Book Launch Blog Tour
Today I am very excited to be hosting Jade A. Waters as part of her blog tour for the launch of her newest book, The Assignment. I will hand you straight over to Jade.
Ladies and gentleman. I am so excited. First, because the lovely Horny Geek Girl has invited me here today (thank you, darling!). And second…
Because I’ve wrangled you an interview with Dean Sova!
Yes, you read that right—Dean Sova! That super yet dominant fella that Maya’s after in The Assignment. And I got him. Here!
So, listen…while I do know all sorts of things about Dean, I thought it was time I dig for you. The Assignment is told from Maya’s perspective, and though we get to know Dean well, I happen to know we find out even more about him in book 2, The Discipline. That said, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give you a little more insight into Dean now. Consider it a sort of beyond-the-book detour into his life, in which I sweet-talked this sexy man (seriously, those slate gray eyes!) into an interview just for you. Dean’s a busy guy—what with all those beautiful buildings he keeps crafting when he isn’t hanging out with flirty, sassy Maya Clery—so I only get him for a short bit. But without any further ado…I’d like to welcome Dean to this page today.
Jade: Welcome, Dean!
Dean: Hello, Jade. [He sits comfortably back in his chair, looking sharp as ever in jeans and a thermal sweater.]
J: Well, look at you all calm and casual. It must be this aura of yours—you project lots of confidence. You really have it together.
D: I try.
J: Then, I have a bunch of questions to pull you apart. How about that? Are you ready?
D: [Chuckles.] Always.
J: Let’s start light. Tell our readers a little about yourself.
D: Okay. I’m Dean Sova. I’m 39. I’m an architect in the Bay Area. My company is Sova Associates, and we’ve been around a long time. I have an office in San Francisco, and I live in Half Moon Bay—but I grew up in Rock Hall, Maryland.
J: That’s a hike. How’d you get over here?
D: I followed a great man and a solid whim.
J: Niko, your pseudo-mentor, yeah?
D: That’s correct. He’s off sailing the world, now, but I stayed. I like it here. I’ve made it home.
J: Yes, let’s talk about your home life. What do you do in your spare time? Clearly, there’s a lot of good fun with Maya. [Dean flashes a playful smile, and since he hasn’t shaved off his five o’ clock shadow, I’m seeing why Maya finds this so damn sexy.] Dude. Stop. You’re killing me.
D: [Snickers and shifts in his chair.] All right. Fun…let’s see. I enjoy hanging with my brothers, Evan, Luka, and Dylan. Also, my niece, Katie. The five of us do a lot of sailing around the bay. I like some down time, too—with Maya, and at home. I like to cook, grab a drink, watch TV. And I read a lot.
J: What do you like to read?
D: Everything. Mostly the news, nonfiction books, memoirs. I read a bit on architecture, obviously, but I’m into fiction, too. Suspense and thrillers, and such. Sometimes lighter fare.
J: Gotcha. And TV-wise—Game of Thrones or Parks and Recreation?
D: Mmm…I do like comedy, but Game of Thrones, hands down. There’s a lot of tension and drama there. Violence. Sex. Good stuff. There’s no messing around and fading to black, either. It’s blatant. I like that.
J: That’s your thing, isn’t it? Directness? Maya loves that about you.
D: I think she does. But I like it about her, too. What’s the point of dancing around the truth? If you know what you want, you go for it.
J: You wanted her.
D: Oh, yes. She’s…amazing.
J: What about her made you want to shift into the roles you did? You’re pretty easygoing, and yet you definitely have this in-control, naturally dominant thing going on.
D: Well, I am…but she certainly brought more of it out of me. It’s something about the way she carries herself. She’s confident, independent, and fun…but she’s got that underlying enthusiasm for exploration in the same way I do. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to say so. I love it when she tells me her thoughts, and her desires.
J: Yes. You two are really into the words. [Dean nods.] So what inspired that first assignment?
D: [Smiles.] Part is that vibe I got from her, the exploration bent. That’s something I love about her…about us. I still don’t know how it hit so hard. I mean, I’d played that way a little before, but not much. She, though…she just struck me. And when I gave her the assignment, I wanted to see how direct she’d be. She’s not scared to voice things, which I find incredibly sexy—her willingness to go there, try it out. I also wanted to see how creative she’d get with it…hence asking her to do what I did.
J: Thank you for keeping that vague. Can’t go giving away your assignment here—though you do end up offering a few, all through the entire series.
D: Right. [Dean is quiet for a while.]
J: You’re doing that mysterious, pensive thing. What’s that about? Sure, sometimes you’re thinking up some…um…experiences for you and Maya. But occasionally, you tend to hold your cards close.
D: I’m not trying to be mysterious—I’m just gauging the scene. Feeling it out. Observing, and getting to know who I’m dealing with. [He laughs at my raised eyebrow.] But I will reveal more as I get to know you better.
J: Sounds like my cue to tell the readers that we find out a bunch more about you in The Discipline.
J: Okay. Let’s bring it back to now, Dean. Since I know you’re pressed for time—
D: Yes. I’m meeting Maya in a few.
J: Ah. That’s sweet. [He grins mischievously.] Okay, so not sweet. I get it. [I drop my notecards.] Jesus Christ. Where was I? Oh, yes. I’m going to throw out five completely random questions for you. Sound good? And no thinking on your response, okay? Just spit out the first answer that comes to you.
J: Cool. If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?
D: Something sailing related. I might teach with my brother, Evan. I love being on the water.
J: And there’s a lot of it here. Isn’t our area great? [He nods.] Okie doke, next question: glass half full or half empty?
D: Half full. No question.
J: Mmm-hmm. I thought you and Maya might have this in common. Next up…what do you think is the most important value in a relationship?
D: Are these speed dating questions, Jade?
J: Maybe… Or maybe I’m just researching. You know, for Maya.
D: I see. [He narrows his eyes. Oh, dang. Maya mentions that’s sexy. It is.] I’m going to go with openness.
J: Nice. I will report this back to Maya. Eh-hm. Now time for our last two questions… First, what makes you laugh?
D: Lots of things! Comedy, for one. And my niece. She’s adorable and five, so funny things get said. And of course, there’s Maya, with some of the sassy things she says. She’s got a mouth on her, that one.
J: Uh-huh. She does… [Both of us laugh.] Since that tends to get you two into particular situations…my last question. What’s your preference: rope, leather cuffs, metal ones, or something else?
D: Tough call. They’re all quite fun. But…I’m going to go with rope.
J: And you’re rather good with that, aren’t you? [Dean grins.] Yep. All righty! On that note, I suppose I should let you go. Hopefully our readers have gotten a little perspective on you.
D: I hope so.
J: Thanks so much for being here.
D: No problem. Enjoy your day.
J: You too!
Okay, all. There you have it: Dean Sova, in person! I hope for those of you who have already dipped into The Assignment, that you found out a few things to add to your take on him. And for those of you who haven’t, I hope you’ll join Maya and Dean on their adventures, soon!
In the meantime—a huge thank you to Horny Geek Girl for having us over!
The Assignment is the first book in Jade’s Lessons in Control series.
What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?
Dean Sova is everything Maya Clery craves. From the first touch, their connection is intense. After leaving her troubled past behind, Maya thought she was happy—she is happy—but meeting Dean forces her to acknowledge dark needs she longs to explore yet has never had the courage to face.
Her perfect match, Dean encourages Maya to set loose the submissive urges inside her in a series of assignments intended to open her mind and test the limits of pleasure…but Maya isn’t sure she can fully let go of her inhibitions.
What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?
The answer seems obvious. You take the offer and hope the price isn’t too high.
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Jade A. Waters is an erotica author and poetess in sunny California. A lover of candy, coffee, dancing, and endless karaoke, she is happiest when surrounded by words—be they on the page or shared in good conversation. Her short fiction and poetry is featured in over a dozen anthologies from Cleis Press and Stupid Fish Productions, and currently, Jade is hard at work on the next book in the Lessons in Control series from Carina Press. Visit her at http://jadeawaters.com, or follow her at http://twitter.com/jadeawaters.