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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Welcome Author Roxanne Rhoads

1.     Where do you hail from? What do you love most about your hometown?
I am from the outskirts of Flint, Michigan. I think what I love most about the area is that you can get everything within just a few miles- farmland, urban sprawl, suburban communities, even city life- and it’s all in one little county.
2.     As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your current career?
I went through phases like most kids. I wanted to be a dancer, an artist, a writer, a teacher, a therapist…and the list goes on but no matter what I did or tried I have always been a writer. And after many years and many jobs I realized that writing was what I was meant to do and came back to it.
3.     What do you do for fun?
I love to garden, craft and search for “treasures”at  yard sales,  flea markets and antique stores.
4.     How has your environment/ upbringing colored your writing?
I grew up with my mother and grandmother. My father passed when I was four and by the time I was seven my uncles and the other men in my life were gone too.
So my world was very female centric. My mother did it all- housework, lawn work, plus she worked 2 jobs and played chauffeur to me for all of my extra curricular activities. The woman can also use power tools to fix and build things.
I think this helps me build stronger female characters and in a couple of my novels the trio relationship of the woman with her mother and grandmother plays an important central role to the stories.
5.     Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
My current book, Paranormal Pleasures, is a collection of ten very sexy short paranormal stories. Some were written early in my fiction career and now newly edited while some are completely new and never before published.
6.     How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?
I had help from my twitter and facebook friends. I posted that I was working on a antho of erotic paranormal stories and asked what a good title would be. I had many great suggestions but Paranormal Pleasures was the one I liked the best and also one that at the time was not listed on Amazon for the title of any other book.

7.     Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work?
No I don’t think so.
8.     How much of your work is real? How much is fantasy?
Considering most of what I write is paranormal I’d say a lot is fantasy, but the interaction between characters stripped down without the fangs and magick could be very real and perhaps has been to a certain extent. I try to pull emotion from myself, from my past, from events I’ve dealt with and put them into my work to give them the feeling of something real. Of course it’s a mishmash of my life and the end result bears no resemblance to a real occurrence in my life.
9.     Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Making time for it is my hardest part. With 3 kids and a busy book tour business finding the time to actually write gets harder every day.
10.                        What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Read, network, write- and do it all as much as possible. Being an author these days is all about connections- knowing the right people, making friends in the community and going for it.
To be a good writer you have to read- and love it. Read what is popular, read what is successful and read what you love- this will help you write what you love.
11.                        Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes and no. I never lack for ideas- it just may not be ideas for the project I am currently working on. J When that happens I move on to something else where my ideas can be put to good use. Unless of course I have a deadline then I struggle on and push through it until something worthy comes out.
12.                        Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life?
Anne Rice hooked me on vampires when I was around 10 or 11. I found Interview with a Vampire at a yard sale. My life was forever changed as I read all of her vampire and witch books.
Today one of my favorite authors is Kim Harrison- excellent characters and story developments that I never see coming. Plus I just love her style.
Annette Blair is another favorite- I love her humor and wit. She can combine mystery, magick, humor and wit like no one else then toss in some serious sexiness- and the combination is pure reading wonder. I love reading her books because I usually end up laughing out loud at something.
13.                        How did you deal with rejection letters?
Read them, cast them aside and move on. I get bummed for a few minutes then I just move on to the next submission. That’s the business. If you let all the rejections get to you then you’ll find yourself curled up in the fetal position never getting anything done.
14.                        What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A healthy dose of wonder tossed into a bucket of creativity.
You have to nourish your imagination and creativity on a regular basis. These are the two things author need most of all.
After that a computer is a good thing to have around- and a great circle of friends in the writing/publishing world that understand and support you.
15.                        Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?
I’m not big on gory. Sure I’ll spill some blood but I’m not big on gore.
Erotic content- I can get pretty graphic. I’ve found that isn’t for everyone.
I don’t sugarcoat things or use pretty fluffy words. One reviewer even called the language crass for one of my stories.
I use words that fit my characters. Whether it’s tits, boobs, or something more graphic – the characters really pick their own dialogue and descriptions. If I am writing about a hardcore succubus I’m not going to use fluffy bunny words to describe the sex.
If I am writing a scene for a shy witch the language will flow accordingly and not be as hardcore as for a vampire or demon who don’t shy away  from sexual situations.
16.                        Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?
Oh yes, definitely. I love researching ghost stories and local legends. I also have used demonology research along with mythology, legends and stories of vampires, witches and shifters.
17.                        Which is your favorite of the books you have written?
A Halloween to Remember is one of my favorites. It was first published by Excessica as an ebook and now appears in my Paranormal Pleasures anthology. I am a huge fan of Halloween so I created a story centering around an erotic Halloween party, a ghost, and a love story with a happily ever after ending. It’s sexy and fun.
18.                        What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
I plead the fifth on that one. LOL
19.                        Where can we find out more about your books?
At my blog, Roxanne’s Realm. www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com
A direct link to my book page is: http://roxannesrealm.blogspot.com/p/book-list.html

Thank you so much for having me as a guest today.
Title: Paranormal Pleasures Ten Tales of Supernatural Seduction
Author: Roxanne Rhoads
Publisher: Bewitching Books
Genre: Paranormal erotica
ISBN: 0615470386 / 9780615470382
Page Count: 138

Book description:
Ten tantalizing, erotic tales of vampires, witches and demons grace the pages of this short story collection by Roxanne Rhoads.

Step into the darkness and let these tales tempt and tease to satisfy your paranormal cravings.

Eight of Roxanne Rhoads' previous eBook publications appear in print for the first time, along with two brand new, never before published tales of supernatural love and lust.

Extended Description

A Last Goodbye

New witch Marissa is learning the ropes of being one of The Others. One of her mentors is vampire Deirdre, a tall beauty who really irritates Marissa. Marissa is extremely pissed when she shows up to Dante's Ball and finds Deirdre there with Marissa's recent ex-boyfriend, Jeff. The one she was encouraged to break up with because of his humanity. Deirdre explains her reasons for bringing Jeff and offers to help Marissa say goodbye to him in a way none of them will ever forget

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A Last Goodbye

New witch Marissa is learning the ropes of being one of The Others. One of her mentors is vampire Deirdre, a tall beauty who really irritates Marissa. Marissa is extremely pissed when she shows up to Dante's Ball and finds Deirdre there with Marissa's recent ex-boyfriend, Jeff. The one she was encouraged to break up with because of his humanity. Deirdre explains her reasons for bringing Jeff and offers to help Marissa say goodbye to him in a way none of them will ever forget


Vanessa is tired of her boyfriend Simon’s promiscuous vampire ways and stakes him, repeatedly- not close enough to the heart to kill him but close enough to make it hurt. But now she’s had a change of heart and considers embracing the sexual world of the vampire instead of being jealous of it.

Witch in the Middle

Ariadne is a witch torn between two men, a vampire and a human. Her heart doesn’t want to choose but the men force her to make a decision that could break her heart, unless with the help of the Goddess all three of them can come to a mutually acceptable…and enjoyable agreement.

When It Storms

Devon’s witchy girlfriend becomes insatiable every time a storm rolls around and he’s more than happy to give her exactly what she needs.

Monster Inside

Shannon’s never seen her vampire boyfriend, Logan, vamp out before. Then one night he has to kill to save her life. Can she ever look at him the same way again?

The Questioning Concubine

Elita, a pure blood witch, has come home to find who or what killed her parents and to take her rightful place as the head of the coven. After five years of investigating and exhausting all conventional methods at her disposal, she decides to do the one thing a good witch should never do—summon a demon. The demon is not what she expected. Elita is soon swept up in his power… and her own.


The residents of the sleepy little town of Flushing, Michigan had no idea a vampire lived among them, seducing and drinking from all the men in town. Renata walked among them, blending in, taking only what she needed. One night, while she was on the prowl for fresh blood at a carnival, a handsome carnie caught her eye. She had no way of knowing he was a vampire hunter and was there for her.

Sea of Blood

Liana made Nerissa a vampire centuries ago in the islands of Greece but she’s never tired of her companion or the way she hunts her prey.

A Halloween to Remember

What says Halloween better than a wild party at an old Victorian mansion complete with its own cemetery? Perhaps meeting the man of your dreams thanks to the magic of Halloween.

Adena can’t believe her eyes when she spots Dimitri in the library- he looks like something straight off the cover of a historical romance novel-the type of guy she’s always dreamed of. Too bad he disappears before she has the chance to introduce herself. When she finally spots him again later that night she decides she’s not letting him get away again. Adena thinks she’s finally found the one. Until she wakes up alone the next morning- in the cemetery.

Halloween magic brought them together but will it be strong enough to keep them together?

Witching You A Merry Christmas

Witch Vicki has been leery of vampires ever since she was attacked five years ago. Daniel's a vampire and he's been secretly in love in with Vicki for two years ever since becoming Vicki's partner in The Guardians a supernatural group of paranormal crime fighters. Daniel loves Christmas and hopes the spirit of the holidays will soften Vicki's hatred of vampires and help her see him in a new light. Will he get his Christmas wish?

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XJ4BUE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=enchantyourse-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399349&creativeASIN=B004XJ4BUE
Multiple ebook formats at Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/54836
“I felt the lust, I felt the chills, I felt the desire and of course I felt the spookiness. This story is set in my favorite time EVER - Halloween! And I do have to say that Ms. Rhoads definitely has a flare for the very hot side all the while keeping my interest piqued. This story definitely has all the elements of a hot erotic, spooky Halloween, and a love tale that will have the hopeless romantic fall in love all over again.”~A Halloween to Remember reviewed by Cecile Smith Night Owl Reviews
“Renata is a saucy heroine who’s sexy, smart and totally self sufficient. With the to-the-point character driven plot,  Renata made for an overall delightful read...Throw in an unexpected twist and loads of blazing sex, and the outcome boils on high for a gooey-warm ending.The Questioning Concubine was sizzling-smooth, eyeballs-meets-mind goodness. The writing flexes its wonderfully visual muscles while my mental senses happily quivered from the intake.
Humorous, spicy and sweet…definitely reading-time well spent.” ~Renata and The Questioning Concubine reviewed by Patrice F., Joyfully Reviewed

“Narrated with gutsy charm by Marissa, a young witch in training, this story begins with her outrage at finding Deirdre, the beautiful vampire who is training her, together with Jeff, Marissa's idiotic but well endowed ex-boyfriend. This story goes places that Marissa would never have anticipated, and she finds a new way of controlling her literally explosive orgasms.”~A Last Goodbye review from Goodreads
“Wowza! A Halloween to Remember is sizzling hawt! It is a quick little short that is a powerhouse of erotic pleasures for the reader and most likely for their partner after indulging in this decadent Halloween treat! Ms. Rhoads pushes the buttons on every erotic floor with this wicked orgy of sinful pleasures as she manages to deliver a treat that is both a stimulating and steamy paranormal of carnal indulgence as well as a romantic and sensual love story.”~A Halloween to Remember reviewed at Bitten By Books

Short read filled with lust, hot sex and steamy scenes. Overall an enjoyable read, storyline present, idea and concept unique. The cover caught my eye ! An ideal short but hot read , recomended to all. !! ~A Halloween to Remember reviewed by Katrina Whittaker rated it 4 of 5 stars at Goodreads

Scorching HOT! What a fantastic read! 

By combining all the short erotic tales into one book, the outcome has turned it into one scorching hot read; I mean get out the ice cubes or take a cold shower. My sexual mind sensory circuits went into sensory overload. I definitely will be reading more of this authors work. ~Paranormal Pleasures reviewed by  
Ronda (Queentutt's World of Escapism) at Goodreads 5 of 5 stars

It’s a delicious read which I’d recommend if you like yourself some paranormal erotica.- Paranormal Pleasures reviewed by Lucy Felthouse


Roxanne Rhoads said...

thanks for the great interview

Benjamin Tiberius Russell said...

I really liked your answers to questions 10, 11 & 13. Your advice to aspiring authors should be greatly appreciated by all new authors as well as your answers about writer's block and the dreaded rejection letters. I have a follow-up question. In the beginning, before you had some successes and before you finally got that first story published, ...and paid, how did deal with the rejection letters, how did you manage to keep up your confidence and not become discouraged to the point of quitting??

Denise Verrico said...

Nice interview, Roxanne. Good luck!

Tom Olbert said...

Great interview, Roxanne; Direct and sincere. It hits home for all writers. Congratulations on your latest publication!