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Today's guest author is Avery Beck!

Two-time Golden Heart® finalist Avery Beck has crafted compelling fiction since age five, when she played school with her best friend and sent home a “teacher’s note” that got the poor girl in trouble.

It seems natural that her two passions, writing and studying relationships, have found an outlet in romance novels. She is fascinated with exploring the something that draws two people together, and she hopes to share with readers the humor, fun, drama, and best of all, joy of falling in love.

Avery writes short, sexy contemporaries and believes life is not complete without the pursuit of dreams and an intense roll in the hay…or wherever one feels inclined to roll.

Visit her at http://www.averybeck.com.

One night of anonymous sex. Zero consequences. At least, that was the plan.

Dumped for another woman, Bree Jamison buries her white-picket-fence dreams—and her naturally shy demeanor—for a contract job behind the scenes of an erotic cyberstore. Her new life comes with a sexy public persona, and a driving ambition to earn a permanent position with the company.

On the day she’s prepared to present her best work, she’s shocked to discover her future depends on impressing her only one-night stand. The one man who could blow her cover and ruin everything.

Evan climbed out of poverty with sarcasm on his tongue and a ring in his eyebrow. He can’t believe the vixen in front of him is the same woman who fumbled her way through their single botched encounter. Her offer for a do-over is an opportunity he can’t pass up, not only to secure his reputation, but to satisfy his curiosity about the one woman he couldn’t please.

In a bedroom full of the company’s products, fiery arguments lead to experimentation—and then to a passion that strips away their masks. In that vulnerable place, their troubled pasts collide, baring secrets that force Evan into a hard decision. And Bree back on the road to heartbreak…

Welcome, Avery!

***

1) What kind of books do you love to read and how do those stories impact your own writing?
Between two kids and a writing career, I have very little free time, so when I get a moment to read I need a short, fast-paced story—I am a category-length romance girl at heart, so it’s no surprise that I chose to write it as well. Lighthearted novels with happy endings are my favorite to read and write, because they serve as a great distraction from the drama and negativity of the real world.

I also enjoy reading nonfiction on psychological and sociological topics--the way people relate to themselves and each other. Parenting, marriage, and mental health are a few issues I’ve studied recently. Not only is this interesting and feeds my itch to learn new things, but the information can be very useful for character development in a story.

2) What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?
I have two works-in-progress at the moment: the second book in a paranormal romance trilogy and a steamy contemporary mixed with a bit of suspense. Having written several straight contemporaries, I’m trying my hand at other sub-genres and am excited to see how these stories turn out. Keeps my mind off the two manuscripts I’ve got floating around in submission-land…

My second published novel, a contemporary romance titled For His Eyes Only about a troubled young woman struggling to escape objectification who finds solace in the arms of a fashion industry mogul, releases in digital format from Samhain on November 3 of this year. Both this title and Sexy by Design will release in print in 2010.

3) What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or book(s)?
It’s a tie between “I loved it from the start,” and “I stayed up past midnight finishing it”!

4) What’s your writing schedule like?
Usually, I work from 7 pm to midnight, every night. I try to squeeze in administrative and promotional duties during the day while my kids are at school. If I’m approaching a deadline, I spend Saturday mornings at the local Starbucks with a frappuccino and my laptop.

5) If you could be one character from any book you’re read or written who would it be and why?
I’m supposed to pick one gorgeous, smart, talented, successful woman who has the devoted attention of a gorgeous, smart, talented, successful hunk? That’s a tall order…but I have to say my favorite character is the heroine of one of my submission-land manuscripts. She’s pretty, independent, and so driven there’s nothing in the world she can’t do, except confess she’s crazy in love with an old friend who belongs to someone else…she thinks. I love a good reunion story!

Thanks so much for being here, Avery!

To enter into a drawing for a chance to win a digital copy of SEXY BY DESIGN, simply answer this question:

Are you a night owln or a morning person?

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25Comments:

Blogger LighthouseSandy said...

I'm a night owl, big time! It's 12:45 a.m. right now and I'm still going strong! LOL. And even when I go to bed, no matter the time, I read at least an hour.

12:48 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Congrats on the new release. I'm a night owl. I wish I could stay up all the time to watch the late night talk shows.

1:24 AM  
Blogger Maggie Robinson w/a Margaret Rowe said...

I can stay up late, but I usually wake up early. My best writing time is from 5 AM to 9 AM, and then I leave for work at 10.

Love the cover!

5:16 AM  
Blogger amy said...

Honestly, neither. I hate mornings...I am a total grouch, always have been. Bit with 4 kids ages 10 and under, I have to be up early, but that doesn't mean I have to like it :)
And I can barley stay up until 11 each night. So I guess I am the middle of the day type of person!

Thanks!
Amy M

5:31 AM  
OpenID pams00 said...

I tend to be a night owl! It's usually my quite time :). I get caught up in reading or sometimes work stuff (I am a web and graphic designer) and lose track of time.

6:17 AM  
OpenID elaing8 said...

Great interview.Another new author for me.
I'm a night owl.But with my new job I can't stay up as late as I like anymore.
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

6:20 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I'm such a night owl~~I always call myself a vampire. I've worked the grave yard shift for so many years, that's my natural time to be awake now, lol. I can't hardly sleep before 6 a.m.

This book sounds really good~~congrats on the new release!!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Babyblue22 said...

Congratulations on the New Release!
It sounds pretty Hot!

Well for me I'm definitely a nightowl, Always have been. I stay up late but not as late as I used to because my 3 yr old gets up pretty early. I kind of miss it :-(

~Afshan

7:33 AM  
Blogger joder said...

I'm actually both. I stay up late reading and then I'm up with the sun. I like to use every moment I can reading.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Avery Beck said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking out my interview.

I hate getting up in the morning, but once I'm ready to go I like to get started early...and I also stay up until midnight. I guess that makes me a night owl *and* an early bird. Just keep me away from mid-afternoon, when the kids are driving me so crazy I want to run screaming from the house. LOL

9:14 AM  
Blogger Beth Trissel said...

Great interview Avery. I enjoyed learning more about you and your fabulous work. :) I need to be more of a night owl/writer. I'm still trying to find what time of day works best for me after all these years.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Cathy M said...

Deinitely a night owl. Love the quiet at night when the kids are all asleep, just me and a great book, or catching up on whatever I want to watch on tv. Don't have to worry about sharing the remote, lol.

11:29 AM  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

I am definitely a night person. Most of the time I just stay up late reading or watching movies and I always wake up late.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Eva S said...

I'm a night owl, don't like mornings...

Congrats on the release!

12:01 PM  
Blogger Refhater said...

By nature I'm a night owl. Unfortunatly, I have to be up at O-dark-thirty (5 AM) every morning for work. So, I'd have to go with half night owl and half early bird. Much caffine is required in the mornings before I'm somewhat human.

Congrats on the new release!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Great interview and your books sound hot!
I'm a night owl.
Cathy

1:50 PM  
Blogger Kris Kennedy said...

Avery~
Mega woot!!! on your release (don't you love mid-sentence punctuation?)

I am a night-owl, unfortunately, b/c I have a small child who is morning rooster, and so, you know . . . This morning was a 5:30am morning. Was I at my best? Sorta not.

Huge congrats on your release, and yours too, Elisabeth! I love your premise, Avery, and am excited to read more!!!

3:01 PM  
Blogger booklover1335 said...

Hi Avery,
You are a new to me author, but Sexy by Design sounds great.

I used to be a night owl, now I would say I am more of a morning person and struggle to sleep past 7 am no matter what time I go to bed. It's that damn internal clock...grrr.

Would love to win a digital copy of this book!

cldivineATyahooDOTcom

3:11 PM  
Blogger Avery Beck said...

Thanks so much for the congrats. :-)

Hi Beth and Kris!

booklover--I'm still pretty much a new-to-everybody author, LOL. Of course, I hope that changes soon!

3:58 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

I am forced to be a morning person since I am a teacher; however, I sure enjoy sleeping in on weekends and any other day I am off!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Armenia said...

I'm a night owl. I can stay up late and read into the wee late hours.

7:52 PM  
Blogger lrwirum said...

I think I tend to be a little of both. :-)

Larena

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

I am such a night owl! I have a hard time going to sleep early unless I'm exhausted, and have the worst time waking up. It usually takes me at least till mid-morning to really get moving. The worst part about this is that I'm a teacher and have to be alert (or at least try/pretend to be) before my kids come in at 8am.

11:51 PM  
Blogger limecello said...

Night Owl. It's... yeah.
I'm on EST - and have recently been telling everyone how much better it'd be if the rest of the world around me could run on PST ... here. No really - I think we could get a working system :P

3:04 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

I am most definitely a night owl.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

1:11 PM  

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