Interview with Flame Arden

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Heartbreaker by Karen Robards
The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Anything by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Balogh

The writing in Karen Robards' novel Heartbreaker was so intense I had to slip nitro-glycerin tablets under my tongue to relieve chest pains caused by reading the book, but there was no way I was putting down the first romantic suspense I'd ever started reading without finishing it.

A reading enthusiast at work introduced me to author Kathleen Woodiwiss, and her novel The Flame and the Flower was the first romance I ever read. I quickly acquired all her books.
What do you read for pleasure?
When I'm writing erotic novels I read romantic suspense and read historical romance when writing a contemporary. Because I'd lived through and experienced some of the historical period depicted in my time travel, Rising Above, I enjoyed writing that book the most..
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an early NOOK I've almost worn out and a small Kindle that fits in my purse. I love reading on it, but it's becomes easily misplaced in my house.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The jury is still out on the effectiveness of my promotion.
Describe your desk
My office is a maze, and my desk a six foot door. In this case bigger most definitely is not better. My desk is piled high with dictionaries, printouts and computer equipment. I am surrounded on all sides by bookcases and my mixed-Terrier dog Toto sleeps at my feet until I accidentally drop the Mouse on her and she runs off and hides.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South, and those roots still go deep, especially where family and right and wrong are concerned. I'm the product of a happy home and the novels I wrote written by Toni Noel for Desert Breeze Publishing all center around the home. Even my brand, SAFE HAVENS FOR THE HEART reflects my belief that happiness begins at home, whether you own the roof over your head or not.. I also prefer novels written about an unlikely couple finding a safe haven for their hearts.
When did you first start writing?
In ninth grade I started an autobiography, but after only four chapters it was so boring I gave myself a fatal disease and ended the book.

I was always good with words and my journalism teacher appointed me editor of the school paper. My editorials won several writing awards and I went away to college planning to support my writing habit by teaching during the day, but I met my future husband the first week of classes, soon married and raised a family and didn't attempt to write fiction for years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In And You, Virginia, Are No Lady, the first book of the Atlanta Burning Series about three financially secure sisters looking for love, often in the wrong places, , Virginia hires private investigator Gabriel Count to help prove her client innocent of embezzling company funds, and sparks fly.

Gabe and Virginia knew each other in high school, but the school bad boy and the pampered rich girl never acted on their attraction, thanks to her father's objections. Gabe wants nothing to do with lawyers, but is forced to accept Virginia's generous offer of employment to pay for his mother's nursing home care. A former detective on the Atlanta Police Force, he resigned after a near-fatal gunshot. He spent three painful months recovering from his injuries while the shooter walked on a technicality.

He takes Virginia to dinner on the back of his Harley to finalize his contract and ends up in bed with her. Knowing she wears sexy thongs beneath those sedate suits she wears to address the jury is a huge turn-on for Gabe, but because of their working relationship, their sexually encounters must be limited to romantic weekend escapes.

Her family ranks so high on the social ladder Gabe is convinced nothing can come of their sexual fling, but intends to enjoy the comfort of Virginia's lush body as long as he can, which she turns into eternity.

In Book Two, Great Balls of Fire, just released, is about the youngest sister, Paris, and her devoted determination to see Winston Harrison Gentry III reelected to the Atlanta City Council again.

His playboy past has come back to bite him in the butt, and he's hoping Paris can improve his image using her public relations skills. She has her work cut out for her, thanks to the pack of horny women hot on his trail. Win sees in Paris the woman with whom he want to spend the rest of his life. Paris enjoys a very private affair with him while searching for her ideal mate.

It takes a nearly nude woman discovered in Win's camping tent and a poor loser bent on revenge for Paris to discover who is behind the candidates bad publicity and set the record straight so Win can win the election and she can start making her longed-for babies with him.

In Frankly, My Dear, scheduled for release in December, readers discover why only certain men makes the oldest Hampton sister burn.

A flashy but successful realtor, Atlanta has been longing to get back into Rob Count's pants ever since their brief meeting at her sister's wedding, but he never called here. Then luck gives Atlanta a hand. On a short trip to estimate the selling price of a mountain cabin her SUV breaks down and along comes Rob, Gabe Count's older brother, the man she put down for having motor oil stains under his fingernails. He lends her his vehicle to complete her journey, then shows up that night at her destination to resume their hot affair.
If you like hot romance with a bit of suspense, this book is for you.

In Book Three, Frankly, My Dear, readers finally discover why only certain men make the oldest Hampton sister burn.

A flashy but successful realtor, Atlanta has been longing to get back into Rob Count's pants ever since their brief meeting at her sister's wedding, but he never called here. Then luck gives Atlanta a hand. On a short trip to estimate the selling price of a mountain cabin her SUV breaks down and along comes Rob, Gabe Count's older brother, the man she put down for having motor oil stains under his fingernails. He lends her his vehicle to complete her journey, and then shows up that evening at her destination, where they resume their hot affair.

At the end of their sizzling escape, Atlanta retrieves her repair SUV and after exchanging angry words with Rob, drives home. Unable to stay away from her, he shows up at her house and for a few days she plays tourist with him, visiting the historic sites of Atlanta with him she hasn't been to since she was a child.

Weeks later, Rob returns to the cabin for a romantic getaway. A terrified Atlanta flies into his arms. Strange noises are coming from the cabin, noises neither of them can explain…

If you like hot romance with a bit of suspense, this book is for you.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently plotting a romantic suspense inspired by a writer's conference hotel.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The Smashwords team is very responsive, making it easier for Indie authors to succeed.
Published 2013-10-30.
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Books by This Author

Frankly, My Dear...
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,400. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
In Frankly, My Dear... sparks fly whenever these two are together, but it's impossible for them to stay away for long.
Great Balls of Fire
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,770. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Public information, or character assassination, that is the question.
And You, Virginia, Are No Lady
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,620. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
In this sizzling novel law and love clash and cling, crash and burn, but love prevails.