I am excited to welcome Naomi Bellina to my blog today. She has a really great motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure! Something I totally agree with and take advantage of every chance I get.
Naomi lives in beautiful sunny Florida with the love of her life and a magical black cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets, but finds she is drawn to erotic romance because her characters insist on canoodling, and sometimes even falling madly in love. So she lets them. Occasionally, however, they go to dark and strange places. She lets them do this also.
(Starla) Most of her stories will surprise readers with unexpected twists and turns, because isn’t that what makes life exciting?
Her interests include dancing, hula-hooping, drumming, and creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play, have fun, and indulge in the pursuit of passion whenever possible. She hopes you enjoy her stories and would love to hear from you at [email protected]. Visit her website at www.naomibellina.com.
What helps to get you away from the stress of writing?
Believe it or not, I like to mow the lawn. The roar and rhythm of the mower put my mind in a meditative place. It’s a very zen-like activity, go up a row, around, down the next, repeat.
Give us two random thoughts about yourself, something that might surprise your readers.
Here’s something slightly embarrassing, I like disco music. Something about the hip-shaking beat, the simplistic words, it’s easy to dance to and fun to sing along with.
I’m an icing licker. Beware putting a birthday cake in front of me. I love that pure sugar taste of frosting, straight off my finger. Yum! In our childhood home movies I can be seen at most every event leaning in to the cake to grab a scoop.
How and why did you decide to use a pen name? Do you have more than one?
Since I write erotic material and also have another business, I want to keep the two separate. With the Internet, people can find out anything about anybody! Also, I think my family would disown me if they knew what I was writing; they’re not the most open-minded group. Right now I only use one pen name, but if I ever write anything really dark and nasty, like I’m often tempted to do, I would use another one.
Have you faced a big writing challenge, other than just writing?
Marketing! What’s the best bang for my buck? Should I invest in a pricey website? Go with something less expensive? Set up my own or ply a college student with home-cooked meals and have them design one for me? There are so many options. Then there’s the whole SEO thing…don’t get me started. Even as I write this, I feel the urge to go to my current website and tweak it. I recently took a wonderful online workshop from The Romance Studio that gave me some great promotional ideas. I’m attending a social media boot camp this week to learn even more tricks.
When do you get your best story ideas?
Sadly, it’s often in the shower…all those negative ions floating around, I suppose. I have to chant the idea or phrase over and over in my mind until I’m done. My honey is treated to the sight of me running wet and naked to my computer, muttering to myself.
Describe your working environment.
Far too messy right now! I recently downsized my other business, so there are a few too many piles of things waiting to be sorted. Eventually, I’ll get tired of stepping over them and file or pitch. I have a great window view of the street, and one of my favorite things to watch is the kids getting on the school bus. Bye-bye kids! I’m glad that’s not me! I’m also glad that children are still going to school and learning (hopefully) useful skills.
How do you deal with rejection?
Long bouts of tearful sobbing and excessive chocolate and wine. No, I don’t do that. Much. Most rejections are very polite, some are even helpful. If I’ve been given a reason for the rejection, I certainly pay attention. Otherwise, I just figure that my piece should be somewhere else and I move on. My first erotic romance was rejected eight times! But I just kept plugging away, and publisher number nine was the winner.
How do you research the time period, setting, plot specifics, character specifics?
Love the Internet! I have learned so much about so many things. I recently had to do research on worms (can’t say too much and give the story away!), and who would have thought there was so much information available about that subject? We have a fabulous library in my town and I enjoy spending time there, especially in the children’s section when I need books on mythological or fantasy creatures.
Now let’s talk about the specifics of your new book, When Irish Eyes Are Evil…
Genre: Vampire, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Lentgh: 10, 576 words
Release Date: October 3, 2011
Buy Link: Total-E-Bound
What was unique about this particular book?
This book has two unique factors. It takes place on the World Space Station, a fictional place that could one day soon become a reality. And, much as I love vampires, I wanted one with slightly different…tastes. This sexy vampire takes something other than blood from his victims. You’re curious now, aren’t you?
Did you have a scene that was particularly hard to write? Why?
I had to rewrite one of the scenes because it pushed some taboo buttons with my publisher. I pouted at first, but then I saw their point, and, with the help of my fabulous editor, the scene came out even better after the rewrite, if I do say so myself!
A sexy vampire with evil on his mind has Rachael playing detective to find a way to subdue him before he can destroy her. Sent to the space station in lieu of prison, Rachel longs to escape and return to Earth. An encounter with a charming bartender, Brody, makes her reconsider, until she realizes that he is not what he seems. Racing against time, Rachel must find a way to permanently eliminate Brody before she falls prey to his evil plot and is killed in the process. With the help of a sexy crew member, a friend back home and another of Brody’s victims, Rachel devises a dangerous plan to kill the fiend and save herself and other potential victims.
Shawn held very still and looked into Rachel’s eyes. She licked her lips seductively and gently bit the bottom one, a sexy technique that looked oh-so-good on the late movies—but when he suddenly pulled away, she wondered if she had gone too far. It had been a while since she’d used her feminine wiles to seduce a man and who knew what type of behavior was considered normal out here. Maybe there was some kind of unspoken protocol for these things. Hell, maybe weird golden light and strange-tasting post-coital drinks were the standard.
Shawn strode across the room and locked the door, then turned to face Rachel again. She sneaked a glance at the front of his pants and hid a triumphant smile. Her seduction technique appeared to have worked. Shawn’s cock was hard against the front of his pants and his breath was coming fast.
Well, no need to waste any more time, Rachel decided, and peeled off her shirt to reveal her firm little breasts and already hard nipples. She began to take down her pants, but Shawn stopped her.
“Wait, let me unwrap you,” he said, his voice ragged. “I’ve dreamt about seeing you naked since the moment I saw you.”
He slowly undid her jeans, slid the zipper down and pulled her pants to her ankles. For a moment, he rested his cheek against her stomach.
“So soft and warm,” he murmured, then gently slid the lacy panties down and buried his face between her legs.
“Your scent is driving me wild,” he groaned, and began to lick her pussy, his tongue first teasing her clit, then moving deeper. Rachel felt her legs begin to buckle and nearly fell. She hadn’t felt these sensations for far too long.
Her encounter with Brody had been hot, no question about that—but Shawn’s tongue on her pussy seemed to reach every nerve of her body.
She pulled away slightly, kicked off her jeans and panties, and pulled out a nearby chair. Taking Shawn’s hand, she led him to it and he sat. She spread her legs wide and straddled him, then, looking into his dark eyes gone almost black with desire, she lowered her wet, eager pussy onto his hard cock. Ah…a perfect fit. Sitting still for a moment she caressed Shawn’s face, then ran her hands down his firm chest. He reached up to stroke her breasts, squeezing and pulling her hard nipples. His gentle yet firm touch aroused a deep passion in Rachel. She felt need and desire coming from Shawn but tenderness and warmth as well. He wanted to make love, not just engage in a quick fuck. Holding the back of the chair and standing on her toes she began to tilt her pelvis, slowly at first, enjoying the feel of his cock sliding in and out, then faster and faster until he groaned loudly with pleasure and grabbed her hips tightly, calling our her name as he shot his cum inside her. He bent to kiss her neck, nuzzling it and murmuring sweet nothings.
She lowered herself onto her the flats of her feet, leaned in to him and rubbed her clit against his mound of pubic hair, his cock still hard inside her. The feel of his coarse hair on her sensitive bud soon sent her over the edge.
Within moments, her back arched and her head tipped back as her own orgasm ripped through her body. She could feel the electric current that seemed to exist between them running from the top of her head all the way to her toes. She bit down on her lip to keep from screaming her pleasure. She felt the tension of the last few weeks leave her body, and a delicious, warm feeling of contentment came over her.
Panting, she laid her head on Shawn’s shoulder. He wrapped his arms around her and for a moment they clung together, panting, hot, sweaty and totally satisfied. Shawn licked then kissed her neck and gently pushed her away.
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