But does their early self-awareness make their “happily ever after” any easier? Heck no. Otherwise we’d be selling you a short story, not a full length romance! Besides, if you look back at how I described them, you’ll notice the word “hides” a couple times. You can have all the hot smokin’ perfectly kinky sex in the world, but it takes bravery to come out from the shadows—no matter what metaphor those shadows take—and be vulnerable enough to fall in love.
2. In Bare Knuckle, Eric Donaghue, scarred but healed after his crash, is making money by fighting. One night, he meets ring girl Trish Monroe and makes a move. How did you come up with Eric and Trish?
Kisser was first introduced back in Inside Bet, the second of our “Vegas Top Guns” series. He was, well...he was mostly an ass. Through the series, he’s proven that he can drink hard, party hard, make misogynistic comments, and generally make trouble. The crash, however, will reveal to readers what’s really been going on in his troubled mind, and how all that hard partying was just a front for a guy ducking a lot of angst.
Because we knew Kisser so well, we wanted a cure, so to speak, for his deeply pessimistic personality. He gave up on hope a long time ago. Trish Monroe—pageant girl and showgirl and Barbie and whatever else people assume she is—keeps plugging away. She knows who she is and what she wants. She also knows that what she wants comes with a huge truck full of rejection. There is no silver lining she can’t find. That’s not to say she’s Snow White. (The sex scenes will disprove that well enough!) But she’s been playing a rough gig for a long time and still has a gentle heart. Although Eric Donaghue can fall from the sky and take a mean punch, he isn’t ready for someone as purely good as Trish is.
3. Katie Porter is the writing duo composed of Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty. How do the two of you work together to create one cohesive story?
We take it chapter by chapter, each from a hero or heroine’s point of view. Lorelie served in the Army, so she leans toward the military characters. For example, she wrote Eric’s point of view. Then it’s a matter of bouncing the story back and forth between each of us, until we get the first third (roughly) in “this feels right” territory. That means we know the characters, we know the gist of the story, and we understand the big picture. Only then do we sit down and plan the rest of the chapters. (Then we thank our editor profusely for smoothing out the last rough spots!)
4. The Katie Porter erotic romances are very edgy and erotic. How do you keep each book fresh while ramping up the heat?
Tumblr helps! You never know what you’re going to find there!
But (a little more) seriously, we write these stories because we’re interested in human sexuality and how it relates to romance. The characters’ sexual proclivities and satisfactions are tied into their happy ending. Period. You can’t have one without the other. Erotic romance authors simply describe that marriage of sex and love a little more brightly. As long as we know our characters and what they need from each other, their kinks and fetishes and problems and aspirations and disappointments...they all stem from the characters.
5. What is up next for Katie Porter? More “Vegas Top Guns”? More glitzy New York-set “Club Devant” books?
Bare Knuckle is actually the last of our “Vegas Top Guns” series, which makes us a little melancholy. We launched our “Katie Porter” duo only fourteen months, and we started writing the first in the series, Double Down, almost exactly three years ago. So the release of Bare Knuckle marks the end of a journey for us and this family of characters.
But never fear! In May, June and July we kick off a new La Femme Nakita-style series of military-themed erotic romances called “The Boston Boys.” Look for OWN, SNAP, and BIND in the summer, and prepare to read as we explore more erotic desires and heartfelt happy endings—this time with a touch of danger and intrigue too!
We'd like to give away a copy of BARE KNUCKLE in any digital format. Just answer the question: If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, what was your favorite moment, and if you haven’t been...would you like to?
What the critics are saying:
“The duo behind Katie Porter goes out with a bang in the last of their phenomenal ‘Vegas Top Guns’ series.” ~ RT Book Reviews 4½ Stars
“It’s deliciously explicit details is guaranteed to ignite the fire within readers.” ~ Fresh Fiction
“These characters have depth, the sex scenes are hot, and the reader will root for this pair.” – Library Journal
For more about Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown, visit their website at KatiePorterBooks.com!
Thanks again to Romance Novel News for featuring Katie Porter and Bare Knuckle!