Monday, February 7, 2011

Author Interview - Miranda Baker - Erotic Romance Author


 The Winner is: Susan!!

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Today’s guest author will make you laugh as well as make you curious to read one of her books but I’m sure you’ll end up reading them all. Miranda Baker is wife, mother, writer, friend.....and fantasy creater! I like that! That’s why we write, to create those fantasies we all want to happen! Grab your favorite drink and let’s get on with the chatter...

Tonya: Miranda, thank you so much for being here this week. I’m sure you’ll get lots of readers stopping by. Some of us have things we do to get into the writing frame of mind like music, or drinks. Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?


Miranda: Tonya, I’m looking forward to talking with our visitors this week. A cup of coffee helps get the ideas jumping. Each story has a soundtrack too, so I’ll listen to music until I get into the right headspace. Then I turn it off...too distracting.

Tonya: Do you like pushing the envelope to the brink when writing?


Miranda: My stories are character-driven so I don’t push – they do. And shove. Sometimes they poke, kick and tickle too. Destiny and Johnny definitely pushed each other in Bottoms Up. It’s a BDSM love story and they are both sexual Dominants – somebody had to give!

Tonya: Great characters are so fun to work with...did you bring one of your characters with you today?

Miranda: No, thank God. I just turned in edits on SoloPlay, Book Two in the Come Again series and I can’t start revising Book Three until I finish a few other projects. Oh, hell, I guess that’s not true. Crystal is always in the back of my mind these days. She’s next. She’s a professional psychic who works at a sex shop – imagine what that could do to your head!

Tonya: It sounds like you have some fresh ideas! Do you have a card file where you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?

Miranda: I have computer files with characters’ names on them. When I get ideas, I open the file and start typing. That way, when it’s time to write the story I don’t have to start with a blank page! If a good character walks into my head, they usually get their own book sooner or later. For example, Matt is the third in the ménage in Bottoms Up, and I can’t wait to write his book. He’s a wild card.

Tonya: Tell us about a day in your life as a writer because it certainly doesn’t sound boring.

Miranda: During the week I have to get all the kids to school before I can work for two hours. My husband is a prince so I can work as much as I want when he’s home. On weekends, he makes me coffee and brings my meals to the computer, but I try not to work all the time. My kids are little and I don’t want to miss out on the family fun.

Tonya: I’m sure many would like to steal a man who brings his wife meals at the computer! Are you a daytime writer, night time writer, and do you have to be alone to write?

Miranda: Now that I have all these stories in the head, I’m very self-motivated. And, um, a little obsessive. Just give me a keyboard and my iPod and I’m all set.

Tonya: Do you intentionally give your characters flaws so the reader might relate to them better?

Miranda: Well, we’ve all got issues! Do you mean physical flaws? I’d have to say no to that – because I write erotic romance I want each character to be incredibly physically attractive. In another kind of story, I would consider giving my hero/ine a charming defect but only because I like to keep it real. I’m certainly not perfect, and I think it’s our quirks that make us interesting.

Tonya: Do you write about things that may teach your reader new ‘ideas’ they might use at home?

Miranda: *snortle* I began writing erotic romance to give my own sex life a little goose so I certainly hope my readers are similarly inspired. However, Bottoms Up explores a few deviant sexual practices. Now you’ve got me worried! I’m counting on my readers to know where to draw the line between fantasy and reality…

Tonya: Where can our readers find you and your books?

Miranda: Bottoms Up is available from Samhain Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books on Board. SoloPlay is the second story in the Come Again series, and it will be released in April! Yay! Alisa Mane is a frustrated librarian who pushes every envelope she can find – a girl, a boy and a whole lot of toys. Count on an emotional and sexual journey with her in SoloPlay.

Tonya: We'd love an excerpt if you have one!

Miranda:  I would love for everyone to read it, thank you:

Excerpt from Bottoms Up:

      “Do you want to play with me? Because I think you do.'
      His arrogance should have been irritating, but she couldn’t take offense at the truth. She did want him—just not the way he thought.
       Maybe.
      Thinking about that, Destiny knocked back the shot and licked her lips. “I don’t know anything about you.”
      “Don’t let that stop you.” He set the glass and the towel on the bar and faced her squarely. “You didn’t answer my question. Do you like to be watched?”
      Curiosity overtook caution and she found herself answering him. “Yes, I’m an exhibitionist. But I’ve never bottomed, and I don’t think I’d want an audience the first time.”
      “Agreed. Hard limits?” He moved swiftly to negotiation. Her limits, his desires, their needs—a verbal contract between two interested parties that would bind their play in the rules of the BDSM world.
      Destiny sipped the beer chaser Johnny provided. He didn’t rush her, which was good, because frankly, she’d never seriously considered putting herself on the other side of the power dynamic. Bottoms held the power, truly, but it wasn’t supposed to feel like it. Part of the play was feeling powerless, and her Dominant nature utterly rejected that concept. She wasn’t sure how much submission she could handle. Where should she draw the lines? What boundaries would permit her to let him take control?
      She watched him run the bar towel over each glass as he waited for her to answer. The thought of putting herself under those rough hands made her tingle. Her nipples peaked. Sexual energy thrilled through her tight muscles. For one night, she could handle just about anything, she decided.
      Destiny looked up from his strong hands to see that he was watching her, not the glass, as he worked.
      “No blood,” she finally answered. “No blindfolds. Always wear a condom. No other women. And not tonight.”
      “That’s it?”
      Destiny nodded.
      “Do you have any questions for me? Anything you need?”
      She nodded again swiftly. There was one thing she wanted to know, but it didn’t have anything to do with her needs. She watched him closely. “Why do you like to Dominate?”
      Johnny frowned. He dropped the towel again and placed his hands flat on the bar. His shoulders formed a tight bridge as he loomed over her. “You’ll agree to submit to me with ridiculously few limitations so long as I tell you why I’m going to enjoy the experience?” His voice was incredulous.
      Uncertainty crept up on her. It wouldn’t be the first time her impulsiveness had gotten her into trouble. Johnny was a big man in more ways than height and breadth, she was sure. She thought of those hands, blunt-fingered and ringed, positioning her, his tattooed arms encircling her body as he pushed into her from behind. Blood rushed south, north, engorging her vulva and breasts, sending a flush up her chest. She ignored her arousal and focused on him. “I’m not afraid of you. Do you want me to be?”
      “A very proper question from my new submissive.”
      Destiny rolled her eyes, making Johnny grin. Humor flashed merrily in his dark gaze. She hoped he wasn’t the kind of Dom who wanted her to look down all the time. She enjoyed seeing his eyes glow like that.
      His smile faded. “As for an answer, no, I’m not into fear. Pain, yes; fear, no. I won’t expect you to cringe, but you will show me respect.” His voice was quiet, calm and diamond-hard.
      “Earn it.” Destiny clenched every muscle she could control to keep her shiver from showing.
      “Ah, Destiny, there is absolutely no doubt of that.”
      He reached across the bar to stroke his index finger over her lower lip. His touch made her breath stop in her throat. Her mouth fell open and her tongue darted to taste the pad of his finger. Lime from the gin and tonic he had just mixed made her mouth water. The urge to lower herself was shocking.
      “Good girl. Good, good girl,” he whispered. “You are going to please me very much.”
      Sweet Jesus, she wanted to. Fear spiked in her center.
      Where was the woman who loved power, the leader, the one creating the scene? Panic made her pull her head back from him and close her lips, but he caught her by the jaw, fingers gently clamped around her chin, his little finger feathering the pulse in her throat. “Uh-uh, no way, little lamb. There is no strength in denial. Choose this. Don’t let your brain talk you out of what you need.”
      Her thoughts pinwheeled. She cleared her throat and swallowed, a difficult feat with his hand on her throat. “Not lamb—ram. The symbol for Aries is the ram.”
      “Since you asked so nicely, I’d be happy to.” His slight, mocking smile returned and his hand dropped away from her face, chilling her.
      Destiny was torn. Half of her still wanted to flip this situation, make him bow and scrape, put him on his knees in any way she could. The other half, the rising half, actually wanted what he could give her—a strong hand, a will to match her own. She sure as hell hadn’t come across another man who brought out a submissive side of her.
      Again, the wicked gleam. “Choose it. It’s only fun if you want to. Mostly.”
      “Fun? You do this for fun?”
      “Absolutely. Does that answer your question?”
      She nodded slowly and Johnny’s shoulders relaxed. He took her hand. “Isn’t that why you do it too?” he asked.
      She had to think about that. Her eyes rested on the blond boy in the corner. He was waiting for her. She knew he was waiting for her. So like Damian, her first love and the man who had introduced her to the BDSM lifestyle, with his long, blond curls and sweet disposition. Also like him in his need to serve. She shook her head. “No, that’s not why I do it.”
      “Then welcome to my world, Destiny. Good times, guaranteed. Give me a night, one night, to show you how much pure pleasure can be found in submission.”


Tonya: Wow!!  Yep, that ones on my TBL so I can get that puppy read! Whew! Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Miranda: Let's give away a copy of Bottoms Up! I will choose one commenter on Friday to be the winner. Now here's your question - no, let's make it two questions - What color are your favorite take-on-the-world panties?? What is your favorite drink...in honor of our sexy bartender this week? Feel free to leave other comments and questions but we want to know the pantie COLOR and your favorite drink...ready, set, go! 
      If you’d like to chat about romance or writing feel free to visit my website, blog, FB fan page or Twitter nest. I’d love to hear from you! Tonya, thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I had a lot of fun during our chat! 

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      Thank you ALL for visiting. We've had a wonderful time and Miranda will be around all week so let's leave some great questions and comments for her!

17 comments:

  1. Naturally, I had to take a peek, so I'll kick this puppy off. When I've got something to prove I reached for my zebra-striped undies with the hot pink lining. Watch out! And like my character Destiny, I dearly love a straight shot of tequila when I'm in a certain mood. Most of the time I drink water, though. Still recovering from all that tequila in my past!

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  2. Good morning all! Thank you for stopping in even if you don't leave a comment. I hope you've found yourself a new author if you weren't familiar with Miranda's books before today!

    When I need an extra boost for power, my red or black lace panties somehow help! Miranda - I have to agree on the straight shot of tequila. When the mood strikes, it goes down so well! How about everyone else? What's your color and favorite drink? Readers are curious...

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  3. Wow! What a great excerpt Miranda. That's definitely going in my "To be Read" file.

    Panties? Well, when I know I have to take on the world I wear my red lace boy shorts. I always feel strong and sexy in them.

    As for drinks, my favorite is a White Russian. I love the smooth, creamy texture.

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  4. Hello ladies. Black panties today with a red heart. My sweetie loves that I sleep in panties and his t-shirts so I have a huge panty collection. All kinds of different colors and designs. Sometimes to be naughty I let him pick out what ones I wear that day so he has all day to think about me wearing them. Yeah I'm evil that way. ;-)

    Raevon

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  5. I don't have any boy shorts but now I kind of want some. Is there vodka in a White Russian? Or only Kahlua? Have to look that up.
    Thanks for commenting, girls. I'd stay to chat longer but I have to go ask my DH what panties he'd like me to wear. Love that idea. Back in a minute!

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  6. Raevon...now that's a nice sexy concept! It also allows hubby to have sexy thoughts too!

    Miranda...white russians have vodka and kahlua with cream and a black russian has vodka and kahlua with NO cream....both will get you into trouble, trust me! *wink*

    thank you to all stopping by today!

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  7. I love my hanky panky thong that is zebra stripes with lime green edging!

    And my favorite drink is a pina colada!

    Thanks for the contest!!

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  8. You betcha! You saw my zebra stripes and raised me one thong. Very nice! (You can keep the coconuts, though.)

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  9. Wow, Miranda and Tonya--thanks for the terrific interview! And that excerpt blew my socks right off...

    Raevon--I like that idea! Might have to go ask DH what he thinks ;) Left to my own devices though, I prefer the chocolate brown Hanky Panky thong. I don't often wear thongs, so I'm quite aware when I do :)

    Favorite drink? Something fruity... a daquiri or margarita maybe?

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  10. Do you think if I go put on a thong someone will hand me a margarita? I would really like that.

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  11. I'm sure we could get the bartender to deliver something special and bring it right to you, Miranda...James? Ummm....we NEED you over here...please?

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  12. Hmm... that would surely be some useful and powerful undergarment. Perhaps that theory bears testing this week :)

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  13. My bartender's name in Bottoms Up is Johnny. I wonder if Destiny would be willing to share, given their Lifestyle. I think she might... she just might...

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  14. Miranda, thank you so much for being here with me with this week. I hope you got lots of hits on your site also. Here, you got 101 hits for the interview, congrats!! Many new readers got to learn about you and your books if you were new to them.

    Viewers, thank you so much for stopping by to read about Miranda and her books. I hope you were able to add a few more to your TBR list as well as one more new author! Today is the day Miranda will draw the winner so stay tuned. She will email you also! Thanks again!

    Don't forget to vote in my poll up on the right!

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  15. Whoa! Hey, sorry about that! Took the kiddies to an indoor waterpark for the weekend. The winner of Bottoms Up is Susan! Susan, could you please e-mail me at Miranda@mirandabaker.com?
    Thanks so much, Tonya and everyone. It was a fun week!

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  16. Congrats, Susan! Thanks again, Tonya and Miranda! Happy Monday ;)

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  17. And happy Wednesday, too! Hey, Tonya, do you have Susan's e-mail? I do not and I haven't heard from her. Thanks!

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