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Friday Spotlight with Morticia Knight: To Series or Not to Series?

February 22, 2013

We have a fabulous guest stepping under The Spotlight today to tell us how she started out as an erotic romance author and introduce her new series, The Uniform Series. Just to further spell this out, she means men in uniform. Hot, gorgeous men and more men in uniform. Now take a deep breath, bite your bottom lip and read on…Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment to win a e-copy of the first in the series, Morticia’s Set Ablaze.

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Hi D.C. – thank you so much for letting me abduct your blog today! You know, I’ve been publishing erotic romance for a couple of years now, and I actually began by self-publishing a BDSM series. Now, when I say series, it was really more of a collection of short stories – that could stand alone – but told the continuing saga of the various characters that you met along the way. Of course, the majority of them were having sex with one another throughout the series, so in some ways, it was more erotica than romance.

 

After that, I began to focus more on the romance – although plenty of wild sex was still involved – and the stories that I sold to my publisher were more novella length, stand-alones. Many of my stories involve multiple pairings. There’s been MF, MFM, MMF, MFMFFM, and so on. About a year ago, I had an idea for an MM story that involved a younger firefighter catching his older, hunky fire chief getting it on with a guy at the fire station. In my story idea, this is how the younger firefighter – who has been lusting after the chief – finds out his dream guy is actually gay.

 

When I originally came up with that idea, I was considering submitting it to my publisher for an anthology they were putting together with the theme of MM emergency workers. Typically, anthology stories have a strict cap on word count, in order to accommodate all of the stories. That can be anywhere from 10 – 20,000 words, depending on the press. This would fall into the same realm I had been writing in – stories that were longer than short, but really just barely novella length. I didn’t want my firefighter idea to be held to such a strict count. I wanted to expand on the build of their romance, where they came from, why it was such a challenge for them to be together, and so on. The next thing I knew, there were other characters interacting with them in the town of Mesa, Arizona, and I wondered what romantic troubles those characters might get themselves into. Especially if I tossed in an arsonist, serial killer, and a terrorist to mess with them.

 

And so an actual series was born. The first book in the Uniform Encounters series, Set Ablaze, is available now at discount through the publisher, Total-E-Bound. It will be released at all of the usual outlets on March 18th. There will be two more books, each one short novel length, and featuring various yummy men in uniform. Set Ablaze will tell the story of my hunky firefighters *wink*. I’ve had a blast writing these books, and while I don’t know when I’ll do another series, it is definitely a different experience than writing a stand-alone. One needs to intertwine the elements that make it a series, and be consistent. But it is a lot of fun.

 

How about you? As a reader, do you prefer getting involved in a series, or do you prefer to take each book one at a time? If you leave a comment about that with your contact info, I’ll pick one commenter at random to receive an e-copy of Set Ablaze. Now here’s a little teaser to whet your appetite. It’s the scene where Tom, the younger firefighter accidentally walks in on the chief and catches him with his…well I’ll let you read and find out.

set ablaze

 

It was ten p.m. when he arrived at the station, and his pulse quickened a little when he saw the light still on in the chief’s office as he pulled in the driveway. If he kept driving past the garage where the engines were kept and parked by the sleeping quarters, the office would be completely obscured from any of the guys on shift—even if they went outside for a smoke. Tom noticed a tan Ford Bronco parked at the end where the office was. That must be the chief’s ride. Exactly what he would have pictured him in.

Tom was about to continue pulling all the way in, when he thought of something. Maybe he could just drop in and thank Eric again for the opportunity. Who knew when else he might be able to see him without anyone else around?

Stupid. It’s late at night, I’m sure he doesn’t want to be bothered.

Tom sat there letting the car idle while he wrestled with his gut instinct—the one that was telling him it was a bad idea. Then a wonderful realisation hit him—he’d promised the chief he would drop off a copy of his most recent physical as he was stuttering and bumbling out of his office earlier. Tom put the car in park, and jumped out. He opened the back lift gate, and rummaged around for the paper he’d brought with him.

Yeah, it was still a little weird, but he could at least say that he’d seen the light on, and thought it would be easiest for him to drop it off on his way in to his shift. His heart thumping in his chest, Tom grabbed the document, parked his car properly, and started to walk towards the office door, surprised to note that his legs actually felt a little shaky.

I must be more tired than I realised, that’s all.

He reached the door to the building, and it was unlocked, so he went ahead and pulled it open. The waiting area and Keri’s office were completely dark, but there was a sliver of light coming from the partially opened door to the chief’s office. He heard a groan.

Oh shit, is he okay?

Tom ran forward and was about to burst into the office when he heard another voice, a younger male one.

“Oh yeah, you like that, don’t you, Mr Anderson? You like it when I squeeze your cock and play with the tip like that, don’t you? You see—you need me. I’m going to show you how much more you need me when I lick your balls and then suck the juice right out of your fucking huge cock. Here I come, baby…”

Tom heard an even louder groan, and Chief Anderson’s voice, “Oh God, Brad, I can’t believe how good that feels. But I…”

“You want me to stop? Is that it? Okay, if you don’t need my tongue doing this to you…”

Tom heard a whimper.

“Or this…”

What is he doing? What is he doing?

Tom was bombarded with a flurry of emotions—surprise, lust, jealousy, curiosity. He didn’t know what to do. God, the chief wasn’t straight after all. But if Tom got caught… He was so curious, but he didn’t dare creep any farther. He should just leave that very second.

The chief moaned some more, and Tom could tell the man was nearing climax. Christ, if he didn’t get out of there soon, he would be too. He’d need to get his boner to go down before he could even head over to start work. What a night! Tom turned around to leave, and bumped his leg against the magazine table. Without thinking, he cried out.

“Who’s there?”

 

Available now at a 10% discount at Total-E-Bound:

 

http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=2022

 

Morticia Knight Author Bio

Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale, whether it is contemporary, paranormal, historical, ménage, M/M or BDSM – she loves it all! One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor. When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on a Three-Book series called Uniform Encounters set in the Southwest that features those yummy men in uniform, and a steampunk horror ménage.

Catch up with Morticia at: www.morticiaknight.blogspot.com  or follow her on Twitter @morticiaknight and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/morticia.knight

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2013 5:14 am

    Hi Morticia! Great post. I always like getting to know more about authors and how they think!

  2. February 23, 2013 3:12 pm

    Thanks for guesting on my blog, Morticia!

  3. February 23, 2013 3:48 pm

    Nice read!

  4. February 23, 2013 5:05 pm

    Wow! That was suspenseful and hot! Great post!

  5. February 24, 2013 3:22 pm

    Sounds like a creative storyline! I’ll have to add this one to my to-read stack.

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