Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Writing Wednesday: Sadira Stone and the Inspiration behind her Book Nirvana series

Today I'm pleased to welcome Sadira Stone, another Wild Rose Press author who writes steamy contemporary romance. The second book in her Book Nirvana series comes out next Monday and I was lucky enough to read an ARC - whooo boy! Is it a spoiler to say I'm giving it 5 sparkling stars?

Anyway, the common theme in her series is a small town bookstore named Book Nirvana (thus the series title!) She's here today to talk about her writing inspiration. Welcome, Sadira!

Until recently, I was one of those readers--literary snobs who look down their noses at romance for the usual stupid reasons: too corny, too predictable, too fluffy. Then I read a few online articles about how fun and lucrative writing erotica can be. I thought, what the heck? Let's try.

I have never had so much fun with a writing project! My first steamy romance, Through the Red Door, nearly wrote itself, though it damned sure didn't edit itself. I've totally immersed myself in the world of romance, gobbling books like popcorn, filling my ears with romance podcasts, and joining the Romance Writers of America. From skeptic to romance mega-fan in two short years, I’m totally addicted to passionate, heartfelt stories with happy endings.

Why set the series in a bookshop? Ever since I was a wee lass, I dreamed of owning one. Add to that my fascination with historical erotic art and literature, and you’ve got the Book Nirvana series, set in an indie bookshop with an extensive erotica collection behind a locked red door.

I love stories in which a couple’s powerful physical attraction leads them to consider a partner outside their usual M.O.—one who just might turn out to be their perfect match. That’s how it happened for my husband and me, and my romance fiction contains that element.

I sort of pulled the setting out of a hat. I wanted to set my series in a college town. I’d heard that Eugene, home of the University of Oregon, has a lively arts scene and a rich counterculture legacy from the hippie era. After much online research, correspondence, and hours on Google Earth, I finally made the trip. Eugene is even lovelier than I’d imagined. Kate Rock, a resident author, kindly shared her knowledge of the city’s history and the flavor of the different neighborhoods. I look forward to many return trips.

About the Book:

She hates average...he's as average as they come.

High school history teacher Doug Garvey is trying to enjoy his last few weeks of summer vacation, but receiving his final divorce decree hits him harder than expected. After a brief fling fizzles, he fears love just isn't in the cards for him. If only he could find someone who's real, someone interested in something beyond herself…maybe a new running partner who can keep up with his more carnal appetite. When sexy, straight-talking Laurel runs across his path, he dares to hope again.

He's done with social-climbing posers...she's ambitious and has big dreams

Fired from an art gallery, Laurel Jepsen shelves her pursuit of an art career in San Francisco to help her beloved great aunt Maxie move into assisted living. While out on a morning run, she's harassed by a group of teens until a tall, broad-shouldered hottie steps in, pretending to be her boyfriend with a kiss that makes her wish it were true. But she's only passing through, not looking for a relationship.

Their fierce chemistry burns up the sheets—and the couch, the shower, the forest—but falling in love would ruin everything. Laurel can't stay in Eugene, and he can't leave. Doug's only hope is to convince her the glittery life she's after could blind her to the opportunities already in her path.

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About the author:

Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance and cozy mysteries from her home in Washington State. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, belly dances, plays guitar badly, and gobbles all the books. Visit Sadira at www.sadirastone.com.


24 comments:

  1. Congratulations Sadira. Reading now and wow!

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  2. looks like a great read.congratulations and good luck with the book sales

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  3. Sounds wonderful. Can't wait to read it!

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  4. Loved the first book. Can't wait for the second. I want to visit the bookstore!

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  5. Just read and reviewed it on Netgalley. Wish you could give more than 5 stars.

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    1. Oh, Peg--you're gonna make me cry. Thank you!

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  6. Enjoyed reading about your inspiration, Sadira. Wishing you all the best.

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  7. Looks like a great read. I enjoyed the excerpt. Best of luck with your upcoming release.

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  8. Congrats Sadira! Loved the blurb and the cover. I'm waiting on Netgalley. Can't wait to read it!

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  9. Thanks for being my guest today, Sadira! I tried to comment earlier from home, but guess it didn't take. Am trying again from work - Mary Morgan suggested it might be the settings on my browser affecting my ability to comment...

    An excerpt from the book will be posted on Friday, and my review will be posted here on Monday - release day for RUNAWAY LOVE STORY. Congrats on a great story and wishing you many happy sales!

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    1. Unknown = KatieO... will have to figure out my blogger issues!

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    2. Thanks so much for hosting me, Katie! The support of my fellow writers means so much.

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  10. Sounds like a great read, Sadira! Best of luck with Runaway Love Story!

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  11. I hear you on the editing, Sadira! This latest books sounds delightful. Best of luck with it.

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  12. I always love to hear how it all started. Good luck and great sales.

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  13. This sounds fabulous! And I love how you made your way to romance. Congrats!

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