Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.
1. Which three people (famous or otherwise) would you most like to invite to a dinner party?
Well, we need to establish the fact that I don’t cook, but my husband is awesome at it, so he would have to agree to be the host. Luckily, he loves to entertain. So as for invitees…
I’d have to invite Sam Elliott because he’s just such a cool, good-looking man and I could listen to his voice all day. Second, I’d like to invite someone from another planet because it would be awesome to learn what they do at their dinner parties. Lastly, I’d like to invite Homer and get the lowdown on exactly what part of the Iliad and the Odyssey is fact and what is fiction. What can I say? My romances are inspired by the classics :) My first book, Masque, was inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe short story which is why I brought a mask with me to give away. Just sayin’.
2. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I would have to say my husband. He’s inspired me by showing me exactly how a man loves a woman. Sometimes readers think my male characters from the planet Eden are a pipe dream, but they have a lot of the qualities that my husband has, with a number of their own quirks ;-) He’s also inspired me because he seriously believes I can do anything I set my mind to and he loves me just the way I am, hats, boots, ice cream, cat and all .
4. How do you handle criticism?
I generally smile through it and then mull it over alone and decide if it has any merit. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. I also take into consideration the source. If it’s my critique partner or agent, I seriously think about it and may ask follow up questions. If it’s from someone who knows nothing about writing, who is telling me what’s wrong with my story, chances are I won’t give it any weight and move on.
5. What three things do you need to be successful in this industry?
A willingness to continually learn
People who support you
6. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
My greatest strength is probably my positive attitude. I think that came from my dad who always told me I was great. Yes, he literally said that as well as smart, beautiful, resourceful, creative, etc. With that kind of upbringing, it really helps to see the good things in life. My greatest weakness? My inability to control my writing schedule. Even when I schedule a day off, it never works out that way. I would so like a guilt-free day :)
7. What type of writing environment do you prefer?
My office. It’s my haven and I am most productive there. It is very quiet (we just moved onto 4 acres in a rural area). I have my Venetian masks around which are colorful, my book covers which are colorful, and my family pictures which are colorful ;-) My kitty sleeps at my feet or on my desk (usually both throughout the day). I have my classic literature books nearby which inspire me, my unicorn tapestry, and I have my 3 calendars to keep me on track. And of course, my cup of tea. I drink tea all day, some in tea bags, some loose leaf. It’s my go-to beverage.
8. What was the first romance you read that stuck with you and why?
The first romance I ever read was Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna, but it was her book The Wolf and the Dove that stuck with me. The clash of cultures in that story with a strong hero and strong heroine torn between her own society and her feelings for him stayed with me. Plus, it took place in 1066 in England so I was hooked. I still have those two books, the very ones I read, along with The Flame and The Flower, on my shelves in my office.
9. Other than writing, what do you like doing in your spare time?
I would love some spare time! I’m trying to fit that into my schedule. Okay, that sounds a bit paradoxical, doesn’t it? I do carve out time for line dance class as I love to dance. I have danced all my life. Other than that I like to spend time with my hubby. Even if it’s just a trip to the hardware store or a drink down at one of the riverfront bars nearby. Of course, the best time is when we get to go dancing. He loves to dance too.
10. What is the title of the last book you wrote? Tell us how you relate to one of the characters.
Oh boy, that is loaded question! My last book released, Cowboy’s Best Shot (Poker Flat #3), contains a heroine who is a former high-end prostitute and now a bartender at a nudist resort. LOL. While I can’t relate to her profession, I do relate to the way she owned it. She loved sex and wasn’t afraid to indulge and felt no shame at having been a prostitute. That idea of being proud of what you do and who you are even if society snubs its nose is what I relate to. She also has a heart of gold and is so loyal to the other employees at the nudist resort that she would leave rather than have it lose business because of her. That loyalty is another trait I have, which can be a weakness on occasion. Also, she has great taste in men, a cowboy who has returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and is seriously hot. I can relate to that ;-)
Cowboy Hunter McKade is former military police who survived two tours overseas, but when he came home, his wife and his life as he knew it, disappeared in an instant. Now a security guard at Poker Flat Nudist Resort, he exists in his dark place, requiring little social interaction – until the night he breaks the barrier that separates him from her.
As a former prostitute from a high-end bordello, Adriana Perez loves sex – any kind, anywhere – and her rules are few. Her new bartending job at Poker Flat gives her lots of hospitality opportunities, so why is someone trying to get her fired? Baffled, she gratefully accepts Hunter’s help and protection, and is more than willing to show him her appreciation. But the man has far too much control.
Pushing Hunter beyond his boundaries becomes Adriana’s satisfying distraction. But the evidence against her mounts, and she ignores her gut to take matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, her best shot at fixing this may not be enough to save her job…or her heart.
“Is something funny?” Hunter’s voice, though still low, sounded affronted.
“No, just laughing at myself and berating myself for my stupidity. I should have gone with the swinging foursome.” Adriana bent a little, testing the feel of her wound. “It’s probably good I got this scratch. It will remind me to be more careful next time.”
Hunter spun her around to face him so quickly, it took her eyes a moment to focus, and when they did, she forced herself not to pull away.
“This was not your fault. Understand?”
She nodded, the intensity in his eyes reminding her of the efficiency with which he’d wrapped the whip around the Dom’s throat.
“No woman deserves to be forced to do anything she doesn’t want.”
He clearly wasn’t seeing her anymore and her curiosity grew. Time to lighten the conversation a bit. She winked. “It’s pretty hard to find something I don’t want.”
He blinked, obviously not following, and then his lip quirked, but he didn’t say anything. Instead, he let go of her and screwed the cap back on the tube of cream. When he finished, he tipped his black hat slightly before turning and striding to the door.
She watched him, or rather his ass covered in black denim. When he opened the door and looked at her, she forced her gaze to meet his.
“Lock your door tonight.”
“Got it.” She moved forward, even as he pulled the door shut.
Turning the lock, she pulled the curtain aside to look out, but Hunter was gone.
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