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Monday, June 06, 2011

In Her Closet By T. Harrison Tour Stop!

I am so excited to have T. Harrison here today as a stop on her tour. She's interviewing her character Yves Santiago. I'm going to let her take over the show for now and I'll be back at the end to tell you how you can win a Kindle of your own.

Character interview with Yves Santiago

Hi, Kat and thanks for letting us have the run of your place for this interview today. Right now I’m sitting across from Yves Santiago of In Her Closet fame. Yves and I know each other fairly well but, I wanted to give everyone else an opportunity to get to know her.

YS: *waves* Hi everyone!

TH: Let’s start off with the one question everyone wants to ask: Why do you consider yourself a “self-proclaimed slut?”

YS: Well, it’s simple really. Our culture is so screwed up about sex. Women can’t seem to claim their sexuality--the one and only thing we truly own--without being painted with the slut brush. I decided to own the word and by owning it, turn into to something positive.

TH: *nodding* That’s all very noble but, do you really believe it?

YS: *laughing* Most of the time. But I’ve gotten pretty good at faking it.

TH: So would you consider yourself a feminist?

YS: Of course. I mean, I’m no man-hater but, I find something liberating in exploring my sexuality in this way. Sure it’s a bit aggressive and I’m a bit cruel at times but, it’s no different than what men have been doing since the dawn of time.

TH: So it’s a competition of sorts? An anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better sort of thing?

YS: Not really. I just want to live my life in the way that I want and not according to someone else’s expectations. Do what makes me happy.

TH: And you don’t think you can be happy in love?

YS: Eventually but, this is working for me right now.

TH: Don’t you think that will be a bit off-putting for people who are just getting to know you?

YS: I’m sure it is. I’m acquired taste. I don’t trust people easily and it might take a while for me to let people in but, if they are someone worth knowing, they will make it through my tough exterior.

TH: What Elijah calls your hard candy shell.

YS: *blushing* Yes.

TH: Tell us about Elijah.

YS: *a bright smile spreads across her face* Well, Elijah’s a dreamboat.

TH: And is he someone that you could fall in love with?

YS: *laughing* No comment.

TH: Well, is he someone you would consider--

YS: No. Comment.

TH: Well, thank you so much for answering these questions for me.

YS: No problem, T. I hope that it will help your readers understand me a bit better.

TH: I hope so, too.

The Yves Santiago Story, In Her Closet is available at Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. Visit www.dirtyscribbler.com to read excerpts and don’t forget to comment to enter the drawing for a Kindle!

Fresh off of a night of anonymous sex we join Yves Santiago on the curb for a cigarette. Yves is a self-proclaimed slut who vows to live her life as carelessly as a man and make no apologies for any of it--though her meddling mother and ex-fiancé seem intent on making it difficult for her to do so. She’s determined to avoid anything that looks even remotely like love and escapes most encounters with her heart and her pride intact.

Then she meets Elijah Weinstein…

Elijah saunters in like a dream proclaiming to be the next great love of her life--a declaration that Yves finds ridiculous, though it doesn't make him any less enticing. With his mossy green eyes, broad, sun-kissed shoulders and a mouth so sensual that it should have an NC-17 rating, Elijah Weinstein is damn near irresistible. She willingly accepts his challenge, certain she will be able to get what she wants without relinquishing her heart.

I dress casually for my evening at the Erotic Literary Salon. I’m excited about this meeting with Elijah Weinstein but, I don’t want to make too big a deal of it. I don’t believe in fairy tales, romantic or otherwise, so I’m always careful not to get my hopes too high. So in my favorite Bob Marley t-shirt and yummy ripped jeans, I sit down at my usual table and settle in to listen to the poets and wordsmiths until it’s my turn to take the stage.

I have no idea what Elijah Weinstein looks like. He told me that he would be wearing a green polo shirt. I scan the room but, I don’t see a Jewish guy in a green polo shirt. He’s late or maybe he just changed his mind all together.

“Now calling the poet Yves Santiago.”

I wipe my sweaty hands on my jeans and make my way to the stage. Reading my poetry in front of a crowd still makes me nervous even though I’ve been doing it for years.

“Good evening,” My voice bounces off the back wall and I hate the way it sounds when it makes its way back to me. Any other time I fancy that it sounds deep and sultry but, up here it sounds high and nervous.

“This is more of a ramble than a poem. I call it ‘Sleek and Tawny’.”

I clear my throat, close my eyes and take a deep cleansing breath.

“She’s lost all the parts of her that were pretty.

Her shine and nubile beauty wore off long ago.

Rubbed off--rubbed raw by men.

She’s nothing sweet anymore.

She’s something feral,

something wild.

Sleek and tawny, un animal.

Something constantly in search of something--

someone to devour.

She sees her prey and when he passes her way

the scent of him enlivens her.

She pursues him because in this moment, he

is what she needs.

What she hungers for.

That tender morsel she draws across her teeth


But when her passion is spent

she remains discontent

until a hint of some other succulent scent

rattles her cage.”

I open my eyes. A wave of satisfaction washes over me from the appreciative smiles of the crowd. “Thank you,” I murmur, backing away from the microphone to a chorus of whoops and applause.

A man approaches me as I walk back to my table. Mmm, tasty, I think as he offers me a smile.

“Yves Santiago?”


“I’m Elijah Weinstein.”

I can barely able to keep my mouth from dropping open. This is Elijah Weinstein? Elijah Weinstein is gorgeous. Fuck gorgeous. He is damn fine. He reaches for my hand and shakes it, holding on for far longer than is necessary for a greeting. Our hands sway gently between us--a frizzle of friction forming between our palms.

“Nice to meet you,” I sigh, trying my best to keep from licking my lips.

Author Bio:

T. Harrison is an erotic romance author currently living in the south with her impish husband, two smallish men and one smallish boxer pup. She can often be found with her nose pressed to the screen of her Kindle, reading red hot erotica, nail biting thrillers or bone chilling horror and paranormals by the small halo of illumination created by her book light. She writes stave off the boredom of living in a small town. Her stories generally fluctuate from urban/contemporary to paranormal romance but, are always dirty.


Website: www.dirtyscribbler.com

Twitter: @dirtyscribbler

Now how can you win a kindle? The author is kindly giving one away. Simply leave a comment and one person will get a kindle. Easy. Oh, and the more you comment here and along the other stops of the tour the better your chances of winning. Good luck. And thank you T. Harrison for being here today.


Roseanne Dowell said...

Great interview, as usual, Kat. And the book sounds great. My to buy list keeps growing bigger and bigger. If only I had the money to afford it.

Anne said...

I was wondering why Yves would refer to herself as, what I consider a derogatory word, a slut. it didn't seem to fitr her confident, modern woman, personality. Bam! You start right off with an answer. Thanks!


Jenna Storm said...

Fun interview. I have a confession...when the interview first started I thought Yves was the author and I was thinking to myself, "damn that woman is bold calling herself a slut, more power to her." It wasn't until I went a little farther that I realized...no way this must be a character interview! I enjoyed your excerpt and the poem (so you can write poetry too!). Another book for my list.

T. Harrison said...

Thanks all! @Anne I thought I'd answer the slut question. It kept popping up and who better than Yves to give an explanation!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jim Hartley said...

Sounds interesting, like a good read. Unfortunately if I bought every book that sounded this good, I'd go broke in no time. Still, I might just put this one near the top of my list ...

Lin said...

WOW. This sounds like an amazing story. I have a bonus coming up in August..this is going on my MUST HAVE list.

Well done Ladies.

Killarney said...

Sounds like an interesting read for sure! Isn't there just a wee little bit of self proclaimed slut in all of us? (even if we don't want to openly admit it?)

Cyrus Keith said...

That's quite the character. It seems well-written even though the genre isn't something I would nornally delve into.

Happy Sales!

Karen Cote said...

Darling Kitty-Kat, don't you just shine when you walk in a room? You know how big a fan I am of yours...great seeing you here and thank you to the lovely host who has put your wonderful personality on such delightful display.

lionmother said...

Kat, your interviews always have such a personal slant and I can hear your personality shining through here. As for the author I love the boldness of your character calling herself a slut.:) But really when you put such a hunk of man in front of someone what is a person to do? Being Jewish myself I have rarely found a man who fits this description, which makes it even more enticing. Good writing and another book I will be looking to add.

Emily Pikkasso said...

WOnderful interview Kat and T and of course Yves. Killarney is right, there is a bit of slut in each of us, no matter how civilized we think we are there is still that primal need/urge to attract a mate and procreate. The urge is just a little over developed in some of us LOL


Lin said...

Okay I'm back to yak at you some more. Where can we go to see your cover that Kat had trouble posting here? I am a cover art fanattic and I'd love to see your cover.

Heather Haven said...

Wow! Pretty hot stuff and I loved that poem. This sounds like a very interesting book and one I will keep my eyes open for. Would love to see the cover, myself, just as Lin said. Anyway, thanks for an interview that took me out of myself and into the world of imagination.

Kat said...

I tried five times and the cover just wouldn't post or upload no matter what I did.

zxcvbnm said...

Sleek and tawny...a tiny kitten who looks into a mirror and sees a cougar... in every sense of the word. Kat, you managed to draw out the soul of this "person"!

Anonymous said...

I really am going to invent a time machine so I can read everything on my TBR pile. It grows ever longeth. LOL.

Lisa Blackwood

Aanchal@Book Flame said...

It was fun finding out exactly why Yves calls herself a Slut I was really wondering about that. Thanks for sharing the excerpt it really makes me want to go pick up this book NOW.


Roseanne Dowell said...

I always love character interviews.

Lawna Mackie said...

Okay, I'm sold!!! I can't wait to read the rest to find out what happens!

Great way to do the interview! I love your character!


J Q Rose said...

a slut? Oh my, oh my. LOL...great interview. Best wishes!

Nikki said...

What a great interview! I'm always looking for new authors to try! Because, no,I don't have enough books to read already LOL :)

Lin said...

Iw as thinking a bit about your poetry. I write poetry, although always with much reluctance. So I ahve a question, do you enjoy writing poetry?

Which is tour favorite genré...petry or storytelling?

Rosalie Skinner said...

Great post, the book looks great too. Congratulations, again!

JerryR said...

hey kat, wonderful interview. And tell T thanks for offering the Kindle. Wish i had one.. Hint. Hint. Hint. Oh, did i say, hint.

T. Harrison said...

Hi, all! I'm T. Harrison and the author of In Her Closet. Glad you all enjoyed the interview between me and Yves :) To be honest, I wasn't sure how I pulled it off. I was worried she would come across too confrontational or catty but it seems like I hit the mark!

T. Harrison said...

@Lin I wrote quite a bit of poetry before I started writing novels but, I've gotten away from it. I'm not sure why that is. The first three books I wrote featured poetry in some way. I do enjoy writing it but, I find it more difficult to write--especially structured poetry.

And you can see my cover on my blog www.dirtyscribbler.com. There are also purchase links there if you want to, ya know...purchase *wink*

Kat said...

T. I am so sorry about yoru cover. For some reason it would neither upload nor let me copy and paste. And it ticked me off no end because the cover is so phenomonal. I love your cover. Who was your CA?

T. Harrison said...

@Kat ME! I did the cover :) I took a few graphic design classes a few years ago and I guess they are finally paying off.

And don't worry about not being able to load it. It's probably a blogger issue.

Kat said...

Hey that's raelly cool that you did it yourself.:-)

Cheryl said...

Nice interview. Sorry I'm late!

Lin said...

T. I used to write a lot of poetry, but my inner Muse, known throughout the glalaxies as NUDGE got all hissy with me over the pentameter stuff, so Igave in and now only write it when Nudge lets one slde.

I have the greatest admiration for those who no only write it BUT enjoy it.

AsianCocoa said...

Yves sounds like a tough chick. Fun interview, and thanks for the giveaway.
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Charlie said...

Wonderful interview. So nice to know you better and find out more about the story. Sounds like a winner!
C.K. Volnek