Life comes with its share of losses. In these four novelettes of erotic romance by Nicolette Grey, loss takes on different forms. “Moving Violations” deals with the loss of freedom and a special dream. “Lost Canyon” begins with the death of a beloved family member in a harsh and foreign environment. In “Time and a Half…Plus Benefits”, the heroine must learn to cope with her low sense of self-esteem after a failed relationship, and “Windswept Beach” portrays a crumbling marriage with the hurts and frustrations that accompany it. Although each story in this book is unique, they all share the same initial undercurrent of loss as well as the “founding” aspect that brings their heroines through their trials, intact and stronger - love. LOST & FOUND …the losses we endure with the happy endings we strive for, from Nicolette Grey and Hot Ink Press - because love should never be boring!
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like? I’m up at four to write for a while before heading off to my “real” job. After dinner’s made, I turn back to my computer to answer mail and run some promo pitches. Somewhere along the line, I try to sneak a run in…or watch the Red Sox. Nothing too exciting, but a life I’m loving every minute - now that I’m a published author!
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation? I never thought about it, really; my childhood memories consist mainly of childhood activities - throwing my Ken Doll off the porch to watch his arm break off as my supergirl Barbie saves him from the fate of…ants! J But in high school, I thought I’d like to study journalism.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today. Some years ago, when the economy slowed, I decided to write a story; I’d tried before, but always got stuck on the opening sentence. This time, when I sat down at my desk, my mind responded and the opening word was followed by 149,000 more. I have not stopped writing since.
Who are your favorite authors? I wish I could shoot out some erotic romance names, but they’re not. In fact, the only ER I read is stuff I plan to review. From today’s contemporary writers, I’d say Ann Patchet, particularly BEL CANTO. All time? Ayn Rand, hands down - ATLAS SHRUGGED and THE FOUNTAINHEAD…and Ernest Hemingway, particularly ISLANDS IN THE STREAM – I love the relationship that the MC has with his grandsons in that story…as well as his cats.
What are you passionate about? Right now, it’s my independence, my writing and my ability to make new friends in the strangest of circumstances. I’ve recently been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. It’s taking me on an eye-opening journey as I begin a new stage of my life.
What would I find in your couch cushions? Pieces of onion, green pepper, and crouton LOL; I always eat dinner on the couch and salad seems to explode off the plate. Why is that? I’m not really a slob, I swear!
What’s your biggest fear? I have none right now. Before, I would probably have said ‘loneliness’ or ‘facing reality’, but my circumstances have changed lately and both are no longer fears. Again, I attribute the difference in my attitude to the kindness of strangers…the ability of the newest folks in my life to look past my desperation and see worth.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you? Laughing! It’s Thursday night tonight and I’ve got a full plate of chores tomorrow - writing, included. By ten, I’ll be dead to the world! I wish I could say that I’d be drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon and whooping it up 10 miles down the road, but…nope.
What sets you apart from other writers? I began as a literary/mainstream writer but it’s very hard to break into that genre and met with the limited success of only a few short story publications. So, I switched gears and stopped repressing the sex in my manuscripts in a “**** it all attitude”. I had no idea that there was a market for what I was writing until I stumbled onto a call for submissions by Hot Ink Press. I submitted, was accepted and am now under contract for 3 books and 3 short stories – all with my fantastic publishing company, Hot Ink Press.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be? Marguerita, first (rocks, salt) Bloody Mary, next (lemon, HOT) and Irish Coffee last. That’s typical for me, LOL – I’m a Hemingway fan, remember? You won’t get off cheap – or sober!
What are you currently reading? Price lists for the store and bar I’m working in! Wow, I wish I could say something more inspiring than that, but I still have to make a living!!
How do you deal with rejection? When I was writing mainstream/literary I was submitting stories right and left…and I just assumed that they’d be rejected to save myself the pain later on. The publishing world is not for the faint-hearted or those looking for a “quick way to riches”. I take rejections as a statement that I still have to grow as a writer, not as a personal dagger. They simply mean that my work is not good enough to stand alone in a very competitive market and needs a re-write, fine-tuning, or even a total scrap.
Where did the idea for your novel come from? LOST AND FOUND is actually a compilation of four stories with styles and conflicts that are unrelated. That said, once I broached the Erotic Romance genre, I came up with a lot of ideas virtually overnight. I wrote the stories, my editor/publisher decided to market them as one book, and my solo ER debut was launched.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers? Join a writing group, either in person or on-line and submit things regularly for them to read and critique. This requires a thick skin. My first group was (and still is) a cyber group. It hurts when I receive criticism, but I know that it’s impersonal…take what other writers – trusted writers – offer you and learn from it. It’s not easy, but it’s the best way that I’ve found to grow.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author? An agent read the query letter for my upcoming release THE GODDESS OF BLACKWATER POND and requested the first thirty-five pages. I formatted them properly and sent them to her with my fingers crossed. She responded within twelve hours. Her comment? An emphatic “No! Thank you!”
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author? I have four MCs as there are four stories in this book. Georgia Rae would definitely hang out with me. Cecilia Tibbets? Not so much. Missy, is the closest MC to my younger self (yes)…and Anna is the closest MC to me now, so, also, yes. Hopefully!
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie? Too many stories; too many characters! LOL, ask me the same question about my coming release and I have definite favorites!!
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story? Hmmm. “Keep on Moving” by Soul To Soul.
If you’d like, provide an excerpt and/or back cover blurb: This is from the third story in the book, called “Time And A Half…Plus Benefits”.
Below her, Trulee Hightower appeared on the back porch with her fourth in command. “Call Wharf South and make sure they’ve got room for six for lunch,” she commanded. “Tell them we’d like a table on the back deck with Marcel as our waiter. I want a Bloody Mary waiting for me when we get there. And, James? Make sure they’ve got plenty of Pouilly Fuisse chilled.”
Missy listened as James made the call and assured his boss that, yes, they had room at one thirty, and yes, they had wine.
Trulee nodded her approval. “Round up the crew and tell Matt and Will to take a break,” she said. “What time is it now?”
“Let’s see…we’ve got to drive to town and park. That’s half an hour each way. Then there’s lunch itself. Better leave two hours. Tell them we’ll be back at…oh, say, three-ish.”
Missy kept her ear to the window as she made another call to someone who required a lot of “yes, darlings” and “of course, darlings” and then she was gone. Leaving the vacuum hose coiled in the hall, she took the steps to the main floor. Outside, as the designer’s crew divided into twos and threes for the ride to town, she attached a hose to the spicket and bent her head, holding her braid aside while she let the cold water drench the back of her neck.
“That looks good,” Will said, stepping up behind her. “Mind if I have some?”
“Sure.” Her pulse quickened. “Help yourself.”
Matt stepped off the porch, heading for the truck. “Don’t you get a lunch break?” he asked, loudly, for Trulee’s benefit.
“I don’t eat lunch,” she said. “Remember?”
The jeeps of the design crew filled and disappeared over the hill. Missy wiped her mouth as her heart beat faster. Behind her, Will’s hands touched her shoulders as Matt stepped across the lawn to stand before her. She trembled and a spurt of water wet his sweat-stained shirt. Smiling, he reached to take the hose from her hand. “What do you eat?” he asked, staring at her crotch.
She swallowed hard and mumbled something unintelligible as her eyes dropped to his shorts and the tell-tale bulge of his cock. He laughed as he bent to take a drink. When he was finished, he showered her with spray. Missy’s nipples tightened as goose bumps rose on her arms.
“Ooops,” he said, reaching to wipe away the droplets. “Sorry about that.”
Behind her, Will nuzzled her neck, pushing her heavy hair over her shoulder as his pelvis rocked against her ass. “Missy,” he said. “Short for Melissa. Have you thought of a place yet?”
Missy cleared her throat and struggled for focus. “The beach?” she said.
Matt’s smile broadened. He cupped her breasts as he stepped closer. “How do we get there?”
His tongue in her mouth prevented her answer. Missy kissed him back, wide-eyed. With his right hand remaining on her breasts, his left crept between her legs. She moaned as her knees went weak.
“It’s down a path on the right side of the property,” she finally managed. “A two minute walk.”
Matt kissed her again. He tasted of peppermint breath mints, fresh and sweet. “I’ll get a blanket,” he said, pulling away.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans? Thanks to all of you who took the time read my first book of ER. And even more thanks to those who reviewed it on Amazon and Goodreads. With two other full-lengths currently scheduled for release, I hope you’ll revisit my work.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you? Find Nicolette online:
Blog : www.nicolettegrey.blogspot.com
Buy Nicolette’s book
LOST AND FOUND http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-ebook/dp/B00C4XHZVS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366234685&sr=8-1&keywords=nicolette+grey
MILF&COOKIES (Christmas Break) http://www.amazon.com/MILF-Cookies-Nathan-Squiers/dp/0615742297/ref=la_B00BCI6MK6_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366234773&sr=1-1
CUPID’S CHOKEHOLD (Cupid’s Arrow) http://www.amazon.com/Cupids-Chokehold-ebook/dp/B00BBFR3U8/ref=la_B00BCI6MK6_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1366234773&sr=1-3
THE GODDESS OF BLACKWATER POND and GONE…to be announced
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe? Right now, I’m racing in a million directions and it’s summer so food has to be quick and easy! Marinate some steak tips in soy, garlic and black pepper, thread them on a shish kabob with peppers, onions, and mushrooms, throw them on a grill with smoking hickory chips, and you’re good to go! (With an ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon and a baked potato, of course!)
Anything else? Nope. Just another thank you to all who’ve read and enjoyed my work!! Keep an eye on my website and HOT INK PRESS for new releases and events!!
Nicolette Grey began writing three years ago as a way to express her creativity. She has since segued from middle grade and literary fiction to her newest passion, erotic romance. Her two published shorts will soon be joined by another anthology selection ("Snow White" in FETISH FAIRY TALES, edited by Amanda Browning for Hot Ink Press) and two solo books (LOST AND FOUND, and THE GODDESS OF BLACKWATER POND).
When she’s not writing, she enjoys running and hiking with her husband and the family dog.