Thursday, 10 November 2011

Welcome Ellora's Cave author, Suzanne Rock!

It's with huge pleasure that I welcome prolific author, Suzanne Rock to my site today - I have seen Suzanne's name pop up time and again on writing loops and interviews. So happy to have the chance to ask her a few questions of my own!

Hi, Suzanne - welcome. Let's get started...

1) Who is your favourite author and why?

I don’t really have a favorite. I’ll find an author I like and buy his/her backlist, but then I’ll move on. There are so many great stories out there, I don’t like to limit myself to just one author.

Some of my favorite authors are: Dean Koontz, Jim Butcher, Jacqueline Carey, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurel K Hamilton

2) When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always written stories, but I first considered myself a serious writer when I started writing toward publication in December 2008.

3) Describe your writing space?

Wherever I can find room, lol. I don’t have an office, like most writers. I write either on the dining room table or on the sofa in the living room. Many times I’m writing in the sitting area as I wait for my kids to finish their activities.

4) What are you reading now?

“A Quick Bite” by Lyndsay Sands. It’s an older work, and one I’ve had in my TBR pile for a while. I’ve been reading a lot of dark stories lately, and wanted something a little lighter.

5) How many books have your written? Which is your favourite?

Written or published? Unholy Pursuits is my seventh book to be released, and I have three more that will come out over the next six months. I have one book out on submission and a second that I’m polishing for submission. I’ve also written countless more stories while practicing my craft. Those books will probably never see the light of day. They’re… not good, lol.

6) What comes first, plot or characters?

Neither. My books start off as opening scenes. In Unholy Pursuits I pictured the heroine guarding something that the hero needed. I imagined a lot of witty banter going back and forth as he tried to get what he wanted. The story evolved from there.

7) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

No. I plot my books before I write, so I don’t have writers block.

8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Good question. I like to spend time with my family. I love my kids and try to spend as much time as I can with them before they hit that teenager stage and want nothing to do with me. LOL.

9) Tell us about your latest book?

Unholy Pursuits is the first story in a brand new series from Ellora’s Cave. If you like demons and fairies and hot headed FBI agents, then you’ll love this new, dark BDSM series.

The portal between earth and hell are guarded by an ancient, mystical race, called the
Iatros. These fairy-like creatures protect humans from the creatures of the underworld by preventing their passage to Earth. For years they have worked in secret, until a demon lord finds a way to neutralize their powers and strengthen his own. He uses this new-found magic to form a relic called the demon stone and uses it to gain access to Earth.

Iatros are unable to fight the strengthening demons on their own, and in desperation recruit the paranormal investigation unit of the FBI to help. This unit, lead by the sexy and egotistical Darien Lange, belittle the Iatros‘ powers and believe that they can defeat the demons on their own.

In the first story,
Unholy Pursuit, Darien charms one of the guardians of the portal, a young Iatros named Arianne, and gains access into hell. There things don’t go as planned and the team is captured. After months of captivity some of them escape, but the demon taint is on their soul, and as a result they have an increasing need for sex and violence. Only becoming an Iatros spirit mate can stop their slow transformation into creatures of the underworld, but doing so would admit that they need help, and then they would become bound to one of the mystical creatures forever. How the team manages to escape hell, remove the taint, and combat the demons is the basis for this trilogy.

10) What’s next for you?

Right now I’m putting the final edits on Whispers, my historical ménage ghost story that is due out at Loose Id on November 22nd. Here’s the blurb:

Rose is skeptical when Lady Denville hires her to take care of some ghosts in her townhouse. She expects to find a nest of rats or leaky water pipes. Instead she finds two sexy spirits intent on fulfilling her every sexual desire. They introduce her to a whole new world of pleasure — and a curse that may destroy them all.

Lionel and Jonathan have been trapped in the townhouse for decades, waiting. When Rose walks in, they know that she is the one with the power to save them. The key to their freedom lies within reach, and both men must put aside their differences if they ever hope to break the curse that binds them to the townhouse. As the men set out to seduce Rose and gain their freedom, their sexual desire turns into something more. Now they must be honest with the woman they love, or stay imprisoned in the spirit world forever.


Darien let his guard down once, and Arianne stole the demon stone from under his nose. Now he has to get it back, no matter what the cost. It doesn’t matter that the feisty redhead calms the voices in his head, or that her body tempts him beyond reason. Only the stone will ensure his survival. He decides to appeal to her feminine side and use gentle seduction to get it back. As he begins, something inside him changes, and the voices in his head compel him to use pain to heighten desire.

As Darien’s touch turns dark, Arianne’s lust escalates, and a connection forms between them. Yet despite her need, she can’t let the sexy FBI agent have what he wants. If placed in the wrong hands, the stone would release an unholy force intent on destroying everything she loves—including him.


“Well, we’re not going back to Boston,” Darien said. “Not until I get what I came for. So you’re just going to have to settle for this.”

Before she could speak, before she could even think, he captured her lips in a hot, searing kiss. His scent surrounded her, a very human smell of fresh air and masculinity, like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. Heat whipped through her body, turning her muscles to water. Desire rose up from her core and burned through her body. Her body softened and in turn she found she could flex her fingers, move her lips slightly. Yes. If she could just keep him here until she regained her full range of movement…

He tilted his head and ran his tongue along the edge of her lips, coaxing her to part them. She did without thinking, drinking in his fresh, minty taste. He wrapped his arm around her mid-section and invaded her mouth, sweeping his tongue along hers in a gentle, probing way, exploring and claiming, tasting and savoring. She moaned and began to kiss him back, enjoying the feel of his soft lips against her skin, the swirl of emotion he was creating inside her body. Her sword became heavy, and she lowered the point to the ground and closed her eyes.

How many times had she seen him do this with other women? How many times had she wished it had been her he was kissing, not them? The whole thing felt almost surreal to Arianne, like some torrid dream.

Darien pulled away, just far enough to meet her gaze. “Nice.”

The word held a world of promise and seduction. As Arianne’s heartbeat quickened back to its normal pace, she felt the heat rise to her cheeks.

Darien let go of her waist, stepped back and adjusted his backpack. “Very nice.” He winked. “Thank you, sweetheart.”

She let out a scream, an ancient war-cry of her ancestors, and hurled herself forward. Darien slipped through the portal, leaving her and her companions behind.

The portal began to swirl once more.

Of all the… Arianne threw her sword point-first at the portal in frustration. Fire erupted at the tip as soon as it touched the swirling color, then it quickly ran up the blade as each inch reached the magic.

“That was your mother’s blade,” one of the other Iatros’ said.

Arianne let out another cry and sank to the ground.


After over a decade in the scientific world, Suzanne needed a creative outlet. She tried scrap booking, cooking, crocheting, painting, and piano, none of which held her interest for very long. Then one of her friends suggested writing. Thrilled with the idea of creating her own worlds, she opened up her lap top and never looked back.

When Suzanne’s not writing, she can be found playing with her two daughters, testing her husband’s latest kitchen creations, or curled up with her favorite romance novel in her central Massachusetts home.






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Great to have you here and huge luck with your tour and future sales! Suzanne is waiting to answer your questions and comments...


  1. This book looks very intriguing!! I'll definitely have to check it out.

  2. This looks great! I love the cover. Will definitely give it a read.

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by CharliDenae! I hope that you like the book!

  4. SJ Drum - Thanks so much! I love the cover, too. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. What a great trailer, really liked the music that was with it. How involved are you in the making of the videos?

  6. Hi Jean! Thanks for the compliment! i do all of the trailers myself. That means that I pick out the pictures and music, write teh words, and string them all together in windows movie maker. I love doing them. They're a lot of fun! :)