Thursday, July 22, 2010

Celebrating A New Release For Cris Anson

Today we're celebrating the Ellora's Cave release of Cris Anson's WHAT SHE NEEDS.

Cris firmly believes that love is the greatest give or to receive. In her writing, she lives for the moment when her characters realize they love each other, usually after much antagonism and conflict. And when they express that love physically, Cris keeps a fire extinguisher near the keyboard in case of spontaneous combustion.

After suffering the loss of her real-life hero/husband of twenty-two years, Cris has picked up the pieces of her life and tries to remember only the good times...slow-dancing with him to the Big-Band sound of Glenn Miller's music, vacations to scenic national parks in a snug recreational vehicle, his tender and fierce love, his unflagging belief in her ability to write stories that touch the heart as well as the libido. Bits and pieces of his tenacity, optimism, code of honor and lust for life will live on in her imaginary heroes.


WHAT SHE NEEDS by Cris Anson

Older widow Delia Barnes is sporting a black eye when she greets fellow authors before an erotic romance convention, which she explains away by joking "I didn't say 'Yes Master' quick enough." Sitting at the bar, burned-out ad executive and former Dom Kurt Reinhardt overhears the remark - and interrupts to suggest maybe she needs "a new Master".

Urged by her friends to accept the younger man's invitation to learn some D/s basics - hey, an author needs to do her research, right? - Delia joins him to get first-hand experience at being submissive, starting with removing her panties in a corner booth. Later, she learns more than she bargained for when she spends a weekend at Kurt's home...with his eager business partner added to the mix.

But an innocent misstep brings Delia's world crashing down around her. Can she trust Kurt with her heart...and her life?

Reader Advisory: Delia gets some up-close-and-personal training during a delectable m/f/m menage.


Leave a comment or question for Cris today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a free download of your choice from her Dance Series (check out her website to let us know which one you'd like!) and please leave email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner!


  1. This sounds great!! I can't wait to read it! Congratularions on the new release!!

  2. Thanks, Nicole. I hope you like the book!

    And thank you, DeNita, for blogging about WHAT SHE NEEDS. I hope your readers will come back on Monday to read how I got to pose for the cover of this book! It will be at

  3. Happy Release Day Cris!!!

    For those who don't know, that's Cris herself right on the cover of her brand new book! How fun is that!!!

    And next week you'll learn all about it when Cris is our special guest blogger over at!

    I love the idea for this and I love older woman/younger man stories so I can't wait to read this!

    Enjoy your launch party and I hope the new book is your biggest seller yet!

  4. Loved the excerpt. Can't wait to read your book. Congrats on your new release.
    Sue B

  5. I forgot to ask you a question. What inspires your writing?
    Sue B

  6. I've read a couple of your books and really enjoyed them. Congratulations on your new release. Do you model you characters after people you know?

  7. Congrats, Cris! And HOW neat, that you got to be the cover model, too! I'd love to be in the draw for Dance of the Rogue--I have the first three Dance titles on the keeper shelf already :)

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  8. Thanks to all for commenting. Sue, what a difficult question to answer! What inspires my writing? Bits and pieces of life as I've experienced it, by people I know, by things I've read, dreams and daydreams, wishful thinking, you name it. Sherry, I hope that answers your question, too.

    But I'll tell you this - after posing with Angelo for this cover, I had no trouble dreaming up things I wanted my hero to do to Delia, my heroine -- and vice versa.

  9. Congrats on your new release.
    I enjoy reading about older heroines.

    kissinoak at verizon dot net

  10. Hi Estella, I love to read and write them :-)

    In fact, I just sold another older woman/younger man book to Ellora's Cave. It will be part of the Cougar Challenge series. These are books that are loosely related by the fact that the heroines met at an erotic romance convention and decided to seek out their younger man. Look under "by Series" for a list of all the books available.

  11. I very much enjoy reading about older heroines who have normal bodies. I can totally relate to a character like that and hope you'll be writing more of them.

    If I win, I'd love to read Dance of the Rogue.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  12. WOW Go you Cris! How very brave to put yourself on the cover... you look great!!! I don't think I could do it. But you should definitely be proud. Did you always want to be put on the cover of one of your books or was this a spur of the moment kinda thing?

    If I win I would love to read... Dance of the Crystal.

    All your covers are beautiful.

  13. Hi joder, yep, my body is real "normal" - somewhere between size 12 and 14. I didn't know they were going to show so much of it LOL

    To jadkny, be sure to check Author Island on Monday to read my blog about how this cover shoot came about.

    All my covers have been done by Ellora's Cave Art Director Syneca. We all think she hangs the moon!

  14. How much research, if any did you have to do for this book? Also, do you recall what the specific inspiration was?

  15. Cris, my goodness, you look gorgeous on that cover--honestly, it's really wonderful to have a cover that more of us can relate to! And the older I get, the more I appreciate older heroines--it's nice when they've been around the block a time or two :)

  16. Oh wow! That is one hot hot excerpt! I love the imagery you use as well *Hair as black as the devil’s heart* *a cross between a butterfly pinned to a specimen board and a ripe peach waiting to be sucked.* I was captured just by the excerpt!

  17. Congratulations on the new release. It was a great excerpt and sounds like a great read.

  18. Hi Cara, some of my research consisted of reading other Ellora's Cave books dealing with BDSM. Some of it was on FetLife and other sites. Some came from my imagination.

    The "inspiration" for WHAT SHE NEEDS came because I wanted to write a cougar book, and also because I had a black eye when I attended my first Romantic Times convention and made the same comment as my heroine to explain the shiner.

  19. Michelle, thank you for your kind words about my imagery. I try hard to say things in a way that isn't overused.

    To flchen1 and others, when is "older" too old? I'm Of An Age, as they say about over-the-hill women, and still think about romance with all the trimmings. Would a romance heroine on Social Security work? LOL

    And thanks to everyone else who posted a comment. I appreciate your stopping by.

  20. That's a great question, Cris--for me personally, I love romances with heroines of all ages, all the way up to those on Social Security. Honestly, I have to admit that I don't tend to think of the retirees having hot and heavy love lives, but on the other hand, I love that those love stories give me hope that I'll enjoy a relationship so passionate and enduring myself. Not sure if that answered the question... ;)