#OhMy! Author @DD_Symms Talks About #Boarding, His New #Contemporary #Romance

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Welcome back to Behind Closed Doors. It’s Monday once again and time to introduce you to another author and their newest release. Today I’m excited to welcome author DD Symms to our site.  Boarding is his very first erotic romance novel and I’m thrilled to have him here today to talk about it.   So without further adieu…DD, the stage is all yours!

 Glad to visit Tammy, and thank you for hosting me.  Boarding,  is the first book of The Jessie Carter Fashion Series: True Friends are Life’s Greatest Pleasure. I”m currently working on the second book now, but today is all about introducing you to the heroine, Jessie. She’s a young fashion designer who dreams of working with a world famous model and suddenly gets her wish.  Jessie Carter gets the surprise of her life during a visit to New York City when she gets a call to design a dress in one day for a world renowned model.  Her work is cut out for her  as she has to fight the objections of her boyfriend, fend off a crazed gossip columnist and fight falling for the assistant to the model’s manager. Oh, did I mention the assistant is bisexual?  As you can see,  Jessie has a lot on her plate and she still has to design that dress!

The Characters

Jessie Carter loves her craft of designing fashion and that’s what appeals to me. She’s not start struck even though she does admire the model, Veve Rouselette.  Jessie’s watched shows of Veve’s commitment to quality and that’s what she strives for in her own work.  Alas, Jessie has a wonderful but controlling boyfriend in Raymond. He designs mobile apps and has big plans for Jessie’s life that he “knows” would be better suited for her.

Callan DeLongpre, the bisexual assistant and lover of Torrey Johnson, simply takes pleasure in helping others. He and Jessie connect in a way that’s more fully developed in a later novel, my current WIP Arrival. 

Boarding doesn’t foucs on the glamour of the fashion industry, but on the relationships of the characters and how their sexuality draws them together and creates a lot of tension when their desires are not aligned.

Giveaway

I will send the first 3 chapters of Boarding to any reader who comments below with an email address.

In the meantime, how about a little teaser? In this excerpt, Jessie and Raymond are in separate cities. She is performing for him on webcam…

Excerpt

Boarding 200x300Jessie arranged the pillows so she could lean back on them. Her legs dangled over the edge of the mattress and she ran the crystal toy the length of her body and then spread her legs wide. “Can you see?”

“Yeah. You’re so lovely.” He gritted his teeth.

She ran the curved tip over the few tiny hairs on her mons and then pressed once on her clit. Whoever crafted the product was a genius. There was an unusual balance to it, so even though it had no batteries it still felt like it had its own natural movement.

She leaned back on one elbow and raised the point with the other hand. “I got this in London.”

“London?”

“Yeah.” Jessie moved the tip along the lips of her labia.

“Why?” Raymond sounded shocked and incredulous.

“Huh?” Jessie did a double take.

“Why’d you buy it?”

Jessie inserted the tip but just like a balloon bursting with the prick of a pin, the molten lust flowing in the air instantly cooled. She reclined and pulled it out. “What do you mean ‘why did I buy it’?”

“Was it expensive?” He was awakened from his sensuous daze. “Cash or credit? You told me there are specials online all the time.”

Perhaps Raymond was a long, lost relative of Ebenezer Scrooge. “Aw, sweetheart.” Jessie collapsed on the pillows and the ceiling seemed to close in on her. She wished Raymond could appreciate the experience of walking into a store and browsing. She had been so hot and so close to striking a fucking orgasm when the fire department from the Kingdom of Pure Pragmatism arrived in time to completely douse her. “Why the hell would you care?” She couldn’t help raising her voice.

“Now, Jessie—”

“It’s my money, goddamn it.”

“Of course it is. And you’ve mentioned your concerns about not having enough.”

Ugh, I sound like a child. Swearing from anger was distasteful, especially when lying naked on silk sheets in a five-star hotel overlooking Central Park. Her long-term career options weighed on her more than spending habits. He couldn’t hear that.

Raymond had such an ability to inflame her passion when he wanted. He knew how to apply tiny quick kisses and lather her in luxurious strokes with his tongue and his hands. But the past several months after his tech firm launched, his playfulness had grown dim like the diminishing wick of a candle. Now he huffed, puffed, and extinguished the flame.

 

Author Links

DD Symms Website http://ddsymms.wordpress.com

Facebook.com/ddsymms

Goodreads, DD Symms

Amazon page, DD Symms

All Romance eBooks, DD Symms

Kobo, DD Symms

The Spotlight is on…Elodie Parkes

photo by Danillo Rizzuti

Once again it’s time to fire up the spotlights and shine them on the couch on center stage. In just a few moments, my guest author Elodie Parkes will join us. Her newest novel was just released and she’s graciously agreed to spend a little time with us today talking about that and herself.  So gather around, get comfortable and join me in welcoming Elodie to Behind Closed Doors.

Thank you for agreeing to be with us today, Elodie. How about we get started with the questions about you as a writer.  What inspires you to write? 

People and emotions inspires me. The complexity of life spurs me to write.

Are you a plotter or panster or a little of both?

I start to write with the ideas and characters already in my head. It generally just flows because I know the story I want to tell.

Do your stories tend to be character driven or plot driven?

Both I think, although with a greater emphasis on the characters.

Do you listen to music while writing? What kinds of music work best for you? Do different types of music help you for different types of scenes?

I listen to nothing when I am writing (laughs) even if something is on, you know TV or CD I can’t hear it. I go into my writing and that’s it, I’m completely unavailable to the world and its noise.

Tell us about the different types of characters you like to write about? Why are these types so appealing to you?

I write about composites of people I have met, seen, or noticed in real life. I think there is a lot of loneliness out there in the real world and I like to give those characters I create love, friends and for them to grow too.

What are your favorite fiction genres to read from?
Well I read heaps of books and genre hop. I have no favorite author, as I love so many author’s work. I read a whole lot of paranormal romance. I read Science Fiction, mystery, contemporary romance. I read reference books too, usually, art, art history, and some business books. I’ve read all William Gibson’s books. I’ve read hundreds of books, as it’s one of my favorite pastimes. I’m reading ‘Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter’ right now.

Who are some of your favorite authors and why do you think they appeal so much to you?
Well as I said I don’t have a real favorite author but I can say, I like Philip K Dick because his Sci-fi is so creative and intelligent, Robert Goddard because he is forever re-inventing, Sue Grafton because how do you write am alphabet of detective crime that is entertaining consistently like her ?
Christine Feehan because she just goes for it (smiles).

What kinds of stories are your comfort reads when you are sick or feeling low?
Sexy, erotic romance HEA’s

What inspires you and why? (Art, poetry, music, movie, book, etc. Please share something specific if you like.)
People inspire me, just in general life. Art is a favorite of mine but it has not so far inspired a book. I think it’s life and the way we all live. I write romance, erotic romance because I think we need more love in the world. Real love I mean, acceptance, caring and camaraderie.

Besides reading and writing, what activities do you enjoy in your leisure time?
What’s your day job? Do you like it? Why or why not? How has your job affected your personal development? How has it affected your writing life?
I run about with my dogs Celt and Chaucer. I trawl through antiques fairs and markets as I do love this.
I work in a shop, an antiques shop and I meet a huge variety of people who often give me ideas. For instance for my book ‘Millie Reinvented’ I did have inspiration from a customer. I was talking to a young woman who was in the antiques shop where I work and she was buying a little sculpture of two lovers kissing. She said she had to have it because it was so nice to look at, as her husband didn’t even kiss her anymore. I couldn’t say anything I just wrapped the item, and stored the thought until the story burst out onto my laptop.

Congratulations on your new release, The Horoscope Writer. In one or two sentences, give us the core premise of the story.

Life is stranger than you think. Everyone needs and wants real love and a lifelong love.

When and where does your book take place?
The Horoscope Writer take place in rural/urban United Kingdom in 2012.

Who is the heroine?
Cassandra Thomson

What drives her?
Her childhood experience of being a disappointment to her parents. Her artistic talent. Her need to be loved.

What draws her to the hero in this story?
She is drawn to Dominic the hero because he is unusual, creative as she is, (he’s a writer). He is unknowingly broadcasting desire for her and she needs that.

Who is the hero?
Dominic Reed

What drives him?
His loneliness, his past experience, and his strange inheritance from his great uncle.

What draws him to the heroine in this story?
Her looks initially and then her trust and love for him. (Smiles)

Rumor has it, you’re working on your next novel. What’s it called? 

The Last Time

Now let’s get a look at your new release The Horoscope Writer.  You are all in for a real treat. Elodie has brought an excerpt for us today as well as a short blurb. 

Blurb

When Dominic Reed looks out of his study window and sees Cassie, he’s not sure what to make of her at first. That’s before he sees her lovely gray eyes and pretty skin. He’s a writer and works alone, which to his sadness has become his way of life.

When he asks Cassie to have coffee with him, it’s the start of an intoxicating romance for the both of them. If only Dominic didn’t have to hide some of his writing, if only he hadn’t inherited a strange gift from his great uncle Aubrey. Cassie ignites a passion in Dominic that he has never felt before, and he seeks for a way to bind her to him.

Cassie is an artist and when she falls in love with Dominic she paints him a picture of his wonderful back garden where they have made love, little knowing that it will have a special effect on Dominic.

 

Excerpt

Dominic stood back and pulled off his sweater, and then almost tore the buttons of Cassie’s shirt open to reach her breasts. He pushed her bra down to her waist exposing her breasts and cupping them in his hands. Cassie’s breath was coming in gasps as Dominic sucked on her nipples, and then turned her around to clasp her to him, and kiss down her neck from behind. With his other hand, he unzipped her jeans and slid his hand down her stomach.

Cassie was desperate to feel his fingers inside her, and she arched towards his hand, pushing her jeans down for him to reach her. Dominic moved his fingers down to reach her wet and throbbing for him.

He held her gently around her neck to reach her jaw and bring her head back to kiss her lips. With his fingers inside her, his tongue in her mouth, and his own hard desire pressing against her bottom Cassie moaned as she came. She was weak from the sensation, and Dominic was groaning low and whispering something to her. She turned her head more bringing her arms up around his head to keep his kiss on her lips.

“I need you so much”, Dominic was whispering, and he gently pressed her to bend across his kitchen table. Cassie knew what was going to happen and she craved it. Dominic pushed down his own jeans to free his erection before the hardness killed him. He was tender as he pushed into Cassie from behind, holding her around her breasts so that she was not pushed hard against the polished wood. He slid into her and thrust deep wanting her to come again as she sighed with the pleasure of his hands on her breasts, her hips, and the way he filled her.

Dominic was in love with her but she ignited a sexual need in him that drove him to thrust hard, and he let go of her breasts to bring his fingers to her bud at the same time as he thrust into her. Cassie couldn’t breathe as she came again, and gasped his name. “Dominic”.

Elodie Parkes, it’s been a pleasure having you with us today. I hope you will come back again soon when your next book is available for us to read. Until then we’ll catch up with you and your latest novel updates online.

Where to find Elodie

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You can also find Elodie’s books on Amazon by clicking on the covers above and on Amazon UK here:

Millie Revisited

Two of Them

The Horoscope Writer