Monday, January 23, 2012

Out of Her Dreams by Fran Lee - Interview, Excerpt, Give@way | Adult Romance

She’s a best-selling erotic romance writer. Her fans adore her. She’s making excellent money. All by writing about a man she dreamed up many years ago. Her hero is handsome, virile, sexy, strong, sensitive and a complete gentleman.He’s a hot-headed, sex-on-the-hoof pro wrestler. He has a reputation for being the hottest, nastiest man on the mats. The fact that his face and body are plastered all over a bunch of mushy romance novels written by a woman with a death wish doesn’t sit well on those massive shoulders. His agent’s demanding monetary retribution from the woman who’s dared to use his image on her covers but he has another form of retribution in mind…and it has nothing to do with money.She was his the moment he touched her. He came out of her dreams to claim her, and she wants every hot, throbbing inch of that delicious man.He wants her, naked, at his mercy. One hot, orgasmic night wasn’t nearly enough. She ran…but he’ll find her.

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Giveaway ends February 18th 11:59 PM Central Time.


What was your first sale as an author?

My first contract was for Out of Her Dreams at Ellora’s Cave.  It was a story I had written back in the 80’s about a pro wrestler and a rather timid romance author. I had a great deal of fun with that one. Of course I had to modernize it and edit a lot, but it was well worth it.

What do you think makes a good story?

Great characters, a story line that grabs the reader and holds them to the end. A dab of fun is always welcome, and of course, there must be a happy ending if writing romance. Secondary characters must add to the storyline, and must be memorable. 

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

Names are terribly important, because names set the mood.  I love good old fashioned names, but some names might not strike the reader as sexy and heat-inducing. Usually I will say the proposed name out loud half a dozen times, and then I read back the first couple of chapters to see if the names “fit” the characters. (Nothing at all wrong with Billy-Bob or Rosie-Jean, but they just might not “fit”.)

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

I usually get e-mail from fans who love a particular book and want to know if more is on the way.  I love hearing what they enjoyed most about my books.  I have had a few fans ask me if I am planning a series about certain characters, or if I am planning a sequel to one they particularly loved, and it has given me ideas for new stories.  It’s always wonderful to hear from readers, and I welcome e-mails as well as “customer reviews” on the publisher or sales websites.

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

Hmmm…a rather tough question. You mean, before or after I throw myself on the floor and kick and cry?  Kidding!  Actually, I have never had a “bad” review on any book.  Every review is a learning experience. Most reviews run on a score of 1 (don’t bother to buy this because it stinks) to 5 (walked on water and I want more!) and my lowest review score was 3 ½, (Good readable book but nothing to crow about) which is a respectable score considering the competition out there! LOL!  Of course I truly love the 5’s and 4 ½’s but every reviewer is different, and not everyone who reads it will love the same book.  While one reviewer will rave over a particular book and give it a 5, another might say “Meh…not so hot”, and give it a 3 ½.  Like I said, every review is a learning experience. I list all the reviews for my books on the books pages on my own website. (Yep...even the 3 ½’s)

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

I received a wonderful note from a woman who had never read an erotic romance before, and had been a bit nervous about buying and reading one for the very first time.  She wrote to let me know that she had loved the book…that she had laughed and cried and had re-read it twice, enjoying it even more the second time through.  She wanted me to know that what she had expected to be “smut” or “porn” was a wonderful romance with fabulous characters and a deliciously sexy storyline. She thanked me for a marvelously entertaining read. Wow.  It blew me totally away. I changed someone paradigms.

Tell us about your current release.

My newest release is Uncertainly Yours from Ellora’s Cave.  I received very positive fan mail and reviews for my prior Native American Hero novels, so this is the fourth in the series. The others are Double Your Pleasure, Nothing but Sex, and Woman on Fire.  Uncertainly Yours brings two people back together after ten years and a lot of misunderstandings, and tosses them into a second chance of sorts.  You can find the excerpt and blurb on the publisher’s website.  Because this is an erotic romance, and you have a PG-13 site here, I will leave it up to the readers over age 18 to go check it out at the publisher’s website. I will, however, give a very short PG-13 excerpt:

Molly frowned as her nephew led a copper-penny-colored palomino mare up into the horse trailer and latched the tailgate. “You actually are going through with this pea-brained scheme of yours?”

Lance lifted one brow and shrugged.

Molly sighed. She was utterly thrilled that the boy was seriously working up to asking that sweet creature to marry him, but she figured he’d at least have the good sense God gave a ground squirrel when it came to dealing with women. Couldn’t he recognize the fact that Jacqueline O’Halleran was still crazy in love with him? Here he was, going to all these silly lengths to trick her into accepting him when all the stupid jackass had to do was admit he loved her. Was that so hard to do?

But who was she to question his pride or his methods? As long as all paths led to the same outcome, she decided she wouldn’t say a word. She would just sit back and watch all the masculine silliness. He’d grow a brain soon enough. Hopefully.

Her brother had been much the same. Like father, like son. Hard-headed, good looking as sin and stubborn as hell. But they were men who loved only once and Molly prayed to God that Lance would pull his head out of his a*s and realize he was wasting time trying to trick the girl into accepting him when all he had to do was tell her the damn truth.

Do you have a Website or Blog?

I sure do, Laurie.  I can be found on the web at the following sites:

Blog  |  Website  |  Facebook  |  Youtube


In case you have never heard of me, my name is Fran Lee, and I write deliciously sensuous (and often humorous) romance for Ellora’s Cave Publishing. 

I have been writing for many years, but never truly made an effort to get anything published until 2008.  Well…I did try back in 1986, but the world wasn’t ready for my books until 2008.  Something about them being “too hot”.  Of course, when I submitted the same books in 2008, I was told they “weren’t hot enough”.  Go figure.

I love reading and I have accumulated over 6,000 books in both print and digital form.  I have a collection of vintage toys and playsets, as well as a nice collection of metal horse figurines from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. You could say that I collect memories.  J

Two of my books have been chosen as finalists in the 2011 and 2012 EPIC Awards Competition.  My debut novel, Out of Her Dreams, was a finalist in 2011, and Woman on Fire was chosen as a finalist for 2012. 



Gabrielle Lee said...

Just wanted to say that I
loved this book.It is my all time favorite of all your books. Hope the winner loves it just as much as I did.


Fran Lee said...

Thanks, Gabrielle! I see you joined my fan page over at Facebook. Glad you found me. LOL!

Amber Skyze said...

Congrats on being an EPIC finalist again! Your books rock. If someone hasn't read a Fran Lee book, they're totally missing out on hotness.

Donna said...

A new to me author I must check out thanks.

Tina Anthony said...

Thanks for this opportunity! Great book too!:)

Juana said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Your book sounds like a keeper. I added your book to my book wish list.


Katalina said...

I loved "Out of Her Dreams". It's a wonderful romance.

Fran Lee said...

Aw, Kat...your books are hot! I am thrilled that you like mine.

Fran Lee said...

Thanks, Juana....I love it when new readers check out my books. PS...If you check out the publisher website, you will find them at lower prices! :)

Fran Lee said...

I appreciate you dropping by to comment, dear. Thanks so much for coming over! :)

Fran Lee said...

LOL! Maybe you'll win this one! Thanks so much for dropping in to say hi!

Fran Lee said...

Wow, girl! Thanks for being my wonderful cheerleader. You are so sweet!

Carra Copelin said...

Enjoyed the post and I look forward to the read!If I'm not fortunate to win in the giveaway, I will visit Amazon quickly!

Debby said...

Hi Fran. I do so enjoy your books. Thanks for the chance.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Fran Lee said...
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Fran Lee said...

Thanks, dear. But if you are not absolutely stuck on Kindle, the book is less costly at the publisher's website. :)

Fran Lee said...

Thanks, Debby, for dropping by! Glad you have enjoyed my books.

Fran Lee said...

I'm thrilled to see everyone coming over! Thanks so much!

June M. said...

"Out of Her Dreams" sounds like a great story. I used to love watching wrestling when I was younger so this book sounds great.
Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Fran Lee said...

Well, if you win this one, let me know how you like it! Thanks, sweetie!

Drama Queen said...

I definitely want to read this one!

Julianne said...

Hi Fran, great to see you again. I'd love to win a copy of Out of Her Dreams, I haven't read it yet.
Congrats on the nomination as well. Rock on!!!!!!

Marianne Stephens said...

I'm with you about names...down-to-earth names are what people can relate to...unless, you're writing a regional/fantasy book. Then, anything goes!
Already have your book and loved it! Good luck with your new ones!

Fran Lee said...

LOL! I certainly would love you to read it. It's one of my favorites.

Fran Lee said...

Wow! And I thought you had read all of them. You are such a sweetie!

Fran Lee said...

Thanks for dropping over, Marianne. you are so supportive!

bn100 said...

I enjoyed your interview. Your books sound very interesting.


Fran Lee said...

Good luck! I think you would enjoy them, too. Hope you win.

Phoenix Carvelli said...

Really enjoyed the interview. I don't know if I would tangle with a pro wrestler!
Thank you for the contest.

The Zoo said...

I'm sweating just reading the excerpt. I should get out more (with 3 kids, I shouldn't stay in anymore...).

swak50 at hotmail dot com

flchen1 said...

How fun, Fran! Loved hearing about a few more titles to add to the TBR! How funny to hear how times have changed so that your writing's gone from "too hot" to "not hot enough"! You were just ahead of your time! ;)

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Fran Lee said...

Thanks for coming over and leaving a comment, Phoenix. Glad you enjoyed the interview.

Fran Lee said...

LOL! Thanks, "Zoo"...appreciate that!

Fran Lee said...

Hi, Fedora! Isn't that the funniest thing? Times do change!