Hello there, my darling readers! I’m thrilled to have the fabulous Anna Durand on my blog today, author of steamy contemporary and paranormal romance (a few of my faaaaavorite kinds). She’s here to discuss the flavors of temptation, particularly of the physical variety (food, men, more of my favorites!). Read on to find out more and check out her brand new (tempting) release!
Have you ever been tempted to do something you thought you shouldn’t do? Come on, admit. I won’t make fun of you. 🙂 We’ve all experienced temptation in some form, whether we care to fess up to it or not. I battle it every time I walk past a bag of chocolate-covered peanuts and they tease me with their silky chocolate coating, spiced up with a hint of sensuous salt. Those naughty little seducers!
I confess I also enjoy gazing upon photos of shirtless men, which explains why my book covers feature bare-chested hunks. Of course, I adore men of all ilks, even those who may have a bit of a paunch, because sex appeal comes from more than outward appearance. I can be tempted by a nerdy guy, an older man with gray hair and laugh lines, or an average guy with no big muscles but plenty of humor and heart.
Since I write romance novels, though, the heroes of my books tend to have six-pack abs, but they also have good hearts, courage, and loyalty. They falter on occasion, struggling with the question of what’s right versus what they want or what must be done. In the end, though, they always come through for the heroine and save the world — or save something less grandiose, like the heroine’s faith in men.
In my new book Tempted by a Kiss, the hero, Adam, works hard (yes, there’s a pun in that phrase!) to entice his best friend, Mel, into taking their lifelong friendship to a new level. He’s a good man but a womanizer, a loyal man who lusts for his best friend. I love contradictions in characters, and I love thrusting them into temptation so strong they need all their willpower to fight the inevitable.
What’s the one temptation you fight hardest to resist? I’ve love to hear about it!
Let’s hear it, people! We want to know your darkest secrets. 😉
And now for TEMPTED BY A KISS:
Mel Thompson just dumped her cheating ex after two years together. Now she’s determined to understand the allure of casual sex by having a steamy fling of her own at a notoriously raunchy underground club. When her best friend, Adam Caras, catches on to her plan, he makes a surprising offer to derail her. If she wants a hot fling, he’ll give it to her.
Who better than Adam, renowned lady-killer, to demonstrate the erotic pleasures of a one night stand? Sex could ruin their friendship, but after a soul-searing kiss, Mel fears one night may never be enough.
This time, he offered me his hand, palm up. I stared at it. My stomach fluttered, though I had no clue why. I’d danced with Adam a number of times, at weddings and parties.
A strange warmth rushed through me, but evaporated in an instant. The hand, the one attached to the arm of my best friend, waited patiently. I settled my palm in his. He curled his fingers around my hand. I hopped off the stool and let him guide me toward the dance floor. The music had segued from an up-tempo number to a slow, seductive beat with an enticing melody, played on exotic instruments. The song conjured visions of a Middle Eastern palace, belly dancers, and hot, dark men with lascivious intentions.
We sidled between the other dancers, wending our way across the dance floor on the hunt for a vacant slot. At last, we broke out of the masses into a cramped space just wide enough for the two of us, forcing me to move closer to Adam. He pivoted on his heels to face me and, keeping my hand in his, lifted it in a ballroom dancing position. His other hand lightly rested on my hip. This was what I expected from a dance with Adam. Then he dragged me into him, my body suddenly crushed against his heat. My heart skipped. The strobes had given way to soft, pulsing, golden lights. In the twilight of the floor, I couldn’t make out his expression. Entwined with Adam, aware of every hard line of his muscles, I was paralyzed.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anna Durand is an award-winning writer, a freelance librarian, and an audiobook addict. She specializes in sexy romances, both paranormal and contemporary, featuring spunky heroines and hunky heroes. As a member of Romance Writers of America, she volunteers for its chapters to give back to the romance community. In her previous life as a librarian, she haunted the stacks of public libraries but never met any hot vampires hunting for magical books.
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Thanks so much for stopping by, Anna, and Happy Release Day!