Today we kick off ménage erotica week with a visit from Jayne Rylon. I had the pleasure of meeting Jayne last year at AAD and when we decided to host a ménage week, I knew we had to ask Jayne to participate. So, please help me welcome Jayne to Romancing the Book.
Jayne Rylon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She received the 2011 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Indie Erotic Romance. Her stories used to begin as daydreams in seemingly endless business meetings, but now she is a full time author, who employs the skills she learned from her straight-laced corporate existence in the business of writing. She lives in Ohio with two cats and her husband, the infamous Mr. Rylon. When she can escape her purple office, she loves to travel the world, avoid speeding tickets in her beloved Sky, and–of course–read.
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Jen: Tell us about your newest release.
Jayne: Here’s the offical bio and a short excerpt from the Red Light Bargain Boxset.
What happens when a prostitute falls in love with her client, but doesn’t plan to quit her job?
I’m Star, a sex worker in Amsterdam’s Red Light district. I invite you to step through my window. Careful, though. Observing my passionate exchanges may destroy your preconceptions.
I adore my profession. I’m many things in the course of one evening—whore, lover, nurse, psychologist and friend. But above all, I’m still a woman. Maybe the truths I’ve discovered about myself by serving others will help me deal with one customer who’s come to mean more than all the others.
There’s no doubt Rick desires me, but lately our business arrangement seems personal. How can I choose between the profession I love most, and the person I can’t live without?
I’m greedy. I want both.
Through my window, a sea of strangers swirl and retreat like waves in an ocean of humanity. I brush my hair, fix my makeup and flip on the glaring red light in my booth before turning to face them on the other side of the glass.
They begin each evening like still waters. Ebbing and flowing past my window. Unaffected by buffeting winds or brewing desires. Eddying in swirls as they gather, peek around our infamous district with downcast eyes, then scatter—awkward and unsure yet inquisitive.
Curious couples setting out on tandem adventures, young men high on the moral freedom of Amsterdam and clusters of women indulging in a wild night with friends all dip their toes in the pool.
Later, much later, they will roil and crash against the glass in a typhoon of wanton excess—of food, drink, drugs and sex—that never ceases to amaze me.
Or to infect me with its primal power.
Most women shoot me glances of pity if they look at me at all. I feel sorry for them, that they don’t understand. But some…some grin and nod.
A select few go further, seeking my services so they can share in the rush for a brief time.
Men are more likely to notice my sincere yearning to please right away. All manner of them from young to old, rich to poor, thin to fat and virile to impotent appraise me with hungry eyes.
Cynics might say my killer curves, mile-high stilettos or long mane of platinum hair are responsible for their focused attention. I don’t buy that. I’m not the most attractive working girl on the block. But I’m one of the busiest.
Customers can sense I’m different than most. They recognize I’m here not because I have to be but because I want to be. I absorb their stares before returning some of my own. The authority they grant me is intoxicating and addicting.
I love enticing a kindred spirit to my lair for both our enjoyment and my profit.
The hot, red lights of my booth, along the canal slicing through the heart of De Wallen, glint off my silver-sequined costume. What little of it there is anyway. The warm air in the space caresses my bared skin each time my neighbors let someone in or show them out.
Theirs. And mine. Ours.
Jen: Let’s talk Hot Rods. What was your inspiration for putting this group together?
Jayne: I knew as I went on with the Powertools series that I wasn’t ready to leave the world yet. And this second group of people started to emerge in my imagination. They’re a lot grittier and damaged than the Powertools crew so the way they learn to love after watching their construction crew cousins means more to them if possible. Then I found images by Sophia Renee that called to me. They became my inspiration for the characters and are featured on the covers of the books today.
Jen: When dealing with so many bodies in one place at the same time, how do you make sure that the choreography is realistic and your characters don’t end up playing Twister?
Jayne: I use pictures and videos of actual sex scenes when I’m in doubt that something is possible. I’m sure my editor loves it when I send these in along with the manuscript.
Jen: To get in the mood to write the sexy scenes, do you write in heels and something sexy or down play it?
Jayne: Uh, definitely not. I’m a PJs all the time kind of girl. Mostly when my writing is flowing I close my eyes and can see the book. My fingers just transcribe what I see. Weird but true!
Jen: What changes have you seen in your genre since your first book?
Jayne: Hmm, that’s a good question. I’ve been reading erotic romance since I got out of college and discovered Lora Leigh’s Men of August series. Those books sucked me in and it all went from there. I guess these days it’s kind of common to read ménage whereas back then, it was taboo and hard to find good stories. I like that people are willing to be open minded and embrace non-traditional romance of all types, more and more by the day.
Jen: What do your friends and family think about your choice of genres?
Jayne: My family is super supportive of my writing. My mom wants to read my books but I ask her not to because I might change what I write if I know my mom is going to read it! But in general, they’re totally cool with it. I’m very fortunate!
Jen: If you had the chance to take any book and add the Jayne Rylon touch, which book would it be and why?
Jayne: Ohhh that’s a great question because I love so many books. I’m an avid reader. Maybe a classic would do well with a naughty spin. Oh, no no!!! I know. It has to be Janet Evanovich’s series with Stephanie Plum. I could have solved her Joe vs. Ranger problem more than twenty books ago. If I wrote that series (and I LOVE those books!) I would have made it a ménage for sure.