The Pleasure of Your Kiss, the newest historical romance from Teresa Medeiros and our January 2012 Romance of the Month, is proof that the desert can only get hotter. With sultans, swashbuckling heroes and a scantily clad harem, our Romance columnist promises "rousing adventure and great fun."

BookPage chatted with Medeiros about hot guys, great moments in writing and the Sophie's choice between cats and cupcakes.

Describe your book in one sentence.
Legendary adventurer Ashton Burke is hired to rescue the only girl he ever regretted leaving behind from a sultan's harem only to find himself trapped in a palace of sensual delights with her.

What are the sexiest scenes to write?
The first kiss scenes because you know the dance has just begun.

What was the proudest moment in your career?
Receiving a letter from a young man who had been paralyzed in an accident who told me that reading my book Breath of Magic was what pulled him out of his depression and gave him the courage to want to go on living.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
Falling in love with a gorgeous new man once a year and knowing my husband doesn't mind as long as the royalty checks keep coming.

Name one book you think everyone should read?
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons.

What is your favorite movie based on a book?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I can't resist Legolas's dramatic pauses, Aragorn's magnificent unwashed hair and my plump little hobbit love muffin Samwise Gamgee.

What do you want more at this moment--a cupcake or a cat?
Is a cat holding a cupcake an option?

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