Please join us in welcoming author Erzabet Bishop to TNA today, on the tour for her new novel, Heart’s Protector.
Enjoy the Q&A and excerpt from the book, and then be sure to check out the giveaway details below.
And now, here’s Erzabet.
Gargoyles make for fascinating romance heroes. What inspired you to write Thomas and Grayson?
I have always wanted to write a shifter story with gargoyles. The idea that they watch over you and protect is a sexy one. So is the historical art side of things. Gargoyles have been on the side of buildings for centuries and it only seemed right to give them some romance. *wink*
There’s a touch of mythology in Heart’s Protector. Is the Medusa/Gorgon myth your favorite? What other Greek/Roman myths do you like?
It is one of my favorites. Medusa got a bad rap and it was time she got a shot at romance with some guys that could hold their own. I also love the Hades and Persephone myth and have done several stories where it is twisted and changed. I plan to do another in the near future.
What do you think is the appeal of menage romance for readers? What is the biggest challenge in writing such a story?
I think readers like an escape. For most of us, we live in a world where we go to work, shuttle kids back and forth to school and activities. We want a break from all that. From obligations and the daily grind. Erotic romance and menage offers that. What woman wouldn’t want two studly men in her bed? Or women if that’s your preference. It’s fun to write about and I love reading them too. Challenge wise I would have to say getting all the characters a voice. With a menage you have at least one more main character than the normal romance novel so you have a whole set of emotions and actions being put into play. And that doesn’t even mention making sure all the body parts are where they are supposed to be. *wink*
This story is part of ARe’s Dubious series, about marriage of convenience. Have you written this trope before, and if not what did you enjoy most about trying it?
I have not. It was interesting and I liked it. The edgy nature of the budding relationship really fit into the shifter insta-mate thing for me and I want to explore more. Even a contemporary piece that is more gritty and dark erotic romance.
This story is also part of your Westmore Wolves universe. What can readers expect from this series in the future?
I am working on book 3 right now for ARe’s Fearless series. In this one we have dragon shifters and hot firemen. Polar bears and a winter fae with visions that give her social anxiety. We also see Sage back in the Hot Whips Cafe. I think you will like the interesting combination of this book as it brings some new characters to life and revisits some favorites. And there will be more. Cause I love this series!
About the Book
Medina Argos is a woman on the run from her present and her past. One of three sisters in an international art theft ring, she flees when a routine art heist goes too far. But this curvy girl is about to learn that some hearts beat to a different drum and the road to love is sometimes the less traveled one, even for a woman with secrets.
Thomas Sauveterre is a renowned art restoration specialist. Nothing is more important to him than his daughter, Gabrielle. When he takes on the largest project of his career, he also gains a security officer in the bargain. But love can be hiding in the most surprising places if he can only open his heart to find it.
Grayson Maberry is a man on the brink. Charged with protecting property and guarding the family he’s currently assigned, he is torn by duty and a love that may never be. But a true guardian will wait forever and this gargoyle may have just met his match. Twice.
“Oh my God. Will you just shut up?” Medina Argos growled under her breath as the snakes beneath her skin hissed and whispered. It was the same word, over and over again and she was about to lose her damned mind.
Yes. Pretties. She needed to find a new pretty or her sisters were going to have her head on a spit—and that was before breakfast. She massaged her temples and willed the pounding in her head to freaking stop. The print of the newspaper spread across the table swam like ants in front of her eyes. She lowered her lids, blocking out the bright daylight streaming in through the blinds. Her snakes loved the light but she on the other hand wished it would cloud up and rain like hell. Then at least the migraine would stop. Just another thing for them to disagree about.
The gallery exhibits laid out in the entertainment section tugged at her consciousness but nothing really rang true. Maybe it was the headache.
“Ugh.” She reached for her coffee and took a large gulp.
The full moon was right around the corner and her snakes were at it hard today. Their voices were a snarl of murmurs that were ever so slowly driving her insane. And they really needed another thing to focus on. Like maybe where she could go to find a good brownie. Or some chocolate chip pancakes. But all they wanted to whisper about was the one thing she couldn’t get them to agree on—their next mark.
“Would you hurry up, already?” She mumbled, poking her stylus into her hair. They hadn’t popped out for a visit yet today, but if this headache kept up, goddess only knew. Temperamental at best, her girls were moody man-hating bitches most days and that was saying something.
So she talked to her hair. Most shifters she knew had the same dual natured problems she did, only they weren’t stuck having snakes for hair and an ass that turned into a giant snake rear end. Well, to be fair, her legs sort of turned into the back end of a giant snake, but it was all semantics. On most people’s scale of sexy, snakes weren’t high up on the list. Hell, they probably weren’t even on the list, but when you’re smote by a goddess, it isn’t like you have much say in the matter.
Other people she’d come across in her travels had at least been wolf shifters or even cats. She, on the other hand, was afflicted with a mythological curse that left her hissing at the moon instead of howling at it. One of the snakes wiggled in her hair and she absentmindedly poked at it with her stylus.
“Not yet. Go back to sleep.”
There went the coolness thing again.
The snakes hissed at her in censure and she sighed. She reached for her cup of coffee and took another sip. The hot black liquid slid over her tongue, cinnamon and earthy. The morning had come too soon. Nightmares woke her in the middle of the night, shaking and sweating, just like clockwork. Her throat closed up like it did when the bastard in her nightmare closed his hand around her neck, cutting off her air, his eyes narrowed into slits filled with rage filled spite.
Favored by the goddess…You’ll be crawling by the time I’m done with you.
And she had been.
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About the Author
Erzabet Bishop is the award winning author of Sigil Fire, Written on Skin, Fetish Fair, Temptation Resorts interactive erotic romances, Holiday Cruise, Gingerbread Dreams, Pomegranate, Crave, A Red Dress for Christmas, Holidays in Hell, Lipstick, The Science of Lust, Club Beam, Sweet Seductions: The Erzabet Bishop Collection and multiple books in the Erotic Pagan Series. She is a contributing author to Club Rook, Taboo II, Hungry for More, A Christmas to Remember, Forbidden Fruit, Sci Spanks, Spank or Treat, Sweat, When the Clock Strikes Thirteen, Bossy, Cougars, Can’t Get Enough, Slave Girls, The Big Book of Submission, Anything She Wants, Bondage Bites, Coming Together: Girl on Girl, Coming Together: For the Holidays and more. She was a finalist for the GCLS awards in 2014 and 2015. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores.