Today's guest is Elaine Lowe. Elaine, thanks for coming.
Thanks Elaine, for having me here! I love your questions.
1.Can you tell us five things about you that nobody would ever guess?
Oh, you ask me to reveal all my secrets! Why…why not? In my younger days, I was a baton twirler on a national championship team – believe me, you’d never think that to look at me now. Although not the hardest thing to guess, I love dressing in historical costumes – my current favourite is Victorian garb at the local Dickens Fair, although lately I’ve been adding a fair bit of steampunk flair now and again. I’m also a complete and total sucker for a good BBC costume drama, from Jeeves and Wooster to the latest Austen rendition, I’m glued to the TV. I love to sing, and was once part of a choir that got to perform at Carnegie Hall – where at one point I portrayed a monkey screeching. Quite fun. Hmm, one more thing…there’s a lot of different genres of writing of I love, romance of course, humor, fantasy, but one of the oddest is a subset of science fiction called “alternate history”. I’m always wondering how life would be different if some aspect of history, an event, a decision, a random act of chance, had turned out differently.
2.I ove historical costumes too. It's loads of fun. What do you think makes a book a page turner?
For me, a book has to have characters that I care about. They aren’t perfect, they have flaws, but you want to see them happy anyway. Maybe, you see a bit of yourself in them. A compelling plot is a wonderful thing, but without real, honest and multi-dimensional characters, you don’t go back to read the book again.
3.Which genre of books appeals least to you? Why?
I have to admit I am not a huge fan on non-fiction. I do read on scientific topics and some history, but I really prefer fiction and a bit of escapism. Somehow, I think the lessons learned through fiction somehow sneak in and are more deeply felt.
4.I feel the same way. For me it's totally about escapism. What are you working on right now?
I usually have several works-in-progress at any given moment. I’m just finishing up a paranormal in the same world as my latest release, Magic Eights, involving a paranormal protection league, a commanding half-Fae, and a snarky vampire. It’s tentatively titled Memory Lapse. I’m also working on a historical set in Hawaii in 1888.
5.Would you share your links with us?
My web site is: http://elainelowenovels.com/
Come follow me on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/elainelowe
A link to check out Magic Eights: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9413-magic-eights.aspx
7.We’d love to read an excerpt. Be sure to give us a buy link.
Magic Eights is here: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9413-magic-eights.aspx
And here’s an excerpt: (Readers this excerpt is from an erotic novel. It isn't graphic, but I just wanted you to know.)
Blowing a frizzy strand of reddish-brown hair from in front of her face, Susanna Walker-Wong tried valiantly to relax into the suds of her bath. Truly soothing rose and chamomile scents floated into the hot air of the bathroom, and hot water always relaxed away the tension she held in her shoulders. But all these luxurious bubbles and steam didn’t really get to the core of her problem.
She was horny. Despite, or perhaps because of all the stresses in her life, she was ready to burst with the need for someone to touch her. Well, not just someone. It would be really fabulous if her husband would get a clue and look up from his computer screen long enough to notice her panting after him.
But instead, she took a bath. Really, she shouldn’t be this desperate. It was their eighth anniversary, and that morning their son had been taken to his grandparents’ house where he was likely being spoiled rotten. For lunch, she had been the entree and Will had worshipped her thoroughly before taking her out to a sumptuous dinner that they’d enjoyed and debated like the foodies they were. It should have been perfect, she should have been completely satisfied.
Her career was humming along, though she was only working on contract, part-time, with Nathan being only four years old and just starting preschool. Yeah, the dishes needed to be done, and there was yard-work that begged to be finished and the floor required vacuuming desperately. But if she ever finished her entire “to do” list, she’d be dead, right? She should be completely content.
So why was she absolutely burning with lust? Every time William breathed, she watched the rise and fall of his chest and wanted to tear off his T-shirt and run her hands over his pecs and lick his nipples until he groaned. She wanted to thread her hands in the blue-black of his unkempt hair and tousle it even more while she pulled his lips to hers. She wanted to knock his laptop to the ground and climb astride him and ride him until he screamed her name and woke up the neighbors in the next condo.
She moved slightly to get her shoulders deeper into the water and relieve the tension there. The soft rose scent of the bubbles fluttered up to try to console her, mixing with the subtle spiciness from Esme’s present. She sighed, her hands drifting over her clit, only to retreat quickly to her side when the door swung open.
Will stood in the doorway for a moment, taking in the soap-obscured view of her naked body and flashing her a brief but devastating grin that still made her heart go pitter-patter.
“Hello, my water nymph. How do you find your bath? And is that incense I smell?” He turned away from her and to the toilet, nonchalantly taking a piss, while she observed the curve of his ass in the ancient pair of khaki shorts that he wore.
“Bath’s searing hot, just like this nymph likes it. And no, the scent is something Esme sent us for our anniversary.” She looked him up and down. “Care to join me?” Her voice dripped with invitation, but she knew he didn’t share her particular fetish for baths.
“You’ve got to be kidding me! It’s like ninety-five in the house, and it’s only going to get hotter. How you can stand to take a hot bath in this weather is beyond my ken!” With a drip and a zip and a quick wash of his hands, he turned back to her, his eyes eating her up and making her throb even more than she had been. With his dark shining eyes carrying that edge of lust and his wicked goatee reminding her how much she liked the drag of his chin against her thighs, she was practically melting with need for him. But she didn’t let it show. Her appetite for him was simply ridiculous after all the years they’d been together and she’d never been completely comfortable letting it all out. He was everything she ever wanted, and she didn’t feel like scaring him off now.
Elaine, thank you so much for coming, and lots of luck with your book.