Milly writes paranormal heterosexual romances – Sharp Change, Fate’s Wish and soon-to-be-released Wynter’ Captive. April writes steamy erotic contemporary heterosexual romances – Mr Buff and her most recent release Stranded Temptation.
Both are selling well and both are one and the same person!
Thanks, April and/or Milly, for agreeing to answer my questions.
Elin: Why the two pen names?
April: My editor, Annie Melton [Etopia Press] and I felt it was best to keep paranormal and contemporary separate. Some people like one and not the other so it would make it easier to promote.
Elin: What makes your ideal hero? Muscles? Morals? A harrowing backstory?
April: I think the ideal hero has muscles yes, I do like big men, but he also has morals and maybe something in his background to tug at my heart.
Elin: Which of your characters have you found easiest to write, ditto most difficult?
April: Easiest has to be Trent from Deadly Desire (hopefully coming soon) He’s fun, he’s smart and he’s suave but he is the nicest guy ever. It’s Erin (the heroine) that was a little harder to write in that book. Erin was abandoned as a child and she had trust issues. It made for an interesting story line.
Elin: Which part of the writing process do you like most? Ditto least? Planning, research, royalties, sex scenes, just getting the words down?
April: I think my favorite part is starting and finishing. I hate that part where I’m in the middle and feel like I’ve written forever but still have forever to go. LOL.
Elin: Which of your characters would you snog, marry or avoid?
April: I think I would marry almost each and every one of the male leads. I don’t think I’d marry Brian from Stranded Temptation just yet. He’s got a thing about being a playboy and he needs to be brought down a notch or two…or a hundred.
Elin: Is there any genre that you haven’t yet tackled that you’d love to give a go?
April: YA. I feel like I have this amazing story but have not written it (it’s outlined and all plotted out) just needs writing. But I have such a long list to write for my romances that it is going to be a while.
Elin: Do your characters arrive fully fledged and ready to fly or do they develop as you work with them?
April: I think both. Sometimes I find a character that is already to go and is open from the beginning and others I find that we peels layers as we go.
Elin: What is your latest WIP about? Or do you prefer not to talk about them until they are finished?
April: Latest is called Take A Chance. It’s about Lindsay, a woman who went through a bad divorce and has to go back to the town she left, and memories she’d rather forget, because she’s broke and has no job. My other main is Ryan, he was the bad boy of the wrong side of the tracks when they were teens. He saved her life right before she left town with her mom. Ryan has a dark past that he needs help letting go of, and Lindsay needs help moving on herself. So I’m working on getting them to help each other out and hopefully figure out that it’s okay to take a chance on love again.
Elin: Please can we have an excerpt of something?
April: Yes! here’s an excerpt of Stranded Temptation.
Elin: Thank you! Readers, please note that the excerpt is NSFW!
Stranded together, their passions will run wild.
Kara has a deep dislike for her boss, Max. She also wants him so badly it’s making her nuts. He’s a workaholic, a robot man. And he’s never shown the least bit of interest in her or anything else that wasn’t recorded in the corporate minutes. But when their plane crashes on the way to a meeting, leaving them stranded on a deserted island…just the two of them, all alone with all that ocean around them…Kara decides it’s time to start living. And by living, she means using Max for all the hot sex she’s been denied.
Max wants Kara—has wanted her for a long time. Unable to come out and cross the line between professional and personal, he makes her accompany him on business trips just to have her around. When they crash land and Kara shows him how much she wants him, he decides to quit being so professional and take the woman of his dreams. After all, what happens in the middle of nowhere, stays in the middle of nowhere. Until they’re rescued.
Back in the real world, things aren’t as easy. Kara is afraid to start a relationship with a man who completely ignored her until she took off her clothes, and Max is afraid she’ll never be able to trust him. But when someone makes it clear that Kara’s in danger, Max has more to protect than Kara’s feelings. And now that he has her, he’s not about to let her go.
Gentleness she’d never noticed before in Max was evident in his eyes. She watched him curl his large hand over her much smaller one. Her heart beat so loudly in her ears she feared he might hear it. He brought her hand to his lips and kissed it. Fire roared in her blood, and her breath hitched. He turned her hand over and brushed a warm, firm kiss over her palm while they stared at each other.
“I’d never put you in danger.” Deepened to rough gravel, the sound of his voice made her pussy throb and blood thicken in her veins.
Somehow she knew what he said was the truth. “Kiss me, Max.”
The words were barely out of her lips when he dragged her onto his lap and their lips met in desperation. Her arms twined around his neck. Pulling him closer, she brought her chest flush to his. Heat took over every cell of her body. His kiss devoured her. Lord, the man was a kissing god. With soft strokes of his tongue, he caressed the inside of her mouth. Whimpering in the back of her throat, she moved restlessly on his lap. The long, steel length of his cock was poking at her ass. He glided his hands under her top, making her belly flesh quiver. When his warm hands touched her skin, desire increased inside her tenfold. Breaths turned to pants. Her body thrummed with arousal. She tuned everything but the sight of him out of her mind.
She pulled back and smiled. “I want you, Max.”
He frowned and took a deep breath. “Kara, you’re in shock—”
Determined, she shook her head and cut him off. “No, Max. I’m alive.”
She smiled again and pulled off her top. Her bra was now the only barrier between her breasts and his hands. Swollen into tight points, the peaks of her nipples called for his touch under the satiny material. A combination of lust, hunger, and desperation flared in his eyes. His usually light gray eyes darkened to that of a murky, stormy day.
“Fuck, Kara. I want you too, but I don’t have condoms.”
Air fought its way into her lungs. “I’m clean and on birth control.”
He continued to frown. “I’m clean too, but are you sure?”
In a smooth move worthy of any professional stripper, her hand reached behind her back, unsnapped her bra, and pulled it off. “Fuck me, Max. I want you inside me, right now.”
His hands curled around her head and held her immobile. Raw hunger made her body shudder. Their kiss turned into a greedy need to consume each other. Moisture gathered in her pussy, and an incessant throbbing took hold between her thighs. In a frantic mating, their tongues danced, rubbed, and curled over each other until passion overrode all else. Blind lust shot through her when she rocked her hips over his hard cock.
He kissed wet trails from her jaw to her breasts until he was sucking on one of her erect nipples. Her pussy clenched when he enveloped her breast with his firm lips. Soaked in her cream, her thong became a new point of friction on her swollen pussy lips. She tore at his shirt. A wanton urgency took hold of her and guided her actions. To feel his skin on hers became her only mission.
When he helped her take the shirt off, she splayed her hands over his bulging shoulders and sighed. When his warm muscles contracted, she groaned. He was a work of art. His chest was corded with muscles and bronzed to perfection. Just looking at him made her pant. Whimpers rushed past her lips when his teeth grazed her turgid nipple.
“Oh, yes. Do that again.”
Again, he sucked and then nipped at the tight bud. She moaned and pushed her chest further into his face. He released her nipple from his lips and rolled the wet tip between his finger and thumb, tweaking the sensitive flesh while his mouth latched onto the other one for a taste. She dug her nails into his shoulders, holding him in her grip while rocking her hips over his cock. Movement made her open her eyes. Max had made the seat flatten back so that it was the size of a double bed.
A smile curled her lips when she gazed into his almost-black eyes. He motioned for her to stand. Once she did, he moved his hands to her white pants and slowly pulled the linen material, along with her thong, down her legs. With every inch of skin he exposed, he placed a kiss on a body part. First it was her stomach. Then it was her hip when he lowered the material down her legs. Her knee came next and finally her calf. Afterward he kissed his way back up to her stomach. She groaned and stood in place. He licked circles on her stomach and around her belly button. He caressed her breasts, down the sides of her breasts to her waist, and squeezed the flare of her hips. She took a choppy breath. He fluttered his fingertips down from her hips toward her core, and she bit her lip to keep from moaning. When he massaged her thighs, she was ready to beg him to touch her. Before she had a chance to, he moved a hand between her legs and dipped his fingers between her waxed pussy lips.
He groaned. “Fuck, Kara. You’re so hot and wet. Is that for me, baby?”
“God, yes. Just for you.” She moaned.
Each dip of his fingers into her wet sex made her whimper louder.
He stood, and she had to tilt her head back to look him in the eye. His eyes were sexy, stormy. He put his arms around her waist and held her tight to him. Their hearts beat in a furious, identical gallop. He switched their positions and pushed her to lie on the bed.
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Want to know about me? April Angel (aka Milly Taiden) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.
She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin Donuts coffee.
A bookworm when she can get her hands on a good story, she loves reading all Mina Carter, Cynthia Eden, Laurann Dohner and Dianne Duvall among others.