Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wacky Wednesday: A Visit With Emily Quinn, debut author of A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR

On Monday, I reviewed the debut novel, A PLAYBOY’S LOVE AFFAIR by Emily Quinn. If you haven’t read my review, please feel free to click on the title and do so, but hurry back because the lovely author of this fun contemporary romance will be joining us shortly.

Emily Quinn
writes sexy contemporary romances with irresistible bad boys, feisty heroines, a bit of conflict, humor and a dash of spice. She loves books and falls in love with every hero she reads. She lives in sunny Southern California with her husband, two kids, and her dog.

Please join me in welcoming Emily Quinn, debut author of A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR, to Unwrapping Romance … 

Amy: Welcome Emily, it's an absolute delight to have you with us today, and thank you for taking time out of your busy day. Congratulations on your debut novel, A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR. 

Perhaps you'd like to tell us a little bit about yourself for those who don't know you yet. 

Emily: I love to read about bad boys as much as I love to write about them, which is why I write sexy contemporary romances with irresistible bad boys, feisty heroines, a bit of conflict, humor and a dash of spice.  

Amy: Well, we do love bad boys, right everyone?! As a debut author, you're fresh from the journey from initial idea to the release date. What was it like for you when you heard the news that A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR was going to be published? 

Emily:  Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe it. The story was passed by a few other publishers so I thought the last one I was waiting to hear back from would pass as well. Instead, the publisher asked to see more of the manuscript. Then, I was asked to make a few minor tweaks but there was no mention of contract yet. Next thing I knew, I received an offer for a contract a week before Christmas. Needless to say, that was the best Christmas present I’ve ever had. Even when edits started I was still processing whether it was really happening. But now that it’s actually out there for the world to see, it’s a feeling I can’t explain. I’m beyond thrilled. 

Amy:  That certainly was a great Christmas gift! I am so jealous. The title of your book, A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR, is definitely intriguing and quite provocative. Perhaps you'd like to tell us what inspired you to write this particular story. 

Emily:  I love this question. One day I was listening to a song and the lyrics grabbed me. I thought, “Oh my goodness, wouldn’t it be a great love story if a beautiful woman meets a drop dead gorgeous troublemaker at midnight and that it’d only take a kiss for him to fall in love with her?” I played with the title quite a bit, I wanted something that would make people think, “How can a playboy have a love affair if he is that… A playboy?” 

Amy:  Leave it to music to inspire. They say that scent is the greatest stimulator, I'm beginning to think music does more to inspire romance than anything. Most writers are prolific readers, do you have any favorite authors or genres that have influenced the direction of your writing? 

Emily:  Some of my favorite authors are: Jude Deveraux, Lisa Kleypas, Suzanne Enoch, Julia Quinn. I fell in love with their historical romances. In fact, historicals were all I read for a very long time. I’ve read most of these authors’ books and never get tired of them. These authors inspire me and I always tell myself, “I want to be like them when I grow up.” 

Amy:  Great role models! A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR is a contemporary romance. Is contemporary romance where you see yourself staying with your writing or do you see the possibility of dipping your pen into other romantic directions? 

Emily:  I like a little bit of everything but I think I will stick to contemporary romance with erotic elements (that’s where my dash of spice comes in) for now. Perhaps, later I may try my hand at writing a historical but I’d have to give that some thought. 

Amy:  Go with what works, I say, but never say never. So what's next for Emily Quinn? 

Emily:  Well, I just got a new contract with a different publisher for a Contemporary Erotic Romance Novella titled ONE WICKED NIGHT. This one will be out very soon. 

Amy: How exciting? Congratulations and I know, I'm looking forward to it. Love the title - you know a title like that can only hold trouble! My last question for you and my personal favorite. If you could be ANY character in ANY book, who would it be and why? 

Emily:  I’d be Dougless from A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR by Jude Deveraux. I guess the reason is because I like Colin (the hero) so much that I want to be her just to get to him.  : )
You may call me shameless. Hey, but what’s a girl to do with a guy like him?  

Amy:  I'd never call you shameless for wanting to be her.  I wouldn't mind being in her shoes either.
Emily, thank you so very much for joining us today and for sharing A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR with us. Congratulations on your debut and I wish you the greatest luck and success. 

Emily:  Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. It’s been lots of fun!
Now, for the giveaway. One lucky commenter will win an ecopy of A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR. For your chance to win just leave us a comment and tell us:  

If you could have ANY hero from ANY book, who would it be and why? 

Amy:  Well, my dears, Emily has given you a task and a chance at a prize.
If you’d like to learn more about Emily and her books, please feel free to visit her website. Also, follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest. 

In the meantime, enjoy a taste of A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR by Emily Quinn.

Excerpt from A PLAYBOY’S LOVE AFFAIR: 

Alex walked through a stunningly tall garden arbor, admiring the beautiful roses clambering up its sides. He came to a halt at its end, and closed his eyes as he slowly inhaled the tranquility mixed in the rose sweet smelling cool night air. Instinct told him he wasn’t alone, and was glad to see his gut feeling never failed him. His gaze followed a path leading up to a woman in a midnight blue gown, standing under a timeless giant tree a few steps away from him.

“Trying to get away?” the mysterious woman purred, coming out of the shadows with a cat-like walk. 

He nodded. His gaze traveled the length of her body, and his hands itched to touch her long chocolate waves resting on her left shoulder. 

“I don’t blame you.” She lifted her hand offering him the bottle of wine she’d been drinking from. “Alex St. Jones, is it?” Her moonlit cosmic green eyes met his caramel brown moss. 

Alex was sure he’d never crossed paths with this woman before tonight. “And you are?” He puckered his brow in inquiry. He shouldn’t have been surprised to hear she knew who he was, but he was. Alex had yet to meet a woman who claimed she’d never heard of the St. Joneses. He didn’t know whether he owed a “thank you” to his wealthy-as-sin dad or not. 

“Carly Mitchell… Are you going to have some wine or should I just do the deed myself?” Her upper lip curled showing straight pearl white teeth. “I certainly don’t mind.” 

Alex grabbed the bottle of wine from her and took a long sip. “Who are you trying to get away from?” 

“My ex.” Carly rolled her eyes. 

“Your ex?” His gaze drifted around them. 

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GIVEAWAY:  A Kindle Copy of A PLAYBOY’S LOVE AFFAIR by Emily Quinn 

Blurb for A PLAYBOY’S LOVE AFFAIR:

What a playboy wants, a playboy gets…

Alex St. Jones, black sheep of the famous St. Joneses, is the playboy of playboys whose only love affair is his freedom. He lives by one rule: Enchant them. Seduce them. Leave them. But that’s about to change when a midnight temptress stumbles upon him and demands he kiss her.

Carly Mitchell wants nothing to do with Alex St. Jones. She hates his good looks, his arrogance. Plus, he won’t leave her alone no matter what she does. Most importantly, she hates that she’s falling for him. But she’s determined not to go down without a fight and to teach him a lesson at that. Alex may have met the one woman he cannot tame, but he doesn’t plan on letting that stop him.

Will Carly withstand his charms? When two strong personalities collide, sparks are sure to fly.

GIVEAWAY RULES:

***This Giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE with a Kindle or Kindle App, international included. (void where prohibited) 

***For VALID ENTRY, commenter must leave a VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. Remember the Magic Formula for Entry:  

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR VISITING.
 
***This Giveaway will run until 11:30PM EST, Friday, April 12, 2013 at which time one lucky valid entry will be chosen by randomizer to win a Kindle Copy of A PLAYBOY’S LOVE AFFAIR by Emily Quinn. The winner will be notified by email, and announced in a special Saturday post. If the winner doesn’t respond by end of day Thursday, April 18, 2013, a new winner will be chosen by the same process. Good Luck! 

Happy Reading Everyone! 

A PLAYBOY’S LOVE AFFAIR by Emily Quinn, A Wild Rose Press release, available in ebook format for Kindle at Amazon but all other retailers will be available on July 17, 2013.

                                                                                      

15 comments:

Emily Quinn said...

Hi Amy,

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I greatly appreciate it. The interview was lots of fun and I'm looking forward to everyone's sexy bad boys ;)

Xoxo
Emily

Amy Valentini said...

Hi Emily, thank you again for joining me today. I've been thinking about your question (good twist on mine, btw) and I've decided that if I could be any hero, it would be James Malory of GENTLE ROGUE. He's everything I love in a man. Plus, he's a no-nonsense kind of guy who isn't afraid of anything except maybe his feelings for Georgie but then, hey, he's a romantic at heart. xoxo

Okay, my dears, I stepped in it first, let's hear yours! : )

kipha said...

That was awesome. Thanks so much for the interview Amy and letting us know a bit about you Emily. The excerpt was great, if only it was longer :)

If I can have any hero I would choose Sylvester 'Devil' Cynster from Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens. Who wouldn't want him~ He knows what he wants and will get what he wants.LOL He was my first fiction crush and boyfriend. I should really go back and reconnect with him.:)

kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amy Valentini said...

Oh, he's a good one, kipha!

I think that's why James came to mind. As many heroes as I had met previously, he was the first I truly fell in love with - even though he was blond! I love to go back and reconnect. I think I've read GENTLE ROGUE at least a dozen times. : )

Thanks for stopping by & Good Luck!

Emily Quinn said...

Ooh Kipha! Yes, Sylvester. How could I forget such a devil? He is also one of my faves in the Cynster series. Thanks so much for stopping by ;)

*Amy,
I'm glad you liked my twist on your question LOL. I love your hero too.

Now I want to go and reread those books ;)

Jeannette Aguilar said...

Great interview and excellent excerpt. It makes me want to learn more about the story. If I could have any book boyfriend it would be Sylvester from devil's Bride. He instantly knew that he had met his soul mate. I love that he knows what he wants.
Jeann830@yahoo.com

erin said...

Congrats to Emily on the new release! Sounds fun :) I'd love Roarke from JD Robb's In Death series. He's handsome, sauve, sexy and romantic :)

efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

Emily Quinn said...

Hi Jeannette,

It sounds like Sylvester is leading here ;) I must say he's one of my fave characters in the series. I love Scandal too, but Devil is so unique. Well, he's just that, a gorgeous devil ;)

Hi Erin,

Roarke sounds wonderful. JD is now on my list.

Thank you both for dropping by and commenting.

Emily

Sue G. said...

I think I would pick Ethan Barron from Carly Phillips' Serendipity because he was a bad boy who came back to town to redeem himself. Plus he is tall, dark and gorgeous...all the things I love in a guy! ;)

suegaluska (at) yahoo (dot) com

Emily Quinn said...

Hi Sue,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm all for bad boys who redeem themselves. They make some of the best heroes ;)

bn100 said...

Fun interview

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Amy Valentini said...

I'm so glad everyone is enjoying meeting Emily - she's a doll, isn't she?

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Emily Quinn said...

Aaww Amy, thank you so much!

I'm checking out that link. Tempestuous Eden sounds like a must read :)

MommyIves said...

Sounds like a fun read Amy! melissa.marion at gmail dot com

Emily Quinn said...

Hi MommyIves,

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting ;)

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