Oh it’s a great day today. It’s Friday and we have another very talented author spending some time with us today. Jasmine Haynes writes some pretty hot books but that are also very emotional! Have you had the chance to check them out? You HAVE to! Please help us welcome her to UTC today, thanks so much for being here today Jasmine!
Thank you so much for having me on the blog!
TAKE YOUR PLEASURE has a super hot cover that grabbed my attention. What was it about this story that made you want to write?
Thanks. I’m glad the cover grabbed you. My cover artist, Rae Monet, is wonderful. Don’t let my boss know, but the truth is, I was sitting in a boring meeting and I started daydreaming. Not about MY boss, but bosses in general. I suppose it’s politically incorrect to say that I find the whole boss/employee relationship very sexy. Not a forced thing—I would never condone sexual harassment—but a consensual fling. I’d also been toying with a BDSM theme. Lo and behold, it seemed perfect to combine the two things.
Here’s a little blurb of TAKE YOUR PLEASURE for your readers:
When Natalie Beaumonde catches her boyfriend with another woman, her boss Lincoln Masters hatches a plan to help her show her wandering man the error of his ways. Being a Master himself, Lincoln’s the perfect dom to help Natalie execute the punishment. But Lincoln has an agenda for Natalie of his own, one that involves a bit of bondage and a very good spanking!
Can you tell us any details about TWISTED BY LOVE, the first book in your Reincarnation Tales series?
I’ve wanted to write reincarnation since I read The Reincarnation of Peter Proud and watched the movie Dead Again. And I have to admit that I do believe in reincarnation. I’ve even done a couple of past life regressions. Readers can learn more about that on the 69 Shades of Smut blog, http://wp.me/p2p9iQ-ed. The reincarnation theme seems perfect for the whole endless love scenario. In the series, Reincarnation Tales, I introduce the Daniels family. TWISTED BY LOVE is Bern’s story, the eldest of the clan. Have you ever met someone that you felt like you’ve known forever? From the moment Bern Daniels sees Livie Scott in the lobby of his office building, he feels an uncanny sense of familiarity. And his desire for her is overpowering. Livie feels the same. The problem is her sister, whose goal is to keep them apart. Is it possible that they’ve lived this triangle in the past? Is their love doomed to end in tragedy?
What is your favorite scene in PAST MIDNIGHT, the first book in your DeKnight series?
PAST MIDNIGHT is a very emotional story about a married couple who have suffered a great tragedy: they’ve lost their son. Favorite is probably not the right word for this scene, but I do think one of the most powerful scenes is actually the first scene in the book, where Dominic is making love to his wife Erin. Here we see the deep chasm between them, how their lives have been blown apart and now all they have left is the physical. The reader feels Dominic’s gut-wrenching sense of loss, but also his great need to find his way back to Erin in both body and soul. My task with this story was to try to bring two broken people together again.
I must admit that I’m a bit of a control freak, so collaborating would be hard for me. However, my good friend Leigh Wyndfield and I once considered doing a story where she took the male POV and I’d take the female. We’d play off each other. Now that I think I could do and have a lot of fun. Plus she’s a wonderful writer!
What do you do when you aren’t reading or writing? What are some of your hobbies?
I speedwalk every morning, and I love to hike. I just wore out my hiking boots and need to get another pair! I also enjoy working in my garden, and in the evenings, I love sitting down to watch a good movie or mystery show with my hubby. And while I’m watching, I work on my needlepoint. I have needlepoints all over my house!
Erotic Romance is taking the world by storm right now, but you’ve been doing it for awhile. What are your thoughts on the fascination of all things sexy?
The doors have been opened wide, and readers are loving the sexy books authors are putting out. But what I find they want in their books is not just gratuitous sex, but also highly emotionally stories with memorable characters. My readers also seem to enjoy reading about older heroines. And I love writing them, women who’ve seen and done things, who’ve lost some of their inhibitions. That’s not to say I don’t write a few younger ones, too, for variety! I think people are looking for something new, fresh, highly sexy, and very emotional, and they’re finding it in erotic romance!
Who are your favorite erotic romance authors and what books would you recommend to your readers?
We are asking authors participating in the event to share a favorite drink recipe with readers. Do you have one you’d like to share?
I’m not sure it’s a recipe, but my favorite drink is a champagne cocktail. Drop a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, add a teaspoon of Angostura bitters, then fill the glass with champagne. Be careful, though, the sugar will make the champagne foam quickly, so pour very slowly.
Let’s give the readers something to drool over! Can you give us a sexy excerpt from one of your books?
We haven’t talked about my West Coast hotwifing series. So why don’t I give readers a taste of Book 1, Revenge Sex, which I’m offering as a prize on this blog!
Tough, autocratic CFO Clay Blackwell strikes both fear and loyalty into the hearts of his employees. But he’s got one quirk no one at West Coast Manufacturing knows: he loves the idea of his live-in girlfriend Ruby being with another man…then coming home to him for the best sex of his life as she describes every naughty detail. He’s got only three stipulations: no sex with anyone from work, no sex with another man in their own home, and she always has to tell him when she has a date. The problem? What to do with a “hotwife” who has all the freedom any woman could want, but still can’t follow three simple rules.
Jessica Murphy has the utmost respect and admiration for her CFO. She also has wild sex fantasies about Clay every night. Not that she’d ever tell anyone. Until she walks in on Clay’s girlfriend Ruby screwing Bradley the financial analyst right on Clay’s desk.
After that, all bets are off and a little revenge sex is the name of the game. Ruby thinks she’ll placate Clay by telling him to have sex with another woman to pay her back for all her rule-breaking. When Jessica learns about that, she makes up her mind to seduce her boss for keeps, not just one night of revenge.
But can she become the more-than-one-man woman Clay Blackwell wants? Or will his desires tear them apart?
Copyright Jasmine Haynes
Jessica Murphy jerked, then snapped to a sitting position on the break room sofa. In the dark, the microwave clock flipped to ten-oh-five in bright blue letters. Good Lord, all she’d wanted to do was rest her eyes, a five-minute catnap; she’d slept for over an hour. The board meeting was on Friday, and she needed to review the March quarterly financials tomorrow with Clay Blackwell, the Chief Financial Officer. But there was an issue in CIP, the construction-in-progress account.
A noise had woken her. It couldn’t be the cleaning staff; they’d left before her so-called catnap. She rose from the couch, crossing to the door by the illumination of the microwave clock. The hallway was dark. She’d turned out all the lights, not wanting to waste electricity, especially when she was accounting manager for West Coast Manufacturing, which meant she knew exactly how much the PG&E bill was.
There it was again. Bracing herself against the doorframe, she strained to hear. A moan. Then she was sure she could make out voices, though the words were indistinguishable. She shivered slightly. The automatic thermostat turned the heating down at nine, raising it again at six in the morning. Despite being the beginning of April, the San Francisco Bay Area was still chilly at night.
Stepping out into the hallway, which bordered all the cubicles in the middle of the large accounting department, she made out lights on the far side. From the CFO’s office. But Clay had been long gone before she’d crashed on the break room sofa. Obviously, he’d come back.
What if he’d discovered her sleeping? Jessica fluffed her hair, which was curly and tended to get mashed after she slept on it. It must look like a rat’s nest. And her lipstick was probably smudged. She ran a finger under each eye to get rid of any mascara, then smoothed beneath her lips, hoping that was good enough to fix the lipstick. She hated the idea of Clay Blackwell seeing her at anything less than her best. He lived with the CEO’s executive admin, Ruby Williams, and Jessica didn’t have designs on him—she wasn’t a home wrecker—but she admired Clay immensely and…well…a woman could have her fantasies in the middle of the night when no one else suspected.
All right, nothing could be done about her appearance now. She marched down the small walkway between the cubicles, and the sounds from the other side of the thin dividers grew exponentially louder with every step she took. Jessica’s heart started to pound, and she thought about turning around and getting the hell out. Because really, what was Clay doing in his office? And just who was he with?
She might have run, too, if she hadn’t heard distinct words in a female voice—“Clay’s never taken me like this”—punctuated by a man’s low growl of pleasure.
Turning the corner by the end of a cubicle wall, Jessica could see straight into Clay’s office. Her breath stopped in her chest.
Ruby Williams was facedown on the desk, skirt pushed up over her butt, dark hair flowing around her shoulders, eyes closed, her red lips parted on a moan of intense pleasure. Behind her, Bradley Palmer was tall, his features strained, his stubbled jaw line rigid. The AP girls oohed and aahed over his resemblance to Brad Pitt. Jessica had never liked Brad Pitt. She didn’t particularly like Bradley Palmer either.
And she hated Ruby for letting Bradley screw her right on Clay’s desk. Ruby and Clay had lived together for three years, since shortly before Jessica had started at West Coast Manufacturing. Even if they weren’t married, Clay was Ruby’s significant other in every sense of the word. And Ruby worked at West Coast, too, for God’s sake. This was so totally wrong.
Jessica should have run away right then, but her feet were rooted to the carpet right outside the pool of light spilling from the open door. She couldn’t move. She could only watch. And listen.
“Isn’t it hot, baby? Tomorrow when you’re meeting with Clay”—Ruby giggled—“you can think about what you were doing to me right here.”
Lastly, what’s next for Jasmine Haynes?
I’ve got lots in store for readers! Twisted by Love should be available sometime in August. Readers have asked for an update on the erstwhile foursome in Kinky Neighbors, so I’m working on a short sequel, which should also be available by the end of summer. The third book in my West Coast Series, The Boss’s Daughter, is in the works. I’m also pleased to say that I’ll be writing two more books for Berkley! I’m still discussing the plots with my editor, but readers will probably see those books starting in 2013.