Welcome to the House of Taboo! (the crowd goes wild as Lia walks through the crowd with microphone in hand) We’ve a full house tonight and I wouldn’t expect anything less with tonight’s guest. She’s been here before with the first book on her In Blood series, but tonight she’s brought something new. Like my alter ego Tammy Dennings Maggy, our friend Tara S. Wood loves to create worlds from the simple question what if and then proceeds to blow our minds with her characters and their lives.
Her new book is no exception. It’s the first book in the Fallen series and…
I told you Hiddleston. Tara based this book on my character Azazeal from the series Hex on the BBC. He was a the leader of the fallen angels.
Oh stop being so full of yourself, Fassbender! If she did as you said why did she name the main character LUCIUS?
Oh for Goddess sake. Why can’t the surprises for my guests ever stay hidden. Tom! Michael! Enough of that racket. You might as well get out here so we can settle this before I bring Tara out. Sorry folks. It must be something with the drinks here that get these men all riled up over my guests. (Tom Hiddleston and Michael Fassbender come out from behind the purple velvet curtains all smiles. Damn them! They are doing this on purpose to get me all riled up.) Why on earth are the two of you arguing over this?
Lia, you know I love you sweetness, but I just don’t see what Tara sees in Loki. I mean come on. I was one of the 300. Doesn’t that count for something?
You’re jealous? You know she loves you both. You can’t make her choose between you. It’s not fair and you know it.
I tried to tell him that, dear heart but as usual he’s being bullheaded. He can’t take you out on the town on one night and steal Tara away from me on another. She’s already said I’m her favorite so he’ll just have to accept that and…
Her favorite? You? Maybe we should just ask her when she comes out here.
Good idea. Then maybe you’ll just go back to looking at your washboard abs in the mirror and let me spend the evening with Tara.
Boys! Enough fighting. Tara will be in town visiting through April 1st when she makes a stop at Sassy Vixen Publishing. You both have an entire weekend to spoil her rotten. That was the plan and now both of you are putting her surprise in jeopardy. Tom, get your ass backstage and change into your tuxedo. You’ll be reading the excerpt today.
Lia! That’s not what we talked about last night…
Oh, bribing another beauty to get your way. Typical. Did you flex all your muscles for Lia last night too?
(The crowd erupts in laughter and cat calls.) Oh now both of you stop it! We have a show to do. Michael, why don’t you sit up at the bar and help Tim make up a pitcher of Margaritas. I’m going to need a few of them before the night is over!
(both men do as Lia asks with full smiles on their faces. Yep. They were goofing around on purpose to get the crowd riled up…and it was working!)
Whew! I’m going to have to hire more security for the next author spotlight…or end up putting the surprises under lock and key until it’s time they come out. Ugh! Enough of that craziness. Tara, get out here woman!
(The crowd is immediately on their feet as Tara emerges through the velvet curtains. As a special surprise for her, I sent her a few of the House of Taboo items in her favorite color…green! She rocked the green and black leather corset and jacket. No one can pull off the steam punk look like our Tara!)
Come on over here and join me on the Center Stage, Tara. Let the crowd get a good look at you. (Tara waves out at the full house and they begin to cheer all over again as she twirls around showing off the tight leather skirt and thigh high boots.) Alright you animals! Let her get comfortable so we can get down to business. I’ve asked you this before, but many of the folks here today may not know the answer. Are you a plotter or a panster?
A little of both. I do like a rough outline so I have a vague idea of where I’m going, but I can change things up if needed.
Do your stories tend to be character driven or plot driven?
I have discovered that I am totally character driven. I love the character study, the push and pull of relationships, the emotions and the feelings between them. I love it all…happiness, angst, longing, lust, desire! My characters are all real to me and they drive the story.
Okay, I’m going to ask this question as if I already don’t know. Do you listen to music while writing? What kinds of music work best for you?
I love music while writing. A lot of 80’s hair bands. A LOT. *snicker* But, I do listen to a variety of genres, depending on the scene I’m writing.
Since you brought up the 80’s hair bands…hehehe. Turn your attention to the stage on your right. Ladies and gentleman, please help me welcome Mr. Kip Winger to The House of Taboo!
Lia, you know…you KNOW!
Yes I do, girlie. Yes I do. That’s why Kip is just the one of many surprises I have for you during your visit. Let’s get back to business shall we?
What are your favorite fiction genres to read from?
Romance, of course. But I also LOVE thrillers. I probably read more thrillers than romance.
What are your favorite non-fiction genres to read from?
Biographies. I find people very interesting. I like to know what makes them tick.
In one or two sentences, give the core premise behind your story in Lucius.
A group of fallen angels are slaying demons in order to reclaim their places in Heaven. One of them falls in love along the way and discovers that he’s exactly where he needs to be.
My kind of book! And you know I love the name Lucius…hmmm Looks like Tim has sent up the pitcher of Margaritas for us a bit early. Folks, lets welcome to Center Stage Tara’s next surprise. Mr. Michael Fassbender.
(Michael barely gets the pitcher on the table in front of them before he has to rush to Tara’s side to prevent her from toppling over from shock. The crowd loves it!)
Tara, my love. Are you alright? Maybe a glass of water would be better…
Oh no you don’t. I’ll take a double of whatever’s in that pitcher. Lia, what are you trying to do to me? I nearly pissed my pants when Kip started to sing, and now Michael is here.
Oh she’s not done, love. You still have a few more questions to go before another surprise.
You’re not it? The surprise I mean?
Afraid not. Oh now don’t get all pale on us. You’ll love it, I assure you.
LOL! Tara let’s finish up so you can enjoy the rest of the evening with us in the private party room back stage, eh?
Okay…but don’t think I’m not going to remember all these surprises and plot a bit of revenge. Just sayin’
Is this book a part of a series?
This is the first book of the Fallen series. Each subsequent book will focus on a different angel.
Will these characters show up in other books in this series?
The core character roster will be the same, some additional players will come and go, so I hope that readers really fall in love with our guys and want to find out what happens to each of them.
What are you working on now?
I am currently at work on the next book in my In Blood series and have started work on a paranormal dystopian thriller. Also on the table is the second Fallen book. I am very busy. LOL.
Yes you are. That’s why I planned all of these special surprises for you to make your visit with us memorable. Now, for the final surprise. Everyone please turn your attention to the left stage. Another special guest will read an excerpt from Tara’s new book Lucius. Once you hear it, you’ll want one for your very own…the book I mean and not the reader! LOL It will be out any day now so you’ll have to wait, but until then please help me welcome Mr. Tom Hiddleston to the House!
(Tara looks at Michael and then back to Lia with her eyes wide. It’s a good thing she was seated there between the two or she may have fainted dead away as soon as Tom walked under the spotlight.
The need to be inside her was staggering now that he was naked. He wanted to go slow, to savor this moment, to bring her to the edge over and over again until she shattered with the force of it. Hunger clawed at him with every touch of her lips and hands on his body. She was doing the teasing, stoking the fires of his desire to a fever pitch and doing her best to damn him with sensation. His wings burned and itched under her touch, rippling with a life of their own. Muscles long out of use throbbed and surged beneath his skin. He couldn’t take much more of this.
“Persephone,” he panted, “I-I can’t-” He plunged a finger inside her and groaned, the slick folds parting with an ease that had him dying for more. Lucius heard her suck in a breath.
He’d thought touching her would satiate the need to be inside her. His mind reeled at the hoarse sounds coming from her throat as he stroked the softness of her sex and knew he would never be satisfied. Ever.
Her breath came in shallow little gasps while she bucked under the cadence of his hand. His body hardened in response as he felt her tense under the strain. She was wound tight like a spring, ready to explode. He would take her there if it killed him.
Her head thrashed on the pillow and she grabbed at him with furious hands, her lovely face awash with pleasure. Beads of sweat broke out on his body as he gritted his teeth and tried to ignore the rock hard pulsing of his cock.
“Please, Lucius. More…I need…” Her voice was pleading. Lucius drove his fingers faster, sinking into her, drawing out her desire. He felt her snap and she cried out his name as her back arched in climax, her body jerking its release.
He held her close, whispering soothing words over the curve of her ear, but she wasn’t finished. Her hungry hands reached for him again, and he gasped as she found his hard length and wrapped her hand around it.
“I want you inside me. I want to feel you,” she whispered.
He was lost. Lucius spread her legs with his knee and positioned himself at her center. He growled, “Mine” again, and thrust hard, joining them deep. She absorbed the shock and hung on, urging him higher. Persephone’s body wrapped around his as if they were made for each other, locked together in a perfect fit.
At their joining, the wings on his back blazed hotter, the fire spreading through his limbs. He felt them shift and pull as if they were trying to break free from his earthbound form and unfurl into the night. They roiled under the surface of his skin, threatening to pierce their way out. He groaned louder, her sweet little body taking all of him and clasping so tightly he could barely breathe. He wanted to fly. His skin crawled with it. With each pounding thrust he could feel it, and the pain of his wings hissed and fought with the pleasure of his body. He wanted to soar.
Persephone’s soft moans and gasps fueled his desire, rocketing it forward, and he could no longer hold back. His hips pistoned back and forth, rocking her against the mattress, each satiny stroke destroying his sanity. Somewhere in the distance, he heard her call his name and felt her tense again. Her second orgasm drove him over the edge, the contractions of her sex triggering his blinding response. The explosion nearly knocked him over and everything went white. His balls tightened and his body flexed, and Lucius threw back his head and shouted in triumph. He was flying. After all this time, he was flying.
Thank you, Tara for joining us here at The House of Taboo. I can’t wait to hear another of your excerpts for Oh My! Monday on April 1st. Don’t worry, There won’t be any more shockingly fun surprises for you. You’ll have your hands full with Kip, Michael, and Tom. hehehe
Now for the rest of you. If you want to connect with Tara, here are her links and make sure you keep checking Amazon for Lucius! It comes out April 1st.
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