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Thursday, July 14, 2011


Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.

Erin: I love to read romance from YA to erotica. You would find paranormal romance stories that line most of my book shelves. I have to say that I like my romance stories hot so even the paranormal romance stories are erotic. There is something so hot about the animalistic nature portrayed in shifters and the blood elements in vampires should be creepy but it’s erotic instead. You know what I mean?

Kiki: Oh, I know exactly what you mean! LOL What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.

Erin: My favorite author is the warden herself, J. R. Ward. I aspire to one day write stories and make characters as memorable as she does. What I love about the characters she writes is that they go through hell and back. By the time they get their little piece of heaven, I’m just praying for them to be able to experience some happiness.

Ummm, wow! The best book of J. R. Ward….I would say is my favorite and its Lover Awakened. In that book, we learn about Zsadist and his back story as well as the woman he falls in love with, Bella. Zsadist was kidnapped as a kid and was raised as a blood slave. He was tortured and forced to perform sexually for his owner (woman) and men she wanted him to have sex with. His brother rescued him and in the process, lost his leg to save them both. Bella is kidnapped by the Lessers and Zsadist rescues her. Despite the fact that they are both into one another, Zsadist doesn’t think he’s worthy of an aristocrat like Bella. Bella is able to break thru his defenses and teach him that he is a male of worth.

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.

Erin: That’s a hard question but there is a book that I read over and over. That book is called Hunter’s Need by Shiloh Walker. I have read that book over and over. I love this one line of dialogue that says, “Do you ache like I ache?” That line is in the middle of a sex scene, however, I just think it’s significant.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?

Erin: I read a story by Kallysten that was the eighth book in the Vision of Destiny series. I would recommend the whole series. They are short stories but totally leave you (or at least me) salivating for the rest of the stories.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?

Erin: When I have time, I can read 5-7 books a week but those would be 500 page books. These days I prefer to read books on the computer because I don’t have to physically store them. I’ve run out of space to physically store books and I can’t bring myself to throw them away. If I give them to a friend to read, I always want them back. I read at night mostly and I have been so engrossed in a story that I’ve read all night long and went to work blurry eyed in the morning. The most ideal setting is silence. I love to curl up in the corner, window seat, or love seat and silence. I like the words in the book to fill my senses.

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?

Erin: I was inspired by the authors I like to read. J. R. Ward said if she could do it, so could the writers at home. Stephanie Meyer said she wrote Twilight based on a dream of a meadow. Larissa Ione said that she wrote the Daemonica novels based on an idea she had for a hospital for demons after watching “Angel”, the TV show. From those ideas, phenomenal stories where written.

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?

Erin: I think my strength in the story that I wrote was one, the camaraderie of the women and the sensuality between the main characters.

Kiki: Please share with ABA readers something I did not think to ask you about.

Erin: This website http://7orbetter.com gave me the idea for the basis of the book.

Author Name: Erin Jamison
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4835205.Erin_Jamison

“Better Than 8: Fantasy” Blurb:
Amara Simmons has always fantasized about having two lovers but believes it is just that: a fantasy. She likes her men “gifted”, if you know what I mean. At the suggestion of a friend she registers for an online dating website for well-endowed men called www.betterthan8.com She believes nothing will come of her site membership but after months of flirting online via email and instant messaging, she’s shocked to discover that she’s fallen for a gorgeous Latin man that has the potential to be her everything – except he never calls and she has no idea why. Nursing a broken heart she is totally unprepared to meet her would-be Latin lover in person much less at the negotiation table of a multi million-dollar real estate deal. In Puerto Rico, passion ignites. Promises are finally fulfilled and the lines of reality blur when her fantasy finally blooms to life. Can Amara have it all: the deal, the man, and the fantasy?
A Brief Overview of "Better Than 8: Fantasy"
"Better Than 8: Fantasy" is a series of romance and dating novels written by Erin Jamison. There will be 8 books in the series, with each one focusing on a different aspect of romance, love, and relationships. These books are packed full of exciting stories chronicling a journey to find true love in the rocky and tumultuous dating world.
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A Controversial Story of Love and Intrigue
"Better Than 8: Fantasy" has been praised as a controversial and engaging piece of literature that highlights the mysterious nature of online dating. If you have dabbled in the world of online romance before, this book will provide you with a brand new perspective.
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Author Bio:
An avid reader by nature, Erin Jamison dreamed of telling stories of her very own. Mustering her bravado, she forged ahead to create a series of stories that promote individuality, confidence, fearlessness, fortitude, and passion. She writes sensual erotic stories of women who know what they want and aren't afraid to go after it for women who want a bit of a thrill too. Learn more at http://www.erinjamison.com/

“Better Than 8: Fantasy” Excerpt:

“How long has it been, Amara?” my girlfriend Stacey asked. Then she continued without waiting for a reply. “Let’s see ...  the last man I heard about wanted to be your maintenance man while keeping his main squeeze. What was his name?”
Adrian, I think ... ” Nicole chimed in waggling her eyebrows. “And you know everybody needs a maintenance man ...  to you know ...  maintain certain areas.”
Chuckling along with the rest of my friends, I looked around my living room at them. All four of them were in relationships, save me. It had been four years since I’d been with Adrian, since he’d gotten married.
I looked around my living room at my four girl friends. We had all been friends it seemed like forever but in reality, it had only been six years. They were all the sisters I never knew I wanted and never had until now.
We had all worked together in one capacity or another. There were many friends I would say were associates or friend, the term used loosely. These girls, though, I loved.
There was Nicole aka Nikki, the party planner. The very one that had planned this little girls night we sometimes had on Sunday nights at my cozy two-story Tudor house not far from downtown Mountain View, an hour south of San Francisco. Nikki was the youngest of my friends. She was half white, half Mexican, 26 years old, tan, shorter than five feet tall, and a brunette, usually.
Then there was Vanessa aka Nessa. Nessa was brown skinned, 28, big brown eyes, with a mischievous sense of humor. She was also the whitest black girl I had ever known.
Then Stacey, the red headed, stubborn, “I ain’t taking no shit off nobody” kinda girl. She was 40 and a long way away from mellowing out.
Last but not least was Charlene aka Charlie. Charlie was the quick-witted, 30-year-old, strawberry blond shit talker.
I felt my face heat up at the mention of Adrian as I gathered the dishes off the table and took them into the kitchen. I grabbed the strawberry cheesecake. On my way back I passed by the floor-to-ceiling hallway mirror and paused. My cheeks were flaming from all the talk about Adrian. My skin was naturally all peaches. I had long dark brown wavy hair, hazel eyes, petite nose, and a full lush mouth. I was cute and curvy. I could admit that to myself.
After four years of being single, I had trouble explaining to myself why me, 35-year-old Amara Simmons, why I was still alone. Except that Adrian had burned me bad.
“Mmmmm,” Nessa hummed as she bit into the strawberry cheesecake I had served. “I swear I don’t understand why you’re still single.” I shrugged.
She continued. “I mean you’re gorgeous, small waist, full breasted, phat ass; for a white girl. And  ...  you can cook. Hell, I’d marry you simply so I can have cheesecake!”
Amid a chorus of laughter and the clink of wine glasses lifted in agreement with Nessa’s statement echoing my own thoughts, I offered a suggestion. “I simply haven’t met the right one.” I sat with my head resting on the back of an overstuffed brown suede chair with my legs stretched out in front of me on a matching ottoman.
“The one. You make it sound like that movie, The Matrix. Is that it?” Charlie asked sardonically. She had a mischievous glint in her eye as she sat on my sofa, one leg crossed under her, the other swinging back and forth. “Are you waiting on your version of Neo, or are you stuck in the Matrix?”
“Very funny Charlie. I’ll know him when I find him that I’m sure of.” I sat up quickly, planted my feet on the floor, and leaned forward. “You know I’ve been wondering though, what if I find Mr. Wonderful and he’s not as well, hmph umph, equipped as I would like.”
“Mara, OMG! I mean, are you looking for a porn star? Hell, you’ll never find anyone if that’s the criteria you’re measuring against,” Stacey said and flipped her red hair over her shoulder.
“That’s pretty vain, don’t you think?” Nikki asked. She shifted her petite self in the middle of the white sectional swirling her wine glass. “That’s like a guy saying a girl has to have a set of DDs or something for him to be satisfied. Isn’t it possible to fall for a guy or girl that doesn’t meet all your preconceived notions?”
Stacey leaned forward in the recliner and looked at the rest of us, sitting on the couch facing her, her green eyes flashing. “Well, hang on now. I think you like who you like and for me at least, I speak from experience. ‘To thine own self be true!’ ”
We laughed at her attempt to mimic Shakespeare. I nibbled on my cheesecake. It was divine. If only I could find a man as easily as I could bake.
Stacey stood up and went behind the corner bar for another bottle of chilled wine. “I do think that it’s about knowing yourself. Me for instance, I know I like an average-sized man. I can get off no problem.” She stopped mid pour and glanced at me. “Mara here on the other hand needs a man the size of a bus to get her off!”
“No, no. I’m not looking for King Kong!” I exclaimed. That gave me a moment’s pause. That actually didn’t seem like a bad idea. My friends watched me. I hummed loudly, for effect and raised an eyebrow. We all burst into a fit of giggles.
“You know, hell ... ” Charlie said. “I heard about this website. It’s a dating website like a lot of them that are out there already.”
A chorus of groans and a lot of “Oh no! Here we go! Not this again!”
“No, seriously. I have a friend that told me about it and she’s talked to a few guys from the site. She’s going out on a date with one of the guys this weekend.” Charlie added.
“Charlie, I’m sure it’s a great site but what makes this site different from the next dating website?” I asked as I scooted back into the cozy chair and tucked my legs under me.
“This one, you get to pick how big a lover you’re looking for!” She nodded knowingly. The room was quiet as we all exchanged looks with one another.
“You mean—” I started.
“Yep. That’s exactly what I mean. If you need a seven-inch lover, that’s what you put. The site is called www.betterthan8.com. You may have to live outside your comfort zone and upgrade to a size eight to use the site though,” Charlie said with a sly grin. “What do you think?”
 “Well, I don’t know what to think.” I said. But I was curious. Should I?, I wondered.
“Well, I know what I think!” Stacey sipped her wine. “I know that if I wasn’t happily involved and completely sexually satisfied with my Adonis of a boyfriend, I would register in a heartbeat.”
“I concur!” Nikki said and raised her wine glass. We all toasted. I hid my smile in my drink.

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