Pleasure Me With Emma Wildes

>Emma Wildes and I first met at Lori Foster’s Author/Reader event in 2007 (correct me if I’m wrong on the date, Em). We had dinner in a Mexican resturant with a waiter that I embarrassed the hell out of, or was it the other way around?! LOL We’ve been fast friends since then, chatting on the phone or email as we commiserate about the trials and tribulations of the publishing business. I also happen to LOVE her writing (and I’m SUPER ENVIOUS of her incredible covers!), so please welcome my good friend Emma for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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Monica, thanks so much for inviting me! I’m delighted to be here, and Pleasure Me is on my to-read list. I loved Kismet and Mirage, so naturally, I can’t wait.

In the Notorious Bachelors series I thought it was delighted, wicked fun to bring three gentlemen to their knees by introducing them to their heroines and letting the games begin. Of course, as usual, they didn’t quite cooperate as I expected, throwing me curve balls during the entire process (which made it even more entertaining, and as I said, it was fun already). Alex (My Lord Scandal) did as he was told and fell in love at first sight, but with the wrong woman! Luke (Our Wicked Mistake) was resistant and it took an exceptional lady to bring him around, and Michael (His Sinful Secret)…well, let’s just say a former spy who is embroiled in an old vendetta with a deadly enemy is much too distracted to pay attention to his brand new bride, especially since he wasn’t all that interested in marrying her in the first place. Luckily, Julianne was resourceful enough to get his attention. Text

My Lord Scandal


Despite her beauty, Lady Amelia Patton has lived a sheltered life among her books. When she finds herself suddenly the toast of the ton, she is far from delighted. Her father, Lord Hathaway, wants her married off quickly, but the last person he’d choose for her husband is the son of his worst enemy…

Alexander St. James may be a thief of hearts, but he is no burglar. Nevertheless, he must recover an item belonging to his family to avoid a scandal, and so he has stolen into the home of Lord Hathaway, not expecting to come upon the beguiling Lady Amelia in her bedroom, wearing nothing but a lacy chemise…

From their first meeting, Alexander leaves Amelia breathless—but is it from fear or excitement? Captivated by her beauty and charmed by her intellect, he ignores the scandalous whispers as he sets out to seduce the woman of his dreams…

So, once His Sinful Secret was done and my notorious bachelors no longer bedeviling my life, my mind started to wander in a different direction. Hmm, in a society where a young woman was expected to marry by a certain age, what about the ones who didn’t? Not because they couldn’t have, mind you, but out of choice because they refused—for varying reasons—to not settle for less than true love. It appealed to the romantic in me to write their stories, and so the Ladies in Waiting series was born…

One Whisper Away will be out May 3rd, and I have to admit that Lady Cecily Francis chose just about the least conventional hero ever (what was she thinking?). Jonathan Bourne can’t wait to leave England to return to America, he has no desire at all to join British society except to quickly marry off his sisters. To make it all worse, he’s part Iroquois, and though most of the ton thinks his dark, dramatic coloring is barbaric and have dubbed him Earl Savage, she finds him quite deliciously attractive. As she has a very good reason to avoid her looming engagement to a respectable viscount, she decides it isn’t prudent to wait a moment longer…

Then came Twice Fallen, book two. Yes, yes, this one is a long time coming, but for all the wonderful fans that wrote and asked about Damien Northfield’s story (Lessons From a Scarlet Lady) I am happy to say, here it is! (Jan 2012). Lady Lillian is Jonathan Bourne’s younger sister, and if it isn’t bad enough to have such a controversial half-brother in charge of her life, she also has looming over her a four-year old scandal that blackened her name to the point she withdrew from society altogether. Enter the ever-clever Lord Damien, who has been through hell and back in the war and finds the whispers of gossip a superficial bore, but the lovely Lily quite fascinating. He has absolutely no doubt there is more to her past disgrace than meets the eye, and after all, his specialty is unearthing secrets. She isn’t saying a word in her own defense and it puzzles him, so a battle of wits ensues…who will win?

Is it any wonder I love what I do? Here is my question for readers. Whenever I am given an opportunity like this, I love to learn as an author.

What do you find most compelling about characters, their strengths, or their weaknesses? Do you love a heroine because she’s gutsy, or because she can’t abide spiders even though she will walk down a darkened alley? Does the hero get to you because he’s decisive and fast-thinking, or because he has a well-concealed sentimental streak a mile long and adores his grandmother?

Sum of the parts, I know, but I am WAY curious to know which way the wind blows hardest.
Can’t wait to see the answers!

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About the Author
Emma Wildes was hooked on historical romance ever since she absconded with one of her mother’s books when she was probably a bit too young to have read it. Since she loves to write it as well as read it, there is quite a backlist out there, but currently she pens sexy novels for NAL’s Signet Eclipse line. This past fall her Notorious Bachelors trilogy was released in consecutive months, and Our Wicked Mistake (second in series) was nominated for a Reviewer’s Choice Award by RT Book Reviews for best sensual historical of 2010.

Emma has been an Eppie finalist eight times, won the 2007 Eppie for best erotic historical, was a 2009 RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee, won the 2010 Gayle Wilson Award for Excellence, the 2010 Passionate Plume for best historical, has received three gold stars from JERR, a perfect 10 from Romance Reviews Today, and a starred review and Pick of the Week from Publisher’s Weekly.

She lives on a lovely lake in rural Indiana with her hubby, three children (all in college at the same time!) who pop in and out on breaks and holidays, and a temperamental cat named Mr. Poot who closely supervises her writing. She loves to hear from readers

 
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

51 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Emma Wildes

  1. >If the character is not perfect but has little quirks it only makes them seem more human and you can relate to them easier.

    dancealert at aol dot com

  2. >I think getting to know a character's strengths and weaknesses help readers fall in love and want the HEA for the H/H.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com
    WA

  3. >I love finding out that a character has quirks, especially odd ones. It gives them depth, and makes the story all the more intimate.

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com
    California

  4. >The strengths make for good reading, the weaknesses for GREAT reading. I love imperfect heroes & heroines. ALL heroes should love their Grandmothers God bless them.

    marypres@gmail.com

  5. >I might, as the LF event is fairly close to me WOOT!! Fingers crossed that you can come!!

  6. >What do I love about the characters? Everything! Well, just about. Some things can get so nit-picky and on my last nerve. But when it comes to the hero. Yes, I find him most compelling because he is decisive and sentimental!

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  7. >I'm not going to RT this year (I usually do) so I might, as the LF event is fairly close to me. I love that conference as it is so laid back. Very fun for authors and hopefully for readers, too.

  8. >Kris b – Emma is the best!! I love her oodles. And yes, I'm going to Lori's event first weekend in June. Em are you coming?

  9. >I find their strengths and weaknesses both interesting in different situations. It is only when the characters are able to overcome their weaknesses that they become truly developed and free.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

    Florida

  10. >I like my characters to be human and I think that can be accomplished by exposing their weaknesses. I like my heroines to be strong-willed while maintaining their femininity. I like my heroes to be strong yet vulnerable. There is something extremely sexy about a man who's tough on the outside but a marshmallow on the inside. 🙂

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom
    Kansas

  11. >AHH monica! what fun! 🙂 and emma sounds fabulous! I do love having lunch with authors even though I am a reader! I have met lori 3 times now and got to have lunch with her this year! it was so fun! there were several other authors there as well it makes for interesting conversation and lori's hubby is too funny! 🙂
    I do wish you lived closer though cause I would drive a long way to meet you ! we drive 5 hrs for the signing to meet lori it makes a wonderful girls day of fun! are you going to her event this year? some year I will make it there it has to be a huge blast!

    kris b

  12. >No, we don't get together enough…your fresh sense of humor always makes me smile, Mon.

    Sheree…uhm, yes, I rather love the cover of Our Wicked Mistake too, but no, don't know his name. He hints of a younger George Clooney, or is that just me?

    Em

  13. >Strong but quirky is good for both heroes and heroines. What matters to me is whether the characters grow by the end of the book.

    By the way, do you know the name of the cover model of "Our Wicked Mistake"?

    ironss[at]gmail.com
    California

  14. >Kris B, I don't remember my exact words from that night, but I was teasing the waiter in a somewhat naughty way, nothing really bad, and I managed to get him to say Sh*t, and he was immediately beet red. I know he was worried we were going to complain to the manager, but we continued to reassure him. As I recall, Emma picked up the tab for everyone. Her kindness blew me away! It was a great night. I'm hoping the two of us can get together like that again soon. We don't get to see each other often enough, do we Em

  15. >Hello Ms Em!

    As you know I love every book you've written. I don't have a favorite. I am very eagerly awaiting Damien's story, too.

    I love a strong heroine, and a hero who, at the moment it's most needed, give the heroine what she needs the most.

    Thank you for sharing your incredible talent – and Mr. Poot – with us all!

  16. >Sometimes the ladies that are interesting is if they are able to overcome some problems. Just to read how the handle their problems is good. Even if the characters are weak as the story unfolds hope that they become strong persons. By the end of the story they are worth remembering them.
    cky15
    cwall88atyahoodotcom
    Utah

  17. >Hello Emma and Monica !

    It is definitely sum of the parts that make a great hero or heroine to me.

    I think most historical romance heroes and heroines share some quality with all of the others written in the genre.

    So, it is the little quirks, the obsessions, the tragedies in their backgrounds, the odd family members and most important – how they deal with them that makes someone unforgettable.

    And perhaps a little bit, those things that are written into a hero or heroine that remind us of ourselves or someone we know and love – that's what makes us care about a character, root for them and want to turn back to the beginning and read about them all over again.

    louisa@louisacornell.com

    Alabama

  18. >Hi Emma and Monica!

    I love the dark brooding anti-hero, who's filled with angst and passion. And a heroine who's strong and feisty.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com
    CA

  19. >I love heroines who are intelligent and willing to take action even if they're scared. I do like a take charge kind of hero, but it's also important that he does have a soft spot for his grandma or other family.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com
    NY

  20. >Oh I am going to let Monica answer that one. She's a compelling storyteller, in case you didn't know!

    But yes, that is where we met. She's a fantastic lady and a wonderful friend.

  21. >UMM I got interrupted this morning but I really wanted to ask what monica did to the poor waiter? LOL 🙂 been thinking about that today! 😉
    kris b

  22. >Hi Emma and Monica,

    I'm for whatever gives a character
    "character", be it strength or a
    weakness! It's the conflict that
    "juices" up the story!

    I'm adding your books to my TBR
    list, they sound very interesting!

    Pat Cochran

  23. >I'm drawn to an alpha hero with some weaknesses. I like to see how they overcome the weaknesses by the love of a strong woman.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com
    Maryland

  24. >I must say I am so glad to see all the support for the strong heroines…I admit to having a habit of not having the hero rescue the heroine–hey, she's capable all on her own most of the time, isn't she?–and I also enjoy the alpha heroes with a hidden weakness.

    Aaaah, I love talking books, don't you?

    Em

  25. >I can't wait to start this series. I've read a few of your other books and have loved them.
    I like alpha heroes. And if they happen to be tortured alpha's I like them even more. For my heroine I hate them when they are very stubborn and won't accept anyone's help. I also don't like it when they are very whiny.

    iqb99@yahoo.com
    florida

  26. >Hello Monica & Emma. The Notorious Bachelor series sounds exciting and I look forward to reading them.
    Personally I like a dark hero that struggles with his weaknesses. Especially when his weakness is a positive attribute. In stories I also like to see strength in women through their courage in standing up for something or someone though afraid ro intimidated.

    rjofus(at)gmail(dot) com / NJ

  27. >My dearest Emma,
    I adore all of your books. If I had to pick a favorite, Lessons From a Scarlet Lady would top the list. Thank heavens Damien Northfield's story, Twice Fallen, is on the way for eager fans like me.
    In the mean time, I love the cover for One Whisper Away. Earl Savage sounds very intriguing.

    As to what I find compelling in a hero, I must admit to a fondness for well-concealed sentimental streaks inside an alpha hero's hard outer shell.

    Hugs,
    L

  28. >Emma –
    I love your books and the way you interweave the developement of your characters and the storyline.

    I want my heroine to be detemined even if she is reserved.

    My hero should be able to take charge but be strong enough in character to admit his weaknesses.

    I like to see the characters develope over the period of the book and for them to show both thieir good and bad sides in course of the relationship building to the conclusion.

    No her or heroine can be perfect but it's how they deal with their weaknesses that is important.

  29. >Wow, what an amazing post ! 🙂
    Weaknesses of a character make me feel more closer. I am close to an heroine who avoid spiders (like me), then an heroine who has no fear ! I prefer heroes (male or female) who are like me, like us. Of course they must be a little special to interess the reader but … if they have some common things with us, it's better !

    anais.styling AT orange.fr

  30. >I like the combination of both. Outwardly strong but really a softy on the inside. I have your first book in this series and can't wait to read more!

    catslady5(at)aol.com
    PA

  31. >There isn't one particular hero/heroine that I like. I like variety in my books and a well written character. One thing I don't like is an over the top character. One that is too whiny or too dominant to the point that it becomes annoying.

    cbandy10(at)hotmail(dot)com

    New York

  32. >These books sound GREAT! I would love to read one of the Bachelor books, and then I would probably have to buy everything you had ever written (as is my habit…LOL).
    I love strong, gutsy characters! A heroine who is determined and brave is great, but I do like them to have some weakness to make them human. Same with the hero. I like them to be an alpha, strong man, but to have some sensitivity and a weakspot, like their families.

    Good luck with the new series. Don't you just hate it when publishers make you wait so long between books?

    June in KY
    hmanning[at]bellsouth[dot]net

  33. >I just went to your site and read the first chapter of Seducing the Highlander, Oh, I'll be putting this in my wishlist in a moment 🙂 So glad I found a new author to read. I can't wait to read the rest of that book.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com
    Nevada

  34. >Hi Emma,

    I first "discovered" you when I read Lessons from a Scarlet Lady–and LOVED it. After that, I read all three of the Notorious Bachelors and enjoyed them as well.

    Now, I have all the rest of your books on my Wish List to be ordered/read as soon as I make some kind of dent in my To Be Read Pile! haha

    Thanks for many happy hours of reading pleasure,

    Laura
    heartoftexasbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

  35. >See, I knew you all would have some delightful insights! Love it, love it. I am always amazed at what readers take away from a book. Readers rock my world…keep it up, please. It is so lovely to share stories with people who adore reading as much as I do.

    If you have any questions, I'll be here all day, ask away!

    Em

  36. >Every person has strenghts and weaknesses. I know I do. And so I love to read about "real people" that have flaws, just like me. They don't have to be the exact same flaws but I like it if a H/H is afraid of spiders. Or can't stand clutter and tides up after people… I like it if they use the same excuses I do & then show real courage to rise above them.

    A good story is a tale in which the characters have to work on things/themselves, as well as their newfound relationship.

    lotsofgingers AT hellokitty DOT com
    International.

  37. >Good morning, Emma! I really like the sound of your upcoming series! I will definitely be checking them out. 🙂

    I would have to say that I enjoy watching a character overcome their weaknesses by using their strengths. I don't care too much when they dwell on their weaknesses. It makes me want to scream, "Get over it!" LOL!

    ~Andrea
    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org
    Georgia

  38. >Good Morning Emma and Monica…great post!

    I love heroine's that are gutsy, and will walk down the dark alley but can't stand spiders or snakes…lol..I like heroes who think but also aren't afraid admit that they have gentle feelings for their family…

    Looking forward to reading the Ladies in Waiting series…I love the idea behind the series…..

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com
    US Resident

  39. >I love a strong, brooding hero, injured, damaged, whatever. If he has a soft spot for grandmothers, children, or animals, even better. 🙂 I like my heroines strong, gutsy, and willing to do whatever is necessary to help the family she loves.

    More than anything, I love a sense of humor in both.

    Your Ladies in Waiting series sound fabulous, can't wait!

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com
    Arizona

  40. >Good Morning. Great interview.First,let me say I love your books.Now to the good stuff.I find both their strengths and weaknesses compelling because we all have both.Not a ninny through. I adore the heroine who is gutsy,even if they doesn't know it yet.We all are scared of something(spiders)ugh. Oh,hero,yum,I think one who is decisive and fast-thinking,but there is a lot to be said for one who has a well concealed sentimental streak that he has only revealed it to a very few people.Having said all that I just love a good historical romance.Keep up the good work.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com
    North Carolina

  41. >Hi Emma,

    Thanks for the information about your current and upcoming books. They do sound good.

    I like heroines & heroes who are not so perfect as to be unbelievable. Give me a heroine who is 'plump', spending her day reading (of course) and a hero who is scarred, either physically or emotionally, any day of the week. Turning those obstacles into assets builds character and makes for a very enjoyable read.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  42. >Hello, Emma! Your "Notorious Bachelors" sound naturally naughty and nice! I love the story line behind the "Ladies in Waiting" series–lots of great possibilities there!

    I like characters who are basically defined around the edges, but still flexible enough to be surprised and revised. A "complete change of character" is not really believable, and also not very interesting. It's the little flaws, "uh-ohs", and "ahs" that make for a readable character. Idiosyncrasies are much more attractive and endearing than perfection. It's the shadings and layers given to a character through the storytelling ability of the author that make a character compelling. Villains and heroes and heroines are all so much more interesting when their quirks come to the surface. Supporting players with tangy, tasty little twists add much flavor to the mix : )

    VA–USA Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  43. >I think it's kind of a combination of those things. I know what I don't like. I don't like heroes who are boorish and mean most of the book, then have a sudden change of heart at the end and I don't like heroines who take the abuse and never stand up for themselves.

    Margay1122ATaolDOTcom
    Massachusetts

  44. >Good morning!

    I've got MY LORD SCANDAL on my Kindle but haven't had a chance to read it yet…I'm waaaayyyy behind on my 'to read' pile! Love the cover for ONE WHISPER AWAY — gorgeous. The story sounds great…I've added it to my wish list so I don't forget (I don't see the Kindle version available for pre-order yet!)

    For me, characters who are 'real' are the best. Those 'too perfect' characters who are gorgeous, rich, titled, nice to everyone, etc etc etc can get tiresome. Give me a little conflict or some sort of weakness and I'll like them so much more because they seem like real people. Also, a character with wit is awesome because laughter is soooo important in life.

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com
    Virginia

  45. >Good morning, Emma & Monica! Another beautiful day… and another great blog post! Thank you for your fascinating intro to your books.
    As for your questions, Emma, I'd have to go with the 2nd part of each of your questions.
    Linda T.
    lindalou(at)cfl(dot)rr(dot)com
    Florida, USA

  46. >Good morning emma and monica!

    I like all heroes and heroines, I like all their strengths and weaknesses, I read such a variety of books that it is a wonder to me sometimes how so many authors put such different spins on people! I do love a strong man who loves a different woman and even if the men are strong they go for a strong woman I just like it all! I dont like inherently evil men or women but dont mind them as the buy guy I guess! LOL
    does that answer your question? I have only ever read a very few books I didnt like 🙂
    kris b Indiana
    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  47. >Hello Emma!

    I think heroes/heroines are supposed to have strengths. Because it seems universal their strengths are less important to me. I think the weaknesses add personality to each character. A quirk or phobia humanizes them and makes them more real. I love when I believe a hero is a stoic alpha male but then he does something tender or sentimental. It melts my heart and makes me fall in love with the hero.

    Stacie
    GeishasMom73 on twitter
    Illinois
    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  48. >Good morning Emma and Monica,
    what a great blog post. You're a new author for me but that's the great thing about blogs, we get to find new authors and new books. Yea!

    As for your question, it really depends on the story. Sometimes I like the heroines stregths and how gutsy she is. Being able to overcome a deep rooted fear to save someone else or herself is a plot I've always liked.

    Sometimes having a hero that seems shallow at first and turns out to be one of the good guys is something I like. But a strong, fast thinking gorgeous guy isn't going to do anything for me if he doesn't have some humility, humor and isn't a nice guy underneath it all.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com
    Nevada