Friday, May 18, 2012


Please join me as I welcome Erin Nicholas on her Virtual Blog Tour for "Anything You Want".  Erin was kind enough to answer my interview questions below.  Please make sure to comment below because Erin will be awarding a grand prize of an Anything You Want Apple Pie Pack—red and white tote filled with red pot holders, a red & white apple apron and towel set, apple pie cookbook, gourmet apple pie filling and an apple pie scented candle to one randomly drawn commenter (US/Canada only please) and choice of an eBook from her backlist to one commenter at every stop.

My Interview:

Me:  Anything You Want is the first book in your Anything & Everything series. How many books are you planning to write in this series?

Erin:  Just these two, actually. In fact, I didn’t set out to write even two :) Anything You Want was the story I’d planned but there were some twists and turns and I realized that Luke, the hero’s best friend, had to have a happily ever after too! Luke provides the third side of the love triangle in Anything You Want and I couldn’t just leave him alone when the story was over. So Everything You’ve Got was created.

Me:  What inspired the pie filling scene in Anything You Want?

Erin:  I am a pantser. For sure, no question. I have a general idea of how a story’s going to go but I don’t know all the details or even every scene. Which I love, because my characters surprise me sometimes. This was one of those scenes. I knew they were going to fight, but how it all came about was a definite surprise and a lot of fun!

Me:  How has the publishing industry changed since you were first published?

Erin:  I’ve only been published since the end of 2009 and already in that time there have been so many changes. The most obvious is the explosion of e-books. Reading on an e-reader is so common and expected now. I travel a lot and when I first got my Kindle I remembered a lot of people in the airport asking me about it. Now it seems everyone has some sort of electronic device. In the past couple of years the flight attendants have started mentioning Kindles and nooks specifically when they say “please turn off your electronic devices like computers, iPods, etc”.

Me:  How have you changed as a writer since your first book was published?

Erin:  I’m a much faster, more efficient writer now. My first draft is, of course, never perfect, but it’s less imperfect than it used to be . I also don’t spend months and months writing one book. I can write the first draft of an 85,000 word book in two months. I’ve also gotten much more confident and secure in my voice and style. I know who I am and want to be as a writer.

Me:  According to your bio, Fantasy and Paranormals were your favorite books growing up, do you have any plans to write a Fantasy or Paranormal Romance? If no, why not?

Erin:  Yes, I think so, eventually. My favorite romantic genre, by far, is contemporary and those are the story ideas that are developing for me right now. But yes, I do have some paranormal ideas and think eventually I might do something with that. I think they would still be sexy contemporaries, but there would be some magic or superpowers of some kind ;)

Me:  Can you tell us about what we can expect to see from you next? Would you like to share a small snippet of your current WIP?

Erin:  Yes! I have two more books (and a free short story!) coming out this year in my Bradfords series. July will be book four and October will be book five. I’m excited about these because the first Bradford books, the initial trilogy, was out in 2010. Since then I’ve been thrilled to have so many readers asking about these additional characters! They definitely needed stories and I think Bradford fans are going to really enjoy them! I definitely enjoyed writing them!

Snippet from Just For Fun (July 2012):

She frowned at him. “Act… polished. Like you… know how to use utensils,” she said.

“I can probably pull that off,” he said dryly. Hell, he’d spent twenty years of his life in “polite society”. He could remember how to pull out a lady’s chair, not burp in public, tip the valets and make small talk. 
“Good.” She looked genuinely relieved.

“That’s all you need? A date who won’t embarrass you?” he asked. “Still seems you would have a lot of guys to pick from.”

She stepped in closer and looked him directly in the eye. “I need a date who will be polite during the day and be downright indecent at night. Got it?”

Oh, he got it. He was undeniably the right man for this job.

She handed him a long, thick envelope. “Plane leaves Thursday at three.”

“I still think there’s more to this story,” he said.

She shrugged. “Show up and I’ll tell you everything.”

Then she turned and sashayed her tight little butt right out of the bar.

Me:  You are one of the "team captains" for the Lucy Monroe Reader Fitness Challenge. What prompted you to get involved in the program?

Erin:  Because I’d do anything for Lucy Monroe! Seriously, she and I are friends from way back before either of us was published. But beyond that, I thought it was a fantastic idea. I could stand to get in better shape and shed a few pounds and it’s definitely easier with a team cheering you on! 

Me:  You created a soundtrack for "Anything You Want", will that be something readers can expect to see from you from now on or was that a one time thing? Do you listen to music while you write?

Erin:  I absolutely listen to music while I write. And each book is a little different so the type of music varies a little. But no, I don’t think I’ll necessarily create a soundtrack for each book. Anything You Want lent itself well since Sabrina is a singer/ songwriter and it seemed that the music I listened to made even more of an impression. I had initially imaged her as a rocker, but as I got to know her it became clear that she was a country singer. 

Me:  You are part of the Nine Naughty Novelists authors group - how has being in a writers group helped your writing? When do you think we will see the next collaborative story from the Nine?

Erin:  Oh boy, being a part of this group has helped me as a writer and a person. These women have magically become some of my best friends. They get me and we share this crazy life of writing so it’s a different bond than I have with my other friends. We read stuff for each other and brainstorm, but we also just encourage each other, cheer for the accomplishments and sympathize with the painful moments.

Those serial parodies have been *such* fun and we will definitely do another. We have one completely plotted, we just have to get time to get it on paper. I think definitely this year though! 

Me:  If you had to describe yourself as a pair of shoes, what would you be?

Erin:  Flip flops! Laid back, low maintenance, comfortable, but fun.

Five Quickies:
Boxers, briefs or commando?  Briefs
Chocolate, coffee or tea? Coffee!
Movie you are looking forward to the most this summer?
Titanic’s re-release (already saw it!! *sigh*)
What book are you currently reading?
Lol I’m beta reading some stuff for writer friends at the moment (which I LOVE).  I just finished Uncross Your Heart by a new author Taryn Elliot and loved it!!
Kindle, Nook or Print?

Thank you Erin for answering my questions!

Anything You Want
by Erin Nicholas



Suppose the solution to all your problems is the one thing you never wanted…

It figures the one time Sabrina Cassidy is determined to do the responsible thing, karma kicks in. After four years on the road chasing her musical dream, she’s stranded six hours from home with no money, a ruined credit history—and morning sickness.

Out of options, she swallows her legendary independent streak and calls the only person who won’t hang up on her. Luke, the man she left behind.

Marc Sterling’s first instinct is to protect his business partner and best friend from another broken heart. That means letting her think she’s talking to Luke, then finding a way to send her in the opposite direction.

When he shows up at her hotel room, there’s something in the air beside their customary insults. Sure, her rebellious attitude, smart mouth—and purple panties—still drive him crazy, but now it’s a different kind of crazy. The kind that has him driving her home instead of to the nearest airport.

And when Luke offers to solve all her problems if she’ll only say “I do”, Marc realizes he’s just crazy enough—about her—to forget whose heart he wanted to protect.

Warning: Contains two people who don’t like each other very much, a Toyota that can’t quite handle the road trip home, and a spontaneous proposal. Or two. Or three. And foreplay with—what else—pie filling.



He didn’t like her. He didn’t trust her. Yet his body wanted hers.

The damnedest thing was he was attracted in spite of trying to fight it. For years. He’d never fought it like this with another woman. Only one other woman had been off-limits in his mind and it was because she was the younger sister of a friend.

The thing that really put Sabrina on Marc’s do-not-go-there list was the fact that he found her to be the most frustrating person in the entire world. If he said the sky was blue, she would argue it was purple, just to annoy him. He’d once complimented her outfit. She’d asked if his mother knew he was gay. He’d offered to help her study for a calculus test once and she’d asked if everyone else on the planet had been wiped out by a nuclear disaster—because that was the only way she would even think about spending more than ten minutes with him in one stretch.

He supposed that was where it came from. He didn’t like her because it had been clear since the day he moved into the neighborhood in fifth grade that she didn’t like him.

Of course, it also had a lot to do with the fact that she screwed over Luke Hamilton, the nicest guy on the planet, repeatedly.

She glanced over her shoulder as she pulled the bra straps into place.

He yawned.

He’d rather die than let her know that she’d created some of the fastest and most painful hard-ons he’d ever had. And today was no exception.

She rolled her eyes and reached for her panties. Somehow she managed to step into them without losing the sheet. It was huge on her, wrapped around more than once, so there was no glimpsing skin as she moved. Until she had the panties in place underneath.

Then she let the sheet drop.

He was glad he was sitting down.

Erin Nicholas is the author of sexy contemporary romances.  Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun.  She loves to write about reluctant heroes, flawed heroines, sex with food and happily ever afters.  She does not like to write dark moments, synopses or bios.  You can find Erin on the web at,, on Twitter ( and even on Facebook (when necessary).

Please remember to leave a comment or question for Erin below in the comments because Erin will be awarding a grand prize of an Anything You Want Apple Pie Pack—red and white tote filled with red pot holders, a red & white apple apron and towel set, apple pie cookbook, gourmet apple pie filling and an apple pie scented candle to one randomly drawn commenter (US/Canada only please) and choice of an eBook from her backlist to one commenter at every stop.

You can follow her tour here.  


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today!

    Typically I check in on my phone but it's "toast" (direct quote from the Verizon guy) at the moment :( So I'll check in as soon as I can on the computer later this afternoon! Please leave any questions though and I'll be back!


  2. Loved the interview! I really enjoyed learning more about you, Erin! Your book sounds awesome! :)

  3. Erin! Congratulations on your latest book release!! I've got this downloaded onto my kindle already :)

  4. Great interview! I love Erin's books =)

  5. Fun and informative interview. You are quite a busy woman. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the blog tour.

  6. I know a lot of writes listen to music when writing. What I find neat is that when I listen to music, I think " Hmmm, this would be a great song for so and so in this book in this scene." I personally think music and books go together. Both are forms of art.
    Thanks Erin for the interviews and getting to know you.

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  7. This is a really good interview. I loved the questions you asked! I haven't read Erin yet, I just found out about her actually from a friend. Her books look great and can't wait to get them. Thanks!!!

  8. Great interview, I love the cover for this and it sounds really good!

  9. Whew! Back from the long day *without my phone*! Crazy how dependent we get on things like that isn't it?

    Nikki- thanks for stopping by!
    Ali, thanks so much for already having Anything You Want! please let me know what you think when you've read it!
    Didi! Nice to see you here! Thanks for the sweet words :)
    Joanne, busy... but happy, so that's good right? *g*
    Michelle, I never used to write to music but now I can't imagine doing it without. Though, if I get stuck or am really into deep edits, I often shut it off (I'm easily distractable! :))
    Taryn, so glad you stopped by and really excited that a friend mentioned me! Thanks!
    Under the Covers, thanks! I was so happy with how this cover turned out. I think the photo really is of Sabrina and Marc! ;)

  10. Erin I loved Anything You Want. *sigh* The NNN serials are legendary and all kinds of awesomeness! :) I can't wait to read the next one.


  11. Drinking a Magic Pixie and dreaming of Marc right now. Makes me wanna lick some of that blue stuff off the corner of his mouth! (Don't tell Mac)

  12. This is a fantastic book-I loved it and want to pick up Luke's story soon. Great interview, Maria. Can I 'borrow' some of your questions, Lol?

  13. Nine Naughty Novelists? Love it! And I love that you'd be flip flops. Very evocative of your "type." Great excerpts. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. Very fun interview and nice excerpt.


  15. I'm so glad to hear there will be more Bradford stories releasing this year. I really enjoy that series. Good luck with all of your upcoming releases!

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  16. Whoa--awesome interview! Thanks for that (I love it when there are really good questions, and Erin, great answers!) How fun that you're part of Lucy Monroe's team! She seems like such a warm, lovely person--I can see how you'd get along beautifully!

    Thanks for sharing about Anything You Want--I love hearing how the book came about! Those characters sure are demanding, huh? :)

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