This interview originally appeared in Issue #31 of Redhot Romance
I am very excited and honored to bring you another amazing interview with a talented author in the romance community. LB Dunbar has only been writing for 2 years but has accomplished so much, including publishing a great many books. Her latest release, Paradise Cain: Found, was released in early June 2016.
As always, I was lucky enough to team up with an amazing author to ask the hard questions. This week, KL Kreig find’s out all about LB Dunbar, her writing, what’s coming up and the lessons that she has learned the hard way being part of this industry.
Hi. I’m K.L. Kreig, runner, scotch enthusiast, sun worshiper, sarcasm lover, secret shower badass rocker…. oh….and author of hot, steamy, sexy, alpha men you want to f**k you blind and wake up cuddling next to.
I’m so honored to be part of Redhot Romance’s Author spotlight and even more thrilled to interview LB Dunbar, an amazingly talented author who I’ve gotten the pleasure to know over the past year.
Make sure to check out the extended sneak peek of Paradise Found: Cain after the interview.
KL: Give us a sneak peek into your new book, Paradise Found: Cain, Book #2 in your Paradise Found series, released on 6.6.16.
LB: Setting the tone, Sofie and Cain have been estranged from one another for more than a year. Now that he’s found her, he doesn’t know how he feels or what he wants to do about her, but somehow, losing her again isn’t an option. Like all alphas, he’s made some major mistakes while he waited for her.
“What about you? First impression,” I asked, a slight smile in my tone.
“I … I hate that I knew I could love you. Not to help you, but to help me. I knew you could hurt me, but I wasn’t able to deny the attraction.”
She was silent. For a second, I thought I heard a sniffle like she was crying. I should have sat up to look. I should have checked on her, but I was afraid to move. I worried any sudden movement would stop her from opening up to me.
“I … I don’t think I can say,” she sniffle-laughed. She was crying and I wanted to comfort her. I wanted to slither up the bed, and take her in the best way possible, to make her tell me how she felt. But the truth was, if I knew her feelings, and they didn’t match mine, I wouldn’t be able to handle the words.
“Sofie, sweet apple, tell me.”
“I’m not the right girl for you, Cain. I’m foolish to believe I ever was. I’m not like you. I’m not like her…”
“Malinda,” she said, sounding exasperated.
“I didn’t sleep with Malinda,” I sputtered.
“Recently or ever?” she asked instantly.
“Do you really want an answer?” I asked, uncertain why she cared, but then again, I knew why I cared about the mysterious Jacob.
“Never mind. You just answered.” Her voice was so soft; I hardly heard it. The shaky sound convinced me that more tears fell. My fist clenched and banged lightly on the floor. The conversation was veering off in a direction I didn’t wish to discuss.
“Recently,” I offered. “I haven’t slept with her recently. I didn’t think I’d ever see you again, but once I discovered you were back from Italy in January … I’ve been waiting.” If I wanted her to trust me, I had to give her truth. “I want you to know that I’m clean. It’s been months since I’ve been with anyone. I’m sorry for being with someone other than you. You’re the only one I want.”
She didn’t answer me, and I waited an eternity of minutes before I called her name, breaking the deafening sound of her silence.
“Go to sleep, Cain. I’m tired,” she said with a stifled yawn. It didn’t sound real, but we were used to pretending with one another.
KL: For readers that are new to you, describe your writing style.
LB: Eeek. This is hard to answer. As I’m not good at describing myself, I’m going to respond with what others have said about me. I’m a traditional writer; I use lots of details. When I describe a scene, you feel like you are part of it.
With my Sensations Collection, that’s led to many comments of: Kleenex needed. I’ve been told I’m poetic and diverse. I don’t just write contemporary with the same storyline over and over, but each story is unique.
I can admit, I love to re-write what’s already been written: Beauty and the Beast (Taste Test); The Legend of King Arthur (the full collection of the Legendary Rock Stars starting with The Legend of Arturo King); and even biblical tales like Cain and Abel (Paradise Stories).
KL: Your writing is very diverse from general contemporary to MMA to rocker. What can we expect next?
LB: I’ll be returning to contemporary with a standalone. This will be a first for me, as up to now, I’ve written series. I’ll get back to rockers, but with a twist – female. Then I’ll be tackling a military story. And then … the list goes on and on.
KL: If you had to pick only one character that has stuck with you who would it be and why?
LB: Oh gosh. This is hard, too. Only one? Arturo King. He was just fun to write. Modernizing the classic tales of King Arthur to include him and his friends was pleasure. I’m a geek like that. Also, he’s edgier than my previous male leads and loves deeper. I loved re-writing history and giving him a happily ever after.
KL: What do you find enticing about writing a series?
LB: I’ve actually been thinking about this lately in two ways. As a writer, I love to keep the story going, especially when there are multiple characters whose lives intersperse. As a reader, I love this kind of writing, so I guess it seems natural that I would write mostly series. I always want to know what happened to him … and then what happened to her … and what happens next. Series writing, and reading, seems to be my thing. Not to mention, sometimes there just is more story to tell.
KL: What has been your favorite series to write?
LB: As the Legendary Rock Stars Series is more of a true series, it has to be that one. The Sensations Collection is standalones with interconnecting characters. Paradise Stories is only a duet at the moment, and its spin off will have its own duet sub-title.
As the Legendary Rock Stars begins with The Legend of Arturo King, and has to be read in order (hint, hint, hint) it’s the typical series. Bonus for readers, the series is complete and available. As I mentioned before, it gave me great joy to give Arturo and his band members, The Nights, each their own happily ever after.
KL: Do you have any standalone’s planned?
LB: I do! My next work will be a standalone. I’m keeping it on the down low, but it will be very unique for me. One, because it’s a standalone. Two, because I’m taking a risk with the storyline and it might not be for everyone. In fact, it’s going to be promoted like that. This isn’t for the young. This is for your mother…because she’s having sex.
KL: What’s the toughest lesson that’s stuck with you during all your years of publishing?
LB: I’ve only been published for two years and I feel like I am constantly learning tough lessons. Some so hard they make me cry. Others are just good reminders that no one owes me anything and I need to be grateful for what I do have. I’ve worked hard. I’ve put in lots of time. I could always be better. And while I don’t have the accolades of others, I’ve surpassed so many personal goals, that is the chief accomplishment.
With all that said, I think the hardest thing has been wishing for what I don’t have, getting it, and then being so disappointed by the people I worked with or the result or the event attended. Some things always look so bright and shiny until you have them. It’s been a hard lesson in “be careful what you wish for” and another reminder that what works for one does not necessarily work for another.
KL: I know you’re a teacher, but do you play an instrument?
LB: Bahahaha…uhm, no. I wish, though. I’ve always wanted to learn the piano. But no, I don’t have one ounce of musical talent in me. I teach language arts to middle-schoolers, so they can be lovers of reading and writing.
Sneak Peek of Paradise Found: Cain
Post – Fight
The sound of her heels, retreating from me, echoed down the hallway in the opposite direction of the gathered crowd. I was still dressed for the fight. I’d rubbed a towel down my body, as I didn’t care to change or shower yet. I needed to get to her before she escaped me again. Following behind the click of her heels, I called her name a second time, commanding her to stop. She didn’t listen. For the slightest second, it sounded like the tapping on the tile increased. I sped up my pace, determined to catch her.
“Sofie,” I called out. The tension built. She was going to run. My hand reached out for her, as I drew closer. My stride lengthened. Her tight skirt curved over her hips, holding her snug ass, and trapping her steps. High heels prevented her from moving any faster, despite her determined hustle. This wasn’t how I remembered her dressing. She wore loose skirts and fitted t-shirts, except on the second night. An image of a black dress being removed from delicate shoulders flitted through my memory. My eyes fell to her ass again, recalling what was under that shapely skirt. I’d seen it, felt it, tasted it, and I wanted it again.
“Sofie,” I demanded. Her name was more than a plea; it was a command to stop. We were headed in a circle. The sound of the gathered crowd was echoing back toward us. She was trapped. If she kept going, she’d lead us directly into the paparazzi pit. Cameras would capture her and I didn’t want that. I didn’t want to explain who she was to the public. Not yet. I needed a private reunion first.
Her pace slowed. My outstretched fingers captured her upper arm and tugged her to a halt. Her body was gently slammed against the cement block wall behind her, and my arms caged her in.
“Sofie.” My breath caught as I scanned her face. Bright blue eyes under a pinched brow looked briefly at me, then avoided my gaze. Her face was flushed. I remembered that pink skin. Another vision flashed in my memory of her questioning me over a wooden wine bar. She was interested in my anatomy at that moment. I wanted her to be interested in my anatomy again. A certain part of me definitely had her attention, if she wished for it. I wasn’t only hard; I was towering straight out for her. My dick knew what it wanted. It was drawn to the lyrical whispers of what I assumed would be wet folds beneath black panties.
Another vision flashed through my mind. This included stripping her of black lingerie: simple, satin, and molded to the shape of her. I’d never seen anything so tempting, until she was removed of it. White skin, pink nipples, and a dark mound pointing to a treasure were the most beautiful colors I’d ever seen, next to her eyes, which were glaring at me as I assessed her face.
“Cain,” she said sharply. Her head lifted, holding it high; she was pissed. There was no other way to describe her expression. She hated me. I couldn’t exactly blame her, but it wasn’t the reunion I anticipated. It wasn’t the reunion I expected. It wasn’t the reunion I was going to accept.
“My sweet temptation,” I hissed to her. My tongue licked my lips, eager to taste hers. She swallowed, and my eyes widened at the smooth roll of her skin against her throat. My hand slipped up to her shoulder and my pelvis fell forward, instinct drawing my dick to her. I flinched uncontrollably as it hit her lower abdomen. It craved some place lower on her body.
She didn’t push me away. In fact, her hands were splayed against the cool cement behind her. Her eyes shone bright beyond those tempting red glasses, and bright red lips matched, sucking in air at the invasion of my body against hers. I wanted those lips to suck somewhere else. She’d done it before. I knew how sweet she could be, but her eyes were harder now. Those lips wanted nothing to do with any part of my body.
My hand continued to travel up the tender skin of her throat, and she swallowed hard again, trembling beneath my touch. She wasn’t repulsed by me, but she was frightened. I didn’t want her to be afraid of me, but she needed to be concerned. If my father found her, there would be trouble like she’d never known before. Her sweetness did not understand the depths of evil associated with me.
“Don’t touch me,” she growled.
On second thought, perhaps she did.
My hand slipped into her chestnut locks and tugged gently, but enough to remind her that I was a strong man. I wouldn’t hurt her. In fact, I was certain I hadn’t hurt her in the past. I was the one that suffered.
“One night, you longed for my touch,” I whispered harshly, drawing my mouth closer to hers. “In fact, I remember someone sweetly asking for it.”
My hands slithered in opposite directions. One surveyed the hilly swells of side breast while the other travelled the valley of her abdomen until it rose over curvy hips. I gripped a fist full of material and tugged it upward, jostling her body with the rough hitch of her skirt.
“If I remember correctly, you wanted me,” I purred against her moist skin. Her fear produced a sheen of sweat that covered her face. My nose dragged along her jaw, then dipped down her neck. Holding herself still, her hands remained flat against the wall to her sides. My hips pinned her in place as the skirt rose.
My fingers graced the soft skin of her thigh. She flinched and I pressed firmly forward. There was no doubt of my excitement. Dressed only in my fighting shorts, my bare chest brushed close to her generous breasts, which had been covered with my hands and mouth in the past. I wanted to reenact those memories, but my fingers had other intentions. In a jagged drag of skin against skin, I gripped her thigh, climbing upward, heading for the fruit of my desire.
“Do you still want me?” I whispered into her neck. “Do you remember?” I groaned as a thick digit delved through the warm moisture of folded skin, ripe for what I intended. I wanted inside her. Damp with desire, I slipped aggressively into her. I demanded she remember as I added a second finger. Her breath hitched as she moaned and heavy lids closed.
“Look at me,” I commanded. My forehead almost rested on hers, but I held back enough to stare into her eyes. I wanted her to see me, remember me, remember what I’d done to her. How she felt under me, wrapped within her. I grunted as my dick flinched, my skin too tight. This temptress had to recall what she had done to me, as well. I was going to come undone being this close to her, and yet she was so far away.
Blue eyes pierced mine, but they still contained a softness within them. I didn’t want to believe my sweet temptation could rot. She was spoiled by me, but she wasn’t ruined. She was stronger than that.
“Do you remember?” My fingers increased their exploration. It was a renewed excavation. They rediscovered what they missed. Sliding in and out, she joined my pace. Her hips moved slowly, then increased, matching the beat inside her.
“That’s it, my sweet.” I pulled back to watch her lids droop, then fight to open wide. “Good girl,” I rasped, as I brushed back a stray hair but didn’t falter in my rhythm between her legs. Her hands released from the wall. Palms flattened against my shoulders then wrapped around them as best they could. She had delicate hands. Tender and gentle. They had teased as she had tugged me and stroked me the first time. I jolted and my hips pressed toward her, but my hand was the focus. Her fingers dug into bare skin covered in tattoos of the snake I was. Sharp, blunt nails soon pinched into me as her hips rolled and her luscious center rocked.
“I want you to remember,” I commanded. “Remember where I’ve been. Who I am.” My fingers took on a life of their own, and they worked hard, digging deeper into the tender cavern of warmth, wet and ready for me. My thumb flicked over the sensitive pearl outside of her. Her breath hitched. Nails gripped into hard skin. She didn’t have claws, not my girl, but she was latching onto me. That’s exactly what I wanted.
“Tell me you didn’t forget,” I whispered, my voice dropping as my pace continued. She didn’t answer me and I stopped. The blue rivers turned to ice as she glared at me. I was the devil. And I would break this reunion, if she didn’t play my game.
She shook her head, refusing to speak. I pulled out of her quickly, feeling the release of her juices as they slid down her leg. Her eyes narrowed only slightly. Then she said my name. It was hardly more than a squeak, a meek plea, an unanswered question. Her nails slowly released me. Fingers peeled upward from my skin. I was going to lose her.
Fingers slammed into her and her head gently fell back. She sucked in a harsh breath, as I demanded her recollection without words. I wanted her to relive the memory of what I had done to her. Only me.
I worked fast and her fingers lay back against my warm skin. Nails made tender impressions on my shoulder. She could mark me. I wouldn’t care. She’d already scarred my heart.
“Cain?” she questioned, but I knew the answer. She was ready to burst. Her tender fruit had been plucked and she craved what came next. That first bite. The sound of my name almost undid me, but it would take more than that for me to be satisfied. For her, the flick of my thumb unleashed her. Nails burrowed deep, her eyes shuddered closed, and her head tipped back. She clenched hard, squeezing my hand between her thighs. My dick practically danced, but I had been the king of denial. I would not have her yet. This was only a reminder.
As my attention slowed, and I spread fingers through folds so wet they wept, my forehead came to hers.
“Tell me you remember?” I pleaded. My heart fell to my stomach as I held my breath.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget.”
I pulled back in surprise, my eyes widened. My expression had to betray a strange sense of glee.
“I’ll never forget,” she whispered, averting her eyes as she looked down at her raised skirt and my retreating hand. She pushed the material downward hastily then shoved my wrist away from her.
“I’ll never forget…that you’re an asshole.” Propelled backward as she braced against my chest, I stumbled in surprise at her use of profanity. My girl didn’t swear, but the venom in her voice proved she’d changed. My sweet temptation was tainted by the poison of me. What I’d done to her. I let her escape as her words sliced through me. I was an asshole.
About LB Dunbar
I’d love to say I’ve written for 10,000 hours, and that makes me a pro. But I can’t say that. What I can say is I had a story in my head that wouldn’t go away. I thought typing it in my computer would be the end of things, but it only led to another story and another. I love reading, so characters in my head isn’t something new. What is new is my creation of them. Hope you enjoy my favorites as much as I do. Happy reading!
LB Dunbar Books & Series
Legendary Rockstar Series
About KL Kreig
I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and is obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicious cycle. I love carbs, but there’s a love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out, I’m a raving bitch. My iPad and I: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a badass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter, and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).