First day of my stay-cation… so let’s do a romance review… you know, to get in the mood!
I’ve got fellow FF&P member and award-winning author, Sharon Kay, stopping by to take a look at her latest novel, TAINTED KISS – just released yesterday!!! Romance readers will want to jump on this!
Sharon Kay writes HOT fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves paranormal romance, with romantic suspense following close on its heels. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts. Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write one book, let alone a series. But WICKED WIND and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons. Don’t I know how pestering these characters can be! LOL
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Onto the review…
I WAS PROVIDED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW:
TAINTED KISS is the first of the WATCHERS KISS series, which is actually a spin-off from her SOLSTI PROPHECY series. (Can you say this girl keeps busy?) With her current release, we delve in deep to Torth, a demonic realm very closely resembling our modern-day Earth, and a hot romance kept quiet for too long. Arawn is the Lash leader and cannot contain his feelings for one of his warriors, Ria, following a close call with death. Ria wakes from a month long coma with a new admirer by her bedside. Damn, it doesn’t take long for this story to heat up. Kay holds back no punches in the boudoir, not that I think Arawn or Ria would let her! These two are insatiable in this erotic PNR.
With some adrenaline-boosting action scenes and plots that carry through the series, anyone who likes stories that get the blood pumping definitely wants to check out Sharon Kay’s work!
Now one of my favorite things to do, let’s corner the author…
- Please tell us a little bit about what sparked your inspiration for the book?
Inspiration for this book struck when I was writing Wicked Flames (Solsti Prophecy #3). In the opening scene, Arawn and Mathias are discussing Ria’s role in a certain job…and all of a sudden I KNEW Arawn had a thing for her. He kept his thoughts to himself in that convo, but I knew it. (hee, hee.) I also knew that he wasn’t a full Lash demon, but NO ONE else knew, and that fact would come into play in his book.
- It’s an alternate universe, yet it’s not. Was it a conscious decision to make a demon realm so closely designed after the real world?
Absolutely. I wanted my characters to have the same modern conveniences as Earth, but also have all kinds of dangerous creatures roaming around causing trouble. And since I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of cell-phone towers placed in random spots on Torth, I decided to power the phones (and everything else) from the magic in ley lines.
- If you could have dinner with any of your characters, who would they be? (you may pick more than one)
OOOHH, this is tough! I want two dinners (pretty please?). I would love to sit down with the four Solsti sisters and Ria – have a big, boisterous girls night with drinks and of course, demonstrations of power. Then I’d like to hang out with the Watchers I haven’t written about yet, listening to their tough guy smack talk, flirting, and jokes (and there’s the muscle factor…) and deciding who will get a starring role soon!
(JC: Hmmm… I can think of one or two I’d let buy me dinner 😉)
- Is there a book that has made a lasting impact or an influence on you?
I would say not one book, but a handful of authors have made a deep and lasting impact on me. JR Ward, Lara Adrian, Nalini Singh, Larissa Ione, and Kresley Cole (my personal “Big Five”) all make me insanely giddy just reading the way they string words together. Then I fall in love with their characters on top of that, and ALL of it sticks with me.
- If you could live in any other time, when might that be?
Seventy to one hundred years in the future. It’s not too far away that things would be vastly different (I hope) and yet I can imagine there will be improvements on modern conveniences that will make life easier!
- What’s currently playing on your iPod/CD player/music app?
Haha, you might laugh… “Demons” by Imagine Dragons. Kinda fits Tainted Kiss!
And just for fun…
- Live without your phone? OR Live without your computer, iPod, and clean clothes?
oh, you are mean! Ha, ha. Um…jeez this is hard. I LOVE my phone…but I can’t write on it. So I would tearfully have to give it up, and live with my PC, iPod, and clean clothes. Because those Watchers are demanding!! I have stories to write, ASAP!
- Be a vampire? OR Be a werewolf?
I could go either way here, but I’d pick werewolf. Because I’d be part of a pack, and packs are friendly, frisky, and even though the males are tough, they love their pups.
- Receive $5 a day for the rest of your life? OR Receive $50,000 right here, right now?
I’ll take the lump sum right now! You never know what the future holds.
Here’s a few questions for Ria:
- When you were little, what did you dream of growing up to become?
Well, I have five siblings. Someone always wanted something that someone else had. I was in the middle of the birth order, so I ended up negotiating a lot, either for myself or working things out between my siblings. So I figured I’d do something along those lines. I also wanted to have a mate, and a big family just like the one I grew up in. But then when I was a teenager, my spin move emerged, and I knew I was destined for fighting. I still hoped for the mate and big family, though!
- What would you have done if your recent trauma had left you incapable of continuing in your line of work?
Oh, wow. That would have devastated me. I can’t even imagine not diving into the fray. But (pauses, takes a deep breath) I would still want to help my fellow Watchers in whatever way I could. If that meant doing a desk job, or tech stuff, I’d learn it.
(JC: awe L)
- What glaring differences have you noticed between your world and earth?
On Earth, mobile phone service can be crummy!! (Haha. Torth’s ley lines are fantastic for that stuff.) But seriously…Earth has magical creatures sneaking around, but the majority of the human population would try to rationalize them away if confronted with them. People don’t want to believe what they don’t want to. And on Torth, we grow up sort of expecting anything, because you never know how magic will manifest.
And now a few for Arawn:
- What has been the hardest lesson to learn after 800 years?
Patience off the battle field, and off assignments. I can wait for an enemy to walk into a trap, no problem. But dealing with meetings? Non-tactical disputes? Hell, I hate that. I’m a warrior, not a diplomat. But part of being the leader of my race is leading everyone, not just the soldiers.
- You’re a born leader. Could you handle being placed in a subordinate position?
No. Not happening. I’d have to leave, go out and be a lone wolf. There’s no way I’d take orders from anyone.
- How have you learned to cope when one of your warriors falls?
Compartmentalize. Death is a shitty, but sometimes unavoidable factor on Watcher assignments. My fighters know that. And knowing they accept the risk, makes me do everything I can to keep them alive. But when the worst happens, I honor their memory. And I remember every single fallen soldier. I will never forget them.
Finally, Sharon: Care to offer a few words of encouragement to fellow writers?
Keep writing! You may have heard this before, but it’s so true. Every book will help your other books sell. And when you write – don’t edit until you are at THE END! Just get the words out, no matter how sloppy. Don’t spend time finessing a scene, because you may end up cutting it. And when you cut scenes – save them in a Deleted Scenes folder. You might end up posting them for fun on your blog or newsletter, or you could produce an “unabridged” version of your book one day.
(JC: Great advise, thanks so much for stopping by. Congratulations on your new release and best wishes for another award-winning story!)