Veronica: Cara’s one of my oldest friends in the writing world. We first met doing the one of the weekly snippet blog hops and we’ve since done various interviews, met at an RT Conference and been in the Pets In Space anthology together. She has a new book out, Body Talk, which is a sampler of some of her steamy hot scenes from a variety of books (including 5 scifi romance and one paranormal). Take it away, Cara!
Cara: Readers often ask where an author gets story inspiration. My ideas tend to come from daydreams, pure imagination. One of the things I love about being an author is being able to make stuff up! I did a lot of writing as a former newspaper reporter and public relations manager, but I wrote what other people wanted me to write. Now I get to indulge my imagination, and I love it.
I’ve always been a daydreamer—as an adult, I still have imaginary friends. Lol.
Sometimes, however, my stories are inspired by current events, history, or other “real life” scenarios.
I derived Goddess’s Curse, a sci-fi/fantasy romance, from the Greek myth of the Amazons, fierce women warriors who lived apart from men. The idea of a race of powerful women really appealed to me. In myth, the Amazons only sought out men when they needed to reproduce. In my story, a romance blooms between a warrioress and a man with a grudge against her people. My “Amazons” are called Sharona, and the men are Lahon.
The Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series was inspired by modern day religious terrorism and by my desire to create heroes who are truly heroic—they’re men willing to risk life and limb for others. (It’s what I love about Veronica Scott’s Sectors Romance series, too!) In many other authors’ cyborg romances, cyborgs rebel against an evil government who created and enslaved them. My cyborgs are secret agents, working with a covert government agency (Cyber Operations, aka Cy-Ops) to “save the girl and the galaxy one mission at time.” The first book of the series, Stranded by the Cyborg, was inspired by the U.S. Secret Service, which protects the president and his/her family. I thought, what if a secret service like agent had been grievously wronged by a former protectee and then many years was asked to protect her again? Would he be able to set aside his personal differences? Stranded with the Cyborg was going to be a single novel, but then turned into the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series.
Educating His Bride is a coming-of-age romantic comedy of a young bride’s sexual awakening in the 1950s. On the surface, the 1950s appears to be an innocent, wholesome time, yet there was a lot simmering beneath the surface. Many sexual icons reached popularity during that time, the term “sex symbol” was coined, Playboy magazine was founded, and sexologist Alfred Kinsey produced one of his earth-shattering reports on sexual behavior, and Masters and Johnson began their sex research by observing people “in the act.” But virginity was still expected of women who married at a younger age (20.3 years average) than any time in US History. Of all the books I’ve ever written, Educating His Bride is probably the best researched—but it’s a light, and fun read.
Goddess’s Curse, Stranded with the Cyborg, and Educating His Bride, are three of eleven stories represented in Body Talk.
An excerpt from Body Talk (Goddess’s Curse)
Sweaty, grunting, rutting brutes the Lahon were.
The description had been dead accurate—yet, wrong. Garat had been all those things—yet none of them. Reena lay panting, her head pillowed on his shoulder. Her body felt languid, like she could float away on a cloud. Did he feel the same? She peeked at his face. His eyes were closed.
Without any effort, she could drift off, too. But she fought sleep to store memories of the amazing experience, how the needful tension had climbed to a pinnacle of bliss.
Thank you, Goddess. She murmured a silent prayer for all she’d received. A new lease on life. The rapture of mating. Not to mention satisfaction of her curiosity about the Lahon. She studied his face. In slumber, he displayed a vulnerability one would not expect from a man with chiseled cheekbones, square jaw, stubborn chin, and bristly skin.
Perhaps it won’t be so bad if I stay awhile. Perhaps there were other pleasures to be discovered. It was said the Goddess had inspired a tome of hedonistic delights. Unimaginable until now.
However, she could not indulge her carnal desires at the expense of her mother’s well-being. Ellynna would be frantic with worry or grief. What would Honna tell the queen? For that matter, what did she believe had happened? Did she assume Reena had died? Nothing else could account for why she’d left her in the clutches of one of the Lahon, whom she hated so fiercely. Garat had turned out not to be a threat, but Honna hadn’t known that.
She watched from the bank while you nearly drowned.
No, she’d panicked in a crisis. All that proved was she didn’t have nerves of stone. That didn’t make her a bad person. A murderess. Garat was wrong.
The truth was that Honna was missing. Reena had only assumed she’d had gone to the palace. Maybe she’d been captured by the person who had shot her and Garat—another reason to necessitate a prompt return. She should check on her cousin. Maybe she didn’t leave me. Maybe I left her.
Perhaps Honna had found a mate she did like. Other male tribes besides Lahon existed on Shalondia. Perhaps, at this very moment, her cousin was curled up next to a warm, slumbering male.
Not likely. Honna hated mating, while Reena, who’d never experienced that hormonal boost had reveled in it. Unless—
She lifted her wrist. Clear as…crystal.
A hand closed around her arm. “How are you doing?” Garat asked. His thumb caressed her skin.
“Fine,” she answered.
“I didn’t hurt you?”
He raised her hand to his mouth and brushed his lips over her pulse point. Sharp sensation sizzled. That which was solid melted. Her womanhood spasmed.
She stared, unable to speak.
“You’ve never been fevered?”
She shook her head.
“So you’ve never been with a Lahon before?” He pressed another kiss to her wrist and settled her hand on his chest.
“No,” she croaked and cleared her throat. “Have you ever been with a Sharona?”
He tensed. “Once. Many years ago.”
“It did not go well?” Her heart fluttered.
“No.” His face hardened as if he’d thrown up a barricade. No admittance. Keep out.
Locked inside him was the key to so many questions. She intended to push to see if she could breach the wall, but he expelled a heavy sigh.
“You have been living under the certainty of death, yet you believe me, a stranger, a Lahon, when I tell you, you will live.”
“You would not lie about such a thing.” She had read the certainty, the honesty in his gaze, as if he’d channeled the Goddess herself when he’d relayed the information. And if she needed verification, her strength had improved, her fatigue had lifted. And inside, that presence of the illness was gone.
“If you believe me about that, why can’t you accept the other things I told you?”
She tried to leave the bed, but he hung onto her.
“Let me go! You’re wrong! I refuse to believe such a heinous accusation. Honna is like a sister to me! She is my best friend. How would you like it if I told you your brother had attempted to kill you?”
“I would be devastated, but if he had tried repeatedly, I would be forced to believe you.”
Body Talk blurb
Sometimes the best way to say ‘I love you’ is through touch…
Remember when your favorite paperback books used to naturally open to the scenes you’d read over and over, the ones that made you laugh, tugged your heart or got you hot and bothered? In Body Talk, USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has compiled full-chapter excerpts of the sexiest scenes from her most popular and favorite erotic romances. These story excerpts will tug at your heart, captivate your imagination, and stir your senses. You’ll visit the familiar…and escape to the unexpected in a variety of subgenres including: contemporary romance, BDSM/spanking romance, science fiction romance, romantic comedy, and even a historical romance selection.
Come share some tender, erotic moments in some of Cara’s beloved stories.
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USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes erotic romance in several subgenres. Her romances have ranked no. 1 in science fiction romance, BDSM erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. No matter what the subgenre, her books are character-driven stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine and a touch of humor. Besides her list of fiction credits, she is the author of Naughty Words for Nice Writers, a sex scene thesaurus for romance writers. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.
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