Friday, March 4, 2011

Inside the Mind of an Erotic Romance Author With Author Roz Lee

SHE'S BACK!!!! Yep, Roz Lee, author of the sexy and oh-so-steamy Lotharios series has stopped in from her cruise around the blogshere to talk about her recent release and second book in the Lothario series, Show Me The Ropes! She's here to dish on how exactly she dreamed up the decadent outfits for the Lothario's crew and about the idea of the Lothario itself. 

Welcome back Roz! It's good to see you here again!

Hi Talina! Thanks so much for inviting me over for another visit. I don’t know about you, but most everyone I know has had enough winter, and a Caribbean cruise is sounding better and better. Alas, there is always a hitch in the plan, and if money and time are the big ones standing between you and your dream cruise, I’ve got just the cure! My debut novel, THE LUST BOAT, set sail on January 1st, and the second book in the series, SHOW ME THE ROPES, just pushed away from the dock a few days ago. The series is set onboard the fictional cruise ship, the Lothario, and this is one ship that’s guaranteed to thaw you out!

I’m always curious about where authors get their ideas, especially when the idea is as over the top as an erotic themed cruise ship! So, if you’re curious, here’s the real scoop on the inner workings of my mind.

It all started when our family decided to skip the whole gift exchange and decorating thing at Christmas, and instead, take a weeklong Caribbean cruise. It sounded like a great idea to me. No fighting crowds looking for the perfect gifts for our two, twenty-something daughters, and no knocking the hubby over the head with not so subtle hints so I’d actually get something I could use. No dragging out the lights and lawn ornaments, risking life and limb to put them up, and then having to reverse the process a few weeks later. Best of all – no giant green matchstick in the family room to worry about going up in flames. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not Scrooge, well, not usually. I’ve paid my dues for over thirty years of married life, and a one-year break sounded fabulous.

We sailed out of Miami on one of the coldest days ever recorded, but a little thing like cold weather wasn’t going to put a freeze on our fun. We did all the usual things, including attend the evening entertainments. If you haven’t been on a cruise, let me explain. This isn’t Broadway. The shows are flashy, and geared to entertain a wide-ranging audience. There was one in particular that caught my attention. Or rather, lost my attention. It was a regular variety show, complete with dancers, acrobats, singing and loud music. And since the crew is limited, the dancers and the acrobats were one in the same. Costumes ranged from corny cowboy, to my favorite, tights for the bare-chested men, and flesh colored body suits for the women.

I have to say, the musical numbers didn’t hold my attention, but when the bare-chested guys took the stage, suddenly I was paying closer attention. I also noticed the men in the audience, hubby included, were intrigued by the women’s costumes. In a larger venue, the women would have appeared to be naked, except for the painted on and sequined strips covering the naughty bits. (There were children in the audience after all). So…the acrobats, whirled, twirled and bounced. They hung and swung from rings suspended above the stage and the audience, and they did things from strips of silk cloth that defied good sense.

It would be a disservice to say they were bad, but I found myself thinking about the costumes—way too much. I once heard a well respected mystery author say, the best ideas come from asking – what if. So, I did. What if…the entire cruise ship staff dressed that way? What if…the passengers were allowed free reign? What if…?”

By the time the show was over, my head was filled with what ifs, and my imagination had set sail on an entirely different cruise ship, and all of this with my family surrounding me! I kept my musings to myself, but throughout the cruise, I eyed everything through a different lens. When I got home, I shelved my work in progress and started a new one, one about a distinctively different cruise ship and its two playboy owners. THE LUST BOAT and SHOW ME THE ROPES are Ryan and Richard’s stories as these internet millionaires search for their happily ever after.

So, if you can’t afford a cruise, throw another log on the fire, grab a drink with a paper umbrella, and hop aboard the Lothario. Bon Voyage!!

Discover more about your next getaway :-)

(coming soon to Kindle and Nook)
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He’s going to hell. Not that he’s any stranger to the place. For two years Richard Wolfe has lived in a self-imposed hell in order to prove his devotion to the woman he loves. When Dr. Fallon Enright asks for an early release from her contract with the Lothario, Richard knows his time has run out. Desperate to keep her onboard, he stoops to an all-time low, even for him.

Fallon knew it wouldn’t be easy to walk away from the Lothario, and the man she loves, but she never dreamed Richard would stoop to blackmail to keep her onboard. Worse, instead of leveling charges of sexual harassment, she’d agreed to his asinine plan. For the next week, she would submit to Richard, in all things. The possibilities sent a shiver down her spine.
(Bookin' It's review coming soon)

This isn't your grandparent's cruise ship!
When her fiancé called off the wedding and told her he’d had better sex with a blow up doll, Candace traded in her honeymoon cruise for a week on the Lothario, the most notorious ship to ever sail the high seas. Little does she know that Ryan, the sexy passenger who offered to be her escort as she samples all the ship has to offer, is really Ryan Callahan, the ship’s playboy owner.

Ryan Callahan is single, rich, and considered quite the catch. Two years ago he and his business partner launched the Lothario, a floating den of iniquity where passengers can indulge their every sexual fantasy, but since the ship docked following its maiden cruise, Ryan has been so scarce he’s earned the nickname, Monk, until sweet, naïve Candace coaxes him out of his tower, heats his blood, and steals his heart. But will she still want him when she finds out who he really is?(4.5 stars)
Click to read Bookin' It's review for the Lust Boat


Roz Lee has been married to her best friend, and high school sweetheart, for over three decades. These days she splits her time between their home in rural New Jersey, and Southern California, where her husband works. Even though she’s lived on both coasts, her heart lies in between, in Texas. A Texan by birth, she can trace her family back to the Republic of Texas. With roots that deep, she says, “You can’t ever really leave.”

Roz and her husband have two grown daughters they couldn’t be more proud of, and are currently raising a ten-year-old Labrador Retriever, Betty Boop, who isn’t aware of her canine heritage.

When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. No trip is too small, no tourist trap too cheesy, and no road unworthy of traveling.


Thanks for being here Roz. You're a real gem!

Roz has graciously offered another giveaway of either The Lust Boat or Show Me The Ropes, winner's choice. Winner will be chosen Sunday morning. All you have to do is leave a comment and your email addy so we can notify the winner and Roz can deliver you your prize. :-) Good Luck!


  1. Great story behind the story, Roz! I'm glad your mind goes in the directions it does. More reading for me.

  2. That's awesome! I love to read about the creative process. I am going on a cruise in April. Now I will have to pay attention to the shows!

  3. Wonderful ideas that translate into wonderful books! Writers can find ideas lurking in every corner and it's half the fun of our career! Great post.

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  5. I always love hearing how authors come up with their ideas, especially authors of erotic books! It's cool to think how something like a single show on a cruise can end up as a complete book with a completely different concept behind it. Thanks for posting, and for writing!


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