Ladies and gents of the Lair, I am glad to have a new to me author to introduce you to...
And I have to say, I put her under the fires of the Smutty Hussy's Questions and she gave me a run for my money!! She truly is a delight to have over! I hope you enjoy her as well.. Please welcome....
**Calinda B.**Before I start with the questions... I will say to stay tune because there is a giveaway at the end of this delicious little interview!!!
Since you are a new to me author, I am hoping to bring you to the light of others! So let’s share!
Why don't you tell us a little about yourself.... Something that we cannot Google about you, lol!
Oh, there’s LOTS you won’t find out on Google. Here’s a fun fact – it has nothing to do with writing but it just popped into my head. Many years ago I taught firewalking to high ranking fire officials from Moscow. I was the first person to introduce firewalking to Russian in modern times but not the first person to get credit – Tony Robbins got all the credit. I remember standing before a sea of forbidding faces in military uniform, all sitting with arms folded and legs crossed – very closed off. I taught through a translator so I don’t know what they actually heard me say. When we got out to the fire, I thought, “Well, here goes. It’s make or break time.” The dubious men started walking. Then they ran. Then they begged me to make it hotter. They picked me up and whirled me around. They whooped and shouted. I guess they got the point of the firewalk – face their fears and find joy. I’ll bet they never looked at a fire the same way. I think that was the same trip in which I performed hip hop to hundreds people and my pants started to fall off on stage!
Tell us a little about your book?
I’ve got a whole series – the Wicked Series. Healing transformations through erotic exploration have long been a fascination of mine. In the first book, A Wicked Awakening, Chérie Manhattan embarks upon an erotic journey that unlocks the secrets of her past to reveal the sexual elixir trapped within her cells, longing to be set free.
Her enemies—at war with themselves—will stop at nothing to keep her from awakening the ka’kriyayaga, the heartbeat of cosmic surrender. Determined to set these blissful energies free, Chérie becomes a cosmic force to be reckoned with and inspires and awakens all around her. The remainder of the series involves the awakening of Chérie’s friends through the erotic. It’s a sizzling series!
How much emotion does it take from you to write?
Oh, it mostly gives me emotion; it does not take from me! I laugh, cry, get in a twist, get mad at my characters – an editor and writing coach told me that if she’s not (fill in the emotion – mad, sad, etc.) when she’s writing, her scenes are a bust! I feel the same way.
What is your favorite part of the book?
I get excited at the scenes with the villains. How many ways can a character exact revenge? I aim to make my villains incredibly quirky and bizarre. They post challenges for the main characters that scare ME! But then, one of the characters will find the path to their all-consuming passion and find a way to deal with everything. Super-power through sexuality – what a concept! Get turned on and put on your capes, boys and girls!
You can only pick 3 words for your main characters...what would they be? *to describe your main characters*
Chérie – passionate, curious, open. Cam – adventurous, lusty, good-hearted. Kayden – arrogant, cocky, intense.
Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why??
Chérie and Cam have been the easiest – I feel like I know them intimately. I’m working on a character –Manoko Wikaira-Williams - in my WIP. He’s huge, covered with Maori tattoos…this big, beefy guy. Now, he’s the guy I would never have approached, never have bothered to get to know. He would have seemed unapproachable. But as I write about him, I like him more and more – we may even become BFFs! LOL.
How many books are you shooting for in this series??
I’m pretty sure this will be a 5 part series. The number 5 has special significance for me.
What are you currently working on?
My WIP is A Wicked Ending: Book IV in the Wicked Series. It revolves around Manoko and Chérie’s best friend Zuri Davidson. There’s loads of mystery and intrigue as the villains double down and become even more wicked in their efforts to exact revenge and keep the main characters from getting their groove on. And, as usual, the heat level is like a roaring furnace.
Do you have anything due to release soon?
The WIP mentioned above will be out in 2013.
What's one thing that you enjoy about writing?
The ONE thing? I have to pare it down to ONE? Hmm. I love the healing transformation that takes place in me as I write. Since I am the mistress of my own universe here, I can make the characters do what I like…solve this situation in a certain way…deal with this issue like so. It’s very cathartic. And, I warn my friends – you don’t want to piss me off because you might end up as a character in my books! I’ll deal with you in print!!
Since we're cover hussies....what was your first impression of your cover?
On A Wicked Awakening, all I want to do is lower the water level a little bit so I can see Kayden’s, er, (ahem)…”lower region” shall we say. The water only needs to go down an inch or two. A Wicked Beginning sizzles. And the woman on Wicked Whispering looks like she’s feeling pretty darn good.
What do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?
I have a Kindle but I never use it. I prefer to read by flipping actual pages. My favorite, though, is audible reading. I love to be told stories.
Is there a genre you would like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?
Some of my friends suggest I turn down the heat level, so I guess that category would be a vanilla romance. I’m honestly not sure if I can pull that one off.
Okay.... personal time!!!! Oh yeah, I go there... Hahah...
If you thought you were safe... Nah... Forgot it... Not a chance! We will start off slow and easy, I promise!
What is on your night stand/dresser?
A lamp…reading glasses….condoms in the drawer…iPod…business card for didgeridoo guy who says he’s a great teacher…Kleenex… What are you listening to you right now?
I’ve got a great, sexy mix right now with John Legend, Simon Green aka Bonobo (downtempo, trip hop), Adele, Faith Evans, Goapele and Cee Lo Green.
What are you reading right now?
Rapture by JR Ward.
What is your favorite season? Holiday?
Birthdays are my favorite! Mine, yours, everyones. I love a good birthday celebration!
Favorite time of year is the fall – a friend calls it the Heat Season.
And what has been your best b-day present ever??
The first best was when I decided to leave my controlling, asshole husband. The second and truly the best best, was when I started corresponding with the man who turned out to be the love of my life. We’re “annoyingly happy.”
Hard and Quick Time! Don't think... Just answer! Okay, before we go this route, I will get us a refill on our drinks... I will be right back...
You know you do... Quickie time... Think fast....
Are you a quickie kind girl?
Nooooo, I like it nice and slow and long and deep. I like to savor and then explode into fragments of bliss.
Dark or Milk Chocolate?
Dark all the way.
Whipped or Melted?
Oh, whipped, most def!
Straight up or with a twist - sex?
Combo of the above!
What's ur fave drink - in a glass or on him?
Red wine, in a glass and THEN him.
Spank or Flogger?
Spank. Sometimes I’ve been bad.
Junk or Health Food?
Ties or Chains?
Ties, but only if I’m doing the tying.
Leather or Lace?
Leather – but it should be soft and supple like suede.
Soft or Hard... Bed, where was your mind?
Him hard in soft bed – mmmmm.
Control or Be Controlled?
If it’s a choice between control or be controlled, I prefer to control. But my favorite is when we both let go of the reins and get out of control.
Hot Wax or Whip Cream?
Hot wax = Brazilian or Bikini. Not very fun but essential to appearance. Whip cream = hot chocolate. I’ll take that after I take him.
Vampire or Werewolf?
Do I have to choose? I’ll take them both, thank you. First, I’ll be the fangbanger, to get me in the mood, then the wolf can take me into the dark woods. Mmmm….
Twitter and/or Facebook?
My Facebook feeds Twitter – win/win!!
Pinterest or not?
Haven’t explored it yet. Too much to do…
Is that it? I could answer your fun questions all day long!
The Wicked Series
by Calinda B.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Wicked Series
#of books so far: 3 + 1 short story
Publisher: Sumner McKenzie, Inc.
Format: Ebook and print
Short Story Book Blurb: A WICKED CHOICE
A Wicked Choice: When C decides she wants to have an earthly experience, there's no telling what the consequences will be for the rest of the Galaxy Dancers, especially her beloved consort, K.
This 4150-word humorous, sexy, tongue-in-cheek sci-ﬁ short story is for those who want to dip their feet in the wicked world of the Wicked Series and for the fans of the Wicked Series who have wondered how the Galaxy Dancers came to Earth in the ﬁrst place. Just blame on on a womanʼs curiousity and desire for new experiences.
On Goodreads: http://bit.ly/TNr4fM
Book #1 Blurb: A WICKED AWAKENING
Chérieʼs just a small town girl living life the way she thinks itʼs supposed to be. Sheʼs got a great guy, a great job and a whole lot of things that donʼt make sense. Like, why canʼt she stick up for herself? And why did this mysterious guy walk up behind her on the dance ﬂoor, whisper “sexy girl” in her ear, make her body quake with sensation and then disappear? Who is this crazy old woman with eyes like an eagle and braids that blaze with ﬁre who keeps dropping into her world? And where are all these bewilderingly vivid dreams coming from with the mysterious guy as the main attraction? Chérie wants answers. She ﬁnds these answers and more as she faces her past, and comes face to face with a future that is more remarkable than she ever dreamed possible.
On Goodreads: http://bit.ly/Si14K2
Book #2 Blurb: A WICKED BEGINNING
Cameron Delaney Tysonʼs just an ordinary guy, living an ordinary life, trying to sort out
his issues along the way — or thatʼs what he keeps trying to tell himself, that is. He
doesnʼt believe in the supernatural, thinks dreams are just daily recycling, and lives in
the here and now. Meanwhile, a vicious star dreamling from another galaxy is tracking
him, heʼs trying to prove himself to the woman of his heart and soul and an ex-playmate
is stalking him through sex magic and nightmares. Whatʼs an ordinary guy going to do?
On Goodreads: http://bit.ly/Pm3efm
Book #3 Blurb: WICKED WHISPERING
Kai Williams hears voices…wicked whisperings that threaten his sanity…his life and
livelihood…and his ability to love. When the whispering begins to destroy all that he
cherishes, he does what any red-blooded guy would do: he goes deep into the
darkness, deep into the sea that cherishes and nourishes his soul. There he comes face
to face and eye to eye with evil and more heartbreak than he ever knew possible.
On Goodreads: http://bit.ly/Pm3afs
The WICKED SERIES Purchase Links:
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/PrLOf1
The Fun Part: Calinda B was told early on that she should be a writer. She heard
frequent praise for her writing, as well as her sense of humor. Scofﬁng at such
admonitions and praise, she went on to pursue her life of adventure, chock full of the
things that make up a well-rounded adventurous life: music (yup, she was a singer in a
rock and roll band), dance (even performed hip hop in Russia), rock climbing (ever hung
from a rock wall a few stories up? Yikes!), ﬁre walking (taught high-ranking Moscow ﬁre
ofﬁcials how to walk the coals), kayaking, scuba diving (sheʼs in love with sharks),
travel, and falling in love again and again.
The Daily Grind: An award-winning web designer and certiﬁed SEO specialist, Calinda
B has worked in the Internet industry as a web page designer/developer since the early
1990′s. She has also taught web site design and computer graphics at community
colleges in Northern California. In addition to writing, Calinda B creates ﬁne art and
music, and enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, and bike riding. Calinda B makes her home
in the Paciﬁc Northwest with the love of her life and her two cats. She is currently
working on the fourth book in The Wicked Series, tentatively entitled A Wicked Ending.
Social links: For more about Calinda B and her work, visit:
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/RS3CRh
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