Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Author Sydney St. Claire: From Historical to Erotic. Life is Change. Growth is Optional. Choose Wisely

Wealthy computer genius Graham Winters is in love with a woman who won’t join him for a stingy cup of coffee. How can he prove he’s nothing like her jerk of an ex if she won’t give him a chance? Then he spots her at a BDSM club and devises a plan. During the day, he’s “that damn geek.” At night, he’s the masked Dom known as The Wolf.

When it comes to her love life, Lucy Sanchez has one rule—no geeks. Not even rich, good looking geeks. She’s attracted to Graham but rules are rules. Besides, she has her wolf, the mysterious Dom who makes her blood sing. Then she’s invited to a fairytale event at Pleasure Manor and this Little Red Riding Hood plans to enjoy every delicious moment with her big, bad Dom.

(Enter to win a What Happens at the Castle Stays at the Castle giveaway at the bottom)


We’ve all heard two things to rely on in life are death and taxes. Well, for writers, there is another.  


The publishing world is constantly changing. Editors come and go and we all know that what one loves, another may hate. Marketing changes. What is hot and selling today might be yesterday’s news tomorrow. The best book you’ve ever written won’t matter if no one is willing to buy it or read it. This is a very fluid industry and not for the faint of heart! We are required to keep up with what’s new, what’s not and be prepared to change with the times. Or be left behind.

If we accept our industry is always shifting and changing, then writers/authors must be prepared not to just ride those winds of change but to grow, even if it means reinventing to keep pace with the world and our own needs.

While writing my White Series (Written as Susan Edwards), I felt as though I was slogging through muck. Each word, each scene was a struggle. I loved the characters, loved the story, but something was happening to me as a writer. I was growing and changing yet my White books were not. At least not much.

My books always had a bit of the mystical with the use of visions, gifts of sight and other aspects of Native American culture. As the series grew, I wanted to explore the mystical aspects of Native American beliefs and go deeper yet my books were historicals, not paranormals. Suddenly, I had a choice: continue to fight the change or give in and grow as a writer.  

I allowed myself to change and wrote the Summer of the Eagle. It’s still a Native American Historical but I let the paranormal world bloom. And I had fun. I loved the book, the characters, the writing. The change my writing attitude was a wondrous feeling. I knew then that as a writer I had to let myself grow.

Several years later, I’ve gone through more changes. My publishing house went under, leaving me out in the cold, harsh world. Historical romances took a dive, the economy was bad, and once again, change was upon me. I decided to try work for hire writing erotica, something I’d never done. I discovered that not only could I do it, but I was good at it. So I wrote my own erotica story, created the Once Upon a Dom series and took on a pen name (Sydney St. Claire) in order to sell in this totally new genre.

Now I’m having a blast writing a fun, light-hearted fairy tale theme series and all because I was willing to do whatever it took to get published again. Good things happen when we give ourselves permission and the freedom to grow and change. Even now, my ear is to the ground as I consider how best to revive my Susan Edward’s name. Historical romances have returned, or so I hear. Am I ready to embark on a new series? Do I want to try paranormal contemporary? So many choices. So many changes waiting for me. I just have to embrace.

No matter what we write, how well we write it, we change because life is change. However, growing as a writer is completely up to us. We can resist, refuse, or embrace. We can listen to our inner voice or ignore it. The choice is ours.  

Most people do not like change because it’s scary but I have always embraced change whether it is a new home or rearranging my house or even a new job. Change freshens my life. It is a renewal of heart, mind and soul--a breath of fresh air to chase away the stale and stagnant.

Life is Change. Growth is Optional. Choose Wisely. My challenge to you: Look for change. Find it. Embrace it. Then grow with it for I believe if you do this, you’ll have the ride of your life on that wonderful, exhilarating, and oftentimes crazy roller coaster called Life.

Except from Once Upon a Dom
“I’m taking you to dinner tonight. In the city.” He sat on her desk, which she now found endearing rather than annoying.

She set her purse into an empty cabinet and lifted a brow. 

“You’re telling me?”

He shrugged. “If I ask, you’ll say no.”

“I have plans.” With The Wolf.

He tipped her chin up. “Cancel them.” His lips brushed hers, then he deepened the kiss.

Lucy’s insides clenched at the feel of his warm mouth against hers and the taste of coffee with a hint of caramel, his favorite kind. She closed her eyes, her lips moving with his. His tongue dipped into her mouth, and she moaned, leaning into him.

Then he broke the kiss and walked away.

Lucy gaped at him. Her insides melted, and that familiar longing zeroed in on her center and pooled between her legs. Damn. She was attracted to her geek. Very attracted. Too bad he wasn’t her wolf. Now, if Graham were as good as her wolf in bed, she’d have found the perfect man.
She sighed. Yep, too bad. So what now? Two dates, two men equaled complications.

Her lips turned downward tightly as she got to work. She loved her wolf-lover, but their relationship was not completely satisfying or fulfilling. Not rounded and balanced. Graham, on the other hand, was open. She knew who he was, shared many common interests, and most of all, Graham didn’t have any secrets. What she saw was what she got with him. In a way, she preferred that to the mysterious and secretive.

“All right,” she said.

Graham glanced up, his eyes unfocused. “Huh?”

Realizing three hours had passed, and he was totally immersed in Geekland, Lucy wadded up a sheet of paper and tossed it at him. “Come back to earth, Graham. Dinner. Date. You. Me.”

His eyes cleared, and a huge grin lit his entire face. His blue eyes shone with pleasure. “Great.”

His smile slipped into a frown when she stretched her arms and back. “You tired? Need to stop?”

“Yeah, need to cancel my plans for tonight and stretch my legs. Want to walk outside with me?” His grounds were beautiful. Calm and restful with formal groupings, waterfalls, and a small forest that reminded her of the woods surrounding Bryce’s mansion, the woods where she and her wolf had played and strolled. She shook off the memories.

“Give me ten. You can go explore the house if you want. I forgot to give you the tour.” He grinned. “My bedroom is up the stairs, straight ahead.”

Lucy had been dying to see the rest of the house, and yes, that included the man’s bedroom, but she rolled her eyes for good form. Didn’t want him to know how eager she’d been to see the upstairs. “Okay. Twisted my arm.”

Sydney St. Claire is the pseudonym of Susan Edwards, author of 14 Historical Native American/Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular “White” Series.
Sydney loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. 

Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.

Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising…When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. She and her husband of 30 + years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies, and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining.
While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.

Where to find Sydney St. Claire          
Email:              Sydney@sydneystclaire.com
Trailer:           http://youtu.be/F-O0tWqMrGM
Website:          http://sydneystclaire.com
Twitter:           https://twitter.com/Sydneystclaire
Blog:               http://sydneystclaire.wordpress.com
Pinterest:         http://www.pinterest.com/sydneystclaire/

Buy Links
Wild Rose press:  http://bit.ly/1xB319E


Prize includes:
Tote Bag
4GB Flash Drive
Lighted Key tag
Once Upon A Dom Pen
What Happens at the Castle Notepad
Assorted other goodies

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