An interview with author, Erin Leaf, on her latest release, Dawn

I’m very excited to welcome author, Erin Leaf, to my blog. Hello, Erin, I’m so excited about your new novel! What an incredible cover!

What would you like readers to know about your book?

My latest release is Dawn, the third book of the Stronghold series:

The Sentries are territorial, guarded, and relentless in their duty to defend humanity from a secret, deadly menace. In order to remain vigilant, these semi-immortal men must remain aloof and solitary. No one, not even their true mate, will distract them from their mission to protect Earth from annihilation…

Blurb for Dawn:

Saige Ellis can spot a liar from a hundred yards away, and she knows her history professor is bad news. She hates the way he hides behind his stupid sunglasses and beard. She hates the way his ridiculously perfect body makes her feel. When he asks her to stay after class, she asks him what he’s trying to prove.

Isaac Dawn hates having to hide his identity, but it’s the only way he can get close to Saige without tipping everyone off about his identity as a Sentry. He knows she’s his perfect match, but she’s skittish and angry, and for good reason—her abusive father has been stalking her for years. When he asks her to give him a chance, Saige demands the truth, and he blows it.

However, when murderous aliens are real, and a mysterious shadow follows Saige home, is her demand for honesty worth her life? Can she accept Isaac’s help without losing herself?

What was it like to write the story? Did you face any difficulties/challenges?

Writing Dawn was like slipping into an old pair of slippers I’d forgotten I loved. I knew my characters and knew it was finally time to tell their story.

What do you love about your story, and why?

I love Saige, the heroine. She’s damaged, but she’s still strong. She has to work through a lot of trauma in order to let the hero love her.

What have you learned from the main characters in your story?

That love can sometimes happen when you least expect it!

Do you write in other genres and if so, what are they? What genres would you like to try that you haven’t already?

I write in all genres across romance: suspense, gay romance, ménage, sci-fi, contemporary, BDSM, humor, etc. I love playing around with tropes. Some of my favorite stories feature friends-to-lovers.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration is never the problem! Finding the time to write down all of my story ideas is the problem.

If you had to choose your three favorite books by other authors, what would they be and why?

I don’t have favorites! I read so much that it would be impossible to name a favorite writer.

Do you have any interests outside of writing, and if so, what are they?

I have a lot of other interests. I think living life to the fullest gives my stories a sense of place and character that they wouldn’t otherwise have. Some of my favorite things to do are: hiking, photography, cooking, reading, birding, dancing, and more.

What is your next literary project?

For my next book, I’m going to write something fun. It will probably be a gay romance, and I’m toying around with the idea of a very angry man meeting his match.

Excerpt from Dawn:

“Jesus, I hate these stupid glasses you wear,” she said unexpectedly, reaching up and pulling them off. She tossed the useless lenses onto her bed next to her cell phone. “You make me crazy.” She punctuated her words with a finger poking his chest. “Why are you being so nice to me?” She ended up with her palm pressed against him. “I’m not a good person.”

“You’re not a bad person, Saige.” Isaac said, almost holding his breath. This close up she couldn’t fail to see the silver shards in his green irises, but would she put the clues together? Right now, she had no idea who he really was. A voice at the back of his head told him that she’d figure it out soon. Saige wasn’t a stupid girl.

No, she isn’t a stupid woman, he corrected himself. The female looking up at him had too much life experience and determination to be anything other than a fully grown adult. “Saige,” he said, voice going low. “What are you doing?” His cock hardened as her warmth seeped through his clothes, and he shifted slightly so she wouldn’t feel it. God help him, he wanted her with a desperation bordering on insanity. Her emotions skittered over his senses, and he almost stopped breathing when he sensed her arousal suddenly spike.

“Shut up, Isaac.” She slid her arms around his neck and pulled his head down. “I’m going to regret this,” she muttered, and then she put her lips against his.

She smelled like mint. Isaac shuddered, and then he pulled her tight against his body, seizing control of the kiss. He coaxed her lips open, dipping inside when she gasped.

“Holy moly,” Saige said, voice breathy.

“You have no idea what you do to me,” Isaac said, hands splayed across her shoulder blades. “You’re playing with fire.” She felt so tiny against him, but her energy put the lie to her physical appearance. Her small frame held enough spirit for someone three times her size. He kissed her again, cock throbbing against her hip.

“God, you drive me nuts,” she said when he came up for air. She pushed his jacket off his shoulders. “Look at you. You have muscles on top of your muscles. And you hide them and pretend like you’re some nerdy academic.”

Isaac shrugged the jacket to the floor, wanting to feel her soft curves closer to his skin. “What are you talking about? I like this jacket. It’s comfortable, not nerdy.”

“It totally is nerdy,” she retorted, and then she kissed him again, clearly determined to steal every last shred of control that he had left.

Isaac slid his hands into her hair and nibbled her lower lip. “Fuck.” He couldn’t get enough of her. Energy flickered through his body like lightning on a hot summer day. “Are you sure about this? You were just flipping out over your father.” He hated having to remind her about the phone call, but he didn’t want her to want him for the wrong reasons.

“Yeah, I’m sure. And I know this is so stupid,” Saige said, panting as she leaned into him, wiggling her breasts against his chest. “You’re my professor. This is not a good idea.”

Isaac groaned and picked her up. She squeaked, but then she wrapped her legs around his hips, canting her body just right to rub against his erection. “Fuck, Saige. We have to stop.”

“Ha. Too late. I’ve made up my mind.” Saige had her hands in his hair. “Oh, I hate your beard, too, by the way.”

That surprised a laugh out of him. “I don’t normally wear it this scraggly.” He staggered to the door, then pressed her against it. Her softness felt like heaven against his torso.

“Of course you don’t. Another pointless disguise,” she said, eyes bright with desire.

“Shit. Be sure, Saige. I’m losing the ability to care whether this is stupid.” Isaac slid his hands under her ass, squeezing until she trembled. She’s on some kind of emotional rebound, and this probably won’t help her, his mind reasoned, but his body had other ideas. His hips jammed up into her, grinding against her core.

“I’m sure we should stop, but I’m not going to.” She licked her lips, eyes fastened on his mouth. “You should shave that thing.”

“Fuck.” Isaac kissed her again, effectively shutting her up. I’ll trim it tonight, he vowed, like an idiot. She clung to him as he rolled his hips. Her arousal pushed his higher, and before he could figure out what was happening, he was on the edge of orgasm. “Jesus,” he said, voice shaking. “I’m so fucking close. You make me crazy, Saige.” With a supreme effort of will, he lurched away from the door and managed to stagger across the room. He dropped her on her mattress, going to his knees as he did so. As he’d suspected, her skin and eyes looked almost incandescent against the green of her bedding. “Beautiful,” he breathed, kneeling between her legs.

“Off,” she said, fighting with the snap on his jeans.

He put his hands over hers. “Saige.” He licked suddenly dry lips. He had a feeling that if they did this, nothing would be the same. Her emotions were all over the place: arousal, need, fear, frustration. It made him want to protect her even more. Is this how Greyson felt when he met Eva? he wondered.

“What?” She sounded cranky.

He smiled, amused by her belligerence. “I’m going to ask you one more time: are you sure you want to do this? There’s no going back if we do. This isn’t a hookup.”

“No going back where? It’s not like we’re getting married, Isaac,” she retorted impatiently. Her fingers yanked on his pants.

Shit. She has no idea. He exhaled as his empathy picked up on her uncertainty, despite her words. “This won’t be a one-time thing for me, Saige. I’m not a hookup kind of guy. And you’re the one who was freaking out because I’m your history professor. Be sure.” He leaned down and kissed her softly. God, he wanted to devour her. To make her scream. “I want you, but if we do this, I don’t want you to regret what you discover about me.”

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News Updates ~ International Release of From Lightning to Love ~ Two wonderful reviews

Some exciting news

From Lightning to Love 4 ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶

“The research done on this book is so accurate and the author made the MC so real, I can imagine watching this as a movie on lifetime.”

“Jason can’t help himself but tend to all of the young jock’s needs. This really opens up to some super-steamy scenes that are described in sweat-throbbing detail. It’s as sultry as it is romantic when a love so unthinkable turns into something so epic.”

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Love-Kory-Steed-ebook/dp/B06XSPYKWY

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XSPYKWY

Amazon CA – https://www.amazon.ca/Lightning-Love-Kory-Steed-ebook/dp/B06XSPYKWY

Evernight Publishing – http://www.evernightpublishing.com/from-lightning-to-love-by-kory-steed/

 

Release Party with Prizes ~ Today!

I’ll be hosting a 30 minute slot between 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM this evening at a Release Party on Facebook today, hosted by my fellow author, JJ King. Come join us between 5:00 PM & 9:00 PM EST for discussions with the authors, games, and prizes!

[Whispers, “I’ll be giving away free copies of From Lightning to Love (available March 24, 2017 – my release date) during my time slot.]

I look forward to seeing you there!

Kory

The big reveal: From Lightning to Love release date ~ March 24, 2017

Excerpt:

When he looked over at Aaron, it was obvious that he’d been disturbed by the shout from the unsettled look on his face, but it hadn’t been enough to wake him. He also noticed that the sheet and blanket were off him again, and he had another raging erection. He was so focused on Aaron’s penis, he didn’t realize that Aaron had woken up. Instinctively, Jason began to reach for it, but withdrew his hand almost immediately.

“You can touch it,” Aaron whispered.

Jason nearly jumped off the bed.

“No really, Jason, you can touch it. Please, you have my permission,” he said more clearly.

“Oh God, what’s happening?” Jason whispered.

“I watched you sleep last night, Jason. You’re a beautiful man. I’d be lucky to find someone like you.”

“Aaron, I’m sorry.” Jason sat up and swung his legs over the side of the bed, turning away.

“Jason, listen to me.”

Jason stood up and walked towards the window. He wanted to run away.

“Jason, look at me.”

Jason turned to face him, unaware that his own erection was straining against his jeans. He focused his gaze above Aaron’s head. Aaron focused on the bulge in Jason’s jeans.

“Can I be honest with you, Jason?”

Jason didn’t answer.

“Jason, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but here goes. We have to be realistic about this. You’re a man. I’m a man. You’re gay. I’m gay. And for God knows how long, we’re gonna be confined to this cabin. It could be months.”

“Everything you’ve said is the truth,” Jason answered quietly, lowering his eyes to meet Aaron’s gaze.

“Jason, I can’t pretend to know what’s going on in your head, so I can only speak for myself, and please believe me when I say this. I have needs, Jason, physical needs. I always have, and I now find that I’m very attracted to you. I don’t think it’s just because of what you’ve done for me or that I think I owe you something. Well, to be honest, that may be part of it, sort of like hero worship or something, but it’s only a small part, and besides, if I’d have met you on the street before I met Nathan, I would’ve jumped your bones in a minute.”

Aaron tensed his mouth and closed his eyes momentarily. Jason noticed the look on Aaron’s face at the mention of Nathan’s name. When Aaron opened his eyes again, he looked directly into Jason’s eyes.

“Jason, I don’t think you know just how darn handsome you are. You have a powerful masculine musk, and I’m drawn to it. The first time I got a hard-on when you were washing me, it was purely physical. I couldn’t help it, but over the past few days, I’m finding myself wanting you more and more. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I want you to make love to me. I’m a very good lover, Jason, though obviously,” Aaron waved his arm over his broken body, “I can’t back that up right now.”

Jason looked blankly at Aaron. He didn’t speak.

“Well, say something, Jason. What are you feeling?”

Jason forced the words out. “Aaron, it would be wrong.”

“How can that be when I’m throwing myself at you right now!”

Coming March 2017 from Evernight Publishing, “From Lightning to Love” by Kory Steed

After a prolonged and painful recovery from PTSD following two tours as an army medic, Jason, a rugged, yet sensitive, gay, thirty-seven year old army Gulf War veteran has turned away from society. One day he bought a national lottery ticket on a whim and won, instantly making him a multimillionaire. He has lived in seclusion with his animals on a two hundred acre, secluded mountain estate in the northernmost Rocky Mountains for eleven years.

One morning, while checking his cabin for damage after a violent autumn storm, Jason discovers an unconscious young man hanging precariously from a torn parachute in a tree on his property. Unsure whether he is even alive, Jason cuts him down and relying on his prior medic training, brings him into his home to care for him. As a result of the storm Jason has lost his satellite dish and there are no roads for miles. Jason must now care for him alone.

While treating his injuries, Jason is conflicted by his attraction to the young man’s adonis-like muscular physique when he is forced to undress him during his examination. When Jason’s loins begin to surge, he struggles to contain his rising desires as he wrestles with the vivid, torrid images that flash before his eyes, but his kindness and concern for the young man prevail, and he buries his feelings deep inside. Later, while the young man is still unconscious, Jason begins to re-examine his broken bones as he bathes him and change his dressings. The young man begins to moan and develops an erection when Jason draws the soapy washcloth across his groin. Jason panics and has a flashback to his time in the service when he was wrongfully accused and tried for the sexual assault of a fellow soldier. Before he realizes it, Jason flees his cabin, leaving the delirious young man alone.

After pulling himself together, Jason returns and forces himself to continue his examination and care. In the ensuing hours, days, and weeks, Jason learns he is twenty-three year old Aaron, a closeted, professional quarterback who lost his lover in the plane accident that delivered him to Jason’s door and that he has a ravenous sexual appetite that he is unable to satisfy because of his injuries.

Will Jason relent and put aside his own fears in order to satisfy Aaron’s desires? After being alone for so long, will Jason give in to the lustful feelings he has for Aaron’s body that continue to smolder just beneath the surface of his friendly facade, or will he be able to keep his own desires buried deep enough and long enough to see Aaron return to society and the life and career he was ripped away from? Thrown together by fate, will Jason’s kindness and Aaron’s sense of debt develop into a deep, life-long friendship? Can it develop into something more? Dare they dream? Dare we?

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