Guest Blog: Missy Martine

It gives me great pleasure to have the following guest on my blog. She was the very first author I’d ever spoke to. She is a lovely, amazing person who helped me through my first acceptance with regards to promotion and without her I think I would have freaked. She also introduced me to an amazing bunch of Naughty Romance Writers. Welcome to my blog Missy Martine. 

Hello Missy and welcome. 

I know you have done many interviews, and probably tired of this question, tell us whom the writer, Missy Martine, is…

Hi Sam, and thanks for the kind words.  It’s great to be here with you today.  Let’s see, who’s Missy Martine, the writer?  Missy is a middle-aged woman who’s reinventing her life, as she gets older.  As a young woman I studied nursing, got married like all good little girls do, and tried to live my life like everyone expected.  But, the best laid plans often go awry.  My marriage was not the “happily ever after” we all hope for.  It took me twenty long years to get the courage I needed to leave an abusive relationship, and then almost immediately met my soul-mate in an internet chat room of all places!  For several years things were ideal, and then a bout of bad health set me back.  It was then I took a good long look at my life and started creating the new and improved Missy Martine.  I’d never even thought of writing when my husband nagged me into writing my first book.  No one was more surprised than me when Siren/Bookstrand wanted to publish it.  From that day on, I’ve tried new things and constantly strived to stretch my limits, wanting to try more and more new experiences.  In short, Missy Martine is a work-in-progress.
SC: So it your hubby we have to thank 🙂

Now tell us three things about you not many people know. 

Okay, let’s see.  I’m an amateur photographer that loves to take pictures of wild animals.  Some of my favorite vacations have been when Nigel and I have taken our Jeep to Wyoming and gone off-road.  We search the wooded areas, sometimes crawling through brush to catch the wildlife unaware.  I have great pictures of coyotes, fox, deer, antelope, big horn sheep, buffalo, all kinds of ducks, prairie dogs, and even a bald eagle nesting.  We try and get to Wyoming or Montana at least once a year.
Another hobby I share with my hubby is model railroading.  We collect HO trains, mostly in N&W, Southern and L&N Railroads.  At this point we have around 250 engines and 1500+ stock cars of various kinds.  Of course there are the miles and miles of tracks, all kinds of buildings that include houses, stores, workshops, water towers and more.  We had a huge layout set up in our house in Minnesota but once we moved to California we no longer had room for it.  We try to go to the N&W Historical Society Convention each year to spend time in the museums and take rides on the old steam trains with the other train buffs.
And last, my declining health pushed me into having weight loss surgery in December of 2009.  Since then my health has done a 180 degree turn around and I’ve lost a total of 148 lbs!  Basically, I’ve lost a whole person J  I went from being on 23 medications a day, on 6 liters of oxygen continuously, and walking with a walker – to 3 medications a day, no oxygen and no walker.  I’m only 5’3” tall and I weighed 302lbs when I had the surgery.  I was almost as wide as I was tall.  You can only imagine the difference and the shock when people I haven’t seen in a long time see me now J  I recently had the unfortunate pleasure of explaining to an airport official who was checking ID that the picture on my driver’s license really was me.  I’ve not had a new picture taken since I lost weight!
SC: Even though it must be a pain every time, I bet it is still wonderful to see your achievement daily.  

I would love to hear about your first acceptance, could you please tell me yours?

MM:The day I received my first acceptance was an amazing day for me.  I’d sent in “Table for Three” at my husband’s insistence, not really expecting anything to come of it.  I’d written it to get him to stop harassing me about it, and quite frankly, I didn’t think it was very good.  It’s based loosely on my first marriage (except for ending up with identical twins – and we can’t have everything) and I didn’t think anyone else would be interested in reading it.  I got a phone call from Siren/Bookstrand telling me they wanted to publish it and honestly, I can barely remember the phone call.  I was so excited I almost hung up on them.  I squealed and hubby came running.  We celebrated for a whole weekend, and called and told everyone in the family and all our friends.  It was made special by the fact they phoned me.  All my acceptances since then have been by email.  There’s nothing quite like that voice saying “we want to publish your book” to make you feel ten feet tall.
SC: I love it. 

What is it about Siren you love? 

MM:The friendliness of the authors and staff gives you a feeling of family, rather than business acquaintances.  They support you in every way possible, giving you the best editors and artists around to help make your book something really special.  They work with you closely to iron out the rough edges and make your manuscript the best it can be, and they market it in a way, and in places, that practically guarantee you success in your sales.  They make you believe they care.  Of course it helps that they not only publish my books, but they also publish some of my favorite authors.
SC: Sounds like a wonderful family. 

Why erotica and why menage? 

MM:Erotica was always my first choice.  When my health went downhill I had a long recovery period and romance just disappeared from my life.  It was a great strain on our marriage and during that time I started reading erotic romance books.  They literally brought romance back into our marriage.  They gave me ideas for romancing my husband, and helped me to feel “sexy” again.  I wanted my books to have the same profound effect on somebody’s life that the ones I read had on mine.  As for ménage, I became hooked on them once I read Leah Brooke’s “Desire for Three” from her “Desire, OK” series.  There was something so HOT about the idea of two men and a woman that I wanted my first book to be the same.  I guess it’s my own fantasies making their way into my writing.
SC: I feel they offer so much to a reader and a writer. 

What do you dislike about erotica? 

MM:The bad reputation it has.  Let’s face it, most of us that write erotica do so under an assumed name because we don’t want to face the embarrassment or hassle if friends or family find out.  We live in “fear” that deranged fans will be able to find us if they know our real name.  It’s a genre that’s not taken seriously, isn’t thought of as real “writing” and that’s totally false.  Writing erotica is, in some ways, harder than writing straight fiction.  There’s a fine line between erotic and pornographic material and it takes a skilled writer to stay on the right side of that line.  I just wish more people respected genre, and were willing to stand up and say “I read erotic romance.”
SC: I agree. 

Do you have a favorite character and if so why?

MM:Serena Dammler in “Catch Her When She Falls” is my favorite of the ones I’ve created.  She’s headstrong, feisty and totally misunderstood.  Her life has been one long disappointment, and she’s let it taint her views on life.  It’s easier to let everyone believe she’s a money-hungry bitch than to open her heart up for possible hurt.  I got countless letters from fans when I started promoting that book.  Serena was the villain in my book “Table for Three” and worse, I’d left her in a situation in that book that wasn’t resolved.  Everyone hated her for the things she did in “Table for Three” and never even thought there might be underlying reasons for her behavior.  I got letters telling me that no way would they read a book that gave her a “happily ever after” ending.  They said she didn’t deserve one.  Then, when the book came out, it got praises from reviewers about how I’d shown the other side of a disagreeable character and made people see that there’s always another side to any story.  We shouldn’t judge without knowing all the facts.  Serena’s a survivor, and I love how strong she is in fighting for what she wants.
SC: I love it when characters surprise you. 

What is your favorite all time seduction/ romantic scene either in a movie or in a book or both? 

MM:In a book it would have to be the first time Jesse, Clay and Rio get together in Leah Brooke’s “Desire for Three.”  It’s so erotic, with the heroine being so new to real “loving.”  She’d been living with a cold man for so long she wasn’t prepared for the way the guys made her feel.  It gives you goose bumps in strange places to read it 🙂  I can’t really say about movies because my taste tends to run toward Science Fiction like “Independence Day” and you don’t find too many real love scenes in those 🙂  I did like the seduction scene in “Music & Lyrics” with Drew Barrymore.  The scene is where she’s comforting him, and applying ice to his face after he gets punched for defending her honor in a restaurant.  It’s very romantic in a sappy way.

Have you ever written a scene that you hated? What is the one thing you hate most in a story?

MM:I’ve certainly written scenes that I’ve hated, but then I usually sit down and analyze why I hate it and then fix it.  I won’t leave any scene in a book that I absolutely hate.  I did write two violence scenes that I hated, but left them in the book because they were pivotal to the story.  I didn’t hate them because they were poorly done, but because they advocated violence against women.  The scenes were brief, and resolved quickly with the violent person getting what he deserved.  There is such a scene in “Table for Three” and its sequel “Catch Her When She Falls.”  I actually had a compliment from my editor on the one in “Catch Her When She Falls.”  She said that I handled it tastefully, getting my point across without dwelling on the violence needlessly.  I was really quite proud of that.
SC: Having compliments off editors are always a bonus.

Tell us about your upcoming book Anna Doubles Down? 

MM:I am so proud of this book, mainly because of the amount of research I did before I wrote it.  Since the body of the story is set in 1871 Hamilton, Nevada, I spent weeks researching the old west and this town in particular.  We even took a trip and went to the ghost town of Hamilton, along with the mine and mill that are close by.  I took hundreds of pictures so my descriptions of the area and buildings would be authentic.  Then, I found out what the people back then wore, what they ate, how they cooked it and how they lived.  It’s the most research I’ve done to date on any of my books.
That said, “Anna Doubles Down” is about a woman whose best friend is doing her own research to write a book about an artist/writer that lived back in Nevada in the late 1800’s.  She finds a picture in a book of a woman and two men that looks remarkably like Anna.  The two women don’t have an explanation for the picture, so they take their vacation and travel to the ghost town to look around.  Once there, Anna is exploring on her own and falls down some steps that lead to the cellar of the old saloon.  When she wakens, she’s in 1871 Hamilton, Nevada.  She knows, from reading the book, that a terrible tragedy is about to devastate the town.  She can stop it; if she can make the two sexy guys that own the saloon believe she comes from the future.  She has quite an adventure while trying to find a way back home.
SC: Sounds fantastic

You helped me in the early days, what would be your advice to any aspiring writer? 

MM:Don’t be afraid to promote yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  I don’t care how good your book is, it won’t sell without you getting out and promoting it.  You want to make your name a “household word” if possible.  I know that sounds dramatic, but you get my point.  Promotion is not something you do once or twice and then sit back and watch the money pour in from your book.  You need to set aside time weekly, and in the beginning daily, to find ways to promote yourself.  The idea is to keep your name out there so people don’t forget you in case it’s months or longer between your releases.  There are countless ways to promote that don’t cost a dime – find them and use them.  If you don’t know how, ask questions of other authors.  Most of us are happy to share what we’ve learned through trial and error.  I wasn’t so lucky because I was too shy or embarrassed to ask for help when I started out.  That means I learned the hard way.  Now, I’m quick to share what I’ve learned with anyone interested.  I’ve kept extensive excel charts to show what’s worked and what hasn’t as I’ve searched for ways to get the word out about my books.  If you concentrate, and set aside time for your promotion just like you set aside time to write, you’ll find yourself gaining a following.  When I started almost three years ago I did my own website and started finding ways to promote my name.  In less than three years I have over 31,000 hits on my website so I must be doing something right.
SC: 🙂

Could you add anything you want and generally promote yourself. 

My favorite genre to write is paranormal.  I had a fantastic time writing my “A Wolfen Heritage” trilogy.  Now, I’m proud to announce that I’ve started working on two new series.  The first is “A Wolfen Heritage Next Gen – 25 Years Later” – It picks up with the children of the characters from the first three books 25 years later.  I have 6 books planned for this series, the first titled “Blind Acceptance.”
The second series I’m working on is called “Galactic Nuptials.”  It’s set in the future and is about an agency that supplies brides/mates for species on other planets that have women shortages and are in danger of dying out.  The books are all ménage, and many are shape-shifter.  There are 6 planned in this series with the first three being:  “Space Bride”  “My Chameleon Loves” and “Meredith’s Pride.”
Keep checking back to my website for more information, and sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know!  www.missymartine.com
You can also find me on Facebook: at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000107833768
Sam, It’s been a great pleasure to be here with you today.  I thank you for letting me “toot my own horn” so to speak J:-) I think you’re a wonderful author and it’s my pleasure to call you a friend. 
SC: Thank you for coming today and I look forward to more in the future

Blurb for Anna Doubles Down

 Anna can’t believe how much the woman in the picture looks like her.  They could be twins except the picture was taken back in 1871.  Either she’s a relative, or Anna had a past life in Hamilton, Nevada.  Either way, the temptation to visit the old ghost town is too much.  She and her friend Kat travel west.

While exploring off on her on, Anna is knocked unconscious when she falls down the steps in the saloon.  She can hardly believe her eyes when she wakes.

Beau and Zeke won the Silver Rush Saloon in a poker game and have been partners and secret lovers for over ten years.  They don’t know what to make of the woman they found half-dressed in their cellar.  She claims to know something terrible that’s about to happen to their town and needs their help.

Will Anna be able to win their love and trust before it’s too late?

Story Excerpt

Anna waited in silence for a moment and then heard footsteps coming closer. “Down here,” she screamed. Suddenly, a sound had her head turning toward the right. Above her, to the left, an opening appeared where a strange, amber glow illuminated a man. “Holy shit!”

Blinking her eyes to make sure she wasn’t hallucinating, Anna stared at the vision above her. A half-dressed man was staring down at her. An old wick lantern in his hand highlighted a hard, sinewy body with broad shoulders and a worried frown on his long-jawed face. His bare chest gleamed in the lamplight, his belly flat with an intriguing bulge in the front of his pants. He took a couple of steps down, and another tall, lanky man appeared in the shadows behind him.

“Who the hell are you and how’d you get in here?”

The man holding the lantern spoke harshly, his hand gripped into a fist at his side. Realizing she was alone, with two half-dressed men, Anna felt her lips tremble, her mouth going dry as she took a couple of steps backward. She felt frozen, her heart racing, the sound of her heartbeat roaring in her ears.

“Darlin’, it’s all right. You don’t have to be afraid of us.” The shadowy man’s voice came from the darkness as blackness closed in around Anna.

 

* * * *

 

Zeke blinked and then swallowed hard at the sight before him. He’d never seen anything like her. She didn’t appear to be very tall, and she was barely dressed. It looked like she wore some newfangled female undergarments he’d never seen before. Short drawers that barely came down to her knees and some kind of skimpy chemise that left her belly button showing were all that covered her. Where the hell were her clothes?

The light wasn’t good enough to see much, but if he lived to be a hundred, he’d never forget the wild, doe-eyed look in her eyes as she stared up at him in stark terror as she backed away. He took another step down, wanting more than anything to calm her, and froze in horror as her pupils rolled back in her head and she swayed to the side in a dead faint.

“Damn it to hell!” Zeke put the kerosene lamp on the step and rushed down to the fallen woman.

“Is she alive?” Beau asked as he picked up the lamp coming down the steps.

“Yeah, she just fainted.” Zeke easily plucked the small woman from the floor and caught his breath. Her clothing didn’t hide much, and she was a buxom woman.

“Is she naked?”

Zeke grinned, looking over his shoulder at Beau. “Damn near.” He looked back at the skimpy material covering the woman’s breasts. “There’s something written on her chemise.”

“Bring her closer so I can see.” Beau moved to the bottom of the steps. He held the lamp close to the woman’s chest and stared at the words across her bosoms. “Nurses do it with care.” He looked up at Zeke. “What the devil does that mean?”

Zeke shrugged. “Beats the hell out of me.” He glanced down at his bundle. “What am I supposed to do with her now?”

“For crying out loud, Zeke. What do you think you’re supposed to do? Carry her upstairs and put her in the bed.” Beau started up the stairs holding the lamp so Zeke could see the steps.

“Why don’t we just call Bart to come get her?” He ran his cheek along her soft hair as he climbed the steps. “She’s bound to be one of his girls.”

“Maybe, maybe not. I saw the fear on her face right before she passed out. We’re not turning any woman over to a man she’s afraid of. There had to be some reason that made her hide out in our cellar.”

Zeke continued on in silence until he laid her out on the feather bed in his partner’s room. Beau lit a second lamp and brought it in to set on the dresser. With the added light they could both see the treasure they’d unearthed. Soft, shoulder-length hair the color of ripe raspberries in the field draped across the white muslin sheets. Her creamy skin was the color of eggshells with just a touch of sunburn across her nose.

“What’s this on her feet?” Beau had lifted one of her legs and was staring at some type of mangled shoe on her foot. “What do you suppose happened to her shoes?” His hand caressed her leg briefly. “Hell, she’s as smooth as a baby’s butt.”

Zeke looked closer at her shoes and frowned. They were brown leather with straps across the top of her foot and behind her heel with only a thin piece of something soft underneath to walk on.

“Damn, look at that!”

“What?” Zeke peered closer.

“She’s got some kind of paint or something on her toes.”

Zeke focused in on her feet and saw a light pink covering on her toenails. “I never seen nothing like it.”

“She’s got it on her fingers, too.” Beau held up one of her hands for his inspection.

“What the hell kind of belt is that?” Zeke looked at the leather around her waist more closely. “Hell, it’s stretchy on the sides but it ain’t holding nothing up. It’s not threaded through any loops.” He poked the large pouch on the front. “It looks like some kind of wallet on here.”

“Kat?”

Both men jumped back when the woman began awakening. She groaned harshly and tried to roll over.

“Hang on, little darlin’. Don’t be moving too fast.” Beau put a hand on her arm.

WARNING ADULT EXCERPT

Work-roughened palms with long, tapering fingers roughly untied the rope at her waist and yanked the loose pants down her thighs. She groaned and let her fingers slide through Zeke’s hair when he nuzzled her mound over the satiny cloth of her thong. “Darlin’, you’ve got some of the strangest drawers I’ve ever seen. There’s practically nothing to ’em.” He ran his thumb over the silky nub of her panties eliciting a soft gasp from her lips.

Beau pulled her hand away, forcing her arms back as he unfastened and pulled off her shirt. She became pliant as he kissed every inch of the skin he exposed, his hand sliding down her back to rest on the swell of her ass. She could feel him tugging on the elastic of her thong. “I wanna see you, Anna.”

“Yeah, me too.” Zeke slid the tiny scrap of material down her legs letting his fingers run through her feminine curls. “You’re so silky here.”

“Let me see.” Beau’s hand snaked around her hip, his fingers skimming over her pussy lips. “Damn, she’s sopping wet.”

Zeke reached between her legs to brush a fingertip across the hood of her throbbing clit. “I can’t wait any longer, Beau.” He dropped to his knees and rubbed her swollen clit with his thumb. Leaning close, he replaced his hand with his mouth and ran his tongue up the slit of her wet pussy.

“No!” Anna cried out when Beau pulled her away from the fiery pleasure of Zeke’s mouth.

“Patience, Anna. We just need to get a little more comfortable.” He scooped her into his arms and tossed her onto the bed. Now we can all get down to business.”

Anna watched the two men quickly strip off their clothes. Their chiseled, work-roughened features causing the breath to catch in her throat. Both men sported impressive erections, and both were already leaking pre-cum. She swallowed hard. “What about protection?”

Beau gave her a wink as he climbed onto the bed. “Don’t worry, honey. We’ll make sure to pull out in time. We won’t be leaving you with a babe.”

Anna forced herself to concentrate as Zeke snuggled close on her other side. “No, that’s not what I mean. You can’t get me pregnant, at least not right now.”

Zeke placed a hand on her chin and forced her gaze up to his. “I’m so sorry, Anna. You can’t have children?”

“No, I mean yes, I probably can. I just wouldn’t be able to get pregnant for a few months. I just had my Depo shot before we left on vacation.” She sighed at the puzzled frowns on their faces. “It’s an injection the doctor gives me a few times a year that keeps me from getting pregnant. That way I get to decide when I want to have a baby.”

“Guess we don’t have to ask if you’ve been with a man before.” Beau smoothed the hair away from her face.

“Well, yes, I’ve had a couple of relationships with men.” She watched their faces carefully. “Does that make a difference?”

“Absolutely not!”

“No, honey, not at all.”

Anna giggled. “I’m glad it doesn’t bother you.”

“If you can’t conceive a child, then why were you asking about protection?” Zeke moved over and settled between her spread thighs.

His warm breath on her stomach made it difficult for Anna to voice her thoughts. “I meant condoms, you know, for disease.” She took a deep breath. “Not that I’m sick or anything, I mean I’m clean and I’m sure you are, too, but it always pays to be careful.” She could feel herself flushing as she rambled on.

“What are you—”

“I know what she’s talking about.” Beau ran his hand through Zeke’s hair. “I read about ’em. Some kind of little coverings men could use to catch their seed so they didn’t spill into their woman’s body.”

“I never heard of such a thing.” Zeke leaned close and blew gently on her spread pussy. “As far as I know there’s nothing like that around here.”

Anna groaned and closed her eyes as she brushed her hand along the bristly roughness of his unshaven beard. She could feel the muffled heat of his breath flicker across her abdomen. “I guess it’ll have to be okay then.” She lost the ability to talk when Zeke stroked her clit with his thumb, his fingers working their way inside her. She began to pant as he rubbed gentle circles around the tiny nub.

“You’re so beautiful.” Beau kissed her eyelids softly, his hand caressing across the skin of her chest. His lips roamed over to her earlobe and then down the side of her neck while his fingers teased the sensitive tip of her breast, making maddeningly slow circles around the peak. He pinched and kneaded each nipple in turn before lifting her breast in his hand. He circled her nipple with his tongue just before he sucked it deep inside his mouth.

“Spread your legs wider,” Zeke ordered. He settled his upper body even lower between her spread thighs and licked her from bottom to top. “God, you taste like sweet honey.” He laved her most intimate places with his hot tongue, stroking down her slit and back up, swirling around her pulsing clit.

Anna groaned harshly when Beau’s thumb circled her nipple, torturing it into a hard bud before sucking it deep into his mouth. She couldn’t stop a moan from escaping when she felt the sharp nip of his teeth on her tender flesh.

Zeke opened her folds with his fingers and began to lick her clit in earnest while he penetrated her sheath with his fingers. He plucked and teased her swollen nub, slipping his thick index finger in and out before tracing her cleft again.

“Oh, God,” she cried out, her hips bucking off the mattress as an orgasm washed through her senses.

Zeke threw a hand across her abdomen, holding her still as he lapped and sucked until the last wave of pleasure receded.

 

18 thoughts on “Guest Blog: Missy Martine

  1. Kim Faulks says:

    Awesome interview. It is so encouraging reading about others that are published in the industry. Well done Sam and Missy and I love the excerpt 🙂

    • Hey Dawne, yeah, Model Railroading. I’m a fan, hubby is a fanatic about them 🙂 It’s like they say, the older the little boy is, the more expenisve his toys are – it’s a very expensive hobby! Plus it takes a lot of space – the layout we had in Minnesota was 10′ long nad 4’wide – then there was the work tables, and all the storage space for the extra cars, engines and scenery. Now, it’s all boxed up in storage until we move to Wyoming. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Missy, if we ever go to a writer’s conference together we need to schedule a trip out to take photographs of something. Loved the interview.

    • Hey Sara, I’d love that! It’s always fun when you take a partner on photographing trips. When you’re crouched over with your nose to a camera in the bushes it pays ot have a lookout 🙂 We could take turns with the pictures 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today!

  3. Wonderful interview…very insightful to the work that goes into writing a book that many do not realize. Love your books,Missy! Keep ’em coming!

  4. Scarlet Hyacinth says:

    Great interview! Fascinating to hear about all the research you did. Things like that make writing even more exciting. Wishing you many sales (again) and lots of inspiration for more books :D.

  5. Okay guys, I put all the names of people who posted comments and let my neighbor draw one out of a hat – the winner of their choice of book from my site is……Jodi Olson! Congratulations!

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