30 July 2010

Interview: R.G. Alexander about Bone Daddy, New Orleans & POSSESS ME

Book Blurb
POSSESS ME releases August 3rd, and is available for pre-order at Amazon now!

"Sultry days in the Big Easy get a lot steamier with three novellas wrapped around the legend of a voodoo spirit who can fulfill every darkest fantasy. All of these dovetailing stories are fun, hot and romantic." ~ 4 Stars --RT Book Reviews/cover

In the Big Easy, there's a legend women long for: a sexual voodoo spirit who can fulfill their darkest fantasies. And in these three steaming-hot novellas, he helps two New Orleans couples achieve the ultimate satisfaction... and may even find it himself.

In Release Me, Allegra heads down to New Orleans to heal her wounds, but she never expects to lose her heart to such a quiet, troubled man as Rousseau. She's even less prepared for the scorching, sexual spirit within him-and what he can do to her...

In Reclaim Me, Ben has loved Michelle as long as he can remember. But his beautiful artist has a way of running away from life-and what the pair could be. Leave it to the infamous spirit to help Ben prove to Michelle where she belongs: in his embrace...

In Redeem Me, it's All Saints' Day, the one day the voodoo spirit can walk the world in the flesh. When he bumps into Bethany, she might just be the reincarnation of a girl he once loved. Passion ignites, but can the couple overcome past mistakes and have a real chance at love?


Hi R.G. Alexander, welcome at the Beefcake Club House, I thought it might be a good setting for us to talk about your erotic anthology; POSSESS ME. You want anything to drink, or nibble on? Aidan will wait on you personally today :)

Thank you! It’s great to be here. Aidan huh? Sounds good to me. ;)

Q: First of all, let’s get more acquainted. When is your favorite time to write, what do you have at arm’s length from your computer? Do you have a favorite food (group) while writing? Are you a structured writer who needs to outline the whole story or one that just starts from an idea and goes from there? Do you do character profiling? Do you still have an evil daytime job? In short, can you give us the 411?

Okay, let me take those one at a time. I am at the computer most of the day-but I’m a slow starter. I usually get my best work done in the afternoon.

~I do have a desk, but mostly I write on my laptop at our giant coffee table. There’s a notepad and pen nearby, pieces of envelopes where I’ve scribbled ideas and notes, an early copy of Possess Me that I occasionally ogle, and of course, my phone in case someone wants to distract me or I need to brainstorm with my cp :) I’m also facing a mirror that reflects a black and white collage of me and the Smutketeers-a group of amazingly dirty writers and my dear, dear friends.

~Coffee…is that a food group?

~I’m a total pantser. I have an idea, sometimes I’ll even dream about a whole scene, but I honestly have no clue where the characters will take it. I’m not sure where we’re going until I’m halfway through with the story. And sometimes even then I’m surprised how it turns out. I will spend a lot of time with certain characters though-so I do a bit of profiling. Sometimes I’ll give them their own theme song or do a kind of interview where I’m figuring out what they want, and what they need to grow through the story.

But mostly I just try and go with the flow. :)

~ A few years ago I got an idea for a story; Lifting the Veil, currently available with Ellora’s Cave. I was telling my husband about it, and complaining about my day job, and he challenged me to stay at home and give it a shot. His absolute faith that I could do it put me in front of the computer…and I haven’t stopped since.

Q: Possess Me exists out of three novella’s, does it have an overall story arc that finds a conclusion in the third novella or is this the opening to a series?

It is a completely intertwined story arc, and while the main story is concluded at the end-neither my editor nor I wanted to leave the world completely behind-which is why I’ve been contracted to write a sequel titled Tempt Me about the brother from the second novella, which should be out in 2011. As for what comes next, who knows?

Q: Did you have a instant love for a character and who gave you hard time?

Honestly? I love all of them. My heroines; the scarred but spunky Allegra, the tough appearing, vulnerable and amazingly powerful Michelle, and Bethany—my book smart agoraphobic with past life issues and a courage that surprises even her. I loved The Mamas-Benjamin Adair and Michelle Toussaint’s mothers-VERY different women bonded together by their abilities and their love for their children.

And of course I’m in love with all my heroes. Celestin is tortured and sexy, the wickedly humorous and unflinchingly loyal Benjamin Adair, and of course, Bone Daddy. He surprised me, I wasn’t expecting him. But he kept insisting he was more than a plot device, that he deserved love too. Deserved to be seen. In the end, he is the star of the entire anthology. And I couldn’t be happier.

Q: What do you think is essential for an erotic story to also work romantically?

The simplest answer is no sex for sex’s sake alone. There has to be chemistry outside of the bedroom (or alley, or phone booth or wherever you end up). The characters, the same as any other genre of romance, are what make the stories romantic. Oh, and I love my happy endings just as much as the next girl. :)

Q: Can you lift the veil a bit about who this voodoo spirit is. How did you come up with this concept and did it take a lot of research to incorporate the voodoo religion?

Who Bone Daddy really is would be telling *wink *. By all accounts he is a sexual being, a Loa who will grant you your heart’s desire, for a price.

A funny story from an old friend about a place with my Loa’s name gave me the idea. I couldn’t stop thinking about that name. It was too delicious. And for some reason it reminded me of New Orleans. The first story popped into my head fully formed, and I had to write it. I’d never imagined in my wildest dreams I’d write a story with voodoo-or for that matter-a spirit that had a penchant for matchmaking and overstaying his welcome. But I’ve learned to stop being surprised.

As far as my research, I found, along with Allegra, that voodoo is more than what is so often depicted. Its history is rich and fascinating, and like most other belief systems, it has a light side as well as a dark.

Q: Did you encounter difficulties to have your female characters fall in love with the man, while he is possessed by a voodoo spirit?

For a second I was worried that I might, I mean it sounds a little strange right? But I didn’t. It just worked. There was no doubt who Allegra’s hero was. Celestin isn’t a zombie, isn’t the exorcist, he’s just a man who got a raw deal. And Bone Daddy is, well, not your everyday “rider”. He’s a sexy, randy imp with a heart far softer than he’d like to admit, and abilities that are…inspiring. ;)

Honestly its one of my favorite stories I’ve written to date. I’m a little in love with that Loa.

Q: New Orleans equals…?

Magic. History. Sensuality. The macabre mixed with the miraculous. It’s so uniquely itself it could never be confused with another place. The same could be said about the people.

Q: Now, forgive me for being shallow but the cover hussy wants to talk cover candy for a moment. How do I get to meet this cover model, do you know his name and does he represent the voodoo spirit of the novella’s? Or is he actually the voodoo spirit pretending to be a cover model? And of course we would also like to know what your first thought was looking at the cover of POSSESS ME.

As soon as you find out let me know. Haha. I think Bone Daddy is possessing him, he has his eyes. ;) I imagine that man is what you would get if you mixed Celestin, Ben Adair and Bone Daddy together. He certainly is fun to look at, isn’t he?

Q: How do you like your book boyfriends? Blond, dark? Blue eyes, dark eyes? Alpha or beta?

Do I have to choose? I love them all. Especially if that blond hair makes you want to muss it up, those dark eyes look at you with passion, or that beta suddenly decides he’s found something worth going alpha for. :)

If you could give us a juicy quote from Possess Me we wouldn’t object to that…at all! :)

She’d heard the talk. Noticed that the morning crowd at the cafĂ© was mostly made up of women. And those women would speak in loud, giggling whispers about him as they walked by her table. They would say he knew the right words to heal, that his touch could melt even the coldest heart. And sex with him? Sex with him was a blessing from Marie Laveau herself. According to them, he was the love doctor of the Big Easy.

Bone Daddy.

That’s what they called him. A walking, talking well-hung pleasure factory who, with a few easy orgasms, could bring you whatever your heart desired. Your boyfriend would propose, your boss would give you a raise. Rumor had it he could even heal your scars, inside and out. If you satisfied his lust.

Thank you for joining the Smutty Researchers At Play, I loved having you over and talk about your book POSSESS ME!

Thank you again-I really enjoyed it.

General info:

Author bio/photo
R.G. Alexander writes erotic romance for Berkley Heat, Samhain Publishing, and Ellora's Cave. She has lived all over the United States, studied archaeology and mythology, been a nurse and a vocalist, and now, a writer. She is happily married to a talented chef who is her best friend, her research assistant, and the love of her life.

R.G Alexander has been so genorous to offer one commenter a ten dollar amazon gift card *woohoo* 

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  1. First off I love the cover it's so hot. This sounds like a very interesting book to read. I've always found voodoo and spirits very interesting and you can't have a story like this anywhere but in New Orleans.


  2. Mmm yes hot cover :D
    Nice interview.

    Studied archaeology and mythology, I am so jealous over here

  3. Wonderful interview! Nice cover - I like the intertwining story arc over three stories, and of course I love stories set in my town. Thanks for putting this one on my radar!!

  4. Oooh, a sexual voodoo spirit -- great concept! This sounds like a great book. I love tortured heroes and scarred characters. I also like that Bone Daddy demanded his own love interest. Nice!


  5. Thanks guys-I love the cover too! (thank you art department lol)
    Aromagik-He is nothing if not demanding ;)

  6. Great interview!! I'll admit that the cover is what initially stopped me in scrolling through books on B&N! I actually just added this book to my wish list last night, so I'm so happy to see this interview!

    I just love it when I read how author's took a 'chance' to pursue their dream of writing and have the support of the people around them to do so!

  7. You had me at Beefcake Clubhouse...
    RG, we really must get you some Post-It's to replace those envelopes. Seriously. That's what I'm getting you for Christmas.
    I should also mention that as RG's crit partner, I've read POSSESS ME, and this book is awesome! Hot and sultry as a New Orleans night, and her heroes are to die for! I can never decide which one I love best...Rousseauu, Ben, or...oooh, I can't say more without giving it away...:)

  8. Great interview! New Orleans is a great setting :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  9. I just discovered POSSESS ME while browsing RT Book Reviews magazine. It went on my wishlist immediately! I love stories (esp. paranormals) set in New Orleans. My erotica has to have that romantic element too, so I'm excited to read this one!

    Diana ♥ Book of Secrets

  10. oh the more I read about this book the more impatient I'm getting.


  11. Only 3 1/2 more days! (I'm a little impatient myself lol)

    thank you, everyone!

  12. Oh, sounds delish! I gotta go get me this book NOW!

  13. Just hearing that the story is in New Orleans, brings to mind hot, sultry and magical.

    Love all your anthologies, RG, and can't wait to read this one.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  14. Fabulous interview and the cover makes me drool, so hot!

  15. Great interview.This book has been on my radar ever since I saw the cover awhile back.

  16. What a great interview. Loved reading it.

  17. Great cover and interview. This is the first I have read of the book and author and am really looking forward to checking it out now. Thanks for sharing!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  18. I can't remember reading an anthology with a really good theme running through all the novellas, so I would be very interested in reading this book.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  19. Let me start out by saying RG Alexander is an amazing author I read everything of hers I get my hands on. I'm very excited about Posseses Me coming out in the next 3 days. RG and her band of smutketeers are all terrific writer that know how to grab in all the right places and keep hold of you. If you haven't already read a book by her go get one you won't be dippointed.

  20. I can't WAIT to read this one!! The mental images that the name "Bone Daddy" inspire prove that a dirty mind is indeed a terrible thing to waste (not to mention that I need a cold shower & cigarette...lol). RG (not to mention the other Smutketeers) write some of the HAWTEST books!

  21. Nice interview...and yes, you had me at the title, Possess Me. The cover gods came throuh with this one. Its a fabulous cover and it sounds like a hot, steamy read.

    Thanks, Leontine, for hosting RG.

    armiefox at yahoo dot com

  22. Using New Orleans as a locale in a story is like adding an extra character. N.O. is exotic, sexy, and full of colorful characters that add so many extra dimensions to a story.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  23. Hot Cover and great interview! I can't wait to read this one! Love the New Orleans/voodoo storyline!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  24. What an awesome interview. I also love books that take place in New Orleans. I'd love to read this.


  25. So glad this is out tomorrow and that we will be getting more from this world. Having the brother next--who's just as sexy I'm sure--thrills me so much.

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