Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Welcome Loose Id author, Rachell Nichole!

 Hi Rachell! Welcome to my blog. First things first - what a fabulously gorgeous cover! You must be thrilled, so eye-catching :) Who is the artist? He or she definitely deserves a mention - beautiful. Looking forward to getting to know you better, Rachell. Let's get started with the questions...

1)   What is your writing routine?
I’m really bad about that… I don’t do routines J A lot of writers say they write every day, but that doesn’t work for me. I write when I can. I like whole days or really big blocks of time to sit and write, and write, and write. And then suddenly it’s sunrise and I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. Or it’s 9 p.m. and the manager of Barnes & Noble is looking at me funny and thinking to himself, hasn’t she been here since we opened?

2)   Which author/s inspire you to write?
The first adult romance I read was Christine Feehan. She really helped pull me into the genre and now I read everything from Suzanne Brockmann to Maggie Shayne and Gayle Callen. I’m obsessed with the way Brockmann creates characters, and I’m trying to expand my erotic romance and historical authors, so if you’ve got recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

3)   Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?
This one’s really hard. I read almost entirely paranormal romance for 2 or 3 years. And then I started branching out and reading other subgenres. I still have a special place in my heart for paranormal, but I’ve also come to completely adore romantic suspense and erotic romance. I also write in all three of those subgenres.

4)   How do you deal with criticism/rejection?
I’m really good at ignoring things I don’t want to deal with. When criticism is constructive and comes from someone I trust, I almost always take it and revise based on it.  Rejection doesn’t faze me very much.

5)   What do you expect from an editor?
Unconditional love and support… just kidding. I expect an editor not to pull any punches. To tell me where and when something is wrong and suggest a way to fix it.

6)   Tell me about your latest release
My first book, an erotic romance called An Affair Across Times Square is about two lawyers who start an affair through the windows of the Marietta hotel and his law office, eighteen stories above Times Square. The book comes out today, August 21, through Loose Id, LLC.

7)   Tease us with a blurb or short excerpt
Ooh, I do love a good tease…
Layla Morgan is tired of getting into trouble, and getting hurt. And she fears her wild nature is going to strike yet again. But maybe this time, she’s finally met the guy that can stand close enough to touch her inner flames, and not get burned. The man across Times Square seems enthralled by her wildness instead of scared in the face of it. He can’t seem to look away as she shows him just how much fun she can have… with herself.

After one glance of silky skin and talented fingers, Tyler Lachlan doesn’t stand a chance of resisting the delicious distraction of the mystery woman from the Marietta Hotel. He’s sure there’s more to her than her sultry voice and mahogany thighs, but he doesn’t know if he’s willing to risk his career to find out.

Could what began as a voyeuristic affair across Times Square develop into something more?

And here’s a little taste from the first chapter. It’s Tyler’s first glimpse Layla.

TYLER LACHLAN COULDN’T believe what he saw through his office window. A woman across Times Square, eighteen stories high, scantily clad in the middle of her hotel room, pleasuring herself. And here he sat, staring at her like some sick Peeping Tom. His mother would be so ashamed, but he couldn’t look away. He could feel the way his body reacted to the sight of her. When he looked up from that morning’s briefing documents and gazed across the way to the hotel, he’d never expected to be greeted with such a sight. The minute she had started unbuttoning her blouse, his gaze had followed her every movement, his pulse increasing with every step. Blood pooled low in his groin. He was lucky no one else was in the office at six a.m., or he would have been interrupted.
And wouldn’t that have been a shame.
Now she sat there, her hands still between her legs, frozen. He’d never realized how close together the buildings in the square were, too busy focusing on what happened inside his office rather than through the window. He could only make out some her facial features from this distance, but her body language was clear. He imagined her eyes were dark behind her thick-rimmed glasses. Probably brown, a few shades darker than her decadent mocha skin.
She’d become coiled like a cat the moment she realized she was being watched. He had the sudden desire to lick his lips. What a pervert! He tried to force his eyes closed, tried to spin his chair to the side or look away. He should look away, but he couldn’t move. Apparently neither could she. He stared at her beautiful, brazen body as she did the unthinkable. She smiled at him. She spread her legs wider, and he found himself leaning forward in his desk chair, waiting for more.
She looked right at him as she pulled her hands free from between her legs, gliding them up her mahogany stomach and higher to cup her barely covered breasts. Her bra and panties were darker than her skin—black, perhaps. She maintained eye contact as she moved her hands around her breasts. His cock hardened at the sight. What the hell are you doing?
She didn’t stop, and he couldn’t look away. She pushed a finger into her mouth, sucking it, then trailed a wet path down her chest and slipped it into the front of her bra. She didn’t seem inclined to remove the fabric, and he couldn’t care less. She dipped another finger into her mouth, and he watched, mesmerized, as her other hand slid down her abdomen and between her thighs. He gripped the edge of his desk, desperate for her to continue, though afraid it might kill him if she did.
She didn’t close her eyes this time as she pleasured herself. He sucked his bottom lip between his teeth and bit it to keep from reaching to relieve his aching cock. It seemed wrong somehow to gain so much pleasure from what she was doing, but he couldn’t help himself. The muscles in his body grew tight in anticipation, his cock throbbing. And still he did nothing but watch until her body shook with her release. She looked at him as she licked her fingers clean. As she stood and walked to the window, pressing her body against the glass, she gave him another smile. Then she kissed the window and closed the curtains.
And he’d never been more turned on in his life.

8)   Which is your favorite character in the book?  Why?
I really love Layla, my heroine. She’s got quite a bit of damage and some issues that Tyler helps her work through and put to rest in this book. There’s a lot of my personality in Layla, or my alter ego’s personality. She’s empowered and brazen in the areas I’m pretty shy, and she’s terrified of some things that make me shine.

9) What are you working on right now?
     I’m always working on a few things. Right now, I’m looking for an agent for my paranormals, I just finished plotting a new erotic romance and I’m mulling over the idea for a sequel novella about Tyler’s sister, Mandy, who we briefly meet in this book.

10) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?
     Never, EVER quit. Sometimes you get characters or stories that aren’t ready for the world, so you put them in a drawer or a file for a while. Someday you might go back to them, or you may not, but whatever you do, keep writing.

11) Where can readers find you?
     I’m almost everywhere nowadays. I have a group blog with two other erotic romance authors at www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com. I also have a personal webpage www.RachellNichole.com, and I’m on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RachellNichole. And you can always check your local B&N… who knows, you may find me squirreled off into a corner with my laptop working on the next book.

Thanks so much for having me stop by, Rachel. It was such a pleasure to share a little bit about me and my book. And thanks to your readers for dropping in to give it a read. Also a quick thanks to my cover artist Valerie Tibbs.  

LOL! Glad you mentioned the artist - great job, Valerie!



  1. Yes, the cover is astounding! Valerie did a fabulous job! Love it!

    Thanks again for the great interview questions, Rachel.

  2. Hi Rachell and Rachel,

    Great interview! I can't wait to read the book--I love the premise. I agree that the cover is gorgeous, too. Best of luck with your debut!

  3. Thanks Nona. :-)

    It's been a wild ride!