Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
I’m Alice Gaines. I live in beautiful Oaktown, aka Bump City, aka Oakland, California. I write a variety of things, but just about everything I write is ultrasensual or erotic. Right now, I’m concentrating on paranormal/sf with Changeling Press and short contemporary with Entangled Publishing.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I’d always made up stories in my head, but with the growing popularity of personal computers (we’re talking 1990), I had an easy way to write them down. So, I tried. I figured romance novels were the easiest to write (ha!), and I soon learned my heart was in that genre and all the stories in my head were romances. I also discovered that some of my favorite classics (Jane Eyre, The Taming of the Shrew) were romances. National RWA had their conference in San Francisco in 1990, and I was hooked. I’ve never looked back or questioned my choice of genre.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I’m starting work on the second book in my Hedonist Club series for Entangled. Plus, I’m writing the sixth story in the Leisure Planet series from Changeling Press. I had a super-hot book out from Entangled in February. His for the Week tells the story of a sex journalist who has to invite the perfect stranger to an erotic resort.
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
Easter! I love Easter. Everyone is so hung up on Christmas, but it comes during the most depressing time of the year when we get so little sunlight. You’re expected to be merry, merry, merry!! no matter how things are going in your life. Bull.
But Easter arrives as the winter is finally ending and spring approaches. Things are growing and blooming. If you’re a Christian, Easter is the holiday that means the most. Plus, it’s close to Passover and the vernal equinox, which is celebrated by pagans and Wiccans. It’s a time of renewal and celebration without all the commercial hype.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
Write, write, write. The only way you can truly lose is by not writing. If one genre isn’t working for you, try another one. As we Questarians say, “Never give up. Never surrender.”
In line with that, you must develop a thick skin. The world and the industry will try to crush you with rejections and unkind words. You need to be able to thumb your nose at them and keep writing. Never let them take your love of storytelling away from you.
Speed round! Write the first thing that comes to mind!
City, suburb, or small-town? Oakland
Alpha, beta, or both? Alpha for fantasy, beta for real life.
Wine, whiskey or punch? Wine and whiskey. I refuse to choose.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos? Tacos
Biceps, abs, or buns? A tight, rounded butt.
Cats, dogs, or exotics? Reptiles rule!
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Never give up. Never surrender.
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Captain and Countess
In this sensuous Regency romance, Jason, Lily, and Bess become engaged to the wrong people.
Captain Jason Northcross desperately desires his sister, Lily, to marry into noble society. To achieve a duchy for his sister, he needs a proper marriage for himself. His status guarantees an easily achieved betrothal, and he should have no trouble selecting one of the eligible young ladies during his party in the countryside. However, distracted from his goal, he has a hard time keeping his hands off his neighbor, Lady Rushford.
The late Earl of Rushford's widow, Bess Webster, believes romance has passed her by. So why can’t she keep Captain Northcross out of her dreams? And how does he inflame passions she didn’t know she had? While she should be focused on penning novels and finding husbands for her friends, her thoughts center on broad shoulders and laughing green eyes.
Will these misaligned engagements be set straight before the final vows have been spoken?