Nicole Austin – Scandalous

{March 9, 2011}   Book Tour – Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon

When I first started writing, it was a rather solitary hobby. I’d sit in front of my computer and the stories slowly evolved on the page. I wrote LOTS of stories before ever submitting one for publication. However, I’m not going to lie—I was extremely lucky when it came to getting published because my very first submission, Erotic Research, was accepted by Samhain. Once that story came out, my solitary existence evolved and grew as my circle of peers did. I’m part of a group of writers who blog together under the name International Heat. We were a group of authors, reviewers, and a cover artist who met on various chat loops and basically hit it off. We were all at the same place in our careers (the beginning), so we decided to hold hands and take the plunge into the world of e-publishing together.

Three years later, all of us have seen success and failures, rejections and acceptances. We celebrate together. We cry together. And just recently, we started writing together! Jayne Rylon is a part of International Heat as well and one night during our daily back and forth posts, I mentioned my sadness at finishing the Wild Irish series. I was well-over the halfway mark and I’d become quite attached to my Collins clan. Jayne jokingly suggested I incorporate some cousins. In our playful comments, I said they could be the black-sheep side of the family and rather than being Irish, they could be Italian. Jayne immediately wrote back Italian Stallions!

Don’t even ask me how we made the segue from Italian Stallions to Compass Brothers because I don’t have a clue. Take my word for it. We did. As we started planning my Collins cousins, the stories changed and evolved. The Italians became Midwestern ranchers, red hot cowboys with no relation to the Wild Irish (LOL) and the idea of co-writing became a very real goal.

Jayne and I sketched out the series of four books, discussed the best way (for us) of actually writing them. Some authors write every other chapter, some writers each take a character’s POV in the story. We knew that wouldn’t work. We’re both used to being the alpha dog when it comes to telling our stories. Instead, we decided to split up the four brothers—Silas (Northern Exposure) and Sam (Eastern Ambitions) are Jayne’s, while Seth (Southern Comfort) and Sawyer (Western Ties) belong to me. Each of us is writing two of the four stories—putting down the plot, building the romance, etc. Once the bare bones are written, the story is handed over to the other author and that’s where the true collaboration begins as the partner adds in their writing style to the story. There are lots of common characters in all four books—the parents, ranchers, neighbors—and we’ve worked together to create those people and their stories as well.

The experience has been a wonderful one and with the first two books written and under out belts, I’m looking forward to moving on to the last two. March 15 marks the release of Northern Exposure at Samhain, but it’s available for presale everywhere right now. 😀 Nic was nice enough to let us do a bit of shouting about the series here on her blog, so I thought I’d share the blurbs to Northern Exposure and Southern Comfort with you.

Northern Exposure

All roads lead home when that’s where you’ve left your heart.

Compass Brothers, Book 1

Silas Compton always had his eye on Lucy, the veterinarian’s daughter. He was even content to wait for the girl of his dreams to grow up before getting anywhere near her with his family’s double-edged legacy.

Waiting around led to fooling around with his best friend—and an impulsive eruption of desire that Lucy’s innocent eyes weren’t meant to see. Figuring Compton Pass wasn’t big enough for the three of them or the pain he’d caused, Silas let loose his tightly reined wanderlust and headed for Alaska.

Ten years later, when an oil rig accident sends him home, he braces himself for the reopening of old wounds. Instead he finds himself in the care—and welcoming arms—of Lucy and Colby, whose marriage has plenty of room for the man they both still love. And forgive with all their hearts.

As things start to unravel at Compass Ranch, Silas must dig deep for the strength to assume his rightful place in the Compton family…and lay the foundation for a future with his lovers. If he can forgive himself.

Warning: This book is overflowing with sexy cowboys who like to saddle up and ride each other as well as the woman of their dreams. The likelihood of becoming addicted to their ranch family is high. With three more stories yet to come, beware. You won’t be able read just one!

Southern Comfort

How can a gal resist the cowboy who’s hog-tied her with heartstrings?

Compass Brothers, Book 2

Seth Compton has known for years he was falling for his boss’s daughter, Jody Kirkland. Problem is Jody’s too young, too feisty, and too damned independent for his dominating ways. When she graduates from college and returns home with a diploma and a fiancé, Seth figures to hell with the difficulties. He’s in love with her and he’s not gonna rest until he’s captured her heart.

When Jody wakes up the morning after her wild bachelorette party with a hangover, the last place she expects to find herself is tied to a bed with sexy-as-sin Seth Compton lying next to her. Seth is determined to prove that they belong together, but Jody’s been hurt by Seth’s disinterest too many times in the past. If he wants her, he’s going to have to work for it.

Lucky for Seth…and Jody, he has plenty of rope.

Warning: This story contains a bondage lovin’ cowboy who kidnaps and hogties a cowgirl to his bed and does all sorts of naughty things to her. Fun, right?


I’m sorry Mari, were you talking? I got completely distracted by the hot guy beneath your post. No… really… I’m cracking up trying to figure out exactly how we did make it from Italian Stallions to Compass Brothers but soooooo very glad we did in any case.

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