Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Author Interview- Sydney St. Claire

Happy Tuesday readers, come help me celebrate Sydney St.Claire's steamy release of 
Cinderella and Prince Dom! 
To get us started, Sydney as graciously agreed to a quick Q&A.
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 Tell me three words that describe yourself starting with A, B, and C.

Amiable & Adaptive

a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer or as my mother says, doesn’t give a rat’s tush about what anyone thinks.

Crazy Cat Lady

  What are your three favorite things?

This is tough so let’s just assume family and friends are a given <g>.

1.       My animals count as one. I can’t live without my cats and dogs. My cats especially are my constant companions especially when I’m writing. There are times though when I could use my desktop for me to work. 

2.      Two would have to be music. I love music and there are times when I need it to ground me. If I were to believe in past lives, I’d have to say I was both a singer and dancer in a past life because there are certain types of music that make me want to break out in song and dance like a musical! Don’t worry. I won’t. If  I was a singer, that was in the past <g>  and the talent did not carry forward.

3.      Creating. Let’s just state that creating stories and worlds are a given so this will be about crafts. Currently I love crochet and knitting. In the past, I did a lot of cross-stitch—I owned a cross-stitch store. I also had a framing shop and loved creating frames and mats to compliment pictures. Crafting is another form of being creative and meets different needs. Once I write my books and they are published, I never look at them again. But if I knit a top or crochet a blanket, I can look at it and wear it and enjoy it over and over.

 Music is a big influence on my writing. I have certain songs that inspire each chapter, or the whole book. What helps to inspire you? 

I also love music. Not always the same and it changes though I binge. I might listen to Neil Diamond for a month or more then switch to Native American songs—Walela & Joanne Shenanoah. I’ve also binged on Jaya Lakshmi and love Gregorian Chants.  I don’t have music that fits a particular chapter, character, or book. Just music that inspires the creative mind, depending on what my mind needs. My current binges are Blackmore Nights which is Celtic music. Enya works too. I also enjoy David Lantz, especially Cristofori’s Song. Just moves me deeply. He’s new age piano. Often I use Pandora and choose a new age station and get a mix of new age piano, Celtic, and other music. I could go on but this is enough to let you see that I have very eclectic tastes. Should I mention how I used to drive my family nuts with bagpipes and howling wolves set to music? Nope, won’t go there.

 Will there be more books in your series, or can you tell us about any previous books?

Oh, there are going to be lots of books in this series as long as I have readers interested. Once Upon A Dom so far consists of six books. 

Cinderella & Prince Dom is the first book and it’s due out September 12th
Red & The Big Bad Dom follows in Nov. 

I’m finishing Snow & Her Huntsman now and that should see light of day winter 2015. 
Beauty Submits to her Beast, Rapunzel & Her Dom, and Wendy & Captain Dom all follow. There are at least six more Fairytale stories planned after this set.

Favorite item of clothing in your closet?

Ha! Let’s dispel the image of famous writers writing in dresses or business professional clothing! Or on the other side of the spectrum, romance writers writing in sexy lingerie. My favorite item of clothing is a pair of short that were so threadbare, that when I snagged them on something, they ripped right down the side. Only the hem as kept them from ripping clear apart. They are comfy, and in the triple digit summers, nice and cool. And no, I don’t wear them out…


Jaimie Newberry is jobless, her rent is due, and her cat just died. On top of that, she was accused of embezzling before she was fired. When her friend invites her for a weekend of kinky fairytale role-playing, she agrees to go as Cinderella. What has she got to lose when sex with a handsome prince is involved?

CEO Bryce Langston needs to know if Jamie is innocent of embezzlement or just very clever. He arranges for her to be his weekend sub but soon realizes the pretty scullery maid is naïve to the BDSM lifestyle. As her prince and her Dom, he intends to not only learn the truth but to make sure she has a fantasy come true.


Bryce spotted his Cinderella entering the parlor below. The ruffles of her skirt swirled playfully around slender thighs, and the low cut of her simple top revealed a nice swell of breasts. Deep inside, anticipation hummed, and not just for learning the truth. Annie had been gone five years now, and while he hadn’t been celibate during those long years, he hadn’t participated in the games he hosted either. This would be his first.
And only because he needed to know the truth.
Jaimie had uncovered an embezzling ring in one of his accounting firms. Her boss implicated her, her files backed the man up, but as he’d found out, the man himself had proved to be a liar, and the leader in the group of employees caught.
Lucy, his personal assistant, swore Jaimie was innocent, that she was the one who’d discovered the theft, then been fired because of it. The fact Jaimie had blown the whistle lent her story credence, as did the files she gave Lucy to give to him, all dated before she’d been fired. He’d hired auditors, and they thought she was innocent. But he wouldn’t know until he spoke to her. A study of her employment files indicated the woman was smart. She could easily have done what she did to make herself look innocent and then gotten out before being caught.
“Does it matter if she is as guilty as the others?”
Bryce nodded. “Yes. If she was part of it, I’ll press charges. No one steals from me.” He’d already gotten confessions out of the rest of his employees and fired those who were supposed to oversee that department. Fools were more concerned with their ladder climbing and brown-nosing instead of doing their job.
Determining Jaimie’s level of involvement was unfinished business. Was his Cinderella truly innocent, or had she been framed? He couldn’t find any money trails leading to her bank accounts, but that didn’t mean she didn’t have money squirreled away elsewhere, under another name. No, he needed to know for sure.
Glorie laughed low in her throat. “My, your little playmate looks ready to bolt, and it’s not even midnight.”
Bryce narrowed his eyes. Glorie was right. Jaimie was staring at some of the costumes with mouth agape. He couldn’t see her eyes but imagined they were wide with shock. Even from where he stood, he could see her face was flushed with embarrassment. She took a big gulp of her champagne then grabbed Lucy by the arm. Though he couldn’t hear the conversation, it was clear his sub was having serious doubts.
Rocking back on his heels, he grinned. From the questionnaire, he knew Jaimie was new to this world, and he was looking looked forward to introducing her to some light BDSM.

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 Sydney St. Claire is the pseudonym of Susan Edwards, author of 14 Historical Native American/Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular “White” Series.
Sydney loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.
Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising…
When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch, and knitting. She and her husband of 30 + years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies, and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining…
While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.
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  1. Hi Sydney, thanks for being with us today. That excerpt is flaming!!

  2. Thank you, Angela for having me as your guest today. Your site is so fun and happy!

  3. Nice post. It's funny how all creative people I know love music and many times they enjoy more than one kind depending upon their moods. Sometimes all I want to listen to is instrumentals, no words! Good luck with your writing.

    1. Thank you Judy. I notice as well that writers like music and varied types! Thanks again for visiting.

  4. Sydney, this is hilarious. I love the part about listening to bagpipes and howling wolves set to music. And you're not the only one who dresses in ragtag clothes to write. When I'm hanging around the house writing, I mostly dress like a hobo. Good luck with your new release.

    1. Thank you, Christy. My family sure endured! The greatest thing about being a writer is NOT having to dress up or wear uncomfortable clothes when you "go" to work. Thanks for taking time out to comment.

  5. I hope everyone takes time to go enter my contest. The tote bag is very cool and so are the mugs!

  6. Sydney, I'm so with you on different kinds of music. Classic rock is my favorite, but I run the gamit from classical to hard rock. Best of luck on your new release!

  7. Loved the excerpt, Sydney! Thanks for sharing.