Vivian Arend returns…in Australia!

Ideas are funny things. As a writer, I’ve often found that the best ideas have come when I’ve let things roll. Trying to box in and plot too much, or plan in advance doesn’t work for me. Even while on holidays I’m a more “go with the flow” kinda person.

So when Jess Dee and I started to talk about doing an anthology together, the conversation was like an ocean wave. Lexxie Couper joined us, and that added another person’s ideas into the mix.

It was wonderful. We brought up a suggestion; someone would take it a new direction. Add a few layers of bright colours, and in the end Bandicoot Cove was born. It’s a luxury resort set on the Queensland coast of Australia. Now both Jess and Lexxie LIVE in Aussieland. I had to use my imagination. ;) But with a perfect setting, and a general idea of three best friends coming together in one place—we had the start of the series.

Of course, I had to twist it a little more, and my story isn’t about one of the three friends—Kylie’s story got told in another story, EXOTC INDULGENCE which is out as a free read from the three of us. So I used Kylie’s little brother (little!—of the 6 foot plus kind) and he’s one of my heroes.

Writing is never a straightforward thing. And I guess, really, neither is life. This is kind of how I clean my house as well. I do one thing, then jump to another, but in the end I get it all done.

But I think a book is more interesting to share with you than a clean house. :D

Viv


PARADISE FOUND

Fate is a wind that can change at the drop of a heart…

Bandicoot Cove, Book 2

Paige has enjoyed every no-strings-attached minute with her two Australian lovers, Trent and Mason. Over the past eleven months, they’ve surfed, hiked…and explored their seemingly limitless sexual chemistry.

Her lovers’ invitation to the opening of a new resort comes at the ideal time, because in a few days she’s returning to Canada. It’ll be a fitting swan song for their easygoing relationship. A chance to fulfill a few fantasies and then escape before her men realize she’s broken the rules by falling in love with them both. Better to take flight than be forced to choose.

Unaware of Paige’s self-imposed deadline, Trent and Mason scheme to get Paige on their yacht for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage with one goal in mind: break the news that they’re ready for something more than casual—and hope she doesn’t run like hell.

It’s a delicate operation that’ll require close attention to which way her emotional winds are blowing. One wrong word, and their paradise-perfect arrangement could be lost in an instant.

Warning: This book starts with the heat turned way up high. Two men entirely focused on one woman’s pleasure. One woman stepping outside the box to please her men. An exotic resort suite featuring an erotic piece of furniture that makes ménage a trois even hotter than usual. Really.

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Vivian Arend | Lexxie Couper | Jess Dee | Bandicoot Cove

Paradise Found | Tropical Sin | Island Idyll | Exotic Indulgence

Home, Sweet Home…Alabama?

While I’ve been ploughing through all the things I ignored while in New York (and preparing for New York), I got another lovely review for Tangled Past — this time from Chris over at Night Owl Romance:

“Dealing with the morality of the 1800s added to the suspense, and the impetus that kept the story moving was the developing relationship. Complete with an epilogue (which I personally always enjoy) this was a story not to be missed.”

Yay! Thanks Chris.

Another thing I’ve been doing is transferring over my photos from my camera. I have added some more pictures to my Facebook page — Lynsay Sands, and fellow Carina Press author Adrienne Giordano. And I finally figured out how to turn a video so it’s right side up (I’d turned my camera on its side because it framed the people better that way, then realized “d’oh!” the film was sideways.) So here’s a sneak peek at the shenanigans dancing at Harlequin’s Black and White Ball in the Waldorf Astoria’s Starlight Roof room exactly a week ago. In fact it’s almost exactly to the minute that I shot this! (Recognize anyone? ;) )

Want to win Personal Protection?

I’m helping Vivian Arend celebrate her tenth release, Turn It Up, with Samhain Publishing over on Facebook today.

In order to make sure everyone is up to speed with my Hauberk series for my upcoming release Deliberate Deceptions, which is book 3 in the series, I’m giving away an  e-copy of book #2: Personal Protection.

Head on over to Viv’s author page, read the excerpt and then follow the directions at the bottom of the note for your chance to win. http://www.facebook.com/notes/vivian-arend/giveaway-3-personal-protection-by-leah-braemel-ebook/153126704742043

Good luck!

Give a hug

My friend Vivian Arend is trying to keep the spirit of Christmas this year on her blog with her 12 Days of Giving posts.  Today she’s encouraging people to call someone and let them know you appreciate them.  As part of it, she’s giving away copies of books written by her friends, and one of them is my Texas Tangle. So once you’ve figured out the 5 differences in my Firefighter calendar contest and sent me an email, head over there and give someone a virtual hug.

Vivian Arend: Is It Real?

Is It Real?

When I started writing Falling, Freestyle, I had a few goals. I wanted to have a contemporary love story set during the winter in the mountains. It was going to include skiing, or snowboarding, and I wanted to write a friends-to-lovers situation.

What ended up happening has made this book one of my favorites thus far in my writing career.

I’m one of the writers who starts with a very loose plan, then I let the characters take me where they want to go. There’s often a ton of surprises along the way, and that’s kept writing interesting for me, as well as giving me a bunch of ‘Oh Noes!’ moments. Falling, Freestyle was no different. The heroine, Dara, showed up just as planned. But her two best friends? Neither of them would back down and stay the best buddy. They both wanted in as heroes.

“This isn’t supposed to be a ménage a trois, guys,” I reasoned with my characters. They shook their heads and insisted they knew best. Suddenly, I had two male egos to deal with, and frankly, I had hoped for a much easier book.

See, there are a lot of times I just don’t get threesomes in romance books. Unless the guys are into guys, it’s always stuck me as a little—odd—that rarely does anyone ever mention that having another male in the bedroom is anything but weird.

Kane and Jack agreed. They wanted to talk about how two hetero guys dealt with this situation. They wanted to discuss a bunch of other things, including what Dara said she wanted, and what she was really asking for…

Slowly the book came together. It’s got the snowy setting, with skiing and snowboarding. It’s got the friends-to-lovers, and it makes me smile.

In the process, the characters have discussions that I really think would take place between friends. (Yeah, it’s guy talk some of the time—crude, rude, straight up. You know, fun ;) Between people stepping beyond the boundaries they’d previously set, and moving into a more intimate relationship—because although I do write explicit scenes, it’s not mainly about the sex. It’s about first, and foremost, about relationships. And that’s what made this book for me. Friends—moving to being lovers in a way that I could actually see happening.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I do.

This is the first book in a new series coming from Samhain. Xtreme Adventures will all feature some kind of more extreme sport. Falling, Freestyle is about skiing/boarding. July 2011 book two, Rising, Freestyle will include rock-climbing.

Falling, Freestyle

“Falling, Freestyle” by Vivian Arend
Read An Excerpt Online
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Red Hots!
ISBN: 978-1-60928-260-8

Length: Category

Price: 4.50

Publication Date: November 30, 2010


Cover art by Angie Waters

Never venture out of bounds without a buddy—preferably two.

Dara’s past four incredible years have been lived to the fullest. Along with her best friends, Kane and Jack, she’s left no local wilderness unexplored, no ski slope unchallenged. Yet lately she wonders why they’ve never seen her as more than a buddy with breasts. When—or if—either man will cross that unspoken line.

It’s a line Kane eyes harder every day. Since high school, he and Jack have shared everything. A condo, vacations—and their best girl. Kane’s ready to get serious about his wilderness school and outfitter business, and that includes putting down roots. Preferably with Dara.

Wary of the men who’ve recently been sniffing around Dara, Jack has a growing sense that he or Kane better make a move soon, or they’re going to lose out on their perfect match. Question is, who does she prefer…and who’s going to bring their easygoing trio to an end?

Overhearing the boys arguing over her, Dara’s floored—and torn. Choose between them? No way. Drastic measures are called for, a plan for their annual holiday getaway that will clarify her feelings once and for all—or lose everything in a sexual storm of whiteout proportions.

Warning: Old friends turned lovers can get into the most trouble—exhibitionism, bondage, spanking. Anal sex, oral sex, unauthorized use of ski safety harnesses, icicles in the hot tub…the author apologizes in advance for any melted monitors.

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