Please welcome Ashley Ladd, esteemed Romance Writer, to this Blog; named after my “labor of love”: THE MYSTERY ALLIANCE: EVIAN’S SAGA. Please feel free to read & enjoy my Interview with her:
Title: Her Men
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary Erotic male-female-male romance
Book Length: 22,000 words
Forty-four year old Julie Weston has loved Timmy and James since her college days twenty something years ago. She’s fantasized about both all these long years, never able to choose between them.
Hoping Tim and James will attend, she attends their college marching band reunion. When both men show up her dreams are answered. They’re sexier than she imagined and she hopes they won’t be disappointed by her older self.
It turns out both men came just to see her again and neither is happy about the other’s presence. They fight over her, confusing her more than ever. It takes a hot ménage…or two…for her heart to decide which one she’s in love with.
The gulf breeze and sea spray tickled Julie’s face and she loved the smell of shrimp and sea salt. The view of Biloxi-Gulfport was breathtaking and she wished she’d visited more over the years. It had been such a big, important part of her life she had never gone more than a couple days without longing to be back. Then again, it would have been lackluster without her men and her friends. This was her Biloxi with her gang here.
Soon they arrived at Ship Island, rented beach chairs, then grabbed ice-cold drinks. They found a vacant part of the beach and grouped together. Then Julie shrugged out of her outer wraps so that she was only wearing her bathing suit. Unlike twenty years ago, she wore a one piece with a cute little skirt that covered her thighs. She wasn’t brave enough to wear a bikini these days. None of the women in their group wore a bikini so she didn’t feel bad until a couple twenty-year-olds, stunning in their bikinis, ran past chasing a ball.
She veiled her eyes and sneaked peeks at James and Tim from beneath her lashes to see if they were noticing the other women. To her delight, they were looking at her and heat crawled up her chest.
Tim grabbed the sun screen , poured a generous amount onto his hands and, without asking, started slathering it on her back.
When Tim dropped the bottle, James took it and poured some onto her arm closest to him. Then he rubbed it in.
Their fingers tickled and she laughed. “This is the life. I don’t ever want to go home.”
“Where’s home?” Tim asked. “I’d like to visit.”
“Don’t tell that moron. He might be a serial killer.” James sounded serious .
Julie looked askance at James and shook her head. “You jest.”
“How do we know? He’s been MIA for twenty years .”
She shrugged off James’ ridiculous notion. To Tim, she said, “I was in the FBI and we moved around a lot. After I retired, we went home to Indiana. I live in a little town not far from Chicago. Where do you live?”
“Oregon.” After a long pause, Tim asked with a raised brow, “You were in the FBI? Like James Bond? Or his secretary.”
Trying not to take offense, she screwed up her lips. “I was an agent. I was recruited because I speak Russian and several other languages.”
Connie piped up. “I thought you were going to be a language professor. Boy, was I ever wrong.”
James scrubbed his chin with his hand. “I always wondered what you do with a degree in Russian literature. I never dreamed it would be that.”
“I’ve imagined you doing a lot of things over the years, but never that.” Tim chuckled.
“That’s our Jules,” Eric said, twining his fingers through Connie’s.
Tim pierced her with a hard stare. “Aren’t you curious to know where James lives?”
James put his arm around her waist and drew her near. In a low, suggestive voice, he said, “She already knows I’m in Texas.”
Remembering again how he ignored her Facebook friendship request, she glared at Tim. “He knows because we’re Facebook friends.”
James whispered in her ear, his breath ticklish. “You didn’t have to tell him.”
Author Interview Questions:
When did you first decide to become a Writer/Author?
When I was about 6 and admiring Lois Lane. I thought she was the coolest female ever who had the neatest job in the world.
When did you first realize you had the talent capable of becoming an Author?
That came when New Concepts Publishing offered a contract on my first romance novel “Tigers Play” in 1999.
Whom or what has influenced your writings?
A lot of Harlequin Authors – Anne Mathers, Sherryl Woods, Holly Jacobs and Stephen King
What made you decide to write erotic romance?
I fell in love with Harlequins and Silhouettes when I was about 12 and devoured them when I was a teenager. I literally couldn’t get enough. I used to read them after lights out, under my covers using a flashlight.
Does your writings excite or relax you? Or does your writings stir in you any particular feelings?
It tends to excite me. I’m the original ADHD girl and I get excited easily.
Depending on the story, it can stir a lot of different emotions. Sometimes I cry when I write. Sometimes I laugh. Sometimes I grin. Sometimes I even squirm.
Are there any upcoming events you are planning to attend or intend to take part in?
Unfortunately, no. My dad’s not doing well so I’m using my vacation time to visit him. Hopefully next year I can attend some events.
Have you a favorite Author or novel you’d like to share with your readers?
My favorite book is Stephen King’s “The Stand”. I also love a lot of Sherryl Woods books.
Is there any other genre you’d like to try your hand at?
Someday I’d like to write a historical – either in the Wild West or WWII
Do you have any particular inspiration(s) which may have caused you to specialize in erotic romance?
I used to dog ear the pages to the hot scenes, even as a teenager. The more I wrote, the hotter I began to write, the closer to the bedroom I drew. One day, I was online and an author acquaintance IM’d me and suggested I try writing erotic romance. About that same time, I was hearing a lot of good things about Ellora’s Cave so I decided to write an erotic romance and submit it to them. The rest is history.
Is there anything else you would like to talk about? Or would you like to add anything else about your writings in this Interview?
I’d like to thank you for welcoming me to your cyber home today.
Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.
She’s been told she has a wicked sense of humor and often incorporates humor and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.
How you can contact Ashley:
*Unfortunately, my publisher hasn’t given me the links to Amazon or any of the other booksellers yet. I’ll send them as soon as I receive them.