Hi Clare! Thanks so much for hosting me today. I miss having our chats, and I'm so excited we have a chance to try something new. I've named it: The Reverse Interview. (Does it need a better superhero name? It sounds dynamic in my head, but it's accompanied by dramatic music.)
(Clare: I like it – It makes me think of Reverse Flash!)
Clare is part of my team of awesome critique partners and beta readers. Instead of an author interview, I'm going to interview her. Pretty cool, right? Here we go!
Clare: Christine, thanks for allowing me to be part of your critique team, and including me in your blog tour. It’s always a pleasure to have you here!
What was your first reaction when I told you that I was writing a geeky erotic romance?
That it was an awesome idea. All your previous works have included romance, and light sexy scenes, so I knew you’d be great expanding into erotica. The fact that it had a geeky element made it all the more cooler!
Do you think geeky characters can interest romance and erotica readers as much as the typical beautiful heroine and hot alpha hero?
Absolutely! I think you and I, and others like us are living proof. We’re geeks that love romance and erotica, and we can’t be the only ones out there. And sexuality is just a natural expression of life!
What was your first impression of Loose Corset?
I loved it. First of all, it was scorching hot! *drools* I also loved the character of Morgan – I know plenty of women who are curvy and maybe a little insecure about their looks, and can cover that with playing a character. In those respects Morgan is very relatable.
Did you enjoy the geeky references and jokes or was the humor too nerdy?
I loved the geeky references and jokes. When something popped up that I was into, I felt less alone. Here’s this sexy woman, having the time of her life at a con, and she likes the same “weird” things I do. That’s awesome!
Did you think the characters are like real life geeks?
Yes, and I think this goes back to my answer to question two. There are a lot of women who are into geeky things, but are also sexually active. Just because you like comic books, or role-play games etc. doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sex! I mean, have you seen some comic book characters, or characters from more geeky things, like Doctor Who? They’re hot!
Who is your favorite character and why?
Morgan! First of all, I love the name Morgan, and as I said in question three, she’s a very realistic, relatable character. She’s not perfect, but that doesn’t stop her getting what she wants, and being a bad-ass!
What do you think are my strengths with this story? What are my weaknesses?
There’s so many strengths in this story. The humor and geek culture. The steamy erotica. The wonderful characterization. There’s a lot to love, and not much I’d label weakness. In fact, nothing springs to mind!
There are geeky jokes even in the intimate moments. Do humor and sex go well together?
Absolutely! You can’t take life too seriously, or you’ll end up going insane. And if you can’t laugh at yourself, then what’s the point?! lol
My concept for the Dice & Debauchery series is to follow three couples from one gaming group over the course of five days. Each book will focus on a different pair. There are scenes that will overlap, and the reader will get to experience the scenes from different perspectives. As a reader, do you like seeing the same scenes through various points of view, or would you rather leave some things to your imagination?
YES! I loved when you did something similar in the 13th Floor Series, and how all the books were interlinked, so it’s great that you’re doing it again in the Dice & Debauchery series. It’s great to get a different character’s perspective on something, and see a scene through new eyes.
You've already read the second book in the series. What do you think about it? (You can give away a few teaser details!)
I LOVED the second book. Maybe even more than the first. While Morgan is a very relatable woman, with certain image related hang-ups, Emily is the woman I wish I could have been in my early twenties. She’s confident, outgoing and not afraid to take what she wants. More power to her. Plus, this book is even steamier than the second, if that’s possible!
Dice and Debauchery, Book 1: Loose Corset
A weekend away at a convention is exactly what overworked student Morgan needs. Dressed as her character from her favorite online game, Morgan is braced—seriously, could her corset be tighter?—to meet the other players. As Lady Gyrfalcon, she’s ready for everything—except her intense attraction to Dean. A clandestine meeting in the hallway of the hotel and Morgan’s corset is looser but now she can’t breathe for entirely different reasons.
Utterly charmed, Morgan decides to roll the dice and indulge in a fantasy-worthy weekend of sexy roleplaying, scorching sex and life-altering orgasms. Still, through it all Morgan is too smart to believe the chemistry constantly stripping her of costumes and control can last more than the length of the convention. But if she wants to keep a relationship so intense she thought it only existed in fiction, she’s going to have to let go of her cool-headed logic and allow herself to fall far and fast for the perfect guy.
A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
About the author:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and novellas published. The Dice & Debauchery series is her first contemporary erotic romance.