Interview with Virginia Nelson – Taking Control Book Tour

Welcome, Virginia, to my blog. Can you tell us about your new release?

VN: Looking for Love…

When she got voted off “Find Your Hubby,” a reality tv gameshow, Mellie gave up on finding love.

In all the wrong places…

Everyone knows that you are more likely to get hit by lightning than find a husband once you’re 40. Using the last of her winnings in a spur of the moment fling, she pays for a matchmaking service that offers you the perfect person-For One Night Only.

Can you buy passion?

When the ‘perfect person’ they find her is a woman, she first questions their selection service…Then her own desires.

Describe the heroine in three words.

VN: Damaged, Brave, Tactile

What was your inspiration for this story?

VN: This story was inspired by a combination of two things.  The first was my daughter and her best friend watching a reality TV show which made me wonder what happened to the characters once they were sent home and cameras stopped rolling.  How do you recover from that kind of public exposure?  The second was making a glass of chocolate milk…it inspired a sexy scene with chocolate powder that you’ll find in this story.

What are you working on now? 

VN: I just finished a paranormal BDSM and started another.  The one I’m working on now is fun because it combines bounty hunters, Grim Reapers and the age old inner conflict of want vs. need.  It’s been a blast to write because although my heroine is very sure of herself when it comes to her sexuality, her intense loyalty to family causes her to cast aside many of her other needs and the hero is trying to help her to remember to take a little more for herself—a conflict a lot of women struggle with.

Can you describe your daily writing routine? 

VN: I get up every morning at about six and make sure my kiddos get out the door for school.  Two of mine go to a public school and one is at home with me in an online charter school so I get a cup of coffee and make sure she’s on track before I even open my computer.  Then I try to write between 5-10k although some mornings I only get 2-3k before the real world intrudes.  By then, it’s usually lunchtime so I’ve either got meetings, a class or it’s time to put on the editor hat.  I’m usually in the office till around one or two am working on either edits, homework or other office miscellany so if I get that writing done first off, the rest of the day, no matter how chaotic, still feels like a win.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

VN: Neither and both.  I write the blurb and answer a handful of questions about the hero and heroine before I start writing.  Once I’ve done that, its game on.  I write for as long as I can without plotting but, if it’s a longer book, I hit a point where I’ll outline what I’ve got, where I’m going, and where I’ve got to get to before I can finish the book.  I’ve found the longer I can stay away from that outline, the better the story works out so I try not to do that, if I can help it.

Do you belong to a critique group or have critique partners? If so, what have you learned from them? How has it affected your writing?

VN: I belong to a few groups and have been lucky enough to find some really amazing crit partners along my journey.  I’m a member of AWFUL (Ashtabula Writers of Fantastic and Uncanny Literature), the Ashtabula County Writer’s Club (a Facebook group of local writers), MUSE (my writing group, Most Under-Appreciated Super Egos) but no acclaimed groups.  I find these smaller groups to be really helpful because at the end of the day, it’s all about supporting each other’s dreams and journey and no two writers have the same trip planned.  I have two major crit partners, Sara and Heather, and they’ve taught me so much over the years, I can’t even begin to thank them for it all.

Where can my readers find you?

VN: They can find me at my website http://virg-nelson.com/ or blog http://virginianelson.blogspot.com/

I’m also on facebook and twitter a lot and announce contests there for followers that you sometimes can’t find elsewhere. Thanks so much for having me on the blog!

Taking Control

Virginia Nelson

Looking for love…

When she got voted off “Find Your Hubby,” a reality tv gameshow, Mellie gave up on finding love.

 In all the wrong places…

Everyone knows that you are more likely to get hit by lightning than find a husband once you’re 40. Using the last of her winnings in a spur of the moment fling, she pays for a matchmaking service that offers you the perfect person-For One Night Only.

Can you buy passion?

When the ‘perfect person’ they find her is a woman, she first questions their selection service…Then her own desires.

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Excerpt:

“Maybe dancing wasn’t the best idea.”

I knew it. She doesn’t find me attractive. Damn it.

Not sure why the thought bothered her so, she shrugged and followed Alex out the front doors of the restaurant. The beach, painted in hues of violet and blue, emitted a whispering murmur of surf and night. Everything smelled fresh and alive, the air full of excitement.

Or maybe she reacted to the pulsing energy she longed to find an outlet for.

Going through a mental tally of reasons her date-her paid date-wouldn’t like her. From the extra ten pounds she could never lose, to her lack of conversational skills, caused mostly by nerves, there were a thousand possible reasons Alex might not find her attractive.

Lost in thought, she wobbled when Alex spun her, pinned her to a wall, and closed hot lips over her own. Opening her mouth to seek out the other woman’s tongue, she compared it to kissing a man. Similar, but at the same time, very different-softer, sweeter tasting. Unbelievably erotic.

Fire.

The word blazed in her mind as Alex’s body pressed hers against the wall, her lips both seducing and demanding response. Alex’s tongue slid into the recesses of her mouth as if it belonged there, while she caught the hair at Mellie’s nape and yanked her head to the side. Almost too much…but added up to just what she wanted.

The kiss took her breath away.

She couldn’t think. So good. So right, somehow.

And then she surfaced, gasping, as Alex stepped back, licked her lips, and stuffed her hands in her pockets. Her mouth quirked into a cocky grin. “Been wanting to do that all night.”

Mellie nodded, lifting one hand to her throat, fingertips pressing on the hyper-aware flesh. Swallowing, she tried to determine what she thought of the experience.

“Sorry. I mean, if I took you by surprise or whatever.”

Mellie nodded again. Her body a furnace, need welled up like a fist to punch her in the gut. Possibilities stretched out, and she hungered to taste more-wanted to touch and be touched.

“Uh, so…if it made you uncomfortable…?”

She did not want to discuss it.

Live each day like it is your last.

Catching Alex’s wrist, she tugged her closer and merged their mouths.

About the Author:

Virginia Nelson spends her days chasing three very active kids around.  When she is not doing this, or plotting taking over the world, she likes to write, play in the mud, drive far too fast and scream at inanimate objects.  She can often be found listening to music that is far too loud and typing her next fantastic tale of blood, sex and random acts of ineptitude.  Romance, in Ms. Nelson’s opinion, is not about riding off into the sunset on the back of a horse with the knight in shining armor- it is about riding the dragon.  If the knight can keep up… well, that is love.

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