Q&A with Kelly Gendron, Author of Satisfying the Curse plus Giveaway

Today’s treat for the followers of Reading Reality is an interview with Kelly Gendron, the author of the sinfully delicious treat Satisfying the Curse (review). I had the opportunity to grill Ms. Gendron about her predilection for stories about bad boy heroes, among other topics, and here’s what she had to say:

So tell us a little about Kelly Gendron…

I’ve been a mom for seventeen years. My day job? I’m a nurse. I represent a group of nursing facilities in the WNY area. I perform medical evaluations on the patients prior to their admission. I’m goal oriented and I’ve been told I’m a control-freak. I think I’m a fair and considerate person. Very rarely, am I ever called a B 🙁 tch, at least to my :). Here’s something else, I can tell you about Kelly Gendron, she’s no longer shy.

All of your books are about bad boys. Where does that inspiration come from?

If you’ve been to my website then you’ve seen my motto— “Bad boys…Give ’em a little time and experience and they will evolve into misbehaving men…”

When I was younger, my whimsical heart chased after those bad boys until I realized they were just that, boys. In my stories, I take those little heartbreakers and write them as all grown up men. Really, who doesn’t want a Bad Boy? Me? I just prefer to let them bake for a while. Those Casanovas in the making will rise to irresistible, capable, and dominant men. When cooked at the right temperature they’ll still taste disobedient but with the right amount of heat, they’ll become succulent and tantalizing!

At the beginning of Satisfying the Curse your heroine is certain she’s cursed and your hero believes he’s tainted. That’s a heck of a lot of baggage for one couple to overcome. Why so dark?

It’s an addiction of mine… Make it dark, devastating, and heartbreaking! Make it hot, sexy, and breathtaking! I want to reach inside my readers and touch as much of them as I can—good and bad. If my stories consisted of just roses and kisses, I’d only be getting half the job done, right?

So, what’s your favorite scene from the Satisfying the Curse? and why?

My stories are literally created from the beginning. I don’t write a synopsis or an outline. I figure out how I want the story to start, I sit down and I write. With that being said, it is the very beginning when Juliana kidnaps the one man, she believes, who can take care of her curse. The scene reveals Juliana’s innocence but it also shows her valor and determination.

After reading the story, I’m really curious, do you believe in nurture over nature, or the other way around?

I believe in nurture but whether we choose to accept it or not I think our nature has a great deal of influence on our psyche. A child of an alcoholic may never take a drink. In Satisfying The Curse, Agent T. Ryker’s father is a rapist. Does that make Ryker one? No. But Ryker still fears the nature of the beast.

Who first introduced you to the love of reading?

I’d like to say it was my 5th grade teacher but the only thing I did in school was daydream. My mother is an avid reader. Her books were always lying around. One afternoon, home alone and bored, I picked one up— Johanna Lindsey. It was all over from there. I read for pleasure, to escape reality, and I only read romances.

Who or what most influenced your decision to become a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing but never took it seriously, until I was in my early thirties and back in college. I had to take an English course. One of the assignments was to write a short story and read it to the class. Mine was about a man proposing to his lover. It really was a simple story but I was instantly attracted to it— the writing. Once more, it was all over from there…

And are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you plot everything out in advance, or do you just let the story flow?

When it comes to this question, I’m kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. My life and all that happens in it derives from the plotter in me. When I write, I’m a Pantser.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

Oh, yes. I depend on it!

What book do you recommend everyone should read, and why?

Well, you know it’s going to be a romance because that’s all I read. Hmm… that’s a tough one! I’d have to say anything from J.R. Ward including Jessica Bird. She’s a writer that can reach inside and stir the good and bad in me.

So, what kind of bad boy story do you have coming up next?

It’s another dark one— my addiction at its best— featuring the all grown up bad boy, Tex McCoy. It is called Fatal Promise— here’s a one-liner— Rainey Ann McKenna always keeps her promises… one of those promises has a murderer moving into her home.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee with all the fixins!

Marlene, thank you for having me here today, you really got me thinking with these questions!

Thank you, Kelly for being such a terrific guest! And you are so right. Bad boys make do great stories!

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Satisfying the Curse

Satisfying the Curse by Kelly Gendron is a romantic suspense story that starts out by having the hero drugged and tied to a hotel bed to service the heroine’s curse! The scene teases her limits, his libido and the reader’s expectations, but all in surprising, and ultimately satisfying, ways.

About that bondage scene…Juliana Pratt believes that she is cursed. She’s twenty-six, and has spent her entire over-educated life in environments where she keeps herself as far away from men as possible. Her father has her convinced that her mother was a wanton adulteress and that Juliana suffers the same curse. Juliana has never even let herself be tempted to give in.

But Daddy Dearest is facing murder charges, and Juliana is the only witness that can corroborate his alibi. So while he is in prison awaiting his trial, she is free. Well, sort of free. Daddy Dearest (AKA Warren Pritchard) is rich and influential. He’s committed a LOT of dirty deeds, but always managed to buy his way out, until this time. During Juliana’s limited bit of freedom, she is supposed to be doing the talk show circuit, playing up the dutiful daughter image and making sure that any jury is prejudiced in his favor before the trial starts. In return, he has promised to finally give Juliana some of her inheritance.

But this talk-show junket is Juliana’s first experience of life outside of all-girls schools and educational institutions. She’s finally experiencing real life, even if it is a real life punctuated by regular death threats and attempted kidnappings.

Somebody wants her dead, or at least beaten down. And Juliana knows it’s her father. He wants to make sure she corroborates his alibi.

Juliana has a bodyguard. And that’s where the real fun comes in. Her first bodyguard, Josie, introduces her to the fun of watching mixed martial arts. Watching the fighters wakes up Juliana’s curse of wantonness. or that’s what Juliana believes. Juliana asks her bodyguard, her best and only friend, to help her get one particular fighter at her mercy for one night, so she can lose her pesky virginity and satisfy her curse.

The plan works flawlessly. Except…once  she’s got the man tied up and practically begging, Juliana can’t follow through. And her inexperience reveals the fact that she’s a virgin, which leads to the next flaw, the fighter may have done a lot of ring bunnies in his time, but he doesn’t play with virgins. Ever.

Then there’s problem number three, and it’s a doozy. Juliana’s protection detail gets handed off the morning after the curse-removal disaster to a new bodyguard. And the fighter she tried to play bondage games with is her new babysitter. And her curse still wants him, really, really bad.

Too bad Agent T. Ryker still doesn’t do virgins. No matter how much they beg. Or how much he wants to.

That her father is going on trial for murdering his aunt, the woman who raised him? That’s just one more reason to guard his heart from the beautiful woman whose body he’s supposed to be protecting.

Escape Rating B+: The opening scene started out pretty darn funny. The bondage thing was just crazy. And hot. But then things took twists into a little more serious territory.

Juliana (she goes by Ana) thinks she’s cursed, because that’s how Daddy brainwashed her. Ryker thinks he’s tainted because of the circumstances of his birth. As a pair, they have a whole train-load of baggage to sort through, and they really have to work at it. Misunderstandings abound! Neither of them have ever trusted anyone, and it takes them a while to figure out it’s even possible.

The level of sexual torment on both sides is also very hot!

I did spend a chunk of this book wanting to beat Daddy Dearest with a baseball bat. If he has a redeeming characteristic, I didn’t see it. Unrelieved evil is fun to read every once in a while.

There was a very nice twist at the end that surprised the heck out of me. Excellent, excellent!


What’s On My (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand? 5-13-12 AKA The Sunday Post

In the U.S. today is Mother’s Day. So for all of you are mothers, I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. My present to my mom this Mother’s Day is going to Cincinnati to visit her. Hopefully, it will beat flowers or chocolate. (And yes, she does know I’m coming)

Welcome back to my Mostly Virtual Nightstand, also known as The Sunday Post. This is where I take a look at the events coming up on Reading Reality in the week ahead, and I also take a peek at the books I have on my schedule in the week after that, so I keep myself on track with my deadlines.

Otherwise I occasionally find myself in the unfortunate position of needing a review on Tuesday for a book I haven’t started reading yet on Sunday. I still get surprised, but with a bit more warning!

Monday on Reading Reality is always Ebook Review Central. (Not on Memorial Day, though, but almost, almost always). This week’s ERC will feature the Carina Press titles from April 2012. Looking at the reviews, Carina had some pretty big hits last month. And a couple of misses.

Tuesday, May 15 I’ll be interviewing romantic suspense author Kelly Gendron, and posting a review of her recent book, Satisfying the Curse. I don’t want to post spoilers, but I will say that the book was great if you like bad boy heroes. This tour is from Sizzling PR.

Thursday, May 17 I’ll be reviewing Bad Girl Lessons by Seraphina Donovan, and there will also be a guest post from the author as part of a tour from Book and Trailer Showcase Virtual Book Tours. Read this book for fun!

Reading Reality has a Help Wanted sign out. I am looking for associate reviewers. Think of it as “Blogger seeking fellow book addicts for fun and free books.” If you think you might be interested, click on the sign for details.

About those books…

For the week of May 21 (like the old song said, time keeps on slipping into the future) I have some books for blog tours and some books that I picked from NetGalley or Edelweiss that are just coming out that week.  I have books.

As I said, I will be travelling again this week. I always take a print book along on the airplane, since they can’t make me turn it off as an electronic device. This trip it will be The Mongoliad, since I have to turn in a review to Library Journal by May 21.

I also have Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark for a Bewitching Books blog tour next week. I need to read it and send the interview questions. I like to read the book first and base some of the questions on the book. I liked the sound of this book. It’s a contemporary romance about an international travel writer who has to save her career by taking an assignment to cover Eufalia, Alabama. Since I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia, I thought it would be fun. So far, it is!

Seized by Lynne Cantwell is the first book in her Pipe Woman Chronicles. Reading Reality is part of a Goddess Fish tour on May 24. Seized appealed to me as a paranormal/urban fantasy with a Native American flavor. I’m intrigued.

I also have to read and review Kiss of the Goblin Prince for Book Lovers Inc. before the end of May. I hadn’t read either The Summons or The Goblin King, but I’d always intended to, because the reviews were so fantastic. Finished Summons, and I’m in the middle of Goblin King now. The reviews were right. I’m looking forward to Kiss of the Goblin Prince. Some deadlines are no burden at all!

I have some other books that I picked up that either have publication dates or will timebomb on my iPad next week. Zombie Island by Lori Handeland, the second book in her Shakespeare Undead series, and Her Majesty’s Will by David Blixt. There’s a theme in these two; Shakespeare wasn’t what he seemed. He’s either a zombie, or a spy.

And a friend strongly recommended The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn. I was able to get it from Edelweiss before the publisher archived it, but my copy is going to timebomb. End of May is pretty much now or never on this one.

As the late, great Edward Gorey said, “So many books, so little time.”


So my nightstand is portable this Sunday. Lucky for me most of it is on my iPad. But what about you? What’s on your nightstand this week?