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As I sit here watching the temperatures rise; I can't help but think about summertime and why so many people fall in love or get married during this time of year. Maybe it's because everyone's wearing fewer clothes and the longer days lowers our inhibitions.
If you think about some of your favorite romance novels, I bet they're set in the summer or spring. Maybe even on an island getaway while the rest of the world suffers through winter. It may be cold and snowing in New York, Atlanta or Charlotte; but this couple is falling in love under a Caribbean sun.
I love reading and writing those books.
Maybe it's a southern thing. Our snow usually comes in the form of freezing rain and ice that rips down trees and power lines. That's not fun or safe.
Perhaps that's why my last two novels, Too Hot For TV and Recipe For Desire had such sunny settings.
Too Hot For TV took place mostly in Hawaii. Paradise! My heroine, Imani, spent a lot of time in little more than a bikini --how could Dr. Raymond Thomas resist? And how could Imani not fall for his sculpted chest and strong arms since his was shirtless most of the time?
Recipe For Desire is set in Charlotte during the spring and summer. If you know anything thing about North Carolina weather, spring lasts a week and summer is forever. Hot weather and a heroine, Marie Charles, with a hot temper--this was a fun book to write.
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Friday, July 13, 2012
For those of you who don’t know me, I'm Angie Daniels, a.k.a, Sasha Campbell, an award-winning author of both romance and women’s fiction. People often ask, what’s the difference between the two genres? Well, that’s easy. The formula for romance is simply, there's always a happy ending. Women’s fiction? Anything goes and when it comes to Sasha Campbell, I do mean ANYTHING.
Which do I prefer?
Well, how about I start by first introducing you to me and my alter ego.
For me … it all depends on my mood. Some days I’m outgoing and funny, other days I’m more reserved. Whereas, Sasha is a breed of her own. She’s wild and feisty and has a mouth on her that I try to contain but that isn’t always possible. I like stilettos, and she loves corsets. I prefer dressing with style and class, and Sasha loves outfits that reveal her inner freak. We are as different as day and night, but together, we’re a force to be reckoned with.
As Angie Daniels … I’ve written over twenty romances. There is a formula to romance that most authors master over time. The hero and heroine meet … there’s an intense attraction … hot steamy sex (and the more the better) … add a little conflict and some resistance … yet in the end they fall in love and live happily ever after. The thing I find most challenging is finding ways to keep my stories from sounding the same. One thing I have learn is that I can’t just create the type of men I like. I’ve gotta also cater to the needs and wants of my readers. You want a thick sista with natural hair… got it. You want an everyday blue collar worker … I got it. I’ve found I enjoy creating everyday characters that readers can relate to. Romance writing is where my career began and it is something I will never steer away from no matter what direction my career is headed.
Then there’s my alter ego Sasha Campbell, a vivacious diva. She has costumes hanging in the closet, and a stripper pole mounted in one corner of her office (Trust me, every woman should have one). She loves urban drama, intrigue and definitely suspense with twists and turns in every story. All of her books are centered around dialogue, and are based on everyday issues. Most importantly, there isn’t always a happy ending. Sasha also tweets daily about off-the-wall shit and indulges in on-line dating that she posts in details on her blog. In other words ... she likes to keep it real. As Sasha, I can get away with things I could never do with romance.
So which do I prefer? Romance or women’s fiction?
What I prefer is variety. I require it in my writing the same way I crave it in my men. A little bit of this and a whole helluva lot of that. By having it, I keep my writing from getting stagnant and boring while at the same time I try to ensure my readers always get a page-turning ride for their money.
Until Next Time,
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Now, this "style" of mine, always causes me to brainstorm for hours and sometimes days in what logical reason would two consenting mature adults, in this day and age, go to the altar before heating up the sheets. However, that is the fun part of my mental and writing journey and I hope it turns out to be just as enjoyable for the readers.
I'm also an "emotional" writer. Yup, I meant to say emotional not emotions, but once you get to know me more I'll explain that fully. LOL. In short, I will tell you, I was a mental health counselor for fifteen years, so I think when I write all off that experience gets wrapped up in my stories. No, I don't usually write about the field, specifically. More about the experiences of life that clients shared with me; meaning the hurt, pain, frustration and even joys. Why do people stay when relationships hurt? Why does a man believe that his life changed and he felt more whole when he met a certain woman? How people learn to grow and heal from past relationship gone wrong? Let's not forget the "hidden" secrets of families and how that shapes people. When I pen a story, consider my characters, those emotions to me are just as important as how they hit the sheets or how often. In the end, I want to have addressed those things buried deep for them through their opposite in the story (hero or heroine). Heal them and maybe some areas of the reader's heart as well. Wow, big task, I know. But, whoever said writing was easy...isn't a write worth their salt. These Hot MAMAs know what I'm talking about.
Let's talk books. I currently have two series going, my "Hero" series. Which will be getting a new face soon and I am totally excited about that. (Yes, I used the word totally. SoCal chick, here.) So, far in the hero series you have Fire and Desire and Restrained Desire, I'm currently penning Evidence of Desire, book three. The forth and final book has yet to be titled. Also, I have my "Double Impact" series. Twins, everyone loves them or at least are fascinated by them. This series features a set of identical twin women and identical twin men. No, they are not married to each other. LOL. There will be four books in this series as well. Double Take was the first book and my latest release.
Friday, July 6, 2012
I'm thrilled to be posting on the Hot M.A.M.A's blog! I get to break the author cherry. Whoo! Hoo! But enough about me. Let me tell you about...me.
I'm an author of contemporary interracial erotic romance, but I'm probably best known for my contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romances. Some of my more popular titles are Love My Way and my Corporate series: Corporate Seduction, Corporate Desires and Corporate Needs.
So why BDSM? And why interracial BDSM? I get asked that question a lot from readers and other authors. When I started writing erotic romances, an author friend author told me about her desire to write BDSM. I thought she was strange. In my mind, BDSM meant that men disrespected and beat women. I wasn't down for that. Then she convinced me to meet with some folks in the Lifestyle and ask questions. I didn't even think there were Dommes, Doms and submissives in my neck of the woods. Sure enough there was a group there.
I attended one of their munches. A munch is a lunch/demonstration. Slaves and submissives serve their Dommes and Doms. Because this is in a private residence, the submissives and slaves are in various forms of dress. I've been to events where the male slaves and submissives have served us while wearing women's panties and nothing else, a French maid's outfit, or even completely naked.
As far as demonstrations, I've seen everything from different types of canes and how to use them, to whips to floggers, even wax play, mummification, electric play, and paddles.
I have also attended play parties. Play parties are exactly what it sounds like. Doms, dommes and their submissives or slaves attend one place and play with each other. At these events, I have seen needle play and have paddled an 80 year-old man. Yes, I paddled a senior citizen. Hey, he asked me to do it! I find, though, that I don't have that edge needed to discipline another person. I really think you have to care about that person to give them that type of treatment (as strange as that sounds).
Aside from the play itself, what drew me to write BDSM was my desire to figure out why someone would want to be in this Lifestyle. I think most authors write to figure something out than anything else. If I could get into a character's head, then I could understand the Lifestyle. It worked. The more I attended these events, the more I could see how much the submissives and slaves love what they do for the person they serve. That's the angle I had to explore.
So why interracial? I write interracial romances anyway. Why stop? Plus I like pushing boundaries. If you want to read some boundary pushing scenes from some of my works, check out my blog, The Bridget Monologues.
Please feel free to ask me anything. I'm an open book!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Kianna here. Looks like you've found your way to the warmest corner of the Internet ;)
Welcome to Hot MAMA Land. We are a group of African American women who write romance novels, all living in the NC/VA area. At Romance Slam Jam 2012, I began asking around to see how many other writers lived near me. From that bit of nosiness, the Hot MAMA collective was born.
Wanna know who's here? All our names are in the sidebar, but I'll give you a little reminder, in the form of the schedule for this month. It will also give you an idea of what you'll have to look forward to- lots of excitement. Today, there's me, of course, but here's what's coming up.
July 6: Bridget Midway
July 10: Monique Lamont
July 13: Angie Daniels
July 17: Cheris Hodges
July 20: Loretta Walls
July 24: Iris Bolling
July 27: Denise Jeffries
July 31: Altonya Washington
Pretty illustrious group, right? We see you nodding your head. ;) Click on our names in the sidebar, and you'll be magically transported to our websites, to see our news and latest releases. Anyway, we're happy to have you here. Be sure and stop by on Tuesdays and Fridays to find out whats Hot in MAMA Land. What are we gonna talk about? Romance, heroes, and life in general. We're keeping it strictly sassy, but classy.
For all of you unfamiliar with my work, my latest release is Kissing the Captain, an interaccial historical. Click the cover image for more info.
All the Best,