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Assumed Calling: Guest Post and INT Giveaway!

Monday, December 17, 2012
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You Wash My Back…
Hi everyone! And thanks so much for coming by to check me and my new release out, and thank you to my gracious hostess Krystal. I am grateful and appreciative of being here today. I do a lot of interviews, but at times a blog post breaks up the monotony and Krystal had some good jumping off points to get me started. In fact, the question of how I create my characters couldn’t have come at a more opportune time honestly. So thank you for requesting a post and asking me some very specific questions about my writing to get me going.
Why do I write this genre…I hear so often people are shunned and discriminated against for what they write. This saddens me. I don’t understand the world sometimes. I wish everyone lived in my world where I’ve never once, well, maybe one single time and my cousin dealt with that snide remark for me so I barely noticed it had happened, have been subject to this brand of hatefulness. I don’t think anyone should have to apologize for what they write or try to collect reasons why they do to justify it. This has nothing to do with the question or Krystal by the way, just an observation.  So, why do I write what I write? Because it’s what my muse told me to write. I didn’t start off writing quite as erotically as I do now, I grew into it. Almost two years ago, three characters came to me and told me their story. I’d been interested in writing BDSM for a while, but had yet to make the leap and I was perfectly delighted these three showed up because they were practicing the lifestyle. That was Ren, Tori, and Chad from Identity Crisis, book one in this series. I thought it was a passing fancy and I’d never write another but before I was done writing their story Jill and Steph from True Identity, book two, started talking and before I knew what I’d been hit with the series train ran over me and it’s continued from their into the now complete series ending with my current release, Assumed Calling. I wish I had a profound explanation as to why I write this genre, but I don’t really. It’s what I enjoy and what I excel at. I have a rule, find one thing and do it well.  I think I found my one thing.
Am I attached to my characters? Oh you bet! My goodness, my characters are like real people to me. Just ask the neighbors. Sometimes I catch myself talking about them like they’re really real and I often times get the strangest looks. Of course, the girls that know me well understand when I’m talking about my characters and quite often join in, asking me about them as if they were my children. “How’s Allen today? Did he get that thing resolved with Nicki? I just love Dillon. Did he find a sub yet?” I laugh, cry, get angry, and rejoice with my characters. I become very emotionally invested in them. And I think that shows in my work because I get emails from fans constantly describing to me how invested they became and how they cried when Julie was at Mason’s bedside while he was dying or wanted to choke James Cartwright with their bare hands. Several of them also would like it if I could produce the flesh and blood Dante as they would like very much to marry him (men and women,   Dante is bi-sexual).
So want to know where these characters all come from? My shower. Yes, I share showers with Doms of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities. I spent countless hours people watching when I first went into this business and still do just not as intently. I drew from the people I observed over the months and sketched out character descriptions. I took notes and notes and notes. Characters come to me in the oddest places and at the oddest times. I’ve had to almost run back from a walk to get to pen and paper, I’ve had to pull off the side of the road while driving to avoid accidents, but most recently, I’ve shared my morning shower with some of the most interesting people. Twice just last week, Kyle Montgomery was in there telling me his deepest, darkest secrets. And you know what I told him? You could materialize and wash my back if you’re going to continue popping in like this…It’s the least you could do…
Thanks again for having me over today Krystal. Readers if you have any other questions for me, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments. I love to chat!



Summary:


Like the beat of a primal drum whispering the rhythm of an ancient dance, the lifestyle calls…

At the seasoned age of fifty-six, Allen Bourke has resigned himself to the fact he’ll probably never find someone to top he can also love. While he’s had wives and lovers, none of them endured and he’s come to the conclusion the clock’s ticking and age is working against him. Then a very intriguing Nicki Cartwright pings on his radar at what Allen determines will be his last house party. He can’t help but notice while he and his friends are getting older, the players emerging on the scene are forever getting younger. Nicki's no exception. Determined to resist the vibes humming between them, he only agrees to service her after his old friend, Kyle Montgomery, convinces him it's entirely feasible. Then it’s brought to Allen’s attention who Nicki really is. Knowing their pasts are forever intertwined, as hard as he tries to ignore his heart, he finds himself yielding to the tides of fate.

Born to senatorial royalty, Nicki Cartwright has spent her entire life trying to shield her mother from her father’s wrath while drifting further and further into a world where panic is normal and anxiety is always on the edge of her reality. Tired of burning the candle at both ends and forever trying to live up to the picture of All-American perfection her father James Cartwright touts as his ace in the hole during election cycles, Nicki finds herself on the path of self-discovery in search of relief from the stressors continually swamping her mind. What she doesn’t expect is to find who she thought she was is truly just a shadow of the person she really is. And what scares her most is the fact Allen, the only person she thought she could trust, has been holding a secret since before she was born which could destroy her entire family.


Author Bio:


Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, and the Identity series. She’s a member in good standing of RWA and Passionate Ink. Currently she’s working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2012-2013 and has a brand new line scheduled for winter 2012-13. Ms. Munro loves to hear from her readers and can be found at:

Realmantic Moments:   http://realmanticmoments.blogspot.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LilaMunroAuthor#!/

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4200524.Lila_Munro

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LilaMunro

You can also contact her via email at lilasromance@gmail.com ,

and you can find all her works at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lila-Munro/e/B0055KK140/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Are: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=lila+munro&searchBy=author&qString=lila+munro

Nook:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/lila-munro?keyword=lila+munro&store=allproducts

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/lila-munro

GIVEAWAY:


Lila will be awarding a Godiva Chocolates gift basket worth at least $35.00 to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a Godiva Chocolates gift basket to a randomly drawn host. (US ONLY)


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me today Krystal!

  1. June M. said...:

    Congrats on the release Lila. ASSUMED CALLING sounds great. I love books with secrets, trying to figure them out and seeing how the characters will react when they come to light.
    Oh, and I don't see why anyone should question why you write the stories you do. Everyone has different tastes and no one should put down any genre just because they don't enjoy it. I don't generally like biographies but I don't put the genre down. Btw, I love the genre you write :)

    Happy holidays!
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  1. Nancy said...:

    Anyone who completes a novel ought to be applauded. Thanks for the chance to win.

    nanze55 at hotmail dot com

  1. bn100 said...:

    This sounds intriguing.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Enjoyed your posting and about how real your characters become to you.

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