Today, MRN puts the spotlight on Author LaQuette. Let’s get to know LaQuette and her work…
2015 Swirl Awards Bronze Winner in Romantic Suspense, 2015 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award Finalist in Erotic Romance, and bestselling erotic romance author, LaQuette, is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She spends her time catering to her three distinct personalities: Wife, Mother, and Educator.
Writing–her escape from everyday madness–has always been a friend and comforter. She loves writing and devouring romance novels. Although she possesses a graduate degree in English Lit, she’d forego Shakespeare any day to read something hot, lusty, and romantic.
She loves hearing from readers and discussing the crazy characters that are running around in her head causing so much trouble.
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What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
The fact that I get to create worlds. I literally get to decide what will and won’t happen in the context of my book. Where else would I have the opportunity for complete world domination like that? lol
What made you choose to write romance? If you weren’t writing romance, is there another genre you’d write?
It’s what I love to read most, so the writing became an extension of that. As I read more romance I began to think about how I would change the books I was reading if I were writing them. Once that thought crosses a reader’s mind, it’s time to switch gears. If I weren’t writing romance I would probably write about the socio-political constructs that we use to divide us as a people, a nation, a world. Yeah, romance writers are often deep like that.
Do you read your reviews? Why or why not?
Yes and no. I read them and look for the constructive criticism that readers/reviewers often share. I don’t read them when it’s obvious the reviewer is just using the platform as an opportunity to attack me. And for the record, that doesn’t mean any review that’s unfavorable. Just because someone doesn’t like my work doesn’t mean their review isn’t filled with construct criticism. I’m ultimately looking for something I can learn from. “I think this author sucks because she doesn’t put everything I want in a book or agree with in my personal life,” is not a constructive criticism that I can use to improve my skill as a writer.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books and why?
I would honestly have to say Alexis-Jeovonii “A.J.” Tenetti. I love her, how brazen she is, how she checks anyone with a quick retort. Her mouth is reckless and she doesn’t apologize for it.
What is your favorite word or phrase in the English language?
“Fuck outta here.” You just know that anything that follows that phrase is gonna to provide an amazing laugh.
What would readers be surprised to find out about you?
That I am the most easy going person you could ever meet in the world. My tag line is, “Embracing my crazy…one character at a time.” It’s really my philosophy in life. If I were to look for a synonymous phrase to explain that it would be, “Do you…” Whatever makes you happy in life, forget about what everyone else says, do what makes you, you.
What’s next for you? Any new books, series, etc coming soon?
I’m sketching out the last pieces to the Queens of Kings series. Bryan and Justice are getting a novella because the readers want one, lol. True is getting her story sometime this year, she’s being a little stingy with info. I think it’s because I made her wait until last. But her story really ties up all the other books in ways I didn’t even understand until she and her love interest, Teague, began laying some things out for me.
I’m also currently working on a new series series called, St. Jared’s Memorial. It’s loosely based on a hospital I used to work in. It’s all about diversity and healing wounds (both physical and emotional). I’m really excited about it because it’s not just about racial diversity. This series focuses on several types of diversity: interracial, sexual orientation, and religious diversity. Book 1 focuses on a black woman/white male couple with a dark past and an uncertain future. Book 2 is about an Italian single father who’s hidden his sexuality in an effort to protect his son from the ugliness of life and people and the Latino doctor he falls in love with. Book 3 will focus on a pair of residents at the hospital. One is an African American, Christian woman and her love interest is a Middle Eastern, Muslim man (no, it’s not an inspirational romance). The novel will focus on their religious upbringings as it shapes their ideals, but the book will be an erotic romance. They each have some very concrete views about life and those perspectives will clash in a very passionate, real, and hopefully beautiful way.
Lies You Tell (St Jared’s Memorial, Book 1)
Dante was on fire. That’s the only way he could describe being inside Danae again. It was the most welcoming heat that burned him from the inside out as he joined his body with hers. His body instantly remembered that intense zing of electricity that flew from his heart straight down to his cock and balls.
He pressed his full length inside of her, bottoming out in the tight and hot depths of her cunt. Bliss was the only way he could describe what he felt. It was soul piercing, ripping at the very core of his being. He’d ached for so long to feel this connection, the thing that had kept him whole, sane, human during their time together.
He bent down, resting his weight on his elbow, sinking his teeth into the flesh on the gentle curve of her neck. “Gotta move,” he growled. His hips snapped, bringing his full weight down against her. He’d apologize later; apologize for how quick this was going to be, for how sore she was going to be when this was done. Taking care of her had always been his priority, but finding her alive after six years of crippling grief had fire shooting through him, need he couldn’t control if his life depended on it.
If he were in his right mind—well, if he were in his right mind none of this would be happening. That ship had long since sailed from the moment she touched him and looked at him with those wide brown eyes that always made his heart still for moments at a time in his chest.
He placed a firm hand behind her knee and pressed, opening her for him, giving himself more room to do what his body commanded—drill.
He buried himself to the hilt with each rapid thrust of his hips. Her body quivered around him. They were only moments into this and he could feel her nearing her breaking point already. He changed his angle slightly, remembering instinctively where her sweet spot was. He rammed inside of her, repeated staccato movements trying his damnedest to abrade that little bundle of electricity that would send her tumbling over the edge of ecstasy.
He felt his balls hiking up with each thrust, tight, heavy, begging for release. He kept up his punishing pace, keeping his cockhead zeroed into the same spot, waiting for her to break.
He felt the first trimmers of her orgasm ripple around him, grabbing on to his cock like a clutched fist. He pulled her other knee up, deepening the angle, pulling guttural noises from her with each stroke.
Those strangled cries pressed against his sensitive hair trigger.
“Fuuuuuuuccccckkkkk!,” he ground out as fire erupted from the tightness in his balls, up his shaft, and into the thin latex barrier separating them. Each spurt draining him of the fire he’d been carrying since his mind first latched onto the idea that Sanai could be alive. When the last jet of cum left him, his balls wrung dry; he collapsed, changing angles just in time to keep from crushing her, landing most of his weight off to the side on the floor.
Life had played a cruel trick on him, had gouged his heart and soul with a fiery poker. He’d been left with a soulless shell of an existence. So now, on the floor, in the presence of the only woman he’d ever loved, he wrapped his arms around her, cradled her into the security of his arms, and rested. Every inch of him, even the soul that’d been gone for so long, he rested and slept in peace.
I don’t know about y’all but….
LaQuette’s’s Book List
(Click book cover to for my review and buy links)
I’m honored and delighted to have LaQuette stop by MRN for the March Spotlight. She’s definitely an author to watch! I hope you’ve found your next favorite read among LaQuette’s titles. I know for sure I’m looking forward to her next series after reading that excerpt! 😉