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Mar 16, 2014

Masked Innocence Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway

Title: Masked Innocence (Innocence, #2)
Author: Alessandra Torre
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Release date: February 25, 2014

The man was sinful. It wasn't just the looks that made him dangerous, it was the cocky confidence that dominated every move, every touch. And the frustrating yet ecstatic fact about the whole package was that he could back it all up…

Julia Campbell never knows what to expect with win-at-all-costs Brad De Luca. And she's starting to like it that way. She gave up safe, conventional relationships when she let the elite divorce attorney seduce her into his world. Now that he's determined to strip her naked of every inhibition, she's in danger of falling too deep and too fast.

But their affair begins to feel even more dangerous when a murder leaves a trail of suspicion that points straight to the mob…and Brad. Trusting a man with a bad reputation and a past full of secrets seems like a mistake. But when she's forced to make a choice, the consequences will take her further than she could ever have imagined.
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We sat down to talk with Alessandra Torre about her latest release Masked Innocence, the follow-up to her debut erotica novel Blindfolded Innocence. Alessandra answers everything from her favorite adjectives to describe sex scenes, to who she would cast in Hollywood as leading roles for her steamy characters Julia Campbell and Brad De Luca.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your upcoming release, Masked Innocence the follow-up to your debut novel, Blindfolded Innocence.

Masked Innocence takes Brad and Julia’s courtship and takes it to the next level. Their relationship, and their sex life, dives further and deeper while a murder uncovers hidden secrets.

Q. What book is on your next to-buy list?

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Q. What’s your go-to snack when you’re writing?

Nutty Bars or navel oranges

Q. What was the first erotica book you ever read?

Fifty Shades of Grey

Q. If you could be with any fictional character for one night, who would it be and why?

Thor. I’d like to see his hammer. ☺

Q. Where do you do most of your writing? Do you have a certain place that inspires you the most?

I have a big comfy chair that I like to settle into. It’s surrounded by windows and has plenty of room for my two dogs. If I need inspiration I set aside the computer and take the dogs for a walk.

Q. What are the must have essentials in your purse for a night out on the town?

Chapstick, cash, my cell, and a peppermint.

Q. What is the difference between erotica and romance books? What about erotic fiction vs. porn?

Erotica contains explicit descriptions of sex, while traditional romance novels contain more ‘fade to black’ love scenes. Erotic fiction versus porn–words versus actuality and actions.

Q. What are some of your favorite adjectives to describe sex scenes?

Thick, intense, slick, fevered, hard

Q. Why did you choose to self-publish?

What are the pros and cons of self-publishing? Control. Flexibility. The ability to change covers, blurbs, and price on my own, and to see and track my own sales.

Q. How did you come up the characters Julia Campbell and Brad De Luca? Did you draw inspiration from characters in other books or movies?

Julia and Brad are loosely based on me and my husband and the situation surrounding our meeting/courtship. Once I created their roles, the characters sort of took lives of their own and ran wild.

Q. In Masked Innocence, how did you maintain a perfect balance between the erotic parts and the suspense?

The plot wound its own path; there are times in the book when it is erotic-focused, times when it takes a more dramatic turn. There are places when it needed sex, or a lighter note, in order to keep the book from getting too dark.

Q. Why did you start writing erotica?

I didn’t think that there was a market for plot-based stories with explicit sex–but after seeing Fifty Shades fever, it finally felt like the timing was right to dive into that genre.

Q. Are you for or against books being turned into movies?

I am certainly for books being turned into movies. So many individuals don’t read, movies allow them to experience these great stories in a different way.

Q. Who would you cast as your lead roles for Masked Innocence?

As far as my series, it is very difficult to cast this couple, but I would go with Minka Kelly and Joe Manganiello.

Q. Who is your favorite indie erotica author?

CD Reiss or Pam Godwin

Q. What is the best and worse advice you have heard authors give writers?

Best advice: don’t publish a book until it is ready. Prepare it properly, with a professional book cover and editing. Worst advice: get an agent, or wait until you have a traditional publishing deal in order to get your work out there.

Q. What type of feedback do you get from your fans?

Everything. Some readers will love scene XYZ while another reader hates it. Readers write in with praise and criticism. The best thing is that they care enough to write. Any emotion, positive or negative, is better than no emotion.

Q. Why do you write under a pen name and would you recommend it for other erotica authors?

I don’t see any reason to not write under a pen name. A pen name gives a degree of privacy to my everyday life. I would recommend it for other authors, but especially erotica authors.

Q. Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I’m polishing up the final book in the Innocence trilogy. It releases on March 25th and takes Brad and Julia’s relationship to the next stage.

Q. Did you learn anything from writing your books?

I’ve learned a lot in my research, about different sexual fetishes, practices, and motivations. I’ve learned to be a lot more open minded and accepting.

Q. Your first book was a #1 e-book seller. Why do you think erotica does so well in digital format?

Because of the ability to read erotica privately, without others knowing what smut you hide on your Kindle.

Q. What advice would you give to a writer starting out on the self-publishing path?

Don’t put a book out there until it is ready. Pay an editor and cover designer. Prepare your skin, toughen it up.

Q. What’s your favorite genre within erotica and why?

Erotic suspense. Alpha male.

Q. What’s your biggest writing achievement?

Making the USA Today Bestseller List.

About the author:

Alessandra Torre is a stay-at-home wife and mom in the southeast United States. Blindfolded Innocence is her first novel. She is currently working on the sequel, which will be available soon. When not writing, Alessandra enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. You can find out more about Alessandra and her upcoming books at her website or through her Facebook page.

Connect with Alessandra Torre: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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