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In the Author Spotlight & Contest

JUNIPER BELL

CONTEST: Since I just came back from RWA, I’ll give away a gift pack of fabulous books, hardcover and paperback, including books by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Madeline Hunter, and Meg Cabot. I’ll throw in a few other goodies from the conference too. All you have to do is leave me a comment!

AL: Hi Juniper! Welcome to Blog Bites.

Juniper: Hi Ann, it’s great to be here, thanks so much for having me!

AL: So, tell us what’s happening with you.

Juniper: At the moment I’m roaming the East Coast visiting family. I just attended the RWA conference in New York, which involved meeting tons of amazing authors, drinking gallons of coffee and getting no sleep. So now I’m catching up with family in Rhode Island and Maine, trying to squeeze in a nap here and there. I’m calling it the Sleep Deprivation Tour. It’s been lots of fun, but I’ll be glad to get home to Alaska.

AL: Tell us about a current or upcoming release.

Juniper: My current release is Restraining the Receptionist, which came out on June 14 from Samhain. It’s a follow-up to Training the Receptionist, which began the adventures of Dana Arthur and her two sexy bosses. This book takes their steamy three-way relationship even further, but you can enjoy the second book without having read the first.

AL: What other works are you deep into?

Juniper: My next book, ironically, is called Go Deep. It’s set during a winter festival in Alaska with the motto, “Anything goes, nothing counts.” An amateur hockey coach and his wife seize the opportunity to break through some barriers into a much deeper intimacy. And once they do, they find out all sorts of things about each other. Go Deep is coming out from Ellora’s Cave, but I’m not sure when.

AL: When was the defining moment when you realized you wanted to be a writer?

Juniper: I’ve always expressed myself best through writing, but I didn’t try to be a fiction writer until about four years ago. I was going through a terrible time in my personal life and, as always during stressful moments, I turned to romance novels. In the middle of a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book it clicked that if I loved romance so much, I should try writing one. Shortly thereafter I realized it’s not as easy as she makes it look.

AL: What do you like best about writing? What is your least favorite thing?

Juniper: What I like best about writing is the writing. The real world so rarely matches what I think it should be. But when I’m at the computer writing, I can do something about that! I love creating a different world to spend time in for a while. And I love my characters. My least favorite thing is the worry about whether other people are going to like my creations.

AL: Who is your strongest/sexiest/most lovable/hottest - hero/heroine? Why?

Juniper: My favorite heroine is Dana Arthur from my Receptionist books. She’s a street-smart survivor who relies on her sense of humor to get her through life. She’s also deeply vulnerable, though she’s learned to hide it and rely only on herself. She has to learn to let down her barriers in order to find pleasure and joy.

AL: It’s time to get personal! Do you have a favorite sport, &/or team that you follow? I love football and my Missouri Tigers.

Juniper: I have an obsessive personality, and after an especially intense season of following the New York Mets baseball team, I quit cold turkey. I decided that my blood pressure couldn’t take it. I transferred all that obsession to the Olympics because it only comes around every couple years and only lasts two weeks. That’s my sports fix now. I tune out everything else. Does that sound crazy?

AL: Best movie you've seen recently?

Juniper: I loved Easy A. I loved her attitude, in fact she reminded me of a younger version of Dana. I put that movie in the same category as another of my favorites – Clueless. Easy A is a light, contemporary retelling of the Scarlet Letter, Clueless of Jane Austen’s Emma. Putting classic novels in the context of modern-day high school is a genius idea. I’ve found that high school keeps repeating itself over and over again, no matter how old I get.

AL: Where would you like to travel if you had the chance?

Juniper: Just about anywhere. I live in Alaska where the quiet and isolation is great for writing, but it can turn you into a hermit. I’m pretty much willing to go any place that isn’t cold and buried under six feet of snow. The tropics are at the top of the list.

AL: Do you have a top 5 actors list? You know that list of men that make you go yum, yum that would be inevitable, if only….

Juniper: In no particular order, Daniel Craig. LL Cool J. Bradley Cooper. Ewen MacGregor. George Clooney. George Clooney is on the bubble. His confirmed bachelor act is getting old – I’m ready to see him settle down. On the other hand, Daniel Craig broke my heart when he got married recently. Bradley Cooper is new to the list. But I don’t think I’ll ever let Daniel or LL Cool J go. They just do it for me.

AL: If you could have any car in the world; would it be a slow rider, or one that the wind has to hurry just to keep up with you?

Juniper: It would have wings so it could fly over traffic, and a paddle wheel for crossing water. It would be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in other words. I also really like the idea of jet packs for getting around town.

AL: What do you hope for your writing career in the next few years? Any goals that you have yet to obtain that you have set for yourself?

Juniper: I’m a big believer in the saying, “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey”. I want to keep having fun with my stories. I want to keep getting better at writing, keep finding more things to explore and try. I hope that readers will keep enjoying what I offer up.

AL: Thanks so much for sharing with us, Juniper.

Juniper: It’s been a blast, thank you so much for the opportunity!

AL: If you’d like to find out more about Juniper please visit:

http://JuniperBell.com
http://AuthorJuniperBell.blogspot.com

FEATURED TITLE: RESTRAINING THE RECEPTIONIST

Blurb:

Every deal has a loophole …the Receptionist, Book 2

Dana Arthur’s new job with the firm of Cowell & Dirk is going well. Translation: the occasionally kinky ménage with her two bosses, Ethan and Simon, has been several months of politically incorrect bliss.

Except the relationship feels unbalanced. While Ethan is the undisputed master, the partners’ iron-clad agreement stipulates that Simon must be present as she performs her “duties”. And she senses there’s a subtle, powerful tug-of-war developing for more than just her body.

Simon had agreed to share the firm’s fiery, sensually daring receptionist…to a point. With Simon out of town, Ethan plans a feast of erotic temptations designed to have Dana begging him to break the deal. He didn’t realize his heart would be a casualty.

Once she surrenders to his wicked demands, Dana realizes there’s no going back. It’s time for a three-way renegotiation…this time, all or nothing.

Product Warnings


NSFW!! Do Not Try This at Your Job. Contains highly inappropriate workplace behavior including m/f/m, m/m, bondage, creative use of office space and a high-stakes trip to Atlantic City.

Excerpt: WARNING - NAUGHTY READ COMING UP! 

My unpredictable number one boss showed up in a new mood the next day. I’d never seen him light-hearted before. Now that I had an idea about his history, not a big surprise. But that’s exactly how he seemed when he breezed into the office. He wore casual clothes, blue jeans and a light blue open-collared shirt that made his eyes look like summer without the smog.

“I’ve got no pesky clients today, luv,” he told me, without pausing by my desk to check my outfit, which he usually did. “I’d like you to order us a picnic lunch.”

“Huh?”

“Picnic. You have those in America, right? Or are they banned in the great state of New York?”

“We have them, but you can’t even spread out a blanket without kicking aside a stray used needle or two.” As soon as I said it I remembered the heroin. “I…I’m sorry,” I stammered.

But my thoughtless reference didn’t make him miss a beat. “A little local color will add to the experience, I’m sure. Handle the details and we’ll go around noon.”

Did a picnic violate the terms of our deal? Ethan and I would be doing something outside of work, just the two of us, something intimate. Almost like a date. But he hadn’t suggested anything physical. It was lunch. We both had to eat, right? It seemed perfectly harmless.

Since I was working from the company petty cash fund, I called up the neighborhood yuppie café where they served giant organic sandwiches. On my budget, I would have gone for a Subway footlong. But Ethan would no doubt demand something better.

We held our picnic on a concrete bench in a sweltering park a few blocks away from the office. Dog walkers and stroller-pushers, listless from the heat, wandered by now and then, but otherwise we were alone. The humid heat pressed on us like a steam iron. My hair stuck to my cheeks as I bit into my upscale sandwich.

Ethan didn’t comment on the slabs of free-range chicken that had probably been hand-raised and read bedtime stories before being slaughtered and inserted into a sandwich. He did remove the unruly mound of bean sprouts and toss it to a nearby pigeon. The pigeon pecked at the stuff, clucked scornfully and waddled the other direction.

I couldn’t help giggling at Ethan’s wounded expression. “I wouldn’t take it personally,” I told him. “He’s a New York pigeon. He’s used to eating dog crap.”

He chuckled. “Have you lived here your whole life, Dana?”

The sheer ordinariness of the question unnerved me. “Well, except for that semester abroad in Paris, and the year I spent in Fiji with the Peace Corps. I’m joking,” I added, when he didn’t laugh.

“Oh. Well, I’m certainly familiar with your sense of humor, but I confess I don’t understand the joke. You could have done those things.”

I let out a spurt of laughter that startled the pigeon. “I had other things to do.”

“Like what?”

“Like dodge my father’s fists after a drinking binge.”

“Ah.” Ethan didn’t show sympathy or disapproval or anything else. He chewed on his stack of multi-grain goodness. “And your mother?”

“No clue. My father always said she ran away, but for all I know he has her body dismembered in a freezer somewhere.”

That earned me a sharp taste of Blue Fury.

“I’m kidding. I have a dark sense of humor. My father’s not that bad. And my stepmother would have gone for poison instead.”

A crack of laughter from Ethan. “You really are something, you know that? You fascinate me.”

I filled my mouth with sandwich so I didn’t have to answer that. I was very much afraid the fascination was mutual. We settled into a munching, digesting kind of silence. He had one ankle crossed over the opposite knee, and occasionally his bent leg would brush against mine. Every time it happened, a little jolt of awareness zinged straight to my groin. Did he know it was happening? Was he doing it deliberately?

“Your knee keeps touching me.”

“Does it?” He didn’t move away.

“That’s against the rules.”

“So sorry.” But he didn’t look sorry. He looked entirely unconcerned, even though he moved his knee away. “One of these days we must write these rules down. For instance, is all physical contact forbidden while Simon is away, or only that of a sexual nature?”

Lord, why did he have to say “sexual” with that spark in his eyes and that slant of his eyebrow? It wasn’t fair, damn it.

“Another example. I’ve been longing to tell you how delicious you look today and how the shadow of your nipples through the fabric of your blouse keeps drawing my eyes. But is verbal praise also off-limits, since I’d be unable to keep it G-rated, I’m afraid?”

“You can’t see my nipples through my blouse!” I looked down to make sure.

“Oh, yes, I can. I know what they’re doing right now. They’re just beginning to stir to life. You’re probably feeling a pleasant prickling as they become engorged. I’ve realized something about you, you know. The sound of my voice has a powerful effect on you.”

So right he was. I tried to block out his voice. Might as well try to stop the Hudson River.

“In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I could bring you to orgasm just with my voice. I wouldn’t have to touch you at all. All I’d have to do is tell you what I wanted to do to you. I’d tell you how much I want to bend you over this bench and take you in the open air. Or how much I’d like to tie you to that birch tree over there, open your blouse and bring you to orgasm with my fist up your cunt. Sure, someone might see. For instance, those three fellows playing Frisbee over there. It’s entirely possible they’d start to notice when I tied your hands behind the tree and ripped off your blouse. Maybe they’d even come running to your rescue.”

His gravelly voice hypnotized me so I could practically picture the scene. My body melted into a shivery puddle of craving.

“And then, of course, I’d have no choice but to invite them to join us, either as witnesses or participants. They look like red-blooded, able-bodied, clean-cut gentlemen, nothing to fear. I’d have to convince them you were willing. More than willing. Eager. I’d have to show them how wet you already were, just from having your breasts exposed. You like being exposed, don’t you?”

“Stop,” I murmured. This was going into an area we’d never touched. Other men had had no place in our games so far.

As soon as I told him to stop, he did. And as soon as he did, I wanted him to start again. After all, what was the harm? He was going there in imagination only.

“Well…” I cleared my throat. “Would you let them touch my breasts?”

“I’d give them a chance, see how they behaved. Not just anyone gets to touch my Dana. Our Dana, I should say.”

I winced at the reminder of the absent Simon. But I was too caught up in Ethan’s hypothetical scenario to be bothered for long.

“Our Dana’s luscious nipples deserve nothing other than sweet tender care. Long, lingering suckles. Perhaps a man to each nipple, and one to jerk himself off as he watches. That should get you started, I’d say. You’d be making those adorable little whimpering sounds. But perhaps I’d begin to sense that you want more, that you need the grip of cold metal on your flesh.”

The image made my belly clench with need. My nipples were as hard as the bench we sat on. I thought I would suffocate if this went on much longer. I turned a pleading look on him. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of nipple clamps.

This was way over the line, totally against our rules, but I banished that thought from my mind. I nodded, biting my lip. I didn’t care who watched as he reached inside my blouse and fastened the silver clips to my nipples. The sweet pain of it made me sag against him and sigh. Exquisite relief flooded me. I leaned against him as if he were a boulder. When I looked down, the clips were clearly visible through my blouse. But I didn’t care. Ethan would take care of me.

REMEMBER: Since I just came back from RWA, I’ll give away a gift pack of fabulous books, hardcover and paperback, including books by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Madeline Hunter, and Meg Cabot. I’ll throw in a few other goodies from the conference too. All you have to do is leave me a comment!

36 comments:

Debby said...

HI, I enjoyed your interview very much. I have not had a chance to read the first book so I have put them both on my list. I live in CT just around the corner from where you are visiting. Hope you enjoy your visits.
debby36 at gmail dot com

Carly Dibben said...

Great excert!

cherio1 said...

Wow, great excerpt! Oh to be Dana!!!

Cathy M said...

Great interview Juniper and Ann. Sounds like RWA was a total blast.

I love your Receptionist series and Dana is one of my favorite female characters.

“It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”. Definitely words to live by.


caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Natasha A. said...

Fantastic! I have to pick this up! I loved the first Receptionist!
Also, is this open International? (I'm in Canada)

flchen1 said...

LOL! Awesome interview, Ann and Juniper! Juniper, glad you're enjoying your tour, despite the sleep deprivation :) Besides, sleep is for the weak, right? (Of whom I am the foremost...) And hey, let me know if you pick up one of those flying cars--that would be truly useful!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Jean P said...

Enjoyed the interview and the excerpt, WOW!. Dana sounds like such an interesting character. I am off to check out these books.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Juniper Bell said...

Thanks Debby! I am definitely enjoying my visit to the East Coast. I'm soaking up the 80 degree heat, yay!!

Carly, thank you very much!

Cherio1 - LOL! Yes, Dana has it pretty good. Love your avatar!

Hi Cathy! Yes, RWA was a total blast. It's energizing and intimidating and mind-blowing, LOL. I'm so glad you like Dana and the Receptionist series!! That makes my day.

Juniper Bell said...

Hi Natasha! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, the contest is for Canada too. It may get there a little more slowly, that's all. ;-)

Hey Fedora! Yeah, who needs sleep, LOL. Actually, I LOVE sleep and hope to get some one of these days -- maybe after vacation. Hahaha!

Thanks Jean! I hope you enjoy!

joder said...

Hi Juniper! I'm so jealous of everybody that got to go to the big bookfest. Did you have lots of fun and are there any authors that you met that turned you into a fan girl?

Thanks for your new book's excerpt! Sounds super good and I look forward to its steaminess. Thanks too for the giveaway, it's very generous of you to do this for those of us who couldn't go!

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

Wow, steamy and tantalizing......What part does Simon have in this apparant menage?

chey said...

Great interview and excerpt!

annalisa said...

Really enjoyed the interview and the hot excerpt! I liked your warning too! :)

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rlitex said...

Thank you for sharing your time with us and this great interview. :)
Ronda

marybelle said...

WONDERFUL!! I just loved the warning: I cannot see myself trying it at my work place.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Juniper Bell said...

Hi Joder! I always have so much fun at romance conferences. I gobble up the books and meet so many great people. I actually got to meet Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but I was already a fangirl of hers, LOL. She's very very nice.

Hey Anonymous - Simon is a big part of their menage -- he originally hired Dana and "trained" her! But I guess you'll have to read the books to find out more, LOL.

Thanks, Chey! I appreciate that!

Juniper Bell said...

Hi Annalisa - Those warnings are so fun to write! Thanks!

Ronda - Thank YOU! I'm very happy to be here!

Marybelle - ROFL! No, definitely do NOT try this at your job. It's strictly for between-the-pages fun. LOL.

815b55e4-98e6-11e0-b1fd-000bcdcb471e said...

I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved your Receptionist trilogy, truly fantastic stories!!

Thank you for such wonderful entertainlent!!

Pati

iyesha said...

I have enjoyed the receptionist series!

gigis said...

Hi Juniper!
I am excited to hear about Go Deep and will be looking for it. Was sad I couldn't make it down for the RWA book signing but getting home at 2am and getting up for work at 5am...not such a good idea...lol

Gigi

Nancy G said...

Loved the post and excerpt-need to get these for my kindle now.

Harlie Reader said...

Go Deep sounds awesome! Dana is a great character and lucky, too.

maw1725@gmail.com

Kim B said...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Love it!

Tara W said...

Oh my! Great excerpt!
mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

Lauren Fraser said...

Great interview. I was torn on whether or not to check out Easy A but since I loved Clueless too, I figure this one will be a hit with me as well. LOL

Juniper Bell said...

Hi Pati - Thank you so much!! I'm so glad you like my crazy Receptionist chick. I'm planning one more story for her and her hot bosses, LOL.

Iyesha - Thanks to you too, I truly appreciate it!

Gigi -- It sounds like you would have been just as sleep deprived as me, LOL! The book signing was an absolute madhouse. Thanks for the kind words about Go Deep!

Juniper Bell said...

Hi Nancy - Thanks for stopping by, nice to see you here!

Hey Marika - Dana is one lucky girl, isn't she? LOL. Thanks for the nice words about Go Deep, I'm excited about it! (About to start edits soon, actually.)

Hi Kim - Yep, I loved that movie. I've never understood why my cars couldn't be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Some day ...

Juniper Bell said...

Thanks Tara!! I appreciate that.

Hi Lauren - If you liked Clueless, I can pretty much guarantee you'll like Easy A. If not, let me know and I will eat my words. Emma Stone is awesome in it.

daydrmzzz said...

Woo Hoo for Juniper!!!!
I love Dana and The Receptionist series! And I'm waiting patiently for your next release :) So glad you had for at RWA but I still get to say or brag that I GOT THE FIRST EVER JUNIPER BELL SIGNATURE!! He..he.. Have a great vacation with the family and enjoy the summer xoxox
Drmgrl99(at)yahoo(dot)com
Dawn

lisagk said...

Really loved the book, and interview was great. Thank you for the contest.
lisa gk at yahoo dot com

Meg said...

Great excerpt & interview!

Meg - meggers1182@aol.com

Ann Lory said...

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by. And thank you, Juniper, for interviewing. You rock!

Ann

Juniper Bell said...

Dawn!!! You came! LOL. Yes, you were my first, I still remember the moment ... the gold pen, the butterflies in my tummy ...

Lisa - Thank you so much!

Thanks Meg!!

Ann - Thanks for having me! I can't wait to pick a winner! Sunday, right?

Juniper Bell said...

Hi Everyone! I'm back to announce the winner of my gift pack of RWA books .... LAUREN FRASER! Lauren, email me at juniperbell.author@gmail.com and let me know where to send it. Congratulations! And many thanks to everyone who stopped by.

Wells said...

Hi Nancy - Thanks for stopping by, nice to see you here! Hey Marika - Dana is one lucky girl, isn't she? LOL. Thanks for the nice words about Go Deep, I'm excited about it! (About to start edits soon, actually.) Hi Kim - Yep, I loved that movie. I've never understood why my cars couldn't be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Some day ...

Amandafuen said...

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by. And thank you, Juniper, for interviewing. You rock! Ann