Indie Flutters: The Offer by Jayne Blue – Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway

Categories: 2014, 4 butterflies, adult, Call Girl Inc, contemporary, erotica, excerpt, humor, indie flutters, interview, Jayne Blue, power-play (light), RBR, Shurrn, some bdsm, some romance, The Chronicles of Nina Sharpe Call Girl

The Offer

    • By Jayne Blue
    • Editions: eBook
    • Published:  May 20th 2014
    • Source:  Review by Request
    • Genre: Erotica / Chick-Lit
  • In a Flutter: Fun and Sexy!

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Meet Nina Sharpe, pleasure is about to become her business…

I was 35 years old before I learned that the one thing I’m phenomenally good at is sex. Don’t get me wrong, I do plenty of other things reasonably well. When it comes to foreplay, though, I’m like the Steve Jobs of blow jobs…always looking to innovate.

I told myself all these things as I sat in the back of a stretch limousine. Just outside the car door was an unassuming bungalow painted yellow. I was here for work. A probationary assignment, of sorts. Once the car door opened, the rest of my life would start.

A man and my future waited for me somewhere inside that house, beyond the front door painted in festive red. Scarlet. A fitting color for what he wanted. For twelve hours and $100,000 he would own every naked inch of me.

Just one night for a small fortune that would change my life forever, if I had the courage to walk through that red door….

This is my story. Don’t try this at home.

~ GoodReads

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Nina Sharpe is NOT your average Call-Girl!
She is way more awesome…

When I read the blurb on this book and saw the “Steve Jobs of Blow Jobs” quote, I knew this book was for me. How could I possibly pass up an invitation like that?!?

This was a fun blend of erotica and light humor,
it has an amazing lead female character,
& it sucked me in immediately.

This is not the usual call-girl story we’re all familiar with. Generally these women are forced into high-class prostitution by dire circumstances and spend the majority of the book feeling guilty about enjoying whatever sexual experiences are inflicted on them…

Not the case with The Offer!
Our beloved call girl Nina could certainly use the money – I mean who couldn’t? She’s offered a million dollar annual salary… That’s a lot of zeroes, and certainly worth consideration.

Nina is not a desperate twenty-something looking for easy money in the sex trade. She’s closing Real Estate deals for the rich and famous. Nina might have struggled a time or two – she raised her little sister alone from the time she was eighteen – but she always comes out on top. She doesn’t merely survive… She thrives.

Nina’s marriage crumbled in the wake of her husband’s gambling addiction. Now newly single and in her thirties, she’s starting over. After closing the biggest deal of her life, she’s offered an interesting position by her mysterious client…

Side note: Petra Vallin (the client in question) is one of the most intriguing secondary characters I’ve read all year. She’s every bit as pragmatic and driven as Nina, and has built lucrative empire shrouded in mystery. Nobody quite knows how she became so wealthy…

She carefully cultivated her call-girl business with a ruthless business mind. Every situation is planned; her clients are as thoroughly vetted as her employees. She matches her clients and employees based on mutual tastes.

Petra makes Nina an offer she can’t refuse – One night, one client, one-hundred-thousand dollars. If she doesn’t like it, she can walk away.

The reader follows Nina as she thinks over this lucrative offer, and eventually finds herself on the precipice of a brand new life…

Along the journey we learn more about Nina’s life and motives, we’re treated to several superbly written sexual situations, and lovely humor.

This book was fabulous.
I can’t wait to follow Nina as she embarks on more adventures.

Excerpt

I was 35 years old before I learned that the one thing I’m phenomenally good at is sex. I do plenty of other things reasonably well. I play the piano. I sing. I beat out 27 other girls to play Adelaide in my high school production of Guys and Dolls. Up until a few months ago, I’d made a killing in real estate with one of the largest high-end agencies in the D. C. area. For all of that, I’d grade myself a low B. When it comes to the bedroom though, I’m a star pupil.

I told myself all these things as I sat in the back of a stretch limousine. Just outside the car door was an unassuming bungalow painted yellow. It was a charming little house nestled in a wooded area just outside of Georgetown. I was here for work. A probationary assignment, of sorts. Once the car door opened, the rest of my life would start.
A man and my future waited for me somewhere inside that house, beyond the front door painted in festive red. Scarlet. A fitting color for what he wanted. For twelve hours and $100,000 he would own every naked inch of me.
Just one night for a small fortune would change my life forever, if I had the courage to walk through that red door….

Chapter One
The wheels came off my life slowly at first. This is saying something, because they weren’t screwed on all that tight to begin with. Daddy left after my tenth birthday, tired of watching my mother drink and spend every penny he earned. She took up with a string of bad boyfriends. The last one was particularly bad. I was about sixteen when I woke up to a drunken Uncle Carl in my bed with one hand groping my breast and the other tugging down my underwear.
I elbowed him so hard in the face that his nose broke, and I chalked it up to one of the two useful things my real dad ever taught me before he left. “Nina,” he’d said, “If you’re ever in a fight, try to get at least one good shot right on the nose. You can end it right there.” For a while, it did.

We reached an uneasy peace after that. Carl stared, but he didn’t try to touch me. My mom made excuses and I thought I’d neutralized him. But just before my eighteenth birthday, Carl tried to move on to my fourteen-year-old baby sister, Natalie. When I caught him in her bed, I used the other useful thing my dad taught me…how to swing a baseball bat.
I packed Carl’s bags and threw them to the curb. Carl followed. My mother repaid me by throwing me out. Unable to live without him, she disappeared after him. From then on, I supported Natalie and myself with the substantial waitressing tips I earned at the local bikini sports bar, Natalie’s babysitting money, and my mom’s Social Security disability checks that kept coming to the house, even though she never did.

Fast-forward seventeen years. I thought I’d finally left those scratch-and-claw days behind. Slowly, after years of persistence and paying attention, I went from selling drinks to selling million-dollar homes. Starting out small, I got my real estate license and struck out on my own. Impressed with my work, another agent I knew asked me to join his brokerage. From there, I moved to an even bigger brokerage and finally landed at the Lindbergh Group, one of the premier agencies in the D.C. area. In the middle of all that, I found a decent guy who I thought I could share my life with.
Brad and I got married five years ago. He was kind and smart and never yelled if I occasionally backed the car into the neighbor’s mailbox. He would just go to Home Depot and build a new one knowing the “bedroom coupons” he earned would more than make up for the couch time it cost him. And that’s my little piece of marital advice for anyone who asks. If you find a good partner, say yes to everything he wants in that bed. Every. Thing.
Great sex really does fix a lot – but unfortunately, not everything.

After all that time, I could have forgiven Brad when I found out what he’d been doing since his layoff. I could have forgiven him if he’d had an affair, I think. But the credit card companies started calling. Brad had destroyed my hard-won financial security in less than a year. Brad’s mistress was pool and online poker. He wiped out our savings, and we had a $300,000 overdue balance on our Visa.
Even after that, I tried. I went to meetings with him and he promised to follow the program and quit. I’m not one to bail at the first sign of trouble, or the second. After the third relapse, I knew I was the one who needed to cash in her chips.
He spoke his latest apology into my lap one night as I held a stack of delinquent credit card bills. “Please, Nina. I can make it back. I just need one really good streak. Then I’m done. I swear.”

But he wasn’t done. Maybe he never would be. I’d be damned if I let him drag me down with him any further. For me, the sound of the end of my marriage was the rattle of falling paper as the bills hit the floor.

Q&A with Jayne Blue

If you were to describe your book in only one word, what would it be?
Witty-smut! (cheated…made up hyphenate, I know)

What would you say inspired you to write it?
I wanted three things in my erotica:
1.) a strong, smart heroine who totally “owned” her sexuality
2.) toe-curling good sex scenes
3.) a good story

What was the source of inspiration for Nina?
I wanted a Stephanie Plum/Sookie Stackhouse type… if she were a high end call girl. Nina’s smart and sassy like that. She just gets a TON more action!

How about Petra?
Helen Mirren in Red for sure. Without the call girl service part, she has bits of of my own mother in her too. At 70, she’s smoking hot, tough and smart. The woman is fierce!

Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Not really. The trick for me is to give myself permission to suck some days. You just have to keep writing no matter what. On those days you weren’t feeling it, you can always go back later and make that chapter or page better in editing.

What is your all time favorite book?
Soo many. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is certainly up there.

What made you pick that one above all others?
Nobody but nobody does characterization like Herself.

What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
Eight months. I quit my day job to stay home after my third son was born and went a little nutty like you do. I spent almost a year writing an epic paranormal-Greek God come to life-time travel romance that was 800 pages long. It’s under my bed and will stay there as a cautionary tale.

Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
I’m braver since becoming a published author. I’ve made a living from writing one way or another for over twenty years. But finally taking the plunge and putting my creative works out there has made me fearless in other aspects of my professional life too.

Was there ever a time, during your work for this book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
There really wasn’t. Writing the Nina stories is an absolute blast.

What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I still maintain a law practice and do media consulting work. Fiction writing, however, will soon be my day job. Very soon, fingers crossed. I also have four children from college to jr. high level.

How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I’ve worked in TV news and used to be a trial lawyer. I’ve had acid criticism hurled at me tons, this is no different. I have a pretty thick skin. Most of the time, it’s not really about you personally so I don’t take it that way. Haters gonna hate and huggers gonna hug!

Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next from the Call Girl, Inc. series?
Well, it’s not a traditional romance, of course. But Nina may just get a happily ever after. There’s just going to be a lot more hot sex and things blowing up before she gets there.

What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside from this series?
I have two other series going right now. My WLUV series is a more traditional, but super steamy romance set in a TV newsroom…a place near and dear to my heart. I also have a Call Girl Inc. spin off series called The Marilyn Job. It focuses on one of Petra’s bodyguards. After that, Jack Manning (Nina’s first John) is getting his own erotic romance. Petra’s origin story is burning a hole in the back of my brain too.

What made you decide to become an Author?
My sister. She’s the one who sat me down and talked to me about indie publishing. She gave me a book on it written by a famous author we both love. I got about two chapters in and started writing Nina. Never looked back.

What would you say was the toughest part?
There’s a steep learning curve with the technical side of indepenedent publishing. You end up with a masters degree level “real world” education on marketing, search engine optimization, formatting etc.

Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
I work with several different editors and cover designers, absolutely. The formatting, I learned myself.

How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
I had some connections from my media background in both areas. I also had a few author friends make recommendations.

How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to when you hit “Publish”?
I wrote the first three books in the Nina series (and WLUV) back to back. That took me almost a year. I published those books essentially at the same time. Now, it takes me about a month to write the first draft of a new book and another month in post production.

Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AREbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
The first volumes in all my series are available everywhere for free. For Call Girl Inc., and WLUV, I went exclusive with Amazon. That’s been a great decision for me since the launch of Kindle Unlimited. For the Marilyn Job series and my upcoming Jack Manning series, I’m going with wide distribution.

If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
I would have taken the publishing plunge sooner. No question. About a year ago, I finally asked myself what I was waiting for? The first time I hit “publish” was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

FUN FACTS:

If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
I’ll spin this a little. If I had a superpower, I’d want the power to heal.

If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one item you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
My husband. He can track, hunt, fish, grow anything, build anything with his hands and he looks like a short version of Timothy Olyphant….(fans self). Whew, is it hot in here?

Name your favorite fruit.
Chocolate covered strawberries.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee…pots of it.

Favorite season? 
Summer!

How about favorite time of the day? 
Early evenings. That’s when all my “chickens” are usually safe in the nest (those that still live in it). It’s also when I do most of my writing.

Were you a Girl Scout? 
Yep. Made it all the way to Juniors.

Favorite food for breakfast? 
See coffee or tea answer above.

What is the latest book you’ve bought and read? 
Black Lies by Alessandra Torre (after reading your kick ass review of it btw…THANK YOU!)

Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? 
I seem to collect clutter.

Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! 
Red

Drama or comedy? 
Comedy.

Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto? 
There’s a Polish proverb I love. It goes, “Not my circus, not my monkeys!” Hey, that’s a great addendum to the “acid criticism” advice for newbies. Don’t get sucked into other people’s drama.

Cats or dogs? 
Dogs.

Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? 
Candelight dinner for sure (did you READ what I said about my husband! :).

Do you have a favorite Book Boyfriend?
Jamie Fraser, ya ken!

Do you have a guilty pleasure? 
Reeses peanut butter cups and kindle porn… preferably at the same time.

Favorite Swear Word? 
I’m a fan of the compound ones. Motherfucker, cocksucker. You can really get more bang for your buck that way.

The Offer is FREE at all eBook retailers, so Jayne Blue has offered to give away the rest of the series to one lucky winner!

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About the Author

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I am a Jayne of all trades! I’ve worked in media and law. I married my high school sweetheart and am mom to three boys and one tornado of a daughter.

Along with worky work I’ve been band mom, theater mom, football mom, and reading room mom. I write witty smut and sizzling love stories.

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