Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Reunion by Adriana Kraft

 Adriana Kraft for Literary Nymphs

Thanks so much for having me here today.
 Hubs and I are so excited – our newest release,
The Reunion, is *FREE* all day today at Amazon!
 Here’s the link:

It’s already received several five star reviews at Amazon, and a Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews.

Tell us about Adriana Kraft.

Adriana Kraft is the pen name under which my husband and I write Erotic Romance for Two, Three or More. We love crafting stories and scenes to knock your socks off with their sizzling heat. First published seven years ago, we now have over thirty novels and novellas available at Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings. We work and travel full time in our motorhome and are currently based in Las Vegas, one of our favorite places to be – maybe you can come join us there for Hot Mojave Knights in October!

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?

Anything in our lives can spark inspiration for our books – though of course we never recreate any personal event exactly, just elements. We love to visit places where we may want to set a story – for example, we spent a week poking around the South Dakota prairie visiting historic sites, museums, and just getting a feel for the land, with the idea that we'd set some books with characters who have prairie backgrounds. We use the internet a lot to research specific places, occupations, and even weather. In The Diary our hero and heroine dine at a restaurant in Stratford upon Avon—when they do so, they select from the actual menu that’s available on line. We've 'been' at the top of the Eiffel Tower looking through a 360 degree webcam recalling the layout of the city. We'd each traveled to Paris years ago and visited the Louvre—while writing a book that is still in the pipeline, it was very helpful to revisit the city just as our characters did.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?

Usually a kernel of a plot idea is first, although sometimes a character pops out at us and demands a story. Once we were driving through a small Lake Superior town and saw a house painter getting out of the truck to start a job – when we got closer, we could tell it was a woman. Believe me; she’s got her own story. Another time an interaction we noticed at an interstate rest area begged for explanation and we had the plot sketched out before we were another hundred miles down the road. But always as soon as we have the broad plot arc, we pour a lot of time into getting to know the characters: what they love and hate, what they fear, what drives them, what they hope for, where they’ve come from, what matters to them. Lots of this stuff never actually gets on the pages of the story, but it’s what makes them coherent and drives their responses to the obstacles we throw at them. Titles? Sometimes those are the hardest challenge. Recently we didn’t come up with the true title of a novella until it was in final edits!

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?

I’m not sure any one part is harder than any other. We do so much character analysis and back-story development that the story is practically ready to write itself by the time we start putting it on the page. Sometimes, though, after the beginning is drafted we realize we haven’t dropped the reader into the best spot to set the hook, so we have to rearrange things a bit. Once we’re over that hurdle it feels like the characters take over and keeps the story rolling – truly sometimes we think they do have an existence outside of normal reality, and they’re just waiting for us to get it right.

Do you suspect there will be a change as far as trends goes, with what will be all the rage in a week’s, month’s, or year’s time?

I have to confess I’m often baffled by trends and we don’t pay a whole lot of attention to them. We pretty much write to a niche market – erotic romance, ménage, LGBT, and hot sex at any legal age. Not all our characters are baby boomers, but many are, and we especially write for that audience, to celebrate staying sexually active and satisfied across the life span. What could be better, really?

Along those lines, we’ve been really happy to see a trend of increasing acceptance for LGBT romance. M/M was certainly the leader and broke down barriers early on, but increasingly there’s acceptance for all varieties of sexual identity and orientation. Since we write a lot of lesbian and bisexual heroines, we’re very encouraged by this trend.

Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?

Um, not difficult. We keep our sex scenes fresh the same way couples keep the sex fresh in their relationship! Seriously – there’s a limit to how many appendages can go into how many openings, but there’s no end to the nuances of each specific sexual encounter in anyone’s life. Sexual experience is so deeply influenced by context – mood, stage of the relationship, events that just took place or are anticipated – so many variables that make each encounter unique. In addition, in fiction, the sex scene only goes on the page if it also serves to drive the relationship/story arc forward. Thank goodness we don’t require that criterion for every personal sex scene!!

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?

We do try to keep a balance, since variety is part of what keeps erotic interest alive. Sexual activity between (or among, since we write ménage) our characters is never hidden and often very bold. But there’s a lot to be said for letting the reader’s imagination heighten the tension. We don’t always put the entire sexual encounter on the page. We might drop the reader in after the characters have gotten started, for example, or allude to an encounter through having a character remember snippets of it. Whatever turns us on! Which, btw, is the major criterion: we read all our scenes out loud, and if they don’t get the proverbial juices flowing, it’s back to the drawing board for serious edits.

Tell us about your latest release – and of course, we’d love an excerpt.

We’d love to! The Reunion is a polyamory story about two women and one man. It was a challenge to write, keeping a balance across the three characters and tracing the evolution of each pair of relationships. We hope readers will agree that these three deserve not only each other, but their happy ending. The excerpt below offers a peek into Sarah’s skill at playing Adam, even when he thinks he’s in charge.


Dark and brooding, Adam Granger was always the bad boy out of reach – but now he’s in Sarah Atkinson’s bed, the morning after their twentieth high school reunion. When Adam beats a retreat to his Pacific Palisades estate, former good girl Sarah throws caution to the wind and pursues him.

Petite copper-skinned Maria Ramirez greets Sarah at Adam’s front door. The former exotic dancer doesn’t challenge Sarah’s assumption she’s the maid – how long will it take the dark-haired beauty to figure out Maria is Adam’s live-in lover? Better yet, how long before Maria can entice her into their bed?

Determined not to rock his hard-won lifestyle, Adam resolves to push Sarah past her sexual limits so she’ll leave. When she stays, he watches helplessly as the two women fall in love with each other. Will they shut him out? And, if they let him in, what must he sacrifice? 

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"The Reunion" by Adriana Kraft is a polyamory novel with real edgy characters with inclusive sexuality. I will just say this is not a read for the faint of heart. … I found "The Reunion" a very easy flowing smooth read. All the characters are well developed and so colorful. Once you start to reading you will be hard put to stop until you are at the end. … Very well written!   ArlenaDean


Adam groaned and brought his mouth to Sarah’s. She met his kiss with her own. It was a bruising kiss. Her hands continued stroking him until he had to back away. “You’ve become one hungry, sexy lady. Haven’t you?”

Her eyelashes lowered and then lifted. “Maybe I always was, and you failed to notice.”
She parted her lips and her tongue darted out like that of a snake. “Think of what you could have been having since you were sixteen.”

Roughly, Adam grabbed his temptress by the hand and half dragged her to the desk where, without urging, she bent over and braced herself on the wooden surface. He flipped the long dress over her back, baring her ass. He clutched a creamy butt cheek in each hand trying to stay focused.

She widened her stance. “If you’re going to spank me again, could you be a little more vigorous? The last time I hardly got warm.”

He growled something unintelligible. “I should spank you until you cry for mercy.”

“But you won’t,” she responded sweetly. “If I spend much more time bent over your desk waiting for you to decide what to do next, I’ll need to bring my own reading material. Reading contracts upside down is not my cup of tea.”

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