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Beyond The Page: “Melt” by Cari Quinn

Feb 19
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Melt coverCari Quinn is visiting Caribbean Accent Book Reviews today! 😀

She’s here to tell us about her latest sexy romance, “Melt“.

CQ: I’m so excited to be visiting CABR today! Thank you so much for inviting me!

CABR: I’ve been looking forward to your visit Cari. On to the inquisition (just joking) 🙂

Using 140 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about “Melt“.

CQ: Her knight in fleece saved her on the snowmobile trail…but will he help cure her cracked heart?

CABR: Did the h/H ask you to tell their story or did the idea for this book come from a discussion with your editor?

CQ: Melt actually is a story I started years ago for a submission call. It lurked on my hard drive, half-finished, for years until this year when I submitted it to Loose Id for their Christmas collection. The story changed a little from how I originally conceived it, but not too much!

CABR: Is there a soundtrack for “Melt” or did you have one while writing it?

CQ: Oddly enough, no. I usually do have soundtracks for my books—it’s practically a requirement—but for this one, I think I was so much in deadline mode that I never got around to creating one.

CABR: Interesting. 🙂 What was your favourite scene to write? Please include an excerpt from it.

CQ: Sure thing! I picked a G-rated scene about how Justin got his tongue ring, but trust me, Melt has a ton of dirty ones if that’s your thing!


“And there’s something else I want,” Kylie said.

“What’s that?”

“For you to tell me how you got that tongue ring.”

“Story’s not nearly as sexy as you’re thinking it will be.” Justin shrugged and sipped his coffee. “The kids razz me about stuff. I’m used to it, and it’s sort of a bonding ritual. They say since I’m past thirty there’s no way I could relate to what they’re going through. So one day Jared’s in my office, and he’s showing off his new tongue piercing, bragging about how all the chicks love it.”

“I bet,” she said under her breath.

“He asked me if I have a girlfriend, and the conversation sort of devolved from there. Next thing I know he’s daring me to pierce my tongue.” He shrugged again. “So I did. And what do you know?” He grinned. “Chicks do like it.”

“So how many chicks have…liked it?”

“Thousands, naturally. Didn’t you see all the notches on the bedpost?”

To keep from smiling at his easy tone and twinkling blue eyes, she distracted herself by wrapping her feet around the rungs of her chair. He kept the place so warm she wasn’t the slightest bit cold, even with the frosty day outside. “I don’t normally sleep with men without knowing their sexual history.”

“Want names and dates?” He scraped egg off his plate and cupped a hand beneath his fork as he offered her the bite. “How about rankings?”

She gripped his wrist and took the forkful into her mouth while her mind whirled. Rankings made her think too much about Rob, who’d never been satisfied with just her. At least not lately. Yet he’d called her cell all night, claiming he wanted to make sure she was all right. She’d finally given in and left him a quick voice mail after her shower, though she’d slipped and told him she was at Justin’s. She’d always been careful to tell Rob that Justin was just a friend—and he had been—but she regretted her slip. She so didn’t want to get Justin involved in her messes.

After chewing and swallowing, she pasted on a smile. What was done was done, and she’d be damned if she spent any more time thinking about her ex. “So where do I rate?”

“You even have to ask?”

She licked her lips. “Yeah, I do.”

His gaze went from warm to hot in a finger snap. “Think I need more evidence before I can say definitively. A scientific study requires plenty of statistics.”


CABR: Having read this excerpt, I can’t wait to read “Melt”.

What’s your 2013 schedule looking like Cari?

CQ: Lots of books ahead! This year I’ll be releasing my first paranormal book, a vampire menage, coming this spring to Decadent Publishing.

In June I’ll be releasing my first book for Samhain Publishing, Dirty Distractions, a super fun, super sexy cougar story. It even has a talking bird. 😉

After that will be the next book in my Love Required series with Entangled Publishing, No Romance Required (Cory and Vicky’s story.)

Add in a Halloween novella and a brand spanking new rockstar series I’m starting with my awesomesauce CP, Taryn Elliott, and it’s going to be a busy year!



eBook or paperback?

PENTAX ImageCQ: I was a slow adopter of eBooks, but eBooks all the way! I have a Nook, a Kindle, an iPad mini…yeah, I like my eBooks! 😉

Fruits or chocolate?

CQ: Actually I like fruit dipped in chocolate, but since I’m craving fresh blackberries right now, I’ll say fruit!

Dogs or cats?

CQ: Cats…always cats. I love dogs, too, but cats will always be my favorite. They’re so quirky and utterly huggable. And portable, too, since my favorite dogs are almost the larger breeds.

Ideal getaway?

CQ: In the United States, Marblehead/Salem, Massachusetts where me and my CP, Taryn Elliott, visit every fall.

Outside the States, I’d love to visit Italy. It looks like a truly beautiful country with amazing architecture and history.

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

CQ: Nora Roberts, though I probably wouldn’t be able to speak! She’s been my idol since I read my first book of hers when I was fourteen, and she’s a big part of the reason I decided to become a writer. I’d love to just pick her brain…and maybe check out that gorgeous inn of hers!

CABR: Me too! Having read her “The Inn Boonsboro” trilogy, I would love to visit the town its set in.

Cari, thanks for taking the time to chat with me at CABR. You are welcome back anytime.

CQ: Thank you so much for having me! This was so much fun!


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