Ella's Triple Pleasure
by Anna Lores
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Single mom and massage therapist Ella Winthrop isn’t looking for a relationship. She has enough problems without risking a business that barely meets her needs. Then her world is turned upside down by three men, each offering something she isn’t prepared for—love so deep it hurts, sex so hot she’s afraid she’ll melt from the pleasure, and a future beyond her wildest dreams.
Steamy businessman Cade Jackson has it all—money, looks, a giving heart, and a dominant nature—but Ella refuses to date a client even if she’s lusted after him for a year. After his brother’s death, Garrett Winthrop moves back to town opening old wounds and even darker fantasies. Dr. Derek McGregor gives her balance and understanding that speaks to her soul. All three men force Ella to question the limits of a traditional relationship.
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With a B.A. in English Literature and a desire to fill her world with wonderful stories she and her close friends could not just talk about, but gush over, she shed her job as mom of three in the midnight hours and began her journey into the publishing world.
Now, Anna is a multi-published author of spicy contemporary and paranormal romance.
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Most people don’t know that when I came down with insomnia I became a writer. I read one to three books a night for more than a year when my husband suggested I put my English Literature degree to use and write my own novel. I took the challenge and began writing anytime I had a free second from homeschooling my three children.
Reading so much over the years and having a background in literature analysis and writing, I took the time during the late night hours when everyone else fell into dreamland to figure out what kind of story I had a passion to write. I love a LOT of drama. I love spicy, steamy, hot and heavy sensual bedroom scenes. I love strong secondary characters who bring understanding to why the main characters do what they do and who I can develop into a novel. And I love adding innovative twists within each story to keep readers wondering what will happen next. So, that’s what I attempt to do whether I’m writing contemporary erotic romance or paranormal erotic romance.
How do you find time to write as a parent?
Time, in general, is hard to manage. Throw in a spouse/significant other, kids, school activities, dogs, meal prepping, laundry and more laundry—I’m a mom of three teens so the laundry machine is forever full at my house—finding those precious hours to write is a challenge for anyone, even when it’s your full-time job.
So, here’s what I do. I set my hours during the week day while the kids are at school that I write/research/market. Then I set evening and weekend hours for writing around helping the kids with homework and activities, and my husband’s hectic work schedule. My husband and kids are my VIP’s, so they always come first. But, with a quality schedule managing my time, I get to have the best of both worlds—time for my family and my work.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Some people immediately identify as a writer. Me, not so much. Growing up, having a career as a fiction writer seemed like an impossible task. As I read more and more over the years, the process and idea became less daunting. So, when my husband suggested I write a story, I was at a stage in my life where I wanted to push all those negative thoughts away and put pen to paper or more accurately fingers to the keyboard. With his encouragement, I found my writing voice and dove in deep.
When I signed my first contract, I still didn’t consider myself a writer. I fumbled over those words. After my fourth novel was published I found myself answering “What do you do?” with “I’m a writer.” I still hesitate before I say those words, but it’s easier now. I am a writer of spicy happily ever afters.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
The title for my first novel, The Horse List, came about from an innocent family conversation. My daughter has a thousand normal tasks on what she now calls her bucket list. But, when she was younger, we drove home from one of her English riding competitions and she started a list of the things she needed to buy a horse. We called it The Horse List. As we listed off land, a barn, a horse, a saddle, halters, ropes, etc, my daughter threw in things like a baby sister – that ship has sailed—and gummy bears. My spicy romance writer mind began working overtime and a mature wish list blossomed which turned into a spicy erotic romance trilogy The Horse List, The Horse List Challenge, and The Horse List Unveiled.
How did you come up with the title for Ella’s Triple Pleasure?
When someone says, “What’s the title for your work in progress?” I mentally start to sweat. My hands get clammy. My heart races. I fidget. Titles are the last part of my writing process. Most of the time, I hand over a manuscript with a caveat that the title is open to change. That’s what happened with Ella’s Triple Pleasure. I was being offered a contract, but needed a real title for them to put on the document. At the time of the pending offer, I was visiting with my best friend Kelly and her husband. The panic immediately set in and they offered their incredible brainstorming help. For a couple hours, we sat on the patio throwing out title after title as options. When we decided on ten decent titles, we stopped. The next morning at breakfast, Kelly blurted out “Ella’s Triple Pleasure.” I loved it. So, thanks to Kelly, I sent in a title and my novel had a name.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have written a bunch of books that aren’t published yet. One of the unpublished books I’ve written is scheduled to be released this summer. Cursed to Love is the standalone sequel to my paranormal erotic romance One Night of Love. I’m excited about the werewolf and vampire series and can’t wait to bring life to more of their characters. Also, I am editing the standalone sequel to my contemporary erotic romance novel Ella’s Triple Pleasure. The super spicy sequel doesn’t have a title yet. I’m probably going to have a brainstorming session with my bestie Kelly for this one ;)
Do you believe in writer’s block?
There is always talk about writer’s block. I do believe in writer’s block. It’s got to be a thing with the amount of people dealing with it. A friend of mine once said to me about a story that wasn’t quite right, “Why don’t you change it? You are the author.” That resonated with me. Those nine words freed me to adjust my plot summary, my characters, my world at any point within the story. If I got to a point where something wasn’t working, I would, and still do, go back and find the fork in the road where things went astray. I fix it or go in another direction which seems to make the writing flow smoothly again. I know that I have the power in my story. My characters and worlds answer to me.
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