ABOUT UNRAVEL ME
Letting go might be the key that unlocks her pleasure…
Attorney Cassie Blaire has spent most of her life living by rules. Rules that keep her life sensible, and on the right path. But five years after losing her husband, Cassie is saying sayonara to “sensible.” And it starts now—with indulging a need she’s long denied.
When he arrives in Colorado, all Brad Steele wants is a scotch before he has to play nice in the first face-to-face meeting with his co-counsel in an ugly divorce case. But instead, he finds her—a lush, inviting stranger whose dark eyes invite him to sin…and thirst turns into a raw, undeniable hunger.
Now Cassie is initiated into a world that has nothing to do with being sensible, and everything to do with sensuality. Under Brad’s guiding touch, she’s receiving an education in desire—one that breaks all of the old rules, and explores tantalizing new ones. And once she learns that her naughty one-nighter is her arrogant co-counsel, all of her objections will be sustained…
Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
My closest friends, Cathy Marlowe and Dyann Love Barr convinced me to participate in another NANOWRIMO in November of 2012. I had too many things going on and balked, but it’s always fun when the three of us start in with “I accomplished x words today, bet you can’t beat that.” So the challenge was issued. In truth, I probably would have dropped out as I had other deadlines I wanted to meet, but the particular team I was with (not them, it was part of a larger event we subscribed to) fickled out, leaving me competing as a solo person against full teams. And that challenge ended up too great to ignore. Could I collectively produce enough words weekly to keep my team of 1 in the running? Mwah-ha-ha, I swear my kids didn’t eat anything but hot dogs that month J. In the end, I did keep my team above water, and Unravel Me was the final product.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Hands down, my young sons. They aren’t quite old enough to understand exactly what I write, and I wouldn’t let them read it yet, but they know what I do. And they are the first to get excited when a new cover comes in, or whoop around and celebrate when I finish a book. Second to them are the ladies mentioned above, also fellow Entangled authors, and I wouldn’t have gone anywhere without them in this world of publishing.
What are you currently working on?
Presently, I’m drafting the outlines for two more Brazen books as Tori St. Claire, that will release over the next year and waiting on a proposal response for some more historicals as Sophia Garrett. In the immediate future, I have a brand new Urban Fantasy series coming out under Claire Ashgrove in April that I’m really excited about. It’s totally new for me, unlike anything I’ve ever done before and heavily founded in traditional fantasy. Very, very, excited!
Are you a different person now than you were 5 years ago? In what way/s?
Absolutely. Five years ago I was staring down a divorce and hadn’t worked in my degreed field in so long I could no longer get in. I was fully dependant on my immediate family, and I look back now, and while we haven’t accomplished all the hurdles, I’ve come so far. I’ve learned to stand on my own, I’ve learned how to be a good single mom and accept I can’t do everything. I’ve built a publishing career, and I’ve built a very successful editing service with Finish The Story. I’m happier overall, even if the stressors are sometimes greater, and I feel like I’ve finally… “grown up”.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?
Nothing is impossible if you want it badly enough. And this was ironically taught to me by my first riding coach, who showed me that there’s a way to accomplish everything if a) you believe in yourself and b) you have just one other person believing alongside you. I’ve learned hard work, practice (in the case of writing) and diligence will see you through. And when you’re faced with the reality of being truly unable to quit, you learn that you can persevere and rise above the challenges. Life is tough. Publishing is even tougher. But hidden in all those piles of crap are some real diamonds that make everything all worthwhile.
Is there anything you regret doing/not doing?
There are many things I regret not doing, although I can’t say I would have chosen a different outcome other than the one I have. I regret telling “the one who got away” my feelings weren’t the same because I was scared. I regret not having the same faith in my riding ability as my coach did and being too afraid to go against what other people wanted for me to take the risk. I regret not going to vet school because I was too intimidated by chemistry.
Fear is a powerful thing and more than once I’ve been victim of it. However, if I’d been braver, if I’d been…different…and chosen otherwise, I wouldn’t have the life I have today. I love my boys, I love my horses, I love my farm that is ancient and decrepit but the perfect place for raising critters. I love the truck and its 300,000 miles plus and the eyesore of a dent in the passenger door. If given the option, don’t believe I’d truly go back and change anything, because I wouldn’t be where I am right now.
What is your favorite past-time?
I don’t have a lot of downtime, but when I do, I love to spend time in the barns, mucking stalls, playing with the horses, and just sitting and listening to them eat. I love to ride competitively, though I’ve not done so in many years. I also enjoy doing outdoor things with the boys and taking them places they’ve not been—the look of awe and excitement on their faces is truly incomparable. I’ve been known to spend full days on the XBOX with them, and full days building LEGOs. Anything that includes them, or involves the horses, pretty much takes the cake!
ABOUT TORI ST. CLAIRE
National Bestselling author Tori St. Claire grew up writing. Hobby quickly turned into passion, and when she discovered the world of romance as a teen, poems and short stories gave way to full length novels with sexy heroes and heroines waiting to be swept off their feet. She wrote her first romance novel at seventeen.
While that manuscript gathered dust-bunnies beneath the bed, she went on to establish herself as a contemporary, historical, and paranormal author under the pen name, Claire Ashgrove. Additionally, she writes strictly historical romance as Sophia Garrett. Her writing, however, skirted a fine line between hot and steamy, and motivated by authors she admired, she pushed her boundaries and made the leap into erotica, using the darker side of human nature and on-the-edge suspense to drive grittier, sexier, stories.
Her erotic romantic suspense novels are searingly sensual experiences that unite passion with true emotion, and the all-consuming tie that binds — love.
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