Smutketeers: Welcome to the Smutketeers from waaaaaay over there on the Emerald Isle! Are all your stories set in Ireland?
Rhiannon: It’s lovely to be here.
None of my stories have actually been set in Ireland as yet, but you never know when some really sexy sidhe warrior (or warriors) may turn up.
Smutketeers: Now you’re just teasing us! You’ve written in several different genres. What do you think the biggest difference is between erotic romance and the tamer stuff? How is your process different when you write in other genres?
Rhiannon: Writing is always about the story, about the characters and their lives. So in fact my process isn’t that much different. But with erotic stories I think you have to go much deeper into the emotions of the characters. They’re pushed further and further to the edge as the story progresses.
On thing I do tend to notice however is that I write directly to computer with the erotic stories whereas the others tend to need to go on paper first. Maybe my subconscious is worried about starting fires with the heat level?
Smutketeers: What’s the worst piece of advice anyone’s ever given you as a writer? (Don’t try this at home, people!)
Rhiannon: Writing advice is funny. Something that works perfectly for one person will be a disaster for others. But the worst was someone telling me to use lots of lovely descriptive words instead of “said”, like growled, purred, mumbled and use –ly words to make it extra effective. Um… yeah. Kthnxbai!
Smutketeers: What’s your favorite magical creature or paranormal being to write about? Which book or books have they ended up in?
Rhiannon: I love angels and demons. There’s a bit of them in all my books, to tell the truth, sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively. My heroes in Edge of Heaven are Micha, an angel in severe danger of falling and Sam, a demon who’s more than happy to help him. Rafael and Aidan, the heroes in With A Touch are entirely human, but Rafael is a powerful psychic and Aidan’s dreams of a woman just as powerful leads them to brave terrible dangers among their enemies to free Eva. That said, there’s something of the warrior angel about Aidan, and Rafael can be a bold and sexy devil indeed.
Smutketeers: Which of your stories was the most fun to write? (It’s because it has the dirtiest sex, isn’t it? You can tell us…it’ll be our little secret!)
Rhiannon: All my erotic romances have dirty sex! It’s so hard to choose!
With A Touch gave me the most trouble, mainly because it wasn’t ready to let me get to the end until I acknowledged that the two men were as interested in each other as they were in our heroine. That made it the most fun to have written, anyway. Edge of Heaven, which comes out this summer is a full length novel so the all the varied opportunities for wicked encounters is even more enjoyable. Micah and Sam are something special, and Lily has her hands full with them. Or maybe, as she can be stubborn when pressed, that’s the other way around.
Smutketeers: If you could switch lives with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Rhiannon: Lily… no, Eva… no Lily… no Eva… Can I be both? Wait, I’m worn out just thinking about it. It comes back to my boys really. It always comes back to those boys. How to choose?
Oh, I forgot the short stories. In the Black Lace Anthology Seduction I have a story called All for One when a woman who’s buried herself in a cold, corporate world is reunited with her three male college friends – friends who always loved her, so much so they wouldn’t make her choose between them. Now they’re back in touch, as it were, they still aren’t going to make her choose – she ends up with all three. Maybe that’s who I’d pick! *wicked giggle*
Smutketeers: Who are your favorite erotic authors and why?
Rhiannon: This is kind of hard, as there are a few *ahem* Smutketeers on that list! Crystal’s Treasured alone is one of my keepers!
I wrote my first erotic stories for the British imprint Black Lace and met the wonderful Portia de Costa (whose books I had been reading for some time), Charlotte Stein, Madelynne Ennis and Justine Eliot – they’re wonderful writers and wonderful people.
I recently started reading Kate Pearce’s books – and all I can say is “oh my!”
Smutketeers: Which books make your pry-them-from-my-cold-dead-fingers keeper shelf?
Rhiannon: I’ve a number of Black Lace books I go back to time and again – Portia’s The Stranger and Gothic Blue and the vampire anthology Lust at First Bite (if I can mention an antho I’m in). The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Cheryl Mildenhall was my first. They say you never forget your first!
Yep, I have a pretty large naughty shelf.
And that’s not counting my ebooks. I mentioned Treasured above. And all of Jennifer Leeland’s Command series. Can’t wait for the next ones.
Smutketeers: Your new release is a ménage a trois (and you know the Smutketeers love us some three-way action), and you have another threesome coming out later this year. So, tell us if they’re boy-on-boy-on-girl or boy-on-girl-on-boy? There’s no right answer here…as long as you bring on the smut, we’re happy!
Rhiannon: I think I must be a boy-on-girl-on boy-on boy girl… or something. Anything goes. I like the dynamic of a ménage. And the undercurrents of the developing relationship can be so intriguing. Aidan adores Eva and Rafael. They’re alike, both psychics, both strong individuals. He’s just a soldier, he thinks, there’s nothing special about him. So maybe he’s better off leaving them, letting them be together. But he’s wrong – they love him as much as each other. See what I mean? Things get complicated. But love, and lust, conquers all – from self-doubts to evil corporations.
Smutketeers: Tell us a little more about your current release(s) and what you have coming up next.
Rhiannon: “With a Touch” by Rhiannon Leith
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
Kidnapped by rebels…or rescued by love?
The Guild Chronicles, Book 1
As a prized psychic, Eva’s lived her entire life inside the Guild Compound. While sex isn’t exactly forbidden, she’s rarely indulged—such encounters could swamp her sensitive gift.
A chance encounter with Aidan, a sexy Guild Security Officer, rocks her to the core when she sees herself entangled in his arms. She fights the unfamiliar surge of lust and tries to focus on the job at hand, the interrogation of the subversive Rafael. Yet she discovers that he’s no terrorist. In fact, his capture is a ploy, a way for him and Aidan to infiltrate the Guild with one goal in mind: Eva.
At first Eva fights her captors, but once outside the Guild’s sheltered walls, she realizes she is free. Free to live and love as she pleases. And her two rebels please her indeed, introducing her to erotic pleasures she never imagined. They break down the barriers imposed on her mind and body, making her question everything she’s ever known.
Even as Eva dares to dream of a future with her lovers, she fears for their lives. The Guild wants her back. And that’s not all they want…
Warning: Contains two irresistible rebels working “undercover” to win the woman of their dreams, an evil corporation, rough sex, tender sex, sex with mild bondage, sex intensified by psychic connections and an oh-so-passionate ménage à trois.
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Booktrailer is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Nr1DzCDgQ
Coming soon we have Edge of Heaven
“Edge of Heaven” by Rhiannon Leith
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Her only hope is to reach for heaven—and hang on to hell.
Lily’s psychic “gift” for hearing the dead and helping them pass over into the afterlife has left her friendless and broken, teetering on the edge of sanity. Not much of a challenge for Sammael, a demon who’s been sent to seduce her soul for hell.
But something stands between Sam and his prize. Micah, the guardian angel whose constant support keeps Lily sane. Yet Sam senses that Micah’s feelings for his charge are less than angelic.
Excellent. It’ll be his pleasure to tempt them both into pure sin.
As Lily succumbs to unearthly pleasure, she finds herself caught between the demon who sets her on fire and the angel who lifts her to unimagined heights of ecstasy. It’s a choice she can’t bring herself to make.
Then a serial killer with preternatural abilities makes Lily his next target. Danger mounts as he repeatedly outfoxes even heaven and hell. To protect her, an angel must fall, a demon must be redeemed—and Lily must travel to hell and back for the men she loves.
Warning: Contains steamy sex, bondage, voyeurism, and a ménage a trois between a tormented angel, a devilishly sexy demon and a woman who can’t choose between them. And why should she?
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Smutketeers: Do you have any appearances coming up?
Nope. I’m a woman of mystery!
Smutketeers: Where can we find you on the Internet?
My website : http://www.rhiannonleith.com/
Twitter : http://twitter.com/RhiannonLeith
Livejournal : http://rhiannonleith.livejournal.com/
At Samhain : http://samhainpublishing.com/authors/rhiannon-leith
*And now for some quick questions…
~Fishnets or lacy thigh-highs?
I love me a bit of lace.
~Alien abduction or vampire concubine?
It depends. Can I get a good look at them first? (Shallow? Moi?)
~Foot fetish or food fetish?
Food! OMG FOOD!
~Phone sex or strip club?
~On men: boxers or briefs?
Boxers for me please
~Voyeur or exhibitionist?
What can I say, I’m a people-watcher.
And for one lucky commenter, Rhiannon is letting break off a piece of her smut! She’s giving away one copy of With a Touch to someone who comments between now and next Wednesday. Yay!