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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Afton Locke is Here!!

We have a very special guest today.
 Welcome Afton Locke!
 
 
Thank you for hosting me today. I’m excited to discuss writing my first series and my recent release, Rose, Exposed, a multicultural historical erotic romance set in the 1930s.
 

This post is part of the official Rose, Exposed Blog Tour (3/26 - 4/09).                

The grand prize for the tour is vintage-style rose earrings for pierced ears (U.S. shipping address only).

To be eligible, COMMENT on this post. Comment should include the historical time period and geographical setting (when and where) you’d most like to see in a romance.

The tour winner will be announced at http://www.aftonlocke.com/RoseExposedTour.html on April 11th.

 


Writing My First Series
 

When I set out to write Plucking the Pearl, the prequel to Rose, Exposed, I never dreamed the book would lead to a series. Oyster Island is a small town where everyone knows everyone, so it’s the perfect series setting. I have the fourth book in mind as the grand finale. If I have second thoughts about ending the series after that, or if readers demand it, maybe I’ll extend it. Everything is flexible in writing.
 

Series writing has a lot of advantages. For historicals, especially, it’s great to be able to reuse a lot of the research. As a writer, I enjoy revisiting old characters as much as readers do. When we first read a book, we’re busy trying to get to know the characters and picture them in our minds. That can distract from the story. Readers also enjoy seeing how the characters’ relationships play out. After the romance is resolved, the hard work in a relationship really begins. The promise of love conquers all that we get from a romance novel is stronger when we see it last over time.
 

I’ve found writing a series has its share of challenges too. As a traveler and seat-of-the-pants writer, I enjoy a change of scenery. Writing about the same place again and again can lack the excitement of going somewhere new. To overcome that, I strive to highlight different parts of the locale in each book. The first book spent a lot of time in the oyster house while this book focuses on the beautiful waterfront.
 

Another challenge is the temptation to slip into multiple points of view in subsequent books. I want to get into the heads of my previous heroes and heroines in addition to the current ones. I also have to remind myself to be careful who I show in a bad light because that person might become a hero or heroine in a future book. Let’s just say I have a lot of redeeming to do for the fourth book.
 

Luckily, keeping track of all the little details isn’t a problem for me. I put my books through a very rigorous editing process, which includes tracking everything. All I have to do is go back and look at my notes.

 

I can’t wait to finish this series and start a new one!
 

Rose, Exposed
 
Publisher:  Ellora's Cave Publishing

Release Date:  27 March 2013

eBook ISBN #:  978-14199-45205


Stay tuned for reviews and more: http://www.aftonlocke.com/Rose.html

 


 (I love creating trailers for all my books!)

 

Blurb

When Leroy Johnson gets promoted at the new oyster plant on Pearl Point, all he cares about is working hard. When he meets the flirtatious artist Rose Wainwright, however, nothing matters except getting her to the altar and into bed. Healing from a recent loss, he’s not about to let her go too.
 

Because Rose’s strict, social-climbing father doesn’t approve of dark-skinned Leroy, they court in secret anyplace they can find. Although Leroy’s raw passion can convince her to do almost anything, why can’t he understand she needs freedom, not marriage?


Her father wants her to be white, but Leroy wants her to be black. Playing both sides of the fence leaves this young biracial beauty exposed in more ways than one.

 

Excerpt (explicit)

Rose, Exposed - Copyright © AFTON LOCKE, 2013 - All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

 

“You’re so…dark,” she exclaimed. Instead of the disdain he expected, he heard fascination.

 

Come on, lady. Don’t tell me you’ve never seen a colored man before.

 

“Yes, I’m dark,” he agreed as he politely removed her hand, “which is why it’s not a good idea for us to sit alone together in this car. Someone might come along and jump to the wrong conclusion.”

 

A conclusion that could get him beat up or worse with the Klan close by on Oyster Island.

 

But before he could stop her, she clasped both sides of his face and pressed her sweet mouth to his. Aw, hell. A man only had so much self-control, and she’d just shattered his. Unable to stop himself, he plundered her delicate mouth. Her lips reminded him of rose petals, and he sucked the sweetness out of them as if he were a bee. The more he tasted, the more he wanted.

 

She opened, giving him access to her even sweeter tongue. His penis strained, hard and now wet, against his undershorts. Hell, even his balls must be twice their normal size. Taking a big breath, he pulled away from her.

 

“We can’t do this. You’re white.”

 

She looked down at her upturned palms. “Then I really do look white?”

 

Leroy frowned. “Aren’t you?”

 

For the first time, her smile disappeared, making him shiver in his wet clothes. “The truth is, I don’t know what I am. I suppose that’s why I took this foolish drive.”

 

She must be biracial then, he realized, and not forbidden after all. The thought made him want to dance on the hood of the car. She still looked white, though. If he didn’t have the time to court a girl his own color, he sure didn’t have any for a complicated one like this.

 

“Kiss me again,” she demanded.

 

Without waiting for him to answer, she locked her hot, damp mouth on his again and tugged hard on his shoulders. Before he knew it, he was on top of her on the front seat. He wished her dress weren’t so thin when two round breasts pushed against his chest and long, slender legs shifted restlessly under his. Dizzy with the scent of rain and her, he froze.

 

At that moment, nothing mattered except finding out if her cunt was as sweet and yielding as her mouth. He didn’t care if the entire Klan showed up, knocked on the window and caught him thrusting between her legs on this slippery leather seat. It had been too damn long since he’d had a woman. He needed to stop this while he still could.

 

“Do you know what you’re asking for?” Lust had turned his voice into a husky croak.

 

She laughed and touched his face again. “I don’t know. What am I asking for?”

 

This girl was crazier than he’d first thought. What if someone less honorable than himself had stopped instead? She could’ve been raped.

 

“A whole lot of trouble.” He sat up. “Look, this is not the time or the place. Now let’s get you home.”

 

The sooner he could be rid of her—before she derailed him from his job, family, and everything else that mattered—the better.

 

 

WIPs Coming Soon
 

Rose, Exposed is the sequel to Plucking the Pearl, an interracial historical erotic romance.


I have two more books planned for the Oyster Harbor series. Next up for romance are Sadie and Henry.

 

In addition to interracial/multicultural historicals, I also plan to keep writing erotic contemporaries.

Can an older woman find love with a hot male stripper? My current WIP, Two Hours to Entice, will answer that question.

 

Where readers can find me

 

I will be attending EC’s RomantiCon Oct 10-13, 2013 in Canton, Ohio - http://ecromanticon.com/:

Don’t miss the book signing on Oct 13th.

I’m also hosting a Fabulous Fusion workshop with Koko Brown and Eve Vaughn to celebrate interracial erotic romance for EC’s Fusion line.

 


 


 


 

Newsletter - The Love Chronicle: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thelovechronicle/

 


 

Congratulations on your upcoming release, Afton!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone~
Tessie
www.tessiebradford.com

 

6 comments:

  1. We are thrilled to have you, Afton! Wishing you tons of sales and oodles of great reviews!

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  2. Afton, I love the beautiful book cover and the excerpt is yummy too.
    Best wishes to you!

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  4. The Rose, Exposed blog tour is now complete. Thanks to everyone who commented!
    See http://www.aftonlocke.com/roseexposedtour.html for links to all my posts.

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