Today I’m hosting Shayne McClendon on her Mackable Babes Tour for her new release The Barter System. I’ve known Shayne for a while, and word–you want to know her, too. She’s the hardest working author I know, a sweetheart, she’s sexy, and she knows how to get you off. Check it:
If you were to have sex with one of your characters, which would you choose, and why?
My, my – that is a difficult one. I’d have to say Jack from Being Delightful. After all, he is tall, outdoorsy, and successful in his own right without being a billionaire type. He’s attracted to curvy women (holla) and knows candles make bath time great.
The very best part about Jack…he is hysterical. I adore him. I always fall in love with my characters but Jack…mmm. Any man who can make you laugh while giving you orgasms is absolutely not allowed to get away.
Pitch yourself to shiny new readers in twenty words or less:
Positivity is even better with screaming orgasms. Get some today (alone or with a friend) reading Shayne McClendon’s new novel.
Every author has pitfalls in their writing process. Describe one of yours, and what you do to dig out of it.
Chaos and noise completely derail me. Interruptions (especially non-stop unnecessary ones) can send me over the edge faster than anything. I have to go take a shower or take a nap, sometimes I’ll watch a movie with Mini-Me. Anything to disconnect my brain from the insanity.
What was the inspiration for your latest release?
The inspiration for The Barter System was a news article that was famous for all of five minutes. It was about a college woman who wrote this awful “rating” of the men she’d slept with – without their knowledge or consent. She ripped them apart (everything from skill to size to noises…horrible stuff), used their names and photos, and was a total piece of crap about it. When it was finished, she shared it with all her friends.
I think some of the men sued her over it but she disgusted me so much that I’ve never looked it up again. I got to thinking, “I wonder what the result would be if the men were willing and the point was a positive one.”
The idea was born from that.
Tell me about your groupies – what have been your favorite fan moments?
Being completely honest, I have some of the most amazing and supportive readers on the planet. They’re smart, sometimes a little damaged, and open to the good things around them. I adore them. I have a group that I adore and can share anything with. Each of them has a unique viewpoint on life and they encourage me when I doubt myself. They offer each other the same non-judgmental support. I’m so proud to know them and they know who they are and why they are so important.
With that said, I have three women who stand out in the “fan” category. A woman at a book event (and I don’t know that she wants me to say her name) actually screamed when I introduced myself. Startled the crap out of me at first. She’s gone on to be the most incredible source of information I’ve ever had in the indie world – putting pieces together for me that I wasn’t connecting before. I owe her a huge debt and I’m good for it.
Another is a very young woman (a few years older than my son) who messaged me and told me that my work really affected her. I talk to her all the time now and find her to be one of the most well rounded and genuinely good people I’ve ever met. She does these amazing things for me and acts as if I’m doing her a favor. That couldn’t be further from the truth. She’s quietly brilliant and filled with potential. I can’t wait to see where life takes her.
Last, there is my SS (Shayne Stalker) who would literally drive three hours to pick me up in a snowstorm if I needed her to. She’s just that kind of person. Through her, I’ve met other really great people and I forget to tell her how much I appreciate her support, her encouragement, and the fact that she keeps every tiny thing I touch and makes me sign it. *grin*
Edward Rochester promised Jane that his trip with his solicitor would be finished in time for them to celebrate their five-year anniversary. His valet made the trip with him since his vision would never return. Even without the use of sight, he would know his Jane anywhere.
It was very late when the carriage delivered them to the door of Thornfield Hall and he bade the man goodnight at the door to the master suite. Jane would be sleeping inside. He insisted she spend each night by his side to make up for so many years they’d gone without the comfort.
Adept in his own space, he shed his clothes and slipped beneath the thick bedding.
“Edward? It is very late.”
“The carriage wheel had to be replaced ten miles from home.”
“I have a gift…”
“You will give me no gifts until I give you yours. First, I would touch you.”
He spent the next hour simply stroking her narrow form, learning the woman he loved by touch and scent and sound. Her sighs more beautiful than any sight he’d partaken before going blind. When she trembled for him, he entered her gently. This first time was an apology for his inconsideration. He did not say the words and she did not expect them. This would be enough.
The next time, he would ask her to grip the carved oak of their headboard and fuck her until she screamed. Tomorrow, she would blush around the servants. Though he would be unable to see it, he would feel the heat on her skin.
She came sighing his name and he cupped her small breast. As her heartbeat settled, he whispered, “I would have you on your knees, Jane.”
Her smile curved against his cheek. “I would have you on yours, Edward.”
My mother always joked about her special place in Hell – just punishments for guilty pleasures. What guilty pleasures will send you to your special place in Hell?
Cinnamon rolls, croissants, any kind of cheese, and coffee. Place any of those in front of me and I’m putty. Absolute putty. I avoid carbs as much as I can but when I have them…I want the full pop. Cheese is just good – gourmet to cheddar – I love it all.
Shayne, in a nutshell. Make sure to check her out on the other tour stops, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win prizes along her stops!
Shayne McClendon is an indie author who has received rave reviews for her premiere novel The Barter System. Other projects recently released are In the Service of Women, Yes to Everything, Damaged, Being Delightful, The Hermit, and many more.
Shayne believes love crosses all boundaries, social castes, races, genders, and belief systems. If you are lucky enough to find soul-deep love, you should fight for it. She currently lives in Oklahoma wrangling teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her content writing company. She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having plenty of coffee.
Shayne loves to hear from her fans. Her work is available at all major ebook retailers. Print editions of her work are available on her website.
About The Barter System
Riya O’Connell requests applications from men around the country willing to participate in the research she needs for her dissertation on Male Sexuality. She narrows down her thousands of submissions to eight men. In return, Riya will give them…whatever they want.
As her project progresses, Riya realizes she’s chosen the eight men in the country who would love her well and that she could easily love in return. She leaves subject after subject with a small piece of her heart.
Ultimately, Riya discovers where she truly belongs…and gets an education she didn’t plan on.