I'm very happy to welcome fellow Entangled author
to the blog today!
Look down below for a GIVEAWAY!
Welcome, Cari! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Hi Laura, thank you so much for having me here today! I’m a HUGE fan of your work and have told everyone I know to read HEARTS IN DARKNESS. Loved it!
I’m Cari Quinn, an author of mostly erotic romance, who is also branching out into more mainstream contemporary romance. My first sexy contemporary title, NO DRESS REQUIRED, recently released from Entangled Publishing as one of the first few Flirts, their new line of novella-length romances!
Awesome, Cari! Congratulations! [And thanks for pimpin’ Hearts! *grins*] Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
NO DRESS REQUIRED just released in time for the new year, which is great as the story takes place on New Year’s Eve! The heroine, Noelle, has had a big crush on her BFF’s older brother for years, but he’s always been taken. Now that he’s not, she’s sure he’s slotted her into the dreaded “almost a little sister” role and sets out to change that. Now if only she’d get some good luck – or at least not so much bad – to help her out…
That sounds like so much fun! Which character is your favorite and why?
My favorite character in NO DRESS REQUIRED is probably Noelle. She tries to pretend she’s confident and is comfortable only wanting to spend one night with Jake, but the truth is she’s scared to admit she wants more. Plus I like holiday-themed sweatshirts too and I don’t care who knows it! (Yep, I rocked my Snoopy holiday shirts at Halloween and Xmas!)
LOL Oh noes, not holiday sweatshirts! *winks* As the author, what surprised you about this story?
That Jake wasn’t the cocky guy he appeared to be at first glance. His feelings for Noelle definitely made him question if he was truly the right guy for her. (Which he most definitely is!)
Aw, that sounds so sweet! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
Actually, yes, I hope so! I’m about to start working on NO FLOWERS REQUIRED, Alexa’s story. Alexa is Jake from NO DRESS REQUIRED’s sister and Noelle’s best friend. Her nickname is Type A, so I think her story will be fun! At least I hope so!
Awesome! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?
It’s a fun challenge trying to write a complete story in 15K words or less. I enjoy writing shorts as I think they exercise a different sort of muscles. Alexa’s story will be a little longer, I think, and should fall into the Ever After range at Entangled, which refers to novellas that are 20-40K.
I like writing them, too! What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on NEED ME, the next book in my erotic romance series, Unveiled, at Ellora’s Cave. As soon as I finish that, next up will be NO FLOWERS REQUIRED. I’m really excited for Alexa to find her HEA.
Good luck with everything! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
Actually, the first book I ever wrote, INSATIABLE, just came out in print from Loose Id! It changed a lot over the years but Rachel and Shawn starred in the novel I started the summer after ninth grade. It’s going to be such a thrill to hold that book in my hands!
Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
Absolutely. I think my overall theme is that no one is truly how they appear on the surface. Everyone has layers and if you’re very lucky, you’ll meet that one person who will allow you to be your real, unvarnished self.
You KNOW I like that one! Very cool! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
Hmm…not so sure this is that surprising since I talk about my love of coffee everywhere, but if I had a choice between food or a decadent latte, I’d pick the latte every time (especially if it was pumpkin spice or peppermint!)
LOL! Er, psst, I don’t drink coffee. At all! *gasp* Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
I’m actually rereading my favorite book for the fifth time right now, Angels Fall by Nora Roberts. I own it in hardback, paperback and Kindle. I love it that much. Nora is truly a word artist and I love AF the most of all her stories (and I’ve read most of them!)
Awesome recommendation! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Without a doubt, Spencer from PROVOKE ME. He’s such a conflicted, complicated guy – and he’s so deliciously Alpha. Watching him fall in love and learn to deal with his needs was a lot of fun for me as an author. I’m looking forward to writing another story featuring him and Kelly, his heroine, to wrap up the Unveiled series.
You’re a busy lady—so wonderful! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Both? Swirls are always nice. ;D
Salty or sweet? Again, both. Chocolate covered pretzels are divine!
Bed or kitchen table? I won’t say both again, so definitely kitchen table!
Beach or mountains? Mountains all the way. Preferably with snowy peaks.
Give or receive? Hmm, I like to give and then receive after!
After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy, her best friend’s older brother. Now that Jake’s back in town, she’s headed to his sister’s New Year’s Eve party to make her move. Purse full of condoms? Check. Sparkly dress guaranteed to show Jake the sexy woman she’s become? Check.
Carjacker that makes off with both two hours before the party? Check.
When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever in her striped socks and silly holiday shirt, damn it—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. His and Noelle’s friendship has tormented him for years, and now, Jake wonders if he should dare to sample what he’s always wanted…and if he’ll be able to walk away when it’s over.
Thanks for coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?
GIVEAWAY!Cari is giving away one ebook of No Dress Required. Leave a comment with your email address to be eligible to win. Open to international. Winner to be chosen using random.org. Open through midnight EST 1/15! Good luck!
Thanks for reading!
Laura & Cari