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Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Hold 'Em by Katie Porter (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today we have Katie Porter back to talk about her new book Hold 'Em which is the 3rd book in their Vegas Top Guns series and Humor in Erotic Romance.

Available Now: Amazon | B&N | Samhain
Daughter of a world-famous motocross champion, and head-on competitor with three brothers, Captain Leah “Princess” Girardi was born with a need for speed. No one tells her what to do, especially not men with chauvinistic “girls can’t be fighter pilots” attitudes.
That’s what ended her brief relationship with Captain Mike “Strap Happy” Templeton. Now, six years later, he’s been assigned to her squadron, and whoa damn, he’s filled out nicely. Plus he’s cultivated a Zen-like chill factor that pulls at her hormones.
Even after four tours, Mike’s the new kid in the 64th Aggressor Squadron. That’s not the only thing new. Since he last saw Leah, he’s learned a few things about himself. A female who outranks him still makes his teeth grind, but in the bedroom he craves the rush of pain inflicted by an adoring, powerful woman.
Their reunion is an explosive revelation. Leah is the beautiful mistress he’s been searching for, and she takes to her new role like a natural. But Leah’s aware one thing hasn’t changed. Loving him is still an all-or-nothing proposition. She’s not sure her reckless streak is wide enough to risk her career—and her heart.
Warning: This book contains a hot stud on his knees, a woman wielding a paddle, and filthy-gorgeous femdom sex. Also: dangerous rock climbing, two amazing motorcycles and some bad tequila.

Humor in Erotic Romance
By Katie Porter

One of the reasons why Lorelie and I started writing together as Katie Porter was that old stereotype about authors: we weren’t able to find the kind of books we wanted to read…so we wrote them. The BDSM and fetish erotic romances we read were so focused on rules, sternness, sex clubs, angst, childhood psychoanalysis, and more angst. We like conflict and emotional potency as much as the next gals, but that intensity can get heavy.

On occasion, even a femdom and her gorgeous male submissive need a good laugh. Leah, fighter pilot extraordinaire and high-strung sadist, needs some humor in her life. Mike’s not quite so gung-ho pent-up as Leah. He likes life. He likes how comfortable he’s become with sexual submission. His Zen persona means he can laugh a lot more easily than his ball-of-energy mistress.

For example, in this excerpt Mike has taken Leah to a Mexican diner on the outskirts of Las Vegas that has more in common with a truckstop than any glitzy, glamorous place on the Strip. There are mariachis involved…

Mike dug his wallet out of his back pocket. He pulled out five dollars. “Well, lookie here. It’s a mariachi magnet.”
He hadn’t known Leah’s eyes could get that wide. “You wouldn’t dare.”
“Absolutely not. Mike, put that away.”
“See, here’s the thing.” He tried to take her hand, all fake suave, but she slapped his knuckles. That only made him chuckle harder. “If I lure them over here and that pisses you off, I get tons out of it.”
“How do you figure?” Her mouth had scrunched into something like a pout—probably the closest she could manage.
“I get to see you blush, and probably laugh. Then I get to enjoy how you’ll exact your revenge when we get home.”
“You assume you’re going home with me, Michael.”
Her tone was so perfectly modulated that he did a double take. She held her dominatrix expression for about three heartbeats, which stopped him cold. Only a sparkle of play across her top lip gave her away. In the spirit of fairness, it was his turn to give her the finger.
“It’s gonna become tradition,” she said wistfully. She placed her chin on interlaced fingers and fluttered her lashes. “I’ll never think of being flipped off the same way.”
When Mike reached out again to take her hand, she let him. He kissed her knuckles, whereas she’d slapped his. Sounded about right. He looked into her eyes. Dead on. No games. Just the weight of all he could bring to bear as a man. The effect registered across her features: dilated pupils, an intake of breath, lips parted so slightly.
Against her skin he whispered, “I am going home with you, ma’am.”
“Yes.” Her voice was a rasp. She took a quick drink of Coke. “Yes, Michael. You are.”
He released her completely—hand and eyes. “But not before a song.”
Leah tried to catch his forearm while he waved the fiver toward the trio of mariachis. “Don’t! Mike!”
He was way bigger, in every sense. Holding the bill out of reach was no trick. He chuckled at her attempts, particularly enjoying how her struggles bounced her breasts.
“We’re just supporting independent artists,” he said. “It’s the philanthropist in me.”
The food arrived just before the mariachis surrounded their table. Huge guitars. Huge hats. A huge grin on Mike’s face. He paid the men and pretended to take their musical skills very seriously while snatching glimpses of Leah’s expression. She doggedly ate whatever she’d ordered. If he didn’t know better of her courage, he would’ve sworn she was trying to hide her face with her hand. She kicked him beneath the table. Repeatedly.  

So, Mike makes Leah laugh and Leah makes Mike hurt. It’s an old fashioned romance, really. Or maybe not. But the idea of a mariachi magnet still makes me smile, and that’s what we set out to do. Add some smiles to the sexy!


Up next for Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown: 

Now that the first three of the RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Pick “Vegas Top Guns” series have been released, readers can anticipate the final two installments, HARD WAY and BARE KNUCKLE, in 2013.

November brings the m/m Christmas-themed CAME UPON AMIDNIGHT CLEAR, described as “masterful” by Publishers Weekly. In January, LEAD AND FOLLOW will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic multi-partner romances set in a hot New York City burlesque club.

Where to find us:

Twitter: @MsKatiePorter
Or individually: @carrielofty and @LorelieBrown

We'd like to give away a copy of DOUBLE DOWN, INSIDE BET or HOLD ’EM (winner's choice) in any format. Just answer the question: How important is humor in the erotic romance you read, and in real life bedrooms?

Thanks again to Book Lovin’ Mamas for featuring Katie Porter and Hold ’Em!

Katie Porter is the co-writing team of Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty, friends and critique partners of six years.
Katie Porter

Lorelie and Carrie on the SkyDeck
of the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago.
Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie has an MA in history, while Lorelie is a US Army veteran. Generally a high-strung masochist, Carrie loves weight training and has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two girls are not appreciative. Lorelie, a laid-back sadist, would rather grin maniacally when Carrie works out. Her three boys love how she screams like a little girl around spiders.
To learn more about the authors who make up Katie, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter:@carrielofty@LorelieBrown, and @MsKatiePorter.

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Lisa W said...

Humor is very important! You have to laugh and have fun in both real life and your books.

Thanks to everyone stops by--past, present, and future. Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks so much for your support. We're lucky to have it. Best of luck with the drawing!

~ Carrie

Alicia said...

It's always nice to have some humor, both in real life and a book.

Thanks for having the giveaway!

June M. said...

I think humor is necessary for all relationships. I know I really enjoy books that have humor added to them, and an author who can make me laugh is one I will read other books from.
Thanks so much for the great giveaway.

DANIELA said...

I think humor is important, it changes the pace and that is good :)

dany7578 at hotmail dot com

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