Interview with Spicy Press

What do you read for pleasure?
I love historical fiction, especially novels written by Phillipa Gregory. The Tudor era is my favorite of all, but I'll read just about anything in the genre. Outside of fiction I enjoy true crime, thrillers and mystery. The truth is, I had never read a romance book until I decided to start writing them! Now, of course, I'm a huge fan ;)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read most everything on my iPad with the Kindle app.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Readers really respond well when authors are genuinely interested in getting to know them. I interact with most of my readers through Facebook, twitter as well as on my blog and through my newsletter. As for marketing, I do very little preferring to network with other authors in my genre, forming bundle projects and special offers that give back to our readers and show them just how much we truly appreciate their support.
Describe your desk
My desk - Oh, where do I begin? I'm a clean freak (absolutely anal about organization) so I tend to keep a smaller desk, glass top with expresso brown wood trim. I am an Apple user so my iMac sits proudly in the middle surrounding by a coaster (with a large cup of hot coffee), my keyboard, mouse and mousepad and a pen holder. That's about it!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in eastern Canada, surrounded by wildlife and miles of forest. I spent most of my days exploring the great outdoors, back in a time where the Internet was non-existant and few families could afford the luxuries of "technical gadgets" like computers and gaming gear. Having so much time on my hands and so much beauty in my backyard, I found myself writing binder after binder of poems, short stories and other ramblings (some of them very dark - hey, I was an 80's teen!). Writing was my therapy, my escape from a tough childhood and when I became a mother and a wife, a way to express all of the newfound emotions that I was experiencing. Perhaps that's why I turned from writing thrillers and dark, gritty mysteries to writing romance. I fell in love with my new life.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing ever since I could hold a pen. I remember being in grade five or six and my English teacher being so impressed with my writing that he pinned it to the school bulletin board. It was the first real recognition that I ever received, and it gave me the validation that I had so desperately needed. In a life where kind words were few and far between that English teacher changed my life. I wonder just how many other young writers were influenced by him. He was the real deal.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a return to the BBW romance niche, this time written for new adults. It was inspired by 80's romance movies, and was something I had wanted to write for quite some time. I had been writing so many paranormal romance stories that I decided to take a brief detour back to a time where romance novels didn't have to be complicated. There is enough complexity in our loves as it is, without them having to shift into werewolves ;)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had worked as a ghostwriter for many years before self publishing became an option and when it did, it truly changed everything for me. Not only could I finally write for myself, but I gained the freedom that up until then had only been a dream. I'm extremely proud to be an indie author!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Being a Canadian author I was unable to publish directly to Barnes & Noble. If it weren't for Smashwords I would have missed out on an incredible opportunity to extend my outreach and connect with more readers. Smashwords has been instrumental in helping me build a brand and maximize my exposure. I owe them a great deal!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being a writer means far more than just creating stories as part of a job or career. It's who I am. Writing helps me to connect with my true self, to explore feelings that I've never known and to better understand the world around me. It's my addiction, my release, my everything.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans - do I even have fans? I have readers, fellow explorers, people who dare to venture with me to places unknown. I like to think of them as kindred spirits whose voices whisper to me as I write page after page. My readers are an extension of myself, they give me direction and they make my stories come to life. They mean the world to me.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a gritty, dark murder-mystery set to a paranormal backdrop. It will involve a curvy, confident and hard working detective heroine, a wolf hunter and the wolf, of course. And nothing will ever be as it seems. Expect its release in early 2014!
Published 2013-12-19.
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Books by This Author

Rock Hard (Complete Collection)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,910. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Rock Hard (Complete Collection) This full length novel includes the entire "Rock Hard" series including Rock Hard, Rock Bottom and Rock Solid!
Better Mate Than Never (New Adult Werewolf Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,570. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Caleb has wanted Paige for as long as he can remember, but there's a reason he's always kept his distance. Wolves can't mate with humans. Worse, he can sense her intense hunger for him, even though he knows that he can never give her what she wants, or needs. But when Paige is kidnapped by a powerful enemy, Caleb has no choice but to go after her even if it means risking it all.
For Keeps (BBW New Adult Erotic Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,460. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Valerie Gordon, a curvy single, finds herself accepting a job as an intern at the prestigious law firm, "Princeton & McCreary" after a forced transfer. The problem? She is nothing like the other members of the team especially the man that she is forced to work for, Tyler Princeton. Tyler isn't used to being turned down and when he sets his sights on Valerie there is nothing that will stop him!
Submission: Guilty Pleasures #3 (BBW Romance)
Series: Guilty Pleasures, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,410. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
In the final chapter of Adriana Hunter’s gripping series, Guilty Pleasures… Abby never expected to find herself in such a difficult situation. In love with two men, she is forced to make a decision: stay with the rugged cowboy Chase Thomas and hope that he can commit, or leave him behind for Jake Myers, the savvy businessman with dark secrets, who promises to love her forever.
Stripped (Dominated By The Billionaire) Guilty Pleasures #2 - BBW Erotic Romance
Series: Guilty Pleasures, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,460. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Chase and Jake are about to go head-to-head in a merciless fight to win Abby’s heart. Jake is an inexperienced Dom, intrigued by the idea that he could hold so much power over a woman, especially one as beautiful as the curvy, plus-size beauty Abby Phillips.
Surrender (Dominated By The Billionaire) Guilty Pleasures #1 - BBW Erotic Romance
Series: Guilty Pleasures, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,700. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Adult
From the very first moment that I laid eyes on the sexy and mysterious Jake Meyers, I knew that he would change me forever. There was something dark and dangerous in those beautiful blue eyes, but I was powerless to resist. He became my obsession and I accepted every opportunity to satisfy my desperate, irresistible desire for him.
Rock Solid (Rock Hard #3) Seduced By The Rockstar - BBW Erotic Romance
Series: Rock Hard (Rock Star Erotic Romance), Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,960. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
When the two come face to face once again, they know what's at stake. They either go their separate ways once and for all or find a way to make it work. What will the wild rocker do when he's forced into making a very difficult choice that will change his life forever? Will Kate finally succumb to the gorgeous bad-boy and let love lead the way?
Rock Bottom (Seduced by the Rockstar) BBW Erotic Romance
Series: Rock Hard (Rock Star Erotic Romance), Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,180. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
As Gage and Kate's relationship heats up she is forced into making a decision: Leave once again while her heart is still intact or risk losing it all by staying with him until the end of the tour. It's clear that Gage is still very attracted to Kate, but in his chaotic world of music and women his life is no longer his own and he finds himself struggling with what he wants… and what he needs.
Curve Capture (BBW Erotic Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,770. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » General
Sable has heard that Cain Marks has a way with women but she never expected to find herself pinned against the wall barely halfway through the photo-session. Unable to resist him, she feels helpless against the rakish chef’s ravishing touch. Behind the camera, Sable is confident and in control but when in front of the lens, everything changes.
Curves For The King (BBW Erotic Historical Romance Anthology)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,950. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical, Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
Curves For The King includes three hot erotic romance stories from Adriana Hunter! Stories include: The King's Virgin, The Spoiled King and Saving Sarah. Note: The stories contained within this collection include graphic language, explicit sex and content of an adult nature. 18+ only, please
Rock Hard (Seduced by the Rockstar) BBW Erotic Romance
Series: Rock Hard (Rock Star Erotic Romance), Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,330. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
When they meet face to face, sparks fly, and the room is charged with electric, undeniable heat. A mixture of pain and pleasure, where history means something and instant attraction is remembered and perhaps rekindled. Can Gage look beyond the past and ever see Kate as anything but a cold heart-breaker who abandoned him? Will the plus sized beauty Kate be able to get past her own insecurities?
All The Right Curves (Naughty Neighbor) BBW Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,220. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » General
Raven is absolutely fed up with being burned by the men in her life. Refusing to settle down ever again she sets off on a pleasure-driven adventure to bed the hottest guy she's ever seen. Jace Dawson. When Jace shows up on her doorstep one night Raven makes her move. Throwing all caution to the wind, she abandons the "good girl" rules that she's followed her entire life.
Curves for the Prince (BBW Erotic Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,390. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Moonlighting as a bartender at a high-end hotel chain the voluptuous Rachel Walker is just trying to make it in the big city. But when a gorgeous British bad boy, Matt Windsor, a billionaire inventor who just happens to be a crowned Prince winds up at the hotel bar during a late shift, it's like fate - and Rachel's world is about to be turned upside down!
Made For The Billionaire (BBW Erotic Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,220. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » General
Savvy, handsome businessman and pharmaceutical tycoon Greyson Marks isn't afraid of a little competition, but when he returns to his hotel room only to find the beautiful and curvy, plus-size Sasha Gold, he is fueled by lust and anger. Was she a spy for the competition? Greyson is determined to find out when he forces her against the wall and into his bed!
Curve Crazy (BBW Erotic Romance Anthology - Plus Size Loving)
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 71,530. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Curve Crazy includes 10 hot tales of spicy, plus size seduction with curvy heroines and powerful alpha males!
Double Pleasure (BBW Erotic Romance - Dominated by the Twin Billionaires)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,910. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
THEY COULD HAVE ANYONE THEY DESIRED...   Chance and Todd Mason are used to getting anything their hearts desired and women are no exception. So when they set their sights on Jenna Avery, a shy, plus-size paralegal in their employ, they want nothing less than to have her in their bed - breathlessly begging them both to satisfy her every desire.  
Curve Caress (Plus Size Loving: Curvy Weekend) BBW Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,960. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
When Megan announces that her older brother Will is planning to visit her for a weekend, her plus size roommate Jenna is happy to finally get the chance to meet him. That is until she lays eyes on the gorgeous Southern and finds herself caught up in a weekend of intense sexual tension!
Gentlemen Prefer Curves (BBW Erotic Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,030. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(2.00 from 1 review)
When William, the impossibly good looking womanizer, meets up with curvy Rachel Madison, a temp working at his father's company, he formulates a plan that will give him everything he wants and desires. Except William might just get far more than he bargained for with the plus size spitfire! 
Behind Closed Doors : Secret Lovers (BBW Erotic Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,110. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Robert never meant for things with Julie to get so complicated. He has his reasons for leaving her, reasons that are too dark and serious to share with anyone. He’s hurt Julie once, and he’s determined not to do it again. The only problem? He can’t seem to keep his hands off her…
Groupie (BBW Erotic Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Madison Reeves is a sexy plus size single who has had a crush on celebrity heartthrob Ethan Holmes for as long as she can remember. Working as a entertainment correspondent she is finally given the chance to meet him and when she does her life will never be the same again!
Man Candy - BBW Erotica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,330. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Sadie is excited about renting a vacation home in Orlando for a week with her girlfriends but nothing can prepare her for a wet & wild weekend with a sexy local. Ripped, chiseled, blonde, blue eyed and charming, he's definitely eye-candy, and while Sadie would never imagine he'd be interested in her she's about to be very surprised when Colton makes his move! 18+ Only: This is an erotic story!
Over Heated (Plus Size Loving) BBW Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,010. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
When Paige's car breaks down on the side of the road and she finds herself stranded in the middle of nowhere, she's certain that this will go down as one of the worst days of her life. But a handsome stranger quickly comes to her rescue and turns a bad situation into a night that she'll never forget! 18+ Only: This is an erotic story involving explicit sex and content of a mature nature.
Curves For The Billionaire - (Billionaire's Game) Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,210. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
He Gets What He Wants... Lucas Steel wanted Madeline the moment he saw her. She may have arrived on someone else's arm, but Lucas was going to make sure that he would be the man she would end up leaving with... She Tries To Refuse Him... Madeline felt insulted by Lucas Steel's indecent proposition. He wanted her for the night, and he wasn't averse to paying - highly - for her favors.
The Spoiled King (Throne Of Pleasure: Book One) - Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,250. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
At only twenty-two years of age, King Thomas is one of the most spoiled of all royalty. A combination of dashingly good looks and the highest position of power has also made him one of the most egotistical men in the Kingdom. Princess Isabella of Italy has been bred of class and sophistication since birth and is not happy when she discovers that she's been betrothed to the spoiled King.
Saving Sarah - Historical Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,690. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Historical
When Princess Sarah is captured and taken prisoner by the opposing King of France, she knows that the only likely way out of her prison cell is in a wooden casket. Help is on the way… A mysterious stranger just might be Sarah's only hope and he's intent on forming a plan for her rescue. But when he appears to her at the Castle gates, she discovers the truth about her savior and his intentions.
Curves For The Cowboy (Rough Rider: Seduced By The Billionaire)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,530. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Westerns/Cowboys
(4.00 from 1 review)
When Max sits down at the bar and orders his drink, it's clear to Emily that he's never been to a small Texas town before. He's charming, and clearly educated but he certainly sticks out like a sore thumb amidst the crowd of loud, rugged cowboys.. When Max finds himself stuck in the country for a few days, he's intent on making the most of it - and Emily is the perfect distraction.
Knock Out Curves (Plus Size Loving) BBW Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,620. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
When two worlds collide... Shelby is a plus size with dangerous curves. Fed up with men trying to change her, she settles into the belief that she's better off alone. Jace is a martial arts instructor with a killer smile. While his body is rock hard, his heart is soft. Still feeling the sting from his ex-wife's infidelity, he's cautiously optimistic that he'll find his perfect match.
Dangerous Curves (Plus Size Loving) BBW Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,230. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
When plus size Kelly lands a job at the local radio station, she is excited about her future. Her voice is perfect for radio and her bubbly personality attracts listeners from around the country.  Including Alex, the guy she has wanted forever but who has never noticed her. So when Alex asks her out on a date Kelly decides to teach him a lesson in being superficial.
Wet Ink (Plus Size Loving) BBW Erotic Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,910. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Valerie Grant isn't your ordinary woman. She's a gorgeous plus size with sass and attitude to match. She's also a budding romance writer, submitting manuscripts under the sexy pen name, Savannah Winters. Alex Stone is a sexy in-demand editor who is about to discover a hot new author when the book "Secret Lovers" ends up on his desk. Intrigued, he's anxious to meet the woman behind the story.
Learning Curve (BBW Romance)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,140. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Plus size, lonely and forever single, Susie has tried just about everything to meet a decent man only to crash and burn every time. When her best friend Callie suggests that she try a different approach, forcing men to get to know her personality before they ever see what she looks like, she reluctantly agrees, allowing herself to venture into the exciting world of online dating.
The King's Virgin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,550. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Medieval, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
When the secret letters of a young maiden that detail the King's abuse of wealth and power are intercepted, she is immediately brought to Court to receive her punishment. But when the King lays eyes on the young girl, he decides a fate far different than those before her. With his offer, she can repent for her sins against him not her life, but her body.