In Her Closet
Entertainment columnist Yves Santiago unapologetically lives her life as carelessly as a man. Her day job keeps her flush in men, with few regrets and even fewer mistakes. By night, she details her exploits on her anonymous sex blog, Lust Diaries.
Yves leads a happy, delightfully filthy life. Until she meets nonfiction editor Elijah Weinstein.
Moss green eyes, sun-kissed shoulders and a mouth so damn sensual that it should have a NC-17 rating, this perfectly suited and coiffed, Fifth Avenue prince is everything she never wanted yet can't resist. He methodically lays waste to the walls she's built around herself, looking to get closer to the real Yves Santiago.
With the promise of a fairytale turned real, Yves must dig into the depths of her past. But once she shakes out the skeletons in her closet, will she be ready for all Elijah has to offer?
Everything She Never Wanted
After years of struggling to make a living at writing, Yves Santiago finally has a contract to publish her blog The Lust Diaries with Leaf Press, the most prestigious literary publishing house in Philadelphia. She owes all of that to Elijah Weinstein, a man who genuinely respects her hustle and her intellect.
Yves would be the first to admit that she has a knack for falling for the wrong guy, but Elijah is wrong in all the right ways. The kinky, pretty boy and his filthy, delicious mouth has burrowed his way under her skin and she isn’t sure how or if she wants to get him out. All of it seems a little too good to be true.
As Yves begins to explore her submissive and kinky tendencies and their affections for each other become more intense, she fears that she is falling into old patterns, losing herself in him.
Elijah keeps pushing her boundaries, making her want and feel things she isn't ready for, but when they come right up to his limits will he be brave enough to let her in?
All about Tasha
Often accused of navigating life without a filter, Tasha L. Harrison has managed to brand herself as brutally honest without being labeled a b**ch…or at least that’s what likes to tell herself. She writes African American and interracial urban erotica and erotic romance with heroines just as brazen as herself and heroes that struggle to tolerate them while getting them in the sack.
Q&A with Tasha
I write African American, multicultural and interracial erotica and romance.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Apparently I’ve always wanted to be a writer. An old high school buddy told me that she remembers sitting across from the lunch table from me in 9th grade and she remembers me talking about being a writer then! I think I’ve always been writing in some way my whole life. Whether it was journaling or penning poems for mother’s day, it’s always been a part of my life.
Romance is one of the popular selling genres in today’s market, what makes your book stand out from the rest?
I think my novels are slightly different in that they focus more on the heroine than than the hero. Most romances focus on the hero and all his perfect imperfections, but my focus in THE LUST DIARIES has always been on the character development of Yves Santiago and her journey.
Give us an insight into your main character(s). What does he/she/they do that is so special?
My female main character Yves Santiago…gah. I love her so much. She is an Afro Latina who is single and attempting to live her life to the fullest. Yves is the sort of woman who embraces everything with both arms and would walk away from any experience with no regrets.
Elijah Weinstein is what myself and one of my readers like to call #WhiteBooPrime. I don’t want you to think that means he is perfect. He has flaws and issues of his own, but phew! The chemistry between him and Yves is white hot which makes them so fun to write.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My best or biggest writing accomplishment will always be having the courage to write and publish a book in the first place.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I used to think that I was a panster—a writer who planned nothing and wrote by “the seat of her pants”. Over the last couple of years, I have found that I enjoy plotting out my novel. It’s much easier to write and requires less revision at the end. I’ve also discovered that I’m very much like Dorothy Parker in that I hate writing, but I love having written. Getting that first draft down is pure agony! I love the revising/editing part of the process because it’s much easier to hone a story that is already there rather than creating it from scratch!
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I don’t know that this is necessarily unique, but I used to enjoy drawing and painting. Recently, I’ve decided to get back into it.
What can we expect from you in the future?
There are two more books in my series THE LUST DIARIES as well as two companion novels. After I finish writing those, I plan to do nothing but standalones for a while. Writing a series is exhausting!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Whether you are self-publishing or submitting your manuscripts to traditional publishers for consideration, adjust your expectations. Writing is hard work and becoming a successful writer is even harder. This is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. It takes a whole lot of work and a little bit of luck to make things happen.
Here’s a tough one, if you had the choice, would you rather have negative reviews or none at all?
I would rather have negative reviews. While it’s difficult to know that someone has disliked your carefully crafted stories so much that they felt compelled to write a negative review, it’s also good know what readers found problematic or off-putting. It keeps you grounded and lets you know that there is always room for improvement. Of course, this depends on the quality of the negative review. If it’s thoughtful and constructive, that’s great. If it simply says, “Omigod, I hated this so much! Kill it with fire!” that doesn’t help much!
But the most important thing about reading reviews is that reviews are for READERS not writers. Don’t get so caught up in negative or positive reviews that it affects your writing.