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Contest #4, Welcome Vonna Harper!
Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I feel very fortunate to have Vonna Harper here today. Vonna was probably one of the first erotic authors I ever read from Ellora’s Cave. It took 24 hours for my eyes to move out of the ‘popped’ condition and back into my head. Vonna writes BDSM and shape-shifters for Kensington and Ellora’s Cave, among others. I hope you’ll join me in giving her a huge welcome to the Release Your Inhibitions Contest!

Beth: Welcome Vonna! It’s an honor to have you here. For those who don’t know, I think Vonna is a prime example that eroticism, emotion and top notch literary writing can be found in the erotic romance arena.

Beth: In your opinion, what’s the most difficult thing about being an erotic romance author?
Erotica is still the new kid on the block. A lot of publishers jumped on the bandwagon and now all that is shaking down. For me at least the most difficult thing is staying on top of the constantly changing market.

Beth: What are you most afraid of?
Something bad happening to the people I love. Bugs, snakes, moonless nights don’t bother me but then I’m a country gal with a mountain cabin we share with all kinds of critters.

Beth: In your opinion, how has the erotic romance readership changed over the past ten years?
It has exploded and now is correcting. Ten years ago I don’t believe anyone was writing m/m and the BDSM (or capture stories as I prefer to call them) were just taking hold. If there are any more barriers left to be broken I can’t guess what they are. Fortunately taboos like rape don’t take place in mainstream books but like a lot of other writers, I pen stories about shape shifters, etc.

Beth: What would you like people to remember about you as a writer?
Good question. Probably that I gave everything I had to give.

Beth: You are not allowed to bow out of this—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?

I’m doing this on the fly and picked Winter of the Beast because its my latest release. I chose this scene because to me at least my hero comes across as part predator and part human and acutely tied to the land which resonates with me.

“Movement at the base of a tree in the middle of the grove drew Dio’s attention there. It was so slight it might have been caused by the wind playing with some leaves or maybe a rodent. Knowing better than to dismiss it, he continued to focus on the tree trunk.

The movement came again. He compared it with everything he knew about what took place in nature, but nothing came to mind. More interested than ever, he slid around the trunk that had been sheltering him. As he did, he gave silent thanks to the Beast for what he’d learned about being a hunter.

A familiar presence stirred his senses. He didn’t try to make out the Beast because if the great creature wanted to remain hidden, it would. Reminding himself to be patient, he waited for the Beast to communicate with him. After a few seconds, a deep voice resonated inside him.

An intruder.””

Beth: What project is up for you next?
Winter of the Beast was the last Ellora’s Cave story I did with my longtime editor, sob. I have a new editor and will soon be submitting a shape shifter/capture story to her. Wish me luck.

Beth: Thank you for joining me at the Release Contest, Vonna!

You can find out more about Vonna and her books here. (You have to check out her section entitled, “Strange Sex Laws).

Today, we are lucky enough to have Vonna give away one of her super-sexy shifter books to one lucky reader. Somebody out there…your fingers are going to be scorched, trust me.

Taming the Cougar, blurb
Deep in the canyons of northern Arizona, animal psychic Kai Tallon senses someone ““ or something ““ watching her, and wonders if the legends are true. This is the land of the Tocho ““ a pride of half man/half cougars borne of the Navajo ““ and rumored to possess unearthly masculine prowess…As night falls, Kai knows sleep will elude her, for her body is thrumming with sexual energy. But once she surrenders to the erotic sensations sweeping through her, she discovers a pleasure so breathtaking it can only be a dream…so intense it can only be real…so teasing, she knows she isn’t alone. Kai lusts after this mysterious presence whose visitations arouse her with his primal sexuality. Quivering with need, she longs to feel him deep inside. And she will, for the man in him wants her, and the animal in him will take her. Now a willing prisoner to rapture, Kai must choose between her captor-lover, and returning to civilization.

32 comments to “Contest #4, Welcome Vonna Harper!”

  1. jennifer mathis
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 9:17 am · Link

    wow Taming the Cougar looks smoking. Thanks for sharing



  2. Patti
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 10:21 am · Link

    Good Morning ladies! Wonderful interviews and I must say: BDSM + shapeshifters = awesomeness!!

    Love being introduced to new-to-me authors and going through your backlist. Congratulations on your latest success!



  3. Lea
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 9:41 am · Link

    Hi Vonna:

    Excellent interview with Beth. Good luck with your new editor and your shape/shifter capture story. 😀

    “Taming The Cougar” sounds like and excellent read and thank you for the giveaway!

    Best



  4. Blanche
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 9:45 am · Link

    Hi Vonna and Beth!!

    Awesome interview!!
    Vonna I’ve been a fan for a little while now and I love your books!! Best of luck with your new editor!!



  5. Amy M
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 9:56 am · Link

    Thanks for the great interview ladies! I am always on the lookout for new authors, and I think that I just found on with Vonna!!

    Amy M



  6. Eva S
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 10:17 am · Link

    Thanks for the great interview! I love shifters and would love to read this book.



  7. Judy Cox
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 10:19 am · Link

    Ladies, great interview. I really enjoyed reading it and the blurb for Taming the Cougar. This sounds like a fantastic read. I have read a couple short stories by Vonna and they were definitely good!! Good luck with the shape shifter!!!!



  8. Ina
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 10:54 am · Link

    Hi Beth!
    you are a new author to me but after reading the excerpts I can’t wait to read your books!
    I checked out your Strange Sex Laws side and found this: In Virginia only the missionary position is legal. *gg* now I know why just a few stories take place in Virginia 😆
    wish you all the best,
    Ina



  9. Leni
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 11:19 am · Link

    I enjoyed the interview and learning more about your thoughts on writing.



  10. Miranda
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 11:39 am · Link

    Eyepopping shifter sex… I simply can not resist!



  11. Sherry S.
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 11:49 am · Link

    I have read a few of Vonna’s books and they were great I can’t wait to read her new book. Good Luck with your new editor.



  12. Cecile
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 11:53 am · Link

    Oh gosh… are you kidding me!! I am dying over here!! I have one of Ms Vonna’s books before and let me say this woman is explosive!!! So, yes yes yes yes yes please drop my name in the hat for a chance to win!!!!
    Hope all is well with all!



  13. CrystalGB
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 12:31 pm · Link

    Great interview. Taming the Cougar sounds good. 😀



  14. Jeanette Juan
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Awesome interview and her books sound fabulous and hot!



  15. Cybercliper
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 12:48 pm · Link

    Oh, wow…I love shapeshifters and Taming the Cougar sound like one hot read!



  16. KellyM
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 1:25 pm · Link

    I love shapeshifter books. Fantastic interview–thank you for sharing!



  17. elaing8
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Hi Vonna and Beth

    Great inerview.Vonna you are a new author to me,I’ll definitely be checking your books out.



  18. Beth C.
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 3:16 pm · Link

    Great Interview.
    Shapeshifters are my favorite of the paranormal. 😀



  19. Fedora
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Terrific interview, Vonna and Beth! Glad to learn more about another author with terrific stories!



  20. Amelia
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 4:03 pm · Link

    I love shapeshifters!



  21. I Heart Book Gossip
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 4:11 pm · Link

    Yumm shapeshifters.

    Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com



  22. Larena Wirum
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 4:17 pm · Link

    I love shape shifter stories. They are always fun to read. both of Vonna’s books sound very interesting. I love the cover for Taming the Couger. Yum. :mrgreen:



  23. Estella
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 4:38 pm · Link

    I love shape shifter stories!
    Good Luck with your new editor.



  24. Andrea Infinger
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 5:10 pm · Link

    I enjoyed the interview and love shapeshifters also.



  25. Cathy M
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 6:38 pm · Link

    Hi Vonna, your strange sex laws list is hilarious. While I love shifter stories, having sex with a porcupine or fish??!! So not what I want to see or read about, lol.



  26. Jody F.
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 7:29 pm · Link

    This storyline sounds smokin hot so I’m really hoping I win a copy!

    Congrats on the new editor!



  27. Mary G
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 10:46 pm · Link

    Late to the Party. Don’t enter me. Just wanted to say that the first Vonna story I read (in an anthology Good Girl meets Bad Rider) was Virgin Afternoon. It was HOT!!
    Best wishes



  28. Beverly G
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 10:49 pm · Link

    awesome interview Beth this book sounds awesome ty for the contest and the interview



  29. Julie
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 10:49 pm · Link

    Effusive praise and intriguing excerpt? Count me in. 😀



  30. Linda Henderson
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 11:27 pm · Link

    I really enjoyed the interview. Loved the excerpt, will definitely have to read more.



  31. Spav
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      · January 14th, 2010 at 11:40 pm · Link

    Nice interview. I love shapeshifters.



  32. Tracey D
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      · January 15th, 2010 at 3:55 am · Link

    I enjoyed both the interview and the excerpt. I look forward in reading more.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D







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