Guest Author & Giveaway: Christina Crooks featuring Sweet and Dirty

Thursday, January 14

***This giveaway has ended, but you should still read the's worth your time:)  Thanks for joining the fun!***

Continuing with this year's theme, I have a brand new temptation for you!  Christina Crooks is my guest today with her new Aphrodisia Erotic Romance SWEET AND DIRTY....and let me tell you, it's both sweet and dirty :)  It's a great title for this book.  Please give a warm welcome to Christina as she bares her SWEET AND DIRTY journey.

On Love Stories

The origin of the two erotic novellas in Sweet and Dirty is separated by years. I first put fingers to keyboard on "Baring It All" back in 2002, a lifetime ago, during my first marriage. I thought S&M sounded sort of sexy, and what I didn't know I just made up. 2004 saw the result of that labor: an 85,000-word meandering novel, wobbly on its legs, uncertain of its point, perhaps the merest bit off in its portrayal of kinky sex. A failure, it became clear after a truly embarrassing amount of rejections. The marriage too, a failure. Still trying, I researched, and I spent another year distilling the story down to 30,000 words, and won a First Place in the Ignite the Flame writing contest. Still, no publication love. I put the story away. The marriage got put away too.

Fast forward a few years. New location, new optimism, and amazingly wonderful new marriage to my fabulously handsome and thoughtful new honey. I decided the story could be salvaged: I did some more research, upped the story's heat and kink level, polished to the limit of my ability and submitted again... and this time hit. Kensington wanted to buy it, plus another similar one. They wanted the second novella in four months! Gak! Happily, there was a "forbidden" type story I burned to tell. I listened to the characters, who fortunately told me exactly what they wanted, and I managed to meet Kensington's deadline with "Forbidden Heat." The story contains some "edge play," or potentially dangerous sexual activity.

Sweet and Dirty, with its two stories “Baring It All” and “Forbidden Heat,” debuted this month. Yesterday, I drove to the famous Powell's Books and saw something that had me scraping my jaw off their floor. The store's Romance Coordinator had placed Sweet and Dirty on its own individual display at the end of an aisle, with a hot pink Shelf Talker declaring it a STAFF PICK! With little stars all around "STAFF PICK!" Oh, I dug the stars. So while my head grew three sizes as I read praise such as "There are two stories here that will tease and taunt you into your wildest erotic fantasies" I saw it also warned, in bold, "This is not for the faint of heart!"

They are both love stories, of their own kinds. I had a lot to learn before being able to see them clearly, had to meet lots of different people and let go of some judgments, not to mention grow a bit as a writer, before having the courage and ability to get the proper stories onto the page. Here's hoping you readers find the journey as rewarding.

Embrace your most illicit desires...

"Baring It All"

From her relationships and her home life to her job as a dog trainer, Michelle Gray is too often the obedient one. So when she crosses paths with Ro Kaliph, the owner of an S&M nightclub, she decides to take a few lessons in being more dominant -- but discovers instead that surrendering to Ro's every command brings her the most intense, satisfying pleasure.

"Forbidden Heat"

Workaholic Nora Sabine has finally made time for a vacation with her fiance. And she's pleasantly surprised to learn the B&B where they'll be staying is actually a Bondage & Breakfast. Indulging in every blissful sexual punishment, Nora can't seem to get enough. But when she meets the inn's owner, Sylvester, he takes her over the edge as he introduces her to a fantasy world where ecstasy has no boundaries...

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Congratulations Christina! Both on the release of your new book, and the stellar reviews.

You can find Christina at her website and on Facebook.  While at her website make sure you check out the Extras page (you all know how much I love those).  She has a free read called PLAY MONEY for you to enjoy, and another thing that I loved was the "Choose Your Own Romantic Adventure" story where you choose the direction of the story that you read.  I love this idea!

To celebrate the release of SWEET AND DIRTY Christina has offered to giveaway TWO signed copies of her book with a pretty "sweet" bookmark :) Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Leave a meaningful comment for Christina AND answer the question in the form above. Please do not place your answer in your comment otherwise you will be disqualified from winning. You MUST do both things in order for your entry to be complete.  (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • You must be 18yrs or older to win due to the mature content of this book .  Void where prohibited.
  • The contest will end on January 16th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner will be selected using
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice 

Good Luck!

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Amy S. January 14, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

Congrats on the new release! Both excerpts were great! I will have to get this to find out what happens with the stories.

Amy S. January 14, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

I forgot to add that I posted about the contest on my blog.

Ina January 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

Hi Christina!
congrats on the release!!! your book sounds very interesting and the excerpts were fantastic - can't wait to get my hands on that one!
wish you all the best,

I'm an old GFC follower ;)

Marilu January 14, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

Although this is not really the type of book I would normally read this post intrigued me. I had to read the excerpts. I am glad I did! I want to read the rest of it! Please enter me.
I am a google friend connect follower!

lovemykidsandbooks AT gmail DOT com

CallMeKayla January 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM  


Christina- your book sounds GOOOD!! Congrats on everything :)

jeanette8042 January 14, 2010 at 1:59 PM  

Congrats on the book release Christina! I'm glad you decided to continue the story and it turned out fabulous in the end! I loved both of the excerpts, verrry hot!

I'm a GFC follower!

lilazncutie1215 @

Princess Aurora January 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM  

Christina- COngrats to you and the new book! Both the excerpts are very intriguging! I cant wait to read both stories! My question is what brought you to writing in the Aphrodesia line?

Princess Aurora January 14, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Estella January 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

Congrats on your book.
Glad you decided to polish it up and resubmit it!!

kissinoak at verizon dot net

Christina Crooks January 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM  

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for the congrats, and your kind words about the excerpts. Thanks to Carrie for inviting me here today too.

Marilu - how awesome you want to read outside your norm! That's very cool to hear.

Princess Aurora - To answer your question, Aphro appears to be a great fit for hotter and more sexually daring stuff. The editors seem to let the writer push the envelope pretty far in some cases. This can result in interesting love scenes within different sorts of stories, if one has such stories to tell. :)

Scorpio M. January 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM  

It's 2010 and I told myself that I would broaden my reading scope this year. I haven't read many erotic works but I am attracted to your novellas because your characters are very believable, their reservations & desires, uhm...sound familiar, lol. I want to read more, always a good sign for a writer. Thanks for visiting. I really love bloglandia, it's introduced me to so many new writers.

I am a GFC follower & filled out form.


alba January 14, 2010 at 4:58 PM  

Hello Christina Congratulations on the release Love the covers.
Although not my normal read I find that as I get old my tastes change Not so prudish you might say,LOL
Have A wonderful Day/ evening it late now.
I'm a follower

Christina Crooks January 14, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

Hi again all! Nice to see you here Estella.

Scorpio M.: Thank you sincerely for the compliment, and I'm glad the writing resonates for you! So happy you're wanting to read more & I'm glad you've found some new authors. : big grin :

Alba: Thanks for your congrats & compliment. Very true how tastes change. Nothing wrong with totally non-explicit stuff, or non-romance for that matter; lots of it's awesome! But yes. A good romance story with fun, integrated kink can be memorable. You have a wonderful evening as well. :)

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