Author: Zara Stoneley
Publisher: Xcite Books
Release Date: April 19th 2012
Genre: BDSM / Fetish, Erotic Novels
Source: Writer Marketing Services
Buy: Xcite Books, Amazon (UK), Amazon (US), Barnes & Noble, All Romance
An erotic romance novel with themes including sex in public, spanking, exhibitionism and ménage.
Cat’s life is falling apart – her boyfriend’s dumped her, she’s lost her home and she’s about to quit her job. Her boss, Brent, has a solution: become his wife for a year, to help him land a big promotion. But Cat’s had a taste of Brent before, and she knows he’s a bad boy who loves women and leaves them. So she agrees to marry him, but tells him there’s to be no sex. He adds his own condition: if she as much as talks to another man in that time, she must pay, by acting out of 12 of Brent’s kinkiest sex fantasies. When she breaks the rule, the forfeit is on: but opening up and letting Brent into her heart, as well as her bed, could be the most dangerous game of all …
Hello and welcome Zara!
Hi Anya , Thanks for welcoming me to your blog, it’s gorgeous – I’d love to stay here permanently!
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Staffordshire, in the UK, but have spent most of my life in Cheshire. Being a sun lover though, I would love to be able to spend more time abroad.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
I have always loved writing, (one of my relatives is sure we are related to Elizabeth Gaskell – so maybe it’s in my blood?!) I submitted a thriller to Michael Joseph, the publisher when I was twelve, I didn’t know anything about agents, writing a synopsis or query letters then. I got a lovely encouraging letter in response which I really wish I’d kept.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Forfeit is the first erotic romance novel I have had published. It’s about being true to yourself, and how sexual exploration can lead to self-confidence and trust.
I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Handle with care!
Which character speaks the loudest to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?
My characters are all strong people, although the men tend towards being strong silent types, but they have subtle ways of making sure they get attention!
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?
Oh they certainly all have their own opinions of what should happen to them. I do try and have an outline plot at the beginning but usually the characters end up revealing something I didn’t know about them and then go off in their own direction. Totally uncontrollable (a bit like me!).
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think I do yes. Up until recently I tried to write to fit a market, but it wasn’t really my ‘voice’. Then, when I was doing an online writing course I decided to try something a bit different, write about the type of upbeat sassy people I love and all of a sudden it was less contrived and started to click into place.
How did you come up with the title?
The title just jumped out at me on this one, normally I deliberate for ages but Forfeit is the key to this story. Cat and Brent are mad about each other (and definitely in lust from the start), but they are both determined to fight it. The ‘forfeit’ gives them an excuse to be open about their needs and desires and allows them to get up to all kinds of naughtiness.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think we need to be true to ourselves, which sounds a bit deep but I think honesty is the basis of any relationship, which means being honest with ourselves as well as our partner. I also think that good sex is important, this book is about love, lust, trust, fun and taking a risk. Cat starts off with lots of barriers she’s erected to protect herself, she’s tried to be herself in the past and not been accepted. Brent though has had a glimpse of the real Cat and wants to see more.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I’ve got several things on the go at the moment, another erotic romance that is close to completion, a contemporary romance that is under consideration with a publisher and a couple of novellas that I’m plotting out.
Who designed the cover of your book?
The cover was designed for me by Xcite, I was surprised and pleased with it as I didn’t have any idea what it would be like!
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
Sitting in the sun in the South of France with a glass of wine, writing erotic romance, and also some books that wouldn’t make my Mum blush!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Somewhere warm. I do like sunshine, and nice food, but wherever I end up I’d always come back to the UK, there is such a variety here. I’d really like to set one of my books in Cornwall too as I love the mystical air of places like Tintagel.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I was a bit resistant to ebooks at first as I love to hold a book in my hands, but I’m converted now! Ebooks are great when you’re on the move, but I also read lots of paperbacks. Hardcovers are lovely but I get arm ache as I’m one of those people who can’t put a book down once I get started!
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I have a few erotic romances underway including one which I’d love to turn into a series. I’m also awaiting a decision on a contemporary romance title, plus have a paranormal that keeps asking to be written.
How do you market/promote your books?
I think social media has changed the world. I love twitter, I’ve met some great people via tweeting but I try to be low key promoting this way as there is nothing worse than sell, sell, sell. I’m also on Facebook and have a blog. And of course the wonderful Lucy Felthouse has organised this blog tour for me.
What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?
I wish I knew! I think a good book is about good writing, compelling characters and situations that people can relate to. Reading is believable escapism. But a bestseller has a lot to do with other factors like timing. People sometimes criticise bestsellers as being badly written, and they can be, but they hit a nerve for whatever reason. At the end of a day you need a good story; a lot of films, books, tv programmes, stars may not be perfect but they have that certain something. If you find out what it is please let me know!
Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
If I’ve had a break I sometimes find it hard to get going again and I just have to force myself to plod on, and delete it all later. Other times I can hit a block because I don’t understand the characters properly and I’m trying to lead them somewhere they really don’t want to go. I’ve recently had that problem, 10k words in I got stuck and the only solution was to start again.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s towards the end of the book when Cat finds out that Brent has been hiding something from her. Brent could have begged for forgiveness, or walked away, but that would be completely out of character, so instead he does what comes naturally to him! I loved this chapter because it was a critical point for both of them.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I love horse-riding and walking in the week, but at the weekend cooking with my other half then settling down to eat it with a nice bottle of wine can’t be beaten.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
Nope! I never give books away because I always intend to read them again, but somehow my TBR pile keeps growing!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be yourself, write what you feel comfortable about and write what you like writing and not what you think publishers want to buy, and develop your own voice.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
Bum on seat and hands on keyboard, procrastination never got anything written. You can’t edit a blank page – I think Nora Roberts said something along those lines.
Do you write under a pen name?
Yes, my own name is very common.
Cats or dogs?
Both. I’ve just got a cat at the moment, but have had lots of dogs in the past.
White wine or red?
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, always coffee. I drink it by the bucketload, strangely it is tea that gives me a headache.
Chocolate, steak, scallops, asparagus, bacon sandwiches!
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
Vanilla, though if there’s any other kind of chocolate dessert on offer I’d go for it.
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
Mobile phone, keys, purse, tissue.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Laptop, though sometimes I put it on a stand on the desk as instructed by the physio (not often though).
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Sat on the settee with my laptop (unless I’m plotting when I need to sit at a desk for some reason). Plotting works best in the morning, but afternoons and evening are best for writing, so mornings are for walking, emailing, networking (otherwise known as procrastination).
List 3 of your all time favourite books?
I’ve read and enjoyed far too many to be able to name just 3.
An actor you have a crush on –
Viggo Mortenson as Aragorn (sorry just as Aragorn – is that allowed?!), and Hugh Jackman. Oops did you just say one?
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
The Good Wife.
Thanks for having me 🙂
The sound of her heels against the tiled floor echoed through his senses. The floral sweetness of her shampoo assailed his nostrils, along with the musky scent of her that still lingered on his fingers. She was swapping breath with him now, carefully unbuttoning his shirt with controlled urgency, the long tendrils of her hair stroking his skin as she slipped the fabric from his shoulders. He could feel the slight tremble of her fingers, the rub of harsh cotton between them as she leant against him. His hands slipped round, cupping her buttocks; firm mounds that yielded just enough to his touch.
‘A man could get addicted to someone like you.’ He pulled her hard against him, enjoying the startled whoosh of air as she relinquished control. And when he opened his eyes and met her gaze there was something bordering on serenity there, a peaceful acceptance of herself, of him, of the situation. He slipped the apron strings, ran the palm of one hand over her small, perfect breast, the harsh contrast of milky skin and pert, dark nipple sending urges to his groin, bringing back the throb to his cock that for a brief time he had managed to still. He tugged at one nipple and the shrill cry sent a knot of excitement to his stomach. For a moment he stared at the perfect face, took in the mix of innocence and knowing. Then he turned her, grasped the sheath of silky hair in one hand. ‘If I can’t have dinner on the table then I’m going to have you.’
He saw the shiver that ran through her and then he had her leaning over the expanse of pine, one hand wrapped in her hair, pinning her down, and the other reaching for a pussy that ran with her juices. One long stroke was all he needed to feel the heat, the dampness, the low moan that told h
im she was ready for more than just a touch.
Zara is a writer and lover of all things romantic, from the sensual to the sexual, who knows that naughty can be nice. She lives in the UK, but whenever she can she heads off in search of some sunshine and inspiration for her stories.
She love sexy high heels… good food…. good wine…. music… coffee (lots and lots of coffee)… and Italy. All things Italian from the countryside to the culture, the wine to the food… and of course the sexy men.
She’s been a consultant, a teacher, a mother, a wife, a lover… and has always been a writer and she’d love to hear from you.