Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sue-ling of Love in the Air by Adam Mann @adammannauthor #Contemporary #Erotic Romance #AsianTravel

RW:    What's your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about you?

S-L:    I’m more than a bit flattered. I was just an average post-grad student going back to my home, but dreading having to meet my former financé, even though he’d married my best friend whilst I was at college.

RW:    Can you tell us about your hero.

S-L:    On the plane we sat next to one another, but Charlie was just another passenger, although we both had to face similar flight delays due to the terrible storms over the Pacific.

I knew that he was Canadian and worked in agriculture, but I could sympathize with that as I was a botanist.

As we walked together in the airport terminal in Taipei, I suddenly realised I had some sort of animal attraction for Charlie, and didn’t want to say goodbye.

RW:    During what time-period does your story take place?

S-L:    Just this last winter, before Christmas, so I suppose you’d call it contemporary.

RW:    How are you coping with the conflict in your life?

S-L:    Very badly before I met Charlie, I feared having to meet my former financé and his wife and our mutual friends, and because of that my parents who’d probably be furious at my decision not to go home but to fly away with Charlie.

RW:    Bubble baths or steamy showers? Ocean or mountains? Puppies or kittens? Chocolate or caramel?

S-L:    I do love steamy showers, but can I be difficult and say anything savoury?   

RW:    Cherries or Bananas? Leather or lace? Black or red? Mud Bath or Oily Massage?

S-L:    Cherries, Lace, and Red. (Don’t forget I’m Chinese.)

RW:    If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

S-L:    She bites.

RW:    I love pizza with (fill in the blank).

S-L:    Olives, ham and more cheese.

RW:    You'd never be able to tell, but (fill in the blank).

S-L:    I was never very interested in sex, and I thought that it was something that people just did, but Charlie changed my mind!

RW:    What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?

S-L:    Do you love Charlie?

RW:    Those are all the questions I have for you. Thank you for speaking to me.

S-L:    Delighted.


I have worked for over fifty years as a sustainable development consultant for emerging economies in Africa and then Asia, but have now retired and live with my family in a mountainous area of Vietnam. In my retirement I have published seven novels, and under my pen name I have written another thirty-two romance novellas, some of which have been self-published.


The Plot:

Two passengers find some common ground on a flight to Taipei.

Charlie meets Sue-ling on trans-Pacific flight to Taipei after flight delays due to bad weather, and then further delays mean a long stop-over in the transit area at the airport.

He decides to stay at the Airport Hotel where he can get a shower and rest a bit, and is helped by Sue-ling who joins him as she too has been delayed by the weather.

Their post-flight conversation becomes more than friendly, as they have to wait for their flight connections, and a mix-up in the hotel bathroom exposes more than just her skin as their relationship develops.

An Excerpt:

Charlie took his sponge bag from his travelling case and headed for the bathroom, leaving his coat on the other bed.

He shaved, and thank goodness the water in the shower was hot. He dried himself and went into the bedroom, wearing just a towel around his waist.

Sue-ling was asleep on one bed fully dressed, and smiling in her sleep. Charlie took some underclothes from his travelling case, got partially dressed, and got into the other bed, pulling the duvet over him. But he had left the light on, so he left it.

Sue-ling herself woke and went into the bathroom, also taking advantage of the hot water in the shower. There had been only one large towel, so she draped a small towel around her breasts, and headed back to the bedroom, and the bed she had been sleeping in.

She jumped in and pulled the duvet over her naked body, and tried to go back to sleep. She probably did sleep until the early morning when the daylight wakened her. She looked to see that Charlie was still sleeping in the other bed.

Charlie woke at that moment and smiled at her, seeing only her face and lovely black eyes above the duvet. Her gold ring earrings had been replaced by pearl stud earrings. She sat up holding the duvet to her breasts, but she made sure that he could see her bare back. She had a travelling bag herself but she had not bothered to open it.

“Recovered?” she asked and smiled at him.

Charlie sat up himself, but was not wearing a vest—he rarely did.

“Are you naked, Charlie?” she asked.

Charlie looked down under the duvet; “no I’ve got boxers,” he grinned at her. There was silence for a moment—a pregnant silence.

“Can you pass me my bag?” she asked, knowing full well that Charlie would have to get out of bed to do that, and being a gentleman, he did.

She deliberately let the duvet fall partially off the bed, so that Charlie could see she was wearing nothing, which did nothing but excite him more than momentarily.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Kristen Jensen of The Thin Person Inside by Rochelle Weber @RochelleWeber #ContemporaryRomance #RockStar #WeightLoss

Q:       What's your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about YOU?
KJ:     I guess the reason people would want to interview me is because of the unique way I met Sean Wesley. His manager pulled strings to get him into treatment at the Danville, Illinois, VA because he was having trouble staying clean after he ODed during a recording session. I was there to address my food addiction.  I weighed three-hundred pounds when we met. Who’d ever expect a rock star like Sean to fall for someone that fat?

Q:       Can you tell us about your hero?
KJ:     Sean’s tall, and drop-dead handsome with black hair and incredible blue eyes. He’s one of the lead singers of The Haystack, and I was in love with his music long before I met him. He’s kind, and intelligent, and incredibly brave. Can you imagine a pianist making a comeback after losing a hand?

Q:       What problems do you have to face and overcome in your life?
KJ:     Having been morbidly obese most of my adult life was a pretty big one, pun not intended.

Q:       Do you expect your hero to help or is he the problem?
KJ:     Sean and I support each other.  We have different addictions, so we’re not binge buddies.  Although, he says he was a fat kid and he has to watch his food, so I guess I’m a good influence on him.

Q:           Where do you live?
KJ:     My apartment’s in Rantoul, Illinois.  It’s about 125 miles south of Chicago, ten miles north of Champaign, and forty-five miles northeast of Danville.  I was raised in Chicago, but rents are less down here and I’m close to my daughters.

Q:           During what time period does your story take place?
KJ:     You would call our romance a contemporary one.

Q:           How are you coping with the conflict in your life?
KJ:     Aside from having had a heart attack recently, I’m doing okay. I’ve lost about a hundred pounds so far and I’m still losing. I work out along with Sean when he does his physical therapy, and I’m healthier than I’ve been in over twenty years. My kids aren’t embarrassed to be seen with me anymore.

Q:       Those’re all the questions we have for you. Thank you for speaking to us.
KJ:     You’re welcome.  I really think Sean is much more interesting than I am.  After all—he’s the rock star. Oh, and Happy Holidays!

Rochelle Weber Biography

Rochelle Weber is romance author, a Navy veteran, and holds a BA in Writing from Columbia College, Chicago. Her two previous novels, Rock Bound and Rock Crazy are available in all formats.

Ms. Weber has over twenty year’s editing experience and publishes the Marketing for Romance Writers Magazine. She battles bi-polar disorder, quipping, “You haven’t lived until you’ve been the only woman on the locked ward at the VA.” She lost about a hundred-fifty pounds and kept it off for about three years, and has incorporated these experiences into her books. Ms. Weber lives in Round Lake Beach, Illinois. She has two married daughters, eight assorted grandchildren and step-grandchildren, and a cat who has her very well-trained.


The Plot:

Kristen Jensen, a Navy veteran, tips the scale at a crippling three hundred pounds. In desperation she asks her VA therapist if she can go into addictions treatment with the guys where she meets Sean. With black hair, blue eyes, and a perfect body she figures the reason he’s speaking to her is that she’s the only other person in the room.

The Haystack told their lead singer, Sean Wesley, to get clean or get out. But none of the big-name clinics worked. Sean’s a Desert Storm vet, so they send him to a VA in the middle of nowhere. When he meets Kristen the first day, he thinks it’s tragic such a pretty girl’s trapped in a huge body. And her honesty, intelligence, and bravery are even more impressive. Sean’s drawn to Kristen, but she’s had decades to build layers of defense.


***** Amazon Review by Heather Haven: Well done, Ms. Weber. This is a raw and revealing account of addiction, with a sweetness to it that pulls the reader in from the first.

Christmas Excerpt:

Around eleven, she heard the sound of the outer hallway door opening and the voices of her daughters echoing in the breezy corridor. Kristen struggled out of the reclining position as the girls knocked. Actually, it sounded as though they were kicking the door.
“Our hands’re full, Mom.”
“Be right there, Viki.” She tried letting the rocking motion of the recliner help her to propel forward and out of the chair, but plopped back again.
“Hurry, Mom! It’s cold out here. Those doors never shut properly, and there’s no heat out here!”
“Coming, Carrie!” Bracing herself on both armrests, she again rocked the chair, and with momentum and some exertion finally managed to rise to her feet. Her back protested as she waddled to the door and opened it. The girls were laden with various casserole dishes and Eric stood behind them carrying an electric turkey roaster. There was another young man behind him, and Sean and Frank stood on the staircase. They all crowded into the small living/dining room.
“Where’s the turkey?”
“It’s prepped and in the roaster. All we have to do is put it on the counter and plug it in,” Viki announced.
“And the rest of this?”
“Everything’s ready. We have a time-table for putting stuff in the oven. Otherwise, we’re ready to go. We have nibblies and salads in the car. They need to go in the fridge before they freeze out there.”
“Um, my refrigerator’s fairly full.”
“Mine’s empty. You forget, Kristen—between the two of us, we have two kitchens, so we have two stoves, two ovens, two refrigerators, even two microwaves.”
“And we have two young men. Please forgive us. I’m Kristen, Carrie’s mom. And you are?”
“Alan Vale, Ma’am.”
“Hi, Alan. This is my neighbor, Sean, and our friend, Frank.”
Alan shook hands with both men, and then looked at Sean a long moment. “You look like—”
“Yeah, I get that a lot,” Sean said. “And I sing better than he does, but it’s Johnson, not Wesley.”
Kristen had to turn away to hide the smirk on her face.
Alan held up a Wal-Mart canvas bag. “Carrie told me you folks don’t drink and that you’re on a diet, Mrs. Jensen, so instead of wine or sweets, I brought along a game—Apples to Apples.”
“I love that game! And please, call me Kristen. Mrs. Jensen is my ex-mother-in-law.”
They spent the afternoon with Christmas carols on the stereo playing board games, laughing at Apples to Apples, teaming up for Trivial Pursuit, and the elders beating the kids at Finish Lines because the game had lots of old commercial jingles the kids didn’t know. After supper, they played card games like Uno and Skip Bo.
Here again, Alan had a contribution. It was a game called Zar and he called it “Uno on steroids.”
“Where in the world did you get this game?” Kristen asked.
“I bought it from a guy at a science fiction convention,” Alan replied. “I’m not sure whether he invented the game or if he knows the guy who did. You can order it online. I’ll leave you the address.”
“Yeah, that’d be great on the bus,” Sean said.
“What bus?” Alan asked. Kristen saw the light dawn in his eyes. “You really are Sean Wesley.”
“Oh, darn,” Kristen muttered.
“Yeah, kid. Johnson’s my mother’s maiden name. And I’d appreciate it if you kept our secret.”
“But what’re you doing here?”
“You no doubt read about my OD?”
“I’m in recovery. There’s a special program down here I wanted to try, and then I met Kristen, and I decided to stay here for aftercare.”
“Wow! You’re a real cool dude. I wish I could tell my mom about this. She’s a real big fan.”
“I’ll make a deal with ya. You keep my secret, and when I’m ready to go back to LA, you can bring your mom over for dinner, and we’ll jam a bit.”
“Oh, man… She’ll love that! It’s a deal, Mr. Wesley.”
“What’s this Mr. Wesley crap? You’ve been calling me Sean all day.”
After the kids had pie and cookies for dessert, the girls washed up the dishes, packed up the goodies and got ready to go home. They left meat, plain baked sweet potato and salad in Kristen’s refrigerator and stocked Sean’s fridge with the rest of the fixin’s and a slice of each kind of pie as well as a dozen of each kind of cookie. They even made up a take-home box for Frank.
“I didn’t think I’d have much of a Christmas without booze, Kristen, but I don’t think I ever laughed so much at a holiday.”
“I’m so glad you had fun, Frank. I have friends whose definition of a good party is ‘any gathering of two or more people where everyone comes away with good memories the next day.’ That’s what I want for my guests.”
“You definitely achieved that,” Alan chimed in.
“You’re the one who brought Apples to Apples and Zar. Thanks so much, Alan.”
“You’re welcome. Where do you live, Frank. Can we give you a lift?”
“I’m all the way over in Danville.”
“We got special permission for Frank to spend the night here and we’ll take him back tomorrow when we go over there for Lecture,” Sean explained.
“Oh, well, in that case, thanks again for a great dinner, Kristen. Really great meeting you, Sean.”
After they left, Frank excused himself and went upstairs to Sean’s apartment.
Sean lingered a bit. He sat on Kristen’s couch and shared the foot-rest of her recliner while they watched TV.
This is so cozy. I don’t think I ever felt this comfortable with Dave after the girls were born, Kristen thought as she drifted to sleep. She awoke, looked at her watch and saw it was three a.m. Sean was spread out on the couch, snoring softly. She
struggled out of the recliner as quietly as she could and covered him with a blanket.
Oh, Goddess, I want to wake him and invite him into my room even if it’s just to snuggle. But he turns me on! I can’t remember how long it’s been since anyone’s turned me on this way! Instead, she kissed his cheek, turned off the TV, turned out the lights and went to bed. It had been a really nice Christmas—the nicest in many years.
And she had maintained her abstinence and been perfectly happy while everyone else ate goodies all around her. But she couldn’t sleep with the goody out on the couch distracting her. Goddess, help me!

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