Thursday, August 2, 2012

Interview: "Male Review" by Lillian Grant

I'm very honored to have author Lillian Grant on my blog today for an interview and to talk a little about her book "Male Review".

I know you get asked this question over and over but can you tell us a little about yourself? Maybe something juicy. ;)

Unfortunately I have no juicy secrets to share. However, I do love to give my characters juicy lives. I grew up in the UK but I now call Australia home. When I’m not working I love to travel with my lovely husband. I was brought up on a steady diet of Monty Python and other British comedies so I have a very weird sense of humor which might creep into my stories now and again.

When did you first start writing? Are you a full time author or do you do it on the side?

I first started writing about seven years ago. To begin with I used to make up stories with a friend online and then one day she told me I should try writing something on my own and see if I could get published, so I did.   Unfortunately I am only a part time author. My day job as a tax accountant pays the bills but my first love is writing.

Do you have an author that has really inspired you?

I’m not sure I could pick just one.  I have very eclectic taste in books. My favourite authors would be Hunter S. Thompson who has a wonderful way of weaving words together.  JD Robb for her amazing characters and JR Ward because who can resist a gorgeous vampire.  Each one of them inspires me to try harder, write better and create a story I can be proud of, and perhaps one day I can inspire someone else.

How long does it normally take you to write an average book or your last book?

Depending on the length of the book it take me somewhere between four and six months to write the first draft and then a month or two more to revise it ready for submission.  I usually set myself daily writing goals and a date that I want to complete a project by. If I don’t have deadlines I am the queen of procrastination.

What do you think makes a story great?

For me characters make a story. If I am not engaged with the people in the book I can’t get into the story.  I want to know what they think and how they feel. I want to know what the world is like from their point of view.  I want to close the book and wish I was that person.

Can you describe your book "Male Review" in one sentence?

A nymphomaniac octogenarian great aunt, a frigid mother, and a BDSM male strip club, what could possibly go wrong?

Have you done lots of research for your books or do the stories just come to you?

I don’t research for story ideas. However, once I have an idea research is usually required. I have never been to Rio so when I decided to set a story there I had to spend hours and hours reading up on Brazil. When I decided to include a BDSM male strip club in Male Review I had to spend time finding out just what is involved in the BDSM lifestyle. Thankfully a BDSM romance author was gracious enough to spend time critiquing my sex scenes and her advice was invaluable.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on Book Three in my Reigning Men Series which picks up where Male Review leaves off. My characters are off to Ireland where the madness and mayhem continues.

Can you tell us about some of your prior achievements?

One of my books Mergers & Acquisitions was nominated for best contemporary erotic romance of 2011 by The Romance Reviews  which was amazing. 

Just for fun:
Hardback or Paperback?  Paperback
Dog ears or Bookmarks?  Dog ears
YA novels or Adult novels?  Adult
Library or Bookstore?  Bookstore
Reading glasses or No glasses?  Reading glasses. I’m an accountant so it’s part of the uniform.
Snack while reading or No snacks?  No snack
Beach or Mountain?  Beach
Vampire or Werewolf?  Vampire
Hot or Flirty?  Hot
Movie 1st or Book 1st?  Book 1st
Contemporary or Historical?  Contemporary
Page-Turner or Tear Jerker? Page-Turner

Male Review
Lillian Grant

Sam Stephens and Meg Riley are in love, and finally on the cusp of sex anytime, anywhere, anyhow. That is until Meg’s Great Aunt Maud, the octogenarian nymphomaniac, gets tossed out of the old folk’s home and moves in with them, closely followed by her polar opposite, Meg’s scarily frigid mother.
Meg’s best friend Laura convinces Aunt Maud to invest in Male Review, a BDSM-themed male strip joint. For Meg, it’s just one more step along the path to disaster, made even worse when former prostitute Michael is hired as the bar manager. After all, Laura’s last venture ended with Meg being arrested as a pimp. And Michael’s to blame for the crazies invading Meg’s home, and even worse, he still has the hots for her.
If she wants to get her life back, all Meg needs to do is find a new home for Maud, resolve the dispute between her warring parents, keep Michael at arm’s length, and rescue her relationship with Sam before it disintegrates completely. Male Review appears to be just one more problem to deal with, but perhaps it could provide an unexpected solution.

Excerpt: Chapter One
Meg rolled her eyes as a loud snort rent the air. She lifted her head, smashed a fist into her pillow, and glared at the comatose old woman lying next to her. This wasn’t how things were supposed to work out. Once Sam declared his undying love for her they should have ridden off into the sunset together. Instead, they jumped into her compact Korean car and hustled around to the old folk’s home to meet her mother.
Clearly it wasn’t her fault that St. Andrew’s had tossed Aunt Maud out. The whole disaster had been down to Laura and her stupid idea to start a male escort business. Meg went to the hotel to try and fix things. Given a few more minutes she would have un-cuffed Michael Monaghan from the bed and persuaded Aunt Maud elderly ladies had no need to use the services of a male prostitute. She might even have recovered Michael’s clothes so he could get dressed. Thank God her mother arrived at the old people’s home after the police left and she never got the whole story behind Maud’s eviction. Although, having her mother yell and show disappointment in her debauched daughter might have been a quicker and less painful punishment than agreeing to let Aunt Maud move in with her and Sam until she found a new home. To date, every old people’s home in Sydney, Australia had turned the crazy old lady away.
Meg’s mind turned to her new beau. They’d been on the cusp of sex any which way, anywhere, any time, and then, when Aunt Maud showed up, the sex fest was over. She couldn’t sleep in his bed because Maud would know what they were doing and Meg would be horribly embarrassed. How was he coping? Sam had needs. Big needs. Often needs. She hadn’t heard yips of “yee-haw” coming from his room since Aunt Maud moved in a month ago, so either he was suffering from a case of blue balls, or he’d learned to jack off quietly. The thought of him lying in his reclining chair naked with his fist wrapped around his hard, hot, heaving cock sent a heat wave through her body and a definite dampening in areas that had no business being damp when you shared a bed with your eighty-something great aunt.
Another loud snarl made Meg sigh loudly and check her alarm clock. She hadn’t planned on getting up until after eight as, on top of everything else, she didn’t have a job to go to, but sleep was impossible. Maybe an early morning snack would help. Yes, she was on a diet, but everyone knew calories consumed before seven in the morning didn’t count. Besides, she might check out the gym where Sam worked later, purely for exercise purposes. The thought of Sam and exercise wouldn’t cool her down, but Ben & Jerry were more than up to the job.
She climbed out of bed and dragged on her robe. One last look at Sleeping Beauty, sans teeth and wig, assured her Maud was dead to the world and she should get going while the getting was good. The door squeaked on its hinges, but Aunt Maud continued to saw logs. Meg pulled the bedroom door closed behind her and relaxed. In the last thirty days the only time she’d been without Maud was when either of them went to the bathroom. Except the hour she left her with Sam while she went to buy groceries. That hadn’t ended so well. She’d found Sam’s whimpering and begging never to be left alone with Maud again quite disturbing. The old girl seemed to think men were game for sex twenty-four seven, and Sam usually was, but not with octogenarians who had a penchant for pinching butts and ripping towels off freshly showered men.
Meg crept down the hall, through the living room, and into the kitchen. The place shone. No one would fault Maud on her work ethic. She had cracked the whip for hours, only stopping her nagging when Meg had cleaned every surface until they could eat off it. So, she was a bit slap dash about housework, and Sam was no better, but who cared. Now the place didn’t feel like home at all.
After retrieving a large spoon from the cutlery drawer, Meg opened the freezer and bent over to find her favorite flavor made by her favorite men. Just as she reached inside to pull out a tub of Chunky Monkey, two hands splayed across her back and something rigid buried itself in her arse crack.
She’d recognize Sam’s particular brand of foreplay anywhere. He had a thing about bending her over and taking her from behind, but she wasn’t so hot on the idea with her head buried in the freezer and Maud likely to walk in at any moment. The old lady would never believe she had a platonic relationship with Sam if she found him buried up to his testicles inside Meg. Once her mother found out she had taken up sleeping with her male flat mate Meg would be moved into a nunnery, or Sam tossed out on his ear before either of them had a chance to explain. Her mother didn’t do sex, and neither did the rest of the family, if she had anything to say about it.
God, Meg was beautiful. How she could think otherwise escaped him. The sight of her abundant curves sent Sam’s already thumping pulse rate higher. Unable to believe his luck at finding her alone, and in such a seductive pose, he leaned forward and wrapped his arms around her still bent form. He slipped his hands inside the front of her robe. The fingers of his left hand edged inside her panties on a seek-and-plunder mission between her thighs, while he used his right hand to tweak her left nipple into surrender.
Maud was a pain in the arse. All his good work at not only finally seducing Meg, but getting her to lose her inhibitions, was coming unraveled. He missed her. His cock missed her. The bed felt empty when she wasn’t in it. Never before had he felt this way about a woman, but Meg was the one. He’d fallen hopelessly and passionately in love with her and he wanted to show her … hard and often.
Heat spread through his body. Oh, she felt so good. He fingered the dampness between her thighs and brushed his thumb over her nipple. Her breast was heavy in his hand. Her womanly curves sent a rush of desire straight to his already straining dick. She was his perfect wet dream. Warm, soft, and the girl had a mouth to die for, but that could wait for next time. He had no idea when he would get another opportunity like this. He growled in her ear and tugged her robe up the back of her legs, desperate to bury himself inside her.
“Sam. Stop!”
She wriggled out of his grasp and he groaned his disappointment. His stallion bucked at the gate waiting for the starter’s orders. The feisty bugger would put an eye out if it broke free of his very tight white boxer briefs.
He took a deep breath. “I’m dying here.”
Meg glanced at his bulging erection.
“We can’t. Maud might come through.”
Sam growled, “Fuck Maud.”
A giggle escaped Meg. “I’m sure she’d be a more than willing partner and at least you could get some relief.” She popped the top off the ice cream and filled the spoon. Maybe she hoped the cool dessert would bring them both back to their senses. She offered him the first taste. “Here, have some ice cream instead.”
He took the spoon from her and slipped it seductively between his lips then pulled it back out and slowly licked the remaining dessert from the stainless steel surface. The way she licked her lips and swallowed showed his actions were getting the desired reaction. Encouraged, Sam reached out, took the tub, and refilled his spoon. He leaned forward and brushed his ice cream cooled lips against hers as he whispered, “Coming?”
Meg squeaked out, “Not yet,” then followed him as he disappeared through the house.


Lillian Grant said...

Thank you so much for the interview. It was fun :)


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