I’m happy to welcome Tara Quan back to the blog! Not only is she answering three questions for me, she has a new release out, Frosty Relations, and I’m happy to help her spread the news! This is the second installment in her A Witches Night Out series and also part of Decadent Publishing’s popular 1Night Stand line. There's also a chance to win a choice of gift cards, so stay tuned!
What do you love most about writing romance?
There’s always a happy ending, with a few giggles along the way. If I can’t make myself smile during edits, then I know I haven’t written a good enough book.
Name the five biggest distractions from your writing.
(a) Other books: I try to schedule my writing around Nalini Singh’s release dates. I can’t concentrate if there’s an angel waiting for me on my Kindle.
(b) My Husband: I try to distract him with DVR-ed episodes of The Walking Dead, but now and then he demands attention (usually yelling “dinner is getting cold.”). Yes, I know how lucky I am.
(c) Promotion: I have the hardest time writing during a release window. My email inbox floods, and I end up spending all day writing random stuff.
(d) Social Media: I had to start turning off Wi-fi when I’m trying to hit a deadline. It’s impossible to focus with Facebook and Twitter a click away.
(e) Laundry: I might have a “folding” problem. I can’t leave clothes in the drier.
What was the spark that ignited the idea for Frosty Relations?
I’m a bit of a prompt-writer, and I have the hardest time resisting submission calls. After reading the one for the 1-Night Stand series, I became obsessed with writing a book with Madame Eve’s service set on Christmas Eve (in addition to All Hallows’ Eve and New Year’s Eve). And thus my A Witch’s Night Out series was born.
Here is a little bit about Frosty Relations, A Witch’s Night Out – Book Two
On a personal note, I can’t wait to read this one. I found the first installment, Flirting with Fire, a fun, sexy, witty story that satisfied my need for instant gratification because I read it in one sitting. :) If you want to learn more about book one, you can here.
Jack Frost never understood why holidays did weird things to people. His
secretary went on vacation, his best friend ditched their annual Aspen trip,
and the law firm’s stubborn human resources assistant refuses his clerical
support request. What’s a warlock to do on Christmas Eve but go on a 1-Night
Stand? But when an oddly familiar empath
shows up as his date, this ice mage has a hard time denying the magic of the
Faced with an anemic employment market and financial woes, college graduate and former witch Mina Mao lands an HR assistant job at Frost and Sons. Having spent her day saving Christmas from Frost Junior’s Grinch-like behavior, she accepts the gift of Madame Eve’s service and heads over to the Castillo Capital. When her date turns out to be her childhood crush and workplace nemesis, she braces herself for the sexiest icy ride of her life.
“So the guy seriously had a boner? That’s so messed up.”
Mina rolled her eyes at their joint reflection. “I know, right? And since I’m an empath, I could sense him getting, you know, all hot and bothered. Whoever he was fantasizing about, she turned him on big time. I don’t know how he could think about sex when he’s on the verge of exploding from too much unused magic. ”
Sweets snorted. “Men—warlocks or human—they care about one thing.” She picked up a handful of Mina’s hair. “Ready?”
Mina swallowed. “Are you sure you know what you’re doing?”
Using the scissors, Sweets pointed at the set of combs and razors peeking out from a battered leather sleeve. “Can’t you feel the mojo rolling off my grandmother’s enchanted tools? These babies are idiot proof.”
Since not even her cousin could squeeze her in after 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Mina’s options had been limited enough to make her take a gamble. “But you have done this before?”
Patting her shoulder, Sweets bent at the waist and squinted one eye. “I cut Shelley’s hair all the time. She hates leaving the house, remember? Okay, yours is too long. You need to stand so I don’t get a backache.”
This idea seemed worse by the minute. Rising to her feet, Mina made a pinching motion with her index finger and thumb. “All I need is for you to take off the ends—nothing fancy.”
Her friend’s mock salute didn’t bolster Mina’s confidence. “Your hair is safe with me. Your head is another story.”
Mina closed her eyes. “Very funny. Do it already, will you? The anticipation is killing me.”
She heard a snip, followed by “Oh, wow.”
Her lids snapped up. “What do you mean, ‘Oh, wow’?”
She saw the answer for herself. Scissors and razors slashed around unguided in the air, slicing off huge chunks of her tresses in the process. Her friend stood several steps away, staring at the spectacle as if seeing the phenomenon for the first time. Since moving risked impact with pointy magical objects, Mina glared at the culprit’s reflection in the mirror. “I thought you said you’d done this before.”
Sweets’s expression lacked any hint of guilt. “Okay, I lied. Shelley’s grandmother is the actual owner of these puppies, and she always uses them on herself in the bathroom. Since her hair turns out fine, I figured they’d work on you, too.”
Her hands fisting, Mina hissed, “How do you turn the darn things off?”
Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Her characters, armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com
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