Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tell Me About it Tuesday Welcomes Ayla Ruse AND GIVEAWAY!!

REALLY excited to welcome Ayla Ruse, a fellow Totally Bound author on this LOVELY New Years Eve!!!!!

Thanks so much for having me, C.A.! Happy New Year’s Eve. What a great time to brush off the old and get ready for the new. I don’t hit the parties like I used to, but I still love to stay up and cheer in the New Year! 

THANK YOU! And Happy New Year's to you, too! Come back ANY TIME! 


****Bonus: A New Year’s Eve Contest****

Everyone who comments on this post, on this day (12/31/13) only, will be entered to win a $14 e-Gift Certificate to their choice of amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. Why $14? To celebrate the upcoming New Year, of course! Please be sure to leave an email (with spaces) so I can contact you. I will choose the winner the EST afternoon on Jan. 1, by using Random.org, and I’ll make the announcement in the comments on this post.

About Ayla:
Before we get to the Q and A, let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a hardworking, stay-at-home mom and teacher to three precocious and wonderful boys. I knew my whole life I wanted to be a published author, but it took me the better part of 40 years to get there. Now that I’m here, I can’t imagine doing anything else. 

I write erotic romance (currently) for two publishers: Totally Bound and Changeling Press. I see my future holding so much more in store for me, which is a boon to my readers as there is still so much more romance to come!

Q. How has your journey in publishing been? Anything you would or wouldn’t do again?

I like your statement that publishing is a journey. I’ve never heard it referred to as such, yet it defines this career most accurately. I’ve been published for nearly three years now, and it’s been a fantastic ride so far. I have two fabulous publishers, I’ve written more than a dozen books, and I don’t look to stop anytime soon. I’m lucky in that I had a great mentor—a best friend who was already e-published, who helped me navigate the waters, so to speak. 

Q. What advice do you have for someone who wants a career in writing?

To write. Start to finish. Then let someone read it over. Let several someone’s read it. Hear their criticisms…both good and bad, and make your work better than it was before. Submit, submit, submit. Rewrite. Edit. Write more. Submit more. In a nutshell, don’t ever give up. Perseverance. If you want it enough, you’ll make the time to make it happen.  

Q. What other interests or hobbies do you have outside of writing?

I home school my three children and take care of my parents, so I’m endlessly busy. When I do have bits of free time for me, I love to read (of course), go for walks, and cook. Nothing too fancy, but home-made dishes that take time and love to make delicious.  

Q. Do you have a favorite story of the ones you’ve written, either published or not? Why?

My favorite story is always the latest one I finish. Deep in my heart, though, I would have to say my ultimate favorite is my first one—The Deciding Factor. I put so much into that tale and speaking of journeys, this story brings back memories of trial and error, nervousness and excitement, and tears of both frustration and joy. 

Okay...enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff?

Yay! I love fun stuff. Wha’cha got? 

Q. If you won the lottery, what is the FIRST thing you’d do? What would you buy and why?

Oh, this is boring, but I’d pay off the bills. With those stresses off my mind, I’d be able to then have fun with the money left. Things like buying a new car, a new house, a new wardrobe, a grand vacation…for starters. lol

Q. When YOU read, what do you like to pick up?

My go-to favorites are historical romances, then great suspense/adventure stories.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us...it can be a secret...we won't tell. :)

Yeah, right. A surprise-secret…ah, okay. I once dated a hacker (and this was before the internet was what we know today), who took and submitted a rather decadent picture of myself to an underground European hackers magazine. Ah, those were the days…

***Insert FAVE part! LOL!***

Tell us about that new book!

Absolutely! My latest release with Totally Bound is Five Courses. Originally published in the anthology, Whip It Up!, it is a decadent tale of two chefs who teach valuable lessons to the one who breaks the rules. Here’s a little more…


Paying the price for breaking the rules has never been so delicious.
Trent and Mike rule their kitchen like they do their subs—with firm command and guiding strokes. Only they haven't enjoyed a sub in months, not since Melissa moved in with them. She's getting over a broken heart and seems so fragile that they don't want to scare her away.
When the men come home from their club early one night, they catch her breaking just about every rule they have in their kitchen. Now the gloves are off.

Melissa, trembling under their gaze, is given ten seconds to decide her fate—she can walk away and lose any hope of growing her relationship with these men, or she can stay and submit to their creative punishment for her misdeeds…

Reader Advisory: This book contains minor food play, spankings, an erotic version of red-light/green-light, and interesting consequences involving cookies.


Mike sank onto the couch with an audible sigh.

“Nothing catching your eye tonight, either?” Trent asked.

Mike turned his head and studied his best friend and business partner. He didn’t answer. He didn’t have to. They both suffered from the same problem. Wanting a woman they couldn’t have.

The music pumped loud through their favourite club, the lights dim except for the stations. Mike crossed his arms over his chest and watched one sub being spanked, another being flogged and still another kneeling before her Dom.

“This sucks,” Trent commented without heat. “I’ve never had it this bad for a woman. I look around and all I see is Melissa.”

Mike nodded his head in agreement. “I don’t know whether to thank you or punch you for talking me into having her rent the middle loft.”

“I didn’t have to talk you into shit, Mike. She had nowhere to go. You would have offered her the loft by the end of that night if I hadn’t mentioned it first.”

Mike grunted at the truth in Trent’s words. That impulsive decision to give temporary aid to a woman in need had led to their four-storey building being infused with the sights, sounds and scents of a woman they couldn’t touch. Amend that—wouldn’t touch. In the months she’d been living with them, she’d shown herself to be trustworthy, fun, spontaneous, dependable and of course, sexy as hell. Even when she raided the industrial-size refrigerator in the middle of the night sporting that ratty-ass robe of hers that covered every inch of skin, all he wanted to do was strip it off and feast on her delectable body.

Mike set his hands on his thighs. He liked control. Savoured it. Commanded it. But the constant thoughts of the woman out of their reach made him antsy, which irritated him to no end.

Trent interrupted Mike’s thoughts. “She seemed happy to see us go tonight. Makes me wonder what she’s up to?”


****Bonus: A New Year’s Eve Contest****
Everyone who comments on this post, on this day (12/31/13) only, will be entered to win a $14 e-Gift Certificate to their choice of amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. Why $14? To celebrate the upcoming New Year, of course! Please be sure to leave an email (with spaces) so I can contact you. I will choose the winner the EST afternoon on Jan. 1, by using Random.org, and I’ll make the announcement in the comments on this post.


  1. That book sounds YUMMY! I will definitely have to check it out! Thanks for the great giveaway! Happy New Year!

    tammyfaris1966 at gmail dot com

    1. Yummy in so many ways! :) Thanks for dropping by - and happy new year to you, too!

  2. Love this hot little story! Happy New Year to you both. :)

    normandiealleman (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Happy New Year to you, too, Normandie!

    2. Same to you, Normandie! Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Hot excerpt. Happy New Year, CA and Ayla

  4. Happy New Year. thanks for the chane to win your book.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Debby, thanks for dropping by, and you have a great New Year!

  5. Thank you to everyone who stopped by yesterday--whether you commented or felt more comfortable lurking. Don't worry, I sometimes do the same. :)

    Well, I popped the contest entries into Random.org and came back with the winner of the $14 GC: Evil Tammy.

    Thanks for commenting, and congratulations!! Keep an eye on your email for a notice from me. :D

    Happy 2014 Everyone!

    And thanks again, C.A. It's been great!

  6. *still doing the happy dance* Got the email a little bit ago and heading here! Thanks again so much for the giveaway! Happy Happy New Year!!! :) Tammy

  7. Good excerpt, have to read the book !