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Sierra Cartwright - Brand Exclusive

How are you finding following the different brothers in the Donovan family?

The Donovan men are all I could have hoped for. I’ve never before written a series that featured brothers. In the Mastered series, I had two characters who featured in all of the books. In the Bonds series, the intriguing Julien Bonds was the person who provided the continuity to tie the books together. 

Sierra Cartwright - USA Today feature

Joyce: What inspires your book ideas?

Sierra: It’s exciting that almost any experience in my life can inspire a book. One time, I saw a music video that made a whole book come alive for me. The Donovan Dynasty was conceived while I was on a writing retreat in Galveston. A tour of Moody Mansion had the idea mill working full time.

Sierra Cartwright - Coffee Time Romance feature

The first time I “meet” one of my heroes on the page, I’m surprised. 

Before I begin writing, I brainstorm, often for days. One thing I’m always sure of is that the hero will be a Dom, and to me that means he has certain qualities that help define who he is.

 

Sierra Cartwright - Publisher's Weekly

In May this year, Totally Bound secured our first international rights deal for Sierra Cartwright’s Crave, book one in the bestselling Bonds series.

This deal was brokered by IPR licence, and Tom Chalmers, IPR’s Managing Director has spoken to Publisher’s Weekly about the erotic revolution and Totally Bound’s position.

Sierra Cartwright - 50 Recommended Reads for Summer

Bind, book one in The Donovan Dynasty series has been listed in The Book Chick Blog's Top 50 Recommended Summer Romance Reads!

Sierra Cartwright - The Donovan Dynasty microsite

Sierra Cartwright now has her own microsite for The Donovan Dynasty series. Check it out to find out more about this acclaimed series!

Sierra Cartwright - Romancing the Book feature

Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Sierra: I’ve rarely enjoyed writing as much as I am right now. A couple of years ago, I took a writing retreat to Galveston, Texas. I’ll be honest, the time of the year was a factor! I was living in Colorado, and I’d grown weary of winter. So I headed for the south and some sand. A margarita, I figured, would definitely help creative juices!

Sierra Cartwright - Female First feature

After a painful divorce, I took a long hiatus from writing romances novels. I dabbled in murder mysteries for a while. And that's not a joke. But when I returned to romances, I wrote a BDSM novel.
 

Sierra Cartwright - Exclusive author feature for Bind

The Donovan Dynasty is a brand new series! So, tell us, who are the Donovans and what is their dynasty?

I’m so excited by the Donovans. You might know that I recently moved to Texas, and I’ve had a fantastic time learning about the state’s history. It’s populated with fascinating characters and families. To me, Texas is an amazing place, part of the untamed American West, but also part of the South, with the heat and humidity, along with genteel manners.

Sierra Cartwright - Bind feature

Bind has been featured in this month's BTSe Mag!

Sierra Cartwright - Bind Trailer

Sierra Cartwright - NLA-I Award nominee

Crave has been nominated for the Pauline Reage Novel Award.

Sierra Cartwright - Bonds series featured

In the Bonds series, you can expect to find the men and women on equal footing in all aspects of life and love.

Sierra Cartwright - Exclusive Author feature for Command

What can we expect from Command?

Oh, lots of fun, yummy sex and unexpected surprises. Since the love scenes and relationships in my books are often emotionally intense, I like to lighten up my stories with some humour.  And when you’re done reading Command, I hope you’ll want a Hello, Molly for yourself!

Sierra Cartwright - Uberkinky feature

I adore the Uberkinky website. It’s tasteful, elegant, and oh-so intriguing. There are a number of products I use in my books, and the ones mentioned below are featured prominently in recent releases. And honestly? I found something on the site I need to buy, and it will show up in a future novel!

Sierra Cartwright - Rude Magazine feature

During the death throes of the last century, I wrote books for Harlequin/Silhouette. Even though I had a computer, I still had to submit hard copies of my manuscripts. It wasn’t unusual to get copy-edited books back complete with coffee-cup stains, and, in my case, with big arcs of fat, bleeding red Sharpie slashed across entire sections. Though I wrote for their sexiest line, my work was too edgy. 

Sierra Cartwright - USA Today feature

There might not be a more difficult question! The romance genre is filled with talented authors who help and support one another. Choosing from amongst such a stellar group is tough!

Sierra Cartwright - Book of the Year winner from LASR 2014

Sierra Cartwright has won the LASR Book of the Year for In the Den! Congratulations Sierra!

Sierra Cartwright - LASR Book of the Year nominee

In the Den has been nominated for LASR Book of the Year for 2014!

Sierra Cartwright - Command Trailer

Sierra Cartwright - Bonds microsite

Sierra Cartwright now has her own microsite for the Bonds series. Check it out to find out more about this acclaimed series!

Sierra Cartwright - Interview with Honour

Before you slip into those sky-high heels, it helps to get in the mood, it’s been said that a woman’s most powerful sex organ is her brain, and that makes perfect sense. We’re smart, sassy and adventurous.

We’re discerning and have confidence that we can express who we are as women, that’s why erotic romances are topping the bestseller lists.

Sierra Cartwright - Verboten feature

Tell us about your new series, Bonds. 

If I’ve ever had more fun writing a series of books, I don’t remember when.

The series started with a single idea. Most of my books have a piece of me in them. Something I see or something that happens makes me think, “What if?” The collar that’s pictured on the cover of Crave is a bit imposing. When I saw that particular collar in real life, all sorts of things ran through my head. I imagined the commitment and expectations that might go along with it, and how that might be a bit frightening to a heroine who sees it for the first time. 

Sierra Cartwright - Cara Sutra feature

I adore powerful men. Whether they’re wearing jeans and a cowboy hat or a well-tailored suit, I am attracted to men who radiate confidence and are comfortable with who they are. It makes them both sexy and powerful.

I try to create complex heroes we can fall in love with. I give them traits I find sexy, commitment, respect, integrity, manners, and, most importantly, a sense of humor. And then I introduce him to a heroine who will test everything he thinks he knows. The woman he falls for has to be convinced of his intentions. Along the way, I end up smitten, too, even if the alpha male would be too much for me in real life.

Kennedy Aldrich is a character I find yummy…one I had great fun crafting.

Sierra Cartwright - Exclusive Author feature for Claim

Does a lot of research go into writing the BDSM scenes?

I take my work seriously, and I want to give my readers the experience they’re hoping for when they pick up one of my books. So yes, I do lots of research for my books. The best parts are the “hands-on” experiences. I don’t have to guess at my heroine’s feelings of trepidation or excitement. And I hope that adds an air of emotional intimacy between the reader and my writing.

Sierra Cartwright - Blog tour stop with The Jeep Diva

A divorce has left Mackenzie Farrell determined never to walk down the aisle again. She enjoys her life, and she’s passionate in her business pursuits.

Writers are often told to “write what you know.” The advice makes sense. When an author adds personal experience, the story can feel more authentic.

There’s a little bit of me in Mackenzie, the heroine of my latest book, Claim. Like her, I was a single woman who intended to stay that way. After my divorce, I invested tremendous time and energy in my career. I spent a lot of time with friends and family. I had boyfriends, and some of the relationships were quite serious. But for many years, I never met anyone who I was willing to give up single life for.

Sierra Cartwright - Bookpleasures interview for Claim

Which of your fictional characters would you most like to have a drink with, and why?

I’d love to sit down with Julien Bonds. He’s extremely eccentric. Brilliant. Driven. Never satisfied. Impatient. And he loves to meddle in the lives of his friends.

He is a compilation of people I know and people I’d like to get to know. Insider secret, he is my humble and not-at-all accurate tribute to the genius that was Steve Jobs.

Sierra Cartwright - USA Today feature

When I head out, I love New Orleans. Fortunately, now, it's only about a six-hour drive away. While I'm there, I head for jambalaya and pralines. Then a late-night stop at Café Du Monde  for café au lait and beignets. Like most visitors, I adore the  French Quarter  and spend hours walking around, visiting the shops and art galleries. (I still have my eye on a painting I fell in love with last spring.) Even though I wear out a pair of tennis shoes, I pack on five pounds per visit! Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Sierra Cartwright - Claim Trailer

Sierra Cartwright — Three Things for USA Today

 

Three words I would use to describe myself:

 

• Adventurous. Actually, that's rather new for me! I've always wanted to live near the water. Every year, I spent a day or two in Galveston, Texas. Last year, I came down for a writing retreat. And I never went home! I found a cute little rental, signed a lease, and changed my life completely. It's the first time I've lived away from my friends and family!

Sierra Cartwright - Interview with Female First for Crave

What are your biggest cravings in life?

 

Where to begin…? I crave sleep, and I’ve been known to go to bed ridiculously early just so I can doze off and on for hours. And I have a confession. When I crave something, I can be single-minded in its pursuit. (I prefer that word to “obsessive.”) I love chocolate, and the richer, more decadent, the better. In the quest to sate my sweet-tooth, I spent years trying out recipes for flourless chocolate cake. 


 
 

Crave Book Trailer

Sierra Cartwright - Interview for Crave

 

What can you tell us about Crave?

 

Where shall I begin? With the funny interchanges between four absolutely delicious men? The hot, hot sex scenes? The emotion as a couple works so hard to rebuild trust even as they push their relationship into a whole new dimension? Or maybe with the bond of love that has kept Reece and Sarah bound together over the years…?

 

Sierra Cartwright - Feature Excerpt for Crave

 

Take a sneak peak at Crave in the latest issue of BTSe Magazine! Can you resist this novel?

 

 

Sierra Cartwright - Article for In the Den

Author Sierra Cartwright introduces us to her Mastered series. Book six, In the Den, is out today. Bring your handcuffs!

 

I hope you'll enjoy the behind the scenes peek inside the Den and that you'll return often to meet the heart-stopping Doms who I promise will make you blush…

 

 

Sierra Cartwright - Interview for Over the Line

Why do you think it is that writers, specifically of erotic fiction are spreading their stories out over trilogies and series of books?

I think that erotic romance fiction writers need some extra space to really connect and get as in-depth with the characters as our readers crave. It’s almost impossible to show a strong emotional connection between two people in a short story. In real life falling head over heels in love doesn’t happen overnight, sometimes it can take years to realise that you’re truly in love with someone, but the lust? That usually comes quickly. It’s easy to write a story about two people who just met and want to hook up…

Sierra Cartwright - Interview for On His Terms

What can you tell us about your new book On His Terms?

I think all intimate relationships can be a bit messy emotionally. It would be nice to think we always know exactly what we want and how to get it. In my fantasy world, I never question myself. And when I get what I want, I sit back and celebrate it…

Sierra Cartwright - Interview for With This Collar

The book is set in a secluded mountainous area, so why did you choose this as a place to have The Den?

When I’m at my home near Denver, I live in a fairly urban area. I can walk to a quaint historic district with shops and restaurants and nightlife. And there’s a bus stop right outside my window. And the local police station isn’t far away. It’s a vibrant area, and there’s always something happening. As a result many of my books have fairly urban settings…

Sierra Cartwright - Feature Article for In His Cuffs

I love that I’m able to infuse my writing with a flair of authenticity, though I’d never say that a writer has to be heavily into the lifestyle in order to write convincing, emotional, and hot, hot scenes.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, if you promise not to tell, a lot of the scenes in my books come from my fantasies

Sierra Cartwright Interview - Mastered Series

With This Collar - Author Reading

With This Collar - Book Trailer

Sierra Cartwright - Daily Mail Article

Even Racier than EL James! Sierra Cartwright featured in the Daily Mail for her Mastered series and bestselling title, With This Collar.

Read the article and an excerpt from the book.

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