Maria-Claire Payne

Esme Tyme, CEO of her antiques business, eschews romance in favour of building her success and asserting her independence by day; by night, her need for control at odds with her predilection for spankings and riding crops, her philosophy towards love is pure twenty-first century cynic: she wants her men to hit it (literally) and quit it. Logan Davenport, hot – and hot-blooded – lord of the manor, channels his passion into breeding horses, resigning himself to the endless parade of insipid society women competing to attain his titles and his wealth, none caring to capture his heart. To discover the love Logan's mother, blessed with the second sight, predicted would come to him "from afar," the couple, with a bit of help from one George Gordon, the Lord Byron, must reconcile Esme's twenty-first century sensibilities with Logan's high-bred sense when Esme finds herself transported from contemporary Boston, Massachusetts to Regency England – and into the Lord Davenport's bed.

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Reviews for Bending Tyme

"This author has created a short-story, only fifty-eight pages, which are so hot you will need to reach for an ice cube or fan to cool you off. Esme and Logan relationship is like "Gone with the Wind" -- Rhett and Scarlet's romance. They are two fiery, passionate humans. Great book!" -- Arianne, Night Owl Reviews


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About Maria-Claire Payne

Maria-Claire Payne is the alter-ego of another Claire who holds multiple professional credentials related to the field of radiation oncology and a graduate degree in psychology. Both personalities share a love of taking classes in English literature and reading in many genres as well as getting inked and admiring biker dudes from afar. When no new reading material is readily at hand for whatever reason, her children have caught her reading cereal box-tops to fill the void. Maria-Claire lives in Southern Florida with her two rather conservative (how did that happen?) teenagers, the ghost of her soul-mate (her muse), and a crew of Himalayan and Persian cats affectionately referred to as the “Pussy Posse.” She loves to hear from fellow romance readers!

Maria-Claire Payne's first novella, an erotic paranormal romance where the characters are human, was released with Pink Petal Books in July 2011. Her first Total-E-Bound novella released in October 2011 is a time-travel historical involving a 21st -century woman who finds herself – and her true love – in Regency England.  Look for her second release with Total-E-Bound in May 2012, an M/M contemporary multicultural military novella (who doesn't love a man or two in -- or out -- of uniform?) with a work-in-progress involving a M/F/M ménage of fire-fighters. Maria-Claire is also currently sorting through another paranormal romance involving several of her loves – vampires, motorrcycles, medieval instruments of torture that, with a bit of determination and ingenuity, double as sex toys – that she hopes her editor here at Total-E-Bound will love reading as much as Maria-Claire enjoys writing it (once she works the fire-fighters out of her system).


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An Interview with Maria-Claire Payne
By Megan Garbe for The Romance Studio

MG: Maria-Claire, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is Bending Tyme, a sizzling time-travel romance. Where did the idea for this amazing story come from?

MCP: Thank you for having me! I’m excited to here with TRS!

To be honest, Bending Tyme evolved out of pure indecision! I was debating whether I wanted to write a Regency-era historical or a time-travel erotic romance. I am fortunate to be published at a time when I didn’t have to choose! I knew my heroine, Esme Tyme, would be the contemporary half of the love affair, so creating a Regency-era man suitable for such a strong woman sprang from that decision – and Logan, the Lord Davenport, emerged. I am also quite in love with the Romantic-era poets, so I added the third character of Lord Byron into the mix as Logan’s best friend.

MG: What can you tell us about Esme and why will readers relate to her?

MCP: Esme, to me, represents several facets of “every woman” in the new millennium: self-reliant, self-made, hard-working, loyal to those she loves, and indifferent to people she doesn’t. She’s in great shape physically but that’s because she works at it – and, although she is successful in her career, her personal life needs a bit of attention. She’s a Tootsie-Pop®: hard on the outside but -- once the right man cracks that shell! -- she’s a softie at heart.

Much of Esme’s day before she winds up in Regency England is about control; hence, her predilection for spankings. Difficulty finding a man who understands this need she feels to relinquish control in her sex life without stifling those other dynamic aspects of her personality drives her to adopt a “hit it and quit it” attitude towards love, unfortunately – until she meets the right man.

MG: What can you tell us about Logan and why will readers love him?

MCP: Logan Davenport…mmmhmmm…! Putting aside his achingly fantastic looks and tremendous wealth (and that English accent…Awww, c’mon! Who doesn’t love a British accent???), falling in love with Logan is easy because he is not enamored with himself! One reason he becomes close friends with Lord Byron (who was more than a bit of a deviant despot!) is to remove himself from a lifestyle as a Lord that he finds trite – including the women who move in that lifestyle. When Esme appears, he is much taken with her strength, her fearlessness, her “take control” attitude in every-day life…and he is also quite taken with her “please, sir, now you take control and spank me in bed” attitude as well….In Esme, Logan finds a woman who can match his lust for making own his way in life – in and out of bed!

MG: What's the biggest challenge you face in writing a story where one of your protagonists is transported to another time and place?

MCP: The greatest challenge in writing a time-travel is two-fold, for me: one, I tend to write anachronisms into the factual history of the historical era (oh, thank the Powers That Be for my awesome editor Becca!). I find writing a straight historical easier since I’m not bouncing between two distinctly different time periods. Second, making the time-travel believable without resorting to a common plot device can be difficult. I am a science geek, so I kept turning the idea of time on a Mobius strip continuum over and over (pun intended) in my mind – and, for Esme and Logan, time “meets” in this continuum. The idea of time on such a continuum suggests that time is perhaps parallel rather than linear. In this story, Esme crosses that boundary into Logan’s time. She is exactly who she was in her own era -- who she will always be in any era on this continuum – simply out of her own time, her own place. In this continuum of time and space, they could have just as easily wound up in Esme’s time – but I really, really like dudes in Regency clothing!

Besides…this is a romance: one point of the story is that there is no “right time “or right place” except the one where you find your soul-mate.

MG: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

MCP: My second Total-E-Bound release, Sounding the Depths, is scheduled for May 21st! This is a M/M contemporary military multicultural romance (yep, I do love mixing up genres!).  I just submitted a second M/F historical erotic romance (no time-travel, just straight up historical!), but it’s a bit premature to discuss that – and, of course, I try to avoid premature…anything…considering I write erotica… ;)

MG: What's a day in the life of Maria-Claire Payne like?

MCP: Blessed! Like most authors I know personally, I do have another full-time job, kids, too many cats, friends…but how lucky am I to love what I do during the day and then come home, switch gears, and write. I have a friend who promises to kick me in the ass if I ever stop feeling the absolute joy of having a publisher send me a contract – and most important, making a reader happy who – most wonderful of all – chose to read one of my stories.

MG: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

MCP: I love the research, the word-smithing…most of all, I love getting these people out of my head and onto my computer so I don’t bounce off the walls.

MG: What are you reading at the moment?

MCP: Edgar Allan Poe. No kidding. I’m looking for some inspiration for a WIP I’m sorting out in my head, and I believe Poe will help me find the inspiration I need for this particular couple to enjoy a happily-ever-after. No joke. Hey, you asked…!

MG: What is one of your all time favorite books?

MCP: Awww, do I have to pick just one? Well, I can sneak in three, actually: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was twelve years old when I first read these, and it was a defining moment when I finished; I realized the tremendous power of a story to transport a reader to another place and time.

MG: Any goals you've set for yourself this year?

MCP: Write more – and clean less ;)

MG: Thank you!


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