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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

All Tied Up

I’m a huge fan of Beth’s books, so it’s really exciting for me to be blogging here today. Thanks, Beth, for having me.

So, I hope you don’t mind, but I figured I’d take this opportunity to confess a deep dark secret of mine. A secret so dark that I’ve gone through a lot of trouble to hide it through the years, but one that my brand new book, Tie Me Down, kind of brought out into the open.

I’m a control freak. Like a serious, have to be in charge, won’t let anybody else do it, get out of the way and let me fix it before you completely mess it up, control freak. I mean, on the surface, I understand the concept of delegating as well as the next person, but when it comes down to it, I’d just rather do it myself.

It drives my kids nuts because even if I ask them to do something, I’m always leaning over their shoulders watching while they do it. And usually suggesting ways that they can do it better. I know, I know. I know. But I just can’t help myself.

This, of course, means writing novels is not the optimum career for me—by the time my editor and the copy editor get through with the book, there are always deviations to my vision. But usually, those deviations are right on the money, so I’ve learned to embrace them.

Which is why, when I sat down to write my brand spanking new book, Tie Me Down, I thought wouldn’t it be interesting if I wrote about a woman who likes control as much as I do? And wouldn’t it be even more interesting if I pitted her against the one man who won’t let her have her way? Enter Genevieve and Cole, a tough-as-nails homicide cop and the guy who loves, umm wants, umm has to possess her.

I got my come-uppance when I met my alpha-male husband thirteen years ago—he knows I’m a control freak, but only sometimes lets me get away with it– and it was really interesting to watch as Genevieve got hers as well. This is a story about control—having it, losing it and willingly giving it up to someone you care for deeply. Add in some light bondage, a serial killer with an affection for mind games and a very sexy hero, and you’ve got Tie Me Down.

And for those of you who want to read a little more, here’s a

Quick Excerpt:

“So, can I buy you a drink?” Her question came out of nowhere, in a no-nonsense tone and a voice that was pure, sugary Georgia peach. Smooth and silky and sweetly delicious, despite the hint of hard-ass he heard just below the surface.
Surprise swept through him, and he wondered if she would taste as good as she sounded. The contrast between her voice and her tone intrigued him, one more example of the numerous contradictions that seemed to make her up.
The lush body covered by that ridiculous suit.
The indolent pose belied by the watchful eyes.
The gorgeous voice with the don’t-fuck-with-me tone.
It made him wonder who the real Genevieve Delacroix was. Made him want to fuck with her—to fuck her—and to hell with the consequences.
As he struggled to regain control—to keep his eye on the prize—the wicked curve of her lips kept interfering with his concentration.
“What are you offering?” He kept his voice low as he angled his body toward hers, savoring the rush of arousal pouring through him. Inconvenient or not, it had been far too long since he’d felt this instantaneous reaction to a woman.
Her barely there smiled turned into a smirk. “That depends what you ask for.”
He nodded to the bartender who had sidled up to the other side of the bar. “A shot of Patrón Silver.”
“Interesting choice.” Genevieve quirked a brow before turning to the bartender. “I’ll take an Absolut and cranberry.”
After the bartender moved away, she leveled a pair of deep blue eyes at him and Cole fought the urge to squirm. Genevieve had cop eyes—world-weary, cynical and more than willing to believe the worst.
For a split second, it was like looking in a mirror, his own tormented emotions of the past few years staring back at him. But then a shutter came down, blocking him from seeing anything but a sardonic amusement that sent shivers up his spine.

So, tell me, do you have any deep dark secrets? Any personality quirks that drive your loved ones crazy? Leave a comment for a chance to win my first erotic suspense, Full Exposure. And don’t forget to stop by my blog and read all about my Tie Me Down contest. It starts Thursday and the grand prize is a $100 gift card to Borders, Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

34 comments to “Tracy Wolff Visits and Tells Us a Deep Dark Secret. Tell Yours for a Chance to Win a Book!”

  1. Mary G
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 am · Link

    OMG – 2 of my faves in one place!! Hi Tracy
    You can run but you can’t hide LOL. You know I’m a huge fan of your books & it’s amazing to think that Tie Me Down is hotter than Full Exposure which was scorching. Just wanted to caution everyone to have plenty of ice on hand. My quirk is bookmarks. I like them to match my books. Only reading buddy Lea & my BFF Angela knew this until today. Angela thinks I’m crazy. Lea understood.

  2. Deidre
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 8:09 am · Link

    Well, let’s see…….he thinks that I don’t listen to him, but I do and I hear more than I would like to most of the time. lol

    Also, he can’t stand for me to nibble my fingernails.


  3. Lea
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 8:40 am · Link

    Hey Tracy!

    Wonderful post. Being a control freak isn’t so bad… I can think of other um much more disturbing deep dark secrets… 😉 lol

    “Tie Me Down”, sounds like my kind of read and I will definitely add it to my list and visit your site.

    Deep dark secret eh? If I told you it wouldn’t be a deep dark secret anymore.. lol

    Okay, I will say, and Beth already is aware of this, I do tend to be somewhat eccentric. lol However, that is much as I’m devulging. 😉

    L 😀

  4. Tracy Wolff
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 8:52 am · Link

    Hi Mary 🙂 So good to see you here. Beth is fabulous, isn’t she???

    Deidre, in my house it’s me complaining he doesn’t listen to me.

    Lea, I’m all about eccentricities. Good for you!

  5. Mary G
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 8:59 am · Link

    Hi Tracy
    I would like to agree that Beth is fabulous but I can’t because she’s so bored with hearing that LOL.

  6. Beth Kery
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 9:18 am · Link

    Hi Tracy,

    Welcome! The new book sounds right up my alley. 🙂 Once again, congratulations on the release of Tie Me Down.

    Let’s see…deep, dark secrets. Well, most people who know me don’t know I right super-sexy romances, so I guess that’s a pretty big one. As far as character quirks–we won’t call them flaws–I’m kind of messy. Not my house–the living room, kitchen, etc. are usually perfect, but where I work and my bathroom. Mess. lol.

  7. Bella
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 10:18 am · Link

    Tracy, this looks AWESOME! And so does Full Exposure! congrats on the new release! 😛

    Hmmm, deep dark secret — well, probably that I read books written by you guys! :blush:

    Beth, thanks for hosting Tracy, a new-to-me author!


  8. Beth Kery
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 10:26 am · Link

    Mary–oh, it’s not boring, at all! lol.

    Bella–that’s nothing to be ashamed of! Is it? lol.

  9. Tracy Wolff
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 11:15 am · Link

    Hi Bella, I’ve never been someone’s deep, dark secret before– I think I like it–LOL

    Beth, I love your books, so I hope mine are up your alley 😉

  10. Armenia
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 11:25 am · Link

    Tracy, congratulations on the release of Tie Me Down. It must be one scourching read if Mary G thinks its hotter than Full Exposure. I borrowed this from a girlfriend and I’m glad I did. 😉

    Deep dark secret? Well…I want an intimate tatoo. But too chicken to do it and just a little embarrassed going to a tatoo shop. I’ll just keep it a fantasy. One day my youngest and I had fun playing with her temporary tatoos. Told her to put skull and crossbones on my butt cheek and not to tell her dad when he came home. Boy, did his eyes get wide when… Nuf said.


  11. Blanche
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 12:31 pm · Link

    Hi Tracy!

    This sounds like an awesome book! :mrgreen:

    A deep dark secret…….well most recently I told hubby I wouldn’t go to the bookstore to buy books, he is concerned that I might get lost amongst the bazillion books I have in the house already. He told me I didn’t need to buy any books for a while so I told him I wouldn’t go to the bookstore and buy books!!! I went to BN.com and bought them!!! :mrgreen: Thankfully UPS has been nice and delivered my books while hubby is at work so for now I am safe!!

  12. Jeanette Juan
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 12:40 pm · Link

    I don’t really have an deep dark secrets, but I know my friends and family hate it when I randomly just bump them or poke them all the time.

  13. Mary G
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Blanche – that’s funny. I used to do that with shoes & clothes. Now it’s books. I’ve won a few books here & there, so when the Chapters delivery comes I just tell him I won it. It’s not the money it’s the space. Son & hubby say tht for every book I get I should get rid of one. They have no concept of “keeper” books LOL.

  14. Amy M
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 1:19 pm · Link

    Tied Down sounds so good!

    I don’t really have any deep down secrets, but I do have a quirk, well many quirks actually :blush: But they kind of go together. My husband always tells me I am just like Monk, from the TV show. I am not that bad, but in some ways pretty close.

    I cannot stand to be dirty. I don’t do any yard work, gardening, anything that my hands might get dirty. Drives me crazy. I shower every day and take a bath every night! But I would not take a bath if I hadn’t already showered. So strange, I know.

    I also cannot touch any raw food. I am not so much of a meat eater, but my husband is, and I have to use gloves to touch anything. Just grosses me out. There was one time I could not clean out the chicken, so I just cooked it with all of the parts still in it. He found all of the extra’s and just shook his head and tossed them.

    I could really go on for hours, but maybe I will stop now before I really embarrass myself 😮

    Amy M

  15. Tracy Wolff
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 1:34 pm · Link

    Armenia, I’m so glad you liked Full Exposure. It was the first book I ever wrote, so as such has a special place in my heart. I don’t have a tattoo, but I did pierce my navel years ago– and then hid it from my mom for years.

    Blanche and Mary– do I hear you! It’s the space for me too. I have to sneak my trips to B and N when my hubby is out of town, just so I don’t hear, “More books????” Plus, I have shelves full of author’s copies …

    Amy, I shower and take a bath every day too, but that’s more because I’m a water baby than because I’m a clean freak. God knows, my house around deadline time– not so good.

    Jeannette– my boys hate when I poke at them too 🙂

  16. Amy M
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 1:54 pm · Link

    That is funny because my house is not so much clean either. I have 4 small kids, so we are clutter city. I am not an organized person so my cleaning is moving my piles around so they are less noticeable!! 😆

    Two peas in a pod!

  17. Cathy M
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Hi Tracy, a couple of my quirkier moments are never smashing bugs in the house ( I have to capture them and release them into the wild, lol), plus I tend to read the first couple chapter of a book then skip to read the ending.

  18. Fedora
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Hi, Tracy!! What a fabulous story Tie Me Down sounds like! Deep dark secret?? Well, as long as the kids aren’t reading over my shoulder, I do keep a stash of chocolate hidden from them. That one’s not for sharing!

  19. Jane
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Hi Tracy,
    Congrats on the new release. I don’t have any dark secrets, but I have snooped in my roommate’s things.

  20. Jody F.
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 4:27 pm · Link

    My quirks are arranging the clothes in my closet by color, pattern, and season. I also am always on time (since I despise lateness). I also hate when people don’t put things back where they find them. I end up running around behind them putting things back where they’re supposed to go (at least according to my placement plan).

  21. Cecile
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Omg… two wonderful people in one place!! YAYAY! That excerpt had me panting… Honey, that is going on my shopping list for this weekend!!!
    Yayay on release day as well!!! How exciting for you!!

    Oh… deep dark secrets… :mrgreen: Let’s see.. I have OCD problem, clean and straight, that is me. I also have a stash of chocolate that no one in my house knows about… I also have a book buying problem… But those are surface secrets, lol!!! Deep… I have these characters in my head that will not leave me alone… I am not a writer, nor do I write… but they won’t leave me alone… and I can’t tell hubby that there are men in my head and they won’t leave me alone 😆 Can only see how that conversation would go over, lmao!!!
    And ready my half naked men books as he calls them!!!

  22. Amelia
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 5:00 pm · Link

    People think I am a highly organized person because I’m a teacher, but I’m not. Not at home anyway. I do work to keep things organized at school, but my home is cluttered . I have books everywhere.

    Also, like Mary, I’ve developed a thing for having bookmarks to match the books I read. I match them whenever I can. There are some great signings coming up at Lexington and I plan to get more bookmarks. 😀

    Your excerpt sounds great!

  23. Lisa F.
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Not really a deep dark secret but I like order and routine. I get really frustrated when things aren’t the way I plan. I love to clean and that sometimes drives my family nuts. Plus to keep things going with my routine I always plan ahead and plan for in case something bad happens.

    I easily get obsessed with things like buying my books. Drives my husband crazy. I have a calender hanging up with dates that books get released. I could have 20 books sitting in front of me not read yet and I still make sure I’m at the bookstore getting my books on release day. To make it even worse I have requested off of work for some books when they have gotten released.

  24. M.V. Freeman
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Dark secrets? LOL, those are hard to expose. I have to admit your books sounds fascinating!

    As for me….my dark secret, *sigh* I’m a stubborn, hard headed person, and I disguise it well. I use humor, and snarky comments–but still it lurks. My husband knows how to get me to do what needs to done.

    Hmm…maybe thats why I write…I’ll have to think about that.

    Have a great day!

  25. booklover1335
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 7:08 pm · Link

    HI Tracy,
    Congrats on the book, and I think exploring your control issues via a character in your book is a great idea, and can’t wait to read it. It sounds so amazing!

    As far as my own issues, well my book addiction is something I try to keep on the down low. I never really tell anyone how many books I own..while I know there are others who probably have more, but I have alot. Never stops me from wanting new releases, especially from authors that I love like Beth. I too have control issues, but it’s not as bad as it used to be, and have learned to let people help even if it is not perfect, and to learn that to be perfect is boring.

    Good Luck on the new release. Can’t wait to read it!

      · September 2nd, 2009 at 7:30 pm · Link

    I secretly sniff him when he’s not looking.

  27. Mary G
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 9:44 pm · Link

    Hey Lisa
    I have a calendar with release dates too. Thank God, I thought I was the only one.
    2 or more people means it’s normal LOL.

  28. Lori T
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 10:02 pm · Link

    My deep dark secret is that I am a horrible procrastinator. I try to be more organized and get things done sooner rather than later, but I always end up doing them at the last minute.

  29. Tracy Wolff
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 10:47 pm · Link

    Wow, thanks everyone for the wonderful welcome– I should have known that an author as wonderful as Beth would have a wonderful following as well. Thanks for making my first stop on my blog tour so much fun 🙂 I’ll let Beth pick the winner for the giveaway and keep my fingers crossed for each one of you . . . and don’t forget to stop by my blog and enter my Tie Me Down contest. It goes live tomorrow!!!!

  30. kh
      · September 2nd, 2009 at 11:43 pm · Link

    hot book love the cover

    i do like things out of place, so i know what is moved in my room an d abathroom lol

    😎 😀

  31. Melissa
      · September 3rd, 2009 at 9:22 am · Link

    OMG, I’m hugely OCD. Cleaniness is like a sickness with me, espcially in my kitchen and bathroom. Things must be just so, or I can’t go to bed, lol.

  32. Lisa F.
      · September 3rd, 2009 at 2:17 pm · Link

    I feel better knowing there is someone out there who does that too. My husband just shakes his head at me.

  33. RachieG
      · September 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 pm · Link

    Hmmm…I’m crazy about leaving hte TV on at night until I fall asleep. I may not even be awake fove five minutes of it, but I HAVE to have it on…and always put it on “sleep in 30 minutes”

    Totally crazy but I’m addicted!

  34. Lyoness2009
      · September 3rd, 2009 at 11:46 pm · Link

    I am absolutely completely and utterly crazy about folding clothes and towels a certain way. If it’s not my way, I have to unfold them and fold them again. They fit better and I just plain like it better!

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