Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Interview: Foxoddness by Maureen O. Betita
Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
I’m Maureen O. Betita. I have a distant niece in the Phillipines, so the O. is needed or you’ll find her on Facebook and think I have an aging portrait in the attic. I’m in my fifth decade and have lived in California all my life. Presently, I’m on the central coast and loving it. I’m into the third decade of my marriage and met my husband in high school.
I’m a writer who isn’t afraid to create worlds in many genres, though it makes me hard to categorize. And it’s hell on knowing where to promote and market. I do have a penname, under which I publish the more salacious stories of my repertoire. But beware, Maura Blue has no censor.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Foxoddness is a standalone novel, contemporary, lightly paranormal and erotic. I specify it’s a standalone, as most of my titles are parts of a series. This book features a long married couple and what happens to their life, and marriage, when a new man stirs things up. Until Will knocks on their door, they didn’t know magic existed.
Are you a mom?
Only of a continual line of dogs and/or cats. Which has proven challenging enough that I have my doubts that I would have made a very good people mom.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
Most of the time, I’m actually scared to death. Of everything. But I’m good at facing it down.
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
*hangs head – I watch too much television. And Netflix is the bane of my existence. I’m learning how to sew and one day, I hope to discover a love of gardening. (Ha!)
Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
There’s a few – Kim Harrisons Hollows Series, The Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton and The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and… The Miles Vorkosigan Novels of Lois McMaster Bujold. Not just because they are wildly popular, but because they have wondrous characters and worlds.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
It really changes from time to time. So much depends on my emotional and mental state. I admire Ria from Essentially Human, for her vulnerability and strength despite her battered heart and mind. I adore Emily from The Kraken’s Caribbean Series, for her sense of humor and loyalty. And I lust after her man, I admit it. When I need a hero to look up to and emulate, I think of Miranda from the Forever A Pirate Series. As a couple, I so love Sarah and Andrew from Foxoddness, for being willing to open up, find and accept magic in their world.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
I hadn’t planned on making Foxoddness a series, but I’ve been approached by several fans to please, please, please write more! There are a few characters who have stories to be told, so…when I find a window of opportunity, I think I will. My lead has a pair of sisters who really do need to find out what happens for them. A brother and his brother’s daughter have adventures ahead. And maybe, just maybe, his twin sister…
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
2016 is going to be mad busy. My two pirate series are reaching their ends. Forever A Pirate in March and The Kraken’s Caribbean likely in January or February. I have a new 5 book series is starting in February, only 5 books long – Irish Magic. (I tend to write long.) There are two big conventions on my side of the Rockies and I hope to attend both, plus a few more on the side. I love going to conventions and having a chance to meet readers and potentially readers, face to face. Happily, they are far enough apart that I should be able to recover my strength between them.
I have several books I hope to finish and publish in 2016. More standalone books, ranging from a dystopian fantasy to horror to romantic suspense. I am ambitious!
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.
Available at Amazon
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.
“Seems like a good thing to do…” Taking her hand in his, he raised it to his lips and ran his tongue down it, and then sucked several of her fingers into his mouth.
Her eyes widened as she stared at him. “Oh, God. I...want…”
“I like to follow my instincts, Sarah.” Will looked straight into her eyes. He licked at her fingertips before setting that hand at his bulging crotch. With a moan, her eyes lost focus as the pheromones took hold. Will kept still when she pushed off the bench, knelt on the deck, and fought to get his pants open. Her fervor impressed him. She lowered her mouth onto him and sucked like it was the first cock she’d ever touched.
A smidge of guilt ran through him, but the glory of her mouth swept that away. If she hadn’t been inclined, it wouldn’t have worked.
Though he wanted to linger over the encounter, it was best if he delivered this first dose of chemistry speedily. “Damn, that feels so good.” He stroked her hair, let his head drop back and surrendered. She swallowed most of his cum, save for the bit that dribbled down her chin. He smiled and lifted her, opening her shirt and spreading that bit down her cleavage, even painting her nipples with it. “Make sure he sucks them tonight,” he whispered.
Sarah nodded, and he helped her back to the bench, securing her shirt before putting himself back together. He picked up his drink and let her return to herself. His chemistry would make sure she stayed calm. Her memory wasn’t going to argue with what just happened. It would just shuffle it around; probably decide nothing had occurred save a pleasant fantasy.
As he expected, the lovely writer sat up straighter, picking up the conversation from where it left off. “Yeah, the deck. It is a bit spongy. I keep trying to talk Andrew into putting together a shed under there, with a door to the front and the back. And extend it.” She got up and pointed to the box below the deck, giving him a nice view of her ass. “That used to be where the twits before us kept their dogs.” It was as if the small interlude had never taken place.
His imagination sped ahead, picturing her spreading those legs and inviting him to fuck her. Battling the image, he finished his cookies and then told her to check out the bedroom. “You can watch while I get the new window in.”
Standing, she sedately followed him into the bedroom and lay down on the bed to observe him work. He stepped in and out of the room. One of the times he came back in, she’d slipped her hand under the waistband of the baggy jeans she was wearing and began masturbating. Will ignored her and kept talking about the window. When she climaxed, filling the room with her scent, he sat, pulling her hand free and cleaning it off. A small smile lit her face and then she drifted into a late afternoon nap. Her susceptibility boded well for his pursuit. He hoped Andrew was equally inclined. From impressions, he was nearly certain.
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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