“King brings us a deliciously sensual ménage of love and healing in her newest erotic romance, Tempting Meredith. Deceptively strong characters come together to reveal a story filled with passion, love, humor, heartbreak and redemption. Lush sexual delights are backed by multiple well-developed plot lines. King gives readers an engaging erotic romance that addresses not only the physical highs and lows of a ménage relationship but also the emotional.” – RT Book Reviews
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Enjoy this exclusive interview with Samantha and find out more about TEMPTING MEREDITH!
A citified astrophysics professor intent on guarding her heart falls for two outdoorsmen who must teach her to love and trust again.
Please tell readers what TEMPTING MEREDITH is about:
Readers first met Meredith in SHARING HAILEY when she told Hailey that falling in love makes you stupid and Hailey was twice as stupid because she’d fallen in love with two men. Sadly, that part got cut from the final book, but readers liked Meredith enough to ask for her story. It was tough. I had to get Meredith to open up about why she was so down on love. Once she told me, I was heartbroken, and I knew readers were right. I had to give Meredith her happily-ever-after. Of course, Karma’s a bitch, so Meredith had to fall for two men.
Please describe the setting in TEMPTING MEREDITH?
Tempting Meredith takes place in the Texas Hill Country. The heroine, Meredith, is an astrophysics professor at TIMT, Texas Institute of Math and Technology, a university on the outskirts of Austin. The heroes, Charlie and Blaine work on a hunting ranch about two hours west of Austin.
Why do you write erotica?
My first exposure to erotic romance was Jaid Black’s HUNTER'S OATH. I was hooked! It was about the same time that I decided I desperately wanted to work again. I’d been a stay-at-home-mom for eighteen years, and I was past ready for a new job! Problem was I suffered from frequent migraines and vertigo. I could work through the migraines but not the vertigo, so I needed a flexible occupation. I kept coming back to writing. I’d tried my hand at historical romance when the kids were young, but my oldest daughter had health problems and it was too difficult to work and care for her. Of course, she was my priority. When she died in 1999, I didn’t go back to writing because I didn’t have the heart for it. But after eleven years, the writing bug was biting me again. This time, because I’d been enjoying erotic romance, I really wanted to give it a try.
When did you first start writing erotica, where did you publish, and what were the results?
I started writing erotic romance in the summer of 2010. Six months later, I finished SHARING HAILEY and entered it in Passionate Ink’s Stroke of Midnight contest. Angela James at Carina Press judged the finals, awarded me first place and asked to see the completed manuscript. A month later, a little over a year after I’d started SHARING HAILEY, I got “the call” every writer dreams of. Angela wanted to publish my book!
What are your thoughts on the impact and importance of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY in relation to the erotica genre?
Fifty Shades has brought erotic romance into the mainstream. It’s that simple. I was fortunate that it became popular a few months before my first novel, SHARING HAILEY, was released. Even though I don’t write BDSM, many fans say they found me because of Fifty Shades.
Are there any differences in the way you develop a character in erotica, say, than in other realms of fiction?
I write erotic romance, not erotica. I don’t have anything against erotica. In fact, I enjoy reading it. I just don’t write it. What’s the difference between the two? I’m so glad you asked. Erotic romance requires a happy ending. Erotica doesn’t. Erotica is a sexual journey. Erotic romance is a sexual journey that ends in a loving, committed relationship.Sometimes, the characters are already in that loving, committed relationship, but they are rediscovering each other and reevaluating their relationship. The main characters in any good romance need to grow and change. In developing my characters, the sexual journey plays a role in helping them heal from past hurts or traumasso they can find their true selves and a happily-ever-after.
Share a bit about your heroes with us, and what makes them "hero" material:
Charlie and Blaine are who I think of when I think of the perfect Texas man. They have no preconceived notions about a “woman’s place.” They like strong women who think for themselves. They still open doors and give up their seats when a woman is standing.They’re in great shape and love the outdoors. They have some quirks that separate them from your typical heroes, like foot reading. Oh, and they cook. What woman can resist a man who cooks? They’re not perfect—Charlie’s politics are too conservative for Meredith’s tastes, and he can be a little overprotective, and Blaine is hiding an important part of himself—but they’re getting there.
Tell us what makes your heroine the "leading lady" in TEMPTING MEREDITH:
Intellectually, Meredith’s a prodigy—left high school without her diploma at the age of 16, got her GED and went to college on a full scholarship. She’s very good at knowing where her weaknesses lie, tackling them head on, and then taking that newfound knowledge a step further. She’s managed to combine those strengths and weaknesses to become the youngest tenured professor at TIMT and a powerhouse volunteer in her community.So her professional life is perfect. But when she was eighteen, a college boyfriend screwed her, thenleft her alone to deal with the repercussions. She hasn’t been able to trust men since, at least not with her heart. Emotionally, she has a lot to overcome, a lot to learn.
As an author of erotica is it difficult to write about fantasies as if they were events that actually took place?
Writing an erotic romance is no different than writing other works of fiction.They’re all fantasy. I have a friend who writes romantic suspense. One of her villains cut off somebody’s feet. Now that would be difficult for me to write. Creeps me out just thinking about it.
Is TEMPTING MEREDITH part of a series? If so tell us about what's next and/or what else you're working on:
TEMPTING MEREDITH is part of my Lovers and Friends series that begins with SHARING HAILEY and continues with WAITING FOR TY. So many readers have asked for more of Hailey that I’m working on a sequel. I’d originally intended to write a novella, but as is typical for me, I learned that the characters had a lot more going on in their lives than I was aware of. So I’m looking at a novel.
What local community or charitable organizations, or writers groups do you belong too?
I’m a founding member of Land of Enchantment Romance Authors, and like many romance writers I’m a member of Romance Writers of America.
Over the years, I’ve been involved with several organizations that advocate for children, especially in the areas of healthcare and education. Before I began writing fiction, I volunteered as a grant writer to secure funding for non-profits.
Have you won any Honors, Citations or Prizes?
SHARING HAILEY was nominated for Romantic Times 2012 Reviewers’ Choice Awards in the Erotic Romance category and was a Night Owl Top Pick. It also won first place in the OKRWA IDA awards and Passionate Ink’s Stroke of Midnight contest. It’s been translated into Hungarian and Italian and been on several “best of” lists in Italy.
WAITING FOR TY was a Dark Diva Recommended Read and spent six months on Amazon’s LGBT Romance top 100 list. It was also an All Romance bestseller.
Tell us anything about you as a working writer that you think might be interesting or unusual:
Hmmm. Yeah, sorry. I got nothing. I’m pretty ordinary. I used to think I was different, but then I talked to other writers and learned they all have the same fears and insecurities. We’re a pretty neurotic bunch. Writing isn’t an occupation conducive to sanity.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions Samantha!
Astrophysicist Meredith Burke's professional life is perfect. Her personal life is another story. Years ago, a menage with the man she loved and his roommate left her with a broken heart and a secret. She hasn't trusted anyone since, but when she meets rugged hunting guide Charlie Connor she figures she doesn't need to. He's got "one-night stand" written all over him.
After one night with Meredith, Charlie needs more. She's intoxicating, and shockingly willing to give him total control of her body. When she agrees to spend an entire week with him at the lodge where he works, it's more than he'd hoped for. But Blaine Bridges, Charlie's best friend and boss, has his own secrets.
Blaine hasn't seen Meredith since that disastrous encounter eight years ago, but he still has feelings for her. Now she's dating his best friend, the man he wants for himself. When Meredith invites him to join in their naughty play, his pleasure is all-consuming. But will the secrets they all hold close destroy a beautiful beginning or bring these three lovers closer than they ever imagined?
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