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Friday, September 6, 2013

Melissa Lopez Shares her Upcoming #Erotic #Romance and an #Interview!

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I'm so happy to have fellow Loose Id author Melissa Lopez here today. She's a great sport who's agreed to let me ask her some nosy questions. And she's going to tell us all about her new release, Forbidden Savior, which will be published next Tuesday! Welcome, Melissa! It's great to have you here today. 

Hello, thanks so much for having me.

You’ve lived in Indiana your entire life. Unfortunately the states in middle America are sometimes termed “flyover states” by snobby people. What do you love about being a Hoosier?

Besides Indiana basketball, Notre Dame football, the 500, and the cultured-side of downtown Indy? Lil’Mayberry-like towns dot the American heartland. The powerful sense of community, the lack of pretense, and the sense of seasons is Hoosier pride. There’s nothing compared to growing up in a small town in Indiana. Our flyover state is full of wonderful folklore, interesting history and heritage. I’ve lived here in Indiana nearly my entire life. I was born in Indiana to two transplanted Kentucky hillbillies.

Your Netherworld series are paranormal romances and your Thorns series are contemporary romances. What do you enjoy about these two romance genres?

I love the imagination that spins to life in paranormal romances and I love modern tales in contemporary romances.

According to your website, you’re working on a historical romance. What are some of your favorite historical novels?

    I sure am. Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss will remain my very favorite. Shanna was the very first romances I ever read. My senior literature teacher Mrs. Kay Deluise turnedf me on to the most wonderful genre of romance. Kay read the historical to me during our lunch break. After school my mom was shocked when I told her she had to pick up reading where Kay left off. LOL…I assured Mom it was for a class assignment.
    I have dozen and dozens of favorite historical authors. Goodness where to start… Constance O'Day-Flannery time travels fascinated me. The queen of comedy Rebecca Paisley’s stories always made me laugh. I once used Zoya by Danielle Steel for a presentation in a world history class. Jude Deveraux’s medieval Velvet Series (4 books), the Americana Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer, Loretta Chase’s Lord Of Scoundrels, and Penelope Williamson’s Keeper of the Dream,  
    Lorraine Heath’s Americana Always to Remember contains one of the greatest sentences I’ve ever read… Oh! Bertrice Small’s beautifully written polygamy tale titled The Kadin, and The Lover an erotic romance by Robin Schones are all among my favorites. I could go on, but I’d best stop. *grin*

Your bio mentions that you didn’t gain eyesight until you were twenty two—do you feel that has had any influence on your writing?

In a sense my blindness has played a huge part in my writing. I was completely blind until I was 22 years old. Today, since my visual cortex went so long without stimulation I’m visually challenged. I’m among the rare who live with Visual Agnosia. Anyway, my first hero was the eye specialist who discovered why I was blind. While I was a teen he would always ask me, what I wanted to do when I grew up. And I always had fanciful career ideas. Every single visit he’d tell me I’d have to think of something else to be because for all those careers I’d need eyesight. Well, despite being legally blind through writing I’ve done –at least for a little while- all my fanciful careers.

I understand Forbidden Savior is your new book, Melissa! Please tell us all about it—we’re all ears!

Yes, I’m so happy to see Forbidden Savior, my latest paranormal romance, come alive for readers.

Rhonda has the most vivid nightmares that she’s ever had and thinks she maybe going insane until one night she sees someone being tortured and he appears. The man from her dreams is real. Maybe she’s not crazy after all…

In hell, Deke has been forced to watch the lovely woman for many months. He’s ordered to go seduce her and nab her soul. But how can he take away the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen in life? Only how can he not?

Rhonda and Deke must fight Rhonda’s mother, evil, and the apostles of hell to save themselves and Rhonda’s very soul. But can they subvert hell’s own dark will?

Excerpt :

    I really am totally insane. She growled at herself as she piled the bags in his arms. Strong, muscular arms that could hold me tight and make me feel safe…or choke the life out of me! She quickly shoved the books on demons into her canvas bag and swung it over her shoulder.
    After she gathered up the last two grocery bags, she clicked the Trunk Close button on her still-clenched keychain. She’d been clutching her keys so tight her palm hurt. But if this tall, dark-haired, dark-skinned stranger tried anything he’d need stitches. It wasn’t so crazy, she rationalized. Her philosophy was that it was better to keep him where she could see him than to wonder where he was lurking. And it was hard to get past the fact that physically he was her perfect type.
    Tall, dark, and handsome. Her womanly bits quivered deliciously. She’d always had a thing for Native American men. Since her late teens she’d daydreamed about having an Indian lover. Their arms brushed as they walked along, and instead of jerking away she stayed close. The nearness kindled warmth in her depths. Her nipples hardened delightedly. At present the notion of a lover was crazy, and she shook the sensual arousal off.
    Why couldn’t he be a sixty-year-old guy? She glanced his way. What scared her more was that he didn’t feel like a stranger to her. He looked exactly like the man attacked by the monster in her room last night. But it was more than that…
    She tried to calm her rising anxiety. Maybe it wasn’t him exactly. A sense of déjà vu? After all, she’d enjoyed all those old multicultural romances by Rosanne Bittner and Janelle Taylor. What everlasting heroes the authors had created in Zeke Monroe and Gray Eagle. Perhaps her imagination had created the man from her vision from last night. Or conceivably it was just a case of mistaken identity?
    Rhonda studied the big man walking down the road beside her. No. It’d been him last night. She wasn’t imagining the likeness. He wasn’t a person she’d soon forget. In a dream, or whatever it was, was one thing, but never in a million years had she expected to meet a dream come true.

Forbidden Savior releases Sept. 10, ’13 from Loose Id.

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Wow, what an awesome romance! Thanks so much for stopping by today, Melissa. Best of luck with your new release--it sounds like an incredible story.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

Nona Raines
Hot Contemporary Romance
Edgy ~ Emotional ~ Erotic


  1. I adore Kathleen E Woodiwiss too. My favourite (although I find it difficult to choose) is The Wolf and the Dove. Great blog and share, will check out your work x

    All good wishes

    Elizabeth Woodham

  2. Hi Elizabeth, all three of us have something in common! My intro to romance was with Ms. Woodiwiss' The Flame and The Flower. When I read it back in the day, I was like WOW!



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