Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you! I’m happy to be here. Besides being a writer, I work full-time as a customer service representative for a charity where I’ve been for the past twenty years. I’m also a disabled veteran and served in the US Air Force. Although I joined the AF to see the world, I was stationed in Nebraska and Mississippi. I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio although I’ve been transplanted to South Florida where I’ve been for the past twenty five years. I’m married going on 35 years and we have five children and two grandchildren. We also have two dogs and four cats. When I’m not working or writing, I love to go to the movie theater and swimming.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Beverly: When did you start to write?
When I was 6 years old. I wrote my first romance when I was in college which was in 1987.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
I love a swashbuckling hero like Indiana Jones or Rick O’Connell in The Mummy. I like someone who’s intelligent as well as strong but I also like someone who can laugh at himself and crack a joke. I also want him to help me wash the dishes and change dirty diapers.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
I love love love Haley in “Purrfect Justice”. She donned a Catwoman costume for a Halloween contest, saved her would-be hero from a dastardly criminal while in costume, then kept putting on the costume so she could kick ass and save his butt whenever he got into trouble. She was so much fun.
Coming up with characters is like coming up with stories – ideas come from everywhere – people watching, TV, movies, books, dreams, out of the thin air, brainstorming…
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Sex! It’s tough to come up with different ways to do “it” hundreds of times – I have about seventy published books with several intimate scenes per book.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
There’ve been so many. So many writers have influenced me it’s hard to pinpoint one. Stephen King. Stephen White. Sherryl Woods. Tina Wainscott.
Tamara: What is your dream vacation?
I’d love to vacation out West on a ranch, camp out on the range, ride horses, cook out, and sleep under the stars. I want to see my grandpa’s homestead in Montana that he earned right after WWI.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Made out with my husband (then boyfriend) in my car at the drive in theater. Not that that’s really kinky…
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
I used to like the damsel in distress when I was much younger. But now I prefer the kick-ass heroines, like Haley. They’re so much more fun than a heroine who sits back and waits to be rescued.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
The date where my ex-fiancé showed me he was gay (I guess bi) by taking me to a gay party and kissing his boyfriend full on the lips.
Tamara: If you could spend the day with any person from history, real or fictional. Who would you choose and why?
Captain Jack Sparrow. Because he’s so cute, funny, and sexy.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Eating milk duds at the movie theater.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
Visiting Grandpa’s homestead in Montana. Also earning my doctorate.
Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?
When I was in highschool, I took horseback riding lessons and I entered a riding competition. I felt myself falling off my horse so I jumped off and landed on my feet instead of falling on my ass. A really cute guy I’d just met was watching the whole thing. On a good note, he gave me my first real kiss(es) later that night.
Tamara: What song are you?
Fucking Perfect by Pink
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
My aunt and uncle. They’ve been happily married for more than 60 years and are still going strong.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
My family, especially my daughter Steph and my cat Bobby.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Neither! I hate them both.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome
Hairy chest or smooth? smooth
Chocolate or Vanilla? chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? kinky
Fast or slow? Depends…
Public or private? private
COOKING UP A STORM by Ashley Ladd
Available at Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/cooking-up-a-storm
Brooks and Rique desperately want to win a coveted chef’s job offered by an eccentric millionaire in paradise. Even more, Rique desperately wants to stay alive.
Brooks and Rique desperately want to win the head chef’s position offered by an eccentric millionaire Jonah Verleun on his beautiful, private but peculiar island that includes a zoo full of exotic animals, an amusement park and a monster shark tank beneath Jonah’s bedroom floor. While Brooks wants the job to escape his heartache and the lover who thwarted him, Rique is hiding from the mob, hoping to live long enough to pay them off with the prize winnings. Fierce competitors, they cook up a storm in a series of cooking challenges while trying to turn down the heat on their intense attraction. When a hurricane strikes the island, the storm Rique has been cooking up explodes, and no heart—or body—is safe.
They ran, hunched over, zigging and zagging as bullets flew around them. Rique damned himself for putting Brooks in this mess. He wondered if the mob held the others prisoner and that’s why they didn’t answer the door.
He turned the first corner they came upon and then the next. He stopped dead and the air left his lungs. A moment later Brooks ran into his back almost knocking him over. He swayed dangerously but managed to stay upright and spread his arms wide to keep Brooks from stumbling forward.
He couldn’t believe his eyes. One of Jonah’s tigers lay in their path crouching low, baring his teeth, and eying them as if they were dinner.
He tried to quell the jitters attacking his stomach so the animal wouldn’t smell his fear then whispered to Brooks through clenched teeth, “What do we do now? Freeze or run?”
“Run. But where?” Brooks whispered back, a frown trembling on his lips.
“To the closest protection.” He prayed their hunters had lost them, that they wouldn’t run back into a barrage of bullets. As Rique bunched his muscles to run, already feeling the animal’s fangs ripping into him, he noted how the tiger’s thick muscles corded in his shoulders, and how saliva ran down his snarling lips.
“Dear God, we’re going to die.” Panic laced Brooks’ voice. “If we get out of here alive, let’s both turn down the job and move in together.”
Swallowing hard, Rique couldn’t reply so he nodded. Besides, as much as he wanted to live with Brooks, he couldn’t do it as long as he was indebted to the mob. However, the point was moot. He couldn’t see a scenario in which one of them didn’t die in the next five minutes.
Feeling responsible, Rique couldn’t let anything happen to Brooks as long as he was alive. He would take on the tiger giving Brooks time to reach safety. “On the count of three, run!”
As Rique whispered, “One,” hisses, then a blood-curdling growl wrenched the air. It was a different sound than the tiger was making. Then a crocodile bellowed and jumped out of the bushes and snatched the tiger by its belly. As it dragged the struggling creature back to the bushes, the tiger howled in surprise and pain. It clawed the air in vain as the reptile’s powerful jaws clamped tighter biting through flesh and bone.
Available at Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/cooking-up-a-storm
Bio: Ashley Ladd
Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.
She’s been told she has a wicked sense of humour and often incorporates humour and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.
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