Tina Gerow Talks Books & Vegas

vegasTell us about something that has just happened or is about to happen in your life that you would like to share.  

My son is about to turn 21 –he’s getting older and dragging me with him!!  EEP!  We’ve been promising him since he was 10 that when he turned 21 we would take him to Vegas!  So we’ve planned a long weekend with family and friends and we’re going to try to get a block of rooms on Freemont Street and do a budget trip to Vegas –if that’s even possible…LOL!  We took him when he was 10 and we did the aquarium, Phantom of the Opera, walked along the strip, M&M store and all the kid friendly stuff.  He loved it, but anyone who has been to Vegas knows you can’t fully experience it until you turn 21!  So may the force be with us 🙂

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?  

My Obsession comes out on the 21st!  It’s Ageek, pariah who overcomes his youth, to become a highly successful dungeon owner.  Then his high school crush walks into his dungeon and rocks his world!

If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?  

Master Dex, the Dom and hero for Book 2 in my Club Desire series, My Addiction, would love to come and talk.  “Iloved watching Brent meet his match in Sandra.  She’s a strong lady and will definitely keep him in line!  Now I’m ready to write my own Happily Ever After!  Ijust returned from Quantico where I completed the training to become a full agent.  I loved being an analyst for the past decade, but I’m ready for new challenges!  Come join me for a wild ride and some steamy kink!

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

My Club Desire series is starting with My Obsession which releases on July 22nd.  I’m currently writing My Addiction, which is book 2.  My agent and editor and Ihave tentative titles for book 3 & possibly 4, but we’re taking it a book at a time to see how the series goes.

What books have influenced your writing?  

Every book I’ve ever read has influenced my writing!  A huge influence came from Stephen King’s ON WRITING.  It’s an amazing book if you’ve never read it!  Ithink all writers can benefit from it.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

I’ve been so lucky to be able to meet so many of my favorite authors at conferences around the nation.  I would love to meet and talk with Stephen King!  I’d also love to spend a day with Jane Austen!  I think it would be fascinating to get to know the woman who wrote books during a time when writing was considered something well bred women just shouldn’t do!  She was obviously a romantic, creative and a strong lady with a great sense of humor and the ironic.  I think we would really hit it off!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover and why?  

It really depends on the situation.  Ithink Iwill always love paperbacks.  I grew up reading them and I love the smell of books and the sensation of running my fingers over the pages as they are turned.  However, I also love the fact that no matter where I am, if I have extra time, I can pull out my iPhone, open my Kindle app and read any of the books I have loaded on there.  OR buy a new one and read it immediately!  The flexibility and convenience of that is wonderful.  Also – I have two huge bookshelves in our office overflowing with books of all types and genres.  Ebooks don’t take up any physical room and I can have twice as many as on my bookshelf and can search through them effortlessly!  But having said all that – my answer is “YES”  I love books, any way I can get them and read them!  I love the ability to lose myself in a story and fall in love as my characters do and experience their losses and accomplishments along with them!

Where do you prefer to buy your books?  

There have been plenty of times in my life where Iwould go to the library each week and check out the max number of books, read them all, turn them in and check out the max number all over again.  Rinse & repeat!  But now Itend to buy my books either in paperback or in ebook.  The paperbacks that I love get a place on my overflowing bookshelf.  The books that I know I won’t ever re-read I give to one of my friends so the book can find a loving home elsewhere!

Are you a self published (Indie) Author?  

As of the 21st of this month Iwill have 15 published books.  14 with New York –I.e. Traditionally pubbed, and 1 self published.  Sleeping With Shadows was the last book I wrote just before my brain blowout in 2010.  I was in between contracts and inspiration hit, so I wrote the book that is definitely the book of my heart.  My agent said it was the best book I’ve ever written and she shopped it around, but just couldn’t sell it.  She told me I should really self publish it.  So I talked to other friends who had self published and I dove in!

What book would you like to read again?  

YES.  LOL.  Ihave way too many to list them all, but just a few off the top of my head are Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Hamlet by William Shakespeare,  The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley, King of Spades by Cheyenne McCray and Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey.

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