Sydney Croft
Larissa and Stephanie

Agent Aliases:

Larissa Ione        Stephanie Tyler


Agent Profile

SYDNEY CROFT IS REALLY TWO PEOPLE PUBLISHING UNDER ONE NAME.

Sydney Croft is the alter-ego of Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler, two New York Times bestselling authors who blend their very different writing interests into adventurous tales of erotic paranormal fiction. Together, they developed a world where people with extraordinary abilities, like the power to control storms, could live and work with others like them. The series has been described as "Erotica meets the X-Men," and is unique in its own "erotic super hero romance" niche.

Larissa and Stephanie live in different states and communicate almost entirely through email, though they often get together for conferences and book signings.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
·   FAQs About the Books  ·   FAQs About Sydney  ·

 

About the Books

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Are the ACRO books connected?
Sydney's
Answer

Yes, through the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives, where many of the characters work. The books, in order, are:

Book 1: Riding The Storm
Book 2: Unleashing The Storm
Book 3: Seduced By The Storm
Book 4: Taming the Fire
Book 5: Tempting the Fire
Book 6: Taken by Fire

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How many ACRO books are there?
Sydney's
Answer
Right now, we have written six novels (and a couple of novellas) set in the ACRO world. The first three books, the "Storm" books, are connected through several running subplots. The next three are connected to the first three through ACRO, but are a little more independent. See above for a list of the books in order.

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Do they need to be read in order?
Sydney's
Answer
No, because each book and romantic plot stands on its own. But because the first three books, especially, carry a plotline and arc from book one to book three, reading in order might provide a deeper understanding of the “Storm” plot.

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Do the same characters appear in each book?
Sydney's
Answer
Each book features a different hero and heroine, but because the agency is a focal point in the series, many of the characters are seen in re-occurring roles.

Q ·
Is the Sydney Croft Story, Shadow Play, connected to the novels?
Sydney's
Answer
Shadow Play from the anthology Hot Nights, Dark Desires is very loosely connected through the hero, Hex, who works for ACRO, but lives in New Orleans.

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Will Annika and Creed get their own book?
Sydney's
Answer
Right now there are no plans for Annika and Creed to get their own book, but they will get their Happily Ever After! We didn't feel that, with Annika's background and emotional immaturity, we could believably bring Creed and Annika together over the short time span of one book. By giving them a full year over the course of the first three books, both Annika and Creed had the time they needed to grow. Their story continues and plays a major role through book 6, Taken by Fire.

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Are the books erotica or erotic romance?
Sydney's
Answer
Erotic romance!

 

About Sydney

Q ·
What’s the best thing about writing with a partner?
Larissa's
Answer
Reading the scenes that Steph writes, and building from them. Oh, and only having to write half a book! *g*
Steph's
Answer
It’s just so much fun—there’s an excitement there of not knowing exactly what Larissa’s scene will be like, and then I get to play off of what she’s had her character do.

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Why erotic romance?
Larissa's
Answer
I feel that writing erotic romance gives me a level of freedom I might not otherwise experience in my writing. Like Stephanie, I tend to write hot, but I’ve found that adding a heightened level of sensual and sexual content above what I normally write can allow for deep character exploration because much of what defines humans is their feelings about sex, their ideas, background, fetishes, etc.
Steph's
Answer

I tend to forget that I write hot. That’s just how I write—it was always that way, from the earliest romances I wrote, and it was there back when I was writing short stories back in college. Sex was always a fundamental part of my story-telling. So much so, that I don’t even notice it anymore. Those scenes are my roadmap, because that’s where the heart of the emotion lies. It’s the times where the biggest reveals happen—that moment of, will they or won’t they, tension that let’s you know these characters are going to do far more that just get naked... they’re going to make a discovery. Sex and love are so entwined in my mind when I’m writing my books- any books- that I’d feel wrong not having that added emotional density the complications of a sexual relationship bring to the table.

Q ·
How did you meet?
Sydney's
Answer
We met online in a writer’s loop—at the time, we were both critiquing with other people.

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Where did the name Sydney Croft come from?
Sydney's
Answer
Larissa gets full credit for this one- the name is a combination of Lara Croft and Sydney Bristow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the books Read an excerpt from book 1