I had the pleasure of “meeting” La Quette recently online and discussed with her her upcoming contemporary erotic release of Heart of the Matter about a touch NYC police lieutenant that gets involved in a high profile case! La Quette is such a down to earth author she really seemed like one of the girls from around the way. Ya know in Baltimore. Like one of my girls! So I decided to do a short Q&A with her and let her give you a sneak peak into her steamy erotica! I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I enjoyed talking with her! Her book releases this month on the 18th, so grab your copy today!!
♥ Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl #NerdGirlOfficial
*****Q&A with LaQuette*****
*When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I started writing as a means of self expression during my childhood. I’ve been reading romance novels since I was sixteen. I loved the stories, but I was always sad that I never had the chance to see the characters or their story beyond, “The End.” I’d been writing since childhood, but it wasn’t until reading those romance novels that I decided that this was what I wanted to do.
I wrote this story, Heart of the Matter, nearly twenty years ago. The motivation was simply to address the fact that people who are often perceived as “strong” are often the most vulnerable people in the world. I decided I wanted to create a character whose outward mask portrayed strength and dominance, when internally, she was drowning in a sea of hurt, desperately looking for something or someone to anchor her.
*What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Francis Ray, Rochelle Allers, Brenda Jackson, Avril Ashton, and Piper Kay. The first three because they were trailblazers in the African American romance genre. They were my first exposure to romance that depicted people of color in a positive light. Before them, the only thing I’d read was Harlequin. And don’t get me wrong, Harlequin stories were beautiful. But as wonderful as they were, I never really felt as if I could connect with them because people that looked like me or shared my experiences didn’t appear in Harlequin romances during that time
*Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?Avril Ashton and Piper Kay, well their work gave me an education in writing raw. Love isn’t always pretty, sometimes it’s down right hideous. Those two ladies showed me that it was permissible for characters to mess up and do stupid things because that’s how people are in real life. They also taught me that it’s okay to write sex as raw and dirty as I wanted to, because well, that’s what happens in real life too–if you’re lucky. Lol
*What motivates you to write? I find inspiration for my writing in many things. It’s not any one thing I can identify, it’s usually a case by case situation. It could happen because of an experience I’ve encountered. It could happen because I heard something on the news that my brain keeps turning over, it could come from a dream. My writing ambition usually kicks in when my mind decides it wants to analyze something beyond the superficial.
*What is the hardest part of writing?
For me, I’d have to say figuring out who my characters are emotionally. Ultimately, if I’m to write them authentically I have to tap into some of the uglier emotions that they’re experiencing. That is not always fun.
*Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
The female protagonist in Heart of the Matter is a cop in the NYPD. I had the opportunity to interview a recently retired police officer to help me understand what life as a police officer really involves. Talking to this former officer, I could see the sacrifices he’d made to serve and stay safe on his job. He didn’t get to punch in and punch out and go home at the end of his shift like others do. In order to do his job, he sacrificed time with his family and constant exposure to some of the darker parts of human nature. That eats at an individual’s soul and he chose to do that in order to give back to his community. That takes a lot of heart and commitment. For cops that are doing their jobs the right way and for the right reasons, they’re sacrificing so much.
*Where do you get your ideas?
Everyday life. Lol. Real life is stranger than fiction. Honestly, you just can’t make that ish up. Lmbo
*What does your family think of your writing?My family is so supportive. My hubby actually reads my work and critiques it for me. He’s my primary beta-reader. My mother is proud of my writing, but I don’t think she’s actually ready to read my work knowing that her baby wrote those very naughty things. My siblings are cool with it too. Like my hubby, they read everything I write and coral their friends into becoming readers too.
*What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?Learn your craft. Learn what it takes to create quality writing. I’ve always wanted to write, but I knew I need to learn a few things before I slapped the title of author behind my name. When I decided I wanted to do this for real, I went back to school and studied writing. My desire to learn more about writing turned into a bachelor’s and master’s degree in writing. I was just that dedicated, and honestly it shows in my writing. If you compare the original version of Heart of the Matter with what the readers are actually going to download onto their e-readers, it looks like two totally different stories. Learn your craft, take it seriously, and read, read, read.
*What book are you reading now?I just finished R.J. Scott’s, Last Marine Standing. Awesome read. I’m about to go trolling on Amazon to find out what I’m one clicking next
*****About La Quette*****
A native of Brooklyn, New York, LaQuette spends her time catering to her three distinct personalities: Wife, Mother, and Educator. Writing: her escape from the everyday, 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.
*****La Quette’s Links*****
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/945245535501219/
*****UPCOMING RELEASE ~ HEART OF THE MATTER*****
Heart “Mac” MacKenzie is a tough police lieutenant in the NYPD servicing the rough streets of Brooklyn, New York. She’s a strong leader who doesn’t mind getting in the trenches with the men and women she leads at the seventy-four precinct. Her house, her people, and her family—both blue and blood—are the only things that matter. She would live and die for the blue wall that shields her from a traumatic past.
When her captain assigns her a high-profile kidnapping case that she doesn’t want, and insists she allows the missing girl’s irritatingly sexy uncle to tag along during the investigation, her blood boils. Mac has no choice but to do what she always does when things get out of control, lay down the law—her law.
Kenneth Searlington is a rich playboy from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. With stunning looks and an unlimited source of wealth, he’s used to being the center of everyone’s attention, especially the women that he comes in contact with in high society. His life is fun and carefree until his niece, Merridith is kidnapped, and he’s forced to seek out the help of his godfather an NYPD police captain, David Porter.
Afraid and frustrated, Kenneth defers to his uncle’s expertise and his promise that he’s putting his best cop on the case, Lieutenant MacKenzie. When Kenneth discovers “Mac” is actually a sexy as sin lady cop with a fiery temper to match, he decides mixing a little business with pleasure might be just the thing he needs to distract him from long-standing family issues that are trying to crawl their way back into the forefront of his life.
Each used to having their own way, can these two work together long enough to bring an innocent child home? Or will they settle their differences and unyielding attraction in a more carnal way and get right down to the heart of the matter?
Kenneth watched Heart climb the stairs two at a time. She went into what had now become their bedroom and headed straight for the walk-in closet. He heard the keypad beeps from the gun safe as she dialed in the combination code.
He felt a slight sense of relief. Heart was silent-angry. That was never a good thing. At least if she was this mad and her weapons were locked away, he stood a chance of surviving to see the next day.
She re-entered the bedroom and walked directly past him. He heard her quick footsteps run down the stairs. He followed, saw her head for the basement door, and disappear into the lower level of the house.
He walked downstairs to find her standing in the middle of the gym with her arms crossed against the expanse of her heaving chest.
“Baby, I…” She put up her hand and stopped his words. She turned toward the stereo, turned it on, and fiddled with the dials until he heard Maxwell’s “Bad Habit” pouring from the speakers.
It was late and she had the sound turned up on damn. Fortunately for their neighbors, the basement was soundproofed. When the house was built, the original owner had wanted a place in the house where he could make as much noise as he wanted without disturbing the neighbors. By the looks of it, Heart planned to benefit from that fact. He wasn’t quite sure if he was going to benefit from it or not yet.
“What’s with the music being so loud?” He yelled over the driving base.
“I want to make sure that the neighbors don’t hear you scream,” she said, face straight, muscles tightening in her arms as she squeezed her hands into tight fists.”
“Shit,” was all he could say. He knew he was in trouble now.
She rushed him…that was the only way to explain how she was standing across from him one moment, and sitting on top of him the next. In a matter of seconds he was on the floor; face up, with her sitting on top of him.
“Heart, this is not funny. Get up so we can talk.”
She didn’t move, didn’t even make a sound. She just looked at him, through him with sharp brown eyes cutting into his soul. His hands had somehow ended up near his head when he fell. He went to pull them down and felt resistance. He tried to move them again and heard a metal clinking sound above his head. He moved his head around until he could see the shiny glint of handcuffs. She’d cuffed him to the weight machine they’d landed in front of when she’d taken him to the floor. This was the very same weight machine that was bolted to the floor and immovable.
“Heart, this isn’t funny. What are you doing? Why did you cuff me?”
Her face was still tight with anger, her body stiff and poised for attack.
“Kenneth, do you know that I hate watching you get dressed. I hate it because I hate that anything else in this world gets to touch your beautiful alabaster skin as closely as I do. I want to be the only thing draped over you so intimately. Not the fine garments you wear, and certainly not that bitch, Faith.”
He watched her pull something from her back pocket. At first it looked like a heavy handle, but with a flick of her wrist, it became a knife.
She ran the dull side of the knife across his lips and said, “Ssssh.”
He swallowed carefully as he watched her remove the knife from his lips and slice the sharp side down the length of his shirt, causing the two sides to peel away from his body like water.
She continued the slide of the blade through his pants until he was lying beneath her naked and at her mercy.
“I’m an only child, Kenneth. I never really learned how to share. I’ll be damned if I’m going to share you. So hear me now. If you want that bitch, be with that bitch, and leave me the fuck alone. But if here is where you want to be, keep that bitch, and any other out of your face. I. Don’t. Play. That. Shit.”
He nodded his head quickly. He knew he hadn’t perpetrated that kiss with Faith, but him lying naked beneath her while she had a sharp blade dancing between her fingers didn’t seem the most appropriate time to point out whose fault this entire fallout was.
She brought down the hand holding the knife with a hard and fast stabbing motion. He flinched, anticipating pain, but realized soon that there was no pain. She hadn’t stabbed him. He turned his head slightly to the side and saw the shiny blade next to him, sticking out of the floor.
Heart grabbed him by his chin and allowed one word to slip through her tightly ground jaw, “Mine!”
She slammed her mouth down on his and kissed him hard, sharp teeth biting into his flesh. His skin rent and he tasted the bitter metallic tang of blood. He should have been pissed, he really should have felt afraid, after all, this woman had rendered him helpless and brandished a weapon in front of him. He was shaking, his heart was pounding, and his breath was coming out in rapid tufts of air from his heaving chest. But surprisingly, there was no fear only…interest.
His dick jumped beneath her. He was handcuffed with a knife sticking out of the floor next to his head and he was so turned on his dick could cut granite.
What the fuck is wrong with me?
Genesis Lawrence left her home and family in Brooklyn, New York ten years ago and never looked back. When you’ve spent your entire life protecting yourself from the ones that are supposed to love you, running to the other side of the country seems like the best idea ever. Emotionally bankrupt, she begins rebuilding her life after failed familial connections and a broken marriage leave her too raw to ever believe happiness exists for her. Work as a Physical Therapist in her rehab clinic is all she knows and all she wants.
Drew Marrack has spent the last year of his life trying to end the soul-searing pain of losing his mother by any means necessary, even if that means ending him—literally. After a tragic accident and a resulting disability that devastates the tattered remnants of his world, only one name can give him a brand-new start: Genesis.
Pain, heartache, secrets, and tragedy from the past bring them together, and then fight to tear them apart. Is new love strong enough to give them the fresh beginning they both need, or is this simply the beginning of their end?
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