Please say hello to Lorelie Brown and
Take Me Home
Belladonna Ink #2
Thanksgiving arrives in one week and one day. Feeling hemmed in by parental expectations? Are they disappointed by your sapphic proclivities? I can help! The only pay I want is the holiday meal!
I didn’t know what I was looking for until I saw her Craigslist ad.
I love my family. I’m lucky to have them—well, most of them. But my aunt? I’m so tired of her giving my mom crap because I happen to be a lesbian. So one pink-haired tattoo artist pretending to be my girlfriend will annoy my Christian fundamentalist aunt right back and make my Thanksgiving perfect.
Only . . . Brooke turns out to be cuter and more complicated than I expected. And before you can say “yorkiepoo,” we kiss . . . and abduct a dog together. I want to keep them both—but Brooke isn’t the kind to be kept. Lucky for me, I’m the kind to chase what I want.
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We had a chance to ask Lorelie a few questions...
1. What inspires you? What gets you writing?
If I knew better what inspired me, I wouldn't have such long breaks between books! LOL. It all comes from the little things -- shows I'm watching, books I'm reading, people I see on the street. I play make-believe with almost everyone. It's a fleeting thought about how maybe that teacher at the middle school honor concert rides centennial bicycle events in his spare time. If I'm lucky, I start daydreaming about what happens to him on his big spring break ride. If I'm not, that's it.
2. What's your writing process? Seat of your pants, lots of sticky notes, complex spreadsheets?
Seat of my pants. So completely seat of my pants. Sometimes I write thirty thousand words before I realize it's all crap and has to go. And then I drink a lot, and have chocolate, and then I start over.
3. Which character from your books is your favorite, and why?
It's one of my lesser known books, and a m/f erotica, but Dash from Hard Way.
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Word of warning: Those sensitive to sexual violence should NOT read this book. Don't look at it. Click away. The couple engages in consensual non-consent and they play hard. Dash is damaged and confused, but he never, ever, ever *doesn't* love his wife. It's that contradiction that makes him my favorite. He's flawed, but he loves. It's the core of all my characters, and I think I did it really well with him.
4. Which character is your least favorite, and why?
Nicky Stafford in BIND.
I mean, okay. This guy. If you wanna read this book and just *only* read the relationship stuff, you'll probably like him. But Carrie Lofty and I (the Katie Porter books are co-written) decided to add all this romantic suspense sub-plot to the Command Force Alpha, and y'all. It's bad. It makes so little sense. And Nicky is supposed to be the colonel in charge of this super secret black ops unit that the Department of Defense gave him, because...? I don't know why. None of it works. Do yourself a favor and only read the Command Force Alpha books for the kink. The suspense is bullshit.
5. If you could go back into one of your books and change one thing, what would that be? And why?
Um. Oops. I think I just answered that with my last question. I'll add onto it and say: The covers for that whole series. I thought for a hot minute that we were going to get the series back, and I was so excited about putting new covers on them, but that wasn't to be. Alas.
6. What's next for you? What amazing book are you working on?
I'm superstitious. I hate talking too much about what I'm working on, or it takes the magic out of it. I'm getting more & more weird about it as I continue my career, too. Lately I even have my files saved under non-titles. The one I'm currently working in is saved as "Thing." So I'll only say three words: Lesbian runaway bride.
Shhh. Don't tell anyone!
Meet the author:
After a seminomadic childhood throughout California, Lorelie Brown spent high school in Orange County before joining the US Army. After traveling the world from South Korea to Italy, she now lives north of Chicago. She writes her Pacific Blue series of hot surfers in order to channel some warmth.
Lorelie has three active sons, two yappy dogs, and a cat who cusses her out on a regular basis for not petting him enough.
In her immense free time (hah!) Lorelie cowrites award-winning contemporary erotic romance under the name Katie Porter. You can find out more about the Vegas Top Guns and Command Force Alpha series at www.KatiePorterBooks.com or at @MsKatiePorter.
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