Tuesday, April 3, 2012


I'm honored to have Tina Donahue in my crib today introducing her latest release, Sinfully Wicked. To make things around here really exciting, she's doing a contest! Details at the end of the post. I'm looking forward to reading more from this talented author, so take it away Tina. . .

It’s All About Passion…

For those of you new to erotic romance – one of the subgenres I write – allow me to state one thing from the start. Erotic romance isn’t about the sex. It really shouldn’t be just about the sex. Sex scenes in this subgenre are the icing on the cake, the cherry on top of the sundae, the period after a sentence. In other words, it’s what’s beneath and what came first that’s the most important in these stories. The thing that matters is the romance, passion, the emotional build between the hero/heroine or in a ménage the heroes/heroine.

Without it, you simply have sex scenes strung together, and trust me that gets boring quickly.

I’ve always worked hard for a rich back story and compelling conflict in my erotic romances. Sensual Stranger, which won the Best Book of 2010 – erotic category – at Blue Moon Reviews is a case in point. The reviewer stated (paraphrasing here) that in some erotic romances if you take away the sex there isn’t any story at all. In Sensual Stranger, the story enhanced the sex.

That’s the way I like it.

For my newest release Sinfully Wicked (available now), I wanted to explore the themes of betrayal and forgiveness for two brothers and the women they both fell in love with in high school. When she comes back into their lives after a fifteen year absence, it’s as if the years have fallen away. The love is still there, but there’s also caution and lingering hurt.

This background provided me with many instances to enrich the plot and the love story between Mitch, Connor and Nikki. It’s what makes it a romance and oh so delicious.

Sinfully Wicked is my second contemporary ménage. IMHO it’s even hotter than SiNN, my first ménage. 

Here’s the blurb:

Two brothers—one woman—unforgettable passion…

Years before Nikki fell in love with Mitch and Connor, betraying them as only a high school girl could. Now, she’s back and needs their help.
Powerful and commanding, Mitch has never stopped craving Nikki. Connor hungers for her as badly, but isn’t ready to forgive. If she needs some fast cash by working at their gentlemen’s club, she’ll have to audition by stripping for them.
Aroused by their shameless scrutiny, Nikki’s willing to do whatever it takes to be near them again…even being punished in the BDSM room or starring in one of Connor’s erotic films. Mitch won’t have it, unless he and Connor are the ones mounting and enjoying her.
On a sultry weekend, Nikki surrenders to their lust, dominance and exquisite discipline, reawakening their timeless bond and the beginning of forgiveness.

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work; she has reached finals and/or placed in numerous RWA–sponsored contests. Three of her erotic novels were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights; and Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) recently received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

Website/blog: www.tinadonahue.com

*** CONTEST ***

To celebrate the release of Sinfully Wicked, I’m offering a contest. One lucky commenter on this blog will have her choice of one of my following ebooks**:

1.            Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist;
             4 Stars RT
2.            Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt 
              Medallion Award of Merit
3.            Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden 
              Nib Award
4.            In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT
5.            Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic);
              4 Stars RT
6.            The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller
7.            Take Me Away - #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books
8.            Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR

** Winner chosen at random. Winner chosen April 7.

Thanks for honoring me as a guest blogger on Romantic Words by Cynthia, Tina. Come back anytime.


  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Cynthia!!

  2. I am so looking forward to this book! Thanks for the contest!

  3. Hey, Rhonda - thanks for coming by!! Sinfully Wicked was so much fun to write. :)

  4. I completely agree Tina. Sex scenes get boring really fast if there's no emotion and conflict within them, and a menage opens up all kinds of areas of conflict that are oh so yummy. The new book sounds great. I wish you so much success.
    willa.c.edwards @ gmail.com

  5. Willa, hi!! Thanks so much for swinging by here. I wish you great success too with your books! :)

  6. I agree with you 100%. Although I do love the smokin' hot love scenes, a bunch just strung together would not hold my attention. I have to have an actually story, great characters, action/problems to overcome, etc. And I have to have the HEA or HFN endings too. I do love the romance in them, lol.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  7. Hey, June!! The HEA or HFN is what makes it all worthwhile. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Congratulation on your new book. I can't wait to read it. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  9. Another agreement here. While I adore reading erotic romances, the storyline has to be as compelling as the peek inside the bedroom.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  10. I want to thanks Cynthia for having Tina is always with pleasure I have read your book Tina and I want to congrats you for your new book
    I wish you both a wonderful Wednesday and Cyntia very nice color for your blog and thanks for the contest .

  11. Hello Tina & Cynthia,

    Thank you Cynthia for hosting Tina on her "Sinfully Wicked Tour on your Blog today.

    Thank you Tina for taking your Fans along with you on your Tour to all these Authors that may be new to Us, it is alot of fun. I really enjoyed your Guest Blog, "It’s All About Passion…".

    You are a Master, I should say Mistress ;) LOL, at writing Romance, Passion & the Sensual Building of Erotic Emotions between the hero(s)/heroine in your Books, it's not just sex!

    Your Erotic Romances & Ménages *Swoony Sighs* are so heat-producing (in all the right places, Ohhhh I'm soooo Bad!!! LOL), drool-worthy connections that build from the very first sentence & leave Us WANTING for MORE on the last page! Tina your sex scenes ARE are the icing on the cake & the cherry on top of the sundae...& Your Fans get to Live out our Wildest, Ultimate Fantasies through your writing & OMG you sure know what makes Us HOTTTTTT & We THANK YOU!!!

    Tina you COMPLETELY out did yourself with “Sinfully Wicked”. Your new ménage sounds sooooo Smokin’ HOT, I soooo want to be Nikki!!! OMG To have 2 HOT Fraternal Twin Alpha Males pleasurinng Her in every way!!!! SIGN ME UP!!!!!! ;) LOL

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway. Thank You!

    Take Care Tina, Have a Great Week & Stay Naughty
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)

  12. Hi, Tore, Cathy, Mannouchka and Renee - thanks so much for stopping by and your awesome comments!!

  13. I so love a Menage, thanks for the interview and excerpt!

    1. You're welcome, Debbie - thanks so much for stopping by!! :)

  14. Hey, Debbie!! I love menage too - thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  15. Love your books! I can't wait to read this one!

    1. Thanks, VampedChik - appreciate your comments. :)

  16. I want to thank everyone who came by and left such wonderful comments.

    I've now chosen my winner - at random - and it's (drum roll please) - June M - yay June!!

    I'll be contacting you shortly about your prize. :)


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