CC Gibbs interviewed by Cecilia Tan
I really enjoyed the steamy relationship between Kate and Dominic in the recent book ALL HE WANTS. I found it reminiscent at first of one of my favorite books from last year, BARED TO YOU by Sylvia Day, in that Dominic is a yes, dominating, no-nonsense uber-CEO type who frankly expresses his attraction to the heroine. Unlike BARED TO YOU, though, which doesn’t go explicitly into the world of BDSM, ALL HE WANTS most deliciously teases that edge. Which of course made me curious to ask the author, CC Gibbs, all kinds of questions.
1. We know right from the get-go that Dominic is an experienced BDSM player… Continue reading →
If I did this right then off to the right you should see a popup window of fun. :-)
Whew yes!! One of the most important review magazines for romance novels just reviewed SLOW SURRENDER and loved it! In the August issue of Romantic Times/RT Book Reviews, it says:
“This is the BDSM novel all the other millionaire Dom heroes want to star in.”
Also: “Tan takes an overused trope and turns it into a dreamy, erotic fantasy that draws the reader down the rabbit hole along with Karina. The sex scenes are lush and erotic without attempting to outdo the last BDSM novel out there, and James’ struggle to trust Karina enough to give up even an iota of his rigid control is palpable. Readers will be clamoring for the next book in the series.”
I’m amused to note that RT has a star rating system, but they don’t have a 5 star level. 1, 2, 3, 4, and two different 4 1/2 star ratings, one that’s just 4 1/2 stars, one that’s 4 1/2 “Gold.” Okay then! SLOW SURRENDER got 4 1/2 stars! (But not gold. This month that honor went to Tiffany Reisz for The Mistress. Can’t wait to read it, but I’m still in the middle of The Siren, which I haven’t had time to read because I’ve been writing Slow Satisfaction! Pleasure reading has had to wait.)
SLOW SURRENDER officially comes out in paperback on August 5! (Ebook available now, though, if you can’t wait.)
Whew. It’s been a busy year so far, but the good news is that health-wise I am really starting to bounce back. tl:dr, last year I was severely anemic, was finally diagnosed in November, by December my iron levels were back up but I still have occasional crashes. This month is the first time I’ve really felt mostly like myself in close to two years!
Having more energy means I’m keeping up with my writing commitments better. I’m in the middle of writing the third book in a BDSM billionaire romance trilogy for Hachette/Grand Central Publishing/Forever, the Struck by Lightning trilogy. The first book, Slow Surrender, is out in ebook now and the paperback comes August 5th!
Speaking of which, there’s a Goodreads giveaway for the book going on right now. If you’re on Goodreads, check it out here: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/55415-slow-surrender
They’re giving away 10 copies of the book.
Meanwhile, I’m writing book 3, Slow Satisfaction Continue reading →
It’s still subject to change, but I’m so excited about the items I’m currently signed up to do at Readercon that I wanted to post them right away! *muppetflail*
Readercon is July 11-14 in Burlington, MA (just north of Boston).
I missed Readercon last year because I was spending that weekend in robes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for a special event and Potter convention, so I’m really excited to be back.
I’m currently assigned to three panels (with kaffeeklatsch/autographing still TBD):
Details below the cut! Continue reading →
My photos from my BookExpo America are compiled below the cut. Yes, I met the actual Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) and R2D2, and got a Smaug “The Hobbit” tote bag (because Harcourt/Houghton is on Tumblr and they had pre-announced what times they’d be giving them out!), and got a signed print of new Harry Potter art by Kazu Kibuishi. Yes, all the fannish things, because my professional obligations this BEA were small, so when I wasn’t in sessions on digital marketing or having meetings, I let my inner fangirl take over. :-)
Speaking of fangirling, I also met Sylvia Day, who is awesome, not just for writing BARED TO YOU but also the great work she does with RWA.
I went to some BEA parties, too, including a reading at Happy Endings Lounge where Laura Antoniou, Molly Weatherfield, and DL King all read BDSM fiction and there were very delicious cocktails, a Kobo party where there were glowing things galore and an open bar(! classy!), and the BenBella Books 10th anniversary party at a bowling alley in Brooklyn. (I did not bowl—I don’t think my RSI would appreciate it.)
Okay, so, BookExpo America, in all its grandeur complete with internal capitalization, is taking place in New York City right now. Why am I going, you might wonder?
At the moment my latest “big book” is only in “e” — the print version doesn’t come out until August and as far as I can tell my publisher, Hachette, doesn’t actually plan to have me do anything other than show up and shake the hands of a few publicists who work on the book. (If you’re new to following me, the book is Slow Surrender, the first in a “BDSM billionaire” romance trilogy, and if you’re REALLY new, yes, that’s a genre now.)
So I’m not going to autograph books since they don’t exist yet. Continue reading →
Here is a test of my BookExpo America mobile reporting system. In case I want to post stuff from the show floor. Of course, if its like the last few years, aT&T won’t come close to handling the load and most of the time I won’t even be able to get a text out. But I’m an optimist! #BEA13 seems to be the official twitter hashtag.
Fans of my BDSM romance Slow Surrender have been spreading the word to help the book find new readers! Right now SS is only out in ebook but the paperback comes out in August from Hachette (one of the “big six” publishers). I’m not waiting for that, though! I’ll trade a special bonus scene from James’s point of view to any reader who recommends the book to friends/followers/family/fans on the Internet and sends me a screencap of the recommendation. That includes Amazon and Goodreads reviews, tweets about the book, Tumblr or LJ or blog posts about it, Facebook updates/statuses, Yahoo mailing list recs, and so on! Check out some of the recs people have made, including email, starting “buddy reads”, Twitter, Tumblr, etc…!
If you want the scene, email a screencap of your rec to ctan.writer AT gmail DOT com (or photo reply here!) and I’ll email the bonus James scene right back to you!
Check out some of the screencaps below! Continue reading →