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It’s Always Fun To Be First: Meet #Scorched Authors

June 1, 2016

Entangled Publishing has just launched its new erotic romance imprint and the four launch authors are dishing about why they decide to make the jump to erotic romance from what they have written in the past.

Gina L. Maxwell, author of SHAMELESS: No holds barred! I’ve always written really “hot” for the Brazen line at Entangled, which used to be their hottest imprint, but there have been times where the reins have been tugged with the corresponding, “You have to pull this back; we can’t quite ‘go there’ on this line.” *sad panda face*

Enter the announcement that Entangled would be launching an erotica line called Scorched. Holy Hannah, I can get—I mean, my characters can get—as freaky as they want! Sign. Me. Up. The reins weren’t only loosened, they were fricking dropped. And believe me, I took full advantage of that glorious freedom. Chance and Jane get their freak on in all sorts of fantastic ways.

The other reason I was really excited to make the switch to erotic romance is that it gave me a chance to try something new and challenge myself as a writer. For seven years, I’ve been writing only in 3rd person/past tense POV (point of view). That means that everything is “he/him” and “she/her” instead of “I/me” whenever we’re in that character’s POV. Add the different tense and things go from “he kissed” to “I kiss.” It wasn’t easy to break my old habits, but I had so much fun getting to be so deep inside the heads of Chance and Jane. I definitely want to do more books in this style, and I hope my readers will enjoy the new voice it brings out in my work.

About Gina L. Maxwell

Gina L. Maxwell

Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since.

When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do.

What Happens in Vegas




People say I’m shameless. They’re right.

I like my work dirty and my sex even dirtier. It takes a hell of a lot to tilt my moral compass, and dancing as a private stripper for horny suburbanites doesn’t even register. Neither does hooking up with them afterward whenever the mood strikes—it’s one of the bennies of the job—but it’s always a one-and-done. I don’t do repeat performances. Ever.

Until I meet the one girl in all of Chicago not interested in dry humping my junk. She’s all I can think about, and that’s a problem, because I made sure she wants nothing to do with me. But I’ve seen her deepest secrets, her darkest fantasies, and they match mine to a fucking T.

I want her. Bad.

Now I need to show her how good it can feel…to be shameless.

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Kristin Miller, author of DESIRING RED: I’ve always written sexy. Even when I wrote my first book and tried to keep the sex behind closed doors, I just couldn’t do it. When Candace Havens, my brilliant editor at Entangled, said she wanted me to write an erotic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood…with two super hot werewolf heroes…I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I’m so glad I took the plunge into erotic romance, because DESIRING RED turned out to be one of my favorite books to write.

About Kristin Miller

Kristin Miller

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book.

Seattle Wolf Pack | San Francisco Wolf Pack



Desiring Red

I’m indecisive when it comes to my shoes. Choosing a werewolf mate who’ll be with me until I croak? Pardon me while I take some time to think on it. But a steamy encounter before the final ceremony changes everything.

Reaper, the Omega’s eldest grandson, is fiercely loyal, scorching hot, and built for pleasure. He brings down my defenses, and before I know what’s happening, I succumb to the heat in his touch and the skill of his mouth. I’ve only just met him, but I need him like no other.

As part of my pack duties, I must parade in front of the Alpha, who has first choice of the pre-shifters. Rumors of his dark desires run deep, and I’ve always been intrigued. But the forbidden passion blazing between Reaper and me is too primal to deny. By pack law, Reaper can’t have me until the Alpha makes his choice…but Reaper’s never been one to follow the rules.

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Cathryn Fox, author of LEARNING CURVES: I write HOT. I always have. My contemporaries and paranormal books have always been very steamy so when I was asked to write for the Scorched line, I jumped on it. There was a new freedom in writing at this heat level. I could push things further, use language that might not have worked in the other lines and take my characters on the ride of a lifetime!

About Cathryn Fox

Cathryn Fox

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. Cathryn has two teenagers who keep her busy and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found laughing over lunch with friends, hanging out with her kids, or watching a big action flick with her husband.

Playing for Keeps | What Happens in Vegas | Breaking the Rules



Learning Curves

When he wins a sexy bet, billionaire Linc Blair can’t wait to get Lauren Neill naked. He’s never gone for her type in the past, and he’s pretty certain it has more to do with her buttoned-up hotness than the nagging sense that something is missing from his life. But when he gets a glimpse of the vulnerable woman beneath the conservative, yet oh-so-sexy clothes, it’s a game changer.

Lauren can’t believe she’s spending a few days with one of sexiest, and most annoying men she’s ever met. But she can’t deny the chemistry between them, and for once in her life she’s letting down her guard so she can explore a different side of herself. The side only Linc brings out in her.

Taking it slow, he unleashes her sexuality and it quickly occurs to him that what started out as a bet for him has become something more. With their weekend nearly over, and her ex showing interest in this new confident version of Lauren, Linc will have to risk it all if he wants to win the game of love.

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Naima Simone, author of ONLY FOR A NIGHT: Actually, my first published books were erotic romance, so this wasn’t as much as a jump as a switch. J I’ve always loved it, still read it. So when I had the chance to write another erotic romance, I was all in! First, writing for one of Entangled’s brand new lines was an honor. And then I get to Jackie Chan the bedroom door and let it all hang out, too? Yaaahhss! Sold! LOL! I love how characters can discover more about themselves by pushing the envelope sexually. Trust is built, confidence bolstered, courage unearthed, and love cemented by an intense physical relationship. Especially when their hearts and spirits have been wounded or broken, and sex is the only way they can express themselves. That physical bond is sometimes the only bridge the couple is willing to cross at the time. And watching them find the courage and trust to venture to the other side and brave love is awesome. And I get to write it!

About Naima Simone

Naima Simone

Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

Secrets and Sins | Guarding Her Body | Simone Bachelor Auction



Only For A Night

Rion Ward fought hard to be free of the Irish mob life. Now, as the co-owner of Boston’s hottest aphrodisiac club, he’s traded crime for the ultimate sexual fantasy. But when the “good girl” from his past walks through Lick’s doors, he discovers that his unconsummated hunger for her never abated.

Widowed for two years from a man who felt that anything besides the missionary position was dirty, Harper Shaw is ready to move on. The first step to feeling alive again is sex. Hot, dirty, black-out-from-orgasm sex. And who better to provide it than the brooding, sexy, tatted bad boy-turned-man she’s known for years?

Rion, however, has one stipulation: He’ll be hers only for one night. One night to explore her every fantasy. One night to push her limits. One night to introduce her to a passion that makes both doubt if it will be enough…

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