Thursday, April 12, 2012

Special Guest Today

Hey everyone, look who's back! Wendi will be giving away a $10 GC to Total-e-Bound to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  So follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

The tour dates can be found here:

I always dreamed of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I tend to write books with titles taken from songs because music is one of my many muses.

I earned a BA in education at Kent State university and as well as a Masters in Education from Nova Southeastern University. I've tried my hand at teaching, waitressing, and retail sales, but writing holds my heart.

I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I have more stories than my brain can handle percolating.  I can't wait to share them with you!

I think character interviews are interesting, giving the reader a more intimate insight of the hero or heroine. So I asked Wendy if she could do one and she picked one of her heroines.
Today I thought we’d have a chat with one of my favorite heroines, Jude Nelson from When You’re With Me. Why is she a favorite? She can balance in stilettos and still look good while doing it. Those who know me know I cannot stand up in heels. No balance.
::In walks Jude, wearing tennis shoes, jeans and a tunic blouse.::

JN: Am I late?
WZ: Nah, right on time. No worries.
JN: Well, then I’ll intro myself and we’ll get on with the interview.
WZ: Perfect!
JN: I’m Jude Nelson and I’m an exotic dancer at the Silver Steel Gentlemen’s Club. It’s not always pretty, but it’s a living. I’m going to school to become an artist—I’m an artist already, but I want to hone my skills...with my clothes on.
WZ: The term exotic dancer does bring to mind the glamorous and yet, you’re in casual wear.
JN: We don’t wear the peel away clothes all the time! We’d freeze. All kidding aside, we look like everyone else. Really.  I only wear the sparkles when I’m on the clock.
WZ: Makes sense. I’d assume you’d get tired of glitter and sequins after a while. Why become an exotic dancer?
JN: I wanted to work hours where I could be at the studio during the early hours and sleep during the day. IT worked out better for my school schedule. I have later classes on three days of the week. Takes a little longer, but the pay makes it worth the longer time. The tips aren’t bad if you use what you’ve got.
WZ: I hear ya. So what’s your ideal man? Or should I say who is your ideal man?
JN: Ideal? Does he really exist?
WZ: True.
JN: My ideal man would be...Jon Hamm. Well, he’d LOOK like Jon Hamm. Debonair, 50’s style. Ready and willing to sweep me off my feet with his dash and good looks. Oh, and he’s got to have a deep voice.
WZ: Sounds dreamy.  What do you want to do once you graduate? You mentioned being in college. What’s your major?
JN: Studio art. I know, not much you can do with it. I kinda like the idea of saving back the money from dancing and just doing street art. Who knows. I might even find a nice guy to be my sugar daddy. Yeah right. I just want to be happy and doing art.
WZ: Sounds like what we’d all like to be doing. I want to thank you for coming by and doing this interview. We can follow your exploits in When You’re With Me, correct?
JN: In the book or Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Silver Steel. Thanks!!

Over My Head:
What happens when two opposites realise they have more in common than expected?

I’m a dancer…and a damn good one. I work at the Silver Steel Gentlemen’s Club. My hard and fast rule? No freebies and no office dating. Except for Slade. Hard, fast, slow, gentle...I don’t care. I’ll take him any way possible. But he’s not that into me.

Or so she thinks. I’m a bouncer at the Silver Steel. Astra doesn’t realise I see her—I can’t help myself. She captivates me every time she’s on the stage. I want her, but I have a...problem. I’m not at the Steel to pick up chicks or even work the room. I’m there to stop the influx of drugs into the community. Yeah, I’m a cop. But if the job means sampling the dancers... Well, as long as I keep my heart out of it, I’ll be fine.

I hope.

Reader Advisory: This book has a kick ass hero, a dancer with all the right moves, hot sex, a little mutual anal play for good measure and mention of drug use.

When You're With Me:
A topless dancer and a cynical cop doesn’t equal a lifetime love...or does it?

There’s more to Jude Nelson than just a sequined thong. She’s got big dreams to become an artist. There’s one tiny wrinkle in her plan—she’ll never forget the bloody image of her friend’s battered body in the dumpster.

 Who can a nude dancer turn to for help? Certainly not a hardened undercover cop...

Detective Drew Alwyn is on the case to find out who murdered his good friend and fellow officer. But the moment he sees Jude, he can’t look away. He has to decide which is more important—his dedication to his job or the girl who holds his bruised and battered heart.

Will these two opposites come together to solve the case or will their desire consume them?

This story contains scenes of bondage, mentions of drug use by secondary characters, silk, sequins and art supplies used in foreplay, voyeurism and a little spanking for good measure.

Good luck everyone!


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Wendi today.

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Thanks for having me on such a strange day - Friday the 13th! I love being here, so that makes it fun. :-)

To the readers, are you fearful of Friday the 13th or don't care? I've got loads of stories as to why I'm not fond of the date, but what about you?

Catherine Lee said...

SO...Are there 2 different books about the Silver Steel Gentleman's Club--When You're With Me and Over My Head? Is it a series with the Club connecting the books?

I like Friday the 13th...because it's a FRIDAY! I'm not superstitious.

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Catherine, yes, there are two books about the Silver Steel. Over My Head is the beginning and When You're With Me is the outcome. I might go back and add another dancer, she's dying for me to tell her story, but I haven't decided. Probably will.

I'm only superstitious because i'm heading out in a few for my FIL's bday party. It's a surprise and I'm bringing the decorations. Here's the kicker. Exactly 13 yrs earlier, I did the same for my MIL (her 50th this one is his 60th) anyway, I got a speeding ticket on the day of the party. Yikes! Don't want another one of those. Yes, I'm setting the cruise and leaving my iPod on shuffle. Not chancing it.

But to get back to your question, yes this is a loose series. It's better if you read OMH first because there are things in WYWM that will make more sense. I dont' want to give too much away, but yep, it's a loose series.

Thanks for stopping by!

Joanne said...

I'm not afraid of Friday the 13th. It's just another day.
Can't wait to read these books. They sound amazing.

Joanne B

Sherry said...

I'm not a big fan of Friday the 13th because I've had a lot of things go wrong on the 13th. I try not to pay any attention to the date though.
This sounds like a very good series. I look forward to reading it.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Mel B said...

Hi Wendi! I love visiting. I don't mind Friday the 13th. I don't really have any stories associated with it. However, It makes a great lesson for my students on the history of Friday the 13th and superstitions.

bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Tamsyn said...

One of my friend said that Friday the 13th is actually her lucky day! Shows it all depends on how you see it. Those two books sound great. Love the blurbs. Thanks for sharing.

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Joanne, seeing as I didn't have any issues other than people who forgot that turn signals were, I'm going to start looking at the date as a normal date. Thanks! I hope you enjoy the books!

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Mel, I bet it is a good teaching tool. I never thought about it that way, but I'm looking at the date differently. Hope you enjoy the books. :-)

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Tamsyn, Thanks for stopping by. It does depend on how you look at it. Some take 13 as a lucky number and others don't. Thanks for giving me another way to look at it. I hope you enjoy the books. :-)

Nancy Bristow said...

I don't care one way or the other that it may be Friday, the 13th:)

You're a new to me author Wendi but from the excerpts, they sound like my kind of reads.

nbristow at

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Hi Nancy! I do hope you try one of my books. You never know, you might find your next favorite read. That's how I look at a new to me author. :-)

I"m glad you stopped by the tour. Thank you!