~ 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.
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.
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