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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ménage a May: Inked Magic by Jory Strong (Interview/Giveaway)





We're kicking off Ménage a May with erotic romance author, Jory Strong!





Lexi: Welcome to the blog Jory! And welcome to Ménage a May! 

JS: Thanks so much for inviting me!

Lexi: Your book Inked Magic fits right in with our theme this week. Did you know going into this book that you would have such a strong love triangle? 

JS: No, it kind of surprised me J But I’m loving it, because it's very different from my other ménages and I’ve written a lot of them. They are actually my favorites to write.

Lexi: You are an erotic romance writer, so people picking up your books should expect erotic romance. Do you ever wish you had added more or less sex into your writing?

JS: Never less, but definitely more. I just finished reading the actual, final printed version of Inked Magic to get my head into the sequel, which begins where Inked Magic ends. As I was reading, I found myself wishing I’d extended the sex scenes, though when I turned it in, I felt like I had just the right balance between sex and everything else going on in the story. The truth is, at least for me, I can always find something I would improve on if I were to go back and revise an already published story. I keep my sanity by making each one the best I can make it at the point where I have to let it go and move on, accepting that with time and growth as an author, I’ll see where I could have done something better if I’d only recognized I needed to do it.

Lexi: The storyline for Inked Magic is incredible; so much has been combined into this one story. You have elves, mobsters, mystery, thriller, and a very well written heroine. Did you go into the writing of this book knowing you would be using so many different facets to create Etain's world?

JS: Thanks for the compliment! Yes, I knew going in what I wanted. Often I don’t see the entire picture, just the big points, but comparing the synopsis I submitted when I proposed this story to Berkley, to the end product, there is no deviation.

Lexi: Speaking of your heroine, Etain, did you do any research on tattoos before writing about her and her job? Or maybe you have some tattoos and speak from experience?

JS: No tattoos for me, not because I don’t want one, but because I haven’t settled on a design I’m going to love for years to come—and then there’s the complication that I’m a total sun lover, meaning anything placed where I can see it (namely my arm, which is where I’d want it) is going to fade. Meaning I did a lot of research for Inked Magic, more than I’ve ever done before.

Lexi: Book one leaves the reader hanging a little bit, I am very excited for book two. When is it due to be released? Are you excited with how it is turning out? Any spoilers you care to share about Etain?

JS: By the time this post goes live, I’m hoping (read: fervently praying) that the first draft of the sequel will be done, done, done! Right now the working title is Inked Destiny, though that’s not official and won’t be until my Berkley editor signs off on it. No release date yet. I’d guess next February, but that’s just a guess based on the Inked Magic release month. And yes, I’m very excited about it!

No spoilers, but I will share a little excerpt…
***
Eamon shrugged, producing a ripple of muscles beneath his very expensive shirt. “I am lord here.”
“Careful,” she said, touching a fingertip to his lips, a flutter going through her belly when he pulled the finger into his mouth for a quick suck as his gaze dipped to nipples that ached to have him do the same to them.
Two could play this game.
Her hands went to the front of his shirt. “This needs to come off.”
He made no move to help or hurry her as button by button she opened the front of it, exposing smooth golden skin. He trembled when she circled pebbled nipples, inhaled sharply when she covered them with the eyes at the center of her palms though she didn’t need them to see what they had between them. Like to like, the call of it was an ever increasing compulsion she had no will to resist.
He spread his legs and she stepped into the space he’d created. Her hands moved upward, sliding across his collar bones and then down to his biceps, closing around them to the extent she could. “This is where the tattoos will go, like something a Viking would wear, except instead of fashioned gold it’ll be my ink.”
“A fitting analogy,” he murmured. “Truth is distorted over centuries and with the merging of one culture into another. The Vikings once called those of us they glimpsed gods. The Aesir, though the name was a broad labeling encompassing a number of the supernatural.”
Aesirs. She didn’t want to delve into the reasons he’d named his place what he did. But she couldn’t resist whispering, “A god huh? Don’t expect me to worship you except like this.”
She kissed him, teasing him with lips and tongue and hands that had already learned the how and where he liked to be touched. His desire rebounding, ratcheting up her own until they were both breathing hard, the craving for more heightened by the impossibility of having it right now.
***

Lexi: Ahhh! I want more! Though great excerpt to share Jory!
Just for fun, if there were Team Cathal and Team Eamon shirts, which one would you wear?

JS: Cruel, cruel question J What if I switch off each day? Given the scene I’m currently working on, I’d have on my Team Cathal shirt.

Lexi: Or maybe you could have a special one made with Team Cathal on one half of the shirt and Team Eamon on the otherside with "me" in the middle.
Thanks for stopping by Jory!

JS: You’re welcome! And here’s a question for the giveaway… 

I’ve admitted this in previous blog posts, and it probably is no surprise anyway considering what I write, but I’ve always had ménage fantasies. They go way back to my first crushes in 3rd grade, innocent versions where I daydreamed about being married to two boys at the same time and the three of us living together. What about you? A lifelong fantasy? A recent fantasy (thanks maybe to discovering erotic romance)? Or, interesting to read about as something different, but NOT a personal fantasy?

With the touch of her palms to the skin of a crime victim, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín can see the faces of the guilty and draw them. Changeling elf but unaware of it, at odds with her police captain father and FBI agent brother, magic and gift have put her in the path of two compelling men.Cathal Dunne, the son of an Irish mob boss, needs Etaín's help finding the rapists who left his cousin for dead. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife.Her gift once made permanence impossible when it came to a lover. Now, as she approaches the transition to fully Elven, her survival depends on keeping two. One of the men is willing to share her. The other isn't-until the search for a sexual predator turns deadly, and only by paying magic's price will there be any future at all.



~*Giveaway*~
Jory has been a great sport to stop by during our Ménage a May event and answer some questions, but she has also offered a giveaway for Inked Magic! To enter fill out the RaffleCopter below and then answer Jory's question. Contest open to Worlwide. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

50 comments:

Sue Sattler said...

I've always had fantasies of myself with two men, but since I can't seem to find even one man that I want to be with, my fantasy will have to just stay in my mind.

proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

Dannielle L said...

My fantasies didn't start until I became an adult. Between reading erotic books and personal experiences it became top of my fantasy list.

Danni
dannigv616AThotmailDOTcom

Nadine said...

Hmm...I've probably had menage fantasies for quite a while now. But, it wasn't until I started reading erotic romance that I REALLY started fantasizing about it. Wow! The things I never thought about. :D

redzsm said...

I would love to have two men...one to work & one to clean. That way, I'll be free to read all of my beloved books, without interruption!! That's my fantasy ;)

~Selena Mc
redzsm (at) yahoo (dot) com

redzsm said...

I would love to have two men...one to work & one to clean. That way, I'll be free to read all of my beloved books, without interruption!! That's my fantasy ;)

~Selena Mc
redzsm (at) yahoo (dot) com

jfort357 said...

Oh, I've always had fantasies about being with 2 or more men!!!! What a fabulous feeling having multiple men satisfy you & cater to you!!!!! Oh yeah, ultimate fantasy!!!!! ;-)

andieleah said...

Yum...personal fantasy yes...gonna happen, probably not. Been with my man1 month short of 15 years...bring that subject up...yeah right!!! Lol...gonna have to be happy reading about it.

andieleah78@gmail.com

Cheryl S. said...

Definitely since discovering erotic romance. Fantasy...for sure! Real life...not so much. lol Fantasy is ok :) Keep writing these books and we're all good. Thank you for being an amazing author and thank you for the giveaway!

sandersknc@yahoo.com

Glittergirl said...

Oh menage has been a fantasy for about as long as I've been reading romance...Not for real, ouch, but the draw of two men loving me, wow.

Jen said...

It is totally a fantasy of mine to have a mmf. Will it happen? Stuff like that does not happen to me..

Tore said...

I have always thought of two men making love to me at the same time. I think that would be such a turn on. Tore923@aol.com

erin said...

Thanks for a great post and giveaway! In my life, menage is definitely the stuff of fantasy only. While I like reading about it, I'd be too chicken to ever participate. But that's what a good book is for :)

Vanessa N. said...

It's a recent fantasy formatter discovering erotic romances. I'm not sure of I'd want it forever but if the men were anything like from the books, then I'd definitely consider it. Thanks for the chance.

mythic021@gmail.com

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Yeah i have had a few dreams about it :) most the time it's why or right after reading a good book.
Great post, thank you for sharing with us:)

LorettaLynn
elliott2668(at)yahoo(dot)com

Susan W. said...

I love reading menage books and it has become a fantasy but that's all it's going to be! LOL! After 28 years of marriage, one's plenty! LOL!!!

Liz said...

A long time fantasy
And I loved Inked Magic and can't wait for the sequel

Patricia said...

I started reading erotic books a few years ago and I have recently caught my husband reading my books when he thinks I am not around. The menege is just a fantasy we talk about, his and mine, but it stays our fantasy.

Stacie said...

I would say that reading erotic romance made me curious about menages. As far as romances go, I prefer to read m/m/f. They are just more interesting to me.

Geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

books4me said...

I fantasize of a menage ... two male Masseuses!!

Wendy/books4me

Julianne said...

I've had a long standing fantasy about a menage, 2 gorgeous hunks and me. Yummy!
I really like reading menages as well.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Hi,
thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i love the covers on the books, their gorgeous.

i think for me it's not so much th e fantasy of sex with more than one partner as it is a real long term realationship. for example the Colter books by Maya Banks. i love the way they all work together to make the relationship work and into a loving family. this isn't always the case even for a single couple family but man would it be thrilling to add 1 or 2 more to the mix. LOL!

tammy ramey
trvalgnt1t@yahoo.com

Cathy M said...

In my fantasies, I love a sexy m/f/m menage.

Jory Strong said...

Thanks everyone for posting! I've really enjoyed reading your comments.

Jory Strong said...

Thanks everyone for posting! I've really enjoyed reading your comments.

Leannessf said...

I enjoy reading about menages but haven't really had fantasies for myself - only one guy for me! :)

Thanks,
Leanne

Erin said...

Was a little crazy in my younger days - so the two men thing has been full-filled. I have moved on to bigger and better fantasies now - although not being as young as I once was - not sure I would go thru with them today! LOL
Erin
loveeria@gmail.com

JessS said...

It's a recent, erotic romance related fantasy for me. Not really sure I could do it in real life though, because handling two guys at once seems hard. In more ways than one...
Thanks for the giveaway!

ReneAva said...

From when I was a teen I often fantasized of traveling around the world (alone) and meeting all different types of people and learning their customs. Also a fling or four throughout my journey ;)
Hay, maybe even a nice menage while I'm at it too! You only live once. Why not get the full experience!!

Your book sounds AMAZING! I wish you the very best of success with it!

Thank you for this chance to win!

~Ava~
dragonlady 029 @ aol . com

Mel Bourn said...

Definitely a fantasy for me for a long time. I just haven't found a guy willing the share me. Good or bad?!? I don't know.
Mel
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Chrisbails said...

I think most people have had the 3 person-menage fantasy. I think it would be fun. Either the 2 guys and a girl, but even the 2 girls and a guy. There are possibilities. I think I was always an open person, but in the past couple of years I have read some interesting books and would love for a chance to be with other people. But since I am not single it will always just be a fantasy. Not sure if I am comfortable enough to share my man with another woman. Plus I don't think he would be willing to share me with another man, I think he would be okay with the woman. LOL LOL. Men are very funny like that.
This book sounds great. Loved the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.
christinebails@yahoo.com

Joanne said...

A recent fantasy is to try some light BDSM, maybe because I've been reading a lot of books with that theme.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Rachel at thejeepdiva said...

I like reading about it but not really any fantasies.

pefrw at yahoo dot com

JoAnna said...

Recent fantasy for me. Should have read more erotic romance in college maybe I could have lived the fantasy then.

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

I love to read menages and think they are hot as hell but if my husband decided he wanted to experiment I don't think Inwould have the guts. Good thing my hubbybwoukd never go for it in a million years cause my self esteem wouldn't be up for the challange. So books is where that fantasy will be staying!

Angel said...

I would say I've probably had the menage fantasy. But in the end, I am hoping to expand my horizons as a reader's advisor and librarian in reading this if I win. Plus, does sound like something to share with the Better Half.

Best, and keep on blogging.

Jennifer said...

As far as fantasies go... definitely would like to tied up and ravished...

booklover0226 said...

Ever since I read my first menage (many, many years ago), I have had menage fantasies. I tend to have them when I'm reading non-menage romance books and yaoi books and mangas!

Thanks,
Tracey D

Darlene said...

I would be surprised if someone DIDN'T fantasize about a menage, although not everyone would admit that. Sure, it's a fantasy. Would I ever do it? Probably not!

Thanks for the giveaway!

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

I love reading romances and eroticas, and the occasional menage. It's a sort of guilty pleasure I let myself indulge once in awhile, not always though, or I'd start judging myself! >< Haha, as for fanstasies, it's always been a clean, vanilla, m/f relationship. May be our conservative culture here in Asia? :)

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Ohh, and I forgot to add! I've been a major Jory Strong fan for SO LONG now! I think she's my favourite erotica writer so far. Haha, I'm a BIG fan of her Ghostland novels. :D

Book Savvy Babe said...

You know, before I started reading erotic romances, I really never gave menages too much thought. I was always the 1-soul-mate-lover type of girl- still am in my personal life. However, I have come to love reading menage stories and finding out how menage works for certain relationships.

Thanks for the interview, Inked Magic is going on the TBR :) Book Savvy Babe

Barbara said...

A long standing fantasy for sure and I LOVE reading about them. Would I do it...I don't know. But, since my hubs is not into sharing...I won't ever find myself in a situation to have to answer that question. Thx for the giveaway op!

barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

Laurie said...

That would be a more recent one, with all the hot books I've read.

Ren said...

I love reading about menage, but fantasize my self doing manage? Well, I sometimes do that *blush*. Beside its not hurt, I wish I can experience it for real, LOL!

Mary @SweepingMe said...

I would say this is a new fantasy for me. I recently - this year - started reading menage books and found that I really like them!

Mary

Leev said...

having two men in my real wife? it wont happen but for as an fantasy, yes definitely, since it wont broke any heart, lol..

thanks for the excerpt ^^

sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

Di said...

I've only read one menage book so far, but the posts have caught my eye & they do cause the fantasies to swirl.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Boston said...

It's not a personal fantasy, yet. That doesn't mean reading about it won't make it one. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jlhmass said...

I've definitely had the menage fantasy, but I don't know if I'd act on it. My husband asks me, but I'm not sure if he's serious or not either.

bn100 said...

I don't mind reading about it, but it's not for me in real life.