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About Tina Donahue
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 (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). 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.
Check out Tina's other books: http://www.tinadonahue.com/books/
An Interview with Tina Donahue
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH:Thank you for talking with us at TRS BLUE. Your featured book is Claiming Magique and it's the first of a new series for you. What can you tell us about this exciting new series?
TD: Thanks for having me here today -- I’m thrilled!
Claiming Magique is Book One in my Appointment with Pleasure series. The stories take place in Washington, DC and center around an escort service for the nation’s rich and powerful. Very hush-hush. Very sexy. But also with tantalizing love stories of the escorts and the men (and women) who change their lives forever, reaching their hearts, touching their souls. What I like to call heat with heart.
HH: How does Claiming Magique kick off the series?
TD: Claiming Magique introduces the readers to the service through a woman who is referred to by past and current clients as not your ordinary call girl. Magique’s background is a surprise. Her reasons for working at the service are complex and are complicated further when she meets Hunt, an Alpha male who takes her breath away... who threatens her control. Their passion and often rocky road to love sets the stage for the other books.
To whet your appetite even more, here’s the blurb from Claiming Magique
A man at the center of power... a woman who won’t be ruled...
They call her Magique.
Sought out by the District’s elite, she’s no ordinary call girl, deciding who will pleasure her for the evening. Her preference is for several men at once. Games of bondage and submission heighten her arousal and desire to have a strong male take her... to be adored.
Lobbyist Hunter Prescott was only looking for a good time, not a woman who unleashes a hunger so deep it changes his world. He won’t stop until Magique is his alone, a prisoner of his lust, powerless against his growing need for her body and heart.
With this man, resistance isn’t allowed. For this woman, he’ll create a world of sensual delight and yearning like none she’s known. Proving that only with trust and true surrender will she find unparalleled rapture.
BUY LINK: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-10319-claiming-magique.aspx
HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in the series?
TD: Losing Control, Book Two, centers around Catherine, a mixed-race beauty from the inner city who works at the escort service while getting her Master’s in sociology. At a DC party she meets Tim, Hunt’s friend introduced in Claiming Magique. Tim’s from old money, far from the world Catherine’s known. Desire flares so quickly between them, they steal away to an empty room at the event and indulge their carnal needs. When Tim wants to see Catherine again, she’s torn between telling him who she really is, what she does for a living, and maintaining the lie that she’s no more than a student. Her choice eventually rocks her world and his.
Book Three is Illicit Intent, the first ménage in the series. Piper works for the FBI. Her father’s a decorated cop. Bored with her spit-and-polish life, she wants passion. A friend of Piper’s arranges a ‘date’ for her with Guy and Joel, two hunks from the escort service. Not only does Piper have the night of her life, she wants to see them again. A lot. They feel the same about her. There’s only one problem. With her attachment to law enforcement and all the cops in her family, will that finally expose the service and its escorts, bringing everything down?
The books that follow these will be equally sexy and oh-so romantic.
HH:What do you like best about our heroine and why do you think readers will relate to her?
TD: Magique is strong and capable. She definitely doesn’t take shit. However, she has a great capacity to love, a yearning need to be special to a man. All of her life, she believed that wasn’t possible because of disappointments in the past. That changes when she meets Hunt. However, wanting love and trusting it are two different things. I believe most readers have faced that dilemma. The fear of being hurt when offering your heart.
HH:What do you like best about Hunt and why will readers love him?
TD: He’s hot and Alpha to the core. Yet he’s also tender with Magique, willing to risk everything to have her, to prove that he won’t hurt her. The best of both worlds—strong and tender.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
TD:On September 25th of this month Book Two in my Outlawed Realm series is being released by Samhain. Illicit Desire is an erotic paranormal about two pleasure slaves who must fight for their freedom and enduring love.
Here’s the blurb:
Pleasure that destroys all thought. Love that shatters all barriers.
Outlawed Realm, Book 2
Once a sex slave marked for termination, Lukan was miraculously liberated from E4’s Pleasure Palace, where E2’s fine, upstanding rulers secretly indulge their cravings for every imaginable vice. But freedom is not enough.
He left his heart behind with Arez. Within her fragrant, heated caress, he knew everything denied him. Rapture, contentment, tenderness... and love. Desperate to have her back in his arms, he embarks on a dangerous mission to deliver his untamed temptress from the certain death she does not know awaits her.
Within her velvet cage Arez knew only carnal submission and loneliness—until Lukan. But he has disappeared, and she senses something different in the way the supreme ruler is using her. Then, as if Lukan felt her longing for his strong arms and fevered kisses, he is there to sweep her from this twilight dimension to another.
But true freedom lies just out of his grasp. To reach the last portal—and their destiny—Lukan and Arez must first outwit an army of predators that hunt them. Human, subhuman... and monsters.
Warning: Features a lusty guy who makes Greek gods look wimpy, and a wanton woman who lives for scorching sex. When these two get it on, watch out, they ain’t playing at lust or love.
BUY LINK: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/illicit-desire-p-6991.html
Come Fill Me, Book One in The Prophecy series for Samhain, will release December 18. Come Fill Me is also an erotic paranormal about a woman who can heal the dying and the two brothers from a rival clan who’ll stop at nothing to have her gift, her passion, and her love. Hot stuff. J
Here’s the blurb:
Two men will stop at nothing to have her gift, her desire... and her love.
The Prophecy, Book 1
Years ago, with the healing abilities afforded by her blend of Aztec and extraterrestrial blood, Liz was free to do as she wished. Now she is trapped in a blood feud, forced to heal one of her clan’s most dangerous rivals so they can exploit his gift of prophecy.
As she drapes her nude body over his, the rush of his returning strength overwhelms her, and his stunningly sensual caress pushes her to her sexual limit.
Zeke Neekoma never expected to hunger for a woman he’s supposed to hate, but now that he’s tasted her, he has no intention of denying himself the pleasure of her body—or of kidnapping his enemy’s most cherished plaything.
Brought to Zeke’s stronghold to heal his brother, Jacob, Liz surrenders her body’s most traitorous needs to the unrestrained desires of two powerful men. And the brothers fill the lonely void she has too long endured.
But her clan doesn’t intend to let her go without a fight... and the ecstasy that binds Liz to her lovers could be the thing that breaks them.
Warning: Worlds collide when two Alpha males crave a woman they shouldn’t have. Their dominance and desire knows no limits, culminating in sex so torrid this babe’s never gonna be the same... or free of one brother’s touch.
HH: How long have you been a writer and what keeps you writing?
TD: I’ve been writing since I was nine when I penned my first novel—Dimples the Adventurous Flea. I illustrated it and made copies (by hand), then went around the neighborhood and sold them to my friends’ parents. My first book tour!
I have to write -- it’s not a choice. It’s a burning desire to tell these stories. That may sound corny or exaggerated, but I need to write as much as I need to eat and sleep. Without writing, my world would be a darker place. Writing feeds my soul.
HH:What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
TD: To keep improving. To write the best stories I can that leave readers breathless, smiling and wanting more.
HH: What do you enjoy reading?
TD: Just about everything. As a kid, I’d read cereal boxes if there wasn’t anything else available. I love thrillers, especially those by Lawrence Sanders. Horror by Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Mainstream by Hilma Wolitzer. Erotic by Emma Holly.
HH:What are you most looking forward to before the year's end?
TD: Finishing Losing Control. I’ll be starting on it sometime this month.
HH: Thank you!
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