Author Override: Anne Calhoun

Posted March 12, 2013 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Author Override, Featured Authors / 34 Comments

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

~ ANNE CALHOUN ~

 

From a “fresh and imaginative” (The Romance Studio) voice in erotic romance come the tales of two women, each daring to challenge the toughest of men…but in these edgy, heated encounters, the greatest thing she’ll risk is her heart.

In Over the Edge, after a tragic incident during Ty Hendricks’ last tour of duty he cut off all connection with anyone he cares about—until a night with Lauren Kincaid draws him reluctantly back into the world. Lauren sees a wounded man in danger of losing everything to his inner demons, but the sensual, no-holds-barred fight for Ty’s soul could cost Lauren her heart.

In All on the Line, Abby Simmons fell hard for Lieutenant Sean Winthrop, but he sacrificed their relationship when he deployed to Afghanistan. Now he’s home, full of regrets and intent on winning back the woman he never forgot. Abby gives Sean her body but holds her heart aloof, until one night of pleasure forces her to choose her U.S. Marine…or life without him, forever.

 

Q&A With Anne Calhoun about UNCOMMON PLEASURE

Q: Tell us a little about UNCOMMON PLEASURE.

A: This book contains two hefty, closely-linked novellas where choices and decisions made in the first story play out in the second as well. The first features a former Marine who’s struggling with the mental and emotional devastation he experienced in Afghanistan, and the woman who refuses to let him live in darkness. The second story describes a Marine’s persistence to get back the woman he loves and mistakenly broke up with while he was deployed. If you like military stories, highly erotic circumstances, and women who refuse to get pushed around, this is the book for you!

Q: What was the spark for this book?

A: Ty Hendricks, one of the main characters, made an appearance in an earlier short story called ON THE EDGE. He wasn’t supposed to be in that novella; it was a fairly straight-forward story for Ellora’s Cave featuring a sexually adventurous heroine and the hero she thought she couldn’t have. In that story, the heroine’s trying to push the hero away so she goes to a bar to pick up a stranger, and meets Ty. He was supposed to be a throw-away character, on stage for just a couple of pages to set up that she couldn’t, in fact, pick up a stranger. But then he started talking, being all angsty and dark and difficult, and started looking all Sawyer-in-Lost, and I had a situation on my hands. He wasn’t the hero in this story, nor was he going to get the girl in the end…but he definitely needed to be a hero in a book.

Q: You pair Ty with another sexually adventurous woman in Over The Edge…

A: When I’m writing I try to follow Lois McMaster Bujold’s advice for creating character-driven plots, which is to understand a character, then think, “What’s the worst thing I can do to this guy?” The worst thing I could do to Ty, who is suffering from emotional trauma experienced during his last deployment to Afghanistan, was to give him a woman who a) had enough experience with military men to understand him and b) enough sexual experience to keep him on his toes. Ty’s trying to push people away, but Lauren’s not easy to move. She knows his tricks and his tells, and she’s not going to let him sink into darkness.

Q: All On The Line is the second novella in UNCOMMON PLEASURE, featuring Sean Winthrop, another Marine Ty knows through work. What’s his story?

A: Sean Winthrop is home for thirty days of leave after his deployment as the lieutenant of a platoon in Afghanistan. Before he left he had a whirlwind affair with Abby Simmons, but he broke off their relationship while he was deployed. He’s come to regret that decision, and wants Abby back. Sean’s got thirty days to convince her that he’s in this for life now, but Abby’s changed in the year he was gone, and she doesn’t want to be gotten back.

Q: What’s coming next for you?

A: My first contemporary romance, UNFORGIVEN, releases in June, 2013. This is not erotic (although there’s plenty of heat in it). Adam Collins, a former Marine, is coming home to his small town to be the best man at the wedding of his best friend to Adam’s former fiancée. He’s reunited with Marissa Brooks, the woman who was his “teenage dream”, the woman he left behind after making a terrible mistake. He realizes that she’s stuck in her past and sets out to set her free. What he won’t admit to himself is that he also needs to be set free.

Then in September UNCOMMON PASSION will be out, which is the story of Ben Harris. a secondary character in UNCOMMON PLEASURE. Sometimes the worst thing you can do to a hero is match him a woman who knows all the rules of the game. Sometimes the worst thing you can do is pair him with a woman who doesn’t even know there’s a game on. This is my first take on the bad boy/virgin trope, and I really had fun writing it.

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From a “fresh and imaginative” (“The Romance Studio”) voice in erotic romance come the tales of two women, each daring to challenge the boundaries of the toughest of men…But in these edgy, heated encounters, the greatest thing each woman will risk is her heart.

In “Over the Edge,” after a tragic incident during Ty Hendricks’ last tour of duty, he cut off all connection with anyone he cares about–until a night with Lauren Kincaid draws him reluctantly back into the world. Lauren sees a wounded man in danger of losing everything to his inner demons, but the sensual, no-holds-barred fight for Ty’s soul could cost Lauren her heart.

In “All on the Line,” Abby Simmons fell hard for Lieutenant Sean Winthrop, but he sacrificed their relationship when he deployed to Afghanistan. Now he’s home, full of regrets and intent on winning back the woman he never forgot. Abby gives Sean her body but holds her heart aloof, until one night of pleasure forces her to choose either her U.S. Marine…or life without him, forever.

Purchase Links: Amazon

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, Anne landed in a flyover state, where she traded business casual for yoga pants and decided to write down all the lively story ideas that got her through years of monotonous corporate meetings. Her first book, LIBERATING LACEY won the EPIC Award for Best Contemporary Erotic Romance. Her story WHAT SHE NEEDS was chosen for Smart Bitch Sarah’s Sizzling Book Club. Anne holds a BA in History and English, and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University. When she’s not writing her hobbies include reading, knitting, and yoga. She lives in the Midwest with her family and singlehandedly supports her local Starbucks.

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Shayna Snyder

I’m adding Anne to my TBR authors! Woohoo!

Amber H
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Amber H

I have this on my wishlist! I LOVE the cover! Cant wait to read this! Thanks!
-Amber

donnas
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Sounds great. Cant wait to read it.

Kelly Powell
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Kelly Powell

Sounds interesting!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

erinf1
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erinf1

Congrats to Anne on her new release! Her books sounds awesome! Definitely dying to read these 🙂

Olga
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Olga

Sounds and looks like a very interesting read.

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Betty Hamilton

Sounds like another interesting “new-to-me” author!!

Barrie
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Barrie

I love edgy reads…how many total are planned in this series?!

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Zita R
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Zita R

Sounds interesting. I’m putting this book on my TBR!

Elizabeth P
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Elizabeth P

love the cover!!

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Dione Sage
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Dione Sage

Two hot novellas in one?!?!?! That’s awesome! I like the way both of these stories are described. I just need to read the prequel to this book, On The Edge. Thank you for sharing this post, that was a great author interview!

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Negine
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Negine

Anne Calhoun writes some excellent erotica. Looking forward to reading Uncommon Pleasure and the rest of her new releases this year! Thanks for the giveaway ladies. 🙂

Leanna H
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Leanna H

This cover looks great, that alone would draw me to check out this book. I love books where the characters has flaws or issues to overcome. No one is perfect.

Natasha
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Natasha

Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Kassandra
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Kassandra

Thank you for the chance!

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Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

oooh – this one looks good! perfect for summer reading!
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Sue Peace
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Sue Peace

I am adding this to my TBR pile!! It’ll go to the top! 🙂 Sounds really great.

Allison W
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Allison W

Sounds like a great book!!

Carolyn Walker Rhodes
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Carolyn Walker Rhodes

Cover is great! What is not to like a hunky alpha male? Thanks for the chance Anne, and Congrats!

Maria D.
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Maria D.

This sounds really good! Ms. Calhoun is a new to me author – and I just love the cover (Smokin HAWT!). Thanks for the giveaway

Lisa w
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Lisa w

Love these books. Can’t wait for this one!

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

The book sounds really good and I have to say that is a fabulous cover. Very yummy!
Thank you for the giveaway.

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Oh my goodness, I love that Ty wouldn’t cooperate and let you make him a throw away character. I’ve certainly going to have to check out all of these stores. Thanks for the great post. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

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I love the cover…great interview by the way!

Mary Preston
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Mary Preston

I foretell great reading in my future!!

Vanessa
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Vanessa

These sound good and I need to add them to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Rita Domingos

I don’t know this author but I want to. Sounds really good! Sexy cover 😉

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sienny

i’m so gonna read this. the blurbs looks good and i love this kind of story

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Joanne B

Put this book at the top of my TBR pile. Sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

Diah Didi
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Diah Didi

Lately I’ve been into novellas. And with Paul Marron on the cover?? Definitely a must!

Martha Lawson
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Sounds like my kind of book!! Adding it to the wish list. Thanks for the chance to win.

Angila
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Pick me! Sounds like a great one!

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Nice interview

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Linda
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Linda

Love this and got it on my TBR list! =)
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Tuesday!
//Linda
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