Hi readers! It's Fixation Friday again. Today I'm joined by romance/ erotica author, Em Denning. Her new release, Jazz Hands, is the third book in the hot and steamy Studio Collection.
Em answers some of my questions about her writing and life in general.
Your Studio Collection is a series of short, steamy romances, focusing on dance. Did you draw on dance experience of your own when conceiving these stories?Oh goodness no. I have two left feet and a tendency to twist my ankle, so dancing is not something I do. I think dancing is supremely sexy and it’s been a really great inspiration for this series.Which authors influenced your love of suspense?Dean Koontz. My mom let me read one of his books when I was eleven. It took a lot of persuasion for her to let me, but I read one, then one more, then one more and I’ve never looked back.John Saul was also a pretty good influence on me, but Koontz made me want to be an author.What is one genre that you’d never write?Paranormal Romance. I’m not that big into Vampires and Shifters and all the other supernatural creature romances. I don’t like to say that I’d never do something, but it’s the genre that I’m least likely to write.How has being a published author changed your life?It hasn’t really. I still do the same things I did before. It’s made me a little more organized if anything.Have you ever based a character on a real person?Not directly, no, but I think sometimes different characteristics from different people inspire little parts of my characters.What’s the one book that you’ve read that you’ll always remember and read repeatedly?I have a few books that I read repeatedly actually, so I can’t name just one. I read Anne of Green Gables about once a year. The same goes for Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, The Beyond Series by Kit Rocha, though not the full series, I have my favorites. A recent addition to my re-read list is The Divine Trilogy by RE Hargrave.Happy endings—yes or not always?I prefer happy endings, but if the author goes a different way I’m okay with that. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, it’s definitely a risk.All of my books have happy endings. I’m not sure I could write a book that didn’t end happily. My inner hopeless romantic would not allow it, I’m sure.Besides writing and reading, what are your favourite things to do?…you can do other things?I’m not very good at anything else, but I do like to play my guitar once in a while and sometimes I dabble in art. But reading and writing is my passion.Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.I don’t like shellfishIf you could travel to anywhere in the world where would it be?Definitely Scotland and Ireland. Toss in a quick trip to Greece and Italy and I’m a happy woman.
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A short erotic romance story. Heat level: grab a fan.Kevin promised his sister to walk her down the aisle at her wedding. This wouldn’t be so bad, but she’s also making him dance with her. There’s only one problem—Kevin can’t dance.Determined to have the perfect day, Kevin’s sister signs him up for dancing lessons. His instructor, Ginger, thinks he bit off more than he could chew and offers him some private instruction after class. As his sister’s wedding approaches and his lessons come to an end, he soon learns the benefit of following Ginger’s lead.
Allison goes looking for a ballet instructor—can Josh dance his way into her heart? AT THE BARRE is a short erotic romance story. Heat level: grab a fan.Allison Elliot was too short to be a ballerina—according to the studio that turned her away. Determined to pursue her childhood dream of learning ballet, she signs up for lessons at a different studio and quickly catches the attention of her instructor.Josh Owen is more than happy to be her teacher, and maybe more if she’d let him, but she doesn’t seem to notice his advances. Is she oblivious to the obvious chemistry between them, or is something more going on? When Allison threatens to drop his class, Josh urges her to reconsider. Will she stay, or will she give up on two dreams—ballet and love?
Is commitment-phobic Katrina Hoffman ready to partner up for good? JAZZ HANDS is a short erotic romance story. Heat level: crank up the AC and put the fan on high.Katrina Hoffman can dance, but doesn’t. She hasn’t in years. But something is missing from her life right now, and she decides that one trip around the dance floor can’t hurt. When her first time on a dance floor in years thrusts her into the arms of a man who is practically her boss, Katrina’s pulse starts to race. At the office, Eugene is stern, dressed in suits and all business. Here, he’s relaxed and smiling, and the feel of his body against hers sends her head spinning.Eugene has carried a torch for Katrina since the first day she waltzed into work. He wanted her before, but now that he’s felt her skin against his, her hands on his body, he needs to have her.But when he does, will his confession send her running, or is the commitment-phobic dancer ready for something more?
E.M. Denning is a writer from British Columbia. She loves her family and animals, and anything cute and fuzzy. She was born a hopeless romantic, and when she’s not writing romance, she’s probably reading it. She loves love.
You can find her on her website, Facebook or on her blog.