with Amarinda Jones
Amarinda at her Website: http://amarindajones.com/
RBS: How old were you when
you first decided to sit down and write your first book?
Amarinda: I always had a vague
notion to write something for years but it wasn't until I was 42 that I
actually got serious. I believe I know more now than I ever did. To my mind
experience and writing books go hand in hand.
RBS: What was your first
novel ever published, be it e-book or print?
Amarinda: The first book was Rose
published as an e-book with Cerridwen Press. I adore that cover.
RBS: It can be difficult to
get a book published. Who or what was the greatest encouragement you had during
the non-published times?
Amarinda: I am a great believer
in preserving and believing in yourself because you are the one who knows your
strengths and weaknesses the best.
RBS: What is your favorite
genre to write? Why?
Amarinda: My editor tells me my
genre is 'smart arse' – fast talking women with attitude who mess up but
get the hero in the end. . .hmmm. . . not sure about that but I tend to write
pretty much any genre from paranormal to contemporary to ménage –
depending on my mood. I don't fixate on any particular genre as life changes
too fast to be fixed in anything.
RBS: Tell us about your
Amarinda: My next release is in
May with Ellora's Cave. It's called Prince Vampire. It follows on from two
previous vampire books but it's not necessary to have read those first. I wrote
it due to reader feedback. People wanted more vampires. I feel honoured to do
as requested. Prince Vampire is about a fantasy vampire prince who comes to
life when his true love calls to him.
RBS: Who or what were your
influences when you begin to write your newest release?
Amarinda: Real life people
– people I know or observe. I try and write from my experience. Pretty
much everything that happens in each of my books has happened to me.
RBS: What is a typical
writing day look like for you?
Amarinda: I write when I can in
between full time work and general life. I'm not sure any writer - nor any
person for that matter - has a typical day. So I write at work (sshhh), at the
traffic lights, at night in my pjs and early morning before work.
RBS: Do you have a favorite
hero from one of your books? What is it about him that makes him stand out?
Amarinda: I like Alex Navarro
from Last Man Standing. He is physically and emotionally scarred and battling with
fate. He is charming, strong and sweet. He calls to me like no other character
I have written before.
RBS: Do you have a favorite
heroine from one of your books? What is it about her that makes her stand out?
Amarinda: Miranda from Because
as she is modelled on a period in my own life that was as difficult as it was
important to me. She is me. Maybe a little smarter than me – but she is
RBS: Who is your favorite
author? Did they give you any kind of inspiration in your own writing?
Amarinda: I like all sorts of
authors from Georgette Heyer to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels to the
complex thoughts of Robert Goddard. But, I will read anything. As for
inspiration? Again, I let real life people inspire me.
RBS: What's coming up on
your book schedule in the next year?
Amarinda: Lots of things through
Ellora's Cave and Whiskey Creek Press Torrid. The year's pretty full with new
releases. You can check them out here – www.amarindajones.com
Shapeshifter/ Erotic Romance
finds it hard to trust or believe in love or soul mates. Her past is filled
with people who have mistreated her. All she is looking for is some to have sex
with and reaffirm that what he previous boyfriend told her wasn't true. She
picks up Murphy for a one night stand, but Murphy knows that the two are meant
to be together, and he isn't giving her up.
Murphy is a
werewolf who has been called to the little town of Ludlum to meet his soul
mate. He knows he has found her when he meets Truro. He realizes right away
that he has his hands full when he learns how she feels about soul mates, but
he isn't worried because already he knows that Truro loves him. She just needs
to realize it is true.
Murphy and Truro are stumbling through the mating ritual, there is someone who
wants to create havoc on the clan and use Truro against Murphy and his clan.
Jones' sense of humor shines through the pages of this paranormal. Truro, love
this name, is a strong quirky woman. I like that she isn't perfect and Murphy
is strong, but still sensitive and willing to wait Truro out until she comes
around to his way of thinking. Good, fun story for shapeshifter and paranormal
Simpson is confused. What the hell is going on in the sleepy town of Ludlum?
One moment her life is quiet and boring and the next she's having orgasmic sex
with a hot, tattooed stranger and odd people are turning up talking about
werewolves and soul mates. Do the wolves of Ludlum have something to do with
that? And does any of it really matter when she is having the best sex of her
years, a clan of wolves seeks new mates. Murphy Green is a werewolf. He is in
Ludlum for Truro, his soul mate. The problem is the lady doesn't believe it.
That's okay. His plan is to seduce her with sweet words and hard cock until
she's as breathless with need and as hungry to touch and taste as he is.
Jones believes anything is possible and sometimes just asking for the
impossible will surprise someone enough that they will give it to you. Writing
is like that. Put it out there and wait for a response. There is always the
possibility you may fall on your ass, but after all, that's what cellulite is
for. Amarinda believes in taking chances, speaking her mind and aging
disgracefully. Twenty years from now she plans on being the neighborhood witch
who all the kids are scared of. But then, everyone has to have a hobby.
I know it
is still early, but this book is the funniest I've read so far this year and
probably will remain at the top of the list until next year. I laughed all the
asked to take care of her niece's goldfish while the little girl is away and
the fish winds up dying. Afraid of hurting her young niece's feelings Drusilla
goes on a quest to find a new fish that looks exactly the same, only to find
that someone else was purchasing the exact one she wanted.
The rest of
the book is a comedy come to life with lots of great sex in the middle. As
Drusilla gets to know Cormack, the man who also wants to purchase the fish, and
their relationship sores. Kudos to Amarinda, who is a fabulous writer of books,
and blogs alike.
Drusilla Camm accidently kills Arthur, her niece's wonky-eyed goldfish, she's
desperate to find a replacement. The only one to be found is the same one that
a hot, hard-bodied man wants and he's not about to give up. While this guy may
be sex on a stick, Drusilla is determined to get that fish. As for the man, she
might just have him as well.
reporter Cormack Flint loves women and is rarely surprised by them—until
he meets sexy Drusilla. Instantly in lust, he might just be persuaded to give
up the fish if some sweaty sex is on offer.
reading about a sexy vampire prince and his search for his true love, Aureliann
O'Neal is on fire with need. The sexual tension on the pages matches her own
deep desires. She wants to be skin to skin with the vampire prince. In her
lust-filled need for him, Aureliann calls out to the dark hero.
Valdemar has been waiting for his true love to summon him. Only she can feed
his many hungers. When he answers Aureliann's call, his cock is on red alert.
She is the one. Valdemar knows every luscious inch of her belongs to
him—and he will stake his claim.
have decreed for Argon Cardissan to crash into Rowdy Lawrence's world but that
doesn't mean she has to like it. He is the last thing she wants, and because of
him she is also discovering needs she never imagined she possessed. Hot sex
with the immortal guy is as good as it is bad for her.
enchanted by Rowdy and that she is less so of him is no deterrent. Making love
to break down her reluctance is a challenge he cannot resist. He knows they are
meant to be together. Rowdy's body is already his. She has his heart, now he
wants hers. This love is forever.
not the only problem they face. Zombies are roaming the streets and an old
friend becomes a foe. The two star-crossed lovers must unite to save a city and
to fulfill a prophecy. Who knew love could be so exhausting?
Connection: Shades of Gray
sequel to Shades of Gray, but it may be read as a stand-alone story.
it that if a St. Michael witch is not willing no man can take her without
suffering the consequences. Sybylla is the last St. Michael witch. She knows
that when a St. Michael witch falls in love, her lover becomes her weakness and
the witch becomes his downfall. Sybylla will not allow her fate to destroy a
man. But some men are hard to resist.
not just any man.
He is a
vampire, cursed centuries ago to wander aimlessly through life believing he
does not deserve more. When he meets Sybylla two lonely worlds collide. Marlow
isn't going to let a myth get in the way of deep, enduring
demon Scar pursues Sybylla for vengeance and he will stop at nothing to make
is forty-three years old and in lust with her lecturer. She is well aware of
the age difference between them. But a woman can look, wonder and
Age is not
an issue for Dashiel Lombard. He has had his eye on India since she joined his
class. He knows the sexy redhead isn't the slightest bit interested in learning.
But he has a thing or two he plans to teach her outside the
Advisory: Contains a scene of male/female/male sexual contact.
wild sex in an elevator with a gorgeous stranger be a bad thing? It is when
that man turns out to be the CEO of the company you work for and he is the last
man you want having any control over you. Being all hot, naked and sexy with
the CEO is not exactly a good career move — especially not in public,
screaming your lungs out as you come.
Hale teaches Miranda Marshall a steamy lesson about who is the boss, Miranda is
more than happy to pay him back in kind. The game is on. Miranda wants to
discover just how in control the boss is and whether she can bring him to his
knees without falling hopelessly to her own! After all, this has nothing to do
with love. It's just toe-curling sex…isn't it? And Miranda certainly does not
want the whole office to know what she and Justin Hale are doing.
does know. It's the same person who has been causing chaos in the office for
months. Is this person the office Robin Hood or someone out for revenge with
Miranda in their sights?
connection: Penned Again
is a calm, efficient worker. Normally nothing upsets her. However, in the last
six months her patience has been tried dealing with her charming playboy boss,
Mercardo Gentry. When she walks in on him having sex with a woman on his desk,
she has had enough. It's about time Mercardo learned a lesson and she's the
woman to teach him.
fell in love with Verity six months ago. He would like nothing more than to get
to know her but the lady is most definitely not interested. Can he really be
blamed for reading her private diary when he comes across it by accident? And
when he sees that her most intimate fantasies revolve around him, Mercardo
decides to seduce Verity with her own thoughts.
amazed and aroused that the playboy understands her needs so well. But falling
in love with a playboy is not something she counted on. Leaving her job is
easy. Forgetting Mercardo is impossible.
But You is a
sensual book that offers a strong heroine and a hero with potential, but I was
a little put off by some parts of the book. Generally the premise for the story
is pretty standard. Personal assistant falls for boss who is the playboy type.
It just so happens that said boss is in love with personal assistant. One of my
favorite parts of the story is in the beginning when Verity walks into
Mercardo's office, again, to find him having sex with yet another woman. She
walks out of the office saying "Grow up Mercardo." I wanted to say
that to the man several times during the book. His character does get better
toward the end, but I was so disturbed with his behavior in the beginning it
was hard to get past that part. I did love Verity though. She is no wallflower
and although a bit undecided at times, a strong take no prisoners woman any man
other note: This book should come with a warning because it deals with two rape
scenes. (Not between the hero and the heroine) For those who don't like
violence in their love stories, this novel may not be for you.