Interview with Author Tina Donahue

My guest today is Tina Donahue.  Hello, Tina!  Welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age!  It’s such a pleasure to have you here.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?

http://www.amazon.com/Intimate-Details-Siren-Publishing-Menage-ebook/dp/B00QFVZJ04/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_24?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422602107&sr=1-24


As a computer hacker, she demands justice.

As a woman, she craves two powerful and commanding men.


Intimate Details released on November 4th from Siren. Here’s the buy link: http://www.bookstrand.com/intimate-details

Is there anything that prompted your latest book?  Something that inspired you?


What the banksters on Wall Street have done to the economy and, in particular, how Bernie Madoff ran his Ponzi scheme gave me the background for Intimate Details.

So, when did you know you wanted to write?  Or has it always been a pastime of yours? 


I can’t recall a time when I didn’t write. I wrote and illustrated my first book when I was nine. Since we didn’t have a copier in the house, I made several copies by hand then went around the neighborhood selling them to my friends’ parents. My first book tour. :)

Wow!  LOL. 

Do you have any favorite authors?
 

Absolutely! Stieg Larsson, Margaret Atwood, Dean Koontz, Lawrence Sanders and Alice Sebold.

Do you write in a specific place? Time of day? 


I write at the kitchen table every day except for Christmas. I write early before my EDJ (Evil Day Job) and after I’m finished working for the day.

LOL. I'll have to keep the EDJ terminology in mind for future reference...

Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers? Any advice? 


If you don’t have to write, and by that I mean having to write like you have to breathe, then you shouldn’t bother with it. It’s an extremely tough, competitive business. Not for the faint of heart.

That is true. I think most of us are driven by that incessant need to write.

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us today, Tina!  :)

Readers, here is the blurb for Intimate Details.

As a computer hacker, she demands justice.
As a woman, she craves two powerful and commanding men.

Shana’s been hacking one of Manhattan’s most corrupt executives, making him pay for what he’s done to his victims. Using her skills, she convinces Mike and Cody to hire her at their intelligence-gathering firm, where intimate details help their clients.
Never has Mike met a woman as delicious as Shana. Smart as hell, curvy and assured, she’d be a delightful challenge in bed. Cody’s carnal hunger is equally intense. He and Mike want to know everything about her.
She won’t divulge the secrets of her past. All she can offer is unquenchable desire and her heart.
During weeks of shameless lust and pleasure, Mike and Cody peel away the layers of Shana’s life. The stunning truth changes everything. They’ll do all that they can to keep her safe…and in their arms. 
Here is an excerpt from the book.

The doors hissed open.

Shana staggered from him, her mouth still wet from his kiss and Mike’s. She’d mussed his hair. Cody’s tie was askew. Backing out of the elevator, she murmured, “Good night.”
Before either of them could respond, Shana turned to flee. No way could she ever come back here.
“Whoa.” Mike grabbed her wrist as he had in the suite.
The guard at the front desk leaned up in his chair. His beer belly hung over his belt. His expression said the security cameras had shown him what had just gone down in the elevator. “Everything okay, Mr. Russo?”
“Is my driver out there?” Mike asked.
The guard craned his neck to see. “Yes, sir, he is.”
“Please tell him we’ll be out in a few minutes.”
“Yes, sir.”
The middle-aged man hurried outside. Mike held Shana’s wrist gently but firmly. “Good night?”
His lower lip shone with the moisture she’d left on him. Several locks dangled over his forehead. Unable to help herself, Shana eased them back. “I need to go home.”
Mike’s gaze remained lifted to her smoothing his hair. “Yeah, we get that.” Cody had just joined them. Mike spoke quietly. “You’re taking off after what just happened in the elevator?”
She lowered her hand. “It shouldn’t have.”
Cody frowned, his expression a mixture of confusion and disappointment. “Why not? Clearly, we all enjoyed it. You did, right?”
More than anything, Shana could recall. Their strength was thrilling and protective, an amazing combination she longed for but couldn’t risk.
Her throat tightened. Tears threatened.
Suddenly, she felt beyond weary and so alone she rested her head against Cody’s shoulder. Stupid, she knew, but Shana couldn’t help herself.
Cody hesitated a moment, then ran his hand down her hair. Mike played with her fingers.
She fought against smiling and crying. Crap, her emotions were all over the place.
“You okay?” Cody murmured.
Shana nodded, then shook her head and nodded once more.
“You’re hungry and tired,” Mike said, speaking softly. “You’re not yourself.”
She laughed, unable to stop. “How can you say that? You don’t know me.”
“We want to,” Cody whispered.
Her belly clenched with worry. What they were asking for wouldn’t work. Shana knew they’d never harm her deliberately. They weren’t that kind of men. However, they were human and eventually they’d hurt her. It was what people did to each other, whether they meant to or not. Best not to get involved. She needed peace. They deserved a better woman than she could ever be.
“We can talk about it in the car,” Mike promised.
Shana eased away from Cody then memorized his and Mike’s features because she couldn’t see either of them again.
“Really, we can,” Cody said.
Smiling sadly, she straightened his tie then patted the knot, drinking him in, loving the gentleness in his expression, his rough good looks.
“What?” he asked, as Mike had earlier.
Shana’s emotions raged, battling with her thoughts. What she knew she had to do.
The guard returned from the outside.
She glanced at him then the glass door swinging closed.
Mike and Cody shifted their weight as though they expected her to bolt.
Shana should have. Leave, she ordered herself. Now.
The guard looked at her curiously.
She turned from him before he could read her expression. Mike and Cody studied her.
Both of them were everything she’d ever wanted in a man, in a friend, and far more than she’d hoped for.
Go.
“Yes,” she said, speaking before she could stop herself. “I enjoyed every second.”
They smiled.
“And I’d like more,” she added, admitting what was in her heart.
Now, they grinned.
“But it’d only be sex,” she said, low enough so the guard wouldn’t hear. “Having a good time. Nothing personal. Ever. You guys couldn’t possibly want that. You deserve more.”
“Wait,” Mike said, again keeping her from leaving. “Who said we’re looking for a commitment, for God’s sake. What’s wrong with just being friends?”
“Yeah,” Cody chimed in. “We already know what kind of lattes you like and that you’re into cheesecake brownies. That’s personal. As far as I can see, the world didn’t screech to a stop when we found that out.” He glanced around then shook his head. “Nope. It hasn’t.”
Mike leaned close, delivering his wonderful fragrance. “We’ll keep it fun. Promise.”
“Nothing personal,” Cody said. “Strictly surface crap. We’ll talk about work, clients, sports, films, food, books. Stuff like that.”
“Why?” she asked, stirred by what they’d said, frightened as hell too.
Smiling, Mike brushed Shana’s hair from her shoulder and stroked the side of her neck. Her breath caught.
“Because we like you,” he murmured. “That’s what friends do. However, I do have one personal question, and I want an answer.”
Her skin got clammy. She stepped back.
He followed. “Are you in trouble or in some kind of danger? Is that what this is about? If so, let us know, please. We can help.”
Shana stared at him.
“Is someone trying to hurt you?” Cody asked.
She thought about Raptor, the threat he’d presented in the past. What he’d do now if he were lucky enough to find her.
“No,” she lied. “No one’s after me.” She faked a laugh. “Seriously, you guys were really in military intelli—”
Cody interrupted, “We just want to help, all right?”
Sobering, Shana nodded.
“We won’t grill you on anything personal,” he said. “But you can’t ask us anything either.”
“That’s right.” Mike took her hand. “No more hacking into our accounts either, business or otherwise. Remember, our lives are as private as yours is. Come on.”


Author Bio

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

Author Links: 



Samhain Author Page: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/Tina-Donahue-pa-1630.html 

Tina's Books:

Coming Soon (available for pre-order on February 8th):

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5354/freeing-the-beast
 
  Other Books:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PX9RJWA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00PX9RJWA&linkCode=as2&tag=theon09-20
 
http://www.amazon.com/Intimate-Details-Siren-Publishing-Menage-ebook/dp/B00QFVZJ04/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_24?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422602107&sr=1-24

http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Takeover-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B00NU3PUB8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411928124&sr=1-1&keywords=wicked+takeover+tina+donahue
 
http://www.amazon.com/Carnal-Takeover-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B00N1WUI6K

http://www.amazon.com/This-Touch-Siren-Publishing-Classic-ebook/dp/B00MPZF2H4/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1408112339&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Eve-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B00L91AYUA

http://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Desire-Outlawed-Realm-Donahue-ebook/dp/B00GN98BW6

http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Sensuous-Days-Appointment-Pleasure-ebook/dp/B00IN47VW0

http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Within-Me-The-Prophecy-ebook/dp/B00BV308DE

http://www.amazon.com/Illicit-Intent-3-Appointment-Pleasure-ebook/dp/B00D93NMXM

http://www.amazon.com/Shameless-Desire-The-Outlawed-Realm-ebook/dp/B00AQUMJDU

http://www.amazon.com/Losing-Control-2-Appointment-Pleasure-ebook/dp/B00AU1TVYU

http://www.amazon.com/Come-Fill-Me-The-Prophecy-ebook/dp/B008Z4323A

http://www.amazon.com/Illicit-Desire-Outlawed-Realm-Donahue-ebook/dp/B0083WTVWU

http://www.amazon.com/Claiming-Magique-1-Appointment-Pleasure-ebook/dp/B0095VGR4I

http://www.amazon.com/Sinfully-Wicked-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B007Q0T8L4

http://www.amazon.com/Unending-Desire-Outlawed-Realm-Donahue-ebook/dp/B005CWQNWU

http://www.amazon.com/SiNN-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B005VQUICS

http://www.amazon.com/Take-Me-Away-Tina-Donahue/dp/141996853X

http://www.amazon.com/Yearning-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B004G5Z4T2/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422602663&sr=1-16

http://www.amazon.com/Sensual-Stranger-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B004HYH9PE

http://www.amazon.com/In-His-Arms-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B0042JSSNQ

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003IWOC0Q/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=33832312675&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8239068022524284573&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7ya1cdefrl_b

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http://www.amazon.com/Adored-Tina-Donahue/dp/1419960377

http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Boys-Roses-Janelle-Denison/dp/0758209363/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422605757&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/Close-Perfect-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B001E5HP4Y/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422605870&sr=1-14

http://www.amazon.com/Take-Breath-Away-Tina-Donahue-ebook/dp/B00CUIACGM/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422605961&sr=1-10

http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Women-Top-Tina-Donahue/dp/0758209355/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422606019&sr=1-13

http://www.amazon.com/Take-Chance-Precious-Gem-Romance/dp/0821769790/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_22?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422606019&sr=1-22

http://www.amazon.com/OTooles-Promise/dp/0821768522/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_20?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422606019&sr=1-20

http://www.amazon.com/Just-One-Kiss-Tina-Donahue/dp/0821765418/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422606019&sr=1-19

http://www.tinadonahue.com/books/my-man/

http://www.tinadonahue.com/books/lady-love/

http://www.amazon.com/Force-Nature-Tina-Donahue/dp/0821769863/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_18?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422606397&sr=1-18

http://www.amazon.com/Once-blue-moon-Precious-romance/dp/0821763954/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_21?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422606397&sr=1-21

http://www.amazon.com/Irish-Eyes-Zebra-Historical-Romance/dp/0821772627/ref=la_B001IZPJXO_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422606397&sr=1-17

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