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Contest 1, Meet Kelly Jamieson
Monday, January 11th, 2010

Welcome all, to the start of the Release Contest! Today, we have Kelly Jamieson visiting. She’s a fellow EC and Samhain author, in addition to also being represented by Laura Bradford, who also represents me. Please join me in giving Kelly a warm hello.

Beth: Welcome, Kelly!

Thank you for having me Beth!

Beth: What book are you going to tell us about today?

Rigger is my most recent release with Ellora’s Cave. Alek is a photographer who likes to tie up women. As a rigger, he’s into the aesthetics of bondage—the pattern of rope against skin, the marks left in tender flesh—but he also likes the high of being in control and, oh yeah, it turns him on. When he needs a model to complete the photographs for his book on rope bondage, he asks his friend Shaela. She disapproves of his kinky sexual habits, but he’s a friend and she agrees to help. She’s not prepared for the experience of being tied up and how it makes her feel.

I’ve really enjoyed writing stories with elements of BDSM, there is so much potential for self-discovery and deep emotion. I love the spiritual aspects of Shibari and this story seems to intrigue people with the “bondage as art”-aspect!

Beth: You mostly write in the contemporary genre (which I also enjoy). Why are you drawn to the contemp genre? Are there any other genres you gravitate towards?

I think my preferences lay with contemporary stories because it is just so real to me. It’s easy to identify with characters who live in a similar world to mine. If I’m reading a story that involves complex world building, sometimes I just get lost, especially if it’s highly technical! But I do enjoy reading in other genres, especially historical. I find if a favorite contemporary author also writes historical or fantasy or paranormal, I will likely enjoy those stories too. Funnily enough, the story I submitted to Laura Bradford (our agent) (small squee!) started off as a paranormal, my first attempt at trying something new. When she read the full manuscript, she told me the paranormal elements seemed extraneous to the story and gave the “revise and resubmit” invitation. So I rewrote the story as a straight contemporary. It was so easy to do I realized she was clearly right! Maybe I’m not meant to write anything other than contemporary (although I do have this idea floating around in my head…)

Beth: You are noted for writing excellent sexual tension. In your opinion, what creates believable, palpable…sliceable (grin) sexual tension?

Ooh thank you for that Beth! I do love creating sexual tension and heat. I think it’s important to involve all the senses and I also think it’s all about the emotion the characters are feeling. We all hear how important conflict is, both internal and external, and it’s so true. It has to mean something to the characters for it to impact the reader. It’s something I’ve worked hard on since I started writing.

Beth: You are not allowed to bow out of this part—I can’t believe how modest authors usually are, refusing to do this part!—please give us a paragraph or two from your writing of which you are particularly proud. Why do you like this portion?

Oh boy. That is so hard. I need a lot of time between when I write something and when I can actually be objective enough to be proud of it. At the time I’m writing it I usually think it’s complete crap! Here are a couple of paragraphs from Rigger that I kinda sorta like:

“His gaze was riveted to her face, the perfect pale oval of it, her mouth shiny in the candlelight, her big eyes dark, full of worship and longing, love and devotion. He sank into her softness, lost himself in it, one achingly sweet sensation after another, building and building. Pleasure expanded through his chest, swelling inside him.

He fell over her with a long groan, their bodies melting together, the intensity ferocious, the candles at the edges of his vision making it feel as if the bed were in flames around them. She bit his shoulder, softly, then her tongue glided over his skin, sending sparks shooting through his veins. Her hands slid over him and she moved against him, beneath him, with him, around him, everything to him in that moment, and he lost his mind.”

Beth: Nice!

Congratulations on signing with the awesome agent Laura Bradford. (That makes us Bradford Sisters, which is a much less scary thing than a Stepford Wife). What did signing with an agent mean to you? How did you react when you got ‘the call’ from Laura? What did you write for Laura that made her call?

Thanks for the congrats! I love how Laura’s authors have bonded together in the Bradford Bunch group and I appreciate their welcome.

Laura called me back in August about the book I’d submitted to her, Never Alone. The story is about two agents, one ATF, one DEA, both working on cases involving the Death Angels, an outlaw motorcycle gang. Ryan needs a female agent on his undercover case, and Sera needs to get inside the Death Angels to link them to a big drug cartel. I don’t even want to talk about the all the rejections that led up to “the call” (even by Laura, LOL) and I’d like to say I was professional and blasé, but the truth is, I was shaking like crazy and all tongue-tied when she called. Laura was absolutely one of my top picks for an agent, and I almost couldn’t believe it was real! The other day in the bookstore with my husband I kept picking up books off the shelf, all star-struck, and saying “My agent represents this author, and this author, and this author…” — I feel so proud to be one of that group, and hope one day one of those books on the shelf will be mine.

What will you bring to your readers in 2010 and beyond?

So far I have two releases scheduled for 2010, both with Samhain Publishing, and they are both ones I’m really excited about. I don’t think I can match 2009 with the 8 releases I had last year, but the truth is I’m exhausted from that pace! I have a few projects I’m working on. They’re all bigger, more challenging projects for me and they’re going a lot slower than I’m used to, but I hope to have at least a couple of other stories out in 2010. And of course I’m hoping for good news from Laura about Never Alone.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to be a guest at your blog Beth! I mentioned to you that I recently read your book Sweet Restraint and I’ll be picking up many more of yours, since I loved it!

Here’s an excerpt from Rigger:

Rigger

He returned to her and carefully untied her wrists, lifting each arm to press a gentle kiss to the marks there. A deep yearning blossomed low inside her. For what? She pressed her fingers to her eyes, filled with confusion.

He sat down on the futon near her hip and touched his fingertips to her face. “Don’t you see what’s going on, Shaela? Haven’t you figured it out? After these nights here?”

What was he talking about? She stared back at him, his fingers on her face seductively sweet.

“I could see it,” he said, rubbing his thumb across her bottom lip. “I could see it in your face as I arranged the rope around you. I felt your fear—when you realized how vulnerable you were. I could see that you wanted what I was doing to you.”

No. She wanted to argue with him, to deny what he said, but the words wouldn’t come out. His gaze pinned her to the mattress of the futon. His fingers moved to the rope that still circled her body, and began to remove it. He lifted and shifted her body, and the rope’s velvet roughness scraped her sensitive flesh as he pulled it off.

He looked down at the marks on her body and traced his fingers over them, rubbing gently. “You look so beautiful with my marks on you,” he murmured, and when his fingers dipped between her legs where the rope had been, she twitched. Her body hummed.

“Don’t you recognize what’s inside yourself, Shaela?”

Her mind was starting to drift away again at the touch of his hands on her, rubbing and massaging tender places.

“Shaela?”

She tried to focus on his face, tried to remind herself they shouldn’t be doing this, but pleasure was licking over every nerve ending, heating her up yet again.

His face. His burnt-sugar-colored hair hanging over his forehead, his topaz eyes rimmed with dark lashes, his perfect mouth with its full bottom lip and sharply carved upper lip. She lifted a hand to touch, rasped her fingers over a scruff of whiskers on his jaw, traced a high cheekbone, then one silky eyebrow. He watched her intently.

“You don’t want to answer me, do you?”

“Answer what?”

His mouth curved into a smile.

“Do you want me to show you?”

A frown tugged at her eyebrows. “Show me what?”

“What’s inside you.”

She moved her head back and forth. She had no idea what he was talking about, she’d lost her ability to focus her thoughts much earlier in the evening.

He leaned over her and kissed her, and once again even though she knew she shouldn’t, she kissed him back. Because he tasted so good. Because his mouth felt so good on her, warm and firm. Because she loved the slide of his tongue into her mouth.

“You like being tied up, don’t you, Shaela?” He licked her mouth. “Admit it.”

Her eyes flew open wide. What the hell was he saying?

She jerked her head to the side to avoid his mouth. She put her hands on his chest and shoved. Hard.

He jerked back. His brows snapped together.

“What are you saying?” she demanded. “Get off me.”

“No.”

Her eyebrows shot up. Her mouth opened. His weight pinned her to the mattress but she began to struggle anyway, although how she thought she was going to get a man who probably weighed eighty pounds more than her off, she had no idea. And a thrill of excitement shivered over her.

Oh dear god, he could not be right about this. It was insane. It was what she hated, what she’d fought against every day of her life.

“You’re crazy!” she said through gritted teeth, still pushing at him. “That is not who I am! You know that!”

“I used to know it,” he said, voice low and husky near her ear. “But since we started doing these photos, I’ve seen inside you, Shaela. I’ve seen things you don’t want me to see. Things you don’t want anyone to see.” He kissed the side of her neck then licked it. She shivered. “Things you don’t want yourself to see.”

“No.” She closed her eyes. “No.”

She could admit to getting carried away by being photographed in erotic poses by an attractive man. She could even consider the possibility that she was attracted to Alek as more than just a friend, although that was a terrifying thought. But the idea that she wanted him to do wicked things to her…

A shiver ran over her. No. No, no, no.

“Alek, truly. I’m serious. I’m not like that. Please. Let me up.”

He went very still, then sat up straight. She looked into his face. She expected to see anger. Annoyance. Frustration.

Instead she saw understanding. Affection. Patience.

Learn more about Kelly here.
Leave Kelly a comment today and qualify to win a copy of Rigger tomorrow morning!

47 comments to “Contest 1, Meet Kelly Jamieson”

  1. Patti
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 9:13 am · Link

    Great excerpt – I’m definitely interested and always happy to find a new-to-me author.

    (I didn’t realize why the other blog was called The Bradford Bunch, just that I liked several of the authors who post there. Very interesting!!)



  2. Blanche
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 9:01 am · Link

    Good Morning Kelly and Beth!

    You are a “new to me” author Kelly, your work sounds fantastic!! I’m definitely going to be looking into your books! Rigger sounds like a great book!! Loved the excerpt!



  3. Teresa W.
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 9:08 am · Link

    I agree I’m always looking for new authors to read, glad you were here today!



  4. Leni
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 9:26 am · Link

    I had a chance to see the photographs in your December Newsletter that inspired this story and just wanted to say that viewing them helped to see that this truly is a form of art.



  5. Jeanette Juan
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 9:37 am · Link

    Awesome post! I loved reading the excerpt for Rigger and it sounds like a fabulous story.



  6. Judith
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 9:38 am · Link

    I am also a “Newbie” and love the sound of Rigger.
    Congratulations on signing with your new agent, wishing you only great things together.
    Thanks for the chat and excerpt, I am off to check out your website, grin.



  7. Becky Ward
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 9:40 am · Link

    I enjoyed reading the post and learning about Kelly. Kelly is a new author to me. I loved the excerpt for “Rigger”.



  8. Fedora
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 9:40 am · Link

    Hi, Kelly! Great to learn more about Rigger–I don’t know much about this type of bondage, but I’m hooked by the friends-to-lovers aspect of the story and how that connection got this couple’s relationship off the ground! Best wishes with your upcoming projects–it sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate this year, in a good way!



  9. Maria D
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 10:07 am · Link

    Love the covers of your books and especially liked Holiday Bound. Can’t wait to see what you do next.



  10. Scorpio M.
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 10:08 am · Link

    Hi Kelly, Steamy excerpt, I like it! I’m always looking to discover new-to-me authors.



  11. Amy M
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 10:23 am · Link

    Hi Kelly- I love the cover and the excerpt was HOT! You are new author to me, and now I am all geared up to go check out your site and find some of your books!

    Amy M



  12. elaing8
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 10:58 am · Link

    Hi Kelly,
    you are a new author to me too and that was a great excerpt



  13. Natasha A.
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 10:59 am · Link

    Oh Kelly! I love the sounds of this book! R and I are just beginning to learn about rope play.

    Congrats on your release! And I can’t wait to read it!



  14. Sarah Simas
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 11:03 am · Link

    Hi Kelly and Beth!

    Fantastic interview! I enjoyed getting to know a new-to-me author. 😀

    I think the reason behind the Bradford Bunch is awesome! What a fun concept! Too cute about the ‘Bradford Sisters’, Beth!

    Kelly, your cover is delicious- here’s wishing you all the best!



  15. Judy Cox
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 11:09 am · Link

    Great post and a fantastic excerpt. I really enjoyed it. Rigger is going to be a great read.



  16. Beth C.
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 11:40 am · Link

    Thanks for the great interview. Rigger went on my TBB list when it was released. There’s just so many good ones out there and so little money. Oh well, maybe one of these days I will win the lottery and be able to by any old book I want.



  17. Karin
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 11:55 am · Link

    Great excerpt! It has definitely piqued my curiosity and I look forward to reading the book.



  18. RKCharron
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Hi 🙂
    Thank you for the interview. I really enjoyed the indepth responses to the great questions. The excerpt was excellent!



  19. Armenia
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Hey Kelly and Beth,
    Very nice interview. Kelly, just loved those sexy excerpts. Rigger sounds like a very sexually riveting read. 😉



  20. Miranda
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Wow – I really enjoyed that interview. Thank you. I am very interested in the bondage aspect that you are addressing in this book. I haven’t had the courage to try it myself… but reading about it would sure be a thrill!



  21. Mary G
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 12:18 pm · Link

    Hi Beth & Kelly
    I read about this book at the EC web-site. I was intrgued by the “marks as art” concept as well as “friends to lovers”. It has Taboo on the cover so it’s got to be a must read LOL. Sounds like I’ve added another author to my TBR pile.



  22. Andrea I
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Beth & Kelly,

    I enjoyed the interview and found another new author. My list keeps expanding. This is definitely one of the type books I like.



  23. Eva S
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 12:50 pm · Link

    Thanks for the great interview. You are a new to me author, but I’ll be looking for your books! Rigger sounds very interesting!



  24. Sandie
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 1:22 pm · Link

    Great interview, Kelly, and congrats on signing with Laura Bradford!!! I’m not an author but I’ve still seen her name many times, usually by excited authors who have signed with her.

    I loved the excerpt for Rigger and am adding it to my wish list.

    Sandie



  25. Sherry S.
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 1:27 pm · Link

    I’ve seen your book on your blog Nine Naughty Novelist and I thought it looked really good the more that I see it the better I like the sound of it. I really enjoyed your interview and I have your book on my list to buy.



  26. susan leech
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Hi Kelly, what a great post and thanks for taking the time to give us something more to know you better. You book sound good and I have hopes to own in some time soon. It was my pleasure to stop in and say hello and send a comment your way. susan L.



  27. Debby Creager
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 1:39 pm · Link

    Wonderful excerpt. I am having to get the fan already.LOL Thanks so mch for coming here today. I am going to start looking for more of your work.
    Debby Creager
    creagers@windstream.net



  28. Ina
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Hi Kelly 😀
    it’s great to see you here – you are a new author to me, but I really really liked the excerpt and will put the book on my wishlist!
    greetings, Ina



  29. CrystalGB
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Great interview and excerpt. Rigger sounds good. 😀



  30. Estella
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 3:29 pm · Link

    I have not read any or your work, but it sounds great!



  31. Veendah
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Great excerpt! Been checking your site & reading your freebies on your blog, they’re wonderful. Hope to win it, Rigger looks to be a good one.



  32. Jody F.
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Glad that you joined the Bradford girls, that’s a great site I visit daily!

    And I appreciate and enjoyed the excerpt….it definitely is warming up this chilly Midwestern day!



  33. Beverly G
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 4:30 pm · Link

    wow Beth a new author i havent read ty for having her here today I love the sound of this book now i want to read more



  34. Dottie
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 4:34 pm · Link

    Hi Kelly!

    Sounds hot, sexy, and and fun!! Take wait to take a peek!!

    Thanks for the excerpt!

    Dottie 🙂



  35. Kelly Jamieson
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Wow! Thanks for all the comments! There’s no way I can begin to respond individually (I had to be at work all day :cry:) but it’s great to see some old reader friends and also some new ones!



  36. Cathy M
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 5:36 pm · Link

    I am already a big fan of Kelly’s stories, and just got thru reading two of your Samhain titles, Love Me, and Love Me More. The concept in Rigger is wonderfully erotic and I can’t wait to read it.



  37. Linda B
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 6:18 pm · Link

    :mrgreen: OH SIGN ME UP! I MARRIED SCROOGE AND NEED A GOOD BOOK! 😡



  38. Linda B
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 6:19 pm · Link

    :mrgreen:PUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRFECT!!



  39. Lisa F.
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Great excerpt! My kind of read!



  40. Marjana kaly
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 7:30 pm · Link

    Hi Kelly! I haven’t anything by you so which book of yours should I start with first that you think is the best?



  41. Kelly Jamieson
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Marjana – aack! I don’t know which is best! If you like menage stories, Love Me and Love Me More are hot; BDSM themes in Sexpresso Night and Rigger; and for a straight, but very hot contemporary with a little suspense – Irish Sex Fairy.



  42. Spav
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Great excerpt. It looks like an interesting book.



  43. Bonnie H
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Hi Beth and Kelly! *waves* Thanks for the interview and excerpt, I was right there in the scene almost immediately – very cool.
    And Beth, thanks for sending me that gorgeous invite/reminder about your upcoming release (pardon the pun) and the blog activities!!



  44. Julie
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 11:39 pm · Link

    Darn excerpts will be the death of me (and my wallet). Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂



  45. zina lynch
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      · January 12th, 2010 at 12:43 am · Link

    😀
    Hello Kelly,
    I’m sorry to say I only own Love Me Tonight right now but I have some more of your books on my Nedd To Buy list. I love the cover and it makes it interesting that one can’t see his face on the cover and his stance is like masterful but not threatening. Hot excerpt.
    Zina



  46. Tracey D
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      · January 12th, 2010 at 1:58 am · Link

    Hi, Kelly.

    I enjoyed both the post and the excerpt. I’m sure I’m too late to ask this question but what is your opinion on book trailers? Do you think they help in book sales?

    Thanks.



  47. Kelly Jamieson
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      · January 12th, 2010 at 6:48 am · Link

    Hey Tracey! I honestly don’t know if book trailers help sell books. As a reader, I’ve never bought a book because of the trailer. But I think trailer’s are good for getting your name out there and they’re fun to watch. Did you see the one for Rigger?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDAbeJfsHHg







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