Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Beth Kery to the blog!
Beth’s latest release is the eBook, Flirting in Traffic, which releases March 5 from Cerridwen Press.
Here’s a blurb:
She went off like a red-hot firecracker on his foyer floor, then vanished.
Esa never intended to participate in her best friend’s unorthodox dating scheme – flirting with hunky construction workers in Chicago traffic. Her thoughts changed when she saw a long, lean slice of heaven strutting around the side of the highway. For him, she would be the carefree sex kitten her borrowed car with its suggestive license plates implied she was.
Though smarting from the wounds of a recent break-up, Finn can’t resist the tempting redhead driving the come-and-get-me car, flashing him contemptuous looks with those brandy-colored eyes. The lure of taming the feisty little kitten is just too great to deny…
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And now here is my interview with Beth
Welcome to my blog. Can you please tell us a little about Flirting in Traffic?
I’m thrilled to be here. Thank you, Jennifer. Great blog.
Flirting in Traffic is an ebook that’s coming out from Cerridwen Press on 3/5. It’s a bit of a departure for me. It’s light-hearted and humorous, includes a hot cherry red Ferrari and an even hotter hero, who’s a sweetheart to boot. It’s about a female gerontologist who’s sort of given up on the dating scene, but gets thrown into this wacky ‘flirting in traffic’ dating scheme by her sister and best friend. Of course she ends up finding great sex and romance from this unexpected source, but misunderstandings and heart ache keep the heroine from hooking up with her hunky ‘one and only.’
Until the happily ever after, of course.
It’s sounds like such a fun story. Where did the idea for the story come from?
I was on AOL once, and this headline popped out at me. “Flirting in Traffic.” It was an article about methods for traffic flirting. During that period in my life I was spending a great deal of time every day in infamous Chicago traffic–namely because of the monumental expansion of the Dan Ryan expressway. I was tickled by the article, and of course my overactive imagination took over, making it into a romance.
What is your favorite thing about the characters of the story?
I love Finn Madigan, the hero, because he’s sexy as all get out, but he truly loves and cares about his family–to the point that he even puts his own dreams as an engineer on hold in order to run the family construction business when his father dies unexpectedly. I like Esa because she’s feisty and smart, but in the beginning, she’s a bit…er…uptight. It’s fun to see her explore the wildness of her nature and let go within the sometimes anxiety-provoking stages of a new relationship. She eventually even admits that she’s insatiable not only when it comes to driving a fast, hot car…but in her relationship with Finn as well.
Would you like to tell us a little about your other books?
Well, let’s see. I have several books coming out with Berkley this year, both in the Sensation and Heat lines. All of them are erotic, but the Heat versions tend to be a bit more edgy in regard to sex scenes. Whatever line they’re in, though, my books are all essentially male/female centered and intensely romantic. I like my stories best when there’s an intense, emotional romance along with the heat. DARING TIME is an erotic time travel that comes out May 5; SWEET RESTRAINT releases July 8; and PARADISE RULES will debut in December (not sure about the exact day yet.) I also have a paranormal erotic romance coming out from Ellora’s Cave on April 29 called THROUGH HER EYES.
Sounds like you’ll be very busy. And the books all sound so good. So, what inspires you?
Almost anything. Conversations with people, news headlines, old movies, television shows, the lyrics from songs. I have another career in the medical field, and it’s also a rich source of ideas. History also inspires me, as does my city–Chicago. I did a lot of research in the Prairie Avenue District for DARING TIME, and read a lot about Chicago circa 1906. I’m dying to do a time travel about the Eastland disaster, which is the third most fatal maritime disaster in history, coming only after the Titanic and the Lusitania. The location of it was on the Chicago River…literally not five blocks from where I live. Most Chicagoans don’t even know about it.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer? Least favorite?
Favorite: finishing a book. There’s nothing like it.
Least favorite: Starting a book. Every time, I worry a little that all the other times were flukes. What if I can’t do it again?
What do you like to read?
Really everything, except for political books. I love fiction in all categories, excerpt hard core sci-fi–although there are exceptions to that. My favorites are Sandra Brown, Neil Gaiman, Mary Stewart and Jane Austen. Oh, and J.K. Rowling. (Yeah, I love YA, too.)
Describe yourself with three words.
Intellectual. Sensual. Paradox.
What is next for you?
At the moment, I’m working on an untitled book for the Heat line. It’s a love story between two people that have always been kept apart by circumstances in the past, but fate throws them together one night during a Chicago snowstorm. It’s got murder, suspense, betrayal. I’m loving it so far. Here’s the teaser:
Three people share a night of impulsive pleasure that ends in regret and betrayal. Now two remain, and both of them think the other is guilty of murder.
Look for it from Berkley Heat February 2010.
Oh, that sounds really good. I can’t wait. Is there anything you’d like to ask my readers?
What are your favorite types of heroes and heroines? Does your hero always have to be an alpha? I know I like both quiet, contained heroines with inner strength, and also demonstrative, sassy heroines. I’m more particular about requirements for my guys in a romance, while I like different ‘types’ for a heroine. Just curious what you guys think!
Thanks so much for having me, Jennifer! Wonderful questions.
Thank YOU, Beth, I loved having you here.
Readers, you can learn more about Beth and her books by visiting: http://www.bethkery.com/
Go ahead and answer Beth’s questions below in the comments.
She has kindly donated an eBook copy of Flirting in Traffic to one lucky commenter.
I’ll randomly select the winner and announce it Sunday, Mar. 8 so be sure to return to see if you won.