Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Training Temptation by Diana Baron
Diana began writing the moment she learned how to hold a pencil. By elementary school, she was writing and directing plays for kids in her afterschool program. Over the years, short stories piled up on her nightstand. At night, she could always be found holding a flashlight and a book under her blanket.
She studied writing and literature through high school and into the first two years of college. But then, her fascination with other cultures and religious practices took over. She has degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Religious Studies from San Jose State University and is published in non-fiction.
After college, her life took an unexpected turn. She's currently a project manager and technical spec writer for a Silicon Valley computer company by day and a daring novelist by night. When she's not tearing up the felt playing at the World Series of Poker, she's traveling to her favorite Caribbean islands.
Caught in a web of deceit, Caroline must run the race of her life to save her family home. Her reputation as the high society owner of the #1 stable for Ponygirls in the world is on the line. And, there’s only one man who can help her win.
Edward Hastings is steamy, passionate and dangerous. With molten brown eyes and a rock hard body, the notorious playboy could have any woman in the world, but he only wants her. The first time he’d seen Caroline dressed like a pony, he’d been enthralled. Now, nothing will keep him from her.
They strike a deal. He’ll train her if she sticks to his rules. But rules were made to be broken. The moment he slides the bit into her mouth, she knows she’s in trouble. As he ignites a fire in her body and her mind, will she make it through the week without losing her heart to him? Or will she be able to train temptation?
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A few years ago, I read a novel partially set on a ponygirl ranch. It was the first time I’d heard of ponygirls and found the fetish fascinating because it was so unusual. I started to wonder what it would be like to live in that world and the idea for Training Temptation was born.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
There were a lot of start and stops but if I added the writing time together, probably about six months.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love telling stories. I get to immerse myself in a whole new world that I wouldn’t encounter otherwise.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The business side of writing is my least favorite part. It’s a lot of work to get a website, a blog, and all the other necessary accounts set up when you’re just getting started as a writer.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I would be Tori Amos so I could experience what it feels like to sing like an angel.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Soy sauce. There’s no expiration date on the bottle so who knows how long it’s been in there. My fiancé assures me soy sauce never expires, but somehow I doubt that.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m working on the second book in The Stable series. The working title is The Art of Temptation and I anticipate publishing it this fall. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s about a recent college graduate saddled with a ton of student loans. She attends a ponygirl auction and ends up in the very capable hands of a sexy millionaire.