Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tina Donahue ~ Romance Author Extraordinaire

Tina Donahue is a multi-published novelist in contemporary and historical romance. She was the editor of an award-winning Midwestern newspaper, worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company, served as public relations director for a California literary agency, and is currently the Managing Editor for a global business document concern.

She has also modeled professionally, appearing on billboards throughout the nation.

I could picture those billboards with you modeling as Marilyn Monroe…am I right? *smile* You have that blonde bombshell look about you, Tina.

I’ve invited Tina here to talk about Sinfully Wicked, her newest contemporary ménage erotica romance. I’ve got plenty of questions, Tina…maybe we should get started…

Please tell us how the idea came to you for Sinfully Wicked. Please include all the fun details.

I’d just finished writing my first ménage, SiNN, when I started to think about doing another ménage, only this time the guys would be brothers…fraternal twins to be exact. I then started to think—what if they both fell in love with the same girl as teens? What if something pulled them apart? A betrayal? With that, the conflict started falling into place. However, I then started to think—okay,  she betrayed them way back when, but now she’s back fifteen years later—why? The answer I came up with increased the conflict even more. And with that Sinfully Wicked was born. J

What drives Mitch and Connor, motivates, and/or inspires them?

These guys had a tough life, especially during their teen years. However, they never let it defeat them. Together, they achieved astounding wealth, everything they’d ever dreamed of with their wildly popular gentleman’s club Wicked. And yet, they still hadn’t found a love as deep and moving as they’d once had with Nikki. At least, until she’s back in their lives. J

What’s Nikki’s job? What does she do for a living?

She was an attorney working in the New York banking world. However, her now ex-husband’s fraud (ala Bernard Madoff) dragged her down too, even though she was innocent of everything. She didn’t even know her ex-husband was a crook. As the novel opens, she’s desperate for a job to save her parent’s house because they also invested with her ex-husband and lost everything. She’s unemployable as an attorney (because of her ex’s fraud) so she asks Mitch and Connor if she can work at their gentleman’s club, knowing it pays very well. However, to do so she has to be willing to work bottomless, topless, or both.

Wow, Nikki gets some pretty crack-shot rules to get a job, sounds totally wild and compelling. *grins*

Give us some insight into Nikki. What’s a bit of her back story?

Nikki was a transplant to Atlanta (where the novel takes place) from the Midwest. She was never the popular girl in school…always the outsider. The summer before school began she met Mitch and Connor who were also outcasts. They all fell hard and fast—the way only kids can. However, when school started everything went south fast thanks to the popular, bullying kids.  As the novel opens, it’s been fifteen years since they’ve all seen each other. But they haven’t forgotten…the love they had for each other is as strong now as it was then. Although Nikki’s long ago betrayal is something Mitch can forgive and forget. Connor’s not yet at that point.

Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?
The action in Sinfully Wicked takes place in Atlanta and Sea Island, Georgia. I’ve been there many times. I just love the South, it’s so beautiful. I wanted a sultry weekend between the brothers and Nikki and I started thinking of how gorgeous Sea Island is. That more or less settled the locale for me.

Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?
I have several, and one of them is when Nikki is working in Wicked, Mitch and Connor’s gentleman’s club. It’s her first night there and Mitch/Connor are watching her on the monitors in the manager’s office. Things get very lusty very quick with one of the patrons. What Mitch does at that point is so damn cool, so Alpha it took my breath away. I can’t give away more than that, it would ruin it. Trust me, that scene is scorching hot.

Well, you’ve got my attention speaking of hot scenes. LOL

What are you working on now?

I just finished an erotic paranormal – the first of a series. Until I hear from my editor about it, that’s about all I can say. Sorry.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be starting another erotic contemporary – just as hot as Sinfully Wicked. J

Where can we find you? List all of your links.

Here you go:


Quickie Quiz

        Getting to know Tina Donahue

Cat or Dog:  Cat

Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t:  Spain

Breakfast drink: Chocolate milk

Favorite season ~ why: Spring – caressing breezes, flowers perfuming the air, blue-blue sky.


Tina is offering one commenter a choice of one of Tina’s backlist e-books, including:

Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT

Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit

Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award

In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT

Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT

The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller

Take Me Away - #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books

Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR

Drawing will be held on 4-1-12 sometime after noon EST. Don’t forget to leave your email address for winner contact. Good Luck!!

 Click Cover for Buy Link

Sinfully Wicked

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

March 30, 2012

Erotic Contemporary Romance – Menage

Two brothers—one woman—unforgettable passion…

Years before Nikki fell in love with Mitch and Connor, betraying them as only a high school girl could. Now, she’s back and needs their help.

Powerful and commanding, Mitch has never stopped craving Nikki. Connor hungers for her as badly, but isn’t ready to forgive. If she needs some fast cash by working at their gentlemen’s club, she’ll have to audition by stripping for them.

Aroused by their shameless scrutiny, Nikki’s willing to do whatever it takes to be near them again…even being punished in the BDSM room or starring in one of Connor’s erotic films. Mitch won’t have it, unless he and Connor are the ones mounting and enjoying her.

On a sultry weekend, desire reignites on camera and off as Nikki surrenders to their lust, dominance and exquisite discipline, reawakening their timeless bond and the beginning of forgiveness.

Tina, thank you so much for taking time to be the featured guest author today. I’m looking forward to reading Sinfully Wicked.

Wishing you much success this release and all of your upcoming releases.

Thank you everyone for stopping by and visiting with Tina – don’t forget to leave her a comment for your chance to win her giveaway.

Until Next Time…Warm Hearts & Hugs,

Kay Dee

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Kay Dee Royal said...

Good Morning Tina...I've been patiently waiting for your book to release and it did...yesterday. So, of I went to buy it. LOL

Not sure what kind of chocolate milk you enjoy drinking, but I've got some here for please help yourself.

Here's an author question for you...tell me how well you know your characters before you start writing their story? Do you have some sort of form you use to establish them in your mind?

Tina Donahue said...

Morning, Kay Dee - thanks for having me here and thanks especially for the chocolate milk!

I know my characters VERY well before I write the first line. I do very long outlines - they're usually longer than the actual novels - so that I know my characters intimately. :)

Amber Skyze said...

I'm looking forward to getting my copy this week. I love the idea of this story. Plus, I know Tina writes awesome books! :)

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Amber!! Thanks for your great comments. Hope you enjoy Sinfully Wicked. I had a blast writing it. :)

Jean P said...

Congrats on your latest release, sounds like a really great story, look forward to reading it soon.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

flchen1 said...

Great intro to the story and to Tina, KayDee :) Love the sounds of Sinfully Wicked--I really enjoy stories where the characters start off with some history already, and then it's fun to see how it takes off from there! Thanks for the peek!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Romance Reader Enthusiast said...

I loved reading some of the back story of the characters in your latest book. It just makes me want to read it more than before. I also loved to read some of your personal information. You're never too old to love chocolate milk. It's great to heat it up on a cold night.


Nikki said...

Hey Tina!! Hey Kay Dee!!*big waves* The book sounds fabulous! I love the cover its totally drool-worthy!!

Cathy M said...

Happy Release Week Tina! Love that tease of your favorite scene, and I get to reward myself tomorrow night with a purchase of Sinfully Wicked, and I can't wait.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, flchen1, Lynn and Nikki - thanks so much for stopping by!

flchen1 - I love Kay Dee's intro - she really made me sound good!!

You're right, Lynn - never too old for chocolate milk. I'm mainline it if I could. :)

*waving back* to you, Nikki. OMG, I adore that cover. It is soooo sexy!! :)

Stormie Kent said...

Congrats Tina. It looks yummy as usual.

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Stormie - thanks! I love the cover. Wish I lived with that guy. :)

Kay Dee Royal said...

LOL - now Tina...most wishes come true you know :)

Hi Everyone...looks like Tina has got a party going on.

Hello Amber, flchen1, Hi Nikki *waves*, Great to virtually see you, Lynn, thanks for stopping by Cathy, I know what you mean about Tina's cover, Stormie. One hot picture...and if the inside is anything like the outside...well...

Yah, I ran and got me one...of Tina's books that is. LOL

Shall I grab another chocolate milk, Tina? I'm thinking about having something a bit stronger...

Anybody with me on that??

Tina Donahue said...

Oh yeah, definitely time for something stronger. Try a Brandy Alexander. Chocolate with brandy. Yummmo. :)

Mannouchka said...

Dear Tina ,

I always enjoy reading your book and very picture always well writting and nice and fun detail .
I wish you a wonderful Saturday night and a Sunny Sunday. Also see you really enjoy writing

Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Your new book sounds awesome. Please enter me in contest.

bn100 said...

Very nice interview. The book sounds good.


PaParanormalFan said...

Hello Tina & Kay Dee

Thank you Kay Dee Royal Sidney for hosting Tina Donahue as your Guest today on your Blog & conducting such a Great Interview with her.

Thank you Tina for taking the time out of your busy day to spend with your Fans, sharing so much about yourself with Us in your Great Interview & also giving Us a peak into your recent release, "Sinfully Wicked". I'd love to Congratulate You on another Fabulously, Erotic Book for all your Fans to read.

When I read & re-read lol “SiNN” it was soooo Scorching HAWT that I thought I was gonna have to take a walk out in the cold night air just to cool off!!! From the first page of SiNN, I was so captivated, I couldn’t stop reading until the very last page, and then I wished there was MORE!

BUT then came “Sinfully Wicked” & WoooHooo Tina you COMPLETELY out did yourself!!!! Your new ménage sounds sooooooo Smokin’ HOT, it’s going to be overheating my eReader……but I sure Don’t mind AT ALL!!!! Overheat Away!! LOL

I read the Excerpt of Chapter 1 on JasmineJade…..Ohhhhhh I soooooo want to be Nikki…PLEASEEEEE!!!!! OMG to have two HOT Alpha Males, Fraternal Twins at that (WOW that’s so drool-worthy), Mitch and Connor, all to Myself!!!! Just hose me down with ICE COLD Water right NOW because “Sinfully Wicked” is panty-melting HOTTTTT!!!! & Your Cover Art is so Erotically Sensual, you can actually feel the Passion between them!!!!!! Definitely the BEST Cover Art yet & I’m sure it will be the Best, Hottest, most Sensually Naughty Romance you have written to date!!!! This is going to be a 5++++ Rating, I can’t wait to read your new release Tina.

I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway. Thank You!

Take Care Tina, Have a Great Weekend & Stay Naughty
PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Mannouchka, Tore, bn and Renee - thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such awesome comments. Good luck in the drawing!! :)

Kay Dee Royal said...

Hello everyone...guess what, we have a winner for Tina's giveaway.

Congratulations Tore!!

Thank you for stopping in and visiting with Tina. Thank you all for stopping by. Tina, it was great having you as the featured guest author and I hope we can do it again soon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.

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