Monday, July 31, 2017

Dark Rooms by Sionna Fox Giveaway & Intervew

Dark Rooms
Sionna Fox

Genre:  Erotic Romance

Publisher:  Boroughs Publishing Group

Date of Publication:  27 July 2017

ISBN:  978-1-944262-82-2
ISBN: 978-1-548299-49-1

Word Count: 40,000 words.

Cover Artist:  Boroughs Publishing Group

Tagline: When they met on Friday night, he dominated her. When he walks into her photography classroom on Wednesday morning, the question is, who’s in charge. 
Women beg Wes Oliver to dominate them in darkness. In the light, he’s finally getting his life back on track. College is priority number one—until he finds his new professor is the delicious Sub who ran out on him last weekend, a brilliant and mature beauty nothing like the girls who usually kneel before him. Suddenly, this is no longer just about pleasure. This is about his heart.
Aimee Eastman has rules. Rules for herself. Rules for her college photography students. Rules for the partners she submits to at private BDSM house parties. Then the hot young Dom who topped her last weekend walks into her classroom and all boundaries fly out the window—or would if she could just give up control. Like she wants. Like she needs. Then she and Wes might share forever.

About the Author:

Sionna Fox has been writing stories her whole life. Her first book was about dinosaurs, and according to her mother, it was adorable. Sionna was late to the romance game, but hasn’t looked back since picking up the habit and firmly believes romance novels can save your life. She lives in New England with her very patient husband and a very put-upon dog.


1.      What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I’ve been all kinds of places in my head. In real life, while I wouldn’t call it a pilgrimage, I did spend a few days in Bath because of Jane Austen. It’s quite lovely, and gave me a different perspective on reading Persuasion, which is my absolute, hands-down favorite Austen novel.
2.      What is the first book that made you cry?
I was a sensitive wee bookworm, so probably a lot of them made me cry as a kiddo. Probably something in the Little House series, or maybe the original American Girl books.
3.      Does writing energize or exhaust you?
That very much depends on how it’s going. When putting words on the page is like pulling teeth, it’s terrible and I wonder what on Earth I’m torturing myself for. But when it’s working, there’s nothing better.
4.      What is your writing Kryptonite?
Not knowing my characters well enough will get me every time. I get excited about an idea for a scene or a story, and I’ll start going and then get totally mired because I don’t know what the characters would do next.
5.      Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I use a pseudonym because when I started writing, I worked in a fairly conservative office. I kept the pen name, but I’m not nearly as protective about the boundary between my “real” life and my author life as I was.
6.      What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I joined RWA and participate in both my local chapter and the online erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink and both have been huge influences on my writing and my career. My friends are cheerleaders, sounding boards, commiserators, and sometimes co-conspirators. I did a reading in July with Tamsen Parker, Jen Doyle, and Jennifer Hallock that was super fun, and wouldn’t have happened without being involved in NECRWA.
The romance community online, on Twitter especially, has also been an amazing resource for information, inspiration, and the out of control explosion of my TBR pile.
7.      Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I’m not currently working on a series formally, but I do think that themes of agency, consent, the characters learning to embrace what they want and need sexually and emotionally, carry across my work, because those are important themes and issues to me personally. And I’ll always have a soft spot for good-hearted heroes and stubborn heroines.
8.      What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
I faked my way through reading the Hobbit for school in sixth grade, but came back to Tolkien as an adult. I still wouldn’t list him as a favorite, but I have an appreciation for fantasy and sci-fi that I didn’t have growing up.
9.      What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Delphine Dryden’s Science of Temptation series was huge for me when I found it. I know it gets a fair bit of love from erotic romance fans, but I think the books would work for a wider audience. Funny, sweet, nerdy and kinky is such a sweet spot for me as a reader.
10.  As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
It’s right in my pen name: Fox. Smart, silly, adaptable. 
11.  How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
One complete, as-yet-unpublished novel. Several half-baked attempts, some of which have been cannibalized and turned into other projects. Repurposing bits of the things I know should never see the light of day at least helps me feel like it wasn’t a total waste of effort.
12.  What did you edit out of this book?
This book was a case of having to add quite a bit, so there was little we took out once editing began. The bones of the story were there, but my editor (who is AMAZING) and I planned out a whole additional subplot that didn’t exist in the original draft. I hesitated on the direction at first, but we made it happen in a way that ended up strengthening the characters and the story as a whole.
13.  If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I have tried to be a lot of things other than a writer, and I still have a day job, but in a perfect world, this is exactly what I would be doing. Though I wouldn’t mind getting to hang out in a darkroom again.
14.  Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
There are references to places and things I’d have to explain to almost anyone else before they got it. And I really did have a friend in college who made me read the Story of O. Real life and fiction diverge from there.
15.  What is your favorite childhood book?
As a kid? The Little House series. Favorite kids’ book as an adult? The Wind in the Willows. I also love Kate Beaton’s picture books.

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