Please join me in welcoming author E.L. Todd to the blog! She’s agreed to an interview and we’re also going to learn more about her latest release INTO THE FIRE. Don’t you love the cover? Well, wait until you check out the blurb and excerpt :)
Also, toward the end of the post is a link to enter E.L.’s giveaway :)
Let’s get started …
Tell us about yourself tweet style :) That’s right, you get 140 characters!
I love cocky alpha males, devilish tattoos, and men with hearts of gold. That’s everything you need to know about E. L. Todd
Love it! Tell us the last thing you cooked.
Carne Asada tacos. I could eat Mexican food EVERY day.
Mexican food is a fave of mine as well. What was the main goal you accomplished in 2015 and the one main goal you hope to accomplish in 2016?
I wanted to write an alpha male that hung precariously on the line between being a jerk and a sweetheart. Ash is the product of that goal.
In 2016, I want to focus more on sensual romance, the kind where the scenes without sex are just as hot as the ones with the steamy sex.
Great goals :) What’s the one question you’re asked most often when it comes to your writing?
How do you write so fast? I don’t have an answer to that. I just get an idea in my head and I go for it. My fingers hit the keyboard and they don’t stop, not even for a bathroom break.
When did you first know you wanted to become an author?
A very long time ago. Ever since I started reading I wanted to be a writer. It’s my one true passion. I never thought I could accomplish that dream because I didn’t have a lot of confidence. I’ve read so many amazing stories and I kept thinking, “I’ll never be as good as they are.” But I continually strive to be better.
It’s a constant in most authors lives I think. Who was the first person you told when you were contracted for book?
My two good friends. They read all my stories up to this point and they were the ones who encouraged me to pursue this dream. When it actually happened, they were the first ones to celebrate with me.
I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in INTO THE FIRE.
I already had the title picked out, so I wanted a name that would complement the main character. That’s when I thought of Ash. He’s so hot he burns everything he touches.
What inspired you to write INTO THE FIRE?
I wanted a romance that was so hot it actually burned the partners involved. Both characters knew it was too dangerous to become invested in it but they did it anyway. And of course, they got burned. I wanted to show that kind of relationship, the kind where you see the end before it begins.
How do you feel about writing love scenes?
I enjoy it. I liked explaining the way the characters feel for each other through their physical embraces. You can show a lot about characters in the way they interact with each other. Are they gentle? Do they kiss? Do they hold each other when everything is finished? There’s a lot of story you can tell.
What’s the one scene from your book that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?
Alessandra meets Ash for the first time in a coffee shop. She’s immediately attracted to him but the second he opens his mouth she realizes just how arrogant he is. He thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread, and she immediately grows irritated with him despite his obvious level of hotness. That’s when the chemistry starts. You’ll see what I mean.
I love that. lol Do you have a writing ritual—as in do you wear a lucky pair of socks, drink a certain drink, light a candle, play music?
I light a candle when I write. It’s usually scent based on the season. The one on my nightstand is cozy woods. It’s the perfect smell for the winter.
When writing do you try and reach a certain word count each day, or do you write for a certain amount of time, or do you just write and don’t worry about either?
I try to reach a certain word count every day if I’m on a deadline. If I’m not on a deadline and I’m working far in advance, I write for as long as I’m “in the zone”.
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
After Into The Fire was finished, I started on a series called The Timeless Series. It’s about a guy and girl who meet and immediately feel a connection. But it’s much more complicated than simply going on a date and falling in love. Both of these characters realize they can never be together. But that doesn’t stop the attraction or their feelings. It’s almost like destiny is keeping them together.
RANDOM FUN: FINISH THIS SENTENCE…
If I could go anywhere in the world I’d go: to the North Pole.
My toothbrush: is pink with red flames along the sides.
I’ll never eat: fried polar bear.
When I was a kid I wanted to: be a bounty hunter.
My favorite television show is : The Big Bang Theory.
My favorite quote is : ”Twenty years from now you’ll great the things you didn’t do more than the ones you actually did to.” Mark Twain.
The last book I read was : The Arrangement by H. M. Ward.
an embarrassment. I served four tours in Afghanistan but that doesn’t mean anything to them. They only see the ink, the party life, and my short stint in jail.
me to be my own man and gave me everything I needed. It didn’t matter that it was every penny I had. It didn’t matter that the money was set aside for my future. My dreams.
not to comply will get a swift kick in the nuts.
I sat up then ran my hands up his chest. “You want to know a secret?”
“You’re the sexiest man I’ve ever seen.”
“Well, that’s not a secret, sweetheart.”
“Ugh, you’re so cocky but you’re still hot.”
My hands went to his jeans and I unbuttoned them then pulled down the zipper.
Ash watched me with dark eyes.
I got his jeans off then saw his long definition in his boxers. It was thick and moved all the way down to his thigh. “Wow…”
“I get that a lot.”
I pressed my lips to this tip through the material and gave him a gentle kiss.
Ash’s eyes widened and he released a deep moan. “Whoa…sweetheart.”
I grabbed his boxers and tugged them down.
He gripped the top and kept them up. “As horny and flattered as I am, not tonight.”
I pouted my lips. “Why the hell not?”
“Because I’m not going to take advantage of you.”
“Take advantage?” I asked. “I’m giving it to you.”
“Even so, last week you told me no. I know you’re only saying yes now because you’re drunk. That’s not how I do things.”
I growled. “Come on, don’t be such a pussy.”
He chuckled. “Excellent way to get into a man’s pants.”
I growled again.
“I’ll tell you what.” He kneeled at the foot of the bed with his torso between my legs. “If you still want to when you wake up in the morning, I’ll rock you so hard your bed will break. How about that?”
“But I want it now…” My hands moved down his chest.
“I’m sorry.” One hand moved through my hair. “Take it as a compliment.”
“You’re rejecting me. How is that a compliment?”
“I’m rejecting you because I care about you. I want to know you want me, not just because you had too much to drink. And I don’t want to be something you regret.” He tucked my hair behind my ear. “Even drunk, you can understand that, right?”
“Good.” He stood up then pulled his t-shirt off.
Oh my lord.
Ash was a solid slab of muscle. Prominent lines of muscle divided the different areas of his body. His torso was flanked with power and strength, and the muscle of his ribs looked like lines of sand in the desert. His stomach contained an eight pack, full of grooves and valleys. And his chest was wide and expansive. Both of my hands couldn’t take up half the area. “I usually sleep in the nude but I’ll sleep in my boxers tonight.”
“I want you to be comfortable…don’t mind me.”
He chuckled then pulled the covers back. “Come on. Get into bed.”
“With you?” Seriously?
“What does it look like?”
“Are you trying to torture me?”
That stupid grin was on his face. “Change and let’s go to bed.”
I eyed his t-shirt on the floor then snatched it. I pulled it over my dress then removed my dress from underneath.
“That’s pretty impressive.”
His shirt reached past my thighs and made me feel smaller than I already was. I crawled up the bed then lay in the sheets beside him. “Your shirt smells good.”
“It’s my natural scent so I’m not surprised.” He turned on his side and faced me. Then he wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me close to him. “For what it’s worth, I’m going to be hard all night.”
“We can fix that…”
He chuckled. “I would love to—in the morning.”
“I thought you were a dick?”
“Then why are you being so sensitive right now?”
“I’m a dick because I sleep around and tell women they aren’t getting shit from me. But I’m not an ass. I don’t lie and act like I’m something I’m not. No woman ever has to wonder where our relationship is going. And I don’t take advantage of women. A little buzzed is fine, but totally drunk like this isn’t right. And I don’t need to get a girl drunk to get her into bed. Besides, I’m your friend. What kind of friend would I be if I totally used you when you were most vulnerable? That shit is fucked up.”
Now I felt like an idiot. I put myself out there and got rejected—coldly.
“Hey.” His voice came out gentle. “Saying no wasn’t easy. You know how attracted I am to you. I sincerely hope you still want it in the morning. Because my morning wood is going to be bigger than usual.” He leaned in and gave me a gentle kiss on the lips. His mouth was soft and delicate. Even though the touch was innocent, it somehow made me melt. “Good night, sweetheart.”
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