Today I am welcoming back one of my Critique Partners, the lovely Lavender Daye!
Lavender was born and raised in Texas and began her writing career in elementary school, where she wrote about the romance of two fellow students. Now she writes with happily-ever-after in mind at all times, sure that every woman deserves a little fairy tale of her own.
Q. How has your journey in publishing been? Anything you would or wouldn’t do again?
Gee, Chrissy-just jump in with the hard ones! Honestly, I regret letting my fear keep me from pursuing a writing career when I was in my twenties. A couple of my teachers, one an English professor and the other a writing teacher, encourage me to write more and be serious about it. Instead, I jumped into the grownup world: got a job, got a car payment, got a boyfriend. I always wanted to write but procrastination was easier. It took me many years and the love of a good man to chase the fear away. (Shh...it still sneaks back when I’m not careful.)
Q. What made you pick your particular genre?
Doesn’t everyone like sex? I was never really a wild child, but I talked a good game and my friends thought I was cool. And I read a lot of books, mostly romance. After a while, I got a little irritated when the door closed right in the middle of the climactic love scene. (This was when those kind of books were mail-order items and arrived in brown paper packages.) I’m glad society has loosened up a bit, but I worry that since the bar has been crashed, kids are seeing too much freedom.
Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?
I’m currently managing a series with several installments under the Private Delights label. And I’m working on another, the first of which is Tempest, a paranormal erotic new adult story about a woman who wakes up one morning to discover she’s murdered her boyfriend-and she doesn’t know how or why.
Q. Do you have a favorite story of the ones you’ve written, either published or not? Why?
I think the Tempest stories is truly pushing me to write it. The story has been rolling around in my head for a couple of years and I’m afraid the only way I can keep it from waking me up at night is to just write the dang thing.
Okay...enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff?
Q. If you won the lottery, what is the FIRST thing you’d do? What would you buy and why?
I would build a house that looked like a castle. My Prince Charming and I have always talked about it, but the concept is too outlandish and expensive in the real world. But with the right lotto numbers? Maybe....
Q. When YOU read, what do you like to pick up?
How many pages do I have here? Hmm. I’m all over the place with novels. I’m a big fan of Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster, and of course, JR Ward (your fault, you know). I love a good story, a good romance, especially when the author throws in a few hot scenes. I could list all the authors on my nook, but it would take all day. Oh, yeah, there’s this author I really enjoy. She writes police drama and fantasies with elves and bonded wolves....
**Editor's notes LOL. I love my CPs!***
Steve Gladston is a security specialist, a Dom, and part owner of the new BDSM club opening south of Dallas. He and his two business partners bought an old country club and refurbished it into a state of the art fetish club. All three are looking forward to the upcoming opening of Private Delights while they finish the remodel and work at their various careers in the community.
As owner of D&S Security, Steve arrives early one morning to evaluate the security needs of an investment firm and discovers a robbery in progress. Using skills he developed in SEAL training, he immobilizes two intruders and rescues the luscious Dena Lindsay, one of the owners.
Dena, frazzled and irritated at her lack of self-defense skills, is intrigued by tall dark and handsome Steve, especially when he easily deflects her over protective brothers. She sees him as a man to free her from a lackluster love life, an experienced man who won’t be intimidated by her family.
When Steve calmly averts her attempt at seduction, she’s embarrassed and then angry when he tells her he won’t take her to bed but will teach her some discipline. His lessons in bondage and submission fly beyond her expectations and she worries about her feelings, trying to decide if she’s falling in love with the man or the lifestyle.
Meanwhile, the mastermind behind her office’s break-in is trying to locate passcodes to her office files and decides to force Dena into helping him, whether she wants to or not. When the danger intrudes in her life, she turns to Steve for protection. Proximity makes her both apprehensive and aroused. At some point, she’ll have to decide what she wants from her man. Protection or Passion?