Today, we have C R Moss stopping by the blog, telling us all about her new release, LOVERS AND THE FIEND. Take it away, CR!
Cassandra Dean: Congratulations on the release of LOVERS AND THE FIEND! Would you tell us a little about it?
C R Moss: This is a story in Evernight Publishing’s Naughty Fairy Tale line. The characters, Jack and Kristina, appeared in my short story – Chasing Miss Kringle – that’s in an Evernight Publishing anthology – Stockings and Suspenders. This is the first of a handful of stories I have planned for the NFT line that revolve around the world started in CMK and Lovers. You don’t have to read the anthology story to read Lovers, but it’d be nice if you did. 😉 This story is based off of the tale Beauty and the Beast.
CD: What inspired you to write LOVERS AND THE FIEND?
CRM: As for why I wanted to write LOVERS AND THE FIEND, I wanted to submit something to the Naughty Fairy Tale line and thought that the characters and their jobs that were mentioned in Chasing Miss Kringle would make good material for longer stories.
CD: What did you find easiest/most difficult about writing LOVERS AND THE FIEND?
CRM: The story part flowed pretty easily. It was the more intimate scenes that were a bit more tricky for me.
CD: You write westerns, just like me! How do you go about writing in this genre?
CRM: I write in this particular genre with my writing partner. We draw upon the rugged area outside of the city limits and our love of strong heroes. Doesn’t hurt that I used to ride and had a love of westerns and such when I was younger.
CD: You also write in other genres. Do you find it difficult switching between them?
CRM: Nope. I like to explore different genres when I write. It keeps me open to whatever the characters may want for a particular story.
CD: What is your writing process?
CRM: First thing I normally do is check email, then I’ll do Triberr and check Facebook. Next I’ll get to my writing projects. When I’m working on a story, I’ll reread and do editing on the parts I haven’t edited yet to catch myself up. I’ll make the font a color other than black to keep track of what I’ve already gone through. Then I’ll write the new material. If I’m starting a new project, I do an information dump and outline as much of the story that’s in my head first thing. Then I work off the outline, fleshing out all the ideas and stuff as per above. But then, when I’m really focused on a project, I tend to just plough through it and focus only on getting it done…staying up late writing, getting up early and getting back to the story, eating when I think I can get away from my desk without ruining the flow… The house and social life suffers, but I’m a slave to my art. 🙂
CD: What do you believe to be the most important factor in portraying a believable romantic relationship?
CRM: Making the characters as real as possible and being true and honest and as close to real life as possible.
CD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
CRM: Plan your work and work your plan.
CD: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
CRM: Plant butt in chair and write. (Granted, I’m not always good at taking that advice…)
CD: Who is your greatest writing influence?
CRM: The early works of Stephen King, like The Shining, Pet Sematary, Carrie and Christine, turned me on to writing and started me on writing horror and then in the early 90’s I read Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor which started me on romances and romance writing. Terri Valentine was a big influence, too, since she was my mentor.
CD: What do you enjoy reading?
CRM: Anything really. I have an eclectic taste. 🙂
CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?
CRM: This is a tough one. When it comes to television, it depends upon where we’re at in the year. At the beginning of the year it was American Horror Story: Asylum. Now it’s Spartacus: War of the Damned. Eventually it’ll be Breaking Bad and Mad Men. I’m into Being Human as well. As for movies, depends upon the genre because I don’t have an all-time favourite.
CD: If you were stranded in the middle of the prairie with only a cowboy to keep you warm, what three things would you wish were with you?
CRM: A Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Tool; a plastic tarp; wax covered matches.
CD: Where can readers find you?
CRM: Find C.R. Moss here ~
Ex-cop turned private investigator, Jack Vorst, learns his elf girlfriend Kristina has been missing for a few days after being invited to an underground vampire club. He, too, is summoned to visit club Hexenringe and is taken captive.
Jack finds Kristina bound and gagged in a human sized bird cage. They’re both thrust into a kinky world at the hands of Kol, the club owner. Kol, a vampiric beast, shifts into human form to be with Jack and Kristina and needs them to remember their pasts and to love him so he can return to what he used to be.
Can Kol make the pair fall in love with him despite his current situation and the fact he’s keeping them captive or will they leave, making it too late for him to change all their fates?
Warning: ménage a trios, M/M, bondage, anal sex, sex toys, public exhibition
~ Excerpt ~
A peek into the beginning of the story…
I have your woman. A nice piece of ass she is, too. She tells me you’re not bad yourself. I would love for you to join us later. A car will be waiting for you outside your office at noon today where my assistant will fill you in on some details. If you know what’s good for you and your gal, you’ll take advantage of this invitation. See you soon. ~ Kol Ainmire
Jack Vorst’s temper went full tilt within a second. His blood pounded hard through his head and body. He’d told Kristina to be careful when she went out on her cases, but it seemed she still had gotten herself in trouble. Not good.
“Vic! Get in here!” Trying to check and rein in his anger before he popped a vessel, Jack grabbed the letter he’d found on his desk while going through a stack of mail and a couple of case files. The paper crinkled within his one clenched hand, and the envelope it’d come in bunched up in his other.
He kept his gaze downcast, ground his teeth. No sense in looking at the tan colored walls that were littered with stenciling in his office and be more irritated than he already was. The design and colors reminded him of the Native American beaded belts people sold at roadside stands.
Vic’s wife, Malory, who worked in the adjoining office suites, loved her southwestern motifs. All the rooms for both divisions of the business were decorated to represent Arizona and New Mexico. The decorating style with too many colors and crazy patterns made his head swim, gave him a headache. He hated headaches.
Staring at the crumpled papers in his hands, he sighed. Truth be told, Kristina’s whereabouts and her lack of checking in for several days only concerned him a little. She was able to take care of herself, and he trusted her. He loved her, wanted her to be safe, so of course he worried some. But being an elf gave her an advantage that mere humans didn’t have—the ability to escape situations by simply disappearing and reappearing elsewhere.
Except this time.