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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Cari Quinn

Welcome Cari Quinn! Thanks for coming today. Please start off by telling us a little about yourself. 

Thank you so much for having me here today at Books Amour!

Is Test Shot a single title, or part of a series?

Test Shot is book one of the Hot Shots series at Loose Id, a series based around an erotic talent agency in New York City.

What were your inspirations for the story?

Actually, my inspiration for the whole series was the adult entertainment industry and what would make a person turn to that sort of career. Drew Cole, one of the owners of Hot Shots, was the first character that came to me, and his background is in adult movies (his story is book two, tentatively entitled Money Shot.) The rest of the series developed from there.

Please share your setting for Test Shot. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

New York City, specifically Brooklyn, is the setting for Test Shot, and one that I spent a lot of time in years ago. I visited the city many times and absolutely fell in love with it. You can find a wealth of different experiences and cultures within a short distance. My favorite part had to be Times Square, but I loved so much about it that it’s hard to pick.

When did the writing bug first bite?

Elementary school. As my bio says, I first started writing parables based off bible stories in second grade. Somehow I fell into erotic romance as an adult. What a spectrum!

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

Too many to name, but la Nora will always be my absolute favorite author, and one of the reasons I started writing. Her book Angels Fall is my favorite book of all time. I’ve only read it five times so far, so you can tell I love it!

What is your most favorite childhood memory?

Probably waking up to find the house decorated for Christmas on my birthday. My birthday is in early December and it was always fun to celebrate both at the same time.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

My biggest hobby is definitely reading. When I’m not writing, you can find me with my nose in my Kindle or watching men’s college basketball (go Syracuse University!)

Boxers, brief or commando?

I’d say briefs, but many of my male characters seem to like to go commando for ease of undressing. Hey, I write erotic romance, and speed is an important factor! :)

Favorite eye color?

Gray. I love that it can be light or dark and often seems turbulent.

What's the strangest thing you've heard or seen?

Oh wow, too many things to list! Maybe that people actually buy used socks on eBay. Sometimes it’s better not to know…

Test Shot (Hot Shots #1)
by Cari Quinn
Published by Loose ID
Erotic Contemporary Romance (M/F/M)
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 80,000

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Layla Palmer is starting over in New York City with a new job at Hot Shots, an agency that specializes in hiring talent for jobs with an erotic bent. Happily engaged, she writes off the changes in her relationship with her fiancé, Aidan, as growing pains. But that all comes into question when her beloved fiancé comes up with a startling suggestion: he wants to watch her have sex with another man.

Aidan's a man on the edge, fighting demons he won't name in fear of losing the woman he loves forever. But the game he's playing can only continue for so long, especially when the man they decide to invite into their bed turns out to be Layla’s newest prospective model, Sawyer Blake.

Passion explodes between them, threatening to spill over and burn them all. Soon Aidan and Layla's already incendiary relationship hits the boiling point. Now she's fighting her own battles, including the conflicted feelings of lust and love she harbors for both men. But how can she figure out who to trust when everything she ever knew is changing, including herself?


“TEST SHOT will lead you down a road of passion and heart break almost at the same time it takes you from the ultimate highs to the lowest of lows. You'll enjoy the roller coaster of human emotions and probably miss these characters when you reach the last page.”--5 Stars, Sizzling Hot Books

“This book is outstanding. It played with my emotions, tore strips off my heart and left me reeling. I didn’t expect this book to hook me the way that it did and didn’t predict the way the plot turns would leave me ignoring life in general to keep reading right up until the end.”--5 Stars, Scorching Book Reviews

“Man oh man, oh man! I love when I “discover” a new author who immediately engages me and makes me want to neglect everything in my house so I can finish her book from cover to cover. Cari Quinn has done that with her first book in the Hot Shots series, Test Shot. Besides an amazing cast of characters she has managed to write a brilliant story with a plot line quite unlike anything I’ve read before.”--A True Gem, 4.5 Stars, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Adult Excerpt

“Like what you see?” Sawyer couldn’t help flexing a little for her. She was so pretty, and he wanted to impress her even if he knew this was a one-time thing. It didn’t matter. Right now, she belonged to him.

“You know I do. I love your body.” Layla fanned her hands over his chest, grazing his nipples with her pinkies. He stiffened at her purr of pleasure. “Sensitive here?”

She lowered her head to lap at one of them, then repeated the move on the other while she hooked one leg around his hip and massaged her heel into his back. Her wet pussy met his skin, leaving some of her arousal behind. First on his thigh. His belly. Finally on his cock. She eased back again, stirring up just enough air for him to feel every trail of her desire across his skin.

“Jesus Christ, Layla.”

“I need you. Hurry.”

Sawyer did a backward crab walk to the basket of supplies and grabbed a couple of condoms. Bright pink and blue. Man. But they’d get the job done.

He tossed a quick glance at the sofa and noted Aidan sat almost as placidly as before, if not for the tight lines of strain carving his face. Without shame, Aidan drew his gaze down Sawyer’s body. His eyes didn’t fire with anything but mild interest, but the look alone caused Sawyer to turn away.

This was new territory for him, being observed while he was with a woman. That watching-being-hot thing apparently only applied while everyone was dressed, because if he thought too much about Aidan studying them—and likely getting aroused himself—Sawyer had a feeling he’d go as limp as overcooked broccoli.

He tore open the condom and unrolled it over his length, hoping Layla would give him time for a repeat performance. If he didn’t get inside her fast, his thoughts would win. And he wasn’t about to let that happen.

“Pink’s your color,” she teased when he threw the other condom on the coffee table.

“It’s yours too.” He drew the swollen lips of her pussy apart, visually drinking his fill of the arousal coating dusky rose flesh. Her clit stood proudly, begging for the press of a finger or the flat tip of his tongue. He’d do both before the night was over. “Look at that, all for me.”

“Yes.” She jerked her head, and he knew she’d glanced at Aidan. “All for you.”

He stroked her with two fingers. Up and down he rode her seam, finally pushing them into her sheath. Fuck. So tight. Inferno hot, even more so than before. Her muscles squeezed him as he started to move, testing them both with his deep glides.

Good goddamn, she turned him on. Enough to forget where he was. Even why he was. There was just the two of them, giving and taking pleasure.

Twisting his hand around, he gave her three fingers and used his thumb to toy with the button of distended nerves, each flick pushing her nearer to the point where she’d rain over him. He caught her gasps with his mouth and pushed into her harder. Knowing she could take it. That she yearned for him to shove her to the limit of her control. He could see all that, and more, in the glazed depths of her eyes.

Her orgasm approached with hurricane force. He could feel it gathering inside her, a vortex gaining speed. Drawing energy. He wanted her to break around him, a moment only they would share.

He pulled free, and she cried out. “Shh.” He quieted her with a kiss. “I’ll give you what you need.” He tweaked her nipples with his wet fingers, then licked off the juice he’d displaced.

She gripped his head in both hands, holding him while he tucked his nose into the curve underneath her breast and absorbed her scent as if it were air. Lovemaking had never before been this sweet—or this bitter.

“Sawyer, please.” She encircled his width and scorched him right through the condom. “Come into me.”

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story—a bible parable—in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she'd ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today.

Though she also fires up her computer as a graphic designer, proofreader and editor, she can’t resist the lure of disappearing into a world of her own creation. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. The only thing she loves more than writing is hearing from readers! Visit Cari at www.cariquinn.com

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  1. I enjoyed the interview.

  2. I just started reading Test shot last night. I've barely scratched the surface and all I can say is meeeow! If the beginning is any indication, this is a hot and smexy read :)

  3. The excerpt has me hooked. Hot, Hot, Hot!

    1. Super fun interview too! There are things people buy on ebay and in thrift stores that blow my mind. Yucky!

  4. I've gotta admit, I always mentally skip a step when male characters undress, too!


  5. I had heard about people buying used women's panties but socks is a new one on me :shutter: Thanks Carin

  6. Awesome interview & review! I really enjoyed reading them, the blurb and the Adult excerpt of Test Shot (Hot Shots #1. It sounds very interesting and I am looking forward to reading it soon. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  7. Hi everyone! Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by and for Books Amour for hosting me today. I hope you enjoy Test Shot if you get to read it...and ugh on the used socks! LOL

    Cari Quinn

  8. Love the excerpt!!! Cant wait to read the book!

  9. Great post... Seems like it'll be another great read :)


  10. Loved the interview, excerpt & review for this hot read! Can't wait to read it.

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