Interview with PLAYING WITH PLEASURE  Author Erika Wilde!

Author Erika Wilde!

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Paige Moore has a fulfilling business designing couture corsets for her high profile clientele, but her love life is sorely lacking. Being burned in the worst way possible by Sawyer Burrows has left her guarded and wary when it comes to men and their motives. When her best friend presents her with an invitation to The Players Club, she embraces the chance to enjoy a hot night with a stranger, and finally put her past heartbreak, and Sawyer, behind her.


Sawyer knows he devastated Paige with his careless actions a year and a half ago, and he’s lived every day since with those regrets. Now, seeing Paige at The Players Club, he knows this is his chance to make amends and prove that there is still something between them worth pursuing. If sensual pleasure is what Paige is looking for, then he intends to be the man to spend the night seducing every part of her.


Paige’s surrender is Sawyer’s ultimate goal, but once her desires are sated, will she give them the second chance they deserve?


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The bell on the door to Couture Corsets tinkled, announcing that a customer had just walked into Paige Moore’s small boutique in Old Town San Diego, where she designed and sold custom-made corsets.

“It’s just me,” she heard her good friend Raina Beck call out.

Knowing Raina would just head to the back area of the shop where Paige did all her designing and creations, she continued hand sewing small seed pearls to an exquisite white satin corset she was making for a client’s wedding night.

A moment later, Raina walked past the curtain of glittering crystals hanging in the doorway that separated the retail floor from the workroom. “Wow, that looks stunning,” she said of the one-of-a-kind bridal corset, her voice laced with awe.

Paige glanced over her shoulder and grinned. “Thanks. Once I add the crystal and lace embellishments along the bodice, this bride is going to knock her groom’s pants off when he sees her in this corset.”

Raina laughed. “Not a bad way to start off a marriage.”

“What? By getting lucky?” Paige asked humorously as she set her needle and thread down on the nearby worktable that dominated the area.

“And being totally turned on by your new wife.”

“Speaking of getting turned on,” Paige said with a smirk as she eyed her cheerful friend. “You’re glowing and smiling all the time, so things with Logan must be good, yes?”

“Really good,” Raina admitted, her face flushing with happiness. “And I do have to say, it’s nice having sex on a regular basis,” she teased.

Paige sent her a mock glare. “Yeah, I wouldn’t know, so stop bragging,” she grumbled, even though she was genuinely thrilled that Raina had found a man who absolutely adored her. “What brings you by?”

“I have something for you,” Raina said and handed her an envelope with the word Welcome embossed in black across the front.

Paige’s eyes widened as she looked at the envelope. “Oh my God, is this an invitation to your wedding? I can’t believe you didn’t tell me…” Her words and excitement trailed off as she pulled out the card inside and read the message granting her a night at The Players Club, an exclusive, members-only sex club.

“Oh, wow,” she breathed in surprise and glanced back at Raina. “I thought—”

“If I was getting married, you’d know about it before I sent out invitations because you’d be my maid of honor,” Raina interrupted with a laugh. “Besides, I’m not even engaged yet. This invitation is for you,” Raina went on with a grin. “The Players Club is a place where you can get down and dirty and freaky with a stranger, indulge in a fantasy, or try a particular kink that has piqued your interest.”

“I have to say, that sounds very tempting.”

Oh, yes, Paige was definitely intrigued. It had been a year and a half since she’d been with a man. A year and a half since the morning Sawyer Burrows had shattered her heart with his betrayal. And the thought of indulging in a night of hot sex with an anonymous guy was incredibly appealing. She needed to do something to finally shake Sawyer from her mind and thoughts and let the painful past go so she could move on with her life.

Easier said than done, but an evening at The Players Club was a good start to putting an end to her dry spell.

“There is one thing you need to know.” Raina suddenly looked uncertain. “Logan told me that Sawyer is a member of The Players Club. Which, in my opinion, could work to your advantage if he’s there the night you decide to go.”

Paige frowned, not sure how she felt about running into a man she swore she hated yet who still had the ability to affect her on a physical level. Yeah, that part drove her absolutely crazy, but she was curious what Raina meant. “How so?”

“If he’s there, think of it as a bit of revenge.” Raina’s eyes danced with mischief. “Flirt with other guys and enjoy yourself. Show Sawyer exactly what he’s been missing and what is no longer his. Men are such jealous, possessive creatures, and it’ll drive him nuts to see you with another man.”

The corner of Paige’s mouth curled into a smile as she thought about her friend’s suggestion. It had been too long since she’d felt desired and sexy. Combine the bonus of possibly showing Sawyer that she was over him by letting him see her enjoy another man’s attention, and it really was a win-win situation.

Her decision made, she met Raina’s gaze and lifted her chin in determination. “I’m totally down for that.”


Please tell us about your novel.

PLAYING WITH PLEASURE is the second book in my Players Club Series and features Paige Moore and Sawyer Burrows, who were introduced in PLAYING WITH TEMPTATION.  These two have a very rocky past to work through.  This book is a classic second chance at love type book—it’s emotional and super-sexy!

How did you research your novel, if applicable?

All my research is done on the internet.  This story has light elements of BDSM, and the heroine creature couture corsets.  I had a great time researching that element, and I also did a custom photo shoot for the cover of PLAYING WITH PLEASURE to make sure the heroine was wearing a corset!

Where can readers find you online?





When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?

Reading!  Reading relaxes my brain and gets my creative juices flowing again.  Or taking a shower.  I get some of my best ideas when I’m in the shower — when, of course, there is no way to take notes, LOL!

Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?

My husband is my real life hero.  We’ve been married for 28 years, and he has every single trait of a hero.  He’s strong, yet kind.  He’s a caretaker and protects what’s his when it comes to his family.  He’s honest and loyal and he makes me laugh.  He’s also my very best friend!

Are you character or plot driven? Why?

My books are definitely character driven.  I love exploring my character’s traits, what has shaped their lives and who they have become as adults, and why.  Plotting isn’t my strong-suit, but thankfully I have a plotting group that helps me with that!

How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?

I enjoy social media, in small doses.  If I’m not careful, it can become a way for me to procrastinate when I should be working.  It’s definitely a great way to interact with readers, which is always fun.  I enjoy Facebook, but I’m not much of a Twitter user, which is too much work for me, personally.  I have a hard time expressing myself in only 140 characters, LOL!

What are the first five titles on your kindle?

Chase Me, Tessa Bailey

Keep Me Safe, Skye Warren

Breathless in Love, Bella Andre

Breakaway, Kelly Jamieson

Rocky Ride, Vivian Arend

Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?

Still writing super-sexy and erotic romances!  It’s what I’ve always enjoyed writing.

How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?

Even though most of the books I’ve purchased the past few years are on my Kindle, I do have a pretty full bookshelf of my favorite authors.  Recently, I did do a purge, so I’d say there are about 100 actual books on my bookshelf that I won’t part with.

If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?

I was traditionally published as “Janelle Denison” and wrote over 50 contemporary romances with that name.  About two years ago I decided to give Indie publishing a try and also decided I’d do so with the new pen name of Erika Wilde, because these book would be more erotic than my Janelle Denison titles.  I absolutely love being an indie author and don’t see myself returning to a traditional publisher.

What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?

Take the time to learn the market AND hone your writing skills.  There is so much competition out there right now, and you want to publish the best book you can so you stand out!

Do you have a favorite charity?

I’m a big supporter of breast cancer awareness, and always donate whenever I can.

Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?

Even knowing that my family is safe and sound, they are the people I’d want to spend my last 24 hours with.  Nothing else would matter to me.


Erika Wilde


Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers.

So, why the new pen name?

As Janelle Denison I’ve always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance.   However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you’ll care about and fall in love with.   That is always my goal, whether I’m writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories.

Currently, I’m working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage.  The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian’s sizzling new relationship.

I’m also planning a spin-off series in the future, featuring the hot military men that work security for Dean at Noble and Associates.


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