Today I am excited to welcome author Simone Sinna to Behind Closed Doors. She’s agreed to share a bit of her latest release from Siren Bookstrand. Embedded is an erotic contemporary romance filled suspense and intrigue. Journalist Stephanie Beauman goes undercover “down under” in Syndney, Australia. Here’s a taste of her story…
Great. Woke again because Pirate is on my face. As an erotic fiction writer this should be Johnny Depp and the day would be off to a great start. But it’s not. Pirate is a black Persian exotic – the sort bred to have a flat face, but it got so flat that one of his teeth no longer fits in his mouth. So the goofy pirate from the Caribbean saga, not Johnny. He gets lonely, and then hungry and whilst he knows to steer well clear of my husband’s side of the bed I have yet to train him that my breath is not his personal heater or the effective button to the food bowl.
I’m running late (well I like to be early so I’m always running late, which means I get most places on time. This drives my husband nuts as we end up spending hours of our lives in airport lounges). My time pressure is going to get worse because I am having a ‘what am I going to wear’ moment. I have lots of these. Not because I don’t have anything to wear – when we built the house our architect whose entire possessions fitted into the back seat of a small Toyota had to re design the bedroom to put in extra wardrobes as the walk-in just wasn’t going to cut it. I usually need a gym workout to decide what the day’s feel is going to be – sexy elegant, bohemian, studied casual, or ‘I’m not going to leave the house so what the hell’ – but today I don’t have time.
None of these. Trying a new look – kind of sexy bohemian. Tights and long top with clunky boots and a light long jacket that has ragged ends I picked up in Athens at a conference before the city started to disintegrate. More comfy for the flight – one side of Australia to the other (Sydney to Perth) which is pretty much the same as New York to LA.
Since my light bulb moment whilst I was walking the Camino St Jacques (also known as the Compostela or Pilgrim’s Way, through France and across Spain) when I decided that I didn’t want to work full time and was finally going to work on fiction writing (which I have been doing since I was 8, on and off) I have never been busier. I’d like to say this was because I am flying around Australia promoting my book but as blogs aren’t meant to be fiction I guess will stick to reality. I’m still working in the job I have been in for the last five years or so, just only two days a week. I’m an academic so I attend conferences (and write lots of nonfiction) and am on several committees which meet interstate. Now I just don’t have work paying for this. Great.
So when I was offered a talking tour (paid), looked into the bank account (no royalty check likely in the foreseeable future) I decided a top up was in order. Hence every state and territory (one twice, one three times) in a few months. Still miles off reaching platinum so the first class lounge which was available last year looks sadly out of reach. This is particularly critical at Heathrow after a 24 hour flight – the champagne bar definitely adds zest to the last hop to Paris.
As you can gather I travel a lot – not just for business but pleasure as well, and have lived in France and the USA. It makes a great background for writing. Embedded which came out as an EBook in October 2011 and comes out in print February 2012 starts in New York near where I lived in Chelsea but moves to Sydney (Point Piper where I have also rented once but now sadly couldn’t afford) and also includes a visit to Argentina, home of the male lead (I’ve only visited but the first Tango scene in the book really happened). Stephanie, the investigative journalist heroine moves to France and Spain filming the Camino walk in the next book I’ve almost finished! In the interim I’ve had one short erotic story published (Heat Wave ’76) and another one about to be with Stringybark publishers.
Contrasting with my usual job, erotic fiction writing is fun (well the editing is painful for someone like me who is not big on minutiae). But if people can read it, enjoy and spice up their sex lives, then that’s not such as bad greater purpose either. Life is not always easy- balancing the worry about debt, climate change, Christmas with the family and in-laws is important! This is definite escapism – and Stephanie always knows what to wear (and I own just about every dress I describe even if I don’t look as good in them!).
The stories are written for women, but ladies, read it to your men! I have put several chapters past the men in my life (no, not my son or father) and the response has been very favorable. When sitting in a spa tub with two guys reading about the threesome…well let’s just say that ‘Miguel’ (see Embedded – though this guy is somewhere between Miguel and Tim) found it did all it was meant to…