Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Blog Tour & Interview for Sweat by Coco Gem

by Coco Gem

GENRE:   Erotica/Romance


“The Tryst” tells the story of one woman desperate for the approval of her very dominant partner and the lengths she is willing to go to in order to earn it.

“Me, Her, and Him” suggests that the best way to get over an old man is to get under a new one... especially when his gorgeous wife comes as part of the deal.

From stories of love and passion like “The Elevator” to stories of sheer carnal, insatiable desire like “Bad Girl,” Sweat chronicles the stories of women who take control of their sexuality and go after what satisfies them most—at any cost.


Excerpt Three:
Excerpt from "The Tryst"

I take a swig from my flask to calm my nerves. I sit and wait a few minutes for my hands to stop shaking. Another swig. A deep breath. I close my eyes as I feel the warmth of the vodka consuming my body, and I will myself to calm down.
I am sitting in my car on this quiet side street, waiting for the butterflies in my stomach to subside.  My makeup is perfectly applied, and my sexy lips are covered in bright red lipstick. My short, tight dress, under which I am wearing a red lace thong, barely covers my ass. On my feet are heels appropriate only for the bedroom or for the stage and my full breasts are straining against the thin fabric of my dress. My body is absolutely perfect, and my shaved pussy is already wet with anticipation. I refuse to lose my nerve. Tonight, I will go through with my plan. All the pieces are in place.
I examine my reflection in the rearview mirror and decide my already perfect pout needs more red lipstick. As I reach up to apply it, the 3-carat diamond in my wedding ring catches the glow of the streetlight outside, and I immediately pause. My heart, which had just slowed to its normal pace, starts racing again. I almost- ALMOST- start the car and abandon my mission.
I am the wife of one of the most prominent attorneys in our city. I am beautiful, I am charming and charismatic, I am well-educated, the very epitome of grace and class. I keep our home immaculate, and our children are well-behaved, well-mannered angels. All I have ever known is opulence. I wear my long hair perfectly styled, because it is important I remain camera ready at all times. I love the woman I am. I love my husband.
I love my life.
Tonight, however, I am preparing myself to be explored, degraded, and fucked in ways my husband could never imagine fucking me. I pull my ring off and put it in my glove compartment. I say a silent prayer that I remember to put it back on when the night is over.
I gulp from my flask again. And I wait.

 Author  Interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

Sweat is a compilation of several short stories told from the perspectives of different female narrators. Each one of my main characters contains some element of my own personality, so I actually AM every main character in my book. 

What was your inspiration behind this book?

One of my favorite authors, Gayl Jones, has influenced every aspect of my writing. Jones writes female characters who are dynamic and strong. She is the reason why I choose to tell the story of sexual situations from the female perspective. So many times, the power is taken from women in regards to sex, because they are not allowed or expected to be sexual creatures.  She inspires me to write strong female characters that are in control of their bodies.

Why did you become a writer?

I’m a writer because I’m an avid reader. There is something amazing about the art of telling a story. I love being able to create characters that my readers can relate to. 

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that ?

I absolutely agree with this. We are so lucky to be living in the age of social media. We have so many different platforms from which we can connect with our readers and be accessible to them. It’s important for readers to form communities online, because these communities will support what we write. It also shows that our craft is important to us, because we are willing to dialogue about what we’ve written, even the comments that may not be so positive.

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

My favorite authors are Wally Lamb, Gayl Jones, James Baldwin, August Wilson, and Alice Walker. 

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?

I don’t necessarily like series, but I am a short story writer and tend to stick to stories that are shorter than 10,000 words. I would like to take a stab at writing a novel one day.

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

I loved Tyler Durden in Fight Club, which is one of my favorite books. I loved how impulsive Tyler was. His character is the complete opposite of who I am in real life, so I think dating him would be exciting. 

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?

Historical fiction, urban fiction, psychology/self-help

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

No, I don’t. 

Did you have a Cover Designer ?

My publisher was responsible for the cover design of my book.

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush ?

I don’t think I have a crush, but I can say that I am most like Fiona on Shameless. If I could write for any television show, it would either be Shameless or This Is It. 

If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be ?

Wally Lamb

Do just re-read your favorite books ?

I do, especially when I need inspiration, but I read lots of new books, also.

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do ?

I do. Especially when life becomes busy… I find that the first thing that I sacrifice in my schedule is reading. I wish I could be more persistent in reading books. I can sit and read an entire novel in one sitting, but it’s taken me over a month to read a book, too. I wish I made more time for it.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

CoCo Gem was born on June 1, 1982, in Washington DC. An only child to older parents, CoCo became an avid reader at a young age, and has always had a love for words. “I didn’t have any siblings, so I found my friends in books,” CoCo says. “It wasn’t long before I’d read every book on my bookshelf and was asking for weekly library visits.” All throughout school, CoCo maintained As in English, and she went on to major in English Arts at Hampton University. She graduated and became a high school English teacher, and, for the next 9 years, shared her love of literature and writing with high school students in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
CoCo is an avid fiction writer who tends to focus on the less explored aspects of humanity, including overwhelming sexuality, the heaviness of human emotion, and the constant battle of consciousness. She has several published short stories available for purchase on Amazon, and she continues to write and publish stories on her personal website, www.alisahyman.com. Sweat is CoCo’s first book. Set to release in June, Sweat is a compilation of erotic short stories and poems that explore the sexual limits of her characters and entice readers to be more exploratory in their own sexual practices.
CoCo is currently working as a freelance writer/editor and content developer, helping entrepreneurs to develop the content necessary to build their websites and promote themselves. She is also ghostwriting two novels, and is planning to collaborate with other authors in the future. CoCo has one 14-year-old son and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She sees herself one day landing on the New York Times Bestseller list… if she can ever sit still long enough to write a novel of her own. 


Coco Gem will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Victoria Alexander said...

Great interview, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing :)

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Joseph Wallace said...

What is your favorite type of book to read? Thanks for the giveaway? I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com