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Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Freebie Day #23 Guest Author – Lexi Ryan!

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Today’s guest author is Lexi Ryan!

Lexi Ryan lives with her family in a small Indiana town. When she’s not chasing after her young son or cheering on the Colts with her husband, Lexi enjoys losing herself in fun, sexy stories featuring mouthwatering men, smart women, and happily-ever-after. Visit the author’s website at www.lexiryan.com

Lexi’s latest release is STILLETO’S INC:

Where special powers and super sexy collide…these are not your brother’s superheroes!

ISBN: 978-1-60777-142-5
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Release Date: April 2009

Brains. Attitude. Beauty that brings men to their knees—if their Jujitsu moves don’t do it first. The women of the private investigation firm Stilettos, Inc are not your average PIs. Each armed with a special power, there’s no case the Stiletto Girls can’t crack—until Specials start vanishing in growing numbers.

Darian Lorring is an agent for the Specials Intelligence Agency, a secret government organization of humans with special powers. His unit’s latest mission is to track the Stiletto Girls and determine their role in the assassination attempts on the president. But it’s hard to keep secrets from a Stiletto Girl. His best defense? Keep sex on the brain. And Darian will eat and breathe sex to protect his country…having Paige in his bed again is just an added bonus.

Empath Paige Sykes hopes solving the missing Specials case will answer unresolved questions of her mother’s disappearance ten years ago. But one sexy, chauvinistic SIA agent continues to get in her way—and in her bed. How can she trust what she feels around Darian when his ability allows him to project emotions and physical sensations? How can she trust any man when her ex, Collin Raines, appears to be tied to attempts on the president’s life?

“It is hard to touch on all the reasons I liked this book so much, as there are so many facets to the story. Suffice it to say that if you want something a little different with wonderful twists and turns along with some super steamy, passionate sex, this book will be right up your alley. Ms. Ryan is an excellent story teller and has a finesse in her writing that keeps the reader wanting more.”
–BookWenches

“Humor, suspense and action are all a recipe for a dish that I didn’t mind taking a bite out of. Throw in love scenes that get your juices flowing, in more ways than one, and you will be begging for more.”
–ParaNormalRomance.org

Please help me welcome Lexi to the blog!!

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First, I want to thank Elisabeth for having me today! Congrats on your latest release, Elisabeth. May there be many more!

An unexpected part of writing fiction (for me) is that readers want to know how much of the book is fictional and how much of the book is the writer’s life disguised as fiction. This is particularly interesting when one writes erotic fiction. To put an end to those questions, I’ve created a top five list.

The Top Five Ways Stilettos, Inc. Is Like My Life

5. Super Powers.

Like all Specials, the heroine of Stilettos, Inc. has her own power. Paige is a unique kind of empath, able to feel not only the emotions of those she touches but the physical sensations as well.

I, too, have super powers. My coffee-stained, spandex superhero costume has an M on the chest for Multi-tasker. My ability allows me to perform such feats as simultaneously cook dinner one-armed (because the baby is in the other), while talking on the phone with a distressed student, giving my dog a belly rub with my foot, all the while hashing out the latest plot problem in the back of my mind. This could explain why dinner is so frequently burnt.

4. Beauty.

The Stiletto Girls—Paige, Josie, and Chrissie—can bring men to their knees with their beauty alone.

I once walked into a room and had two men at my feet in under 60 seconds. They might argue they were just helping me collect the stack of papers and notebooks I dropped. I say, convenient excuse!

3. Skills.

Through their agency, Stilettos, Inc., Paige and her two partners work as private investigators, spies, and even government-contracted assassins.

Just this week, I’ve found my son’s missing left shoe, caught the dog peeing on the floor, and killed a spider. As they say, “Write what you know.”

2. The Ex.

Paige suspects her ex just might be crazy enough to be part of the plot to kill the president.

I suspect my ex just might be crazy.

1. Mind Sex.

The hero, Darian, has the ability to project emotions and physical sensations with the touch of a fingertip, resulting in some seriously naughty mind-sex.

Some nights, after a day of wielding my multi-tasking powers and wicked mommy skills, mind-sex is about all my husband can count on.

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All kidding aside, though my book may be far from autobiographical, I write about characters with whom I can identify. Paige carries the weight of a rapidly changing world on her shoulders—she feels solely responsible for caring for her ailing sister, solving the case of the missing Specials, and discovering what happened to her mother years ago. She struggles to share this burden with anyone else, even the man she falls in love with. She has to learn to trust Darian enough to let him help when she needs him most.

With or without the high drama, most women understand this feeling of carrying more than their narrow shoulders can bear. This drew me to her. Paige is also surrounded by good friends who love her and aren’t afraid to tease her to get her to lighten up a little, and I am lucky in that account as well.

How different can a character’s life be from your own? Do you like to identify with their problems or just the way they deal with and respond to them?

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Thanks to Lexi for being here with us today and for the fun post! Lexi has donated an ebook coy of STILLETOS, INC to one lucky commenter. To be entered into the drawing, simply answer this question:

Is there any movie or book that’s similar to your life? (you can be serious or humorous here).

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