Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Loose Corset by Christine Rains Creating the Geeks & Giveaway

Dice and Debauchery, Book 1

A weekend away at a convention is exactly what overworked student Morgan needs. Dressed as her character from her favorite online game, Morgan is braced—seriously, could her corset be tighter?—to meet the other players. As Lady Gyrfalcon, she’s ready for everything—except her intense attraction to Dean. A clandestine meeting in the hallway of the hotel and Morgan’s corset is looser but now she can’t breathe for entirely different reasons.

Utterly charmed, Morgan decides to roll the dice and indulge in a fantasy-worthy weekend of sexy roleplaying, scorching sex and life-altering orgasms. Still, through it all Morgan is too smart to believe the chemistry constantly stripping her of costumes and control can last more than the length of the convention. But if she wants to keep a relationship so intense she thought it only existed in fiction, she’s going to have to let go of her cool-headed logic and allow herself to fall far and fast for the perfect guy.

By Christine Rains

I'm a geek, my husband's a geek, and all our friends are geeks. When I read about Ellora's Cave's open call for stories fitting the theme of Geekgasm, I couldn't resist. I wanted to read more romances and erotica about real geeks. Coming up with characters was easy. The difficult part was toning down the nerdiness.

Of course flushing out your characters is never that simple. You need strengths and flaws, goals and motivations, and a preferred race and class when playing Dungeons & Dragons. You can tell a lot about a person by the characters they role-play.

My smart and cool-headed protagonist is Morgan Reid. She's a student, gamer, and all-around geek girl. I connected with her immediately. A little like using a Vulcan mind meld. Her voice was strong and clear. Morgan's a little more cynical than I am, though. My biggest challenge with her was to help her overcome her doubts and fall for the perfect geek guy.

Dean Bradley is that perfect geek guy. Tall, dark, and gorgeous with the lean body of a fencer. It has been my experience that geeky men are more sensitive and open with their emotions. Or it could be they can calculate their chances with a woman and know when it's the right time to make a move. I took a little of my husband and put him into Dean. I just made Dean less socially awkward and gave him a love for playing rangers over wizards.

Emily Solis is Morgan's high-spirited best friend. She's immensely creative, libidinous, and loves to cosplay. Emily was by far the most difficult character for me to write. I had to make sure she was likable rather than annoying. Geeks can be peppy too and have a love for shiny things. Like gem dice. A girl can never have too many dice.

Then we have the villain of the story, Russell Morrison. Well, he's the villain in their role-playing game. And Morgan has a bit of trouble not seeing him as the bad guy. It doesn't help when Russell likes to dress up as characters such as Snidely Whiplash. I love writing the devious and charismatic villain. Yet as the story went on, I discovered there was a lot more to Russell than I originally imagined. One of my favorite things is when a character's true nature is unveiled through the process of writing a story.

I'm a character driven writer. I love to delve in deep and draw out the good and the bad. Morgan and her friends are a unique and lovable bunch of geeks in the genres of romance and erotica. I hope readers think they're as unforgettable as I do.

Geek girl problem #31: Your flat-chested best friend is a cosplayer who tries to fit you into her costumes when you’re built like Rose Tyler from Doctor Who.

After blotting my chest with a cool paper towel, I realized I couldn’t do the corset back up myself. And I’d left my cell back in the room.

Think clearly. Be rational. What would the Doctor do?

He wouldn’t be wearing this ridiculous contraption to begin with.

The hallway where the bathrooms were was pretty dark. Maybe I could wave Emily over. If Emily could turn her attention away from the guys.

Taking one more deep breath, I stepped into the hall and peered over at their table. I bit at my lower lip. Emily’s back was to me, but Sydney might be able to see me. I waved, holding onto the corset with one hand. When no one noticed, I wondered if I should shout.

Wait. There was an empty chair. His chair.

“Did you need a hand?” Dean’s breath was warm against my bare shoulder.

I turned slowly. My arm brushed him as he stood so close. With my heart pounding, I couldn’t find my voice. God, he was glorious. And when he smiled, an impish glint shone in those sexy hazel eyes.

Two cold showers tonight. No, three.

Wetting my lips, I forced myself to say something, anything that would be less embarrassing than just standing there drooling. “Come to kill me in a dark alley, Sir Thorton? Catch me unaware and undo the resistance in one silent motion?”

Dean’s grin widened. “Who said my plan was ever to kill you? You always assume, but you know so little of my desires.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player. As an avid gamer, she's either going on adventures with her son or rolling dice with friends. Christine is a proud member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. She has several short stories and novellas published. “Loose Corset” is the first book of her geeky and hilarious Dice & Debauchery series.

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  1. It's funny how you learn about your characters when you write about them. Your protagonist sounds very cool!

  2. I read your book, and really liked your characters. And the humor. But the, um, action was a little too hot for me. What was I thinking? I mean, you clearly say something about life-altering orgasms in the blurb... what did I EXPECT? A meeting of the minds between characters like Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farafallo? Sheesh. Sometimes I'm such a dolt.

    Good luck with this new series. It should be a big hit with people who are a lot more um... hot... than I am.

    1. Thank you, Susan! And special thanks for the review. I'm happy you enjoyed the characters and humor. But yes, I know erotica isn't for everyone. :)

  3. "That perfect geek guy" sounds like my kinda man! Loved the excerpt

    1. Thanks, Andrea! That's my kinda man too. :)

  4. And big thanks to Alisia for hosting me today! :)

  5. Very nice excerpt - I am still unsure about the erotica part...
    I look forward to reading your take on the genre

    1. Thanks, Flora. It's all fun and realistically done. :)

    2. Hello Christine,
      Indeed much more realistic than other titles I have read, and of course very witty and funny.
      Will the next instalments follow the same characters or completely different geeky encounters?

  6. Great post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an intriguing and alluring read. I will definitely be adding this book to my "to-read" list.

  7. This book sounds like such fun! I bet you loved writing it. :) X