1. What books or authors have influenced your writing?
I really enjoy fun contemporary romance: Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding and Jane Green. I also enjoy literary commercial fiction such as Jodi Picoult, and Anita Shreve. And in terms of erotic romance, I am a big fan of Christina Lauren, and Bella Andre. I like to think my writing incorporates a little bit of all these influences.
2. Do you write alpha or beta heroes, or does it vary with each story?
I enjoy writing alpha-beta heroes. They are powerful and in control, yet they have a sensitive, sweet side. And they can get a little playful too. Who doesn’t like a man who can make you laugh? In my trilogyThe Ground Rules, Weston is a tad peculiar – he’s a little nerdy and shy, but he’s also very sexy, powerful and mysterious.
3. What’s your favorite romance trope to read or write, (secret baby, marriage of convenience, big secret, enemies to lovers, etc.)?
I love the Cinderella theme, opposites attract, good girl/bad boy, friends to lovers, love triangle. My trilogy includes three of these tropes.
4. Can you tell us about your current or upcoming projects?
The Ground Rules is an erotic romance trilogy. It tells the story of Mirella Keates, a typical suburban mom and teacher who is happily married to her high school sweetheart. But one fateful night, her life changes when she and her husband Gabe meet a very beautiful and interesting couple.
Mirella is instantly drawn to Weston – he’s sexy, mysterious, and a little peculiar. And when he and his stunning wife make them an unthinkable proposal, Mirella and Gabe accept, driven by lust and desire.
The ground rules are clear, but as Mirella discovers the kind and gentle man hidden under Weston’s rigid exterior, she soon falls hard for him. And as Weston’s walls begin to crumble, he starts to break his own rules as well.
As Mirella falls deeper, she is torn between her feelings for Weston and her love for her husband. And she realizes her entire world is tearing at the seams.
5. Last question. Just for fun, if you could have any super power, what would it be?
Time travel – to be able to go anywhere in the world instantaneously, in another era, would be so cool! First on my agenda would be Paris in the 1920s.
The rules are simple…until they aren’t.
I have everything I ever thought I could want: a nice home, a job I love, two beautiful girls, and my husband, Gabe – my high school sweetheart who still rocks my world. If you ask anyone to describe me they would say, “Oh, Mirella? She’s such a nice girl.” And it’s true… until a mysterious, peculiar man and his beautiful wife enter our lives.
Weston and Bridget Hanson are no ordinary couple—they’re stunning, enigmatic, and sexy as hell. During the course of one unexpected evening, my ordinary world is turned upside down. How could it not be when Weston and Bridget propose the unthinkable? And when the unthinkable is so very tempting, giving in becomes inevitable.
It sounds so logical and simple. Just five rules and we can all have what we desire. But the heart doesn’t follow rules, and now passion, jealousy, and confusion threaten to tear everything apart.
Two beautiful couples. Five simple rules. One hot mess.
Link to excerpt on my website: http://royacarmen.com/the-ground-rules/
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25521134-the-ground-rules
Contact info: www.royacarmen.com
AUTHOR BIO: Romance writer, mom, book junkie, manic doodler. There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down at my laptop and making up stories – and if those stories should include beautiful men, a little romance, and a few steamy scenes, all the better!
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