I have asked my good friend from Secret Cravings Publishing to take over my blog for today, so please welcome to the Nook, Elise Hepner!
The Art of Procrastination: Otherwise Known As How I Wrote This Book
There were several instances where I worried that this book would never get finished, either due to my characters having meltdowns and self-actualization crises or because I had no idea what these meltdowns meant for the book. So we had a lot of fun together. The book languished, Chloe and Noah thought about it, and we both lived in a special land of procrastination.
What I looked like when I had the idea for Ex-Retreat:
What the look evolved into after I realized Chloe and Noah were going to put me through my paces:
This was me struggling with Chloe’s commitment issues. Even I wanted to do Noah and he’s fictional.
Come on, Chloe, work with me here.
For a little while, I was afraid to look or even type hoping she’d worked out her issues so they could get to the dirty, dirty sex.
Then she threw me for 180 that I was in no way prepared for during the book.
Yeah, that wasn’t in the cards.
But it all worked out in the end, otherwise we wouldn’t have a book
Warning: This book contains a geeky, secretly insecure but overly cocky handy-man with a penchant for pleasing, a dominatrix in training who’s on the rebound, and enough smut to strip a couple layers off your soul. Plus there’s mac n’ cheese with a smattering of self-actualization for good measure.
After Chloe Barrons’ fiancé cheats on her via webcam, she begrudgingly accepts her Type-A mother’s offer of a spur of the moment luxury spa weekend. But things don’t play out quite from point A to point B when she arrives drunk and disoriented on the front porch of a deserted North Carolina beach house. From the very start she’s caught off guard by Noah Knightly, a sinfully sexy, self-proclaimed commitment-phobe who’s a handyman for his sister’s relationship rehabilitation center—a rehab where Chloe is the sole guest during off-season.
But faced with temptation, to stay guarded she’ll have to call the shots.
Noah shouldn’t have taken Chloe’s reservation. But in need of a second pair of hands to fix up the beach house, he throws all his sister’s rules out the window. Soon he worries that maybe he’s bitten off more than he can chew: each day Chloe cracks more of his cocky façade bringing down his guards to reveal a stuttering geek who has a hidden will to please her in any way possible.
With no way to ignore her pain, Noah sets himself up as a guinea pig to prove to Chloe that not all men are created equal—in or out of the bedroom. As Chloe comes into her own through every sexual session, Noah needs to decide if he’s man enough to accept the one thing he never thought he wanted—love.
Bio: Elise Hepner lives with two spastic cats and a very supportive, slightly crazy husband. There is never a dull moment in the house, unless the caffeine runs out, which it never does. She's a multi-published erotica author with Cleis Press, Ellora's Cave, Xcite, and Secret Cravings Publishing.
She's driven by her tea addiction and a tiny stuffed turtle her husband picked up from Disney World that sits on her desk and "supervises" her work.
When not writing (which is rare), she's watching countless hours of reality television, playing the Sims or shopping online. Plus there's that odd obsession with the color purple. Everything is purple. Visit Elise at her website www.elisehepner.com to keep up with her naughty ramblings, random tidbits and future work.
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