Monday, 16 June 2014

Author Hot Seat Welcomes - Tabitha Rayne

The author hot seat specials are designed to help readers get to know both popular, and up and coming authors, a little better. The questions are broken into sections - About your writing, about you, fun stuff and finally. Some of the questions are easy, other may need a little more thought and some may cause our author friends to hesitate before answering—still, they all answer. 

Today we have Tabitha Rayne sitting in the hot seat. Tabitha is currently on a blog tour for her new release, The Meeting Point. I'm happy to be helping Tabitha kick off her current tour by asking the must know questions on everyone's minds. So welcome, Tabitha, I can wait to hear your answers.

Getting Started:

Tell us about your latest book. What was your inspiration for writing it, is it part of an ongoing series, the characters, the genre etc?
Hello Jan - and thank you for having me! This latest book, The Meeting Point, is the final book in my erotic fantasy The Clockwork Butterfly trilogy. It's set in the not too distant future and combines two of my biggest obsessions – sex and the end of the world. Luckly the apocalypse is peppered with the erotic, making it all the easier to cope with.

About your writing:

How many books have you written during your career so far and which is your favorite?
I have written six novels, one novella and lots of short stories. The Meeting Point trilogy is my current favourite but it usually the one you are working on or promoting as that is the newest and freshest – and since your style is always evolving, it is the always a little bit better than what came before, I think.

Have any of your books received negative reviews and how did you handle the situation?
I had one review where the reader just felt the book ended too abruptly. I was jumping up and down in my room waving my hands and saying, “Wait! It's the first in a trilogy – don't worry – you'll find out what happens!” - I try to be philosophical once my work is out there – to be honest, if you've been a writer for a long time, you've probably become used to being rejected by editors and publishers so you will be quite used to it by the time your book is actually for sale!

Do you believe in writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?
Yes. It is hell for the creative spirit. Luckily – I channel that energy into drawing naked ladies so that helps immensly. I have struggled with my writing over the past few months actually. It's awful! I'm a horror if I don't make at least one thing every day.

What is the one genre you would never write and why?
I'm not sure – I don't think I could write horror or mystery where awful things happen to people or animals – just no way! I can't even read them. No, I think I need some gentle (and not so gentle) loving to be part of my plotlines.

Have you ever written a book that you’ve regretted publishing and why?
I am always very strict with myself about this – if it doesn't feel right – it's not going out! I know how fragile a place it can be if your work comes from a very deep and secret place inside – to expose it is a gift and a curse. I admire people who can do it freely. Or appear to do so. It can take a lot out of you. I've got lots of stuff hidden away never to be seen by another soul ;)

If a reader said they wanted to write a book, what advice would you give them?
Well, that's a hard one. If you're doing it just for yourself, then you would have probably started it by now. However, if you've always wanted to but just not had the guts – I'm afraid, you just have to sit your bum on a seat and get your fingers tapping. It's not easy and you have to be prepared that the first attempts might be rubbish. But hey – you might be awesome – and a debut bestseller, so go for it. Writing is something that is more like an affliction – you can't not do it. If you're doing it to make money, then for goodness sake, ask someone else for advice then report back to me :D 

About you:

Tell us what a typical day in your life is like?
Well, basically like all romance writers, I swan around in a pink negligee with a libation in one hand and quill in the other, taking lovers and writing it all down ;)

What sort of things put you in a bad mood?
Meanness and cruelty – and not getting enough sleep. 

Do you have a bucket list and what’s one thing you still want to do that you haven’t done?
I wanted to do a bungee jump but one of my retinas isn't very secure so I was advised against it – I will usually go ahead and do anything – especially if I'm told not to – but this time, I listened to the rules. I would like to invent something that would help people have fun without impacting nature.

What makes you laugh?
Laughing is one of my all time favourite things – I love those text typo things that people share online – I could pee myself laughing at those. My friend Lily Harlem makes me laugh a lot!

What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
Oh no fair! I'm clumsy and trip a lot, so it would probably be something silly like that. I probably put kisses at the end of important business emails far too many times...

Do you like to read and what are you reading at the moment?
I'm reading Secrets and Lords by Justine Elyot. Love her books. I read every night but I'm very slow – about a page at a time then I forget what happened and have to read it again.

If you couldn’t write anymore, what would you do instead?
Draw naked ladies :D

Fun Stuff:

If you could go out with one famous person who would it be and why?
Christian Bale – oooo sexy smoldering method acting raunchy sizzling beast that he is!

Do you have a habit that drives your partner/friends/family nuts and what is it?
I hold my spoon on the tips of my fingers and dangle it. Drives people crazy. I don't know why – I didn't even know I did it until one of my friends went mad, saying it had bugged her for years.

In your opinion, what makes a person attractive?
Generosity, smiley eyes.

What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
Duck's feet stew. What was I expecting? Honestly.

Would you rather have a classic 1969 convertible Mustang or have the use of a beach side condo any time you want?
Oh you meanie! Ok – I'll take the condo :D

And finally:

Would you rather survive an apocalyptic event (yes, even a zombie apocalypse) or die instantly without knowing what happened to your family and friends?
Well – actually – if you read my book – you'll find out the answer to that very question ;)

Thank you so much for letting me loose with your questions – this was fun!

I thought that to entice you to follow my tour, I'd put consecutive excerpts every day here is no 1 of 10 ;)

To see where else I've been or going – click here

“I’m sorry if I treated you badly.” Deborah addressed the woman behind her, but kept her gaze ahead. The land seemed to stretch out forever. Grasses, trees, and moorland filled the view until it sloped gently into the horizon. It humbled her in a way that made her want to fall to her knees in both grief and joy.
“You never did what I didn’t need, Mistress.” The words of Deborah’s companion hit her in the back like tiny darts, reminding her of her actions. She turned.
“I am no longer your Mistress, Cheryl.”
“If you say so, ma’am.” Cheryl’s voice threw Deborah. She spoke with the defiance she had been cultivating over the past few months. Deborah actually felt sad when she saw how her submissive had changed. She knew there had never been a spiritual intimacy between them, but there had been a strange companionship and understanding. That seemed to have vanished recently and a real disdain had grown.
“You may go your own way now, Cheryl.” The prison building loomed at their backs and Deborah was anxious to get moving—anxious to find her true love. The other horse drew up, shoulder to shoulder with hers.
“Would you mind if I rode with you for a while?” Cheryl said softly, with a hint of what used to pass between them.
“No,” Deborah said gently. “I wouldn’t mind at all.” And with a flick of her heel, she kicked the great beast between her thighs into action. Her heart thundered at the same speed as the hooves that carried her. Adrenalin coursed through her and a lump of excited emotion grew in her throat as she smiled into the wind that lashed her face...

Blurb – The Meeting Point

A story of love, freedom, and the future of mankind. Deborah Regan has broken free from the prison where she’s been unjustly held for the past eight years. The scale of the devastation to the land outside is overwhelming. Toxins have taken hold, and the planet is dying. Deborah vows to find her lover Marcus and flee to the safety of the hills where their story first began.

Marcus is one of the few remaining men left on earth, and Deborah finds him held captive at a pleasure farm where he is kept to service rich and powerful women. Escape for him is complex and dangerous. They can only hope that the trio who helped Deborah before will come to their aid. Marcus has heard from his clients over the years of a mythical place with its own microclimate that toxin clouds seem to miss. He is sure they can find it and will be able to build a future together.

Mae, Lena, and Angelo feel compelled to find Deborah and Marcus who they know have a special connection that might prove essential to their survival. They make haste to track the couple and realize the plan they have chosen is fraught with danger and conflict.

Will they make it to the utopia Marcus dreams of? 

Content Warning: contains graphic sex scenes with multiple partners, including m/f and f/f sexual interaction, strong language, and end of the world shenanigans 

*The explosive climax to Taking Flight and A Clockwork Butterfly.

Book 3: The Meeting Point – out now! And what this post's been all about:

Other books in the series:
Book 1: A Clockwork Butterfly Now Available for only 99c!

Book 2: Taking Flight – now available – comment on any of my tour posts and I'll pop you in a draw for a copy of this one – if you can't wait, here's the buy links:

Tabitha Rayne has been told she is quirky, lovely and kinky – not necessarily in that order or by the same person. She writes erotic romance and as long as there’s a love scene – she’ll explore any genre.
Her short stories are included in anthologies from Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, HarperCollins Mischief, Xcite, Oysters & Chocolate, Burning Books Press and House of Erotica. Her novella, Mia's Books won a Reader's Choice Award with TwoLips reviews. The Meeting Point is the third book in The Clockwork Butterfly trilogy from Beachwalk Press.
Tabitha also has a passion for art and takes great pleasure in painting nude ladies.

Amazon Author Page US - provides an up to date book list

Hope to see you round the internet! X x x


  1. Hiya Jan - I had such fun answering your questions! I'm not sure where you found that picture of me - I assure you, it was as hot in that seat as it looks ;) x x x

    1. Hey Tabitha, glad you enjoyed the questions, it was wonderful having you on the blog.

  2. Oh fun questions and answers! I want to see the naked drawings! Duck feet stew... you are brave! Thanks for sharing the excerpt.
    Thanks again to you both! That was a fun interview! And yes the last question.... sneaky lol hopefully will have time to read the whole series!

    1. Thank you Tracey x x Oh - and I'm not sure I'd recommend the duck's feet! :D

    2. Glad you enjoyed it, Tracey :)