Thursday, November 17, 2011

Blog Tour: Turning Up The Heat with Cara Elliott & Lilli Feisty (Interview + Giveaway)


Both Cara Elliott and Lilli Feisty are new to me authors. Sure I'd heard of them but never read any of their books, until now. And let me tell you, this tour is definitely appropriately named. Whether it's in the bedroom or the kitchen, these authors are turning up the heat level in their books. Today on the blog, they're talking about their latest releases. So let's give them a warm welcome!


I started creating books at the age of five, or so my mother tells me. And she has the proof — a neatly penciled story, the pages lavishly illustrated with full color crayon drawings of horses and bound with staples — to back up her claim. I have since moved on from Westerns to writing about Regency England, a time and place that has captured my imagination ever since I opened the covers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

I have a BA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and now work as the creative director of a lifestyle sporting magazine, a job which lets me combine my love of the printed word with my love of art. I’m very fortunate in that my work allows me to travel to interesting destinations around the world — however, my favorite spot is London, where the funky antique markets and used book stores offer a wealth of inspiration for my stories.

Where to Find Cara: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook


Lilli Feisty was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. Like a piece of driftwood, she has washed up on nearly every beach between Santa Cruz and the Oregon border.
Because she never attended any particular elementary school for more than a few months at a time, she amused herself during lonely recesses by writing what would nowadays be labeled fanfic featuring Michael Knight and Han Solo. Sometimes in the same story.
She owned an own art gallery for several years, holds a degree in Creative Arts and was just a few units short of her MA when she decided to drop out of school to write smut.
Her first novella was published in March 2007 and she’s been hard at work ever since. Her debut novel, Bound to Please, has been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance. She currently writes for Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books), Harlequin Spice Briefs and Samhain Publishing.
Ms. Feisty currently resides in Northern Nevada. When she’s not writing you might find her conducting “research” at brothels, staring out windows, or making Martinis.

Where To Find Lilli: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook


Q&A with Cara:

Kati: Who is Cara Elliott? Author? Super woman? World traveler? International woman of mystery?
Cara: Oh, LOL! I wish my life were as exciting as all that! I’m lucky in that I do get to travel for research (a tough job, but somebody has to do it!)  I love visiting historical places, and always discover lots of fascinating sights and stories that inspire my own books. I’m curious and love an adventure . . . so my heroines tend to be a little unconventional.

K: What is your latest book about?
C: It’s all about taking a gamble on love!

K: If you could run away with one of your heroes (with permission from the heroine of course), who would it be and why?
C: Oh, not fair!  Since I get to create them, they are ALL handsome-as-sin, sexy bad boys with hearts of gold. I’m not going to tell them which one I like best—I’ll let them all keep vying to win my heart. Note to heroes—I am very fond of chocolate, champagne, and sapphires. (LOL)

K: Do you have any writing rituals?
C: I get up early in the morning, fix a cup of coffee, sit right down at my computer and get cracking.  I need to be disciplined because I’m not a fast writer and need long stretches of time to work. I wish I could be like some of my writer friends who can dash off a chapter in between running errands. But alas, my mind doesn’t work that way!

K: What can readers expect next?
C: TOO WICKED TO WED is the start of a new series, so there will be two more books, featuring the “Wolfhound’s” sexy, dashing friends. Gryff’s story is next . . . and he, too, encounters an intrepid young lady in a very unexpected place! (Oh Gryff...)

Q&A with Lilli:

Kati: Who is Lilli Feisty? Author? Whedonite? Hopeless romantic? International woman of mystery?
Whedonite? I had to look that one up! According to Urban Dictionary a Whedonite is “An enthusiastic follower of the works of Joss Whedon; a fanatical supporter of the 'Whedonverse' - stories and characters created by Whedon.” Busted! I didn’t know I’d fallen into a universe similar to a Trekkie! When did I become such a nerd? Well, I guess I better just admit it. I am a Whedonite. I love anything from Joss Whedon. I’ve seen every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I can sing the musical episode, One More Time With Feeling, word for word, (lol. Me too.) I might sing duets from Dr. Horrible with my son and I’m obsessed with Nathan Fillion. (Ah yes, Captain Tightpants.) So there’s that… I don’t think I’m very mysterious but I have been called that more than once. But basically I’m just a girl who writes romance novels and has a lot of tattoos. :)

K: What is your latest book about?
I don’t know why, but writers often have a heck of a time answering this question! I definitely do. So here’s the blurb:

Things are cooking in the kitchen...and the bedroom.

Restaurant owner Phoebe Mayle thought she had it all under control. Sure, her new chef has a bad-boy reputation - and a chiseled body to match - but she's positive she can whip him into shape.

But from the moment Nick Avalon roars into town in his Hummer, he makes her whole world sizzle. Now Phoebe has lost control of her kitchen, and Nick has taken over her mind and her body. His insatiable appetite for pleasure leaves her breathless with carnal cravings only he can satisfy. Yet can their hunger for each other be a recipe for a love that lasts?

K: What is the difference between erotic and erotica?
This is a question of great debate. To me it’s pretty simple. Erotica varies from Erotic Romance because Erotic Romance novels always have a happy ending. For myself, I started out reading erotica but, for the most part, I wanted more romance. That’s about when the subgenre of Erotic Romance popped up. But nowadays, I don’t see a clear line between Erotic Romance and “regular” romance novels. Romance novels are really spicy these days. Larissa Ione, for example, writes some super hot scenes! (Agreed!)

K: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Don’t tell my editor, but I’m a total panster. :) (Secret's safe with me as long as she's not looking here.)

K: What can readers expect next?
I’m working on several projects. Let’s just say I rarely write a novel when a secondary character screams at me to write his or her story. :)

Thanks Cara and Lilli for stopping by!!!

GENRE: Historical
PUBLISHER: Forever (October 25,2011)
ISBN: 9780446584579

Irresistible temptation...
Outspoken and independent, Lady Alexa Hendrie is happiest in the quiet of the country, where she is free to run her family's estate as she chooses. But when her brother's recklessness forces her to London, a chance encounter with the ton's most wicked rake---and his searing kiss---awaken a longing for adventure.
Undeniable passion...
A man of many secrets, Connor Linsley, the Earl of Killingworth, uses his rakehell reputation to avoid innocent young ladies and their marriage-minded mothers. Yet even his most shocking behavior can't dissuade Lady Alexa. From the moment her lips press against his, their fates are irrevocably sealed. Together they enter a shadowy world of intrigue, deception, and desire. Consumed by a passion beyond their wildest imaginings, Conor and Alexa must risk all they hold dear for a chance at love. But can they escape the danger that pursues them? Or will their own fiery attraction be their ultimate undoing? (source: back cover)
Where to Buy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N/Nook | Book Depository
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt | My Review

GENRE: Contemporary
PUBLISHER: Forever (November 22,2011)
ISBN: 9780446571555

Things are cooking in the kitchen... And in the bedroom.
Restaurant owner Phoebe Mayle thought she had it all under control. Sure, her new chef has a bad-boy reputation--and a chiseled body to match--but she's positive she can whip him into shape.
But from the moment Nick Avalon roars into town in his Hummer, he makes her whole world sizzle. Not only has Nick taken over her kitchen, he's taken over her mind and her body. His insatiable appetite for her pleasure leaves her breathless with carnal cravings only he can satisfy. Can their hunger for each other be a recipe for a love that lasts? (source: back cover)
Where To Buy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Nook | Book Depository
Book Extras: Book Page | My Review

GIVEAWAY: Thanks to Grand Central, 3 lucky winners will each get a copy of Deliciously Sinful AND Too Wicked to Wed. How fabulous is that?? Just leave a comment and fill out the rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US & Canada readers only. No P.O. Boxes.

Other Stops on the Tour:

November 7:
The Book Girl
Renee's Reads
My Book Addiction and More!
Bodice Ripper Novels
SOS Aloha
Rex Robot Reviews
Just Another New Blog
Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks
Cuzin Logic
November 8:
Smexy Books
Paranormal & Romantic Suspense Reviews

November 9:
Thoughts In Progress
Hanging with Bells

November 10:
Fiction Vixen
Seductive Musings
My Book Views
Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf
Reading Between the Wines

November 11:
So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

November 12:
Broken Teepee

November 13:
The Fiction Enthusiast
Sarah's Blog of Fun

November 14: 
Drey's Library

November 16:
The Epic Rat
Book Obsessed

November 17:
Love To Read for Fun
Romancing Rakes

November 18:
Books Like Breathing
The Reading Reviewer
Starting Fresh
One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
Bea's Book Nook

A HUGE thank you to Alana Levinson and Jihan Antoine at Grand Central for providing the ARC review copies and the books for the winners. Also, a HUGE thank you to Cara and Lilli for taking the time to stop by the blog and talk about their latest releases.

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