Today’s guest writer is another fabulous artist from Changeling Press, Ayla Ruse. Not only is Ayla a fellow Changeling contest winner, she also homeschools like I do, so we have a lot in common! Check out Ayla’s interview and an excerpt from her latest book, Zarakion’s Tip, below.
Share a little bit about your writing style. What genres and types of heroes/heroines are you attracted to? What do you love to write about?
At this time I write exclusively erotic romance. Sometimes it’s contemporary, sometimes it’s futuristic, sometimes it’s paranormal…and I’ve even written a horror erotic romance. No matter what I write, though, I always begin with my characters. My hero or heroine will speak to me, beg for their story to be told, and I go from there. As to the types, I don’t know that I have a norm? I’m attracted to strong, independent and confidant characters in any story I read, so I try to ensure my own characters have or develop these characteristics themselves. I like characters who – if not at the beginning of the story, then at least by the end – know who they are and are confidant with their life and any decisions made within. To me, a person with confidence is sexy as hell, and I hope to translate the same through my stories.
What can we expect when we experience one of your books?
Ah, one staple is steamy, hot sex. And lots of it. More than the obvious, though, most of my stories actually have stories. I do write romance, after all, no matter the flavor. Some delve deeper into relationship issues than others, but overall, each tale deals with characters who want to be with the other(s), but there are problems such as trust, honesty, second-guessing that has to be overcome. I’d like my readers to go away from my story and know the ending is solid, that in the fictional down-the-road world, my characters will still be together.
Tell us a little about your latest release, or your favorite among all of your books.
My latest release is a Christmas story for Changeling Press. Every year they have a Christmas series following a particular theme. This year’s series is Santa’s Helpers. The idea for my story came to me last spring, and held on until the tale was written and submitted. I’m so excited to see Zarakion’s Tip out! Yes, I do love this one.
If you could have one date with a crush (before marrying your spouse if necessary!), who would it be and why? What would you do?
Whew. You have stumped me with this one. You mean I have to pick ONE date? Ummm…okay. I’d have to say a certain someone I’ll just call RVA. He’s real, not a celebrity. I only knew him via the telephone, but he was from Belgium and I fell in love with his voice. We’d talk for hours on end. I’d have given anything to have been able to go out with him in person. What would we have done? Oh boy, anything! Lol. Ah well, *sigh* that’s how life goes, I suppose. 🙂
What’s the most romantic thing someone ever did for you, or that you did for someone else?
For our 10th anniversary, I made my DH a “memory” book. Money was tight, so I bought a photobook and printed out pictures of those moments that stood out to me, about our relationship, from the time we met. It included first dates, the birth of our children, special times together. Along with each picture, I noted what made this memory so special to me.
As far as a romantic something someone did for me? It sounds funny, but a bit of a backstory here. Before DH and I dated, I had dated one of his friends. The three of us were roommates at the time, all poor, and with Christmas approaching, we had no tree. I’d made a comment that I’d never had a live Christmas tree. The next day, in walks the future hubby with a huge live tree. I knew in that moment I was with the wrong guy.
Share your favorite romantic or sexy song and why you love it so much.
Nine Inch Nails: “Closer.” ‘Nuff said.
Yes! I’d love to share info and an excerpt from my latest release: Zarakion’s Tip.
Santa’s Helpers: Zarakion’s Tip
by Ayla Ruse
Word Count: 7K
Page Count: 27
Genres: Erotic Romance, Short Story, Dark Fantasy
Themes: Elves, Christmas (and Demons)
Delivery tips come in all shapes and sizes.
The SPDS — Santa’s Package Delivery System — is in full swing this Christmas. This special co-op of the North Pole delivers packages to the Otherworlders, including demons.
Taryn is a new delivery elf this year, and she draws the short straw — having to deliver packages to Hell.
Zarakion, a Cha’horz demon — the guardians of the dividing line between Earth and Hell — has to work the unstable drop point. He has to play at receiving; not his favorite job.
When Taryn steps through the Gate, she’s intimidated at first by the huge demon, but Zarakion gives her a delivery tip that’ll have her scrambling to return to the drop point again and again.
Taryn pursed her lips. Maybe, if she got another chance to hold his horns, he’d lick her again. Imagining that strange tongue running across her skin made her breath hitch. Okay, so she was turned on by a ten-foot demon. Things could be worse.
She rubbed her thighs, her blood heating with desire, and tried to stare into the darkness. He had to be here. Somewhere. He’d licked her, for Santa’s sake. Surely he’d want some more. Wouldn’t he?
Lost in her growing, heated thoughts, she didn’t recognize at first that the silence of the room had been broken by slick, wet sounds.
“What’s that noise?” she called out.
The sound continued. “Nothing,” the demon growled.
“Are you jerking off?” She recognized that slippery sound, and her lips twitched. Her ex had loved to masturbate more than having sex with her, so sounds of jerking off had battered her ears until she’d wised up and kicked him out.
The demon spoke, but completely ignored her question. “Sit tight and be quiet. I can’t let you out for at least another forty-five minutes.”
He didn’t answer. She strained her ears, and her heightened Elf hearing picked up the telling sound again. Yep, he was jerking off. So the big, bad demon found her sexy, hmm?
Knowing he stroked his cock turned her on big-time, but apparently he was shy. Good thing she wasn’t.
She arched her back and closed her eyes, wishing the entire room were lit. She’d rather approach him than tease him, but she’d do whatever it would take to entice him back to her.
“Oh, it’s hot in here,” she called out, laughing to herself at the campy tone in her voice. “I’m used to the North Pole. Snow everywhere, all the time.” As Taryn spoke, she stretched and casually removed her red spandex shirt. Her breasts were perky enough she’d never had to restrain them with a bra, and her excited nipples tightened and stood out as the material rasped over them. “You don’t mind if I get comfortable?” she asked, tossing her shirt over the windshield. “You did say I’d be here for a while.”
Bare from the waist up, Taryn lay back, letting her head settle against the back of the rear seat. Her little skirt had inched up, and she knew her thighs showed. Tuning an ear toward the demon, she smiled to hear his strokes picking up speed. Hopefully he’d join her soon.
The demon’s groan reverberated through the room, but he didn’t approach her. Damn, what would it take to get that thick-skulled creature over here? Frustrated, she called out, “Stop playing by yourself. Can’t you see I want you?”
A large shadow blocked out her light before the last word left her mouth. He stood over her, his legs spread at the end of the bike, his body hunched over hers while his large hands gripped the metal frame at the front of her motorcycle.
“Don’t break my bike,” she said fiercely, feeling his weight bearing down on the metal. His hot breath bathed her skin, and a second, silent thought slammed into her. She couldn’t turn back at this point. She murmured, “Oh, heck, what have I done?”
Her eyes quickly adjusted to the lower light, and she gasped, making out the strange part of him hovering above her. She should have known. This demon sported a monster-size erection.
Santa’s Helpers: Zarakion’s Tip can be purchased now from Changeling Press