Please help me welcome SPECIAL GUEST Lea Griffith to the blog today. She’s here for her very first visit and is talking research. Research is one of my favorite things and I enjoyed hearing about Lea’s. I think you will too! Lea is also giving us a sneak peek into her release MORE. Don’t you love her sexy cover?
Afterward, please sign up for Lea’s wonderful giveaway. The link is at the end of the post 🙂
Take it away Lea…
Thanks, Christine, for having me today! I love visiting new sites and I’m tickled to be here.
As a writer I’ve always heard, “Write what you know.” Sometimes that’s really easy. Other times, not so much. Sometimes I have to step outside my comfort zone to get in my characters’ heads. Taking on new challenges keeps me fresh though inevitably I end up writing from my heart, and yeah, putting in a little (or a lot) of what I know.
My All or Nothing series is based in Atlanta, and Atlanta I know. It’s my hometown and I had no problem giving accurate depictions of my city as I wrote this series. Most of the characters are from Atlanta and a lot of my native flavor finds its way into each book in the series. Telling you about restaurants I love around the city, the sights and smells of a warm Georgia night—these are things I have no problem recalling and getting exactly right.
But there are things I had to research because while the scent of jasmine in the air during a Georgia spring is vivid, certain elements of BDSM are not. Sex swings for example. Not something I’ve ever had personal knowledge of, I’ll be honest. So research came into play and what a day that was! I can confirm I had no idea how sexy a swing could be until it was used by my hero, Tobias Edwards. YOWZA, I tell ya’! But the research had to be done so that when Tobias places her in his swing, I could get his movement, reactions and pleasure just right. Everything he does is for her pleasure which magnifies his own a thousand-fold.
Another topic I had to research was painting. Who knew you didn’t just grab some paint and put it on a canvas. Who knew there were different types of paint, different types of canvases and brushes? Not this girl. But this research, while not quite as titillating was equally fulfilling because I learned from it and it allowed me to give you an idea what my heroine, Ruthie feels and smells and envisions when she paints. She’s blind so those elements of painting were essential to my story.
Outside my comfort zone? Definitely. Enjoyable to learn about? Oh, heck yes! I believe that getting things right is essential putting my reader in the moment with my characters. Their Dominant/submissive dynamic demanded I get certain elements perfect so I could show you their relationship’s progression—their hearts’ pain and their pleasure.
I love the characters from my All or Nothing series—I love their depth, their strengths and their weaknesses. And it’s my hope that I’ve combined what I know with stepping outside my comfort zone and taking on research in a way that you love them as well.
Thanks again, Christine, for having me today. I enjoyed it!
All or Nothing # 2
By: Lea Griffith
Releasing February 10th, 2015
Sure to please fans of erotic romance, Lea Griffith’s All or Nothing series returns to the deepest places of longing and obsession.
Three years ago, Ruthie Copeland ran away from an erotic connection that shook her to the core. Now she realizes that Tobias Edwards is the only man who can give her what she craves. Determined to reignite the dangerous flame between them, Ruthie seeks him out at The Underground—and discovers a changed man. Though Ruthie, blind since childhood, cannot see the scars on Toby’s face that forced him to seal off his heart, her gentle submission eases the pain of her body’s only Master.
Toby stopped feeling after Ruthie left, stopped expecting to find release in meaningless dominance play. Now that Ruthie has taken their dance to the limits of ecstasy, Toby’s lost in a haze of sensation. Yet the enemies that left him disfigured may reappear at any moment. Ruthie’s love gives him the strength to face those who seek to break him, but Toby fears he must leave her to save her life.
More is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/12/more-all-or-nothing-2-by-lea-griffith.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22322953-more
Series on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/129158-all-or-nothing
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo
Lea Griffith began sneaking to read her mother’s romance novels at a young age. She cut her teeth on the greats: McNaught, Woodiwiss, and Garwood. A firm believer that love makes the world go round, she still consumes every romance book she can put her hands on, but now she writes her own.
Lea lives with her husband and three teenage daughters in rural Georgia. Two dogs, a cat, and a beta fish named Coddy George complete a family that is always in motion. When not working at the EDJ, she’s usually at her keyboard, using every spare second to write. Science fiction, paranormal and contemporary romance, oh my! Nothing is off-limits when it comes to her writing.
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