Friday, May 25, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Callie Croix! #Erotic #Yum

Welcome guest author
Callie Croix 
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome, Callie!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thanks so much for having me here, Laura! Well, I’m Callie Croix, the lesser-known, naughty persona of romantic suspense author Kaylea Cross.

Ooh, delish! Okay, so, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Let Me In comes out from Carina Press on May 21st, and it’s on sale for $0.99 at all vendors throughout the month of May.

It’s not technically a sequel per se, but it features Liam as the hero, whom you’ve met if you’ve read No Holds Barred.

What a deal! What are you waiting for, people? Go get it! LOL So, which character is your favorite and why?

I always tend to identify more strongly with my heroes, so in this case, it’s Liam. There’s just something about an alpha military or ex-military hero who’s not afraid to show his softer side that curls my toes every time.

I’m the same way, and he sounds swoonworthy from just this much description! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

I’ve become addicted to the show Hoarders, because it both horrifies and fascinates me. Sometimes it’s hard to watch, but I. Can’t. Stop. Watching.
I wanted to write about a hoarding character, and this story gave me the chance to make it happen.

Oh, my God, I’m kinda the same way about that show! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

As I mentioned, Liam is first introduced in No Holds Barred. I have no plans at the moment for another story in the series.

Okay, so, what was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

I think for me, it’s a challenge to sometimes balance the plot and story arc with the sex.

That can be a challenge in erotic romance… What are you working on right now?

I’m expecting edits shortly on a book coming out next year from Carina Press, tentatively titled Covert Seduction. It features a deliciously badass Navy SEAL hero and a suspense plot, and it’s more my “true” voice than anything else I’ve written as Callie. In future, blending sexy heat with suspense will be how I roll.

Sounds awesome! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Um, it got published. But don’t hate me! It’s my weakest book ever, and I still wish I could go back and rewrite parts of it. Maybe someday my publisher will let me…

That’s a great accomplishment. And I think we often feel that way about our earliest publications! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest for me are the sex scenes and dialogue. Hardest would be the action sequences, because of the choreography and detail. It’s natural for me to go on and on with description and inner monologue, which kills the pace of a story. I have to be careful to crack down on that as I’m drafting.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Yes! All sorts of little details have crept into my stories, including things like my career as a national level softball player, belly dancing, and my love of Special Ops (it’s weird, I know). The occasional relative or acquaintance have made guest appearances also, all without them knowing, of course.

I think we need to know more about this softball playing! That’s cool!  Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

I think the biggest things in any relationship are trust and respect, and that goes double for any kind of romantic relationship where there’s D/s play (even light) involved. I hope I demonstrate the growth of both those things in my stories.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I started writing erotic romance on a dare from my romantic suspense editor? Oh, it’s true. I totally balked at the idea when she first approached me, but as she kept goading me, I thought, “What the hell. Why not?”

I tell you what, it took me a long time to be able to type those really graphic words for body parts into a manuscript and actually leave them there. Now it’s a piece of cake.

LOL! That’s a great story! Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?
Besides Hearts in Darkness, you mean? (I am such a fan of that story!) Hmm, well it would have to be the early Black Dagger Brotherhood books, and some of Linda Howard’s early books, like All the Queen’s Men.

OMG, what a thing to say!!!! Completely agree on the BDB books, and, yes, the earliest of them (first five?) Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

As Callie, that would be Deke, from Deacon’s Touch. He’s the first hero I ever wrote about, so he has a special place in my heart. Plus he’s a hot, sexually dominant ex-military cowboy, so how can I not love him?

As Kaylea, hands down it’s the eldest of my heroes, Luke Hutchinson. He’s introduced in the first book of my suspense series (Out of Her League) and continues through the others until he and Emily finally get their own story in the final book, Absolution, which just won the 2012 EPIC Award for best romantic suspense. He was my favorite before the win, but having a trophy for him just makes him even more dear to me.

Awesome! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark. The darkest I can get my hands on. I’m a total chocolate snob and will only eat certain brands that just *happen* to be on the pricey side.

Salty or sweet? Sweet.

Bed or kitchen table? Bed! All that soft warmth to curl up in, stretch out on while you’re uh…enjoying yourself. (That’s still a PG answer, right?)

Beach or mountains? Beach. Preferably in Kauai or along the Gulf Coast.

Give or receive? Oooh, tough one. Give, if I have or can do something to make someone’s day better. Receive if it’s a hug or a Starbucks hot chocolate.
On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing Marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He’s had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she’d love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further.

A former Marine, Liam’s specialty is planning tactical operations, and that’s just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm’s length for too long, and this time he’s finally going to claim her—body and heart.

What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she’s going back on deployment and doesn’t want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom?
Where can we find you on the web?


Thank you!!! You rock :) .
Callie is giving away one ebook of Let Me In to a commenter who leaves their email address! Open to international. Contes to run through midnight EST on May 30. Winner to be chosen by Good luck!

Hey everyone! Leave Callie some comment love! What d'ya think of that new cover? Wow! Thanks for reading!



Linda said...

Love the interview and the giveaway, =) i added to my TBR pile right away. Can never have too much fluff to read =D
Hope you´ll have a great weekend!
//Linda xo

Karlene Blakemore-Mowle said...

I love this gorgeous woman no matter what name she writes under! Adore all her books, and Laura Hearts in Darkness- Loved it so much on my kindle that I ordered it in print too!

Laura Kaye said...

Linda and Karlene - thanks for kicking off the comments for Callie!

And Karlene - woot! Thank you so much! :)

Callie Croix said...

Hi, Linda! I agree, fluff is awesome :) Hope you have a great weekend.

Karly!!!! You sweetie pie, how are you? I love seeing how well you're doing with your books. Those new covers are just gorgeous.

Laura, Hearts In Darkness was one of my fave reads of last year. I'm now reading Her Forbidden Hero and am half in love with Marco already. You're a talented lady.

Michelle (Reading Lark) said...

Love! I just got the first one on B&N and I know what I'm doing this weekend ;)

mllatiolais @ gmail dot com

Gail Hart said...

Congrats on your new release, Callie! Even the commercials for Hoarders repulse me. I'll be curious to see how you make any of that insanity sexy.

LWolf said...

Great interview.

I have never read any of Callie's books, but Let Me In sounds really good.

I'll definitely be checking out her books.

mwilson said...

You had me at Marine, lol. This past week, every blog I follow has reviewed this book and had only great things to say about it, so I've been itching to read it as well. I'm dying to know what dark secret has kept her from her hunky hero for two years! The girl has some will power. Not sure I'd have lasted 5 minutes :)

Thanks for the giveaway!


bas1chs said...

I think this cover and the others are great! Can't wait to read Let Me In - sounds hot.

bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

divavixenqueen said...

Very nice interview. Book sounds really great.

Yvette said...

Great interview and the book sounds wonderful!

Callie Croix said...

Michelle, yay! Hope you enjoy it. It's short and sweet and hot, lol.

Gail, it is repulsive. I don't know why I can't stop watching! And it's used as a subplot, cuz even I can't make that sexy ;)

Thanks, LWolf! Have a great weekend.

Callie Croix said...

MWilson, thanks! I should point out here to clarify, but this book is not a BDSM title. I'm not even sure how that classification came about, because it's straight contemporary erotic romance.

Bas1chs, that Liam is quite something :)

Divavixenqueen, thanks for coming by!

Thanks, Yvette. I love alpha heroes with a tender side.

Sophia Rose said...

Fun interview! Callie is a new to me author.
I like the sound of the Let Me In story
Thanks for sharing!

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Callie everyone!

tammy ramey said...

Hi Callie,
thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i love the cover, it's gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful. i can hardly wait to start reading it. i have it at the top of my TBBN list.

tammy ramey

SdyLion said...

I think these look so exciting and interesting. I am really interested about checking these books out. Great interview. Thanks again. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Katie Reus said...

I love this story! Don't enter me, I own it. Liam is just full of smexy :) Loved the interview!

Ollie said...

Read the blurb about this book and it sounds great!

Thanks for the chance to win this book!


Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

Laura Kaye said...

Woot! Good luck everyone!

Callie Croix said...

Thanks, Sophia Rose. Hope you enjoy it.

Tammy this is my favorite cover I've received so far! Love it.

Katie!!! Hey, woman. Thanks for stopping by to see me :)

Ollie, thanks. Hope you're having a good weekend!

pamerd said...


Great interview and post. This book looks great. I have read your Dume Ranch books - fun!

Thanks for the chance

C. Moss said...

Hi Callie!
Great interview. I remember when your RS editor was bringing you over to the dark side ;) & now look at you! WTG! Your books sound great. :)
C.R. Moss

Harlie Reader said...

Great interview and congratulations on the new release.

All of reviewer buddies have read Let Me In and rave, just rave about it. I admit, I'm slow on my new releases. Would love to win it.


Callie Croix said...

Thanks, Pam! I'm so glad you liked them. They were my first foray into erotic romance waters.

CR, yay! Thanks for coming by :) And um, you're just as much to blame for my turning to the dark side. I seem to recall you dragging me there kicking and screaming too!

Marika, hi! I'm glad most reviewers have liked it. There has been some disappointment because somewhere Let Me In has been labeled as BDSM, which it definitely is not.

booklover0226 said...

Callie Croix is a new author for me but not for long. I'm going to check out her works and add them to my wish list.

I enjoyed botht he interview and the excerpts.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

andieleah said...

Write love that cover!!!! Way hot!!!!

Callie Croix said...

Hi, Tracey, thanks for stopping by to "visit" with me :)

andieleah, I agree! I was very excited when I first saw the cover. It portrays Liam perfectly. Yum...

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Callie's book is...
bas1chsemail at gmail dot com


And thanks to everyone for all the comments for Callie!