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Music Monday- What You Want

Musical Mondays for all!

Today let’s welcome Landra Graf with her book What You Want to discuss her musical inspiration for the book!

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Say You Do by Dierks Bentley – This song makes me think of early on in the story, when both hero and heroine have met, but she’s trying to convince him to agree to a little dessert.

Come a Little Closer Baby by Dierks Bentley – This is an end of the book song. One that has all the Happily Ever After and sexy I could dream of. Also, this guy’s voice… if you can’t tell I love it.

Come Over by Kenny Chesney – I easily got into the mood for writing Kanoa and Laney’s scenes leading up to the big smexy moments listening to this song.

Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum – This song means a ton for my heroine, Laney. I can’t say specifically why, but kisses are a big deal.

Like a Wrecking Ball by Eric Church – One of the naughtiest country songs I’ve heard in a while. It fits my characters and came in handy for the more sensual moments in this book.

What’s your next project on the horizon? What You Want is the second in the Desperately Seeking Submissive series. The third one, What You Desire, is coming in April and features one of the characters from this story. What You Crave, the first book in the series, is available now.

Where can your readers find you? I’m always wandering Facebook via Landra Graf. My website is another way to check out my books and what I’m up to. If you want the latest news I highly suggest signing up for my newsletter, which I share with the awesome Catherine Peace.

 

What You Want

When her sister gets sick on the night of her 1Night Stand date, Laney Malcolm is asked to fill in and pretend to be her twin. Treating it as a lark, she looks forward to an adventurous event with a free dinner and not much else. She isn’t prepared for the fierce attraction nor the urge to help the Hawaiian, tattooed submissive she’s introduced to.

Kanoa Mahelona has spent the last year trying to find himself, but he’s tired of random hook-ups and women who only want him for his bad-boy image. Madame Eve helped his boss, so he turns to her for assistance. Attractive and damn good at breaking through his barriers, the blonde Domme challenges him in a way he can’t seem to turn down.

Only she’s not who she appears to be, and, once the truth comes out, it may be too late to go back.

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Music Monday- What You Crave

This Monday, let’s welcome Landra Graf with her new book, What You Crave!

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Dangerous by David Guetta ft. Sam Martin – This song sparked the initial ideas for the main characters in my latest release. As I listened I couldn’t get the thought of a sleek black Porsche, leather interior, and a woman in a black dress.

Bad by David Guetta ft. Vassy – Lauren, my heroine, is a good girl by nature. She doesn’t do anything crazy, until signing up for a 1NS. Meeting Sig and submitting to him is also something on her naughty list.

Damaged by Danity Kane – Both Lauren and Sig are damaged by their past relationships and so this song resonated with me to those parts of them and helped when developing the conflicts they faced.

Under Control by Calvin Harris ft. Alesso, Hurts – All those bondage scenes needed some inspirational help, and towards the end of the story things got super-heated, physically and emotionally.

I Want It All by Karmin – Every 1NS is typically just that, one night. This song plays up to the emotions riding high in my characters. As the story develops and the H/h become closer the question is will 1 night be enough?

What’s your next project on the horizon? What You Crave is the first in the Desperately Seeking Submissive series. The second on, What You Want, is coming in March and features one of the characters from this story.

I’m always wandering Facebook via Landra Graf. My website is another way to check out my books and what I’m up to. If you want the latest news I highly suggest signing up for my newsletter, which I share with the awesome Catherine Peace.

What You Crave

Sigmund Bermudez has spent the last year out of the BDSM scene, mourning the death of his father and rebuilding the family business. When he loses a bet to his bodyguard that Madame Eve won’t locate a woman who’s down with his type of kink, he finds himself committed to a date he’s not sure he’ll enjoy.

Lauren Elser has heard about kinky escapades from one of her more challenging patients, and never taken in part in one. When offered a chance to explore this undiscovered side of herself courtesy of 1Night Stand, she jumps at it.

Neither of them is prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that comes with their date, and soon shibari bondage play turns into so much more. The only problem, is Sig’s not ready to open up and Lauren doesn’t want to be sued again. But if they work past the issues, there’s a world of wonder in store.

 

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Sara Daniel

Time to cast the spotlight down on some hard-working and awesome authors! After all, those novels and articles you like to read don’t just burst forth into existence–it requires a lot of effort and craftsmanship.

So today, join us in welcoming Sara Daniel!

SaraDaniel_headshot_9-2012_cropped - smallDo you have a favorite quote about writing? Maybe one that motivates or inspires you?

My favorite quote is the legendary Nora Roberts quip: “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.” It reminds me that I just need to write. The words don’t have to be perfect the first time. I can always go back and fix them.

Everyone draws inspiration from different sources–where do you find yours?

I love happy endings and giving people hope for a bright, love-filled future. Every time I hear a story or read an article with a less than satisfying ending, I want to create a happy ending for that person/situation.

After spending so much time fleshing out these characters, do any stand out as ones you could write over and over again?

Willow from Captivating the CEO is probably my favorite character ever. She shares a medical condition with someone who is very close to me in real life, so her story is truly a book of my heart. But every character I write gets to be my favorite while I’m writing his/her story. Bringing them past their hang-ups and damaged past to the happily-ever-after they deserve is what I love to write about and I plan to continue doing so forever!

Every author needs a vacation. If you could escape to anywhere, where would you go?

My ideal vacation is relaxing near the water. Ocean, river, lake, or creek—I’m not picky! The constant flow of water calms me and restores my creative soul.

Are you working on any new projects? What one are you most excited for right now?

I’m really excited for the One Night with the Bridal Party series. Book 4 (out of 6), One Night with the Best Man, released on April 17th. The next two books, One Night with her Husband and One Night with his Wife, will release in mid-May and mid-June, respectively. This steamy set of one-night stand stories kicked off with One Night with the Bride two years ago, then One Night with the Bridesmaid and One Night with the Groom last year, so it’s been fun to revisit the characters from the earlier books and tie up the series.

Fantastic! I’ll have to keep an eye out. Do you have any shows you’re addicted to right now?

I’m not much of a TV person, but I’ve gotten hooked on Dancing with the Stars, which I watch with my daughter. I love the personal struggles and watching the contestants rise above their fears and limitations. I also find it fascinating to see how the show’s producers appeal to different demographics with the range of contestants. Just like in fiction, the character arc fascinates me, draws me in, and makes me care about the contestants and their partners.

What about in the book realm? Any recommendations?

I just finished reading 21 Marine Salute, a box set of 21 sexy Marine romances by Heather Long, which was wonderful and moved Marines to the top of my book boyfriend list! I also just finishing reading the middle grade fantasy series, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, with my daughter, which I’d recommend to fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

Now to my favorite question: What’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Leo. I’m not sure that all the qualities assigned to a Leo apply to me, but according to this site, creativity and idealism are among the Leo’s greatest strengths. I would say that those two attributes shape the romance writer in me!

Any huge pet peeves while you’re reading?

My biggest pet peeve is when the authors hasn’t created a reason or a connection for me to care about the character(s). If I care about what happens to the person and/or am rooting for her/him to succeed, I’m willing to overlook a weak plot or choppy writing. But if the author hasn’t convinced me I should care what happens to the characters, I have no reason to keep reading.

Where can readers find you and your books?

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Subscribe to my newsletter for notices of new releases, sales and giveaways: http://eepurl.com/rx_AL Also, check out my website http://www.SaraDaniel.com and the social media sites below:

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Also, check out the latest release, One Night with the Best Man!

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Will a one night stand give them the courage to face what they fear most or drive them apart forever?

Alejandro “Alex” Cortez vowed never to return to the family farm, but when his sister makes it the destination for her wedding, he has no choice. The farm’s new owner, sexy agricultural professor Dr. Susan Gundersen, is his only hope for a diversion from the haunting memories.

Susan knows better than to count on people sticking around for her. The farm gives her the roots and permanence she’s craved her entire life. As she helps Alex clear out his family’s mementos from the house, Susan is drawn to the raw and vulnerable man under his carefree exterior. A few kisses later, she falls hard and fast.

Despite their mutual attraction, Susan will never leave the farm and Alex will never consider staying. Will one passionate night with the best man give them the courage to face what they each fear most or drive them apart forever?

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Thank you Sara for joining us this week in Meet the Writer Wednesday! Tune in next week for a new interview!