Suzanne Rock

Shane and Noah set out to seduce Kitty Velvet into selling them her family’s struggling steel company on their terms. They plan a weekend of deception and sexual adventure to convince her to give up the business she had spent her life keeping afloat. As they begin their passionate getaway, things don’t go as planned. Instead of putting their rival out of business, they gain deeper feelings for the feisty blond – and for each other. With their world upside down, Shane and Noah must now decide if business ambitions are worth losing a chance at something bigger than money, and more precious than owning a steel empire.

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 Kitty has worked hard to keep Velvet Steel afloat, but changing technologies and the growth of their rivals have made the company’s continued viability almost impossible. As she embarks on an erotic weekend to distress and regroup, she develops feelings for two strangers who turn out to be the very men who had made her life a living hell for the past year. Is saving her family business worth losing her only chance at love?


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About Suzanne Rock

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After over a decade in the scientific world, Suzanne needed a creative outlet. She tried scrap booking, cooking, crocheting, painting, and piano, none of which held her interest for very long. Then one of her friends suggested writing. Thrilled with the idea of creating her own worlds, she opened up her lap top and never looked back.
When Suzanne’s not writing, she can be found playing with her two daughters, testing her husband’s latest kitchen creations, or curled up with her favorite romance novel in her central Massachusetts home.


An Interview with Suzanne Rock
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Suzanne, thank you for talking with us at TRS BLUE. Your featured book is Velvet Steel is a sizzling, sexy tale. Where did you get the idea for the story?

SR: Thank you for having me here! I got the idea for Velvet Steel from a conversation with my husband. We were talking about unusual book titles, and I dared him to come up with a really creative book title for my next story. He said Velvet Steel. I was intrigued, but had no idea what the book could be about. He told me to make it about competing steel companies. I took the idea from there and Velvet Steel was born.

HH: What do you like best about Kitty and why will readers relate to her?

SR: Kitty is a workaholic. She’s proud of her accomplishments and although she is the CEO’s daughter, she also carries her own weight in the company. She is strong and cares for her workers. The stress is getting to her however, and she longs for a get away where she can forget her troubles for a litte while.

I think most of us work really hard at our jobs and in our home life and we all wish for a little escape every once in a while. The fact that Kitty manages to orchestrate a little get away with two sexy men is just a bonus. =)

HH: What do you like best about Shane and Noah and why will readers love them?

SR: I love Shane’s enthusiasm for life, and his sense of adventure. I tend to play it safe in my own life and envy those people who can follow their heart and aren’t afraid of great adventure.

Personally, I identify more with Noah, who stabilizes Shane. Out of the two of them Noah is more grounded, and perhaps he’s a little too grounded. How he opens up and relaxes as the story progresses is a big part of the fun of this story.

HH: What challenges do you face in crafting a romance with more than two people?

SR: Logistics, lol.

Seriously, I prefer to write permanent menages where each member of the menage is three-dimensional. All of them have their strengths and weaknesses, motivations and fears. This makes everything more complex than a one night stand where two are in a committed relationship and just experimenting with a third.

With a two person relationship, you only need to worry about the dynamics between person A and B. In a permanent menage, you have to worry about the dynamics between person A and B, B and C and A and C. balancing these relationships so that no one interaction dominates the story is a real challenge.

HH: What do you think readers love about polyamorous stories?

SR: I think they like to have a taste of the forbidden. In polyamorous stories, a reader can have a taste of what it’s like to be in that type of relationship without all of the emotional fallout and jealousy that you could expect to go with it. I also think that many readers love to read romances for the romance sake. It doesn’t matter whether the main characters find it with a member of the opposite sex, the same sex, or more than one person. It’s the romance that makes the reader come back again and again.

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

SR: Goodness! Well, I have a bunch of stuff in the works that I can’t really talk about just yet, lol. I can say that I just submitted the sequel to Unholy Pursuits to my Elloras Cave editor. I’m also working on a contemporary series set in a small New England town called Larona Falls.

HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?

SR: This is a tough question. The industry is in such a state of flux right now and what worked a year ago is no longer working for me. I know I need to make some sort of change in my writing career, but at this point I’m not sure what form that will take. By the end of 2012 I will have the rights back to quite a few books, so I think a big part of my strategy will be testing the waters in self-publishing.

HH: What sources of inspiration do you draw from for ideas?

SR: My husband has helped me with ideas for both Velvet Steel and Spyder’s Web. A submission call from Loose Id generated ideas for both Up on the Housetop and Cria. I also get ideas from magazines, television and conversations with others.

HH: What's the best book you read in 2011?

SR: Goodness – I’m so behind on my reading! I’ll have to go with Sherrilyn kenyon’s Acheron, although this is going to show everyone just how behind in my reading I really am, lol.

HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2012?

SR: As I mentioned earlier, the publishing word is in a state of change. I think 2012 will show some stabilization in the industry and I for one am very interested in how the publishing landscape will look a year from now. I think that there are more opportunities for writers to showcase their work than there ever was before. I look forward to see what new opportunities develop over the next year and beyond.

HH: Thank you!


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