1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself? Thanks Jamallah! I’m thrilled to be here. Well, I’m Rosanna and I’ve been writing for many years now, but was first published by Liquid Silver Books in April 2012. It’s been a tremendous ride, so exciting, and I’m so happy that my fifth book Sunburn has just launched. When not writing, I work at my local library and frown at folks who have library fines. ;) I have two wonderful sons, a beleaguered husband, and a cat named Sweetie who has a penchant for scratching the leather furniture.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I’m a big reader, as every writer is. However, I do force myself to get outside from time to time. I like to hike with my hubby and love to travel. Mexico and England are fave vacation spots.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story? I sit my bum down and write. That is it! I just write. I work best when I work on a regular basis. Nothing is worse than long periods without writing. I simply plant myself and jot down whatever comes into my head and go from there.
4. Where do you get your ideas from? For me, a lot of mythology. My paranormals have been inspired by the great myths of Greece and Scotland. I am a sucker for an immortal hero and love placing them in the quivering hands of my dumbstruck heroines.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why? I know you’ll think I’m copping out on this questions, but there is no overriding favorite of my stories. I love them all for many different reasons. Some are dear to my heart because of the romance, others for the setting, and other still for the type of conflict.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about? Dogs chase me. Seriously, ever since I was a kid, I got chased by German Shepherd dogs. They would come out of nowhere and hound me. On the plus side, I got a lot of cardio…
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination? Mostly from imagination, although Sunburn is set in a Mexican resort that I visited. It’s not really called Helios, but it is based on a real place, and so beautiful. To me, the setting is another character in that book because it means so much to me and gives me happy memories.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name? That’s a great question! I have never named my muse…probably because I’m too busy hitting it with a big stick, and trying to get it to cooperate!
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing? I currently write erotic contemporary/paranormal. I’d like to explore some historical down the road, but am happy where I am for now. I think my voice lends itself well to contemporary.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now? I love Parker Kincade, Pauline Allan, Nulli Para Ora, to name a few.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why? Well, as far as heroes, I do love Apollo from Sunburn. I mean, tall, blond, buff, immortal…what’s not to love? And Patience from Sunburn is also dear to my heart as a heroine. She’s opinionated, passionate and forgiving…and not ashamed of being, shall we say, Rubenesque.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer? Managing the demands of promotion and balancing that with writing. It’s very easy to get caught up in the promo machine, but you can’t forget to return to your writing regularly.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer? Research, research, research. I don’t just mean subject matter, I mean publisher guidelines, genre expectations, grammar, other people’s books, the whole nine yards. Know what you’re getting into.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now? Probably still haunting the stacks of my library!
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all? Well, if he can’t be nude and glorious, I prefer a nice soft boxer brief. Something that doesn’t give it all away, but still advertises the package! J
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Patience O’Conner is a travel blogger who lives for her work. Her dedication to her readers brings her to the famed Helios Resort in Mexico, a locale that stuns her with its beauty but at which she suffers from some very strange accidents.
Luckily, hunky resort bartender Apollo Delos is always there in the nick of time, a malcontent guardian angel. Apollo stuns Patience again and again with his life-saving abilities, to say nothing of his smoldering looks and apparent desire to keep her alive.
Before long, Patience wonders if there is more to the sexy bartender than mixed cocktails and insane first-aid skills. Something strange is happening at Helios and Apollo doesn’t want to talk about it.
Can Patience open herself up to this enigmatic man, even though she is terrified to be vulnerable again? And can Apollo recover from an eternity of hurt and learn to trust once more? They must both decide before Death comes calling.
She put her hand on his arm to get his attention. A sensual shiver ran up his spine. “You do understand why I can’t drink, right? I come from a family of addicts. The addictive gene is in me. I can’t slip up even once. I’m terrified I’ll fall into the same patterns.” She paused, her eyes haunted and dark. “I was addicted to something, to someone, once. And I didn’t recognize myself by the end. I can’t go back there again. I have to stay strong.”
His head spun. Who was this person to whom she was addicted? He had to know. Was she married before? Was it a boyfriend?
Who hurt her?
He had to know, but there’d be time to find out later. Right now, she looked ready to crumple. Damn. Their conversation had struck a nerve in her.
He rushed out from behind the bar, knowing only he had to make her feel better, and pulled her into his arms. She yielded, all warmth and softness against him. She laid her head against his neck, and a tear dripped onto his skin.
“Patience,” he whispered into her hair. “Please don’t cry. I won’t let him hurt you.”
Apollo with all his heart was making a vow. He wouldn’t let anyone hurt her; not the demon, and certainly not the little shit who’d hurt her once before.
She looked up, tears streaming down her face and her chest rising and falling with shaky breaths. “I’m sorry. It’s not like me to cry. I don’t know what came over me!”
“By all the gods,” he murmured, in a trance. Even in pain, she was mesmerizing. There was a healthy sheen to her skin. Her cheeks were rosy with emotion. Stray hairs had escaped her ponytail, ornamenting her face. “You are so beautiful.”
Her lips parted in a welcome she probably didn’t even realize she was extending. She sighed, and her breath poured over him, heating him to the core. He had to kiss her. There was suddenly no option but to kiss her.
He brushed his lips against hers, feeling no resistance. He moved slowly, bestowing feather-light kisses all over her mouth. And then, shocking and exciting him, her tongue slid into his mouth. Penetrating, seeking more.
Inflamed, he held her tighter, moving his body between her legs as she sat on the bar stool. Their kiss deepened as their tongues played and probed. He bit her lip, none too gently, and she moaned.
Oh, sweet Pandora’s box!
But as quickly as the kiss had crushed them, it was over. Patience pulled away and out of his arms. Dazed, his heart palpitated as she scrambled off the stool. And before he could recover to stop her, Patience ran away down the wooden path toward the lobby.
Sunburn is available Jan 7 at www.lsbooks.com
You can find Rosanna:www.facebook.com/rleoauthor1