Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Event: Tie Me Up in July with Shayla Black (Interview/Giveaway)

When you think of books that are erotic with a BDSM flavor, the name Shayla Black comes to mind. So crack out those handcuffs, we know you already have the wine and welcome Shayla to the blog today!

Shayla: Thanks for having me here, Lexi! It’s a pleasure, especially if you have wine. 
Lexi: Oh don't worry, we have the wine!
Shayla, you are one of those authors who has been blessed by the cover gods. Your new release “Arresting Desire”, which is included in the book Hot in Handcuffs, fits right in with your drool-worthy covers. Do you have a favorite out of all your books?

Shayla: I don’t, actually. I like most all of them for different reasons. Some favorites are the first in the Wicked Lovers series, Wicked Ties, simply because I LOVE red. I’m also really fond of the cover for the latest in the series, Mine To Hold. It’s super romantic. I also really love the covers for Their Virgin Captive, the first of the Masters of Ménage series, as well as the first in my new collaborative series, The Doms of Her Life. That title is One Dom to Love and should be out in September. I’m fortunate that I have a lot of control over my covers, and I think they’re largely a reflection of what I’d like them to be.

Lexi: A hard choice, I know, when you have written as many books as you have. This summer will be busy for you with three releases, and then next summer you get to start a new series. Are you getting excited about your new series, or are you too busy with Arresting Desire at the moment?

Shayla: Actually, more releases this summer than that. Embrace Me At Dawn released May 29, followed by Mine To Hold on June 5, then Hot in Handcuffs July 3. Strictly Forbidden is my third historical re-release, and it should be out by the end July. Their Virgin Concubine, the third book of the Masters of Ménage series will be out in early August. One Dom To Love, as I said, will be out in early September. Whew! I’m actually still focused on all these releases, but I’m thinking about my Project Alpha series, which is set to debut next summer. I’ll start writing the first one shortly!

Lexi: You write characters across the board, paranormal to military to FBI. What do you think is the easiest type of hero to write?

Shayla: The easiest hero to write is the one who’s taking to me. The background details don’t matter, just whether or not he’s communicating with me (in my head) as I’m plotting and writing the book.

Lexi: Your books tend to have BDSM themes (super hot for those who haven’t checked out Shayla’s books yet). If I am in the mood for an erotic read, I know your books will not disappoint. Do you enjoy reading erotic books, or since you write it do you stick to reading other genres?

Shayla: I actually write in four genres. Erotic just happens to be one of them. But yes, I do enjoy writing erotic romances. I read other genres, as well. Erotic happens to be a favorite.

Lexi: Most men like it if their significant other reads these hot books. How does your husband react to being married to a woman who writes it? I am guessing there has been some smug bragging to the guys here and there.

Shayla: Not really. My husband is very quiet and private. He’s not a bragger or a fist bumper or any of that. He just looks at me and smiles, and that’s more than enough for me.

Lexi: It is only right he brag you up and be proud of you, with all your published works and awards that is quite the accomplishment. Here’s hoping you will have many, many more!

Shayla: He’s very supportive, and I’m quite lucky.

Lexi: Thanks for stopping by Shayla! It was great finding out more about you and your summer releases!

Shayla: Thanks very much for having me here!

Hot In Handcuffs
Sexy Capers #3
by Shayla Black, Sylvia Day, Shiloh Walker
Published July 3rd 2012 by Berkley 
ISBN 13: 9780425247693

Three Novellas of Erotic Capture
Allow yourself to imagine the man behind the dark sunglasses. Hear the purr of his zipper as he lowers it, then reaches for the shiny metal hanging from his black leather belt. It’s futile to resist arrest. Give yourself up to the fantasy. Besides, he thinks you’re so hot in handcuffs…
Arresting Desire by Shayla BlackFBI Agent Jon Bocelli never stopped wanting beautiful professor Lucia DiStefano. She’s interested in taking her first lover, and he intends to be that man. When her past puts her life in danger, Jon risks everything to save her and prove this fling is forever.
On Fire by Sylvia DayWhen Deputy Marshal Jared Cameron investigates a series of arson attacks in a seaside town, the biggest blast of heat comes from sexy fire inspector Darcy Michaels—until their scorching after-hours affair is compromised by a secret from Darcy’s past.
The Unwilling by Shiloh WalkerMica Greer and her former lover, ex-FBI agent Colby Mathis once shared an intimate past and a powerful psychic gift. Now, they’ve been reunited by a bizarre series of murders—and an electrifying passion that could put them both in jeopardy.
Purchase at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository

About Shayla Black

Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the national bestselling author of 25+ sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award and a nomination for Best Erotic Romance of 2007.
A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book.
Follow me on Facebook or Twitter @Shayla_Black

Penguin is giving away one copy of Hot In Handcuffs to one US reader today! To enter, just leave a question or comment for Shayla on this post and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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  1. I'm a little behind on reading your work (just finished up Wicked Ties). Was wanting to ask where your inspiration for Jack Cole came from?


  2. My first dip into the genre was with Shayla Black and Jack Cole. *swoon* That first sentence of WICKED TIES grabbed me and has never let go. Jack Cole will always be The Ultimate Dom for me. The Wicked Lovers series is absolutely wonderful!

    I haven't had the pleasure yet of reading the Masters of Menage series, it's on the TBR. EMBRACE ME AT DAWN is next on the reading list.

    Can't wait to meet you at AAD NOLA!

  3. I'm dying to get my hands on HOT IN HANDCUFFS. Thank you so much!

  4. I'm a huge Shayla fan and have read nearly all of her books and am really excited about this one too! Gotta say Hot in Handcuffs is probably one of my favorite covers!

  5. Congrats on all the summer releases. Does the Wicked Ties series have to be read in order? Can't wait to read Hot In Handcuffs. The book sounds fantastic.


  6. I haven't yet read this series, but I've read other Shayla Black books and LOVED them. I really want to read Hot in Handcuffs.

    jlhmass at yahoo dot com

  7. Shayla has so many books I want to read! Congrats on all the releases! I need to stay off the computer and spend more time reading.

  8. Why did you choose to write in this genre?

  9. I recently just found out about Shayla, *hangs head in shame*. I have heard such great things about her books. I can't wait to delve into these. Thanks!!!

  10. congrats on the new release! It looks fantastic :)

  11. CONGRATS on your three releases for the summer! That's gotta be some kind of record:) I really like all of Shayla's covers... they are very appealing even the ones that are basically one color.

  12. I haven't read this series yet but am looking forward to it. Hot in Cuffs sounds get to. I have read other books of Shayla and loved them.

  13. Whew what a cover! HOTNESS!

  14. Great interview. Definitely adding these books to my quality. Thanks for the giveaway.


  15. I'm a new Shayla Black fan and she does have some of the best book covers ever!

  16. I love Shayla Black's books!!!

    Can we get a hint, Shayla, as to what your Project Alpha books are about?!

    Thank you for the giveaway and a great interview.

  17. Love your books....still can't find Embrace Me At Dawn anywhere!!! I guess i'm gonna have to get it on kindle...but i'm distracting myself with Mine To Hold...loving it so far!

  18. This is why I love anthologies - I get to try authors I haven't read before!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  19. I'm new to this series but I would love to read this one. Thank you for the giveaway.


  20. I would love to read your books. This one sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

  21. I love Shayla's Doomsday Brethren. I think Marrok will be in my heart forever. :)
    So many more books I have to read. Congrats on your many summer releases.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  22. I have several of Shayla's books and still need to catch up. Can't have enough of Shayla's books.

  23. Congrats on being so prolific this summer! Carin

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  25. I'm actually pretty new to the Erotica genre. I've heard great things about your books, especially from the girls at UTC! I can't wait to read some!

  26. I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of Shayla's work but I'm told they are fantastic! I can't wait till I get a chance to read something of hers.

  27. Hot in Handcuffs sounds like a great anthology, with 3 great authors. I have not read any of the Sexy Capers books but this one sounds so good that I will have to check into them. Thanks for the post and giveaway :)

  28. One of the perks of being an author has to be the title I mean Hot In Handcuffs I so wish I had thought of that lol great stuff

  29. Love shayla's books cannot wait to read her new ones Wicked ties was awesome!


  30. Shayla Black has been on my TBR mountain for quite a while! I am finally getting to her. Of course, since she's going to AAD summer camp I bumped her up. I have read the Doomsday Bethern and absolutely love it! I can wait to read the Wicked series.
    jlkg102961 AT yahoo DOT com

  31. I have only read great things about Shayla Black and her books and would love to win this book!

    Thanks for this giveaway!


    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

  32. I really like Shayla's books, very hot and stimulating plus a great story. Love the cover for Hot In Handcuffs. I can't wait to read more of Shayla's books.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  33. I love Shayla's books. Her series are so well written and the characters have so much charisma and depth. I get so sucked into the stories. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  34. This is my introduction to Shayla Black - great interview. I'm looking forward t oher book
    rlawrence110 at yahoo dot com

  35. Hi Shayla,
    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i love the covers on your books. did you design them yourself or have a lot of input on them? i know some authors have little to no say in how their book covers will look.

    tammy ramey

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