Tell us a bit about yourself.
Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. But it wasn’t until her 50s that she tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance and cozy mysteries from her home in Washington State. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the U.S. Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, plays guitar badly, and gobbles all the books. Visit Sadira at www.sadirastone.com.
How do you find time to write?
Writing is my full-time gig ever since I left my teaching job in 2014. I make a mug of strong coffee and stand at my desk all morning, usually in my pajamas or yoga pants, until the words on the screen start to blur. On a good day, one with minimal errands to run, I'm back at it in the afternoon after a break for some exercise. Life is good!
What’s your publishing tips?
Well, I'm a newbie, having just released my first book. Networking was key to my finding a publisher. I joined my local RWA chapter, joined every applicable social media group I could find, entered Twitter pitch contests, and attended workshops and conferences. It was a member of my RWA chapter in Olympia, Washington who recommended I submit to her publisher. I'm so grateful to the authors who've helped me along the way to publication, and I do what I can to lend a hand to others by promoting their books and hosting them on my blog.
Any promotional and marketing tips?
Social media is time-consuming but free. I've connected with readers on Facebook and Twitter.
Tell us about your recent book.
Through the Red Door, is a contemporary erotic romance set in a bookshop in Eugene, Oregon.
Clara Martelli clings to Book Nirvana, the Oregon bookshop she and her late husband Jared built together. When rising rents and corporate competition threaten its survival, her best hope is their extensive erotica collection, locked behind a red door. In dreams and signs, her dead husband tells her it's time to open that door and move on. When a dark and handsome stranger's powerful magnetism jolts her back to life and he wants a look at the treasures of that secret room, she can't help but want to show him more.
Professor Nick Papadopoulos is looking for historical erotica. Book Nirvana's collection surpasses his wildest dreams, and so does its lovely owner. A widower, he understands Clara's battle with guilt, but their searing chemistry is too strong to resist. Besides, he will only be in town for two weeks, not long enough for her to see beyond the scandal that haunts his past.
Why set the series in a bookshop? Ever since I was a wee lass, I dreamed of owning one. Add to that my fascination with historical erotic art and literature, and you’ve got the Book Nirvana series.
I enjoyed the chance to feature an older couple—though at 39 and 41, Clara and Nick are hardly seniors. Late-in-life love, second chances at happiness, and reinvention are themes that pop up in my stories again and again. As pioneering female writer George Eliot said, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Nick and Clara’s sizzling chemistry proves that love can burn just as hot past that first flush of youth.
Probably just one of those guys who flirt with everyone. Thinking of him that way made it easier to face the prospect of seeing him again when he came for the rest of the books on his list. She knew in her bones she was not ready for a— what, a fling? A flirtation? A hot tumble among the naughty books? Her body’s fevered response to Nick felt like a betrayal to Jared. But the thought of running her hands along Nick’s tawny skin warmed her in places that had been too cold for too long.
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