Lisa Marie Perry stopped by the virtual offices to chat about Midnight Play. Please check later this morning for my review of her latest release.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Lisa Marie Perry] Random. Complicated. Survivor. Searching. Good-intentioned.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?
[Lisa Marie Perry] In MIDNIGHT PLAY Dex Harper is a disgraced quarterback in the prime of his career, so Danica Blue—the woman who fired him and smiled while doing it—isn’t one of his favorite people. Until he ends up alone with her and a bag of sex toys. Attraction and awareness throw them both off guard even as she tries to help restore his damaged reputation and they become unlikely friends. Their scorching story unlocks plenty of secrets and rocks Las Vegas.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Lisa Marie Perry] Danica’s the “be perfect or die trying” type and Dex is the hell-raiser with a heart. In book #1 of The Blue Dynasty, it’s revealed that Danica fired Dex. Dex isn’t a man who backs down when he sees something he wants. So their romance was practically written in the stars.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Lisa Marie Perry] I enjoyed so hard how Dex and Danica fell in love. They screwed up each other’s plans, cracked each other’s armor, and were so sexy and passionate while doing it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Lisa Marie Perry] Writing a “good girl” heroine! Danica Blue is the type of woman I am fascinated with. She seems to have it all so well put together. But … she’s got issues! And this is what I found to be endearing about her. She’s more twisted than perfect and she’s just the gal to keep badass Dex Harper on his toes.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Lisa Marie Perry] American Girl by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The language. It’s beautiful and broken … and I’ll just stop there.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Lisa Marie Perry] Lip balm. I’m a lip balm slut. Just can’t have enough. Although, the thing I should never leave home without is my cell phone, because without it I am lost and distracted.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Lisa Marie Perry] Scented candle, Elle Woods—style fuzzy pink ink pen, my favorite perfume. My desk is stress-me-out central, so I try to decorate it with pretty things.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Lisa Marie Perry] A woman on a glorious honeymoon cruise. Not really the “I’m married!” part, because I’m perpetually single, but the romantic element of being on a honeymoon. And on a cruise. It must be on a cruise.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Lisa Marie Perry] I’ve been on a children’s book kick lately and am crazy about the A Series of Unfortunate Events books. Also, I’m hungry for new historical romance. Julie Anne Long’s stories have my heart.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Lisa Marie Perry] Researching! Every day I incorporate a bit of research into my day. It could be anything from bringing doughnuts to the local fire station to stalking the Bellagio’s website to browsing sexy men on Pinterest. And when I’m not researching, I’m kicking back eating junk food and thinking sarcastic thoughts.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Lisa Marie Perry] Twitter is my water cooler. I’m plenty inappropriate and sometimes unfiltered. So if for some misguided reason anyone wants to become more acquainted with that side of me, holler at @PerryOrdinary. Also, do visit my website: www.perrytalebooks.com.
Night Games & Midnight Play
The Blue Dynasty Books 1 & 2
By: Lisa Marie Perry
No risk, no reward in the game of love
Training the Las Vegas Slayers by day, sampling Sin City’s delights by night, Nate Franco’s life is one to envy. But a hot nightclub encounter could change all that. Because Charlotte Blue is more than a beautiful stranger. She’s the daughter of his team’s new owners—and his rival for the top training job. To keep his career and his legacy intact, Nate’s prepared to play a little dirty.
Charlotte works hard to make her mark in a male-dominated sport. On the field, she and Nate are the picture of professionalism. In the bedroom, she’s risking everything for their breathtaking forbidden affair. But is Nate just using her so his family can reclaim the team—or will they be able to look beyond the passionate games to embrace real love?
Love evens the score
As general manager of the Las Vegas Slayers, Danica Blue goes toe-to-toe with players whose size is matched only by their egos. Quarterback Dex Harper is the biggest and toughest of them all, with a hell-raiser reputation that he insists he doesn’t deserve. And Danica, the good daughter who’s always played by the rules, is suddenly tempted to break every last one.
Football is the only thing Dex has ever been able to count on. To save his career he needs Danica’s PR savvy, and he’s happy to help her discover her inner bad girl in return. But glimpsing the real woman behind that sexy, flawless facade is making him realize how much is at stake. Because getting back on the team could mean losing Danica, unless he’s willing to risk it all—and play for keeps….
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Lisa Marie Perry encounters difficult fictional men and women on a daily basis. She writes contemporary romance fiction with plenty of sizzle, energy and depth. Flawed, problematic, damaged characters are welcome. Her tales feature exciting multicultural mash-ups, sexy guy-next-door heroes and powerful larger-than-life alphas who are brought to their knees by the love of complicated women.
According to Lisa Marie, an imagination’s a terrible thing to ignore. So is a good cappuccino. After years of college, customer service gigs and a career in caregiving, she at last gave in to buying an espresso machine and writing to her imagination’s desire. She lives in America’s heartland and she has every intention of making the Colorado mountains her new stomping grounds. She drives a truck, enjoys indie rock, collects Medieval literature, watches too many comedies, has a not-so-secret love for lace and adores rugged men with a little bit of nerd.
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Excerpt From MIDNIGHT PLAY
“Here. Your, uh, personal items scattered when you dropped your purse.”
Danica took the tiny item, and finding it unfamiliar, twisted it to read the label. Travel-sized massage oil. Cherry flavored.
A gasp almost slipped out, but she pressed her lips together and watched for his reaction. But he was diligently scooping the other runaway items—a silky blindfold, a pair of mini “sex dice,” a strip of condoms—into the pink goody bag Veda had jammed into her purse.
Crap. Blunders like this didn’t happen to her. What could she say to kill both the awkwardness and the electric current of tension that ping-ponged between them? “These are gifts.”
Dex looked her in the eyes, handing her the bag. His fingers swept her palm, and he straightened, distancing himself. Too late. His touch, despite how brief and innocent, had sparked a sensation that penetrated her flesh and was working its way into her bloodstream.
Count on a few strippers to make her overly aware of a good-looking man.
“Your…gifts…are no business of mine.” But the heat that danced in his gaze as it flicked from the pink bag to her eyes told her that maybe he’d like them to be his business.