You know how you know some authors who are just so damn good at what they do that you pre-order the hell out of whatever they write? Well, today, I’m pleased to bring you one of my pre-order hellions, Rebekah Weatherspoon. We’ve never met face-to-face (this is a tragedy, for the record), but I flipping adore her and so should you. Therefore, let’s talk Sugar Babies…
Desperate times call for desperate measures…
And desperate is the only way to describe Kayla Davis’s current situation. Out of work and almost out of money to cover her bills, Kayla finally caves to her roommate’s nagging and follows her to Arrangements, an online dating site that matches pretty young women with older men of a certain tax bracket.
Convinced this “make-rent-quick” scheme will surely fail – or saddle her with an 80 year old boyfriend – Kayla is shocked when Michael Bradbury, Internet billionaire and stone-cold salt and pepper fox, offers her a solution to all her financial troubles. It’s hard enough for Kayla to accept his generosity, but what’s a girl to do when the wealthiest man she’s ever met is a dream in and outside of the bedroom?
NB: You took the billionaire story notion somewhere completely different in So Sweet. This isn’t some fresh-eyed young blond pretty thing the man decides he must have, this is a pairing where the couple are quite frankly on even footing, and the negotiation of their relationship skips all the things that usually drive me mental in the plot line: she’s a strong, hot lady who has sensuality and sexuality and man, I loved Kayla. And Michael, too. You walked the line there so well. He’s hot—and nerdy-hot!—but I didn’t want to punch him in the face (you’d be surprised how often I want to punch fictional alpha male types). How purposefully did you decide to tip the “billionaire” thing on its head?
RW: It’s funny that you say that they are on equally footing. I see Kayla at a massive disadvantage when it comes to Michael. She’s black, she’s broke, she plus size, she’s not straight, she’s out of work. Michael is in shape and rich and white passing and literally has a live in Jeeves. He also has a beard. I mean come on. It makes sense for Kayla to be wary of everything about him, but that’s why I wrote Michael the way he is. He has all of these advantages, but he didn’t let those things ruin him as a person. Michael is actually a good man and he loves the hell out of Kayla. Aside from finding jerks to be completely unattractive, Kayla was too important of character to end up with an ass. A new money, down to Earth billionaire, who actually has friends from all walks of life just seemed like the munch better way to go.
NB: You know, that’s totally it. You didn’t have her fixing him, and that has been such a staple of so many rich-man-poor-woman books I’ve read, and it’s always been the part where I want to reach in and tell her, “His money is so not worth dating this ass.” I never once had that feeling with Michael and Kayla. Nor did I ever feel like she didn’t have self-worth. You put a tonne of characterization in these two for the size of the novella.
And, Oh! The novella format!
First off, you know I’m a fan of shorter fiction, but I have to say you really nailed the narrative arc with this trilogy of novellas. I love how the lengths work for setting the three pieces of the Michael-Kayla relationship in such pieces. Each piece—So Sweet, So Right, So For Real—read just as well standalone. Was it hard work keeping the tales so streamlined? I know you work magic in short fiction as well as novels, so was this middle-ground harder? Easier? A completely different animal?
RW: No? I am terrible at craft questions. I just know the story has to make sense and I go. *kanye shrug*
NB: It’s a good thing you’re awesome, because those of us who struggle with format and word counts are just maybe developing eye twitches right now.
RW: If something has to be longer I make it longer, if it has to be shorter I know I have to keep it tighter. People asked for Michael POV, but it was way easier to just do a type of stream of consciousness thing for Kayla. I let her hit all the important notes and that seemed to work out. 🙂
NB: It did. I love her, and as always love, love, love seeing more bi representation. In fact, you’re not new to angling in on sexuality from angles I don’t often get to see in romance and erotica: you’ve written age-play, a wide range of kink, and I also need to say again how much I love the way the women you write own their sexuality. There’s conflict, but it’s never conflict about what turns them on. I’m always excited to grab your next book, and that’s no small part of it. So, selfishly, what’s next on the horizon?
RW: See, that’s tough. I have 3 projects I’m working on, but I don’t know what’s coming out first.
NB: Because awesome.
RW: I think, the So Sweet Spin-offs might be out first if life doesn’t throw any weird curve balls at me. The first book will star Kayla’s best friend Daniella and her ex, Duke. I just need to get them back together for good.
NB: Eee! And again, you hit another thing readers adore: the minor characters from one series being up for the next. (And by readers, I of course most importantly mean me.)
Okay folks, if you’d to read these awesome novellas for your very self, you can click the links up there on the individual titles, or you can go here and peruse the joy that is the Rebekah Weatherspoon collection. Until next time, grab a hot drink, crack open some prose, and as always—keep it short!
Unofficial Bio: I love to dance.
Official Bio: After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance to get her fix. She’s worked in various positions from library assistant, meter maid, middle school teacher, B movie production assistant, reality show crew chauffeur, D movie producer, and her most fulfilling job to date, lube and harness specialist at an erotic boutique in West Hollywood.
Her interests include Wonder Woman collectibles, cookies, cheesy pop music, football, American muscle cars, large breed dogs, PBS documentaries, cartoons, naps, and the ocean. If given the chance, she will cheat at UNO. She was raised in Southern New Hampshire, Rebekah Weatherspoon now lives in Southern California with her favorite human and their animal babies.
Her BDSM romance At Her Feet won the Golden Crown Literary Award for erotic lesbian fiction. Her novella FIT (#1 in the FIT Trilogy) won the Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Erotica Novella and most recently SATED (#3 in the FIT Trilogy) was nominated for the the Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Digital Erotic Romance.
Rebekah is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary Agency.