Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cynthia Arsuaga

So glad you all could make it back and I hope you came ready to have a lot more fun. I know I am. Today we get to be a fly on the wall for a little conversation Cynthia Arsuaga had with the heroine of her new novel, Born to Play. Let's get to it!!

ONE VAMPIRE, ONE WOMAN, ONE CONTRACT, ONE WEEK TO PLAY.
Candi Hartz, is a romance author in a loveless marriage. One fateful night, she follows the cheating husband to the local vampire sex club and meets the vamp owner. Her life takes a drastic turn when with one kiss she enters the world she only read about.Gregori Van Zant is a dangerous vampire. As the head of the Mid-Atlantic Blood Family of vampires, he can have any vamp or human woman at his disposal. One night, a captivating woman walks into his club and he devises a plan.
The two lovers come together and sign a contract—an exchange of sex for research. Candi is born to play and Gregori is anxious to show her. An old enemy of Gregori’s arrives unexpectedly and disrupts their plans. With a final battle looming on the horizon, will the two fated lovers find love eternal or will death play a part?

Cynthia...please, take it away.....

Hello, I’d like to thank Robin Badillo for the invitation to guest blog. My name is Cynthia Arsuaga, author and host today. Also with me in the studio, I have the pleasure of interviewing Candi Hartz, the charming and successful woman and lead character of my fourth full-length novel, Born to Play, second book in the Born Vampire Series. Creating Candi was an absolute joy to write and according to my hubby, Mike, Candi is very much like me. Not too sure about that, but I guess in a way, all my characters have a little about me in them.

Candi graciously joined me today from her busy writing schedule. Taking a break from her busy new life with her new lover, Gregori Van Zant, she’s working on her next story to be published. Gregori is furnishing all the material she needs to write from the vampire’s perspective. How lucky is that? Insight into the lifestyle of vampires and BDSM. Hmm, nice and with that I’d like to introduce and extend Ms. Candi Hartz a warm welcome.

CYNTHIA: Hi, Candi. Welcome and thank you for stopping by. I know you are one busy lady.
CANDI: Thank you Cynthia and a thank you to Robin too. It’s my pleasure.
CYNTHIA: Let’s get down to it. Tell the audience a little about yourself, what is your background? Who is Candi Hartz?
CANDI: Okay, where should I begin? I’m currently living in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I’m one of those rare natives, born and raised. The area is a very transient town, with the military being a big influence in the area. My earlier career path took me down the road of a Trauma Nurse and about eight years ago I began to write romance novels. Fortunately, I was married to a successful pharmaceuticals rep which allowed me the leisure of writing full-time. And then I suspected him cheating on me and by chance I met my new love.
CYNTHIA: Ah, interesting. Your life’s path has taken a rather diverse course. Although, I should talk, mine has zigzagged in different directions too. Can you tell the readers how you came to meet Gregori?
CANDI: Of course, my vampire lover’s businesses are shall we say for lack of a better term, sex clubs, vampire sex clubs. As you already mentioned, his name is Gregori Van Zant. Besides owning the vampire sex clubs, he is the Master and Commander of the Mid-Atlantic Blood Family. Some consider him dangerous and evil, but he has a softer side I fell in love with. I met him quite by chance. I was perfectly content doing research on the Internet for my next book, but I began to suspect my husband was up to no good when I found a business card in his pants pocket with the name of the vampire sex club. I followed that low-life ex-husband one night and met Gregori instead. The next night, my Ethan, my ex, informed me he wanted to become a vampire. At the time, I was unaware he made a deal with Gregori, and I ended up negotiating and signing a contract with Gregori, research in exchange for sex. Sounds bizarre, but in the end everything worked out.
CYNTHIA: Yeah, I’d say. Not the typical romantic first meeting.
CANDI: I know, but it is a very long story and you should know, you wrote it, and the readers need to read how things turn out on their own.
CYNTHIA: *snickering* I know I did, didn’t I? Well, can you tell us just a little peek of how you ended up with him?
CANDI: *snort* You’re funny. Let’s see, we did spend a rather interesting week together,, that was the length of the contract. I don’t want to give too much away, but I ended up selling my book and I’m writing the second in the series. I’m happy with the way everything has turned out. I may have lost a husband, but I gained a wonderful new lover. What more could a girl ask for?
CYNTHIA: Ahh, yes I know. You’re such a naughty writer Candi. Let’s change the subject since you’re not going to divulge any of the juicy details. I have some fun questions I would like to ask all my characters. What is your main fault or vice?
CANDI: Hmm, good question, Cynthia. I guess if had to admit my faults, I’d say I’m compulsive control freak. I plan everything, how I write, cook, dress, everything. Gregori understands completely and when it comes to our bedroom life, he takes complete control. It is so refreshing and I feel more complete than I’ve ever felt. I was married to a very selfish man for over ten years who never gave me that freedom. With Gregori, it is so different. He believes in me and loves me for who and what I’ve become. I truly love that man.
CYNTHIA: Oh, that is sweet. Okay for the last question before a set of quickies. Do you have any plans for your future you’d like to share?
CANDI: Well, I have been working on the sequel to my first vampire story. I also understand that our new Enforcer, Boulder McCoy, who by the way is one hunky cowboy vamp, is going to have his own story. I’m sure Gregori and I will have cameo roles. What do you think Cynthia?
CYNTHIA: Oh, I think that could be arranged. Anything else in your future?
CANDI: I’m also thinking about doing a little redecorating of Gregori’s clubs. Nothing major because they are very nice, but they need some updating and I’m thinking something in shades of pink. I love anything in pink. He doesn’t know it yet, so I have to break it to him gently. *snickers*
CYNTHIA: How exciting. I’d love to see what ideas you have. Okay, enough of the serious questions, let’s have some fun with the round robin answers. Which do you prefer, Satin or Lace?
CANDI: Satin, I love the feel on my skin.
CYNTHIA: Denim or Leather?
CANDI: Denim. I tried leather and not my thing. Give me a comfy pair of jeans and a T-shirt and I’m happy.
CYNTHIA: Oh, I agree. What would we do without a comfortable pair of jeans? I have a pair for every day of the week. I digressed, so back to the questions. Thunder or Lightning?
CANDI: Lightning. Love the patterns streaking across the sky.
CYNTHIA: Dark eyes or Light eyes?
CANDI: Dark, steely gray ones.
CYNTHIA: The sound of a heartbeat or a crackling fire?
CANDI: The sound of a crackling fire snuggled up with Gregori at his beach house.
CYNTHIA: Coffee or Tea?
CANDI: French Roast Coffee.
CYNTHIA: Chiseled jaw line or chiseled abs?
CANDI: Chiseled abs to lay my head on.
CYNTHIA: High heels or flip-flops?
CANDI: Hmm, I prefer bare feet, but Gregori likes me in heels, stilettos and the higher the better.
CYNTHIA: Mountains or Beach?
CANDI: Beaches of course, walking hand-in-hand with Gregori in the moonlight barefoot in the sand!
CYNTHIA: Rain or Sunshine?
CANDI: Sunshine, but with Gregori, that’s impossible.
CYNTHIA: Picnic in the park or dancing in the club?
CANDI: For a romantic evening, dancing at one of his clubs. A picnic with bugs and creepy night creatures is not appealing. Besides, Gregori doesn’t eat because he’s you know...
CYNTHIA: Well I think I’ll end this interview on that note. I want to thank you so much for visiting with us Candi. Those were very interesting and colorful answers! We had a wonderful time sharing this conversation and learning new facets of your personality.
CANDI: Thank you Cynthia and to Robin for opening up her Blog, Sealed With a Kiss, to us today. It has been my pleasure! I’ll look forward to a return visit and maybe I’ll bring Gregori with me next time.
CYNTHIA: That would be marvelous. I’m sure the readers would love to meet him and listen to his sexy accent.

I want to thank everyone today for stopping by and reading my interview with Candi Hartz, the heroine of Born to Play. Remember, for those who want to read more you can find me at my website: http://cynthiaarsuaga.weebly.com or my blog http://romanticwordsbycynthia.blogspot.com/ and for the buy link http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&products_id=116 
You can also find Born to Play and my other works on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookstrand, and Are.

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