Mia Downing’s Scorching Hot Spies
Posted by Trish Milburn Aug 19 2012, 12:05 am
Chances are you’ve heard of the runaway success of Fifty Shades of Grey. Not surprisingly, readers who have enjoyed Grey are now looking for more stories with similar levels of heat. Authors such as today’s guest, Mia Downing, are there to offer these readers what they’re looking for.
With the huge popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, erotic stories seem to be more in the public consciousness now, and it’s obvious there is a market for these hotter stories. What is it about erotic romance that draws you as a writer?
Hmmm…writing about hot sex while in your pj’s, drooling over hot men as cover model options… Decisions. LOL. I honestly can say at first the lure was the money. Readers want these books and they’re selling faster than condoms in a house of ill repute. But there’s definite freedom in writing erotic romance. There are so many genres, from contemporary to sci-fi to historicals. I also like that I can make the characters show growth in their sexual encounters and use those scenes as another tool to take the reader on a wild ride. It’s definitely fun.
Your new book, Spy Games: Trained for Seduction, is the first in a new series about spies. Tell us about the book and the series.
The book was so much fun to write. When Emma Walters first meets Chase Sanders, he’s deep under cover, trying to nail her father for terrorist activities. Things go horribly wrong, and Emma becomes his collateral damage and is given a choice–go to jail, or become a spy for the U.S. She chooses the spy route and becomes Kate Wells, wanted not only for her 170 IQ and bomb-making capabilities, but because she is a blonde bombshell, one the government wants to train for seduction to take down a terrorist with sick sexual needs.
Chase Sanders is her boss and has been volunteered by the powers-that-be to show Kate the sexual ropes. The catch–she’s a virgin, and Chase is already emotionally involved. A year of watching her morph into a blonde killing machine has him agonizing over this task. Making love to her means she’ll belong to another man, and success in the mission means she’ll die, too. Neither are an option he can live with.
The second book in the series will be out in October. Spy Games: Lethal Limits, is Jake’s story. Jake Anderson is Kate’s partner and Chase’s best friend.
Secret Agent Jake Anderson would rather have the measles than love his best friend’s wife. So when she gives him a mission—to find his own woman to love—he knows just the woman to target. Exotic beauty Tia Richards—his new partner—is wild, twisted, and has no limits when it comes to adventure, in bed and out. She’s perfect for him. Now he just has to get Tia and his heart to agree.
Sexy spy Tia Richards has a problem, and the solution is Jake. The last time they hooked up, he left her bound and begging, unfulfilled, so close to finally getting the fireworks she deserves. But Jake loves his former partner, and Tia refuses to be second best. Will she listen to the ache in her heart that whispers she has what it takes to be first in Jake’s life, or will lethal limits separate them forever?
The last book in the series is Spy Games: Endgame and is Charlotte and Aaron’s story. Charlotte Smith is another product of collateral damage, this time from a failed mission of Jake’s. Charlotte was meek and submissive in her old life but vows to kill the men who took everything from her. Flash forward five years and she’s now known as the dragon queen, a trained assassin marking time until her Endgame is put into play. She’s serving as a bodyguard for Aaron James, Jake’s sexy actor brother, who is in danger. Jake is fairly sure she’ll kill Aaron before the week is over, but I think she likes Aaron a lot more than she’s willing to admit! Aaron has a lot of baggage of his own, and the sparks between the two lead to a passion hotter than a dragon’s flame.
What made you want to write about spies?
This book started out more as a bedtime story I told myself when my husband snored and I was too lazy/tired/cold to go to the couch. I had the characters, the plot, but it wasn’t quite right. Usually Kate ended up with Jake, and Chase was older. But one night Chase wanted to get the girl, so I made him younger and let him have her. And then I said, “OMG this could be a really sexy dirty book.” So I put an erotic romance spin on them, and here they are. I have no clue why they ended up as spies except for the fact that the spy aspect was really exciting (enough to cover the snores), there was a helicopter and Kate could become someone who was so far from what I was, but still be really feminine and fun.
Who is your favorite fictional spy? I will admit to getting a little warm watching The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. OMG, those arms.
LOL. He’s so divine, and I can’t wait to catch that movie. I loved the original Bournes, too. My favorite fictional spy is Sydney Bristow, from the ABC show Alias, played by Jennifer Garner. That character reminds me a lot of Kate, and it was just so much fun. That series was the starting point for Bradley Cooper’s career. Fun all around!
You also have a novella out titled Exceeding Boundaries. Is this connected to your spy series? Tell us about this story.
Exceeding Boundaries is about lawyers. Really. Nothing to do with spies. But it is a story with lots of conflict that sort of sneaks up on you, and the characters aren’t always what they appear to be once you start peeling back the layers.
Lawyer Megan Connors wants a man, one that will wine her, dine her, and help her to forget the pain of a date rape she experienced as a teen. Her boss, Adam Wentworth, is just the man–tall, dark-haired, blue-eyed, and a confirmed player. He’s perfect for a weekend of non-committal sex that will entice her inner woman out to play for good. So Megan devises a plan for seduction, one that will lure Adam into her arms.
Adam has been attracted to Megan since day one, but his preference for dominance and her fragile air kept him at bay. Megan’s kiss under forgotten mistletoe is just the fuel his lust needs to exceed the boundaries she once put in place. He’s game, but he wants more than a weekend with the vulnerable yet sexy Megan.
When the weekend is over, will Megan allow the past to keep her bound or can Adam convince her she’s strong enough to submit?
For readers out there, how would you describe the heat level in your books?
Scorching hot. My editor is a hard woman because she reads smut all day long, and she says my missionary scenes make her squirm in a good way. If you’ve read Fifty Shades, it’s along those lines but there’s nothing extreme (just smokin’ hot). Expect explicit language, light BDSM, light bondage, toys, anal sex, and Spy Games: Trained for Seduction has a menage at the end. But no hardcore spanking or S/m activities. Actually, I try to use the sex scenes to direct character growth or show/enhance conflict, so it’s blistering hot but necessary to the story.
Okay, now it’s your turn. Who is your favorite fictional spy? Mia will give away a copy of Spy Games: Trained for Seduction in the format of your choice to one commenter today.