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    Love Revival: Forbidden Fantasies on the Rise By Jo Davis
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Jo-Davis-pub-JPEG-single-crHello, everyone! A big wave to you all and a bigger thank you to the fabulous ladies at RNTV for having me back today. I know what you’re thinking: Uh-oh. If Jo’s here the topic is probably just south of naughty. By now, there’s little doubt in your mind that vanilla has never been my flavor of choice—I’m more of a caramel turtle fudge kind of gal. I love mixing it up for that perfect explosion on the taste buds.

You know me so well, it’s scary.

Okay, so let’s start with a bit of role play. Not that kind, my kinky friends, at least not yet! Imagine this: You’re a confident, successful person who feels good about yourself—for the most part. Your success, however, has come at a price, and the victim of years of neglect is your relationship with your longtime spouse or significant other. You’ve drifted apart, barely see one another much less burn up the sheets anymore. And to your astonishment, you discover he/she is on the verge of succumbing to an affair. You’re stunned and hurt. It may be too late to salvage the marriage/relationship, but you refuse to give up. What will you do?

If you’re Olivia Quinn, the heroine of my new erotic suspense, WHEN ALEX WAS BAD, you come up with a daring, provocative plan to repair the damage: An open marriage bargain in which your husband gets seven wicked liaisons with any lover he chooses. The catch? He must confess to each indiscretion in detail and agree to accept his punishment. And, oh yeah—you get to take any lover you wish. While the cat’s away and all that.
Does that scenario tempt and titillate you? Perhaps you’d entertain implementing an alternative lifestyle into your relationship, or perhaps you’re content to read erotica and fantasize from afar. Either way, you might think that Olivia’s type of bargain is nothing more than fantasy, with no basis in fact. Hmm, not so fast…

When Alex Was Bad 4x6 coverResearch (and there’s a ton of it) shows that an increasing percentage of married men engage in extramarital affairs, and that most of these affairs do not last. In just about any study, most women know their spouses are cheating and deal with his indiscretion in a variety of ways, including divorce. The same is also true for cheating wives and their husbands.

What I find especially intriguing, however, is the sheer volume of accounts of real-life couples practicing exactly what Alex and Olivia Quinn undertake in WHEN ALEX WAS BAD—embracing an open marriage or ménage as a way to add another, satisfying dimension to their sexual and other personal relations. In this way, many couples thrive and actually avoid the pitfalls of cheating, hurt feelings, and failed relationships.

Before I began writing ALEX, I found myself wondering what would happen if a couple chose to fight to keep their love alive, yet in a way many of us wouldn’t dare. If they acted on the forbidden fantasies most of us only read about in our favorite, steamy books penned by our favorite authors. So began Alex and Olivia’s adventure. Of course, I couldn’t resist adding a twist to the story by involving Alex in a murder plot. Actions have consequences, and the Quinn’s newfound love revival is no exception.

Recall the role I had you play. What would you do? How far would you go to perform CPR on a love gasping for its last breath? The solution might include cutting back on the workload, spending more time with your lover. Sending flowers or leaving little love notes. Planning a surprise getaway or special evening, wearing sexy lingerie, or reading erotica together.

Or it might mean plopping a heaping scoop of caramel turtle fudge atop the ole vanilla cone.

But what do I know? I’m just an author of fun, fast-paced, dangerous, and frequently naughty stories. If I’ve shocked or tempted you? My work is done.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jo Davis spent sixteen years in the public school trenches before she left teaching to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time writer. An active member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s been a finalist for the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, has captured the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and has one book optioned as a major motion picture.

Her new release, WHEN ALEX WAS BAD, is now available in books stores near you. Her next book in the Firefighters of Station Five series, HIDDEN FIRE, will be released on December 1, 2009. Visit her website at www.JoDavis.net.

P.S. Our very own Stacy Ahlgren is giving away a copy of WHEN ALEX WAS BAD to one lucky poster.

What’s the most decadent forbidden fantasy you’ve ever indulged with your spouse or significant other? Would you do it again?

45 Responses to “Love Revival: Forbidden Fantasies on the Rise By Jo Davis”

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  1. LisaK
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 4:11 am

    Hi Jo, good to see you again!

    I’ve already read about ALEX on your website some time ago and that made me wonder exactly the same thing: Would I do that?

    The answer I’ve come up with is a definite NO. I’m a very possessive person (but positive, okay, I’m not some kind of stalker!) and I would go mad knowing my s.o. (significant other) had affairs. I’m just not the person to accept infidelity and I’d never ever allow my partner to be unfaithful.

    And another questions is: Would that strategy (that Olivia and Alex use) really improve and save the relationship? I’ve got doubts, really. Big doubts.


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  3. Dee
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 5:55 am

    I’m going to have to agree with LisaK. Whenever I do get married, I would not want to have to share my husband with anyone. Maybe I was just brought up old fashioned, but I don’t think I could come up with that kind of solution.


  4. Stacy ~
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 6:41 am

    Hey Jo! Thanx so much for joining us today. Hmmm, interesting question. In Alex and Olivia’s specific situation, they drifted apart because of their careers, and not seeing each other enough. Fortunately Olivia was able to notice before Alex crossed a line that would have really damaged their marriage. How she chose to deal with it was not what I would have expected, but she felt okay with it. I’m not going to elaborate since I’ve already read the book.

    I’m just old-fashioned, but I cannot imagine letting my husband/boyfriend be with other women. While I know it’s natural that men are attracted to other women, and heck, for a woman to be attracted to other men, I feel pretty strongly that a commitment is between two people, and that includes sex. I think there could have been other naughty ways that would have livened up their bedroom and brought them back closer together.

    I think some women have to be more open to new ideas though. I have a few married friends that I talk to and sometimes I’m both shocked and disappointed in how unwilling they are to be a little more adventurous with their husbands. I’m not talking joining the mile high club or anything outrageous, but even spending a weekend acting out some sexy fantasies seems too much for them. True, sometimes there are kids and jobs and other responsibilities, but I’m a big believer in that you get what you give, and if you’re not willing to put effort into your marriage, how can you expect your partner to do the same? Sex and intimacy is a pretty significant part of any romantic relationship, so I think it has to be paid attention to like any other part of a marriage.

    O-kay! I think I’m done LOL. Great post Jo 🙂


  5. Laurie G
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 7:45 am

    Open marriage… no I wouldn’t do it. I’m also a strong believer in fidelity. TRUST is so important!! I’m also not very forgiving.
    Forbiddden fantasy: Making love outdoors where you could easily be discovered…hiking in a public park, hiking along a public beach, in the lake, in your own backyard…..
    Do it again? YES!!


  6. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 8:21 am

    Hi Lisa K,
    Glad to see you here! In real life, would Olivia’s solution work? Hmm, maybe not. But who knows?

    But that’s the beauty of erotic fiction…it’s a fantasy, and we can enjoy it from the comfort of our cozy spot on the sofa! 🙂


  7. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 8:27 am

    Hi Dee and Stacy,
    I hear you ladies on not agreeing to an open marriage. In real life, does it work? I wouldn’t know! Like I said, that’s the beauty of fiction… 🙂

    Ladies, what about the other fantasies mentioned? How do you all keep the zest alive?

    For me and my sweet hubby, it’s a weekend alone now and then while my parents watch our teenagers. We have dinner, spend time together and remember how to communicate, which I think is so important. Just be together.


  8. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 8:30 am

    Hi Laurie G,
    Oooh, doing the public mambo! When my hubby and I were young and adventurous, we might have, ehem, indulged in that one once… but I can’t tell you where on the grounds you might recognize the scene in one of my books!! he he


  9. Maria Lokken
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 8:33 am

    Hi Jo – it’s great to have you here with us at RNTV.

    I’ve got to agree with the other ladies – I’m all about one man, one woman thing. It works for me. I think there’s lots of ways to keep the romance alive – chief amongst them is communication. That’s usually where it always breaks down.

    My idea of a good time is going someplace with my husband that neither of us have been to before, and just exploring the sites.


  10. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 8:37 am

    Hi Maria,
    It’s great to be back! Yes, communication is so important. I know sometimes my hubby feels abandoned when I spend so many hours at the computer. Sometimes we have to get away, just us, and explore the sights, like you mentioned.

    Sometimes candles and champagne are required… 🙂


  11. Maria Lokken
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 8:43 am

    Jo – I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes I sit in front of my editing equipment, or my computer for soooooo many days on end it’s ridiculous. Currently I’m surrounded by three computers, each with something different I’m working on. It makes you want to scream, “GET UP, GET OUTSIDE, THE SUN IS SHINNING!”

    Question – when you’re writing – do you sit at your computer for hours straight – or do you get up and walk around in between? When I’m on a deadline, it wouldn’t matter if a tidal wave hit the state – I wouldn’t notice.


  12. Mary G
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 8:49 am

    Hi Jo
    I think anything can work if both people are on board. I just got my copy of When Alex Was Bad so I’m going to trust you on this one. Anyone who can write a book where the hero is a virgin & still make it a sexy book can do just about anything. Great interview


  13. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 8:56 am

    Maria,
    Great question– I sit at my computer for hours, despite my best intentions to get up at a certain time and ride my exercise bike! I’m amazed each day that so much time has passed when I emerge from my bubble, and I do need to get away from the computer more.

    But I’m a child of the 60’s and 70’s, and the Internet–having the world at your fingerips–is still such an amazing thing to me! I get lost… 🙂


  14. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 9:02 am

    Hi Mary G,
    Thanks so much!! You made my morning! 🙂 I hope you’ll take ALEX and enjoy his and Olivia’s naughty adventures… the book explores sexual openness, there’s some danger, and there is definitely an HEA.

    I love to push the envelope, and ALEX certainly does that!


  15. Suzanne Welsh
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 9:03 am

    Good morning ladies of RNTV…hey Jo! I agree with you
    that Olivia’s response probably wouldn’t work in real life,
    but in fiction, I sure did like the results, (and did you know
    if you type results real fast it comes out resluts?). I personally
    loved how she jump started her marriage and found some
    outlet for her own Domme tendencies!!


  16. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 9:16 am

    Hey, Suz!
    Good morning, my friend! It’s great to see you here after a long night delivering babies! Shouldn’t you be sleeping?

    I’m glad you liked ALEX and took it for what it is–pure, hot fantasy!! This solution, while not for everyone, worked for this couple. And Olivia definitely got the better end of that bargain!! Alex had a lot to learn… 🙂

    Thanks for joining the fun! Now get some rest!


  17. Buffie
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 9:19 am

    Hey Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have been waiting to read this book for so long!! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    As for an open marriage — I know I couldn’t do it. See, I am a very jealous woman and my mind would take me places I wouldn’t want to go. And I really don’t think I could survive in the prison system after offing the hubby and his mistress – LOL!


  18. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 9:21 am

    Stacy,
    I wanted to address part of what you said before– I totally agree about married couples needing to be more open to experiences that spice things up, especially when our lives are so busy! It’s so easy to get caught up in deadlines, trying to be supermom, referee, author… sometimes I forget that I’m also a woman with a handsome, desireable husband who deserves my attention.

    He’ll remind me by offering to try out some of the things I write about! As my research assistant, of course…. LOL!


  19. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 9:23 am

    Hi Buffie! Long time no see!!
    I sure hope you enjoy ALEX and just savor the adventure. 🙂

    LOL–I hear you! Prison orange would clash with my complexion… he he


  20. Teal Ceagh
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 10:15 am

    Interesting idea, Jo. I think I’ll have to grab a copy of your book and check it out.

    I think the idea has appeal, but the basic insecurity is: okay, while he’s out having his fun, what if he falls in love with one of the women he’s out catting with, and comes back and says “gee whizz, honey, guess what, I slipped?”

    For *most* men, sex is just sex and completely unrelated to romantic relationships. For most women, most of the time, sex is completely tied up with romance and love and can’t be separated at all, but this is not true 100% of the time, for all people.

    While there’s some appeal to game playing of this type, there’s a huge risk, too. I guess that’s part of the appeal, but you have to go into it with your eyes open, knowing what you’re risking.

    It’s not a game everyone would want to play, that’s for sure.


  21. I Heart Book Gossip
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 10:52 am

    I think the most indulgent thing I would do with my significant other is probably games and maybe toys. I don’t like sharing. *wink wink

    Please count me in.


  22. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 11:32 am

    Hi Teal,
    I hope you enjoy ALEX. 🙂 Yes, the insecurity would get to me, I’m sure! Games are one thing, but I’d be afraid it wouldn’t go as planned.

    Glad you stopped in!


  23. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 11:38 am

    Hi I Heart,
    Games and toys, oh my! Hmm, and not Monopoly or Llegos, either… he he

    So glad you’re here!


  24. Maria Lokken
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 1:23 pm

    Okay – I thought of something indulgent to do with my husband. Forget the bills, forget responsibility and just fly off to Paris for four days. Spend the entire time, eating, drinking and being merry… sounds deliciously decadent to me.


  25. RKCharron
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 1:34 pm

    Hi 🙂
    What a great blog post.
    WHEN ALEX WAS BAD sounds great.
    The most adventurous thing we did was ripping each other’s clothes off in a sudden nooner and doing it on the living room floor.
    When I was a teen I could have had a threesome but was so naive I didn’t know that was what was being offered.
    🙂
    Love and hugs,
    twitter: @RKCharron
    xoxo


  26. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 2:37 pm

    Maria,
    I love your Paris idea!! Sign me up! I’d love to go there and to Italy with my hubby one day… dining in a quaint Italian villa, eating pasta and drinking wine… sounds heavenly!


  27. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 2:40 pm

    Hi RK,
    You seem to have an adventurous spirit! There’s something to be said about those spontaneous moments. 🙂

    Thanks for popping in!


  28. Teresa
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 3:08 pm

    Hey yall,
    I agree with yall NO cheating. If your marriage needs help come up with something together maybe let him read your books 🙂 I can’t stand cheating, also Buffie like you said if you saw you hubby with his lover you can’t so the prison thing.lol I agree but if I saw my hubby with a women, he’ll be missing something that he really loves. If you know what I mean! lol There’s a lot of ways to spice up your sex life, role play of something don’t turn to somebody else. But that’s just me.


  29. Buffie
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 3:34 pm

    Teresa — I TOTALLY understand what you are saying 🙂


  30. cyclops8
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 3:56 pm

    Never experienced a forbidden fantasy like those in movies and books. I do have a fantasy of being whisked off to a private island where we indulge in food, champagne and games.


  31. Suzanne Welsh
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 4:08 pm

    You had a good point, Jo. Things probably wouldn’t go as planned. And even for Olivia, it didn’t go quite as she had planned, with both good results and scary stuff!


  32. Pearl
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 4:38 pm

    Forbidden Fantasies work great in fiction but in real life it offers some complications. As others have said: for an open marriage to work out all parties must be completely on board.

    I’m a one-on-one kind of person but enjoy stories like WHEN ALEX WAS BAD, it’s my way of indulging in fantasies I would never think about doing in real life.


  33. PJ
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 5:33 pm

    Hi Jo! I’m really looking forward to reading WHEN ALEX WAS BAD.

    I enjoy forbidden fantasies in fiction but no open marriage or menage a trois for me in real life. I’m much too territorial. 😉


  34. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 5:38 pm

    Teresa,
    I hear you!! He’d be missing something vital!


  35. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 5:40 pm

    Cyclops, I love the private island and champagne fantasy! Whenever hubby wants to make reservations, I’m there!

    Suz, Olivia *did* get more than she bargained for, didn’t she? Like Jason said in the book, there’s always a price…


  36. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 5:44 pm

    Hi Pearl,
    Yes, I agree with indulging those particular fantasies in reading or writing stories! In real life, hmm… I’m not so brave, plus I’m way to shy about my plump “mom” bod. 🙂


  37. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 5:45 pm

    Hey, PJ!! How’s life treating you? Are you recovered from DC? It was great seeing you!

    I hope you enjoy ALEX! 🙂


  38. Jody F.
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 7:13 pm

    I agree with so many of the other ladies and could never share my significant other with anyone else. I’m way too possessive of inanimate things like books or clothing, that I can’t imagine I’d be okay sharing a living creature.


  39. Marial
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 7:33 pm

    The craziest thing? Well if you must know I have a thing for Jack Sparrow so I am hoping that one day my BF will indulge me and dress as a pirate!


  40. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 8:15 pm

    Hi Jody, thanks for stopping in!

    Marial, I’m with you on Jack Sparrow! I’ve seen the first Pirates movie a dozen times… sigh… 🙂


  41. PJ
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 9:23 pm

    Hi Jo! (waving back)

    Yes, I’m fully recovered from DC (great meeting you there!) and am now gearing up for the terrific Moonlight & Magnolias Conference in Atlanta in just about 6 weeks. It’s been a wonderful summer and I’m looking forward to continuing that trend right into fall. 🙂


  42. Jo Davis
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 9:34 pm

    PJ, have fun at M&M! I’m really looking forward to fall, myself. The summer has been great, but it’s so hot here! Time for cool weather… 🙂


  43. Gannon
    on Aug 18th, 2009
    @ 9:39 pm

    Hey, Jo! Can’t wait to read WHEN ALEX WAS BAD!

    Personally, I couldn’t do what Alex and Olivia do. I DO NOT want to share my husband with anyone!! And I always tell him if he’s tempted by another woman, he only needs to remember two words: Lorena Bobbitt! Nuff said! LOL


  44. Marisa
    on Aug 19th, 2009
    @ 9:35 am

    Hey All – Thanks Jo for taking the time to visit with us! And thanks everyone for stopping by.

    We put the names in a hat and Pearl (if you live in the Continental US) you’ve won a copy of When Alex Was Bad – so please send your snail mail address to alphamail@romancenovel.tv with Jo Davis in the subject line.


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    on Aug 21st, 2009
    @ 3:10 pm

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