Monday, January 21, 2013

*Author Interview & Giveaway* Vanilla On Top by CJ Ellisson *Bewitching Tours*

Vanilla on Top
By CJ Ellisson

Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free…

Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won’t desire the real person she’s desperate to hide.

Top acquisitions officer and international playboy Tony Carmine is about to close the biggest deal of his career. But then he meets Heather at a speed dating event…and discovers losing control may be exactly what he needs. Her blossoming sensuality occupies his every thought, consuming him with the need to possess the most intriguing lover he’s ever encountered—until he walks into the boardroom and sees Heather on the other side of the negotiating table.

Short promo description:

Determined to leave her wallflower tendencies at the door, Heather Pierce attends a speed dating event pretending to be someone new. Someone dominant. Little does she know, the larger than life man whose world she rocks is incognito himself, and he isn’t about to let the mysterious vixen slip through his grasp.


Ladies and Gents of the Lair, please put together a warm hussy welcome for a new to me author... Let's welcome...

Ms. C.J. Ellisson

Since you are a new to me author, I am hoping to bring you to the light of others! So let’s share!

Thank you! And thanks for having me. You look like you have a lot of fun questions line up.

Why don't you tell us a little about yourself.... Something that we cannot Google about you, lol!

Well, let’s see… I’m pretty open online about my journey to writing and my severe health issues, so I bet all that stuff is all “google-able”. The basics are pretty average—I’m a full time writer, two kids, a loving husband whom I still want to jump his bones, two dogs, a cat, and two bearded dragons (laid back lizards). Before I became a writer I was on the verge of getting my contractor’s license (to work in conjunction with my Realtor license and property management company) and was training my dogs to be therapy animals. Contracting Lyme, Rocky Mt Spotted Fever, Murine Typhus, Bartonella Hensalae on top of fighting four auto-immune diseases that were doggedly trying to shut my body down, literally changed my entire life. But, those issues brought me to writing, so perhaps everything happens for a reason.

Tell us a little about your book?

It’s a light BDSM discovery story. Two people falling in love, who learn about themselves, what they want in life, and uncover their hidden sexual desires along the way.

How easy does the story come to you?

Every story is different. I started Vanilla on Top last May, took some time off for several work trips during the summer, and then came back to finish it in August and September. Not bad overall.

What is your favorite part of the book?

The spanking scene. It’s when Tony realizes who is actually in control and he works to change things so Heather can find the pleasure he’s discovered.

You can only pick 3 words for your main characters…what would they be? *to describe your main characters*

For Heather: Insecure, resilient, determined.
For Tony: Successful, confident, unfulfilled.

Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why??

I alternate POVs in all my books. The easiest characters to write are the women, and the hardest are the men. I have my husband read the male POVs to make sure I didn’t write them like chicks. He gives me gentle guidance and insight into how the male mind works. Priceless.

How many books are you shooting for in this series??

Three are contracted in the Brazen line, with different couples in each. Tony and Heather really stuck with me and I plan on two more books in their ongoing story and developing relationship. Unfortunately, I can’t write the sequels until I get the other contracted books finished. My publisher has expressed interest in the rest of Tony and Heather’s saga, but if they decide to pass I will publish them on my own.

What are you currently working on?

The second book in the Wild Side series, currently unnamed. It’s Carla’s story of finding love.

Do you have anything due to release soon?

Yes, I have a prequel story written at reader demand for my sexy vampire series, the V V Inn. Death’s Servant is Jon’s tale and should come out in March if I can meet my other deadlines.

What's one thing that you enjoy about writing?

Sharing the story in my mind with readers. To hear that they feel like they are right there when the action happens makes me feel like I’ve done a good job as a writer.

What do you prefer eBooks or paperbacks?

eBooks! I love my Kindle.

Is there a genre you would like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?

Nope, I’m not apprehensive about trying another genre. The biggest fears I had were whether I could pull off a believable romance that didn’t fit the cookie-cutter mold. I’m not a fan of the predictable break up scenes at the 90% mark and the magic get-back-together moment in the remaining ten percent.

I’ve already plotted and started a middle grade fiction book for my kids, just pitched a new adult series to a comic book artist I hope to work with, and have plans to write a children’s book revolving around our fluffy black cat. The kids books will be under another pen name and I think I’ll release the new adult book under this name – still haven’t decided all the details as I have yet to write the books!

Okay.... personal time!!!! Oh yeah, I go there... Hahah...

Go for it! I write sexy stories, I can handle anything. ;-)

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, a water glass, my thyroid meds, tissues, and two batter-powered pillar candles that give off just the right amount of flattering glow for romantic encounters. ;-)

What are you listening to you right now?

This exact moment? The soft ran falling outside my window. It’s very peaceful.

What are you reading right now?

The first Jane Yellowrock story, Skinwalker, by Faith Hunter. I’m about halfway done. It’s pretty freakin’ awesome so far.

What is your favorite season? Holiday?

Fall. I love the leaves changing, the bite of cold in the air, and Halloween!!

And what has been your best b-day present ever??

For my fortieth birthday we went on a cruise. I had difficulty going on excursions due to my health, and I wasn’t allowed to eat anything off the boat due to my compromised immune system, but damn, it was so nice to get away and relax kid-free! On the actual day of my birthday we were in Roatán, off the coast of Honduras, and spent most of the time in a bar (where my drinks came from bottles). Nice!

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...

Make mine a Magner’s, please (best hard cider, ever)

You know you do... Quickie time... Think fast....

Are you a quickie kind of girl? As long as everyone leaves happy I don’t think duration should be a factor.

Dark or Milk Chocolate? Dark, baby!

Whipped or Melted? Uh… what are we asking? I lost my train of though there.
Straight up or with a twist - sex? Both! Variety is the spice of life.

What's ur fave drink - in a glass or on her? Umm, I don’t really care to drink off a woman, but I have no problem objectifying a man and sucking a shot off his rock hard abs. But if we don’t have six pack abs around, I’ll take a glass, please.

Spank or Flogger? Spank! The flogger doesn’t really sting enough.
Junk or Health Food? While I love junk, in all its forms, I follow doctors orders as much as I can, which means healthy (damn).

Ties or Chains? Ties (or even better: Velcro cuffs). Chains are rather unwieldy and can pinch.

Leather or Lace? Depends on the mood, both have their time and place.

Soft or Hard... Bed, where was your mind? Firm, baby!!
Control or Be Controlled? Again, depends on the mood. I’d say I’m a switch.

Hot Wax or Whip Cream? Not really into either, but I can say I’ve used whip cream more often.

Vampire or Werewolf? Vampire! No contest. Although, I do like me some hunky werewolf in the form of Alcide. That man is walking sex.

Twitter and/or Facebook? Facebook all the way. I have a harder time connecting with readers on Twitter, most of them are on Facebook.
Pinterest or not? I’ve been told I need to try it, I’m resisting as I see it as another shiny thing to distract me from writing!

***Giveaway Information***

CJ is offering one eBook and signed swag pack giveaway today!

I am going to make this easy peasy....
Just leave your comment or question for Ms. CJ with your email address and you are in!
Please do not forget your email!
Good luck!

Giveaway will run from:
Today till Saturday, 26th!


About the Author:
C.J. Ellisson writes erotica and urban fantasy. Her vampire series, The V V Inn, mixes a heavy dose of erotic elements with suspense, action, a little bit of mystery and some light humor. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze.

To learn more about C.J.'s books (where you can read half of the novels for free), please visit her website at

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  1. CJ is a new author for me and it looks like I have a few books I need to go and check out. Especially the VV Inn series. I can't imagine having all those health problems happening at the same time! You are one strong woman!

  2. What an intriguing premise! I would love to read this book!

  3. This is one hot book! For those who havent read CJs work, what are you waiting for? Read this and then immeadiately read the VV Inn books! Love them all!

  4. This sounds like a great book.I'll have to read it soon.Great interview ladies.

  5. Wonderful interview! Learned some things I didn't know about C.J. ;) Must have been hard, being so sick! She is such a strong person to come through it all. VoT is amazing!

  6. Amazing author and awesome book

  7. I loved the answers you gave. I have never had anyone explain the whole hot wax thing I just don't get what it does LOL


  8. CJ is a new author for me and I would love to win this book! Great interview too!

  9. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. I am always looking for new authors to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Nice interview. Is it hard coming up with book title?


  11. This is a great book...waiting on the next in the series, great interview..

  12. Great interview, and loved the book. Can;t wait for the next.

  13. Wow C.J. learned some things about you. You are very kinky LMFAO just joking. I love a good spanking, dark chocolate, handcuffs but would choose the hot wax over whipped cream anytime. Great interview Loved it

  14. Great inteview! Loved the book. I can't WAIT for the next in series.

  15. Awesome inteview, Loved the book. Couldnt stop till i finished it. The kids had to fend for themselves for an hour or two.

  16. I love CJ's VV series and this change of genre did not disappoint. It was amazing and a must read for all. PS that was a great interview can not wait for the next.


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