Elia Winters has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book Purely Professional. As part of her book tour, Elia will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.
Now enjoy this quick interview with Elia.
What is your favorite indulgence (food or spa treatment or other)?
Oh, I have so many favorite indulgences. This time of year, I’m a sucker for bubble baths. I soak in the tub with a glass of white wine and listen to my favorite podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, and it’s pretty much the best thing ever.
Who is(are) your favorite author(s)?
I read pretty widely, in a variety of genres, so my favorite authors are equally varied. I enjoy the classics: Austen, Dickens, Orwell. I adore Frank Herbert’s Dune series and the Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin. I love Orson Scott Card’s writing but hate his politics. I’m a big fan of Barbara Kingsolver and Margaret Atwood, both of whom can do no wrong in my eyes. Rainbow Rowell is amazing and I can’t wait to read more of her work. I also love Charlotte Stein for romance, and her stories are crazy-hot and sexy, hitting all my hot buttons.
What was the inspiration for Purely Professional?
Purely Professional was the BDSM erotic romance I always wanted to read. I wrote it for me, first, without thinking of publication, just for fun. When writing it, I drew pretty heavily from my own list of kinks. After I finished, I thought it was publishable and was happy to find an agent who felt the same way.
What do you like most about your hero, Max?
I’m a sucker for an intellectual guy who’s also confident in his own sexuality. That’s what I really love about Max, I think. I must confess that after I wrote and revised the book, I realized that he is a perfect physical match for one of my own past crushes: a grad student who taught my freshman seminar back when I was starting college. I hadn’t even realized their similarities anytime in the writing process, and it still makes me laugh to think that my subconscious was hard at work while I was writing.
What’s next for you?
I have a book coming out next week, actually! Playing Knotty comes on March 16th and is available for preorder. Here’s the blurb:
Emma Green has never been very confident. When Ian Cooper, an old friend, asks to rent out the back room of her bookstore for a bondage workshop, she agrees because she needs the money. She isn’t expecting to participate, and she definitely isn’t expecting to enjoy it. But all of Emma’s expectations fly out the window when she tentatively agrees to be Ian’s bondage model for workshops and exhibitions—and her success in the role upends all previous notions she had about her body and her desirability.
Now, Emma must learn to reconcile these conflicting images of herself while dealing with another conflict: Is Ian just another playboy, or everything she’s been looking for?
It’s a story of “bookworm meets bondage,” and I can’t wait to share it with the world!
Columnist Bridget Hartwell agrees to write about BDSM to impress her new executive editor at Sultry, the “sex-positive magazine for sex-positive women.” Unfortunately, it’s a topic she knows absolutely nothing about…but if she ever wants that promotion, she’ll need to learn the ropes, fast.
English professor Max Harlow is active in the Dom/sub scene, but only for casual play—he’s never found his ideal partner: a woman who is his equal, but sexually submissive. When he’s asked to explain the lifestyle to his cute but obviously inexperienced neighbor, Max is certain it’s best to approach it academically—to keep things purely professional.
Until Bridget’s first article is a huge hit, giving her the perfect excuse to delve deeper into the naturally submissive side of her sexuality. But as their encounters intensify and each of her boundaries is skillfully pushed, Bridget must decide what this all means… for her identity, her career, and, most importantly, her future with Max.
“What about your fantasies?”
“What? What is it?” Catching her hesitation, Max looked up from the Scrabble board.
“It’s just…” She paused and took a swig of beer. “I’ve had a lot of crushes on men in positions of power. My volleyball coach back in high school, my internship coordinator in college, a few professors…” Realizing he was grinning, she blushed, remembering he was a professor. “Right. Anyway, I never acted on any of them.”
“And yet you complain that you date weak men.” He swirled the beer around in his bottle and held it up to the light, his gaze thoughtful and distant.
“Well, I don’t want some guy to boss me around.” To hide the discomfort she suddenly felt, Bridget looked down at the board. She played reach off the H in hinder and fumbled as she chose four new tiles.
“I think we both know that’s a lie.“ Max said smoothly, and he drank his beer. “I’ll bet you’re just afraid of what kind of woman you would be if you gave in to those urges.” He rubbed a tile between a thumb and forefinger, then set it back on his shelf. “I’ve been doing this a long time, Bridget. You responded today like a natural submissive. You liked more than just the sex. You liked all of it.”
She set down her beer and looked at him. “All right.” She tried not to sound defensive. “So what does that mean?”
“It doesn’t have to mean anything.” Max shrugged. “Maybe this afternoon, I just want to play some Scrabble with you and order a pizza. But when we’re done with all this experimenting, you’re going to have a lot to write about.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.
Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.
Elia’s virtual life is as busy as her real life. In addition to her website, http://eliawinters.com/, you can also find her on:
Purely Professional is available from:
Carina Press http://ebooks.carinapress.com/AE496C3B-2369-43F1-8ECC-4F7F270DD680/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=818B948E-17EF-4F91-8CE7-998D91DC788B
Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/purely-professional-elia-winters/1116912916?ean=9781426897863&itm=1&usri=9781426897863&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10:1&r=1,%201
and other ebook retailers.
Elia will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner during the tour. To be entered in the drawing follow this link to Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway
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