Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thankful Author- Sydney St. Claire

November 5, 2014
Featuring Sydney St. Claire

What I'm thankful for:

This year I’m thankful for family. My mother , who was given six months to live nearly 12 years ago is still with me and we’ll share another round of holidays together. I love having her living with us and being able to spend time each and every day with her. I’m also going to be a grandmother in January or February and it’s a girl. I’m so happy and thrilled and thankful for this wonderful little girl who will soon be part of our family.  Some of my  happiest memories are of family dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I look forward to sharing more time with my mother and welcoming a new member and starting new traditions.

Welcome back Sydney, can you  tell me three words 
that describe yourself starting with A, B, and C?

Amiable & Adaptive
Bohemian— 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.
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.

What’s the one thing you would do if you could be your character for a day?

Lucy, my heroine in Red & Her Big Bad Dom, loves to dance. Ball room dancing. If I was Lucy for a day, I’d know how to dance. In my soul, I’m a dancer but in reality? Nope. So I’d love to dance with a handsome man. Romantic waltzes, salsas and tangos in cool costumes. Not so sure about the heels but hey, if I was Lucy, I’d be used to it.  Yep, give me a day as Lucy and I’d dance the day away, and the night.

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

Once Upon A Dom so far consists of six books. Cinderella & Prince Dom is the first book and it’s out now. Red & The Big Bad Dom follows Oct 31st.  Snow & Her Huntsman should see light of day Jan. 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.

When not writing, what can you be found doing?

I’m a crafter. I like to knit, crochet and sew and even quilt. I also like to work in the garden.  And of course, there’s just the luxury of vegging in front of the TV watching marathons from DVD’s. Castle, Blue Bloods, Midsomer Mysteries, Pride & Predjice.

Wealthy computer genius Graham Winters is in love with a woman who won’t join him for a stingy cup of coffee. How can he prove he’s nothing like her jerk of an ex if she won’t give him a chance? Then he spots her at a BDSM club and devises a plan. During the day, he’s “that damn geek.” At night, he’s the masked Dom known as The Wolf.

When it comes to her love life, Lucy Sanchez has one rule—no geeks. Not even rich, good looking geeks. She’s attracted to Graham but rules are rules. Besides, she has her wolf, the mysterious Dom who makes her blood sing. Then she’s invited to a fairytale event at Pleasure Manor and this Little Red Riding Hood plans to enjoy every delicious moment with her big, bad Dom.


“I’m taking you to dinner tonight. In the city.” He sat on her desk, which she now found endearing rather than annoying.
She set her purse into an empty cabinet and lifted a brow. “You’re telling me?”
He shrugged. “If I ask, you’ll say no.”
“I have plans.” With The Wolf.
He tipped her chin up. “Cancel them.” His lips brushed hers, then he deepened the kiss.
Lucy’s insides clenched at the feel of his warm mouth against hers and the taste of coffee with a hint of caramel, his favorite kind. She closed her eyes, her lips moving with his. His tongue dipped into her mouth, and she moaned, leaning into him.
Then he broke the kiss and walked away.
Lucy gaped at him. Her insides melted, and that familiar longing zeroed in on her center and pooled between her legs. Damn. She was attracted to her geek. Very attracted. Too bad he wasn’t her wolf. Now, if Graham were as good as her wolf in bed, she’d have found the perfect man.
She sighed. Yep, too bad. So what now? Two dates, two men equaled complications.
Her lips turned downward tightly as she got to work. She loved her wolf-lover, but their relationship was not completely satisfying or fulfilling. Not rounded and balanced. Graham, on the other hand, was open. She knew who he was, shared many common interests, and most of all, Graham didn’t have any secrets. What she saw was what she got with him. In a way, she preferred that to the mysterious and secretive.
“All right,” she said.
Graham glanced up, his eyes unfocused. “Huh?”
Realizing three hours had passed, and he was totally immersed in Geekland, Lucy wadded up a sheet of paper and tossed it at him. “Come back to earth, Graham. Dinner. Date. You. Me.”
His eyes cleared, and a huge grin lit his entire face. His blue eyes shone with pleasure. “Great.”
His smile slipped into a frown when she stretched her arms and back. “You tired? Need to stop?”
“Yeah, need to cancel my plans for tonight and stretch my legs. Want to walk outside with me?” His grounds were beautiful. Calm and restful with formal groupings, waterfalls, and a small forest that reminded her of the woods surrounding Bryce’s mansion, the woods where she and her wolf had played and strolled. She shook off the memories.
“Give me ten. You can go explore the house if you want. I forgot to give you the tour.” He grinned. “My bedroom is up the stairs, straight ahead.”
Lucy had been dying to see the rest of the house, and yes, that included the man’s bedroom, but she rolled her eyes for good form. Didn’t want him to know how eager she’d been to see the upstairs. “Okay. Twisted my arm.”



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. I would love to ballroom dance, too. Too bad hubby can't dance.

    Congratulations on the release!


  2. Thanks Harlie. Same with my husband. Married 36 years and I've never danced with him!

  3. That is sooo wonderful about your mother!!! My ex-husband was stage 4 and my son has been so upset and worried and accompanied my ex to his treatments. My son just heard good news yesterday, so I'm thankful and hopeful for him. Loved your comments, I'm thankful for my one doggie, don't have but the one, but he's enough! Really could relate to this column. Well done!

    1. Hebby, I wish your ex-husband all the best. It's not an easy thing to deal with. I figure I'm so lucky with my mom. Only 2 % make it five years with Lung Cancer. I treasure each day I have with her. Hugs to your son as well. Not easy! There are times when I wish I had one dog! Or one cat. Or hey, an office with a locking door.... Thanks for coming by

  4. Thank you for being with us today Sydney.Best wishes.

  5. Owned a cross-stitch store? OMG, I'm not sure how much profit would come home if I was ordering all these beautiful kits to sell to others.
    Best of luck with your Cinderella & Red,