Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose one of her erotic romances as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for one of her erotic romances, and two of her titles received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company
Today Tina is showcasing her erotic romance Sinfully Wicked in need of their help.
Powerful and commanding, Mitch has never stopped craving Nikki. Connor hungers for her just as badly, but isn’t ready to forgive. If she needs some fast cash by working at their gentlemen’s club, she’ll have to audition—by stripping for them.
Aroused by their shameless scrutiny, Nikki’s willing to do whatever it takes to be near them again…even if that means being punished in the BDSM room or starring in one of Connor’s erotic films. Mitch won’t have it, unless he and Connor are the ones enjoying her body.
On a sultry weekend, Nikki surrenders to their lust, reawakening a timeless bond and the beginnings of forgiveness.
Before treating us to an excerpt, Tina Reveals:
From where do you get inspiration and what inspired you to write Sinfully Wicked? Many times, my ideas come from current events. For example, a news story I’d seen about young girls getting abducted led to my novel In His Arms. For Sinfully Wicked, the recent reports of bullying in school became the background for my story...one of lost chances, regrets and redemption.
Who controls the story – you or your characters? My characters without question. When I allow them free reign – when they become so real they’re independent of me – the writing flows. I can always tell when I’m interfering with their true personalities. The writing becomes stilted or difficult. I then step back and they right whatever wrongs I’ve made.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your books? Pleasure, wonder, happiness and hope that there’s the same magic in their current or future relationships that my characters have found in their stories. I also want to reach a deeper part of my readers, their souls if you will, the yearning they’ve had for that special someone, the thrill when they meet him or her.
What do you think are the main ingredients for a successful book?
1. Solid characterization. Heroes and heroines who touch you deeply, who seem as real as the people in your life. They’re not perfect; however, their flaws endear them to you because you’ve experienced the same. You cry with them, you smile at their successes and you worry about their defeats. In other words, you’re with them every step of the way.
2. A plot that makes sense – it’s driven by external forces and the characters’ choices. Coincidence cannot play a role in a great plot. Every action the characters take must make sense, because of who they are, and those actions must contribute to the complications. There should be a steady up and down flow in the plot with the complications escalating to the point of no return until the resolution.
3. A satisfying ending. That doesn’t necessarily mean totally happy, but it must be something that makes sense to the reader and the only way matters could have played out.
What do you most enjoy about writing romance? The deep emotional build between two or more characters. Exploring their journey from strangers to friendship to love.
What do you like best and least about writing? I enjoy revisions. With them, I have something on a page I can work with and refine. The part I least enjoy is beginning a new novel, staring at a blank page, knowing what I want to say but not being quite certain – as yet – that I can accomplish it.
What is the best writing advice you have ever received? Don’t give up. Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Then write some more. And don’t give up.What can we look forward to from you in the near future? I have two erotic paranormals coming out from Samhain this year. Illicit Desire, Book Two in my Outlawed Realm series, will release in September. And Come Fill Me, Book One of my newest series The Prophecy, will come out in December. Also, I’ve just submitted another erotic contemporary to my other editor.