Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The AuthorView: Heidi Betts

The AuthorView returns as RBTB Contributing Editor Becke Davis clicks sticks with Heidi Betts in a no-holds-barred knit-lit clatch.

CONTEST TODAY!!! One commenter wins a copy of Heidi's "Tangled Up in Love" courtesy of Mistress Heidi!

Becke Davis:
What do you like most about “Loves Me, Loves Me Knot?”


Heidi Betts: Probably the same thing I love about all of my “Chicks with Sticks” books—how funny and sexy they are. My editor gave me total freedom over these stories, telling me to go as funny and sexy and edgy as I wanted. I was able to use some very adult language and put characters into some very funny, sometimes questionable situations that you can’t get away with everywhere.

BD: A crucial scene in the book between Jenna and Gage, the hero and heroine of LMLMK could be controversial. Did that concern you?

HB: Ah, yes, the tie-me-up-and-have-your-wicked-way-with-me scene. I have actually gotten a bit of flak for that. Thankfully, the number of readers responding positively to it is much higher than those who have responded negatively. I knew it would be something readers would either accept and enjoy … or find hugely offensive and hate with a fiery passion.

I needed to be true to Jenna and Gage and their story. I was careful about how I handled the scene, making sure nothing was truly against anyone’s will and that nothing came of it in the end … if you know what I mean.

BD: Who or what inspired “Loves Me, Loves Me Knot?”

HB: My own sweet, darling Dwayne Johnson (yes, he’s mine; back off, ladies, or you will get cut) was very inspiring. I kept telling my editor that Gage was going to be big, extremely built and buff – finally I sent her a picture of Dwayne in some form of half-nakedness. To which she responded, “Oh, now I get it!”

BD: Who’s the most heroic person you know?

HB: That would be my mother. She’s been through a lot in her life and handled it all like a trouper. Most recently, she battled breast cancer, treating it like no more than the common cold. She’s taught me by example how to keep my chin up, stay positive, and be strong through adversity.

BD: Who’s your romance hero: dark, brooding bad boy, or white knight in shining armor?

HB: Hmm—can’t he be both? I’m picturing a dark, brooding bad boy turned knight on shining Harley, riding in to whisk me away. I think it’s the inside that counts—integrity, compassion, a sense of humor—and not necessarily what the outside package looks like. Although I never complain about a nice … um, package.

BD: What do you think triggered the craze in knit-lit books?

HB: I’m not sure I know what triggers any trend or craze. I have this vision of women suddenly realizing that all those things their grandmothers have knit over the years are really kind of cool. With the rush-rush and super-technology of modern living, there are simpler, very charming skills out there that are being lost, and it’s nice if they can be carried forward for generations to come.

Ironically, my mother taught me to knit so that I could sell some handmade items while I worked toward publication. So when my editor said she was looking for knitting romances – really sexy and really funny—I said, “I’m your girl!”

BD: Speaking of funny and sexy, I have to ask: Did Mistress Heidi -- your alter ego at your popular WIPsAndChains blog -- bring her fuzzy-pink handcuffs for this visit to RBTB?

HB: Ha! Well, Mistress Heidi always comes prepared, so of course she has her fuzzy pink handcuffs with her…along with a few other fun toys.

Heidi Betts and her pals from WIPsAndChains visit today to talk "Chicks with Sticks," more Jenna and Gage and the fun and deliciously naughty goin's on with Mistress Heidi!
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Tomorrow: Catch Becke's Take on "Loves Me, Loves Me Knot!"

130 comments:

Carrie said...

Ha! Do I actually win!?

Carrie said...

Yes, yes, I get the cuffs, I get the cuffs!

Heidi - thanks for keeping Laura J. distracted so I could have a go at them!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

These must be some cuffs (and we do love us some pink round here)! I'm guessin' Mistress Heidi's gonna get us all in line today. Congrats, Carrie...I think... :)

Heidi Betts said...

Good morning, all! I'm so excited to be here today, chatting about LOVES ME & The Dungeon, & anything else that comes to mind.

I've gotta go exercise for a bit so I can justify the pancake I'm thinking of having for breakfast, but Mistress Heidi & I will both be back, I swear! :-D

Becke Davis said...

Hi Carrie - did Heidi bring the pink fuzzy cuffs today? Or special ornate Italian ones? Lucky you to get them!

Michelle - Buon giorno! Ciao to the Bellas and Heidi's friends from the Dungeon!

Heidi - I'm so excited about your visit today! I've been busy rounding up all my friends!

Princess Bumblebee said...

Morning, Bellas! Check by here at work and what do I find. Posting about Dwayne Johnson and pink, fuzzy handcuffs! I am shawked, I tell, you! Covering my eyes..while secretly spying between my fingers..hehe.

Keri Stevens said...

I'm sorry, but I can't concentrate on this blog. I must go out and find some pictures of Dwayne Johnson in a semi-naked state.

Becke Davis said...

Hi Princess Bumblebee!

Hi Keri!

Yes, I'm with Heidi on this, but I think she needs to share. There's plenty of him to go around, after all!

Speaking of sharing, here are some links to pix, but drink your coffee first -- you'll need to brace yourself:

http://thefaust.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/dwayne-johnson.jpg

http://a1.vox.com/6a00ccff855d15985d011016794ad9860d-500pi

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AcBUSVxs82w/SeLLQZZ8KaI/AAAAAAAARmk/e3VPVcPxU1Q/s400/Dwayne_Johnson_Profile.jpg

Laura J. said...

Heidi, I'm surprised people were upset with the "scene". I think it was handled well and was still light and fun.

And that description of the white knight on the Harley sounds an awful lot like MY Al.

Carrie, I was here early when no one was around, but since I got them over at WIPs, I decided not to be greedy.

Becke Davis said...

Hi Laura! I loved LOVES ME, LOVES ME KNOT and I think Heidi did a great job with a tricky situation.

And I am itching to read the next book - when her heroines go off the rails, they don't do it in half measures. I get a real kick out of that. (Of course it's no surprise that Heidi tortures them, even if she doesn't do it with whips and chains!)

Heidi Betts said...

Sorry, ladies, but Mistress Heidi & I do not share our darling Dwayne. You may look...you may even think naughty thoughts...but you mustn't touch. };>

Thank you so much Laura & Becke for agreeing that I handled "the scene" well. I certainly tried. And I'm not nearly as picky or squeamish about that sort of thing as some readers may be, so I have a high tolerance. I mean, if I'm okay with Grace trashing Zack's apartment, it's not much of a stretch to have Jenna tie Gage to the bed, right? ;-D

Becke Davis said...

I have GOT to read Grace's story. The whole time I read about her rampage, I was laughing and cringeing at the same time (how the heck do you spell "cringeing" anyway?). I was like, "Ahem. Grace? You may want to think about this . . . "

I would sooo never go off the rails like that, and I secretly admire women who can lose it so completely. (I'm a long time pleaser struggling to release her inner bitch.) And if Grace is as passionate as that when she's angry -- well, let's just say I'm betting Grace and Zack's story is going to burn the bookshelves!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas, and welcome Heidi! I've so been looking forward to your visit here at RBTB, and so pleased you and your friends from MustLoveYarn and WIPsAndChains can join us today. You're gonna love Becke's fun take tomorrow.

It's been very fun getting to know you better through this AuthorView, and great to have you be our first AuthorView Bella. Gosh, it's been ages since the last AV. Now, you and I met in a dark corridor at RWA 2 years ago in Dallas, I think! And I only figured it out when becke mentioned WIPsAC. Cause you gave me your card and I thought, huh; cool name. :)

And any friend of Dwayne's...Hey! I mean it totally respectfully. I know he's yours n'all.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Heidi! Girlfriend, you went RED! Love it!

Okay, now that I have that personal commentary out of the way, and have dodged Mistsress Heidi's lash - ouch - skip that, didn't dodge fast enough! - I'll say HI!!! *waving madly*

Hi Michelle! Hi Bellas! Hi Becke!

Heidi, I adore you books, as you well know. I do think, however, that I may have to go look for semi-naked pictures of Dwayne as well.

Hey. You started it. *VBG*

Becke Davis said...

Hi Jeanne! Great to see you here! Heidi, you'd better watch out -- you may have the whiphand, but Jeanne's all about blowing things up. If she decides to challenge you for Dwayne, things could get messy!

And, yes, the red hair is FABULOUS! (Says a former redhead and mother of another one.)

marye.ulrich said...

Who knew knitting could be HOT! Your books sounds interesting, now where are my needles and that hat I started about 4 years ago....

Becke Davis said...

Hi Mary! You can knit? I feel so out of touch. But I'm such a klutz, I hate to think of the damage I could do with long, sharp needles!

Heidi Betts said...

LOL, Becke. See, I'm the bloodthirsty type, so what Grace did would probably come naturally to me. I'm not Italian, but I heard this great quote once: "I'm Italian. When we stop loving, we punish." *vbg*

Wow, Michelle, I'm totally honored to be your first AuthorView Bella. I feel like I should be wearing my tiara or something. And, yes, I do think it was the last time RWA was in Dallas that we first met. Those things are so crazy, it's hard to keep years (& names/faces) straight. :-D

Hey, Jeanne! Thanks so much for popping in to keep me company. Personally, I like to start every day with a quick glimpse at a half-naked--or all naked, I'm not picky ;-)--Dwayne. Works better than an I.V. shot of caffeine. *g*

Hi, Mary! I definitely did my best to make knitting HOT, HOT, HOT. No cozy knitting mystery or small town knitting women's fiction for me. LOL But if you ever needed a reason to pick up those needles again... ;-) And just so everyone knows, there's a pattern included at the end of each of the "Chicks with Sticks" books; fairly easy ones that I've heard readers are already trying out. :-D

Donna MacMeans said...

Hi Heidi -

I must pick up this book! Love to read those scenes that everyone whispers about. The Golden Rooster managed to pick up some fuzzy red handcuffs at Lori Foster's reader event. Yours mayhap? (grin)

ddurance said...

Knitting/quilting books are extremely popular right now. I just had another library patron ask me for quilting mysteries just last week.

Deidre
deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Becke Davis said...

Donna - What fun to see you here! Yes, those fuzzy red handcuffs you had at Lori Foster would fit right in here today!

Deirdre - I keep hearing about cuts in library funding. I hope yours is going strong!

Heidi - I feel like I'm sadly lacking since, as far as I know, there's no Italian in my family tree. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure my husband has some!

Becke Davis said...

Deidre! So sorry - just realized I spelled your name wrong.

Heidi Betts said...

Hi, Donna! You'll have to lmk if you're scandalized by the "whisper" scene or simply take it in stride. LOL And handcuffs are definitely Mistress Heidi's accessory of choice, so...maybe. ;-)

Hi, Deidre! I'm definitely glad to hear the knitting/crafting stories are still going strong. Until I actually sat down to do it, I don't think I ever really considered that knitting could be as sexy as I strived to make it. (Fingers crossed I didn't miss the mark. ;-))

Becke~ Well, I'm German & a Scorpio, so I think I can totally get away with stealing that quote for myself. We've got a lot of bloodthirstiness in us--not to mention claws *&* a stinger. LOL

Diana said...

I think no matter what the book there will always be someone who has a problem with a scene. The Jenna/Gage scene sounds like an interesting consensual scene in my mind. It's not like it's chinese waterboarding and then a forced love scene. Makes me want to read it all even more now...just when my tbr and tbb piles couldn't get any higher

Sleeping with Ward Cleaver said...

Hello Heidi! When I saw that Becke/Michelle had you visiting I just had to come chime in about how much I love your writing! You do crack me up girl!
Hey, fun fact for you: The Rock lives in my 'hood...So if you're lookin' for him...You might want to pop in to Whole Foods, where he's seen a lot LOL

Laura J. said...

Wow I go out to lunch and everyone swings by!!

I have to say that really what Grace did was more scandalous than what Jenna did. But did that stop me from laughing my butt off. Nope. My inner Italian (and I am 1/1,234 Italian and probably from the Sicilian area and add that in with some Irish) would probably do the same thing. That scene led to my "Oh No she didn't". Of course she did--so Go Grace!!! Knock me is going to be one fun and hot ride. Only 152 more days!!!

Lori Foster said...

I'm in the photo with your awesome ladies! yay.
I met Heidi in person at RWA Nationals in DC. Loved her on the spot! You know how you click with some people? Well I bet lots of people click with Heidi. Very fun, open, and friendly.

Heidi, your cover for "Loves Me, Loves me Knot," is amazing. Very eye catching!

Your interview was terrific, too. I enjoyed it.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Lori

Becke Davis said...

I agree, Laura! I think the fact that Gage was aware that Jenna was up to something and was curious to see how far she'd go made it work for me.

I had the same, "Oh no, she's not really going to that" moment when Grace lost it. I want to know these women!

Becke Davis said...

Diana - it's not absolutely necessary to read TANGLED UP IN LOVE first, but I think you'll like them both.

Becke Davis said...

Jenny - I think you're about to be inundated with house guests, hoping for a view of the fabulous Dwayne. Reminds me when I had a neighbor who was in Soloflex commercials. When he mowed the lawn with his shirt off, suddenly it was time for us all to whip out our strollers and take the kids for a walk!

Becke Davis said...

Hi Lori! I'm so glad you stopped by!

Any of you who haven't been to Lori (and Dianne Castell's) Reader and Writer Get Together in Cincinnati in June, you don't know what you're missing!

Sleeping with Ward Cleaver said...

ha! I remember that Soloflex guy--whew! My husband started his entire business doing a spoof poster of that--it had a shirtless fat guy sitting on a keg of beer, which is big old bare fat feet (think Blutto, Animal House) and the poster said "Body By Budwiser". It sold gangbusters in colleges across the country ;-)

Heidi Betts said...

Sorry, can't chat any more today. Hastily packing moderate amount of underwear before I jet off to Jenny's house!

I'm on my way, Jenny--get the binocs ready!!!

Sleeping with Ward Cleaver said...

Um, not to be too crass or anything, but I have a sneaking suspicion that you aren't gonna need to bother with the undies with your buddy here LOL

Heidi Betts said...

Diana~ I totally agree...& to each her own. I once read a historical where the hero slapped the heroine--& not in one of those "snap out of it" or "I'll apologize later, but right now this is the only thing that's going to keep us alive" ways--& couldn't even finish the book, it bothered me so much. But I'm sure others read it & barely batted an eye.

What I loved so much about this entire series is that I was really able to go hog wild & push some envelopes. Not so much that readers would wonder what medication I was taking & if my doses should maybe be lowered, but enough that the stories are edgy & out there & LOL funny. (I hope.)

LOL, Laura. Okay, you're a hard girl to impress. I actually *adored* writing Grace's big scene because I'd had it in my head for months. And you know that scene in Waiting to Exhale where Angela Bassett stuffs all of her cheating hubby's belongings inside the car & sets it on fire? Or the movie Double Jeopardy where the woman is convicted of killing her hubby but he's not really dead...then she gets out of prison & goes after him. Ha! (Did I mention "bloodthirsty"?) So in comparison, Grace's actions seem rather tame, right?

Hi, Lori! Thanks so much for dropping in to say hi! I felt the exact same way & am so glad we've managed to keep in touch. (Well, for the past month & a half, anyway. *snork*)

Becke~ Thanks so much for pointing that out about this entire series. I tell people that they might enjoy getting to know the characters better if they do read the books in order, but that it's absolutely not necessary! All of the stories stand alone just fine. :-)

Heidi Betts said...

I was just thinking about your neighbors, Jenn. I thought I should probably have *something* on when I go screaming into the street to jump his bones. :-D

Sleeping with Ward Cleaver said...

Though it would be far more amusing for the rest of us otherwise LOL

Becke Davis said...

I'm spraying my tea all over the computer monitor as I read Heidi and Jenny's comments. Hey, do you think we could get Dwayne to join us here? How cool would that be?

Diana said...

Heidi - I remember I read one of Fern Michaels' Sisterhood books. That book totally pissed me off and I never wanted to ever read anything by the author again. I think the gang of women drugged and kidnapped a dipolomat's son who killed the leader's daughter in a drunk driving hit and run. Yes, I would want justice to be served but I wouldn't skin him alive and wrap him up in salt covered blankets so he'd horribly scar. That so turned me off.

Becke Davis said...

Everyone has their own hot buttons -- the things that don't bother some people drive others nuts.

I tend to like the envelope-pushing books. I love Lisa Valdez' PASSION and I know she got some hurtful flak for that. Anna Campbell's first book stirred up some people, but clearly a lot of people thought it was fantastic (myself included). And recently, Jennifer Haymore's A HINT OF WICKED drew some flak, but, again, I loved it!

Laura J. said...

Becke where you at Lori's event in 2008? That was the first time I went. Wasn't able to go this year but I'm planning on going next year.

My "Oh No she didn't" was the very last thing she did when she left the apartment. *wink* (this should really stir up some interest, don't you think).

And Becke is right, you don't have to read Tangled first, but then you'll miss Dylan and Ronnie's (Veronica) story and you don't want to miss the whole "I can do anything better than you" story.

Heidi--it was Dwayne--oops--I mean Gage tied to the bed, who the heck could blame Jenna for doing what she did. *g*

And if anyone is worried that they might be more "erotic" ---NO. They are very steamy, but they are also fun with the couple laughing and talking. To me this is just more real than what some stories portray sexual scenes to be like.

Becke Davis said...

Okay, I've done my bit. I'm now following Dwayne on Twitter and I sent him a tweet suggesting he might like to drop by. And I'm now a fan of his on Facebook, and I sent the same message. Cross your fingers and hope he gets curious!

Becke Davis said...

Laura - Yes, I was there in 2008 and in 2009. I'll definitely be there next year, too.

Laura J. said...

Becke we will have to try and meet up. Your picture is so familiar so I think I met you when I was there. I hated missing this year. It's such a fun relaxing weekend.

Marilyn Brant said...

I already have a (signed!!) copy of Tangled Up in Love, but I just wanted to say Hi, Heidi! Hi, Becke! Hi, Michelle and everyone here! Anytime Heidi gets talking about Dwayne, I wanna listen... :) Be back tomorrow for more about Loves Me, Loves Me Knot!

Becke Davis said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Marilyn! I'm looking forward to reading your book soon, too!

Mint said...

My daughter has pictures of Dwayne when he was THE ROCK when they appeared in St. Louis. I think she devoted a least a roll of film to him. Maybe more. I've got to read this book.

Emmanuelle said...

Glad to "see" you here Mistress Heidi !!!
Just a quick Hi to say how much I've loved Gage's story. Reunion is perhaps my favorite theme and yours was PERFECT !!!
PLease don't count me in the contest.
xoxo

Sewicked said...

As an avid tatter (okay, so my only knitting involves a loom, tatting surely counts as a slow, creative outlet), I love seeing any fiber-themed stories. Now I have to go look for LMLMK, just to read this controversial scene.

Heidi Betts said...

Do you think those profiles are really Dwayne's, tho? I always expect them to be bogus pages set up by crazed fans. (Not that I would know anything about that. ;-p)

Edgy, questionable stories do seem to get a lot of word of mouth...& I don't see how that can be a bad thing. And I think that if readers can look thru the personal opinions enough to see what the story is really a about, they can make up their own minds whether or note a book is for them. I know that I've read reviews that tore a book apart, but the basic storyline was one I liked, so I read it & made up my own mind. I've found a couple much-loved Keepers that way.

And I think readers *should* make up their own minds rather than believing what they hear or read online, don't you? Anything can be made to sound bad or unpleasant, but when you pick up a story & read for yourself, see the scene(s) in context, then sometimes you realize the rants were blown out of proportion. My .02 on the subject, anyway. :-)

Laura~ Good point. Either that, or after they read LOVES ME & discover what fun all of the characters all, they'll be all charged up to go *back* & read TANGLED UP IN LOVE to see what they missed. ;-)

And, yes, okay, I admit it--Gage is HOT! He's definitely one of my favorite heroes...possibly because he's very built & tattooed & based strongly on my desire for/obsession with my darling Dwayne.

Hi, Marilyn! Thanks so much for dropping in to keep me company today. It was so fabu meeting & partying with you at RWA. (Oh, yeah, we're big partiers...Diet Cokes & a quiet table at the back of the room. *snork*)

Becke~ Marilyn is also going to be guest blogging in The Dungeon next month. Be sure to drop by & chat with her then!

Hi, Mint! Great to "meet" you. I'm so glad you like the sound of LOVES ME & are going to give it a try. I've gotta say, if I were w/in picture distance of Dwayne, I'd go thru a lot more than one roll of film...& also possibly earn myself a lifetime restraining order. LOL

Hey there, Emmanuelle! (Emmanuelle is my little Parisian Darling, aren't ya, babe? ;-)) I am so happy to hear you enjoyed LOVES ME...when did your copy arrive, btw? Before or after you returned from vaca? LOL I'm a big fan of reunion stories, too, & had so much fun with Gage & Jenna because they weren't just high school sweethearts or old lovers who happen to bump into each other again; they went the whole nine yards once & had to really struggle their way thru a lot of heartache & crossed wires to be together again. Aw, now I'm getting all misty-eyed.

Heidi Betts said...

Sewicked, you made it! So glad you got the corrected link--duh! As a crafter, you'll have to let me know what you think of the "Chicks with Sticks." I'm always so eager to know how many readers maybe became curious about knitting thru the stories...& how many knitters/crafters picked up the book because it had to do with one of their favorite hobbies.

Any & all readers are welcome, tho, of course; I'm not picky. *snicker*

Princess Bumblebee said...

LOL! Who knew knitting could be so sexy? Kitties apparently know what they're up to when they chase a ball of yarn, hehe.
Dwayne Johnson on a motorcycle? I swear, my friend and I went and watched "The Scorpion King" just so we could see him run around half naked. And when he rips that guard thing off, I swear, it must get about 20 degrees too warm, hehe! I think I'm drooling now, hehe.

Becke Davis said...

Mint - can we see those pictures? Pretty please?

Becke Davis said...

Emmanuel - I love reunion/second chance at love books, too!

Becke Davis said...

Sewicked, my great-grandmother was a tatter. I still have some of her beautiful work.

Becke Davis said...

Oh, Princess Bumblebee, I LOVE the Scorpion King!

And Heidi, I totally agree. I don't understand how people can post negative comments about a book they haven't read!

Some of those fan pages aren't the real thing. I've found that on Twitter, a lot of times it's the real person. Even Lauren Bacall is on there!

Heidi Betts said...

Oh, Princess, you have got to come join us in The Dungeon (http://www.heidibetts.com/wipsandchains/). She'd fit right in, wouldn't she, Darlings? ;-)

I've got to see movies for lesser (tho not sexier) reasons. Why do you think Walking Tall rarely leaves my DVD player. Or The Rundown? Or Gridiron Gang. Okay, now I'm drooling.

Jane said...

Hi Heidi,
I'm a little late to the party. What did you bring in your bag of toys?

Becke Davis said...

Hi Jane! So glad you could join the party!

Paula R said...

Hey Mistress Heidi, thought I would drop by and show you some love. I love the interview, and I can't wait to get ALL the "knitting" books. You do such a wonderful job. See you back at the WiPs and Chains blog.

Your responses to Becke's questions are pretty funny as are those you give throughout the day. Thanks for the laughs.

Hi Becke and Michelle. I finally made it to your blog. Sorry it took so long.

flchen1 said...

Hi, Heidi!! Sorry to be dragging in so late--it's NOT easier now that the kids are back in school! Harumph!

Anyway, did someone say naked Dwayne???

Becke Davis said...

Hi fichen! Hi Paula!

Great to see you here!

Emmanuelle said...

Heidi you do know your fans !!! one extra point for you, lol.
Unfortunatly my copy arrived while I was already in SPain. Which wasn't a bad thing after all... gave me some good reason to come home and leave all that gorgeous sun ;-)

Becke Davis said...

Must. Remind. Self.

Knitting. Heidi's books. FOCUS!

Not Dwayne. Especially not naked Dwayne.

Sorry, it's no good. The image of naked Dwayne is in my head now and I'm useless for anything else.

Becke Davis said...

Emmanuelle - what part of Spain? My son spent a few months in Barcelona last year and loved it so much he went back for Christmas.

Heidi Betts said...

Hi, Jane & Fedora! Hey, better late than never. Today was the 1st day of school here--which impacts me almost zero *g*--but the first weeks of school are always hectic, so I'm sympathetic.

Hey, Paula! Thanks for dropping by to say hi. Glad I can amuse you & add some chuckles to your day. (That's my job. ;-))

Oh, yay, bonus points from Emmanuelle. :-D So be honest--was it hotter in Spain or in Paris once you got back & started reading about Gage & Jenna? ;-)

I'm feeling very insecure with all this group lusting after MY darling Dwayne--half-naked, fully naked, or otherwise. Allow me to offer a few other drool-worthy candidates for you fantasize about: Gerard Butler...Ryan Reynolds...Bradley Cooper...

Becke Davis said...

Oh no. You had to say it, didn't you? Gerard Butler. You've done it now -- Rosie is going to be here to fight for her exclusive hold on her man!

Paula R said...

Mistress Heidi, you have nothing to worry about from me...I won't lust after him, so he is safe. That, my dear, is a gift to you. Just "watching" you drool over him is more fun...I saw on FB that you really are getting insecure. Don't worry, no one will ever take him, they just wanna look, right guys? If not, you have so many "toys" you can show them who is king of the jungle, or should I say ring, when it comes to the The Rock!

After reading all the comments about the books, I might have to take up knitting...some good "ties" are in order if one is going to reenact scenes from the book, right? The handcuffs aren't available so one must be very creative.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Becke Davis said...

Well, Jenna uses enchanted alpaca yarn in the book, Paula. You could always try to find a magic spinning wheel and weave some of your own!

Laura J. said...

Sorry Heidi, but I've already laid claim to Gerard and Bradley. The rest of you gals can fight over Ryan.

Emmanuelle said...

Heidi - It WAS indeed very hot in Paris when reading about Gage (oups sorry about Gage and Jenna !! but your description of Gage and of his tatoo was so...euh... "vivid" that Gage monopolized all my brain cells !!lol).

Becke - I was in ALicante, about 500 kms south Barcelona. It's a really nice place to go, perfect for vacationing with small kids : not a single rainy day !
I've been to Barcelona a few times and loved it. It's a "young" city which is probably why your son enjoyed it so much. Speaking of Barcelonna reminds me of Terrassa a small town your son's probably heard of. There's not much to see really except for this delicious restaurant... hmmm yummy !

Keri Stevens said...

Okay,
This is what I want. I want Heidi and Dwayne (in any state of dress--but I must mention that the Marriott gets really, really warm) at the Lori Foster/Dianne Castell Reader Author Get-Together in 2010.

No one is going to make me have to tantrum, here, are you?

Becke Davis said...

Keri - that's a great idea! And if Heidi won't come of her own free will, we'll have to consider the antics of some of her heroines. And maybe Lori can send Dwayne a special invitation? If we promise to behave? (Okay, so I lied about that part.)

Becke Davis said...

Emmanuelle - My son took a couple weeks to tour all over Spain. He and his girlfriend stayed with a family in Valencia during the festival of Las Fallas -- his pictures of that are unbelievable!

Becke Davis said...

Laura - I think the battle lines have been drawn! Good thing David isn't here -- don't think it's safe for anyone with testosterone today.

amy kennedy said...

So late to the party, wah! But, Yay! the Author View is back!

Heidi, the book sounds so great, I'm a knitter of sorts, let's just say I do scarves, lots of them. And I agree about us looking back on what our mothers and grandmothers did and realising it's pretty darn cool.

Now I'm thinking the controversial part of your book sounds like it would be my favorite part! I haven't read any "Knitting" romances yet, but yours sounds like the perfect place to start.

Rain Maiden said...

I have yet to read one of Heidi's stories ,but they sound like great reads. I love her blog though and vist it daily. I miss that beef cake on the bike.

Chelsea B. said...

Great interview!:)

Heidi Betts said...

Ah-ha! Tossing out decoy hunks seems to have worked. Good idea, Laura! Even if you did claim 2 of the 3 for yourself. Sheesh. But I'm gonna lay semi-claim to Jeffrey Donovan of USA's Burn Notice. Hubba-hunka-hubba.

What's the deal, btw, with Gerard allegedly slapping a pooch? I heard a snippet on TV the other day, but nothing since, so I'm clueless. I'm gonna have scowl at him & scratch him from my "oh, yeah, I'd do him" list if he's not nice to animals. }:-<

Emmanuelle~ I luuuved doing research into Gage's tattoo. Can you believe a copyeditor wanted me to cut a bunch of that & "not go into so much detail" about his ink? As if!

LOL, Keri. Dangling Dwayne as my carrot would definitely get me to OH, but if we were there together, I'm afraid we'd spend all of our time in the hotel *room* & you'd still never see me. :-P

Hi, Amy! I'm so excited that one of my books will be your first ever knitting romance. :-D It's definitely not like any of the others that are out there, I can pretty much guarantee it. *vbg* (Should we tell her about the "naked knitting", Laura? ;-))

Hi, Rain! So glad you stopped by to say hello! I have to say, I don't recognize your name from The Dungeon...are you a lurking Darling, or do you use another name over there? I'm delighted you visit daily & that motorcycle hunk *was* a good one...maybe we can talk him into an encore soon. :-D

Hi, Chelsea! Thanks bunches, glad you could drop in!

Becke Davis said...

Hi Chelsea - thanks for joining the party!

Rain - After I read TANGLED UP IN LOVE last year (was it that long ago?), I knew I was hooked. I bet you'll feel the same way.

Amy - I did try to knit a scarf once. Or was it crochet? Sorry, it was a long time ago. I don't think I've gotten any less klutzy since then, unfortunately.

Oh, c'mon, Heidi -- share the wealth. Maybe if Dwayne shows up we could draw straws? Although, I'm willing to consider alternatives. Say, Hugh Jackman. Alan Rickman. Colin Firth. Jeremy Northam.

I'm not picky.

Becke Davis said...

And how could I forget Nathan Fillion?

Paula R said...

Oh do tell about the "naked knitting." I wanna know...Um, I am going to throw a little flavor into the mix of decoys here...

Will Smith, Shemar Moore, Boris Kudrow and Taye Diggs

A dash of cowboys too: Tim McGraw, Daryl Worley, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith...now, I think Dwayne might have a chance...more variety!

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Rosie Murphy said...

Hello my fabulous CP! What is this I'm hearing about farming out my boyfriend...MY GB!!...WAH? Heidi, I love your writing, but I gotta say whole-heartedly: Quando pisce la gallina! (wink-wink Michelle, I looked it up, so I think I have this right this time!) :-)

Sorry, back to Gerard. You see, I was lusting after him waaaaay before 300 or P.S. I Love You, yadda-yadda. Anyone remember Dracula 2000 or Atilla? No? MINE, MINE, MINE!

I hear there are support groups for this, but I'm weak, so weak. Must...Google...Gerard Butler

Keri Stevens said...

For those of you who don't speak Latin, Rosie just asked the question, "When shall we swim with the Frenchwoman?"

I think it should be the title of Heidi's next book.

Rosie Murphy said...

Keri, geesh! You are not supposed to tell. It's all in the translation, for heaven's sake!

Heidi Betts said...

Mmm, Hugh...Alan...Nathan...Shemar... *wiping away excessive drool* Yes, yes, they're all very fine & shall act as the perfect decoys.

Hey, Rosie! Becke warned us that you would be storming the place to protect your gorgeous Gerard. You'll get no argument from me, unless of course I need to throw him to the lustful masses to keep them away from Dwayne. But for the record, I do actually remember Atilla & Dracula 2000. He was & still is all kinds of sexy. ;-)

ROTF, Keri. I love it! If it can't be a title, I'm thining I can work it into a book somehow. LOL

Heidi Betts said...

Um, that should be "thinKing" :P

Becke Davis said...

Oh, Paula -- how could I forget Shemar? And, for my age group (okay, so maybe a decade younger), I have to say Denzel shoots to the top of the list.

Becke Davis said...

Heidi -- See what I mean about Rosie?

Rosie -- I promise if Heidi tosses GB to the masses, I'll be there to catch him for you!

Keri -- Thanks for the translation. I think.

Rosie Murphy said...

Fair enough Heidi, fair enough. I'd do the same with Dwayne. I love it that you do remember GB's early years *sigh* and sorry about the claws, but you get it. I should have known.
Umm, Keri's title is soooo much better than what I actually said. It's a rustic Italian saying, but I think I'll wait for Michelle to translate it since she reminded me of it in DC. :-)

Becke Davis said...

By the way, have you all checked out Michelle's great blog at B&N's Unabashedly Bookish? It's called "Everyone's a Critic" and it's excellent:

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Unabashedly-Bookish/Everybody-s-a-Critic/bc-p/386922#M1695

And don't forget to check her latest posts at B&N's Heart to Heart:

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Heart-to-Heart/bg-p/HearttoHeart

Becke Davis said...

Rosie - I seem to remember that conversation. Not sure I'm ready to hear what your Italian phrase really means. I kind of liked Keri's take on it!

Rosie Murphy said...

Becke, you're the best! Wait..that would mean you'd...touch him.
Let me think.

Rosie Murphy said...

Giggle, giggle--I'll tell ya later. It involves poultry.

Netti said...

LOL! Great interview and the comments are almost as entertaining *G*

Paula R said...

Becke, I love me some Denzel too, and Sean Connery, and Pierce Brosnan...I know, I am all over the place. Heidi, you might need a bib soon...lol

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Emma said...

Great interview .This book sounds wonderful.

Becke Davis said...

Rosie: POULTRY???

Netti: We did get a little off-topic, but it's been fun, hasn't it?

Emma: Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you all enjoy Heidi's books as much as I did. And now the countdown begins until Grace's book comes out.

Tonya Kappes said...

Hi Heidi! I love your chicks with sticks. For me I love the comfort of the knitting and romance all tied to one. I remember as I sat around with my aunts/cousins/sister/mom/grandmother as a child and listening to them talk about their life and the love I felt from their bonding. I love that with books with a common theme. Thanks for being here. I love, love your voice!

Becke Davis said...

Paula: Pierce Brosnan! How could I forget? I need to check with you when my put together my "hot" list!

Becke Davis said...

Tonya - Reading Heidi's comments gives you a hint of what you'll find in her books. One of the scenes I loved is where Gage explains to Jenna why knitting is like sex. You have to read it for yourself!

Becke Davis said...

And BTW, thanks for commenting, Tonya! Tonya blogs over at Chasingheroes.com (hope I spelled that right). Rosie is my main critique partner, and she just had an extremely exciting REQUEST FOR A FULL on her erotic novella! Woot!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buona Sera, Bellas! Phewf! What a day! So nice to see everyone hanging today! What's doin? Oh. Oh, my.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Rosie! the one about waiting for the chickens to....?

Erica G said...

I would love to win! I never learned to knit, but I would like to.

egreca (at) hotmail {dot} com

Paula R said...

Becke, I will help anytime you need to put together that hottie list...lol. Oh, I have another one for you Becke, Robert Conrad...he was Hannibal in the A-team.

I think the saying the Rosie is talking about has to do with when someone fishes for a hen/chicken or something like that...hence the poultry ref...I don't speak Italian, but I am using what little French and Spanish I know to piece it all together...

I am really having a ball here listening to you guys.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Rosie, you just brought out the Italian soul, you know?

oo, paula r, cowboys...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

oh, that's so very close. It does mean that something will happen when chickens do something specific... :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Heidi wrote: "I'm Italian. When we stop loving, we punish." *vbg* So pithy, yet so intensely true. Except that sometimes Italian love is punishment. Um, and not in a pleasant Mistress Heidi way...

Becke Davis said...

Uh oh, with Rosie and Michelle in the house, you know things are going to get interesting.

Two Italians? And Heidi with her whips and chains and fuzzy handcuffs? Run for cover!

Paula: Face! He was terrific!

Erica: If you learn, maybe you can explain it to me. Although I'm a pretty slow learner.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Laura J writes: And if anyone is worried that they might be more "erotic" ---NO. They are very steamy, but they are also fun with the couple laughing and talking. That's a lovely way to describe the flavor of this novel.

A girlfriend called me tonight whom I haven't spoken to in a few months, but whom was one of the first friends I had I could talk about romance with. She was saying, "Sometimes you just want to read a romance and feel good!"

Exactly. um, of course, I like super-erotic, too. but even then, if it can be blended with that 'real' you're talking about, laura, it's the absolute best. :)

Becke Davis said...

Oh, that is so true, Michelle. When you read a good romance you just come away from it smiling.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

sewicked writes: I love seeing any fiber-themed. Now, that's just a cool way to put it.

Paula R said...

Hey Michelle, it is great to see you...yes, I am close...but, can't fathom what could happen, yet...I will think on it some more...

I love me some cowboys. I only gave you guys a sample...hahahahaha...okay, here are a some more Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Garth Brooks...I will stop there...I can't give them all away!

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

btw. My sil tried to teach me to knit, and I worked the same 3 rows for about a week. My cat had more fun than i did. I gave up. But I do appreciate a lovely handmade sweater. does that count?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

principessa, I'm shocked at your behavior. Mistress Heidi and her cohorts must be corrupting you!

tonya, that's a really nice, warm story.

Heidi Betts said...

Rosie~ I totally understand, since I feel exactly the same about Dwayne. Hands off, people! Do not make me hurt you!

And, yeah, we're gonna need Michelle to come in & translate Rosie's comment because the closest I can get is "When chickens swim" & that just doesn't sound all that threatening to me. :-P

Hi, Netti! Glad you're enjoying the melee over here...thanks for dropping by to join in!

Paula~ I always wear waterproof tees just in case of situations like these. Michael Weatherly, Bruce Willis, Keanu Reeves... (Yes, I said Keanu...wanna make something of it?)

Hi, Emma, welcome to the party! I hope you'll pick up Jenna & Gage's story...or Ronnie's & Dylan's story...or both *g*...& let me know what you think!

Tony~ Thank you so much, I'm DElighted to hear it! I love the bonding that can take place with knitting, too, that passing on of talent & know-how.

Becke~ Speaking of the scene where Gage tells Jenna knitting is like sex...can you believe I got that idea from my *male* agent? That's a story unto itself, lemme tell you. LOL

Congrats, Rosie, on the request! And didn't I just wing a note your way or leave a comment on Chasingheroes.com? I swear a memory is trying to poke thru my Swiss cheese brain.

Becke Davis said...

Let us not talk about memory loss. Or senior moments. Or hot flashes.

Heidi: I'm intrigued by your male agent's input. (Why does "input" sound sexual when I say it here?) Is there a story there?

Laura J. said...

Heidi I think naked knitting should be explained.

See is involves two people who are naked and are knitting. *g*

And *if* Rosie ends up taking my Gerard (and we know how competitive I can be with the cuffs over at WIPs) then I will take a sub Alexander Skarsgaard. Or I'll just have them both. *g*

Heidi Betts said...

Hi again, Michelle. Yes, somewhere along the line, I think we may have gotten out of hand. :-P You're right, tho, that Mistress Heidi & I may be corrupting the Bellas. We're known for that. Or, as we like to think of it, helping to bring out their Inner Demoness. *vbg*

Welcome, Erica! Glad you could drop by to toss your name in the hat. :-D

Seriously, ladies, if you want to compile a list of hotties, you should drop by The Dungeon on Saturdays. Sometimes our beefcake has a name, sometimes not...anonymous beefcake, if you will...but they are *always* guaranteed HOTTT. That's right, you hear me: three Ts. ;-)

Paula R said...

Hi Heidi, kudos to you on the waterproof tees...you know, I have nothing against Keanu...loved him in the Matrix...I am not hot for him though, but Michael Weatherly, that is another story...love him on NCIS, but you know what, I love Mark Harmon too...well, the young version of him...aw hell, I like the older wiser version too, but I don't have the hots for him anymore...

Mistress Heidi, I would love to stay, but I am getting tired...need some beauty sleep. Good luck to everyone...I hope I am lucky enough to win in absentia, but if not, I will go out and buy the book...I will see you back in the Dungeon...

Michelle and Becke, I had a wonderful time hanging out with you guys...Thank you for a great chat...

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Heidi, I'm very pleased you joined us today at RBTB and brought along so many wonderful friends.

I'm pretty much bumming I got so buried today -- and had some doc appts -- that I couldn't jump into the testosterone-worshipping fray.

But I'm glad to know I could leave Becke as your hostess to keep your party going! And I'm so coveting the pretty pink party restraints.

Heidi Betts said...

Becke~ There always seems to be a story where my agent is concerned. He is just a funny, funny man & we have had some funny, funny moments. LOL

Laura~ I don't know...should "naked knitting" be explained, or should we dangle a carrot in front of everyone & simply say that TANGLED UP IN LOVE contains a very sexy, very amusing naked knitting scene & let them experience it for themselves? ;-) I vote for letting them discover it for themselves.

Who's the guy who plays the young guy with longish blond hair on Sons of Anarchy? Add him to the list! I don't even watch that show, but I sure stop & enjoy the previews with him in them. *g*

Heidi Betts said...

Ah, Paula, I'll be turning in shortly, too, but before you go, let me add a big hoorah for Mark Harmon. Yes, yes, yes! Don't care how old he gets, I still luv him!

And tho I don't know exactly how Michelle & Becke want to run the giveaway, I was thinking we'd probably draw a name early in the AM & post it in connection with Becke's review of LOVES ME & my visit tomorrow. I do think, tho, that both ladies would agree if I said, "you do not have to be present to win." LOL

Michelle~ It's been fabulous, thank you both so much for having me. And I can't say for sure, but I might be able to talk Mistress Heidi into giving you an honorary set of Fuzzy Pink Handcuffs. She does that once in a while, when she's feeling generous. ;-) Or if you're up early one morning, you're welcome to drop by WIPs and Chains & see if you can grab them before anyone else...even Laura. :-p

Rosie Murphy said...

Thanks on the congrats, Heidi and you are very close with the saying. The water is kinda-sorta involved. It's like saying, "When pigs fly." Chickens don't actually...uh... urinate. Hence why Heidi's new book should be called: When Shall We Swim with the Frenchwoman as Keri suggested. Much more tasteful, but very...weird.

Michelle, you are so right about the punishment/love Italian-ness. Dio Mio! You hit the nail on the head! Talk about Italian souls, I think I'm channelling my mother.

Laura, it'll be very difficult to peel me off GB, but I might consider it if I'm...uh...distracted by say, Scott Speedman or Thomas Jane.

Becke, Becke, Becke! I love your blogs!

Becke Davis said...

Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but after today . . . let's just say, if I smoked, I'd need a cigarette.

I had to take a break to keep my hubby company and watch a couple episodes of Friday Night Lights on Netflix. It's a wonderful show, but even if they were speaking gibberish, it would still be worth watching (if you know what I mean).

I hope you will come back tomorrow to read more about Heidi's book. Michelle - I hope you get a chance to sit back and relax at some point. I think we should be calling you SuperBella! (I would try to come up with something in Italian but Rosie would just translate it into something naughty, and you know I'm not like that.) :)

Michelle, Bellas, Heidi,ladies of the Dungeon and all you wonderful people, I hope to continue this again in the morning!

D.D. Scott said...

Heidi, you're a hoot!

I love your humor and how the Chicks with Sticks really click on your pages.

You've got such a gift in your LOL story-telling.

"Dwayne" is a lucky man to be yours...LOL!

Sexy, Sassy, Smart Chicks w/Sticks Wishes --- D. D. Scott
http://www.DDScott.com
http://twitter.com/ddscottromcom

Heidi Betts said...

Good morning, all! I'm back, if not quite wide awake. Had a kitten brushing her whiskers against my face half the night...adorable, but hard to sleep thru, y'know? LOL

Ah, Rosie, you're a gal after my own heart. I don't think The Punisher has ever been on TV that I haven't had to stop & watch me some Tom Jane. ;-)

Hi, D.D., thanks for stopping in--& for the lovely compliments. Dwayne is lucky to have me, I know. *snicker*

Becke Davis said...

D.D. - Sorry I missed your post last night! I hope come back and talk to us again today.

Becke Davis said...

Chelsea! How did I miss your comment? Thanks for coming by!