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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Guest Author Interview: Francesca Hawley

I’m so excited to have fellow Ellora’s Cave author Francesca Hawley visiting Happily Ever After Thoughts again. She is giving away a copy of LEADER OF THE PACK.

Lexi: Hi Francesca, thank you coming back for a visit. You have written many books and I noticed you have shifters and BDSM in your erotic romance. What is the focus of your new book CUPID ROCKS?

Francesca: Cupid Rocks is about a guitar god and the chick who loves him. Joe Blackwolf is a gifted guitarist who recently joined The Pack, a band founded by Mandy Goldwolf's parents. They meet and the heat between them is instant and explosive.

Lexi: Sounds good to me :-) I really love the name of this story. What made you decide to write erotic romance?

Francesca: I loved the chance to tell the whole romance between two characters without closing the bedroom door. So much of a relationship is built through sexual expression between two people and it's a real pleasure to be able to share the full range of love with my readers.

Lexi: With so many stories, you must have a regular writing routine? Is there a time of day or a certain food or a particular song that is typical for you?

Francesca: I tend to write in the mornings and I usually develop a playlist of songs that enhance my writing experience. My playlist for CUPID ROCKS included "Joe Fabulous" by Bad Company and "Amanda" by Boston.

Lexi: I imagine, especially with this book, that a little music went a long way :-) What was the first erotic romance you ever read?

Francesca:  I think my first reads were by Robin Schone. I read The Lover and Gabriel's Woman. The heroes really captured my imagination and their tortured souls appealed to me.

Lexi: Ah yes, another great erotic romance author like yourself. What can we expect next from you? 

Francesca:  I'm working on another book called Freeze Frame. This one will feature Cyn Redwolf - of Lady Cyn designs. And her hero will be photographer Nicolo Blackwolf. Cyn hires Nico to shoot a catalog of her latest designs. Neither wants the attraction between them, but sometimes there's just no fighting destiny.

Lexi: That sounds exciting! It has been great to have you visit us again at Happily Ever After Thoughts. Thank you so much for chatting.

Francesca: Thank you for inviting me and I've really enjoyed being here!

Lexi: For a chance to win Francesca’s LEADER OF THE PACK, be sure to leave a comment for her.  Don’t forget to include contact info in your comment in case you win. 

For more information on Francesca’s Romances go to 

Lexi: Check out this excerpt from CUPID ROCKS

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An Excerpt From: CUPID ROCKS
Copyright © FRANCESCA HAWLEY, 2013
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

“Am I dead, angel? Cause you look like you’re straight from heaven.”

“That has to be the worst line I’ve ever heard,” Mandy laughed, looking up into warm brown eyes. She shivered as he settled into the chair beside her.

“Maybe, but it made you laugh.” He took her hand. “Can I buy you a drink?”

Joe waved over a waiter and ordered for them without once releasing her hand. She could feel the rough calluses guitar playing had created on his fingers, but they turned her on. He turned her on.

This was Joe? “Good ole Joe” as Eddie called him. He was neither good nor old. No. He was gorgeous…and talented. Zach wasn’t kidding when he’d said this Blackwolf was a great guitarist and singer. For the first time since Carly bugged her, she wished with all her might she hadn’t lied about Zach being her mate. Zach might be handsome, but Joe made her throb in places that hadn’t throbbed in all of her thirty-five years.

“So what’s with the camera, angel? Fan or reporter?”

Mandy looked down at her fingers clenched around her camera strap. If she told him who she was, he’d back off so fast she’d see skid marks on the floor. Just this once she wanted to pretend she was someone else. Just tonight. She leaned forward, pressing her lips against his ear.

“I’m more than a fan. I’m a groupie. Can’t you tell?” 

He shuddered, turning his head he met her gaze. The fire glowing in his eyes set her boiling. Yes. She had to have him. Now.

“A groupie? For just any rock musician?”

“No, Joe. I want you.”

“Fuck, yeah,” he growled, standing so abruptly his chair toppled over. No one nearby noticed as he dragged her to her feet. “Where?”

Mandy looked over toward the hallway leading to Zach’s office. They had a clear path. She pulled him after her and they ducked into the shadowy space. He pressed her to the wall and took her mouth in a deep kiss. Their mouths meshed together. Joe pulled back to nip at her lips, then ran his tongue along the inside edge of her lower lip. She caught his long dark hair in her fingers, holding his mouth to hers.

Fire. Heat. She’d never felt anything like this in her entire life. She moaned as his mouth slid to nuzzle her neck. Mandy wrapped her free arm around him, clutching his leather jacket. She lifted her right leg along his hip. He stepped into the opening she’d created, thrusting his hips against hers.

She shivered as his rough fingers slid under her skirt to cup her ass. He pulled her more firmly against his hard cock then reached up to her peasant top, untying the drawstring to bare her bra covered breast. His hot breath teased her neck and then his warm tongue licked along the curves of her neck and breasts.

“Hey. Anyone seen Joe?” Mandy and Joe froze as she heard Eddie’s voice. He was close. Too close. She looked in the direction of the entrance to the hallway. She didn’t see him, but he was right there. She knew it. Mandy closed her eyes, fighting to keep her panting excitement from giving them away.

“I think I saw him with a hot chick earlier. I didn’t get a good look at her though. Just noticed she was his type,” Tom responded with a laugh.

Joe groaned in her ear and kissed her cheek. She turned to look up at him. He was still on fire—she could see it—but there was a definite question in his dark eyes. Stop or go?
She lowered her leg and he sighed, then she smiled and grabbed his hand. “This way,” she whispered.

Mandy knew there was an empty unlocked office back here and she wanted this wolf and she wanted him now. He chuckled as they moved into the darkness. She found the door on the right and turned the knob. Hearing the click, she pushed, wincing at the creak when the door stuck. He pushed her through and they shut and locked the door behind them. Mandy flipped the light switch, blinking a bit to adjust to the table lamps that came on. She’d been expecting an overhead.

Joe pulled her over to the empty desk and she climbed up onto it. He stroked her cheek. 

“You’re sure?”

“Yes. I don’t want to stop. Not now.”

Lexi: Don't forget.  For a chance to win LEADER OF THE PACK, another hot novel by Francesca, be sure to leave a comment.


  1. Thanks so much for having me today! I really appreciate it!

    1. It's our pleasure. I love interviewing fellow Ellora's Cave authors, especially ones with dangerous curves :-)

  2. Would love to win a copy of this ebook.

    1. Will need your contact info if you win. Just sayin'

  3. Anon - Thanks for stopping by to comment!

  4. Very nice excerpt.


  5. Stopping at the crucial point is just plain cruel....

  6. Sounds fantastic, Francesca. Congrats on your new release and smokin' hot cover.

    1. Thanks Debra. I'm excited to have another release out!

  7. I chuckled right from the get go when Joe gave his "cheesey" line-I say that affectionately as my husband has a whole "book" full of lines he used on me!
    Is writing for Ellora's Cave a dream come true for you?!

    1. Yes, Dawn. I'm really thrilled to be writing for EC.

  8. Congratulations Francesca. You never cease to amaze me with your stories. Can't wait for Cupid Rocks. Deanne

  9. The cover is amazing Francesca. Can't wait to read more. ~Logan Carrington


    1. So glad you like the cover. Those abs are pretty amazing.

  10. Thanks for sharing an excerpt! I'm anxious to read what happens next. ;-)


    1. Evie, The story just gets hotter from that point on. Grin and wink.

  11. It sounds fantastic. Adding to my tbr list. OH! Cupid rocks alright the cover is worth a second look. Thank you for the giveaway very generous. missieholly(at)gmail(dot)com