Get to know Sloane Taylor
Hi Dawn, thank you for having me out today. I’ve been looking forward to being grilled, er, I mean interviewed by you.:)
To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
CLAIRE DE LUNE is my newest release and is co-authored with the amazing Robert Appleton. Rob is a brilliant sci-fi author and I’m thrilled he wanted to work with me.
Here’s the blurb to entice everyone:
You’re invited to the galaxy’s most prestigious beauty pageant. Clothing optional. Romance and danger…fully provided…
Cocky young detectives Gerry Rappeneau and Sebastian Thorpe-Campbell arrive at the premier lunar resort expecting a week of eye candy and long massages. With a half-billion-credit purse up for grabs, this year’s pageant is the focus of a hundred worlds. And beauty isn’t the only thing in the eye of the beholder.
One contestant, Evelyn Lyons, is attacked and her assailant killed. Surely a simple case of a stalker gone mad, as nothing bad ever happens at the Selene contest. So the brochure says.
The closer Gerry gets to Evelyn, the more he is convinced she’s hiding something. His meticulous character sparks with her wild, sassy nature, and they embark on a torrid affair. Their forbidden romance isn’t the only thing set to ignite in Pont de Reves.
Sebastian’s infatuation with demure Claire Villiers, another contestant, threatens to put all four of them in harm’s way.
A deadly trail of corporate conspiracy, monstrous assassins and hot bikini wax is more than anyone bargained for in this incendiary erotic mystery. Get ready for some serious heat on the dark side of the moon.
What makes a book great in your eyes?
Most important is a plot that grabs me and won’t let go. I want to be a part of a book, firmly implanted in the story as if I’m one of the supporting characters.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Absolutely! After a hearty Italian dinner I must have whopping amounts of chocolate. Unfortunately, I eat a lot of Italian food. groan.
How much of the book is realistic?
CLAIRE DE LUNE is sci-fi without green or purple people. Our heroes and heroines are human and indulge their carnal pleasures in very realistic ways.:)
What is the hardest scene you have had to write (published or not)? Why?
The hardest scene was in my first book, TEDDI TURNS ON. Teddi had to explain her husband’s death to David, the hero. As a widow it was heart wrenching to go through it all again. My editor later told me that scene made her cry. She wasn’t the only one.:)
If you had a reporter follow you around for the day, what would the readers get to see in your daily schedule?
Hmm, that I’m the world’s greatest procrastinator and live in my ratty green bathrobe for the better part of the day. I think the damn thing’s become my security blanket! But – I start work at 6:30 am after Studs leaves for work and continue until 5:00 pm with two breaks and lunch. Yep, I treat my writing and all its side parts like a fulltime job.
When you begin your stories, do you go with the flow, or go with an outline?
An outline which is really more a synopsis. At first I need the structure, which includes a collage of all the characters and important items particular to them, then as the book evolves I go with the flow.
Is it hard coming up with titles or characters names?
Titles and character names are easy. It’s the plot that gets me. LOL
What does your workstation look like?
Does pig sty send a bad message? LOL. I’m fortunate to have a dedicated room with plenty of natural light and space. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try, my desk always looks like a file cabinet threw up on it. There’s notes, reference books and stacks of printed WIP pages from one end to the other of my desk. My only saving grace is that after each book is turned into the publisher, I clean it all up and start again.
Are you the type of individual who gets weepy at the end of a good movie, or a sad movie, or do you just stay neutral through it all?
The older I get the more every tender situation chokes me up. Even some of those romantic commercials get me. I ought to run for the Senate. I’d fit right in with those weepers. lol.
Is there any books coming that you are itching to read (either electronic or print) from your favorite authors?
Absolutely! For my birthday I received James Patterson’s Cross Fire, but won’t crack the cover until I finish my current project. It’s my carrot to not procrastinate.:) In March Melissa Bradley has a new e-book, Byzantine Provocateur, releasing which I’m looking forward to.
If you were to replenish your cabinets with one junk food, what would it be?
This is a tough one. Do chocolate syrup and French vanilla ice cream count as one thing? No? How about potato chips and garlic dip? As you can see, I like duo indulgences.
What is one thing scientists should invent?
Mercy, woman, you do ask hard questions. Several things run through my brain, but the one thing is to eliminate cancer in the world. I’ve had too many loved ones suffer and not survive during my lifetime and fear for our future generations.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
Every weekday I bounce out of bed at 6:00 to fix Studs’ lunch and see him off to work. On the weekends, I sleep in until 7:00 and think I’ve wasted part of my day. You think I need professional help?
Do you like thunderstorms?
You bet! The more thunder and lightening, the more it fascinates me. I sit by the window and watch Mother Nature regain control of an insane world and marvel at her power.
Where can readers find you on the ‘Net?
My website is www.sloanetaylor.com, blog www.sloanetaylor.com/blog, facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php, and myspace http://www.myspace.com/home.
Thanks, Dawn. It’s been fun and you’ve certainly made me think today.:)
CLAIRE DE LUNE
Robert Appleton & Sloane Taylor
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-011-5 (Electronic)
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-995-8 (Paperback)
Amber Quill Press – Amber Heat
Genres: Science Fiction / Futuristic / Action / Adventure / Mystery / Detective / Voyeurism
Heat Level: HOT
Length: Novel (70k words)
EXCERPT:Evelyn’s self-esteem soared like a rocket as she gazed into Gerry’s eyes. All the need and desire that filled him shone through. She liked him, maybe more if she were honest, and had wanted him from the moment his pompous ass walked into her hotel room. Being with him and initiating sex tonight was the right thing for her to do.
Gerry wrapped an arm around her waist, tugging her closer. Damn, his hard chest felt good against her achy boobs, but not as good as his rigid cock nestling into her belly.
He nodded and traced his index finger along her bottom lip. She nipped the tip, then sucked it in, tonguing the pad until he groaned.
“Ah, Ev—” He caught her face in his hands and kissed her with a passion that ignited her.
His tongue toyed against the seam of her mouth, then delved in, a beautiful taste of wine and herbs, lapping and swirling until her knees trembled. With a regretful sigh, she pulled away.
“Did I do something wrong?”
“No talking. It’s my little quirk.” She tapped his mouth, then took his hand and led him to the sand. After she stooped, she patted the ground, inviting him to join her.
Evelyn rose up on her knees and combed her hands down his chest, flicking his nipples until they sprang to life. Intrigued, she swiped her tongue over her dry lips and leaned into him, licking and sucking the copper-colored discs.
She continued lower to the blond tuft cradling his cock. Gently, she glided her thumb over his swollen head, teasing the drops of pre-cum from the slit to the sensitive underside. Her other hand cupped his balls, rolling the tight sacs with her fingers, taking pleasure in her teasing.
His hips jerked with each touch. Through hooded eyes, he watched, but did as she had requested and maintained silence.
On a rush of air, she gave his lips a quick peck and eased over him, holding her thighs tight against his frame. Heat emanated from his body, soothing and stimulating, a new awareness she longed to experience more than once.
Her breasts swayed close to his mouth. He stretched up and tweaked her pebbled nipples with his thumbs and index fingers. Cuddling them together, he licked and suckled the sensitive tips, first one, then the other. A deep shiver rocketed through her, increasing the ache low in her belly.
She teased his cock along her nether lips, loving the feel of his hot flesh grazing against her clit. In slow motion, she edged onto his shaft, savoring the inches that penetrated her wet vagina.
He rocked into her, clutching her hips, holding her in place. She locked her hands around his wrists and pulled them away, the need to set the pace paramount.
“This is so sexy I don’t want to come,” he bit out through clenched teeth.
“I do.” She slapped his hip. “Again and again.”
Robert Appleton www.robertappleton.co.uk
Sloane Taylor www.sloanetaylor.com