Today’s guest blogger is Beth Kery. Beth has novels published with Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen Press, Berkley Heat, Whiskey Creek Press, and Berkley Sensation. If you’re a lover of erotic romance, time travels, contemporaries, paranormals, or historicals, Beth’s got a story for you.

What’s your favorite of all the books you’ve written?

LOL—I can’t believe you as a writer asked that question, Leah! It’s like asking a mother to proclaim her favorite child in public. Well, for political purposes, I’ll say my upcoming release, Sweet Restraint. It’s got all the elements I love in erotic romance: raw, turbulent emotion, suspense, unapologetic sexuality and tension so thick between the hero and heroine you could slice it up and taste it.

Leah scuffs her toe in the carpet and blushes as she mumbles, “I have favorites.”

Did one book give you more trouble than the others?

Hmmm…I did struggle with Sweet Restraint’s hero Shane. His decision to essentially take the woman he loves captive and to force her to give the responsibility of the truth over to him is a pretty controversial one. He fights with his actions internally, but as an expert on human behavior (he’s an FBI agent that has been trained in psychology and criminology), he senses that danger is looming over Laura. He was forced to give up on her in the past, and he wouldn’t be able to live with himself if he did it again. So he sacrifices everything in order to break through Laura’s defenses, and the bedroom becomes the arena for that. So yeah, it was a challenge to create a hero that doesn’t come off as a complete jerk, to show that he’s being hard, but out of a source of great love.

In your bio, you say that you often get your best ideas while stuck in traffic playing loud music? What’s playing?

Audioslave and Soundgarden are favorites. So are Radio Head and Pearl Jam. I also like older stuff—R&B, hard rock, pop. I’ve got a HUGE music library on my I-pod.

What’s the best piece of advice you received about writing before you were published?

Probably to expect rejection. It’s part of the weave of the fabric of publishing. You have to think of it as notches on your bed post. Lol. The more rejections you get, the more acceptances you get. You just have to keep writing—both in the face of rejection and success.

Because you write steamy erotic romance, do you ever have readers ask if you do “that stuff”? You know, I don’t think anyone has ever been so bold as to ask me that to my face. My husband and I have an exceptionally good relationship all around. I think most people who know me wouldn’t be shocked if I had done some of ‘that stuff.’ Not that I’m saying I have–I’m neither confirming or denying.

Leah giggles and whispers, “I have been asked. Several times. But I’m not telling.”

If you could go back to when you were just getting out of high school to give yourself one piece of advice, what would tell yourself?

I would tell myself to stand tall. All young people are beautiful, they just don’t know it. That’s the sad thing about it. I feel such nostalgia when I see someone in their late teens or early twenties. The world is laid out before them. I feel like saying, “Be proud. Celebrate yourself. You’re only young once.”

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do just to kick back and relax?

Hang out on the deck, cook, take walks around the city with my husband, take long baths with a glass of good red wine and a book in easy reach.

What’s your favorite memory from when you were a child?

Hanging out with friends and playing outside on summer nights. When summer comes, I always recall the feeling of the thick, cool grass between my fingers and how scared and excited we’d get playing hide and seek in the dark…how bummed we’d be when we heard the call of our parents to come home.

Sweet RestraintSWEET RESTRAINT
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: July 7, 2009
Format: Trade Paperback

This time, he’ll never let her go…

Chicago Special Agent Shane Dominic was in love with Laura Vasquez until the day she left him and married another man. Thirteen years may have passed, but Laura’s never disappeared from his fantasies, or destroyed his desire to learn the truth about why she left him. When her husband, the criminal mastermind behind an international ring of thieves, is murdered, Shane knows this is his one last, desperate chance to learn Laura’s secrets. And he’s not above using their scorching hot passion for one another and a little domination to do it.

One look at Shane, and Laura’s own memories come back to haunt her. Her feelings run deep, but she’d never divulge her secrets—a desperate vow that’s compromised when Shane stuns her by taking her as his captive to a secluded cabin. Here, she will finally belong to him, be subjected to his every torturously erotic whim, and be forced to trust him with a shocking truth she’s hidden for so long—one that will expose them to a danger closing in on the both of them.

For those of you who love contests, Beth’s having a Sweet Restraint contest that you can join in on.

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For today’s commenters, Beth will be giving away a copy of either her Berkley Sensation time-travel novel, Daring Time, or her contemporary Wicked Burn, also from Berkley Sensation. By the way, Wicked Burn was the “Winner of the Best Erotic Romance Category from the 13th Annual All About Romance Reader Poll.” So head on over to her website to take a look at both books so you can tell her which one you’d like if you’re chosen as the winner tomorrow morning.

Sweet Beth Kery – Unrestrained

50 thoughts on “Sweet Beth Kery – Unrestrained

  • June 29, 2009 at 5:04 am
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    Hi Leah and Beth! Loved the interview 🙂
    Count me in for Wicked Burn

    Have a great day!
    Frana

  • June 29, 2009 at 5:29 am
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    Since I have a copy of Daring Time would love to be in for Wicked Burn. Enjoyed the interview!

  • June 29, 2009 at 5:36 am
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    Hello!
    Beth I love your choice of music. And your interview was great.

    Leah I want to thank you for asking "Because you write steamy erotic romance, do you ever have readers ask if you do "that stuff"? " I always wandered if people really asked those personal questions. When you look at tv and read magasines I shouldn't be suprised to know that they do ask that. LOL!
    Count me in for Daring Time.
    thanks!

  • June 29, 2009 at 5:41 am
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    Good Morning,
    great interview,I'd love to win Wicked Burn.I read great reviews of Beth's books.
    thanks
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

  • June 29, 2009 at 5:59 am
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    Good morning everyone!

    Aliens, yes, I have been asked "that question" face-to-face by a fan. She specifically asked if I was into BDSM since I'd written about it in Personal Protection. All I could do was laugh.

    I have heard other authors who have had similar questions. It makes for interesting conversation sometimes. Which is why I asked Beth … you never know what stories you may hear.

  • June 29, 2009 at 6:12 am
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    Wow cool interview Beth…. I remember playing outside until whenever and hating getting called in too. We played hide and seek in an old abandoned grave yard. I would love to win one of your books. Thanks for being part of Leahs Birthday Bash

  • June 29, 2009 at 6:16 am
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    Hi Beth,

    Thanks for the great interview. I've heard of you but I've never read your work. After reading the excerpts of both of these books at your website, it would be a very hard choice to make…but I think I would have to opt for Daring Time.

    Happy Reading!

    kkhaas AT bellsouth DOT net

  • June 29, 2009 at 6:55 am
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    Great interview Beth! Sweet Restraint looks yummy but I expect no less from you 😀 Love your Subtle series!

  • June 29, 2009 at 7:41 am
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    Beth, great interview! I'm new to your books and they are added to my TBB pile.

  • June 29, 2009 at 7:56 am
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    Great interview. I would love to win wicked burn.

  • June 29, 2009 at 8:09 am
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    Love the interview Beth and Leah.
    I'd love Wicked Burn if I won. Have a great day.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

  • June 29, 2009 at 8:10 am
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    Loved the interview. Count me in for Wicked Burn. Have a great day.

    house_mouse88 at yahoo dot com

  • June 29, 2009 at 8:19 am
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    Very fun interview, Beth and Leah! I've got Daring Time but would love to be included for Wicked Burn 🙂

    Happy Monday!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  • June 29, 2009 at 8:41 am
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    Hi Leah & Beth,
    Daring Time was a fantastic read, so I can't wait to read Sweet Restraint! It is at the top of my TBB list.

    Please don't enter me in today's contest as I am already the lucky owner of both Daring Time and Wicked Burn 🙂

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:24 am
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    Loved the interview!!

    The 'do you do that stuff' question is one that I enjoy asking….yes, I know…I'm naughty!! Hehe!!!!

    Valerie
    valb0302@yahoo.com

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:31 am
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    great interview. I am really looking forward to Sweet Restraint coming out. 🙂 It sounds like a fantastic book. 🙂

    Larena
    lrwirum@cox.net

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:38 am
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    Hi there!

    Great interview! I love Beth's answers to the questions about being asked if she does 'that stuff' and what she would tell her high school self. The first made me chuckle (as did Leah's aside) and the second made me smile because of what great advice it is.

    Sweet Restraint looks fantastic and I look forward to reading it

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:40 am
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    Love Beth's keep them speculating response to "that" question! Please include me in this giveaway!
    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:53 am
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    I would pick Wicked Burn. It looks like a great story.

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:54 am
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    Congrats on the upcoming release of "Sweet Restraint," Beth.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • June 29, 2009 at 10:02 am
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    Beth i love your work and every time i see it in the store i have to stop and fondle the books till ic an aford to buy them lol your work is deff awesome

  • June 29, 2009 at 10:08 am
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    Val – LOL, I knew there were more than a few ppl who asked that! (You've outted yourself now.)

  • June 29, 2009 at 10:12 am
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    Too funny…I loved the interview. I would love a chance to win WICKED BURN. And congrats on your release for SWEET RESTRAINT.

  • June 29, 2009 at 10:24 am
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    Loved the interview. Great questions, some you don't normally seen asked.

    Wicked Burn definitely sounds like a book I would love to add to my bookshelf.

  • June 29, 2009 at 10:29 am
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    Great interview Beth. Congrats on your upcoming release.

    Both of these books sound great, but Wicked Burn sounds fantastic and I would love to have a copy of it.

    Sandie

  • June 29, 2009 at 11:09 am
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    Hi Leah and Beth!

    Great interview and congrats on your upcoming release Beth.

    I would love win a copy of "Wicked Burn".

    Thanks,

    Terri W.

  • June 29, 2009 at 11:09 am
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    Release day is always fun. To be able to do more than read the blurb and any excerpts. Always enjoy flipping open the book and skimming the first chapter before returning to page one and savoring the words. I have Wicked Burn so I need Daring Time.

  • June 29, 2009 at 11:38 am
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    Loved the interview! And I would very much like to read Wicked Burn!

  • June 29, 2009 at 11:45 am
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    Please don't enter me in today's contest, as I have read both of these!! 😀 I am definitely heading over to your site after I get home to night Beth, I love the sounds of Sweet Restraint!

  • June 29, 2009 at 11:49 am
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    I love the interview. I would love to be entered for Wicked Burn!

  • June 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm
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    Hey Leah & Beth!!
    Great Interview, I'd love to win Wicked Burn!!
    ~Afshan
    Afshan522@aol.com

  • June 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm
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    Everybody has been raving about Wicked Burn and I still haven't read it. I would love to win it!
    chayanna82(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • June 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm
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    Hi Beth! Congrats on the release of Sweet Restraint! Hmmm… having read such an early iteration of it and nothing of it since, I'm dying to read the final product.

    Ooh, all of you who haven't read Wicked Burn? You need to read it. It rocked. Vic? Just yummy. Me? I still need to read Daring Time.

    And Leah… your asides were making me laugh. Funny girl.

  • June 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm
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    Leah & Beth, that was a terrific interview! I would never have the nerve to ask an author about 'that stuff'. Loved your answer!

    Wicked Burn would be my pick should I be lucky enough to win.

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm
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    Leah and Beth:

    That was a simply spectacular interview! I learned something new about Beth, with respect to her choice of music. I never would have guessed! lol

    Sweet Restraint was a emotional and special read for me and I cannot praise it enough.

    Please don't enter me in the contest – I have all of Beth's books on my keeper shelf.

    Thank you for sharing!

    L

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm
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    Oh, Beth, I'm sure you've knocked another one out of the park with this one. Can't wait to read it. 🙂

    And Leah – LOVE your header!

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm
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    Hi Leah and Beth,

    Great interview. I can see what you mean about the fine line between a jerk and an alpha male and I look forward to Sweet Restraint coming out. I would love to win a copy of Daring Time because I've always wondered about parallel time and would love to read a love story dealing with this concept.
    Julie

  • June 29, 2009 at 3:25 pm
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    Great interview.
    Count me in for Wicked Burn.

  • June 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm
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    I love Soundgarden too, I am so sad they broke up! Chris Cornell solo is not the same. I love all the Seattle bands – anyone remember Tad, Green River, The Melvins…I still love the movie "Singles".

    If I win, I would like either one.

  • June 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm
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    Wicked Burn all the way please and thanks.

  • June 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm
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    Leah, thanks for hosting! Beth, thanks for visiting! Would love to win a copy of Wicked Burn 🙂

  • June 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm
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    Congrats on the new release it sounds great.

    If I won I would choose Daring Time.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • June 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm
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    I like what you said about rejection being part of the weave of the fabric that is publishing. It makes it seem like 'just' another issue we have to deal with.

  • June 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm
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    Great interview! I would love a copy of Wicked Burn! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • June 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm
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    Daring Time is the book for me. I love time travel stories.

  • June 29, 2009 at 7:32 pm
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    Hi Beth and Leah~

    Another great interview. I would love to be entered for a chance to win Wicked Burn as this sounds amazing!

  • June 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm
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    Oh My!!! LOL! I am loving this birthday party!!

    A real alpha male in a cabin in the woods sounds *way* up my ally *pant*!

  • June 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm
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    Great interview. Both books sound great! I'd love either.

    I've actually thought about the question on what you would tell your high school self. I'd probably say – Live. I have more regrets for things I didn't do than for things I did do that then went wrong.

    lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

  • June 30, 2009 at 4:48 am
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    Great interview. I would love to read either of Beth's books. 🙂

  • June 30, 2009 at 5:19 am
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    The winner (announced at 7:55 a.m. ET) is Karen H.

    Comments made after that time will not be entered in the draw. (obviously since the winner's already been drawn. Sorry Crystal)

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