Monday, October 3, 2016
Interview with Marina Blue Author of Hot, Wet, Smooth, and Hard
1. Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
This is my first novel, Hot, Wet, Smooth, and Hard. It follows our protag, Melody Brooding-cum-Song as she tries to reconnect with the person she once was before a terrible marriage and messy divorce. Of course, she goes back to the home and man she abandoned years prior, and finds that both are threatened by forces of nature and man. Which means that Melody will need to dig deep into herself to find the strength to protect them both. It’s basically a modern version of the classic romances I read as a young woman, with a slightly higher pace to the story, and stakes for the characters.
2. Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?
Oh my yes! Being a Floridian I’ve dealt with all kinds of hurricanes and ill-meaning people, both of which are found in Hot, Wet, Smooth, and Hard. I’ve also reconnected with one particular love interest from my past a few years back, which is also a major plot point. I say, write what you know, otherwise the words will just ring untrue.
3. Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
Theme is so important to a novel. And to clarify, there’s what a book’s about, and then there’s what a book’s about. The first one is plot, but that second one is theme. I like broad and inspirational themes, myself, especially those dealing with rebirth. We all make mistakes, some big, some small, but being human is a long race, not a sprint, and we all have the power to define who we are, and what are story is about. It doesn’t matter about your bank account, your past mistakes, or how you were raised. We can always seize our own destinies, and make them shine!!!
Or, to quote Tom Robbins, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”
4. What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I love target shooting! While I’m not the biggest fan of people walking around with guns wherever they please, I do understand the love of archery and marksmanship. I’ve been blessed with a rough and tumble family who nurtured my interests, and shooting (rifles and bows) is one of those things that just centers me.
5. Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Melody Song, of course! She has a lot of my own flaws, and I really admire how she deals with them, and eventually overcomes them. The thing about characters is they have to be imperfect, or they’ll come across fake. So I put my own insecurities into her, and just watched how she’d handle them. Frankly, I was very impressed and inspired. Will I do the same in my life? Only time will tell…
6. If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
Craving Cove is technically a series, but not in the sequel/prequel style. All of the stories that take place there are stand alone, and the only thing they share in common are either location, or Craving Cove is their hometown. The next book is one I’m very excited about. It’s called “Gunner Briggs.” And it follows Knox’s friend Gunner as he chases after the love of his life. Unfortunately for him, she’s just travelled to Panama looking for her missing sister, who was last seen investigating the local crime syndicates for her paper. Oh, did I mention he’s an ex-Seal and a wolf shifter? It’s hot, sexy, and very exciting. I think the scenes and sequels really work well together! Coming in January!!!
Hot, Wet, Smooth, and Hard
Genre: Contemporary EroticRomance
Date of Publication: Sept 28th, 2016
Number of pages: 188
Word Count: 70K
Cover Artist: Mayhem Cover Creations
Melody’s a beautiful hurricane with an unbreakable spirit, and she’s capable of anything she sets her mind to. But after fifteen long years of living a life not meant for her, she’s returned home to Craving Cove, to take the perfect path she knows in her heart she was destined for, and to win back the man she abandoned all those years ago.
Every inch of this rough waterman is hot, smooth, wet, and hard, and each woman who’s laid eyes on him is dying for a taste of his tattoos. But he knows in his still-broken heart there’s only one girl out there for him, and he’s been waiting for the chance to reclaim what’s his.
But when dangerous forces threaten them and their home, it will take every bit of their loyalty, courage, and spirit to protect everything they love. Will they be able to cling to each other and conquer the storm, or will unknown enemies pull them apart, and destroy everything they love?
If you adore hot men, strong women, and beautiful locations then set sail through dangerous waters with the residents of Craving Cove, and take a trip to HEA in this “contemp-erotic romance” that you’ll never forget!
About the Author:
Marina Blue is a small town girl who turned into a big city pro, only to return to the small town she left. A long time fan of reading romance and adventure, she's often seen writing with Muffin the cat, and Boosa the dog.