November 16, 2013

Contemporary: Loving Link | Interview @TDHassettauthor #RLFblog

Loving Link 
TD Hassett, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Loving Link.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Length: 315 pages
Heat rating: hot
Tagline: Can two artists salvage true love out of the unexpected consequences of one night of passion?
Blurb: Link Jacks is done with women and determined to focus solely on music and rock-band Becket's upcoming album. He's been living as a marketing-prop bad-boy rock star for so long he doesn't remember who he really is anymore. Not until he meets Madison, the emotionally guarded and theoretically off-limits younger sister of his best friend's wife.
Madison just wants to get her fledgling tattoo career off the ground and stop relying on the generous charity of her wealthy brother-in-law to get by. She knows she should never get involved with the likes of Link but his presence is downright intoxicating. Her indiscretion will lead to an Internet sex video and media frenzy. Their one wild night of passion will have scandalous repercussions and force each of them to confront their inner fears and emotional demons.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Madison Clarke - tattoo artist, 23
Link Jacks - musician, 30


Madison woke leisurely from her nap, the late afternoon sun streaming through the small loft windows. She stretched lazily and cocked her head to listen for sounds of Link. All was quiet in the small cottage so he must be outside somewhere. He had been a perfect gentleman so far. She scrunched her face up in disappointment. What the hell am I doing? Why fight this, I'm a responsible adult, he's obviously interested, so why am I playing games?
Madison rolled off the platform bed and took the ladder down to the main cabin. She splashed icy cold water on her face from the tiny pump sink and brushed her teeth. She glanced at her sweatshirt hung on a hook by the door and shook her head. It was quite warm out, probably about seventy-eight degrees; she'd be fine in her soft grey T-shirt and cotton shorts. She slipped her flats on and opened the door. It didn't take her long to discern where Link was hiding; she could hear the strumming of his guitar coming from a spot one hundred yards away by the stream.
She quietly trod the path toward the stream and ducked behind a large boulder just out of Link's line of sight. He looked delicious. Once again he'd shed his T-shirt and wore only a pair of faded jeans. He sat by the stream leaning against another large boulder, his acoustic in his hands blocking most of his glorious chest. He'd taken his boots off. Madison drank in the heady vision of Link barefoot, his nipple ring glinting in the sun, his head dipped down watching the frets as he played. His dark hair flopped straight and loose, softer looking without gel in it spiking it up. He looked so beautiful, her own dark angel … hers and all those other women's. Madison pushed the jealous thought aside. He played so exquisitely; it made her heart swell in her chest and tears sting the corners of her eyes. Watching him looking so relaxed and natural was a rare treat. Link so often seemed like he was wearing a mask. It was hard to reconcile the media version of bad boy Link Jacks with the man she'd played video games and piano duets with. He was into art, classical music, and liked Victorian décor. Where was the sex god that closed clubs out and bedded pin-up girls and actresses?
Madison leaned down and picked up a few acorns from the forest floor. She took careful aim and launched her assault on Link before ducking back behind the cover of the boulder. His startled gasp assured her she had hit him with at least one of the little bombs. She stifled a giggle and grabbed a few more weapons. She peeked over the top of the rock and saw him looking above his head trying to determine where the acorns had fallen. She pegged him twice more and bolted around the other side of the boulder when he stood up to check the area. She slipped silently around keeping low. Madison expected to come up behind him and give him a good startle. She crept ninja style another a few feet only to let out a banshee wail as hands clasped around her waist and picked her up.
"Damn it, Link, I thought I had you." she wailed.
"Sorry, baby, you just aren't quite as stealthy as you think. A true master wouldn't be giggling." he replied with a wide grin.
"You heard me? Darn it." Maddie frowned. "I liked what you were playing; what's it called?"
"I don't know yet, just something I'm messing around with. Wanna help?" he offered and pointed the few feet away where he'd left his guitar propped and his T-shirt strewn.
They sat down, heedless of the pine needles carpeting the floor. "Not sure how much help I'll be since I don't play any instruments."
"You can just sit there and be my sexy muse. You know, it might help if you took your shirt off." Link offered and playfully reached for her T-shirt.
"Ha ha. I think one of us exposed is enough, don't want to scare the wildlife away." Madison batted his hand managing to knock his fingers into her breast. His index finger stroked her nipple through the well-worn cotton and it puckered. Madison gasped at the contact. Link's brown eyes were looking at her, scorching her with their molten heat. He put his hands under her arms and lifted her up onto his lap. He carefully arranged her legs around his waist keeping her pinned with his eyes through the whole process. Madison could feel his erection through his jeans and squirmed. Link groaned and took her swollen nipple into his mouth sucking through the fabric. Madison threw her head back giving him better access. He slipped his hand up her shirt to cup and caress her other breast and ground himself against her shorts. Link peeled her shirt up and over her head. "You are so beautiful, I could write a hundred songs about you." Link whispered before pulling her head closer and softly kissing her lips.
Madison felt his cold steel nipple ring brush against her bare breast and shivered. She stroked his back enjoying the smooth slabs of muscle before running her fingers through his short silky hair. He licked her bottom lip and she opened her mouth to him. He tasted like heaven, warm and minty with a hint of the spring earth and all Link. She could taste and smell him forever. His hands stroked her back and he rained kisses down her neck finally pressing her breasts tightly against his chest. She wanted him everywhere all at once. He slipped his hands down her back and under the waistband of her shorts to caress her cheeks. His calloused fingers gently rubbed down her ass and pressed into her wetness. Madison moaned and pressed herself more tightly against him, relishing the friction of his erection against her clit. She needed more than one teasing finger in her. Link unfolded her legs from his back and urged her up on her knees. He moved her shorts and panties down as far as her legs would allow and pulled her horizontal so she could wiggle her legs free of them. He laid his shirt out on the ground and maneuvered Madison onto it. He tucked her shirt under her head. "You look like a delicious forest nymph all laid out for me to feast on." Link's eyes drank her in.
Madison had never felt so exposed and turned on at the same time. He slipped his jeans off, letting his cock spring free, and her breath caught. He was the beautiful one, not her. She longed to stroke him and taste him, but he knelt down between her thighs and leaned over her. He took her nipple back in his mouth, greedy lips sucking and laving until she thought she'd combust. Pure liquid heat pooled between her legs. Link dropped kisses down her ribs and tongued her belly button. His breath blew against her soft belly. He pushed her thighs wider apart and inched his thumb into her, swirling her juices. She moaned and squirmed, trying to get more of his naughty digit into her aching pussy. "Hmm, you are so wet and smell so delicious." Link crooned and then dipped his mouth to her inner thigh to take a gentle nip.
"Link, what are you doing?" Maddie asked breathlessly.
"I am going to lick you and kiss you until you scream so loud the birds get spooked out of the trees." he promised smiling up between her legs.
"Umm, I don't know about that. I've never had anyone do, you know … that."
Please consider reading Madison and Link's love story!
T.D. Hassett


How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start as a writer by accident. I wanted to try writing a story about inner city education but it turned into a romance novel with some pretty explicit love scenes. Once I had about 100 pages written I knew I had to finish it. I kept what I was working on very quiet, worried about what friends and family would say, fearing that old saw about everyone always says they are writing a book and blah, blah, blah. I took my manuscript and submitted it to a dozen publishers. Two came back with interest but only if I would change the book to 3rd person. I rewrote the story and submitted to several more publishers and finally two of them offered contract. I chose Liquid Silver Books and have appreciated the support they have provided me as a new author.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
All the time! I hope they don't get too mad at me. I often use the names of friends and family for characters and sometimes things they have done or said wind up as part of the backstory. Writers need something from real life to tether them to reality when floating in their story worlds and that's what adding some friends to my plots accomplishes for me.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
Isabel's Awakening
I have had some real gems that is for sure. The worst was working as a counter person at a dry cleaners; long shifts on your feet in a wretchedly hot building. I had trouble keeping that cheerful expression on my face all day. I spent may years working at a veterinary hospital and still love animals. Eventually I became a high school teacher which is a new adventure every day. You never know what the kids are going to say or do next and no two days are the same. I work a ton of hours after school so writing is very much a late night activity for me now.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I think everyone should read Isabel's Awakening - especially men! It is a combination of erotic love story, guide to great sex, light mystery, social commentary and fantasy so there is something for everyone. I've had several people who never touch romance novels read that book (because they know me and felt obligated, lol) and get hooked on the genre and nag me to get the follow up story out pronto. They really got into the love story and were taken by surprise by the plot complexities.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with spinach and ricotta cheese.
I'm always ready for a nap!
When I'm alone, I read and watch really bad television.
If I had a halo it would be quite dented but not because I meant to be a sinner.
If I could have a super power I'd want to be able to become invisible on demand.

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About the Author

T.D. Hassett, romance author, grew up certain that life should be like a romance novel; lots of passion, some incredible adventures and a guaranteed happily ever after. She earned a B.A. in history and a M.S. degree in clinical psychology before studying education. Ms. Hassett lives in Connecticut with her very patient husband and two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home with 3 crazy cats and a darling golden retriever named Delilah. Her relatives make her feel like the only normal nut in the family tree inspires her writing.

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