New Release: Savaged Dreams by @Jenniferlyon #blogtour #interview

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Jennifer Lyon is here to answer some question and to talk about her new release, Savaged Dreams.

Book Blurb

Going away to college gives LIZA GLASNER a chance to escape her painful and dangerous past…or so she thinks. At fourteen years old, she survived an attack by a famous musician. After that, the media, groupies and crazies hounded her with a merciless cruelty that ruined her life. But now she’s thriving—until an internship brings her face to face with the sizzling hot lead singer of a rock band, and she finds herself drawn to the very thing that once destroyed her. Justice is a temptation she can’t resist…and one that could get her killed.

Sexy rock star JUSTICE CADE is determined to take his band, Savaged Illusions, to the top by winning the Court of Rock T.V. show. Tortured by guilt for failing his family, he believes fame is his only path to redemption. But when the fiery college-intern hiding her beauty beneath baggy sweaters and a snarky attitude bursts into his life, Justice is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the stardom he craves. The wrong choice will cost him more than he can bear.

**This is book one in a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. However the next two books are being released in July and September so readers won’t be stranded on the cliff for long!

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Excerpt:

“If you need someone to hold on to, I’m right here.” He tugged her to his front, tucking her between his arms.

“Justice…”

“This isn’t me flirting with you. Getting the drink for you, yeah that was.”

“Then what’s this?” She really didn’t understand. And why had she felt trapped when he had held out that drink, but now his solid warmth soothed the fear? As if he protected her from all the harsh stares and judgments that had been her world for years?

He settled his chin on her head. “Being a friend.”

Interview with Jennifer Lyon:

LM: Where did you get the idea for the Savaged Illusions trilogy?

My idea started with: Can a rock star have it all—love and fame? My hero, Justice has been lurking in the back of my mind for a while, and once I had that concept, I knew Justice was my rock star. He’s perfect for it, driven to sing and he has the voice of a god. When he gets on the stage, he feels the strong connection to his fans and their adoration fills a void in him. He believes fame is all he needs, until he meets the heroine Liza, and falls hard for her. She’s everything to him, but he soon he’s caught between the woman he loves and the stardom he craves.

Then I met my heroine, Liza and wow, her story is powerful. She’s a survivor with a dark and dangerous past involving another rock icon. And now she’s falling in love with a rock star, thrusting her into the very world she’d tried to escape. Is Justice worth the risk? The stakes are higher than Liza or Justice ever imagined.

Which brings us back to the original story question, Can a rock star have it all? I’ll give you a hint—when a man loves a woman as much as Justice loves Liza, he doesn’t give up. And that’s what creates a truly epic love story.

LM: What aspects of the world of rock and roll drew you?

That’s easy—what girl hasn’t wondered what it would be like to have a rock star fall in love with her?

LM: LOL, I remember doing that as a young girl.

Rock music has been a powerful force in our culture, and for so many of us who grew up listening to it, there’s a deep emotional connection. Music is there through the triumphs and tragedies of our school years, with us when we fall in love, and when we break up. Years later, we hear a song, and it has the ability to transport us back to those pivotal moments in our past to relive them. In other words—music has a magic all its own. I hoped to capture some of that magic while showing the work, sacrifice and struggles required to make it, along with the tragedies and dark side that come with achieving fame in the rock world.

Savaged Vows coverLM: Are you a plotter or do you write by the seat of your pants?

Both. The more books I write, the more I try to plot and plan ahead in my desperate attempt to write faster. But in the end, it comes down to my character and their story. Sometimes it all goes as planned, but that’s actually rare for me. More often than not, my characters will grow and change as I write the story, and the plot will develop in ways I never envisioned. For example, Savaged Dreams was supposed to be one book, but as I was writing it, I realized the story was too big and needed to be a trilogy (Savaged Dreams, Savaged Vows and Savaged Devotion). That decision was a major struggle and I had to go back to replot and rewrite. So I do outline, but I leave myself the creative freedom to develop the story to its fullest potential. I’ll be straight up honest here, doing it this way slows down me down as a writer. It takes me longer to write a book than if I just followed my original outline.

LM: What are you working on now?

I’m working on Savaged Devotion, book 3 in this series. I love Justice and Liza, and this is the book where they’ll get the happily ever after they truly deserve.

LM: What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?

When I’m deep in a writing a book, I don’t have as much time to read. I fall back on audio books then, listening to them while I work out or clean. There was a time when I didn’t read the genre I was writing in, fearing it would influence me too much or something like that. I’m over that now. I’ve learned to trust my voice.

My favorite genres are contemporary, paranormal, and women’s fiction but I’ll read anything that catches my attention. Right now I’m listening to the audiobook The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince by Mayte Garcia (first wife of Prince).

LM: Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?

Hmm, probably from other books, I’d say the “number one fan” Annie (played by Kathy Bates in the movie) from Stephan King’s Misery. That book scared me so badly, I actually tried to hide the book from myself J I thought maybe if I stuck it away in a drawer, then I would find something else. But nope…I read the whole thing. I can’t make myself watch the movie.

From my own books, right now it’s Gene Hayes. He’s the villain in my rock star series, and he represents the dark side of fame.

Jennifer LyonAbout the Author

Jennifer Lyon is the pseudonym for USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Apodaca. Jen lives in Southern California where she continually plots ways to convince her husband that they should get a dog. After all, they met at the dog pound, fell in love, married and had three wonderful sons. So far, however, she has failed in her doggy endeavor. She consoles herself by pouring her passion into writing books. To date, Jen has published more than fifteen books and novellas, including a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances under the name Jennifer Apodaca. As Jennifer Lyon she created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and The Plus One Chronicles, an emotionally sensual adult contemporary series. Jen’s won numerous awards and had her books translated into multiple languages, but she still hasn’t come up with a way to persuade her husband that they need a dog.

LM: Jennifer, thanks so much for being my guest today and for your thoughtful and interesting answers to the interview questions. And I hope you get your dog someday!

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That first kiss with the person who turns out to be the love of your life. Do you remember yours? I sure do, but my personal history contains nothing resembling the sniping that’s been going on between English professor Cat Shanahan and carpenter Kurt Davis for the first two thirds of our newest release, Seducing Cat. They’ve been spitting bullets at each other.

They’re an unlikely pair: She’s 34, newly tenured at the college in the small town of Burntside Wisconsin, and author and director of plays at the community theater in town. Kurt’s 24, a high school graduate who teamed up with a buddy to create a construction company and is doing very well. He volunteers as a set designer at the theater, and Cat’s hired him to restore the century-old foursquare home she recently purchased.

That age difference quite possibly qualifies the novella as a Cougar Story, but it’s so much more than that. To seize the love affair of their life, both Cat and Kurt have some deep-seated prejudice to overcome: upper class disdain for people who work with their hands, and working-class mistrust of the highly educated. Since our own extended families are filled with both academics and blue-collar workers, we’re familiar with this scenario—and we know that the deep divide can sometimes be overcome in real life, as well as on the pages of fiction.

Seducing Cat graphicThis five book series was originally released in 2009 by a different e-publisher. It’s been unavailable for over four years, and we’re thrilled Extasy Books has contracted to re-release it, completely revised and re-edited. In the meantime, Meg insisted we write one more adventure. The six books will release approximately every ten weeks. Watch for Book Two: A Woman for Zachary in early August!

By the time the excerpt below occurs, Meg and Cat are already lovers. Kurt knows this, but he’s made clear he wants no part of whatever crazy scheme Meg is up to.

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Level headed English Professor Caitlin Shanahan has finally earned tenure and purchased the century-old two-story house of her dreams in the college town of Burntside, Wisconsin—at thirty-four, she’d better face facts: her future is teaching college and writing plays, not falling in love. So why is she so drawn to foxy little hometown actress Meghan Keenan, who’s rented her upstairs apartment, or worse, to the girl’s gorgeous hunk of a lover Kurt Davis, a carpenter who’s never even been to college?

Twenty-year-old Meg has a plan. First she’ll seduce the reluctant professor, then she’ll share her sexual delights with both Cat and her brawny carpenter, and when she’s successfully brought them together, she can make her escape and explore what’s beyond the only town she’s ever lived in.

Kurt can’t stand the up-tight professor who’s hired him to build a gazebo and refurbish her old house—the house he wanted for himself. Even if Meg’s scheme succeeds, he knows Caitlin would never look at him twice. No need to go there in his fantasies…

Published By: eXtasy Books

Author: Adriana Kraft
Pages: 97
Word Count: 28175
Publication Date: May 26, 2017
Series: Meghan’s Playhouse #1
Heat Level: Four flames: Explicit sex, M/F, F/F; menage, FFM, FMF; voyeurism; anal sex; sex toys.

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Excerpt:

Wringing clammy hands, Cat stood in the small production booth behind the opening night audience. Openings inevitably made her anxious. There seemed no way to prevent it. This was her favorite place to watch the show, because from here it looked as if the cast performed only for her. Besides, no one bothered her when she was in the booth.

The first act had been superb. Meg had the crowd in the palm of her hand, hanging on every word and responding to every gesture, and yet she had a way of not stealing the show. The cast performed well together.

During intermission, Cat had visited briefly with cast members, giving them words of support before returning to the safety of her booth. Successful opening nights were so exhilarating, and this was one of those.

She startled when the door to the booth opened and closed quickly.

“Thought I’d find you here,” Kurt said softly, squeezing into the tight space to stand behind her. “She’s good, isn’t she?”

Cat could barely make out his outline in the dark and quickly returned her gaze toward the stage. His physical presence took up so much of the tiny booth she feared suffocating. “She’s superb. Meg should be in New York. Look at her work the crowd, and they don’t even know it.”

“She has a way about her, all right.”

“She’s a blend of mystery, innocence and eroticism.” She wanted to take back her words as soon as she heard them.

“Ah.” Kurt’s breath heated her bare neck. “She’s all of that, all right.”

“Do you suppose she’ll ever take the next step?”

“Maybe. If she’s supported enough. She’s more insecure about her acting than she lets on.”

“I know. I’ve been trying to help her with those insecurities.”

“I’ve heard. And I gather she’s helping you with some of yours.”

Cat’s heart skipped a beat. She should bite his head off for that comment. But she was suddenly in a joyous mood as the crowd gave the cast a standing ovation. She squealed, “Yes! They loved it.”

“Did you think they wouldn’t?”

“I never know what to think until it’s over. I better get out there.” She turned around quickly and slammed against Kurt’s solid chest. She caught herself on his shoulders, then suddenly felt his arms holding her steady.

In the dark, she couldn’t tell if he was smiling or scowling. And then he brushed his lips across hers. Her breathing stopped.

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Adriana Kraft buttonAbout the Author:

 Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for erotic fiction, author Adriana Kraft is a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More.

One man, one woman, danger and intrigue – always a happy ending, but oh, what a ride! Readers can count on our Romantic Suspense line for gutsy characters, hot sex, and breathtaking intimacy as our hero and heroine battle outer threats and inner demons to stay alive and fall in love.

A man, a woman (or two), or another man, threesomes, foursomes—what’s your fantasy? We write our Erotic Romance stories to entertain, of course, but most of all we write them because we believe in happy endings for all who fall in love, whatever their gender, sexual orientation or numerical combination. Here you’ll find multiple partners, three-way, four-way and more, swing lifestyle, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

Together we have published over thirty-five romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. We love hearing from readers at [email protected], and here is our website:

When It’s Time to Heat Things Up http://adrianakraft.com

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