Sunday, March 16, 2014

Chelle Bliss

Do you like to read about the hot "bad boy"? This weeks author spotlight is with Author Chelle Bliss. She's the author of the erotic contemporary romance Love At Last series, featuring Untangle Me & Kayden: The Past & the upcoming book Throttle Me (Men of Inked Book 1).
Chelle is an avid reader; consuming contemporary romance, dark reads, young adult, and all things erotica. Chelle wanted to create a book filled with characters that readers could relate to with real world problems and matching wallets.
Chelle loves to travel and her favorite cities are New Orleans and Paris. She currently lives in Florida with her amazing boyfriend. He's showed her the love and passion that she has poured onto the page.
Some of Chelle's favorite Things are:
-Coffee - Preferably Community Coffee with Chicory
-Coffee Cream - Chocolate & Caramel but her favorite is Pumpkin Pie
-They're Real Mascara from Sephora - You got to try it to understand
-A good book that keeps her on the edge of her seat
-Sunshine - that's why she moved to Florida from Ohio years ago
To celebrate her favorite things, Chelle will be giving one person the choice of a $10 Starbucks card or a $10 Sephora card. She will also be gifting a paperback, ebooks & swag!! How awesome is that?! Right!! This spotlight giveaway ends noon cst, March 22.

1. I don't write full-time. I wish I did so I could churn out great stories at a faster pace.
2. I never thought about writing until a year ago. It's been the best thing I've ever done.
3. I love the new Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe at McDonalds almost as much as I love the Caramel Crunch Frappuchino at Starbucks... Almost!
4. I'm unorganized and usually can't find my phone or credit card in my purse. I'm constantly searching inside it. Someday when I grow up I'll organize my purse.
5. I hate washing my hair. It's long and thick and a pain in the ass. I'm in love with Dove Dry Shampoo.


Kayden is a bad boy that never played by the rules. Sophia has always been the quintessential good girl, living a life filled with disappointment. Everything changes when their lives become intertwined through a chance encounter online.
Hundreds of miles separate them, but the connection that draws them together is too much to be denied. As the layers of their lives peel back, Kayden keeps the dangerous parts of his past hidden to protect the woman who is becoming more important to him than he should allow. What starts as a pursuit of carnal pleasure turns into a complicated love story. His past is a tangled web filled with addiction, an obsessed ex-girlfriend, and problems with the law.
One mistake he thought he had left behind may end up ruining it all.

Kayden Michaels has a past filled with sex, addiction, and heartache. A past that
he’s avoided sharing with the love of his life, Sophia, and held close to his core not
risking rejection. Needing to get his addictions in check and gain control of his life
for the sake of his family, Kayden is forced to confront his past and make amends
for the path he’s walked.
Kayden must recount every carnal act and the betrayal from those he’s loved to
identify the triggers that spur his addictions and overcome it all to be worthy of
Sophia’s love – his sole reason to exist.
This is NOT a novella.

Suzy’s a control freak and has her life mapped out - work hard, find a man with a stable job, and live happily ever after. She’s content with the status quo, but her plan comes to a screeching halt when he enters her life and turns it upside down.
City gave up on love when his heart was crushed in college, preferring to be the typical bachelor. He spends his nights hopping from one bed to another and his days working at his family tattoo shop, Inked. A chance encounter on a dark road makes him question what he had sworn off forever – a relationship.
A night of passion and lust causes them to question everything. Is City the knight in shining armor to the damsel in distress? Can their relationship survive when a fantasy falls apart and a secret comes out that changes everything?
This is the first book in the Men of Inked Series.

Jen here! I sat down with our spotlight Author Chelle Bliss for a little interview! Hope you enjoy it as much as I just adore her!

Jen: Good afternoon Hun! Tell me a little about yourself and your family.

Chelle: Where do I begin? I work in the education field and many of the people I work with know I write 'romance' books - I leave out the erotic bits. I've been divorced twice and am happily i...n a committed relationship. I don't have any children of my own, but his 14 year old daughter lives with us. I have two kittens, Peanut and Nola, and I spoil them rotten. I currently live in Florida and moved here about 6 years ago. Only my parents migrated with me and the rest of my family resides in Ohio.

Jen: Awesome!
What do you do outside of writing? Do you have any hobbies or things you do for fun?

Chelle: I read a lot and hang out with my guy. I work full-time and write in the evenings and weekends so there isn't much time to do anything else. I go to the beach when I can and hang out by the pool. but you'll usually find me doing something book related.

Jen: Books, pool & beach sounds perfect!! Lol
What inspired you to start writing?

Chelle: Insanity. I went into it so blind. I thought I'd throw some words on paper and see if anyone wanted to read it. I had been told that it's more work than people are led to believe and I was like "eh, I can do it." Wow. It was an eye opener. Writing a book is like standing naked on a stage and asking everyone to critique your body. It's the most terrifying experience in my life.

Jen: Hahaha!! Well I think you have done a fantastic job!
Do you have a favorite author or book that helped inspire you?

Chelle: I have many favorite authors - Cj Roberts, Kitty Thomas, Cherise Sinclair, Kele Moon, and so many other fantastic writers out there. They all inspire me to do better and keep working at improving my craft. They bring out such emotion in the readers and I'd love to do the same.

Jen: And I think you do just that!
How did you decide to write erotic romance novels instead of the common contemporary romance novel?

Chelle: I would classify my books as contemporary romance but Amazon and other sites have placed them in the erotic category. Sex isn't the main plot of my story, it's the love affair that's central to my story.

Jen: I agree!
You are about to release your 3rd book, Throttle Me. Has it gotten easier to get the stories in your head out onto paper than when you were 1st writing Untangle Me?

Chelle: I wouldn't say it's easier, but I know what to expect. I know my timelines to complete a book better than I did when I stumbled my way through Untangle Me. My writing has improved and for that I'm thankful. It is easy at times, but sometimes I just stare at the screen and wait for something to come to me or if it doesn't I play Candy Crush.

Jen: lmao!! That damn addicting Candy Crush! But hey, whatever gives your brain the needed break to get us our stories!
Can you tell us about your upcoming release, Throttle Me, and the Men of Inked series?

Chelle: Throttle Me (TM) is book 1 in the Men of Inked Series. TM is the story of City and Suzy and the beginning of their love affair. She's a goodie two shoes school teacher that meet a certain sexy biker, City, who makes her question everything she ever thought was right. City teaches her that you can't judge a book by it's cover.
The Men of Inked series will follow all the Gallo Siblings and will revolve around their tattoo parlor - Inked. There will be 5 books total in the series and that doesn't include the possibility of a novella or two. Book 2 will not revolved around City and Suzy but they will be in there and you'll see where their relationship goes in the future.

Jen: Sounds awesome!
We get attached to characters while we are reading and I always have my favs. Do you have a favorite character in your books?

Chelle: I enjoy writing the men the most. Kayden's book - Kayden: The Past was a blast. He's so complicated and confused. I enjoyed diving inside his mind the most.

Jen: I'm so super excited to read Throttle Me!!
What can we expect in the future with both series?

Chelle: The Men of Inked series will have at least 4 more books - each one about a different Gallo Sibling. I can't wait to bring you their stories.
The Love at Last series will have more books to come - expect a novella next and see what happens to Sophia and Kayden as their love grows and demons come back to haunt them.

Jen: Awesome! I can't wait!
Now the final & most important question. What is your guilty pleasure?

Chelle: Coffee! Does that count? I drink it from the moment I wake up until my head hits the pillow. I consume way too much coffee cream. I can't drink it dark. Give me a good old Community Coffee Dark Roast with Chicory and make it light and sweet and I'm a happy girl.

Thank you Chelle Bliss for this awesome opportunity & interview!