Hi Ladies and Gents. I am so excited that Braxton Cole has included my blog on her blog tour. Braxton Cole is the author of Blown, an Erotic Romance. Blown was released 5/1/13 and if you haven’t read it yet you need to hurry up and do so. This book is smoking hot.
Braxton’s bio: Braxton Cole lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends most of her time holed up in her office writing stories. When she’s not writing, she can be found riding her bike, hiking the fabulous local trails, chasing her kids, or wishing that her thumb was a little greener. She has a bad habit of killing what she tries to grow, but hasn’t given up hopes of one day being a successful urban farmer.
Now that we’ve had a glimpse into her life, let’s dig deeper and ask a few questions.
Siren: Where can we find you on the web and your next blog stop if any?
Siren: How old were you when you realized that writing was what you wanted to do with your life?
Braxton: I started writing in my mid thirties, but didn’t consider writing as a career until my early forties. I was a late bloomer.
Siren: Who has inspired you the most along your journey as a writer?
Braxton: Wow, that’s a really long list of folks. I have some fabulously supportive friends and family.
Siren: How did you come up with the idea of your current book?
Braxton: A friend and I were tossing around ideas and agreed that Route 66 would be a great theme for an anthology. I decided that anthology or not, I wanted to write a story set along Route 66.
Siren: How did you come up with the title?
Braxton: The main character, Roni, is an undercover detective. Her cover gets blown very early on when she runs into her ex-boyfriend, Mateo.
Siren: Mmm…Mateo. (Readers you are going to love Mateo.) Sorry about that. I’m back on track now. Braxton what advice would you give to others who are interested in/or currently working towards becoming a published author.
Braxton: The hardest part of writing a book, for me, is the discipline of actually doing the writing. I can think of ideas, story line and characters all day long, but the chair time in front of my computer takes prolonged focus. For me, I set a daily writing goal, usually words per day, and I don’t stop until I done.
Siren: What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Braxton: Let’s see, I love Willa Cather. Her writing inspires me to try harder.
Siren: Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Braxton: Writer’s block is just your brains way of saying that it’s busy with other things. If I legitimately can’t write for some reason or another, I just accept it. I’ve been doing this long enough now that I trust myself. I know that eventually my brain will settle down and I’ll start writing again.
Siren: Great idea! Do you write an outline before every book you write?
Braxton: I have in the past. My last few projects have been written without an outline. I have a better grasp of the process now, so an outline isn’t necessary. For my first few novels though, it was critical.
Siren: What is your favorite time of the day to write and your favorite place to write?
Braxton: I write in my office. Typically, I’m more creative late morning/early afternoon, but that’s not absolute.
Siren: Name one book that’s out, that you wished you would have written instead of the actual author that wrote it.
Braxton: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, but if I’d written it, I wouldn’t have been able to read it, so maybe not.
Siren: That’s true. Tell us a little bit about Blown. By the way I love this book.
Braxton: Veronica “Roni” Guard is an undercover cop trying to bust a drug ring. Unfortunately, she runs into her ex-boyfriend, Mateo Vargas, at an illegal street race in the California desert. He just happens to be a pretty big criminal himself. That’s why they split originally. No matter how much chemistry they have between them, a cop and a gangster are not a good match. Roni Convinces Mateo to help her with her case, his reluctance derailed by the one thing that always worked between them–sex. Yes, he’ll help her. But on one condition. In his world, she belongs to him and him only.
Will Mateo’s possessiveness unravel Roni’s case? Or, worse, blow her cover? And if they get out of this alive, is there a future for them together?
Siren: I know the answer to that but readers you have to stop by amazon, purchase the book and find out for yourself. I must say this again, I LOVE THIS BOOK (didn’t mean to yell.)
Blown can be purchased at: Amazon
“What are you doing here?”
I gave him a onceover. He was an interesting guy. A total thug according to law enforcement, but an absolute gentleman when we’d been together in the past. We’d dated a few times, nothing serious, just long enough for us to get naked and sweaty together. And God, was he glorious in bed. Then I’d realized who he was and he’d realized I could arrest him and that was that. All things considered, I felt pretty damn lucky that he hadn’t dropped me into the bottom of an open construction site. That tended to happen with Vargas family enemies.
A small smile worked its way onto his face, then disappeared far too quickly. “Stop smiling at me and answer the question.”
In fairness, I hadn’t realized I was smiling. He had this amazing golden God effect on women, and knew it. I’d felt it too many times to pretend it hadn’t happened, and I’d seen way too many other women respond the same way. For some reason, despite his edict that spending time together was bad for my health, he still showed up at the same clubs that I liked to frequent.
He stepped closer and my breath caught in my throat. He stopped too far away for me to touch, but close enough that I could feel the energy emanating from his body. That was part of his charm. He was wild, with his impulses barely controlled.
“Working?” He chewed on the word like he couldn’t quite believe I’d said it. “Roni, you think this is a joke? Crimson won’t let you live if he figures this out.”
“That’s true of most undercover assignments.” I shrugged like Crimson didn’t scare the living shit out of me. He did. Between him and Luis, I was two seconds from pissing myself. I’m all badass and shit, but those guys are real life gangsters. I’d spent too much time looking at their jackets to not know what I was doing when I agreed to take this assignment.
He covered the last few feet separating us and cupped my cheek in his hand. “Then tell me what’s worth dying for?”
Siren: You Mateo…you are worth dying for! (Once again I apologize for my outburst.) But Mateo is the kind of bad boy you can’t help but love and want to touch, bite, kiss, lick….(sighs)
Thank you Braxton Cole for stopping by. I have enjoyed this interview and I love your book. Everthing about your book was enjoyable. From the cover to the characters it was a very good read and Congrats on your new release.
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Once again thank you for joining me Braxton Cole. Readers if you love hot steamy reads packed with excitement then this is the book for you, Blown by Braxton Cole.