Tanith Davenport has kindly agreed to guest post here about her debt release The Hand He Dealt.
About The Author:
Author Bio:Tanith Davenport began writing at the age of sixteen as a way of utilizing her ability to drift into daydreams at any hour of the day or night. Her interests range between rock music and modern cinema to medieval literature and classical singing. She loves to travel and dreams of one day taking a driving tour of the United States, preferably in a classic 1950s pink Cadillac Eldorado.
“The Hand He Dealt” is Tanith’s debut novel and was released by Total-e-Bound Publishing on 13 June 2011.
On the fantasy of romance
I have always loved to disappear into a fantasy world, more often than is good for me if I’m honest – I don’t even need to be reading! But let’s face it, romance fiction is all about the fantasy, whether it’s paranormal, suspenseful or erotic, and when I’m not reading it, I love to write it.
And The Hand He Dealt was such a different world from my own that it was a dream to write.
Astra Scott, my heroine, is a sorority girl in her final year of a Gaming Management degree and works part-time as an intern in a casino. Much as I like casinos, that’s about as far as my experience matches hers. As a result, I was asked while writing it why I chose a setting which involved so much research – wouldn’t it have been better to set it in the UK, where I live?
Well, for one thing, I have always wanted to live in the United States, and since that’s unlikely to happen any time soon, I love having an excuse to read up on different states, including the various universities, the Greek system and the gambling laws.
The Greek system was definitely something that fascinated me. I’ve always regretted the fact that we don’t have it over here. For me it was vital for her character that Astra was a sorority girl – I wanted her to be the kind of person who throws herself completely into all the educational and social aspects of university life, and to me the Greek system symbolises opportunities for leadership and networking as well as invitations to hundreds of parties – although how correct my impressions are is open to question!
As for the casino aspect, for someone who creates fantasy worlds this offered so many possibilities. The bright lights and high stakes, the glitz and glamour of somewhere like Las Vegas or Reno… I could so easily see Astra, who does everything with passion, falling headlong in love with the casino atmosphere even when working as a croupier. I may have to return to the subject and write a character who is a professional gambler or card-counter just to allow myself the fun of exploring the other angles.
And the best part of the fantasy, of course?
Ash, the hot college football player. J
Add a side of cute blond athlete to the dish and The Hand He Dealt really became something for me to get my teeth into… and I hope everyone else will too.
The Hand He Dealt:
The Hand He Dealtby Tanith DavenportISBN: 978-0-85715-570-2Genre: Contemporary Erotic RomancePublisher: Total-e-Bound
Book Description:Astra Scott likes to live life to the full. A sorority girl and Gaming Management student, she spends her days studying and practicing guitar, and her nights partying or working at the Fountain Casino, where she has an internship as part of her final semester. The only blot on her landscape is Ash Drake, her best friend Sasha’s boyfriend. Arrogant, physical and blond, Ash has never forgiven Astra for her rejection months earlier and enjoys annoying her at every turn.But when Astra’s boyfriend Harry reveals a shocking secret, Astra responds in the only way she can think of: by finding a way to take on a more attractive, masculine role in the relationship. Her experimentation with sex toys finds a surprising outlet in Sasha, but when Ash discovers their secret and wants to get involved, Astra finds herself torn between dislike and desire… and as their undercover relationship grows, Astra finds herself falling in love, a path she feels can only end in heartbreak.For Ash may be the only man whose own fantasies are a match for hers, but can she knowingly steal his affections from her best friend?
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* Please note the following includes adult content*
Two hours later, and Astra stood in front of her bedroom mirror, holding in one hand the toy she had bought from Amy’s Delights.
Rubber underwear was laced through her fingers, a small plastic remote control dangling below on the end of a long cord. And attached to the front—
It was a strap-on.
It was a strap-on dildo.
And it was purple.
A purple length of shiny plastic. A perfect simulacrum of a veined, circumcised penis, five inches long and of a thickness Astra considered average, just the right width to wrap a hand around.
She stared at her reflection for a long time, contemplating the dildo, before slowly drawing it back towards her body, holding it against her stomach.
One foot through the straps, two feet…rubber caught against denim-clad legs, but after a moment’s struggle the strap-on dildo was in place, and Astra’s image stood in front of her, the purple dick jutting out in front like the hilt of a sword.
Slowly she rotated her hips, watching the dildo glide from side to side, before stopping abruptly with a giggle.
Shit. It looks like a fucking light sabre.
Watching herself in the mirror, she closed one hand around its length, giving it a tentative stroke.
She tried it again, this time holding the remote control and flicking the switch. A sudden buzzing, accompanied by a muted vibration through her jeans, made her jolt sharply.
Flipping the switch again, she rocked her hips slowly, her eyes glazing. In her mind formed a picture of Harry’s smooth back and bare buttocks, thighs parting to receive her, Harry’s voice gasping, begging for more, more, please, more…
The switch snapped off.
Astra eyed herself coolly, squaring her shoulders, her legs automatically widening into a masculine stance.
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