Friday, March 11, 2011

Welcome Author Lila Munroe to Cheeky Reads & Giveaway!

Today I'm excited to welcome guest author Lila Munro to Cheeky Reads! First, let's take a look at the blurb for Lila's book Identity Crisis:
Someone once said you never truly know a person,

Chad Dearborn was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was given everything a person could want and more, country clubs were his daycares and Paris and London his playgrounds. Heir to Dearborn Inc., Chad stands to inherit a veritable fortune. But the problem is his parents want to gift him the perfect wife to go with it. A woman in the form of a molded, plastic, jet set dolly. Certainly not Chad’s idea of an ideal mate. He wants a woman that can hold her own, in and out of the bedroom. Who knew he’d find her in one of Portland’s hottest leather clubs? Chad was fascinated by what went on there, but something just wouldn’t let him cross that line.

until you sleep with them.

Country clubs? Europe? The closest Tori Myers ever came to those things were the covers of magazines. With an absent father, a less than attentive mother and nowhere to go, Tori finds herself drawn to an alternative lifestyle at the tender age of eighteen. Vertigo is a treasure chest of Dom’s willing to give her anything she wants. But when Chad Dearborn walks through the door, Tori figures out sometimes what your heart wants isn’t necessarily what your body is willing to compromise to have.

Or do you?

The thing that just wouldn’t let Chad cross the line with his sexuality has come home to roost. And as a result, he's faced with a huge decision. Accept who he is and what he wants. Or continue to fight the biggest identity crisis of his life.

Tell us a little about what inspired you to write this story and what your favorite part about writing it was?


I first became interested in BDSM after reading Broken Together by BethAnn Buehler. Something that not everyone knows about me is that I have a BS in Sociology, so sub-cultures and how they work absolutely fascinate me. The more I read, the more I had to be able wrap my head around how these relationships worked and that lead to a whole lot of research. Once the light bulb went off and I could wrap my head around the idea of a Dom/sub relationship the next logical step for me was to incorporate it in my writing. My favorite part of writing this story was the freedom it allowed me to step outside my “box” and comfort zone. I really allowed me to grow as a writer and explore a sub-genre I might not otherwise have if not for that first spark of interest.

Characters really make a story for me. What 3 words best describe your hero? What about your heroine?

Well it happens that in this story not only are the elements of BDSM present I also worked in a ménage relationship between two Doms, Chad and Ren, and their sub, Tori.

Chad is—faithful, confused, and loving to a fault

Ren is—strong, confident, and capable

Tori is—giving, frustrated, and intelligent

Was there a favorite scene for you to write? Would you give a little tease of it...:)
(WARING R RATED)
My favorite scene to write was when it became apparent that Ren was indeed the alpha Dom in this relationship. It was exciting to write because mixed emotions were involved for all three people. Tori was grateful to finally be understood, Ren was relieved that she accepted him, and poor Chad is just terrified.

“Why are you still dressed, Ren?” Tori asked in a husky voice, turning her head toward him once again. “Don’t you want to claim your prize?”

Chad eased off her, his erection bobbing as he crawled to the edge of the bed. He grabbed Tori’s collar and after pulling Tori to sitting, he draped the red creation around her throat and fastened it. Ren approached with a possessive smile on his face, and held up one hand. Between his forefinger and thumb he held an identical lock to the one already on Tori’s collar. Ren climbed on the bed and on his knees got behind her. He reached around her slender neck and ran his lock through the clasp and fastened it, leaving it to hang beside Chad’s. Tori was now fully theirs. “Where…” Tori started as Chad backed away.

“Shhh…” Chad told her, putting a finger to her lips. “You two need to get to know each other. I’m gonna watch.”

Tori’s skin tingled at the thought of Chad wanting to see another man brand her. A heated flush ran over her as Tori began to fully realize what she’d agreed to. She now belonged to two Doms. She was theirs for the taking, but also for the giving. Chad had just torn the door to their relationship off the hinges and given Tori more than she'd ever dreamed of.

“You’ll never know how happy it makes me that you said yes, pet,” Ren murmured into her hair, running his hands over her shoulders. “God, you’re beautiful.”

A shudder flew across Tori as Ren took her earlobe in his mouth and bit, then sucked, easing away the sharp pain.

“I can be very demanding, Tori. Maybe more than you’re used to,” he told her taking her nipples between his thumbs and fingers, pinching and twisting.

Tori sucked in her breath. He was going to play rough, probably rougher than Chad ever had, but maybe by watching Chad would learn. Ren had obviously already tutored him well in the fine art of whips.

“What’s your safe word, angel?” Ren asked, getting off the bed and taking her with him as he tore off his boxers, his cock springing free. “You might need it.”

“Couture,” Tori answered.

“Couture.” Ren reached out and pinched her nipples again. “On your knees.”

Tori immediately dropped, put her hands on her thighs palm side up and lowered her head. Yes, this would definitely be a learning experience for Chad. He’d never let anyone dominate her in ways even close to what she knew was coming. Tori could feel the power and strength flying off Ren in waves, and as he ran one hand through her hair, wrapped it tightly around his fist and pulled her head up quickly, she knew Ren wasn’t joking. She might very well use her safe word. It was something she hadn’t done in years.

What else do you have coming up and where can readers find you next?

I have several irons in the fire right now. The Force Recon writing team is back together and we’re working on the second in that series, Force Recon Somalia. It’s due out this summer through Rebel Ink Press. Also through Rebel, I’ll be putting out the second book in the Delaney brother’s series, A Slower Lower Life, and there’s more Identity issues to resolve. The second Identity book will be entitled True Identity and will release this summer as well. It revolves around Master Steph and his graduate student sub, Jill. For more information about any and all my works readers can find me at www.lilamunro.weebly.com or www.wickedmuses.blogspot.com .

Have you read any great books lately?

I’ve read several good books lately. I finished Maya Banks Colter’s series and loved them and I just finished the fourth installment of Cherise Sinclair’s Shadowlands series, I can’t wait to download the fifth book, Make Me, Sir. Currently I’m reading an Andrew Grey novel, Accompanied by a Waltz. It’s not often I find a m/m author that holds my attention but Andrew has managed to do that very thing.

Thanks Lila!

Bio:
Lila Munro is a writer of contemporary romance currently residing on the coast of North Carolina. She is a military wife and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fourteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her previous works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, and Destiny’s Fire. Anthology work includes a piece in All I Want for Christmas is Redemption. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted via her website http://lilamunro.weebly.com/ , her joint effort website http://www.wickedmuses.webs.com/  or through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Lila_Munro  .

You can purchase Identity Crisis through the following links:

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-identitycrisis-521393-146.html
http://www.bookstrand.com/identity-crisis
http://www.amazon.com/Identity-Crisis-ebook/dp/B004QZ9Q8M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299623551&sr=8-1

Enter to win your own copy of Identity Crisis by telling us what great book you've read lately or if you've ever read a m/m or BSDM romance before.

17 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Sabrina for hosting me today...I'm really looking forward to making someone's e-reader happy with a copy of Identity Crisis. So what's everyone reading? I've been indulging in Cherise Sinclair and Andrew Grey lately...

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  2. Welcome Lila! we hvae a late bunch around here, but I'm sure they'll start stopping by soon. I'm sure this morning's events have everyone's attention right now as well.

    Thank you so much for being here today!

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  3. Hi Lila! Fab interview :) Great to know the aspects behind BDSM, which normally one fails to realize while reading ;) Thanks for sharing with us...

    One good BDSM book I loved was "Power Play" by Mari Carr... It isn't M/M, but it gave a great insight into what happens when two strong characters clash :)

    Your book sounds like a great read and please enter me for the giveaway..

    judimello@gmail.com

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  4. Hi Ju--Great to see you here. I'm still researching and learning, and having a great time doing it. Thanks for the reading tip--my e-reader is always hungry. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I enjoyed the interview and I liked that I got see what inspired Ms. Munroe to write IDENTITY CRISIS.

    The most recent book that I just recently finished was Morgan Hawke's INTERSELLAR SEVICE & DESCIPLINE: VICTORIOUS STAR. Loved it because it was a fantasy with a woman who is well known as a pilot who is dominated by two distinctly different men.

    Please enter me into the drawning. Your interview has piqued my interest in IDENTITY CRISIS.

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  6. Wow, Lila! Nice excerpt!

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  7. I haven't read any m/m books yet but I would love to. This book looks really good and I loved the excerpt.

    iqb99@yahoo.com

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  8. Hi Julie, Maureen, and Danielle--glad you all enjoyed the interview and the excerpt and thanks for coming by. As you can imagine that scene heats up quite a bit past that point. :)

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  9. I have read a m/m book before, but it was several years ago. Like to give this book a try. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  10. Hello Lila!
    I have been reading BDSM for a while now but I only started reading m/m romance in December. It was a free read promotion so I gave it a try. I loved it. I bought 5 more books by the author. I now buy m/m regularly and enjoy them very much!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

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  11. great interview ladies.I really liked the excerpt.Sound like a great book.
    The last great book I read was The Only Exception by Gina Gordon.
    And I've read lots of m/m and BSDM books.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  12. Good Lawd, what an excerpt!

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  13. Howdy everyone! Anita--you'd be surprised how much romance has changed in just a few short years. After I took a break from reading it I was pleasantly shocked when I picked it back up. Who do you read Stacie? Don't be shy--I'm always looking for a good m/m writer--I have a hard time finding one that can keep my attention because I find many of them lacking in story content. Thanks Elain! I really enjoyed doing the interview and have enjoyed being here today. Lindsay! What's up, hon? Makes you want to know what happened next doesn't it? ;)

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  14. Hi Lila the books I read were by Carol Lynne. They were part of her Men in Love and Bodyguards in Love series. One of her books was offered as a free read for Christmas. I hadn't tried m/m before so I took the chance. I found them just as loving as any other romance. :)

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  15. Hi Lilia,

    Love Cameron Dane's m/m stories, especially her Hawke Ranch series. And you have another fan here of Cherise Sinclair. Her command and cherish storylines are favorites of mine too.

    Fabulous excerpt for your new release, I can't wait to read more.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  16. Ooh, this sounds good. I'm a big fan of Cherise Sinclair's and I'm always looking for books that are similar in tone to hers. I've read a few wanna-be BDSM stories lately that I wouldn't recommend, but I also just recently read a m/m story called Duck by Kim Dare that was really good and I highly recommend it. I'd also recommend Dear Sir, I'm Yours or Hurt Me So Good by Joely Sue Burkhart and anything by Annabel Joseph.

    jen at delux dot com

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  17. Thanks everyone for stopping by these past couple of days and sharing and chatting. I've had a great time here at Cheeky Reads--thanks so much to my hostess. ;) And now I'd like to congratulate the winner of the PDF of Identity Crisis--Elain! Hope you enjoy the read, hon, it's on its way as we speak...

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