Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Meet Ann Mayburn

1-Tell the readers a little about yourself.
I’m a 35 yo mom of three boys under six, a daydreamer and a huge fan of strong women who endure the worst life has to offer and still come through with their dignity and sense of humor intact.
 I decided to start writing in June of '10 after the pre-mature birth of my third son. He was born at 31 weeks, nine weeks early, and it was a very rough delivery. I lost a great deal of blood and had some touch and go moments. While I was recovering from my c-section, without my baby, I had a lot of time to think. In my morphine pumped induced state, I considered all the things that I'd done and what I still wanted to do.

I'd had A LOT of fun in my life, and marrying my husband and having my children was a joy that I can never fully explain. One thing I'd wanted to do was write a book. I've always been a heavy reader, my husband used to moan at my monthly bills from the bookstore, and I have an over-active imagination. The trouble was focusing my ADD 'Oh look a squirrel, oh look a penny' self to sit down and write.
Basically, I stopped making excuses about why I couldn't do it, and sat down and DID it. I found that once I started, I couldn't stop. My muse went into overdrive and I have more ideas than I have hours in the day. I’ve been so fortunate to find myself surrounded by supportive publishers and fantastically helpful authors. The romance community has to be one of the most loving, gracious communities out there. 
2-As an author, do you take time to read? If so, what do you like to read and who is/are your favorite author/s?
My husband likes to joke that the only reason I write is so I can use my royalty checks to buy more books.-lol- I love to read, have since I first picked up ‘Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing’ when I was ten and I haven’t stopped since, though my tastes have grown up a bit. ;) I like to read Stephen King, Laurel K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Cherise Sinclair, Joey W. Hill, Mari Carr, Stacey Kennedy, and a ton of other authors. 
3-How do you stay motivated when the Muse is uncooperative?
I usually give myself some downtime with one of my hobbies. I've had about a bazillion hobbies and with the advent of the Internet it's gotten even worse. For example, right now I have a half finished crocheted baby blanket, the beginning of a Christmas cross stitched picture, a tackle box full of beads that I make jewelry from, and half painted letters for my kids toy box. Oh, and don't forget my latest hobby, making Romance Trading Cards for my books.
4-If you could go anywhere in the world on a romantic getaway, what would you do and where would you go?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I want to go so many places for so many different reasons. I’d have to say, if money wasn’t an issue, on an African safari. :) 
5-What is the hardest thing for you to write?
Fight scenes! I HATE having to make my characters say all kinds of mean and nasty things to each other...though writing the makeup sex scenes are quite fun. 
6-If you could live the life of one of your characters who would you be?
All of them?-lol- Honestly, I love each of my leading ladies for a different reason, just as I love each of my heroes for a different reason. I’d have to say being Lilly, from my new historical western romance ‘Wild Lilly’, would be great fun. She is an educated, strong, and yet naive young woman who has come to make her own way in the world during a time when most women lived in the gilded cage of Victorian Society. Add a heaping does of romance in the form of Paul McGregor, a dashing horse ranch owner, and the beauty of the Wild West and you have a story that will make you laugh and sigh. Oh, and blush, mustn’t forget the blushing. Even my historical western romances are steamy. ;)
7-The tag line on my blog is ‘Indulge Your Inner Romantic.’ What do you do to indulge?
As busy as I am, my indulgence is pretty simple. I LOVE to take a nap. A no kid interrupting, no husband waking me up to ask me where something is, no dog jumping on me leave me the heck alone naps. :D

And here's the blurb for Ann delicious new release.

Erotic Sci-Fi Romance with BDSM/Forced Seduction elements

Prince Devnar of Jensia is goaded into raiding the wrong space ship, springing a trap that captures him for use as a Royal pleasure slave, a Concubine, on Kyrimia. He vows  to do everything he can to escape and keep from forming a psychic bond with his captors that would render him absolutely and totally in love. This proves difficult to do when  the female Breaker assigned to turn him into a Concubine, Melania, is the epitome of his perfect woman.

Melania has been raised and trained to help reluctant and abused Novices to break through their personal blocks and attain the ultimate prize of becoming a Concubine.  When she is given Devnar to train, she finds herself in danger of doing the forbidden and falling in love with her Novice. This angry, scarred, and utterly seductive male tests her self-control like no other. 
Devnar and Melania find themselves at the heart of a galaxy wide political battle that will test a love that they must not acknowledge, and cannot live without, to its very limits.
Ann is Queen of the Castle to her wonderful husband and three sons in the 
mountains of   West Virginia. In her past lives she's been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist,   a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan    Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.    From a young age she's been fascinated by myths and fairytales, and the romance that often was the center of the story. As Ann grew older and her hormones kicked in, she discovered trashy romance novels. Great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she  sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and  plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she's never looked back. 
  Now Ann  spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get  into her 'sexy space' and has learned to type one handed while soothing a  cranky baby.


wlynnchantale said...

Welcome Ann. Help yourself to the buffet and open bar. It might be All Saints Day but we're still serving Witches' Brew.

This is one book I can't wait to get my hands on. I love the cover and the blurb. Can you tell the readers where they can find your books?

bw said...

I have read Ann's books- they are great! Go buy some now- you will enjoy them and so will your "loved one"..*wink*


Ann Mayburn said...

Lynn- Thank you for having me! I'm all over that buffet, anything that I don't have to cook tastes like nirvana to me. :) You can find out more about 'The Breaker's Concubine' including buy links at http://www.annmayburn.com/TheBreakersConcubine.html

BW- Kisses, kisses and more kisses. Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for the kind words! It really makes my day to know that not only did you enjoy my work, but your loved one benefited from your...ehem post-book reading glow as well. ;)

Sizzling PR said...

Thank you for hosting Ann today.