April Angel : Thank you for having me at such a fun blog. I love your set-up.
Niina : Thanks! Let’s get started! Can you tell my readers here 4 fun unknown facts about you, so we can break the ice?
April : I call my son pukibear. My best friend lives in England. I love oldies ( Minnie Riperton, Patti Labelle, etc ) and I sing in the shower.
Niina : Now tell us little about Mr. Buff, what’s it about? Other than a very well built man. ;)
April : Mr. Buff is the story of Andrew and Alexandra. She’s a woman that’s normally sure of herself but with her last break-up ended up low on self-esteem. Andrew knows what he wants. For a while he’s wanted Alex, but she was taken. When they find each other in a club and he realizes she’s single, all bets are off.
Niina : What’s the best part about being an erotic romance writer?
April : Being free to write any scene as I please. I think certain genres can make an author have to really draw lines and tip toe around how to word love/sex scenes and that’s just way too aggravating for me. I like to write it as I visualize it.
Niina : What does it take to write a really hot love scene?
April : Silence LOL. Yes, I need absolute silence when I write. Most of the time I wear ear plugs at home. I go into deep visualization and need to be focused into what I am trying to say/describe. Noise takes me out of the zone.
Niina : How do you write, chapter here and there or follow from beginning to an end?
April : Usually I write from beginning to end. There are times I will take down notes on how I want something to flow or end, but for the most part I follow a mental script.
Niina : What chapter did you most enjoyed writing and why?
April : For Mr. Buff I loved writing the club scene. I enjoyed the naughtiness of knowing there were people right across the glass but they were so involved in what they were doing that nobody knew.
April : The cover was created by the art department at Etopia Press. I love it. I think it depicts Mr. Buff perfectly and gives a glimpse of the sexy Alex at the same time.
Niina : Now to more personal questions! What’s the sexiest article of clothing on a guy?
April : Boxers. I think seeing a good-looking man in just a pair of boxers is so sexy. Think back Mark Wahlberg and the Calvin Klein ads. LOL.
Niina : Well indeed! ;) Sexiest movie star crush?
April : Vin Diesel. Everyone will tell you he’s my biggest movie star crush. That voice gets to me every time.
Niina : Oh I used to be a big fan too, yeah it’s the voice. ;) What’s the naughtiest book you've read this year?
April : LOL! Oh this is good. I read a lot of E-Rom. So quite a few. But if I had to choose, I’d say it is Cynthia Sax’s Ménage Lost: 5 ( Operation Erotic ). She’s a great friend and she based her heroine on me, so I ended up in my own super hot ménage.
Niina : LOL! Well that’s just cool! What’s the biggest turn on in a guy, fictional or real life?
April : A great smile. I tell you, a nice smile can totally make me warm up to a guy in no time.
Niina : Which Disney Prince would you pick if you had to choose?
April : The Beast from Beauty and The Beast. He was misunderstood and he learned a lesson about judging others, but more than that, despite how he looked, he was a loveable character.
Niina : What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
April : Chocolate. Any and all forms. Must be either milk or white (dark gives me migraines)
Niina : Before we finish, here are some Quick Fire Questions:
The moon or the sun? Moon
Formula 1 or Nascar? Nascar
Hockey or Football? Football
Boots or Flip Flops? Flip Flops
Shots or Wine? Lol Shots
Fair: Popcorn or Cotton candy? Popcorn
Date: Going bowling or Going to dinner? Bowling
Scarier: Ghosts or Demons? Ghosts
Men: Alpha-male or Sexy Millionaire? Alpha-male all the way baby!
Men: Bad boys or Good guys? Bad boys
Men: Muscled or Slim? Muscled
Knights or Kings? Knights
Romance: Fallen Angels or Sexy Demons? Sexy Demons *sigh*
Romance: Firemen or Cowboys? Firemen
Romance: Historical or Paranormal? Paranormal
Sexier: Kisses or Licks? Oh god lord! Bites! lol
Niina : You’re deviating from the questions Ms. Angel… I but I like that, bites it is. :D
Sexier : A guy holding your hand or touching your hair? hair touching…so sexy
Sexier : Eyes or Lips? Mmm eyes.
Romance or Erotic Romance? LOL Erotic Romance
Erotica or Erotic Romance? Erotic Romance
Male POV or Female POV (Point Of View)? Male POV
April : Thank you again for having me over. I have a new book coming soon ( January 4th ) called Stranded Temptation. I also write as Milly Taiden ( Paranormal Erotic Romance ) And I can be found at:
Niina : Oh Milly Taiden, I remember you. ;) Thanks for coming by!
"Alexandra never misses the opportunity to see him return, sweaty and pumped, to his office suite to shower. Turns out Andrew enjoys the view just as much as she does and can't take his eyes off the woman who makes his blood roar."
Pages: 97 pages
Publisher: Etopia Press Publishing on Oct. 2012
Form: E-book / Paperback (from tour for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance (+18 Only)
Series: War of Gods #1
Amazon: Buy / $6.89 (Kindle) ( EU price, click to see yours )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $3.99 (Nook)
All Romance E-books: Buy / $3.99 (E-book)
Excerpt: Sample of Chapter 1
"Every morning, Alexandra drinks in the sexy vision of Mr. Buff through his office window across the street. He takes his workouts seriously, and Alexandra never misses the opportunity to see him return, sweaty and pumped, to his office suite to shower. Turns out Andrew enjoys the view just as much as she does and can't take his eyes off the woman who makes his blood roar.
But when Alexandra bumps into Mr. Buff at a club, things go from visual to physical. And much to her delight, she learns that Mr. Buff is really Mr. Dominant. She loves spending time with him and getting to know him the way nature intended, but she's looking for more than a fling. How's she supposed to make Mr. Buff realize he's Mr. Right?" ~ From Goodreads
These days I tend to stay away from bdsm books, but I thought to give Mr. Buff a chance. Even though with a strong romantic element and plot Mr. Buff read almost like erotica, there is tons of sex, and I mean a lot and it's hot ( if you like a bit domination in your reading ). The bdsm element didn't go over board with me, I hate it when guys come off over the top in regular life. Basically I like to read when a man is firm in the bedroom, but not outside it. That's my turf. ;) Mr. Buff though had a right amount of firm behind closed doors, but as the book also had no sex scenes we were good.
I liked Alexandra she was funny, intelligent and I loved her recently crushed ego which made her little hesitant with Andrew, instead of being too brash or annoyingly self confident with a hot guy. She gave the story dimension.
Okay so Andrew, how can you not love him! I did, except in few parts where it felt like he was just saying what all women wanna hear but at the first date - that would have been creepy in real life. Wanting to adopt and looking for the right thing and talking of the two of them as 'we'. Too much too soon.
The romance was very hot and heavy and fast - but that totally normal for a novella. I did like how Andrew was the surer half of the relationship - I always do enjoy the guy knowing what he wants and getting it, especially when the girl is hesitant.