Quinn's Curse & Interview w/ Natasha Moore

Natasha Moore fell in love with the written word as soon as she could read. As she grew up, she discovered romance and now enjoys the chance to add some extra sizzle to her stories. She writes sexy contemporary romance for Samhain and erotic romance for Ellora’s Cave and Red Sage. She lives in New York State with her real life hero who is happy to tell everyone that he’s her inspiration. They travel in their RV whenever possible. The great thing about writing is she can take it anywhere.

Nicole North: Welcome, Natasha! We're glad to have you as a guest here. What a delicious cover! Please tell us about your story, Quinn's Curse.

Natasha Moore: Thanks for inviting me to talk about my first release from Red Sage. I'm so excited about it. Cursed to wander Logan Point for three hundred years, lusty pirate, Nathaniel Quinn must resist the call of the sea. When young widow, Miranda Kent buys the lighthouse, Quinn’s passion is aroused. No one said anything about resisting a beautiful woman. But when unexpected emotions pull at the doomed lovers, Quinn must look beyond himself and his desires to save the woman he loves.

Nicole: I love pirates, especially lusty ones! ;-) Do you have a review you could share with us?

Natasha:This is from Simply Romance Reviews:
Three hundred years ago Pirate Captain Nathan Quinn’s ship the Tempest went down in a storm off the coast of Maine. Floating on a piece of the Tempest, he sees the young Henry Jones struggling and saves him before succumbing to the cold water. Instead of the hellfire he expects, he is cursed to stand near the lighthouse for three hundred years, if he doesn’t touch the water he’ll be allowed to sail the seas for eternity, if he touches the water he will be dragged down to hell.
In the present while researching her genealogy, Miranda Kent visited the Logan Point Lighthouse and knew a sense of coming home. Using the savings she and her husband had put aside before his death, she purchases the Lighthouse to turn the light keeper’s home into a bed and breakfast. The lure of it being haunted by the ghost of a pirate, she hopes will bring in the tourist.
Natasha Moore has created a captivating ghost story that keeps you reading. In a story of its length character development, motivation and plot are sometimes difficult to find in a story, yet this one has all those elements in spades. The story progresses with a natural flow that doesn’t feel rushed. A book to add to your must read list.
~Reviewed by Stephanie

Nicole: Wonderful review! What inspired you to write this story?

Natasha: I admit Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Carribbean first put the idea of a cursed pirate hero in my head. And memories of the old movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir gave me the idea to make him a ghost that only the heroine can see. The story took off from there.

Nicole: Johnny Depp can be very inspiring. What was the most challenging thing about writing this story?

Natasha: This was my first attempt at a paranormal romance, so while putting in all the ghosty parts was fun, it was new to me and that made it a challenge.

Nicole: You have several books published. Please tell us about some of those.

Natasha: Sure, I’d love to! I have two stories available from Ellora’s Cave. Nothing to Fear is a Quickie (so called because it’s short and hot!) :

Mason Blake's dark good looks and domineering personality give Kelly Long all sorts of forbidden fantasies. But when she agrees to play a damsel in distress for the community Halloween haunted house, Kelly finds herself tied to a bed and at Mason's mercy. Mason knows Kelly is fighting her sexual needs and he hopes that a few hours of playing out her fantasies will prove to her that bondage - and Mason - are nothing to fear.

My other story from Ellora’s Cave was selected to be included in their annual Cavemen anthology. I was thrilled my story was chosen because the competition is stiff. Taste of Honey is part of Seasons of Seduction IV.:

Cowboy Jake Manning is nursing a beer and a heart that’s been stomped into a million pieces when classy Shauna Montgomery asks him to dance. Jake knows better than to get involved with another sweet-smellin’ woman, but what the hell, it’s just a dance. Shaunna had been planning a little revenge against the boyfriend who dumped her but the steamy dance floor seduction leaves both her and Jake hot and hurting. They end up at Jake’s place for a lesson in power, control and passion. But can they get past their differences and learn to trust again?

My first release from Samhain Publishing is a full-length novel, The Ride of Her Life. It is available now as a download and will be put out in print later this year.

After a devastating diagnosis, sensible Sarah Austin yearns to live life to the fullest. When she talks her former teenage crush into a cross-country ride on his Harley, she thinks it’s her one and only chance for adventure, including a fun fling with Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Bastian. No longer a rebel, Dean Bastian is now a counselor for troubled teens and ready to settle down. He doesn’t know why Sarah is so desperate for an adventure, but he’s willing to do anything to keep a smile on her face, even pretend to still be a bad boy. Sarah doesn’t want to burden anyone with the future she faces, but can Dean convince her that the rest of their life can be an adventure…together?

Nicole: Those sound wonderful and very hot! Please describe your journey to publication.

Natasha: Wow, my journey has been a real roller coaster ride. I’ve been writing for a long time. At one point, I had an agent, four manuscripts under my belt, and was sure I’d be published soon in category romance. But I eventually lost the agent, decided sweet romance wasn’t for me, and took a few years off from writing. When I started writing again, I experimented with different styles and genres. When I discovered erotic romance, I knew that’s what I would enjoy writing. And when you love what you’re writing, it makes all the difference. In a little over a year I’ve made eight sales, which is still amazing to me!

Nicole: That is amazing! Congratulations on all your sales! Would you like to ask blog readers a question?

Natasha: Most of my stories are contemporary. I’ve always liked the idea that these stories could happen now, could happen to me. But I’m discovering that there are a lot of…let’s say…plot situations that won’t work in contemporary stories that can make paranormal/ historical/ futuristc stories interesting. So I’m toying with the idea of writing more stories in other sub-genres, but still write contemporary too. Do readers like an author to stay in one sub-genre, or will you follow a writer that you enjoy reading anywhere she wants to take you? I’m hoping my readers will enjoy the variety.

Thanks again for visiting with us Natasha! Find out more about Natasha at www.natashamoore.com


Cynthia Eden said...

Great interview!! Congratulations on the new release (and all of your other seven sales!).

As for writing in different sub-genres, I love it when writers do that. I like to read all kinds of stories, so, when a favorite author branches out, it just gives me more reading material. :-)

Mia Varano said...

Natasha, I love the cover for Quinn's Curse. Do you know if there's a real man out there with that body? Congrats on your sales. I don't mind an author jumping genres, especially in erotic romance.

Larissa Ione said...

Congrats again on the release! I'm so jealous of that cover! *g*

And I don't mind an author jumping genres, either. For the most part, I tend to follow the author, not the genre.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED Quinn's Curse! What a talented writer!
8 sales in one year, whoa!
Great interview!

Alison Stone said...

Congratulations Natasha! You are proof that perseverance pays off.

Alison Stone

Red Garnier said...

Hi ladies!! Loved the interview, Natasha, and I'm off to get meself a lusty pirate, lol! :)

Natasha Moore said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. Mia, we can always hope there's a hunk out there with that body! And that we could actually find him :)

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Hi Natasha! You have been a busy, busy woman. Congrats on all your sales. I look forward to reading them.

Natasha Moore said...

Hey Carol! Thanks for coming by. It's an exciting time right now :)