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As Christmas approaches, my mind goes back to favorite Christmas presents I have received over the years.  There was Holiday Barbie one year, the new bike a few years after that, and over course, two years ago I got my breast enhancement surgery.

Yes, I am one of those horrible women that turned to surgery to give her the boobs she always wanted.  My boyfriend at the time said I could have a diamond ring or a boob job for Christmas.  I figured that if I got the boobs, the boobs could get me the ring!  Thankfully, I was wrong.  I got my boob job, but THAT boob was gone within a year.

Despite how common breast enhancement has become, heaven forbid you admit that you did it.  But you know what?  I've never regretted it.  I used to hate shopping for clothes because nothing fit/looked right.  Now, I love to go shopping!  My closet, posture, and confidence have improved.  I don't see how that's a bad thing!

So, where to you stand on implants and cosmetic surgery in general?

 
 
The other day, I got the bright idea to clean up my office and in the process, I knocked my "idea folder" off my desk.  Years of notes and character sketches went everywhere.  It was then that I knew what my biggest problem was always going to be:  I would always have too many ideas and too little time.

So, here I was, debating about what to follow up with since the release of Taking Persephone, and the answer was right there on my desk.  So forgive me if this post is short, but I plan on spending the rest of the day thumbing through all of these ideas and coming up with a new project.  I'm going crazy not writing anything!

So to all of my author friends out there, do you have an idea folder?  If you do, how often to you go back and look over thes
 
 
I'm always adding to my collection of deliciously naughty reads and Rock the Heart is my latest purchase.  So, for #WriterWednesday, I'd like to spotlight Michelle A. Valentine and her work.

About Michelle A. Valentine (From her About Me Page)
Michelle Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned author of erotic romance, with forthcoming novels ROCK THE HEART (2012) and ROCK MY BED (2013). Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic series ROCK THE HEART.

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Amazon Product Description:

For the last four years, good girl Lane has regretted breaking up with Noel Falcon. She thought she was sensible when she told him his dreams of being a rock star would get him nowhere, but now that he's a rock god and her career is stagnant, she realizes just how wrong she was. When Noel hires the marketing company where Lane is an intern, she’s forced to see him again. If she wants to land her dream job as executive within the company, she has to win him over and secure his account. Too bad Noel is still pissed at her for breaking his heart.

When Lane’s company flies her to a Black Falcon concert to gain Noel’s attention, emotions run high the moment she sees him and realizes she’s far from over him. But Noel’s countless trysts with groupies and his cocky attitude make Lane believe he isn’t the same guy she once loved—now he seems to only want her body. Then after Lane discloses she needs him to procure a job, Noel proves he’s a changed man by forcing her to go on the road with him in order to get it.

After Lane reluctantly takes Noel up on his offer, she becomes willing to do whatever it takes to keep him satisfied, even if it means succumbing to his seductive ways. Lane soon finds deception is a dangerous game and she’s not the only one playing.

Have you read Rock The Heart?  What are your thoughts?
 
 
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So I have a question for all my fellow authors, do you write to music?

This is something that I go back and forth on.  When I was writing Saving Demeter, I listened to music from the early 90's to sort of get a feel for the setting, but when I was working on Taking Persephone I preferred to have classical music playing very low or no music at all.

I've talked to some authors that swear by listening to music while writing key scenes, others write in complete silence, and then there are those that can't write a word without listing to their favorite band.

What are your personal preferences?  Do you write with music playing?  Does it help set the mood?

 
 
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One of my challenges with the Underworld Prophecies series was to create a believable mythical world.  I wanted it to be familiar enough that describing it wouldn't slow the action of the story down, but I wanted it to be unusual enough to stick with the reader even after they are finished reading.

I knew what I didn't want.  I didn't want the underworld in my novel to be like all the others depicted in novels.  I didn't want darkness or flames.  I wanted something very different.

For the underworld mansion where Persephone is held, I wanted to create an extreme feeling of isolation and emptiness.  To me, white is a color that when used in a home, creates a feeling of isolation.  I used white in the underworld mansion to not only convey that feeling, but to show that despite everything, Hades was craving light.

Another feature in the creation of the underworld was the perpetual mist that surrounds the mansion.  There was no day or night, just this grey mist that hung around the mansion.  Eventually, it comes out that this mist is actually the souls of the dead moving about it various stages of becoming nothing.

I used vivid colors and even black in the story to represent sexuality, sensuality, and pleasure.  The use of bright colors also helps signify the difference between the land of the living and the land of the dead.

So what is it that you love about visiting new worlds through books?  Do you prefer that an author keep with tradition, such as a dark and firery underworld, or do you prefer that an author give her fictional world h

 
 
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Okay, i have to admit that it was this title that caught my attention.  How great is that?  Then I started reading the reviews and realized that the writer might be on to something!

Wallbanger (Amazon Product Description)

Wallbanger is an instant classic, with plenty of laugh out loud moments and riveting characters--highly recommended! --NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Probst

Hilarious, romantic, and compulsively readable, WALLBANGER delivers the perfect blend of sex, romance, and baked goods. --Ruthie Knox, best-selling author of About Last Night"

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and--was that a meow?--punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick...

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.


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And I also have to add that she has the best bio closing line EVER!

Author Bio (Amazon Author Page)

Novelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman--and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she'd been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.

She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series--The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding.


 
 
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So excited about the release of my second book that to celebrate, I'm giving away a copy of Taking Persephone, Underworld Prophecies Book Two!  Enter below: