forcing a man to be like me. I like that he’s different. I respect it, just as I hope a man can respect me as a woman.
I do have a perfect romantic hero in fiction—it’s Sam Shepard’s portrayal of Chuck Yeager in the movie The Right Stuff. That movie itself sort of gets at what I’m saying about alpha males. They are obnoxious and cocky. Some of them are woman-chasers. But they also are the type of men to conquer space, just like the cowboys of old conquered the wild land of the west. They are fearless and stubborn, and they’d do anything for the woman they decide is theirs.
To me, Sam’s portrayal of Yeager is my fantasy hero because he’s gorgeous, wild and untamed, but so is his wife. They have this amazing, sexy, risk-taking relationship. She actually tells him in the movie that if he ever ‘settles’ as far as his flying, she’ll leave him. They are totally, completely devoted to each other. It’s this dynamic, intensely sexy, risk-taking relationship that I remember when I think of ‘perfect’ romance couples.
Okay quick questions...
Dark or Light: Light. I’m very visual.
Half Empty or Half Full: Depends on the day, but usually half full.
Tea or Coffee: I drink both. Coffee a.m., soothing tea p.m.
Milk or Dark Chocolate: MILK
Summer or Winter: Hmmm, my first impulse is to say summer, but I’m actually more my cozy-self in winter.
Cell Phone or Email: email
Hug or Kiss: I’m a kiss-a-holic. I think the kiss is one of the biggest highlights of sex, and often sadly downplayed in erotic romance.
Hot or Sexy Man: Hmmm…???? I’ll say Sexy, because hot implies mere good looks. Sexy can be so much more.
Cook or Clean: Cook
Sunrise or Sunset: Sunrise
Ms. Beth, I want to thank you for coming hang out at my place today. I have really enjoyed following you in blog land. It means a lot to me that you came party with us!
Oh, I enjoyed the party big time! Thanks so much, Cecile! And I’m very appreciative of your shout-outs and support at my blog. =)
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Genny loved her husband Max, but something was missing—a sexual charge that was instead ignited by his business partner, Sean. He was ruggedly handsome, with a heart-stopping smile and a slow, sexy New Orleans drawl that made Genny weak. The more time they spent together, the stronger the attraction between them became and when her husband offered to share her with Sean for one intoxicating night, both Genny and Sean were too tempted to refuse.
That night in the company penthouse, Max and Sean showed Genny the heights of ecstasy. But it was Sean who scored her very spirit, and one-on-one, they were red hot. But as Genny learns, there’s a price to pay for such impulsive pleasure. What began as a night of forbidden desire spirals into a whirlpool of murder, sensual submission, secrets, and a scorching passion that threatens to consume everyone it touches.To find out more about Release, please go --->> here.
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