Guest Author & Giveaway: Erin Nicholas featuring Anything You Want

Wednesday, May 16

Have you ever found yourself attracted to someone you didn't think you even liked, that somehow you just couldn't control yourself, LOL.  I have to admit that this has never happened to me, but after reading about my guest author's hero and heroine in Anything You Want, I have to wonder...could I overcome my initial dislike?  Is it a case of misjudging a person?  Would it be worth it?

Erin Nicholas is my guest today talking about the sexual tension between her two main characters, as well as Matthew McConaughey....and anytime you can fit him into a conversation you know it's going to be good!! LOL.  Enjoy!


Sexual Tension, Matthew McConaughey and Me

    “I don’t have to like you to want to see you naked”. 

This gem of truth was spoken by my hero, Marc, in Anything You Want.  And you know what?  He has a point.  My desire to see Matthew McConaughey naked has nothing to do with liking him or not.  I don’t even know they guy. And isn’t that interesting?

How’s it possible to want someone you don’t know, or more, someone you don’t like?

    Well, when it’s one-sided it’s probably just attraction or a crush or an inconvenience.  Kind-of like me and Matthew *smile*  But what about when they know each other and both feel that way?  They both feel the physical side, that pull, that desire… but they also drive each other crazy?  As Marc realizes in Anything You Want:

    The thing that really put Sabrina on Marc’s do-not-go-there list was the fact that he found her to be the most frustrating person in the entire world. If he said the sky was blue, she would argue it was purple, just to annoy him. He’d once complimented her outfit. She’d asked if his mother knew he was gay. He’d offered to help her study for a calculus test once and she’d asked if everyone else on the planet had been wiped out by a nuclear disaster—because that was the only way she would even think about spending more than ten minutes with him in one stretch.
    He supposed that was where it came from. He didn’t like her because it had been clear since the day he moved into the neighborhood in fifth grade that she didn’t like him.
So, how can he want her?  How can she want him?
The word tension brings to my mind images of tugging and pulling—especially in opposite directions.  To put tension on a rope, you pull it in two different directions. 
Tension between people is similar.  People who think differently, or are trying to go different ways.  But yet, they’re connected.  Something keeps them from truly just getting away from each other. 
And, just like with the rope, the harder and longer they pull, the more the tension increases… until something gives. 

“Come on, Marc. If we’re gonna fight, then fight with me!”
“I don’t want to fight with you,” he muttered.

The muttering drove her crazier than any yelling might have done. “Well, I want to fight with you!” And she did. She had so many pent up emotions, so many frustrations and it seemed that many, if not all, stemmed from this man. She wanted to let loose with…something. And Marc was the closest target.

Marc, who was simply rolling out piecrusts and muttering at her.

That wasn’t going to fly. If he didn’t want to fight with her now, he soon would.

She reached out and grabbed the closest thing, a can of apple pie filling. She scooped out a handful and flung it at him, hitting him directly in the center of the chest.

He froze, the rolling pin gripped in his hands.

When he didn’t react further than that, she took another handful and threw it. It hit him on the front of his right shoulder.

He put the rolling pin down and finally looked up her. There was a dangerous glint in his eyes as he began unbuttoning his shirt. “That’s how you want to do this?”

Her heart was pounding and she was sure it was from anger. It had to be anger.

But as more and more of his chest was revealed she knew that lie wasn’t going to make it much further. He shrugged out of the shirt entirely a moment later and her heart rate kicked into high gear.

Wow. He was muscled and broad, skin tanned with light hair gracing his pecs and stomach. She wanted to touch it. All of it. With her tongue.

This was bad.

He started toward her. She backed up. “How I want to do what?”

“Get me naked.”

“I…don’t…” But she couldn’t quite get the lie out. She did want him naked. Bad.

Okay, so back to me at Matthew.  Would there be sexual tension between Matthew and me if we ever met?  Likely not.  (For one, judging by the pictures I’ve seen of his lovely wife, I’m not… let’s just say “not his type” and leave it at that.  My ego would appreciate it.)  But there’s no tension because there’s nothing pulling us together at the same time it’s pulling us apart.  There’s no connection, nothing that’s making it impossible to get away and thus making us face our attraction and need for one another all the time. 

Besides, why wouldn’t he like me and vice versa?  I’m sure we’d get along incredibly well and that pretty much solves the tension issue right there, doesn’t it?
Can two people who don’t like each other have sexual tension?  Oh, yeah.  I’d say they would have more tension than two people who like each other. 
But then, what happens when they stop disliking each other?  Maybe even start finding some things they admire about one another?  Things they have in common?

Well, look out. 
The bottom line for me with sexual tension, especially in the characters I create, is that deep down somewhere, these people realize that if they ever give in, their lives are going to change forever… and it’s that constant question of “would it be worth it?” that hangs over them, keeping them apart, but also keeping them from sleeping well at night.  

And honestly, I think that’s me and Matthew’s problem… we’d just get along too well to really create any true tension!

Suppose the solution to all your problems is the one thing you never wanted…

It figures the one time Sabrina Cassidy is determined to do the responsible thing, karma kicks in. After four years on the road chasing her musical dream, she’s stranded six hours from home with no money, a ruined credit history—and morning sickness.

Out of options, she swallows her legendary independent streak and calls the only person who won’t hang up on her. Luke, the man she left behind.

Marc Sterling’s first instinct is to protect his business partner and best friend from another broken heart. That means letting her think she’s talking to Luke, then finding a way to send her in the opposite direction.

When he shows up at her hotel room, there’s something in the air beside their customary insults. Sure, her rebellious attitude, smart mouth—and purple panties—still drive him crazy, but now it’s a different kind of crazy. The kind that has him driving her home instead of to the nearest airport.

And when Luke offers to solve all her problems if she’ll only say “I do”, Marc realizes he’s just crazy enough—about her—to forget whose heart he wanted to protect.

Warning: Contains two people who don’t like each other very much, a Toyota that can’t quite handle the road trip home, and a spontaneous proposal. Or two. Or three. And foreplay with—what else—pie filling. 

And enjoy this additional special excerpt:

The urge to kiss him was nearly overpowering. “You have to stop.”

“Stop what?”

“Being so…all of this.”

“Sexy?” he suggested with a grin. “Hot? Hard to resist?”

She rolled her eyes, but couldn’t stop her smile. “Yes. All of it.”

“You think I’m hard to resist?” He sounded surprised.

“Isn’t that obvious?”

His smile changed from cocky to something much warmer. Her entire body felt it.

“It’s really, really fun, isn’t it?” he asked.

It really, really was. But she couldn’t shake the weirdness of it. This was Marc after all. Marc who had come to Wyoming to keep her away from Luke…

And that was what was bugging her.

“You’re very attentive for a guy who doesn’t like me much.”

“Until a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t like you at all.”

“Thanks for clarifying. And for making my point.”

“You’re wondering why I’m suddenly so…”

“Attentive is the word I’m most comfortable with.”

He chuckled. “Okay, you’re wondering why I’m suddenly so attentive.”

She wasn’t sure she wanted the answer to her next question. “Because you don’t want me with Luke?”

He crossed his arms and leaned his hip against the back counter. “I don’t want you with Luke.”

“Are you trying to make him look bad?” She regretted it as soon as she’d said it.

He looked very interested in that. “What does that mean?”

She shook her head. “Never mind. Forget it.”

She started to move past him, but he caught her arm and pulled her around to face him.

“I’m making him look bad?”

“You’re not trying?”

“Dammit, Seattle.” He hadn’t let go of her yet and he pulled her closer. He sounded intent rather than annoyed. “Tell me how I’m making him look bad.”

“You’re making me want you more than I want him.”

Thanks Erin for being my guest today!  If you've not had the pleasure of reading one of Erin Nicholas' books before, she is the author of many sexy contemporary romances.  Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun, with reluctant heroes, flawed heroines, sex with food and happily ever afters.  That is something that I can totally get behind :)

If you'd like to learn more about Erin you can find her on her website at, her blog, and at Nine Naughty Novelists, on Twitter,  and Facebook.

To celebrate the print release of Anything You Want,  Erin will be giving away a grand prize of an "Anything You Want Apple Pie Pack" (red and white tote filled with red pot holders, a red & white apple apron and towel set, apple pie cookbook, gourmet apple pie filling and an apple pie scented candle to one randomly drawn commenter from the blog tour), and she is also giving away digital copy of a book from her backlist to one lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Do you/did you have/do you know a "would it be worth it?" person in your life, if so how'd it turn out? (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)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • 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:
  • The ebook contest is open to US & International addresses, but the Apple Pie Pack is open to US & Canadian addresses only.
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on May 25th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using, and/or by the author
  • The winner(s) 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
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  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • 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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Goddess Fish Promotions May 16, 2012 at 5:54 AM  

Thank you for hosting Erin today.

MomJane May 16, 2012 at 6:42 AM  

You and Matthew? Why not. I look forweard to seeing the two of you together some day.

Maybe no sexual tension, but just as friends.

lorimeehan May 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM  

That was a good blog interview. I loved the excerpts. I've not read her but I will now.
I'm not sure this counts but I was friends with my husband first so there was a lot of Fear in starting to date him. I didn't want to ruin that friendship. But it all worked out. I've known him for 32 years and married for 17 years. He was a little slow on the wedding date. Lol
GFC follower

Tamsyn May 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM  

Interesting post. Thanks for sharing. I don't have or know any "would it be worth it" person but I guess one cannot judge a book by its cover. Thanks for making the giveaway international.
GFC follower/international

Erin Nicholas May 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM  

Hi! It's so nice to be here! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

I hope I didn't hurt Matthew's feelings by saying we wouldn't have any tension *G*


erin May 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM  

That was a fantastic post!!!! I love how you outlined a love/hate but attraction relationship. And you still have shot w/ Matthew ;)

I can say w/ absolute certainty that there isn't anyone that I regret not "going for". There's a few that I wish I hadn't though!

I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of Erin's books, but they are definitely high on my wishlist now!!!

Thanks again!

gfc: erin

Michelle Bledsoe May 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM  

I haven't had a love/hate relationship with a man before. I usually reserve that for anything chocolate...LOL
Erin I am enjoying getting to know you and your writing style on this tour. I have now put all your books on my wish list to enjoy this summer. Thanks for the chance to get to read your books.

GFC-Michelle Bledsoe
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

PG Forte May 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM  

I'm glad you've finally recognized that this thing with you and Matthew would never work out.

But we'll think of you when we're stranded on that island together. LMAO

Actually, I'm pretty sure I'd have a better time reading your books. ;)

Erin Nicholas May 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM  

Hi, Erin! Matthew and I have really had this on-going "thing" for a long time now! LOL

Michelle-- glad to see you :) Hope you enjoy the books (and thanks!) Be sure to write and let me know what you think of them as you read!

PG-- you're just saying that b/c you want him all to yourself. I thought we'd established there's enough of him to go around?! :)

CrystalGB May 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM  

I never had a relationship like that. Your book sounds great. I understand completely about Matthew. He is such a fine looking man.
GFC CrystalGB

Tore May 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM  

I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. I am a follower and email subscriber. I never had a love/hate relationship before. I am a very quiet and shy person.

Kim B May 16, 2012 at 6:48 PM  

Erin and PG, I am quite sure Matthew is all mine. I saw him first. Erin, you find me the real Mac I'll gladly make a trade. PG, you have a couple of options I'll trade him for Nick or Dan.

Lexi H May 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM  

I always knew pie was my favorite food =)
Fun post, thanks for sharing the excerpt!
Hmmm...I had a friend talk me into giving a guy a try (one I was not really attracted to and didn't especially like), why I agreed is beyond me. Didn't work. Not sorry in the least it didn't work. Moved on, found the love of my life =)

GFC follower Lexi
eyesofblueice (at) gmail

Erin Nicholas May 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM  

Hi, Crystal! Yeah, Matthew makes it worth the stop all on his own, huh? :)
Hi, Tore! Nice to "meet" new people on these tours-- that's most of the fun!
Kim-- I'm not even going to get into this with you... ridiculous. ( lol)
Lexi, Thanks for stopping by! Glad you find The One! (of course I love real life love stories too ;))

bn100,  May 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM  

Great excerpts. The books sound good.


June M. May 17, 2012 at 1:26 AM  

I have never had that love/hate relationship myself, but I do love to read about them. That sexual tension is great, and watching them learn that they have more in common than they thought is fun, and seeing which one will fall for the other first.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Kanya May 17, 2012 at 7:53 AM  

Hi Erin, I've never had a relationship like that, but enemies-to-lovers plots are my favourite!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Kanya ;)

Joanne May 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM  

I have had a "would it be worth it" person in my life, my husband. We worked at the same place where dating co-workers was frowned upon but we did it anyway. This month would have been our twenty fourth anniversary so it was worth it.
GFC follower- Joanne B


flchen1 May 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM  

Awesome post, Erin! I can't say I've had that experience, where I've disliked someone but found them crazy attractive! But since I did consider dating a friend before, I did have that "hmm... is this worth going for? Or is this going to ruin what we have?" question going through my head. Thankfully with DH, it worked out ;) We hit 15 years later this year :D

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