Been a little bit of a tiring week so apologies for the lack of postings, but weekend is here and it’s off to a great start with the lovely Ember Leigh dropping by to visit. She’s sharing the gossip and talking about her new release, A New York Minute.
Thanks so much for being here, Ember 🙂 So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.
My name is Ember Leigh, and I am an incorrigible vagabond! I can’t stop roaming the Earth. Somebody help! Just kidding. I love it! I’m in Argentina right now, drinking Malbec wine. I blend my love for travel with my love for writing romance in my newest short story series, Erotic Destinations!
Ooh, that sounds lovely – and we’re not at all jealous, honest. Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?
Ever since I could remember. It really solidified around age 9. I just knew. There was no telling me otherwise. That’s the age I completed my first novel—it was about a 10 year old girl chosen by NASA to go to the moon (because that apparently was a new program they had initiated?), and the struggles she faced throughout her astronaut training, dealing with her broken home, and eventually, confronting aliens on the moon.
Aww, that sounds so cute. I remember writing long stories in English class, but certainly nothing as involved as a novel! Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?
I have a loose routine of writing like a banshee when I feel the inspiration for a novel…so much that it just pours out of me, sometimes 10,000 words in a day. But that doesn’t last forever. Then I might go weeks without writing much at all. Does that count as a routine?
Hey, it sounds better than some of mine 😉 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.
Contemporary erotic romance. Or, another way, “vanilla hetero love”. I’ve always loved the emotional arc of romances, the slow dance as two people fall deep into love. But I’ve always preferred the sex scenes be quite explicit. Hence, erotic romance! Also, being that I don’t write (or partake in) BDSM, that’s where the vanilla comes in.
That’s one of the things I love most about romance as well 🙂 Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?
Jennifer Crusie is one of my favorite authors, as well as Michel Faber and Douglas Adams.
Ooh, big Hitchhikers fan here! What five things could you never do without?
1.) Ashtanga yoga 2.) preparing my own meals from scratch 2.) bell peppers 3.) my husband 4.) his chest hair 5.) traveling the world!
Hehe, I love that his chest hair needs a whole separate point – it must be impressive 😉 Speaking of which, tell us a bit about your new release.
A New York Minute is my latest contemporary erotic romance novel, released from The Wild Rose Press on December 11th, 2015. It follows Paige, a determined career woman in the talk show business, as she navigates unexpected professional changes and a totally unexpected suitor…her arch nemesis, Josh, who was responsible for cancelling her show. The career change sends her to a Hawaiian paradise, where she faces a professional nightmare.
Ooh, sounds glamorous! Where did your inspiration for it come from?
I can’t even remember. I wrote the first draft of this novel in 2005, and then it languished in my drafts folder for about a decade. Probably some combination of the entertainment industry and Hawaiian islands spoke to me.
Hmm, I can definitely see the inspiration there. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?
The scathing banter between Paige and Josh. They have some really good moments. They know how to dish it out…and smooth it over with some really steamy lovemaking!
Hey, there’s nothing like a good balance! What was the hardest part about writing it?
Sex scenes…they’re always the hardest part of any novel! Trying to keep things on the sexy and eloquent side as opposed to the Oh my god this sex scene is hilarious and eternal side…that’s a struggle!
Lol, it’s definitely a struggle sometimes – but then where else do you get to do that for a living. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)
Gary, Paige’s manager. He’s a rotund little guy who knows Paige well enough to fear her as much as he adores her. He’s so funny, too, trying his best to keep things calm as Paige navigates this challenging time in her life. He’s particularly good at delivering fun factoids about the Hawaiian islands.
Well you can’t go wrong with fun facts 🙂 So, apart from learning random things about Hawaii, why should we run out and buy it right now?
For Gary! Just kidding, for PAIGE AND JOSH! They fall in love, and hard, despite the fact that neither thought love would ever have a place in their lives. Their balance of work and relationship is particularly elegant, I think 🙂
Well if you’re not convinced yet (and if not why not lol) here’s the book details:
Paige Alexander, successful host of A New York Minute, adores her job and will do anything to save the show that’s her brainchild. But when IBC, fronted by Josh Lambert, buys NYCBC, Paige’s show is cancelled, and her choices are unemployment or a non-starring role on a new show co-hosted by Jerk Lambert, a man who makes her hotter than hell in every way. Having scaled the golden rungs of the corporate ladder, Josh doesn’t do relationships or complicated. Promised a multimillion dollar payday if he turns Wakin’ Up—the show that replaced Paige’s—into a hit, Josh kisses uncomplicated goodbye when she shows up. The woman fascinates and terrifies in equal measure, and he’s suddenly questioning the value of gold versus the value of her. Forced together in an Hawaiian paradise, the steam just keeps rising—on set, in the sauna, and in the narrowing distance between them.
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Have a great weekend x