Today we have Tonya Ramagos as my guest blogger. Tonya writes for Siren, Ellora’s Cave, and she’s also written for Total-E-Bound, and eXtasy Books, too. Tonya has over 30 books in her back catalog! Not so much a back catalog, but more a library! Tonya has supplied some links, so I’ve coloured them RED for your convenience. Now let’s put some questions to my special guest.
Q. Where did you get the idea for, Dangerous Kisses?
A. A great majority of the setting of Dangerous Kisses takes place in a public aquarium. I love aquariums! I find a lot of enjoyment walking along the halls and exhibitions and peering into tanks full of marine life I will never likely see otherwise, especially since I can’t swim. Yep, you read that right. This girl who was born and raised on the Coastal beach of Biloxi, MS never learned how to swim. The rest of the idea for Dangerous Kisses came from playing the “what if” game I love to play. What if the owner of a public aquarium was attacked by a shark in his own facility? What if it was later discovered that attack was provoked? What if a former employee of that aquarium who is now a homicide detective gets hold of the case? Oh, and what if that homicide detective has the super hots for the one suspect believed to have instigated the attack? There were a lot more “what ifs”, of course, but those got the fingers typing.
Q. Tell us a bit about the hero and heroine in, Dangerous Kisses.
A. Megan Pontius comes from a family of marine biologists. While she shares their love for marine life, she chose her own career path and became a homicide detective. She worked for the M.P. Colton Aquarium owned by a life-long family friend, Paul Colton. She’s a head-strong female that loves to live on the edge of danger, but there’s one cliff she’s been too hesitant to topple over. She hungers for a darker side of sex than she’s ever experienced and she knows Drake Allen is the man who can show it to her. However, her desires for Drake and his dominate alpha nature have kept her running scared…until now.
Drake Allen is an aquarist at the M.P. Colton Aquarium. He sees Megan as a smart, vivacious, ambitious, and independent female with a sexual passion he longs to control. He’s waited for the right moment to move in but, when that moment presents itself, he finds himself the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Now he not only needs Megan in his bed, he needs her to clear his name. The problem is she may not believe in his innocence.
A. I’m currently working on book 9 of The Heroes of Silver Springs, tentatively titled Going Under. This will be a M/M/M erotic romantic suspense story featuring DEA agent Adrien Bingham, FBI agent Cameron Stone, and firefighter Thaddeus Carter. I’ve gotten tons of requests for more of these hot hunks and their story from fans of the series and I’m having a blast finally bringing them together.
My next upcoming release is Hands on Justice, book 4 of The Service Club. Justice McCall has a bone-deep emptiness only Cade and Grant can fill. Trouble is what the two dominate, cowboy public defenders might uncover about her scares her to her toes. She knows what will happen if she succumbs to their touch, but will the dark pleasures they offer be too much for her to endure?
Cade Leaver is tired of fooling around. He’s found Justice guilty of a submissive desire only he and Grant can administer. Control is not up for debate. But exposing how deep her vixen needs go while imprisoning her heart will prove his hardest trial yet.
Grant Mason knows his case against Justice can be won in the bedroom. It will take some fancy litigation to get her there, but when the gavel comes down she’ll be sentenced to a lifetime of erotic passion found beneath the hands of himself, Cade, and the Service Club.
Hands on Justice will be available at Siren-BookStrand on October 22, 2012
Q. What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome in your writing?
A. Learning to juggle being a mom, a girlfriend, a future wife, and a writer. I learned this lesson a long time ago when I had my two boys but, almost two years ago, I had to learn it again when my fiancee and his children moved in. Between the two of us, we have five children ranging in ages from two years old to eighteen. It’s been difficult to find a balance that works, especially when all the kids are at home and craving my attention. Thankfully, all of them except the two year old understand the importance of a job and have learned to give me quiet time to write.
Q. Did you always want to become a writer?
A. I’ve always loved to write, but I don’t remember actually wanting to become a writer until I reached high school. I wrote my first book as a freshman in high school. At least, back then I thought it was a book. I still have it and, looking at it now, I have no idea where I was really headed with it or exactly what it was supposed to be. LOL But, that “book” started me on the writing track. I worked other jobs here and there through the years, always writing when I could squeeze in the time. I didn’t truly get serious about my writing career until I signed on with Siren Publishing in 2005. In 2008, writing became my sole career.
Q. Where do you get the inspirations for your books?
A. Anywhere and everywhere! People I see, places I go, things I do, things I read, things I hear about…I never know what is going to spark an idea for a character or a plot. My android and kindle are full of notes and I’ve always got a notebook and pen close by for times when an idea gets a little too extensive for a quick message.
Q. Do you prefer stand-alone books or series (As a reader or a writer) ?
A. I love writing series, though I try to write each book so it can stand on its own for those who pick up a series in the middle. Creating a cast of characters that draw readers into their lives and make readers keep coming back to find out what happens to them or their town is a thrilling thing for me. Every now and then I will have an idea for a stand-alone book and I write it but, most of the time, when an idea comes to me, it fits with a series I currently have going or it comes with a full cast of characters that are going to demand their own story at some point in the future.
Q. If you could change places with one character from your books, who would it be and why?
A. Ooo, that’s a tough one. Lets see…I think I would have to say Michael Cosmos from The Heroes of Silver Springs series. He was introduced into the series in book 3, Stormy Nights, but book 7, Taken By Surprise was devoted to his story. Yes, Michael is a guy. Hey, we’re talking about changing places here. I would love to be a guy for a day. And to be a totally hunky, bad-ass DEA agent who goes against a Cambodian drug cartel and still manages to have a sensitive side for the woman he loves like Michael would be really cool!
Q. Do you listen to music while you are writing, and if so what music is it?
A. Very rarely. Usually, I write to the sounds of nature, cars, and garbage trucks. LOL When weather permits, I write outside. I have a wonderful screened-in back deck with a comfortable outdoor table and chair where I do the majority of my writing. I go crazy when the winter weather forces me inside. On my back deck, I can escape the noise, clutter, and chatter of five kids and slip into my own little world.
Q. How do we find out about you and your books?
A. All my latest news and releases can be found on my website at http://www.tonyaramagos.com
More day-to-day thoughts and happenings can be found on my Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
My books are available at Siren-BookStrand at http://www.bookstrand.com/
tonya-ramagos and at Ellora’s Cave at http://www.jasminejade.com/ m-722-tonya-ramagos.aspx as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other on-line retailers.
Q. How may readers contact you?
A. I can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or on my Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
Q. Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
A. Read, read, and read some more. Then write, write, write and don’t stop! I’ve heard some authors say they don’t have time to read because they are too busy writing. On the one hand, I can understand. However, how can you keep up with what readers are craving if you aren’t taking the time to read what is on the market? Another thing I hear a lot is, “I want to write a book, but I don’t have time.” The time to write is not going to present itself. You have to make it! And, if you’re truly serious about being a writer, you have to make that time everyday. Writing requires a huge amount of self-discipline and dedication, but the benefits in the end are more rewarding than anything imaginable.
Thanks so much Tonya, you’ve given us all plenty to think about, and some great advice, too! Hmm, I wouldn’t mind being a bad ass DEA for a day either! Thanks for taking part, You’ve been an inspiration!