I’m delighted to welcome fellow Evernight Publishing author, Doris O’Connor to the blog today to discuss her latest release, The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin.
So have a seat, grab a cup of coffee, tea or OJ and get to know this prolific and terrific author.
Tell us, Doris, what 3 words do you think describe you best?
Hmm, let’s see: Passionate, Determined, Loyal
Would your friends/people who know you best agree with those 3 words or would they add some of their own?
Lol, well, they would, but I also reckon, they’d put stubborn, bratty, opinionated, mad, and coffee and chocolate obsessed 😉
What would we find you doing on a quiet Friday night at home (aside from writing)?
Make out with hubby, lol. He has Friday afternoons off. Sadly, this never happens though, because the toddler is always underfoot and if by some miracle he’s asleep, teen son #2 is off from college that day, and all we’d hear would be gagging noises.
If one of your stories was to be a made for TV movie, which book would you hope it would be?
I would love to see the Giovanni made it into series. If I had to choose just one, it would be The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set outline?
Haha, an outline. My muse dies a little at the mere mention of an outline. She really does. I’m a pantster through and through. All of my stories start of as vague ideas. Sometimes I get a scene, an opening chapter. Sometimes it’s the hero or heroine who suddenly pops into my head. I am completely character driven. They tell the story and I listen. It’s as simple and as awesome as that. I run into trouble when I start doubting the process.
They know their stories.
What books/authors have most influenced your life?
Every book that I have ever read has influenced me in some way. By far the most influential has to have been Gone With The Wind. I read it as a teenager, and have re-read it countless times. Rhett Butler was the first literary hero I ever fell hopelessly in love with, and I started reading romance novels soon after. I haven’t stopped reading them since.
What 2-3 things have you learned in this business that you’d like to share with others, especially aspiring authors?
Never, ever give up. Keep writing. Rejections aren’t personal. Publishing is a subjective business.
What is your favorite genre to write? Is there a genre you haven’t written yet that you hope to tackle some day?
I vacillate between writing contemporary and paranormal. I love them both, and my muse can never make up her mind. I have just finished a Sci-Fi story and that was fun, so I can see myself writing more of those. Always Romance, of course JOne day I’d like to write a historical—we’ll see.
|Contemporary BDSM Erotic Romance
Now, about your story, The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin, what details can you give us about this story?
Here’s the blurb:
Lay back and think of England, she could do this. It was only sex, after all. Auctioning off her virginity was the easy part—going through with it not so easy. When Alice realizes who has acquired her, keeping her emotions out of the deal seems an impossible task.
Self-made billionaire Lakota, Lance Kemnay has no time for women, let alone one, who would sell her virginity to the highest bidder. Ever practical, however, he sees in Alice a solution to his immediate need for a wife. The emotions she stirs in him are just lust, and lust can be dealt with. As they connect emotionally and physically, his resolve to keep his heart aloof is tested beyond limits.
Can he trust his tender feelings, or has he been taken for a fool by the one woman he thought he could trust?
Where did the idea for this story originate?
I read a newspaper article about a virgin auctioning off her virginity and that got my muse to thinking. The story developed from there.
Which character was the most difficult to work with – the hero or heroine?
I’m not sure either was particularly difficult. There were times when I would have quite gladly bashed their heads together for being too stubborn for their own good though 😉
What makes this couple perfect for one another?
They are both very passionate and family oriented people. Some might say traditional. Both will do anything for the people they love. They have to fight their inner demons to open up to each other, but when they do, they heal each other like only true love can.
Did the story turn out the way you planned from the beginning? If not, what change happened that you didn’t expect?
LOL! Well, for starters I was aiming for a much lower heat level with this one. But once these two are married —well, Lakota revealed a side of him I didn’t knew he had—a rather kinky side. So this is now heat level four and you may want to sit in front of a fan whilst reading it. 😉 You will also need a box of tissues, because it turned out much more emotional than I thought it would, and the villain in this piece … you may want to jump into your e-reader and strangle her. I wrote the (insert expletive of your choice) and I wanted to strangle her!
Do the characters come first or the storyline/plot?
In this instance it was the idea. Virgin auctioning off her virginity. Then I had a scene where she is discussing who on earth acquired her, and then finally the hero. It varies from story to story as to what happens.
What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read this story?
That love is worth fighting for.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book?
It isn’t, but there is a subplot involving Alice’s sister Mary, and I may or may not have to write her story.
What’s next on Doris O’Connor’s coming soon bookshelf? Any details you could share with us?
I have a paranormal Romance On The Go story releasing May 31st, called Under Orders…
Who ever heard of being ordered to wear vibrating panties to a business meeting? The visiting CEO may be sex-on-legs-gorgeous, but Anna knows a sexual harassment case when she sees it. No one is going to order her to entertain Jonathan Symmonds—no one but her own body it seems.
Jonathan proves a hard man to resist. When he reveals his secret identity, this daughter of a slayer ought to be running for the hills not play submissive to his dark side.
Will passion and a shared past be enough to keep them together, or is their bond doomed to end at the stake?
I am also part of an Anthology of naughty short stories, called Her Type Of Guy,which is scheduled for release in June.
For every desire, there’s a man to meet it. Someone’s annoyance is another’s kink. In this naughty collection of short stories, indulge your fantasies, and follow our heroines as they find just the right type of guy or guys…
From bouncing cocks to virgins, slow coaches, true Scotsmen, and messy play partners, sex toy experts and their mischievous friends, these guys are in need of their ladies. Why is one guy too grumpy to believe, another always too early? And can there ever be a future with a hired killer?
Only one way to find out. You might just meet your ideal guy.
Fast & Fun:
Silk, satin or flannel jammies? Flannel for sleeping, Silk for other … err … activities
50 Shades of Grey or no thank you? No, thank you very much!
Hot Fudge Sundae or Banana Split? Hot Fudge Sunday
Iron Man or Thor? Both, lol
Handcuffs or rope? Rope
Feathers or Floggers? Floggers
Wine or beer? Beer
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Favorite Food? See above, lol
Heels or running shoes? Running shoes
Comfy sweats or jeans? Jeans
Coffee or Tea? Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening
Camping or Hotel? Hotel
Do you believe in second chances? Depends what the misdemeanor was
Where can readers contact you?
Thank you very much for being here, Doris. We all wish you the best of luck!!
Thanks so much for the great questions!
He’d bound her to him with the ridiculous terms of their arrangement, and he had no idea how she really felt about him. That her body desired him, of that there was no doubt. Could there ever be more between them? Was the trust she exhibited in her submission to him enough to build a relationship on?
Would she want to stay with him once the arranged time was over? His little Alice was a romantic. Would she settle for a life with what little he had to offer, knowing full well that he was incapable of ever saying the words every woman wanted to hear?
“Lakota?” Her uncertain whisper shook him out his maudlin thoughts. This was here, and this was now. He would live in the moment and worry about all that later. Right now he had his woman where he wanted her.
“I’m here, my sweet. Relax.”
She drew in a breath and another, in a visible effort to calm her nerves, and he bent down and kissed her again.
“Remember those candles you admired on that stall in Colombo, my sweet?”
She stilled completely and her breaths grew choppier, and he smiled.
“I see that you do… Now, feel their kiss, and fly for me.”
He’d gone hard as nails in the middle of the crowded market at her innocent reaction to his whispered comment that these were far more than scented candles. He’d bought them on impulse, waiting for the right moment to introduce them. He knew her well enough by now to know how far he could push her, and he wanted to give her the pleasure this play brought.
She flinched at the first drop of wax hit her just below the collarbone, and he swiped the drop away, watching her closely for her reaction. Again and again he repeated the process, until she arched into the touch of the wax on her skin.
He drew patterns around her breasts, leaving the wax to settle, and letting the flame burn a little hotter each time. Her breathing changed to the slow, deep state of relaxed awareness he wanted her to be in as he scribed what was in his heart on her quivering tummy.
By the time he was done his dick was just about ready to explode, and Alice was so wet, the covers were stained under her ass. He smiled to himself at the face of housekeeping in the morning and poured one last heavy drop of wax over her hugely distended clit at the same time as he thrust his cock into the tight clasp of her body, with a growled, “Come for me, baby.”
Alice came so hard and so fast she could barely catch her breath. The sensation of the hot wax dripping over her most sensitive flesh coupled with the feel of him sliding deep into her core, his weight pinning her in place proved too much.
She was dimly aware of Lakota reaching his own pinnacle in record time, and then she was free. Released from her bonds and held securely in his arms, she blinked to get her eyes to focus.
Her body was covered in multi-colored patters of wax, and he’d traced a word into her lower abdomen—Mine.
Alice bit back her tears, and Lakota’s hands settled over her fingers tracing the word. She looked at him, and she held her breath at the emotion she glimpsed in his eyes, before he masked it.
“I will run you a bath, and you can soak it off. I’m not going near that beautiful skin of yours with a knife.”
“Do we have to take it off?”
He grew very still at her husky question, and his voice was hoarse when he finally answered.
“I don’t want you getting sore. This is your first time. We don’t know how your skin will react.”
Alice smiled at the protectiveness and concern behind those words.
“I seem to be having a lot of firsts around you, Mr. Kemnay.”
Glutton for punishment would be a good description for Doris… at least that’s what she hears on an almost daily basis when people find out that she has a brood of nine children, ranging from adult to toddler and lives happily in a far too small house, cluttered with children, pets, dust bunnies, and one very understanding and supportive husband. Domestic goddess she is not.
There is always something better to do after all, like working on the latest manuscript and trying not to scare the locals even more than usual by talking out loud to the voices in her head. Her characters tend to be pretty insistent to get their stories told, and you will find Doris burning the midnight oil on a regular basis. Only time to get any peace and quiet and besides, sleep is for wimps.
She likes to spin sensual, sassy, and sexy tales involving alpha heroes to die for, and heroines who give as good as they get. From contemporary to paranormal, BDSM to F/F, and Ménage, haunting love stories are guaranteed.
I am giving away two copies of The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin. Follow me on my tour and leave a comment on each stop. Every comment is an entry into the contest. I will pick winners by random selection on Monday 27th May.
In addition I am giving away a copy from my back list on each stop. Good Luck, and thanks for reading.
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