Maureen O. Betita
Genre: contemporary erotic paranormal romance
Date of Publication: September 15, 2015
Number of pages: 215
Word Count: 78,206
Cover Artist: Barbara Cool Lee
A house by the beach, happily married for over 25 years – what more could Sarah and Andrew Denby need? Yet, something is missing…until Will Bramble knocks on their door. He leads them into a deeper sensuality than they ever imagined.
The lanky redhead figures on a quick seduction, some fun in the sack and moving on. But Sarah’s laughter, Andrew’s strength, and the welcome of their bed, fills the hollow place in his heart.
From the haunted hills of Santa Bella, to the rambling fields of Scotland and the enchantments of Ireland, they discover the powers of physical intimacy, while the legacy of his magic, hidden beneath his human skin, brings their world to life.
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Casually, Will laid an arm across the back of the bench. “The windows and doors won’t take very long. But if you’d like, we can talk about a few odd jobs. Like repairing this deck. I think the support beams are failing; it’s too spongy. I have the time on my schedule.”
She turned her face toward his hand and inhaled the batch of pheromones he’d set down earlier. Her eyes closed slightly and a tremble ran through her body. The obvious desire for more flew through her. She took another deep breath. He set his drink cup down and turned to face her. When he lifted his hand slightly, she ran a tongue down it, and then flinched back. “Oh! I…uh…” The blush from the coffeehouse rose to a full bloom on her face.
About the Author:
Maureen O. Betita believes in the transformative power of sensual encounters. She uniquely blends erotic romantic adventure, plus fantasy/paranormal elements in her books, including The Kraken’s Caribbean series and the Forever A Pirate series.
Pirate Festivals, Steampunk Gatherings, Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Renaissance Faires – these are all within her social sphere and she borrows, steals, and creates stories from her adventures at these venues. Her imagination includes worlds of science fiction romance with three books revolving around the common theme of Alien Encounters; an intricate creation of contemporary erotic fantasy, with Born in Flight; and trips to a slightly alternative side of contemporary Ireland with the upcoming 5 books series, Sex Magic.
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Where are you from? Born and bred in California, but where my soul hailed from before that, I have some ideas of, but they are very fanciful.
Tell us your latest news? I’ve recently released a new standalone book (in contrast to my normal series books) entitled Foxoddness. It’s a sexy/erotic paranormal contemporary, featuring a long married couple and the magic man who appears at their front door one day, bringing…change.
When and why did you begin writing? I’ve worked on and off in bookstores for decades. Love books, always looking for something I wasn’t finding. Something…I needed to write. So, in the early 2000s I began to write. I honestly think I’m still my biggest fan.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I was writing long before I took on the official moniker of ‘writer’. In 2008, I took a class at the Romantic Booklovers Convention from Judi McCoy. At her urging we aspiring writers simple began referring to ourselves as writers. It stuck.
What inspired you to write your first book? My first book strolled out from Morning Pages, ala Julie Cameron’s book, The Artists Way. Every morning I rose and began my day at Starbucks, writing my 3 ‘stream of consciousness’ pages. And one day, two characters from my nightly storytelling, Jake and Miranda, demanded I record a scene on a rooftop. It eventually became the middle of my third book. After that scene was done, I set it aside and created books one and two, edged up to the roof scene and moved beyond.
Do you have a specific writing style? In general, I’m a strap a rocket on my ass and take off into the wild blue yonder sort of writer. I’m a pantser. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with the quilter style, which is writing scenes out of order, etc, then stitching them all together. But even with those, it’s a bit of a pantser style.
How did you come up with the title? For Foxoddness? Well, the main character isn’t a fox shifter, but there is something foxy about him. The female lead, in attempting to understand his story, dubs it foxoddness. I liked it, it stuck. In other words, it crawled out of my pantsing.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I’ve been thinking about that a lot… It’s a fun, sexy story, with adventures…but at the heart of things, is something I believe strongly in. There is a transformative power in good sex, and if one can let go of prior conceptions, you just never know what might happen.
How much of the book is realistic? Well, it’s contemporary, which is very different than most of my series books. The setting is real, and the idea of William Bramble and the story of his family stems from actual Japanese mythology. I’d venture that is about it when it comes to the ‘real’ world.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Oh, I wish!
What books have most influenced your life most? I’m going to really date myself here, but the books of Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan, weighs heavy in influence. As does many, many, many books from the early Science Fiction Book Club of America, which my father belonged to. For the most part, my influences were series. Tarzan, Pelucidar (ERB), The Foundation Trilogy (Isaac Asimov), the Elric of Melniboné books by Michael Moorcock… And the books of ultimate world building, all of Tolkien.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Ah, if wishes were horses… Jennifer Ashley. Her early books, the Nvengaria Series and the Regency Pirates really allowed me to go places I assumed were too far out for publication. If she could do that…I could do this!
What book are you reading now? Actually, I’ve been working my way through Kris Tualla’s Discreet Gentlemen Series. Regency Romantic Mysteries. Very fun!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I’m not sure how new he is, but he is new to me – Lloyd A. Meeker.
What are your current projects? By March of 2016, I will finish up my two pirate series, The Kraken’s Caribbean and Forever A Pirate. As those are winding down, I am gearing up for a short 5 books series entitled Irish Magic. An erotic contemporary paranormal series set mostly in Ireland. 2016 is going to be crazy, with two big conventions on my side of the Rockies where I’ll be promoting like a madman. Which actually isn’t a far reach!
What would you like my readers to know? Well, of course, I’d love them to read my books. Start with one of the standalones, Foxoddness being a good choice, and see if my style of writing appeals. And let me know! Speaking to readers is one of my favorite things when if comes to being a writer.
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