Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Military Romance Week: Author Katie Porter (Interview/Giveaway)

Honorable handsome men carrying heavy fearsome weapons or flying high tech aircraft--how can that not pique your interest? In the spirit of Military Romance, let’s welcome the writing duo making up Katie Porter! And congratulations to the duo for being nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for their novels, Hold 'Em and Came Upon a Midnight Clear! Which, Came Upon a Midnight Clear, is the first gay romance novel ever to be nominated

Lexi: Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty, what in the world made you two decide to delve into writing together? Do you live near each other or do you collaborate via internet?

Lorelie: I took a trip to Vegas and saw signs advertising a singles weekend, so I started flirting with the idea of an erotica series. But I couldn’t make the pieces go together. Carrie and I started talking them over as critique partners, and then we just...kept going. Best idea we’ve ever had. We live pretty far apart: I’m in California and Carrie is in Wisconsin. All our work happens via the internet!

Carrie: I’d worked well as a co-writing partner before, with Ann Aguirre for our RITA-nominated “Dark Age Dawning” paranormals. That was an awesome experience because I’d never written anything but historicals. When our schedules didn’t synch anymore, I still missed that collaborative excitement of working with a co-writer. Lorelie and I have known each other for more than six years, so her idea was a brilliant new way to go--and a new genre! I wasn’t a stranger to steamy scenes, but these go above and beyond. Plus writing contemporary was new for me. It’s been a fabulous ride!

Hold 'Em by Katie PorterLexi: Your “Vegas Top Guns” series has been well received. With the first three books released in consecutive months, readers have been turned into melted little puddles. Each of you have written some steamy romances individually, but did you have fun cranking up the heat for this series?

Lorelie: It was a blast! When I write historicals, I feel a little hampered sometimes by plausibility. I know people got up to major naughty in previous eras, but it doesn’t always work for the characters I’m working with. For the Katie Porter books, it was total play time. Write anything we wanted, however we wanted!

Carrie: Because we’re both historians, we’re used to doing research. This just meant a different kind of research! We’ll call it...lively. And that it was set in Vegas just let us run free. Anything could happen, and in “Vegas Top Guns,” most of it does.

Lexi: Lorelie, you’re a US Army veteran. Have you read a lot of military romances in the years since? Any memorable ones that served as inspiration? 

Lorelie: My favorite military romances are Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters, particularly the early ones. OUT OF CONTROL has one of my most favorite heroes either: Wild Card Karmody, badass SEAL plus techno geek plus romantic. How do you  beat that? Plus Brockmann always seemed to go above and beyond to ensure her details are accurate, which can be kind of touch and go with some other authors. And as a veteran, nothing annoys me more in a military romance than inaccurate details.

Lexi: Carrie, you must just be slightly crazy to take on more projects, but we are glad you did. With His Very Own Girl you touched on a military romance, and now the “Vegas Top Guns” series. Do you feel like you have found a new niche?

Carrie: Slightly crazy? My husband would say “lots and lots” crazy. As for a military niche, I don’t think so. His Very Own Girl fits squarely within my idea of history. The circumstances of men joining the military in WWII were very different than the choices available to people now, who do so as a career or an opportunity to broaden their horizons. My parents joined the Marines in 1971 for just that reason. So even setting aside the heat level, the feel is different. One is historical in a time of all-out warfare around the world, and one is about contemporary characters.

Lexi: Both of you sure picked a great city to set your series. As everyone knows, what happens in Vegas....

Lorelie: Stays in Vegas, of course. Unless someone writes a book about it all...

Carrie: What was a nice angle, for me, was writing Cass Whitman from Double Down. She lived in Vegas. Grew up there. For her, it was her hometown. Even a few of the fighter pilots stationed at Nellis have been there for going on three years. The tourist side of Vegas was fun to get away from. There are regular grocery stores and offices and little houses in the suburbs. But then’s Vegas. Having that variety at our disposal added a lot of plot possibilities.

Lead and Follow by Katie PorterLexi: I am also very excited for your release of Lead and Follow, “Club Deviant” book one! Not military but still full of mouthwatering men. Do you have a plan for how long this series will be?

Lorelie: There’s five books in the Club Devant series. The second, CHAINS AND CANES, will be out in July.

Carrie: This series is going to be so much fun! Aside from one scene in one of the upcoming books, the entire “Vegas Top Guns” series features romances between one man and one woman. “Club Devant” will push our envelope, in that we explore threesomes, as well as gay and interracial romances. The variety will expand. Second perhaps to Vegas, New York City is the place to find sexual adventure... 

Lexi: So many exciting things coming from Katie Porter. Thanks Lorelie and Carrie for stopping by to feed the flame! Good luck with your upcoming releases!

Carrie & Lorelie are giving away one digital copy of any one of their backlist books as Katie Porter, including the upcoming CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, which releases on Nov 27. To enter, just leave a question or comment on this post for these wonderful ladies and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!

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  1. I enjoy a really well written threesome. Looking forward to seeing what you do!


  2. Sounds a great book. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. I'll admit that your books have been on my radar for a couple of months now. I am a huge fan of military romance and I am hearing RAVES about that series, but I think I'm most excited about your m/m release. I absolutely WILL be buying it.

    This was a fun interview. I look forward to reading some of your books! smiles....

  4. I haven't yet read any Katie Porter books, but I've read books by both Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown and will definitely be pushing these closer to the top of my TBR list now.


  5. I haven't read anything by her yet; but I added her Vegas Top Guns series to my TBR ~ oh & Led & Follow (don't wait to miss a 3some)

  6. Thanks for the fun interview and great giveaway. Are there any genres that you guys would like to write but haven't?


  7. Are either of you married to a military man since you rote about military romances?

  8. Thanks to you both for a fun interview! Good luck with your hot series!

  9. Loved the first book in the Vegas Top Guns series, so I'm stoked to read the others-- and all the other upcoming Katie Porter projects :)

  10. This sounds super hot!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!


  11. I have not read any of these but they sound great.
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  12. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I've been dying to read these books :)

  13. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good.

  14. I've been looking forward to reading the Vegas series and Club Deviant sounds great as well! Thanks for the interview and giveway!

  15. Lots of great books to check out by this duo! Thanks for sharing!

  16. .How many books do you have in various stages of writing at the moment? Really enjoy your books.

  17. Love this and can´t wait to read more, =) glad you´ve got each other, i´m guessing writing is a solitary thing, usually.

    best wishes & Happy Thursday!

  18. Vegas is Hawaii's nineth island ... so bring your hot alpha heroes across the Pacific for fun in the sun!

  19. I just found out about this series and author within the last month. I immediately put the series on my Amazon wishlist.

  20. I do like the "melted little puddles" phrase. That speaks volumes right there.

  21. This sounds great and what an excellent author to spotlight in the giveaway. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. Vegas is a crazy kind of place so it's always interesting to read stories that are set there. I'm looking forward to reading this series.

  23. It must be a challenge to write a story with someone else.


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