Friday, April 5, 2013

Tour: Review: Giveaway: Guest Post: Message from Viola Mari by Sabrina Devonshire

Message from Viola Mari
by Sabrina Devonshire
Contemporary Erotic Sci-Fi Romance
Publisher: Extasy Books
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Length: 157 pages


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 Stars: 3.5
Flames: 3-4

Marissa is an Oceanographer and meteorite specialist who would rather work then be set up on dates by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer talks Marissa into joining a science fiction writing class. Marissa and Justin the class professor seem to have an immediate attraction to one another and the banter between them in and out of class was funny. 

Even though I like all things under romance I am a huge fan of science fiction romance. Especially when it's erotic. From the blurb I expected  it would have a bit more science fiction from the start. But it did pick up towards the end. However, the romance between Marissa and Justin was enough to keep me reading until the science fiction caught up. They make a sweet couple.  I just felt the blurb makes it sound more science fiction then it actually is. I do like this book and it is a good book to loose yourself in.

World-renowned oceanographer and meteorite specialist Marissa Jones uncovers evidence that a comet cloud will soon destroy Earth. When aspiring writer and her best friend Jennifer begs her to take a Saturday morning sci-fi writing class, Marissa reluctantly agrees. Writing her real-life story as fiction gives her an astonishing new perspective on the anomalous set of craters she discovered off the La Jolla Coast.

But this favor for her friend stirs up more than scientific results…writing teacher Justin Lincoln goads her constantly and taunts her with his irresistible curly blond locks and steely physique he knows only too well make women drool. Marissa teeters on the edge of anger and raging attraction for this irritating man. But it’s a terrible time to let lust call the shots when the world’s about to end and Marissa’s the only one who can save everyone.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

 We have a guest speaker today Sabrina Devonshire! Welcome Sabrina I'll let you take it away now! 

When the Author Wrote That Sex Scene

Whenever I’m immersed in reading an erotic interlude, I can’t help wondering what went on behind the scenes. Was the author writing this spicy tidbit while her children screamed, the dishwasher ran, and the phone rang simultaneously? Or was she listening to Smooth Jazz and sipping champagne clad only in a lace teddy at the moment? Or was he listening to heavy metal and drinking beer just then? Or perhaps watching erotic videos or studying Kama Sutra positions at the time of the writing?

Maybe I’m just curious about this because I often wonder how on earth I conjure up such sexy scenes, when such unsexy happenings are going on nearby. Here’s a taste of what I’m talking about….

I’m writing a scene fraught with sweat and heavy breathing when the doorbell rings. I peek out to the window to see the Jehovah’s Witnesses are back and I hide behind the grandfather clock because I don’t want to talk to them nor do I want them to know I’m still wearing my bulky red fleece bathrobe at 2 pm (won’t they lecture me about how my writer lifestyle’s leading to the devil’s playground?).

Anyway, on most occasions when I’m creating erotic scenes, there’s no champagne in-hand or even in the house. However, they’ve been conjured up while the dog puked up breakfast, my daughter raged about how she can’t find her car keys (again), my husband asked if I ate all the chocolate almonds (no that would be my bottomless pit son).  If you think this is funny, you’ll really get a kick out of reading what’s happening in the homes of other romance authors. I recently met these delightful author friends through a weekly Facebook blog hop called Hump Day Hook (

“Normally my husband is watching a creepy horror movie in the background, “ said Sarah Cass ( “I'm hunkered down with my headphones on trying to ignore the screaming as I write the moaning.”

Molly Daniels ( almost got caught in the act by a man of the cloth. “ I was writing one [sex scene] while the spouse was undergoing back surgery. A priest came over and asked if any of us would like prayer or needed spiritual guidance while we waited. I immediately flipped back to a non-sex page and prayed he wouldn't ask me what I was working on!”

Lacie Nation ( was writing a steamy sex scene once when her mom called. “ ‘Hey, whatcha doing?’” her mother asked. “I'm like ‘Ah...nothing.’ It was awkward!”

Jade Crystal ( has little luck writing sex scenes when his children are awake. “My characters like undivided attention. So I had to wait until the kids were in the bed and I could retreat to my room with my darlings and resume writing with the lights low, music playing, and I could really, uh, get into it.”

 “One time I wrote a sex scene while sitting in my very religious sister's living room,” said Sandra Sookoo. “Most of the time I have no problems but I've found I can't write them—especially if they're blazing hot—if my hubby is beside me. Sometimes he gets all twitterpated if he sees the word ‘cock’ on my screen.”

So next time you’re immersed in a panty-dampening sex scene, you’ll have an idea just how glamorous and erotic that experience was for the author who created it for you.



5 Stars from Ellen Cross—“Marissa Jones is a young Oceanographer and Metorite specialist, with a poor track record with men. Driven by her best friend, Jennifer, to join a sci-fi writing class, Mari is forced to suffer the frustratingly personal attention of her beyond mouth-watering, yet insanely irritating teacher, Justin Lincoln. One look at Justin, and Mari doesn't know whether to follow her body's desire to kiss him, or satisfy her mind's urge to punch his lights out. Mari's research into the mysterious craters on the ocean floor, leads her to the discovery that the earth's end is approaching in a cataclysmic event that will claim all life. With no-one willing to believe her research, Mari is left with not only the fate of all mankind in her hands, but a best friend to keep happy, a sexy man to figure out, and a book to finish writing. Simple huh? Sabrina Devonshire has exploded into the sci-fi genre with "A message from Viola Mari". Her beautifully descriptive style with the delicious splashes of witty humour throughout, are a delight for the senses. “Message from Viola Mari” will keep you guessing right up until the very last page.”

5 Star from Dean C. McMillin—“Marissa Jones is an oceanic geologist specializing in studying ancient meteorite impacts. She's tough and serious with little need for anything else in her life ... But, when her best friend talks her into enrolling in a creative writing course, she falls hard for the instructor, Justin Lincoln, much to her embarrassment. Marissa can't believe that she's so attracted to the hunky writing guru. She has to get over her own insecurities and accept the truth of his love ... At the same time, she is uncovering an ancient secret that might mean doom for humanity ... Unless she can find a solution and decipher what she believes is an alien message of hope. Investigating ancient underwater meteorite impact sites with Justin, Marissa becomes involved in life-threatening intrigues in a conflict that leads to an action-packed climax. This was an offbeat novel which I found to be a quick and easy read. The characters were sympathetic and relatable, and writing was clear, the story briskly paced. The story veers quite heavily into science fiction territory near the end, which is set up very well earlier in the book. Overall, a fun, light read.”


About the Author
Sabrina Devonshire, an avid swimmer most of her life, can usually be found near or immersed in a body of
water. If she's not seeking an endorphin rush in a pool, lake or ocean, she's often encouraging people to work out or writing a book or magazine article. She also loves traveling to off-the-beaten-path places where phones and electronic devices tend not to work well. Peru and Belize are two of her favorites. Sabrina lives in southern Arizona with her husband, two children, and fluffy dog, Sugar.

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