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R.G. Alexander’s first book for Berkley Heat, POSSESS ME, is coming out on August 3rd, and we’re SO excited! This is a beautifully told story of love, lust and possession-figuratively and literally. Here’s a li’l peek:
In the Big Easy, there’s a legend women long for: a sexual voodoo spirit who can fulfill their darkest fantasies. And in these three steaming-hot novellas, he helps three New Orleans couples achieve the ultimate satisfaction…
In Release Me, Allegra heads down to New Orleans to heal her wounds, but she never expects to lose her heart to such a quiet, troubled man as Rousseau. She’s even less prepared for the scorching, sexual spirit within him-and what he can do to her…
In Reclaim Me, Ben has loved Michelle as long as he can remember. But his beautiful artist has a way of running away from life-and what the pair could be. Leave it to the infamous spirit to help Ben prove to Michelle where she belongs: in his embrace…
In Redeem Me, it’s All Saints’ Day, the one day the voodoo spirit can walk the world in the flesh. When he bumps into Bethany, she might just be the reincarnation of a girl he once loved. Passion ignites, but can the couple overcome past mistakes and have a real chance at love?
To celebrate the release of POSSESS ME we’re having a countdown party, and some of our smutty author friends have been happy to participate! I asked them this question:
Eden: I me want to know about that experience of being ‘possessed’. I don’t mean by a ghost, but rather that feeling you get when a man completely inhabits your every waking moment, you can’t stop thinking about him. Obsession. Raging desire. You know what I mean…
Here are the answers from some of the leading authors in erotic romance, and our dear friends:
“I can’t say I’m the sort of person who gets obsessed about anything apart from maybe my extreme devotion as a teenage to various pop/TV stars. But I love it when my characters become obsessed with their perfect match. There’s nothing like writing about that intense sexual need to possess someone entirely, to lick their skin, to be naked with them 24/7, to just want to be with them and breathe them in. As romance writers we get to write about that first taste of love, which is very often obsessive and makes for great sexy scenes.
My hero, Christopher Ellis in ‘Kiss of the Rose’ ends up becoming obsessed with the heroine, (in a good hot sexy way) and I loved watching him succumb to that most instinctive of states, and bearing in mind his history, his instincts are definitely unusual. ‘wink’”
~Kate Pearce, author of THE TUDOR VAMPIRE CHRONICLES
(**BTW-Kate’s latest, KISS OF THE ROSE, is out on the same day as POSSESS ME!)
Eden: I love that you address taste and scent-so much a part of that intense chemistry!
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“The first time I was truly possessed was when I watched Thundercats. My family never owned cable, so I had limited access to “cool” stuff. I found Lion-O in his strappy onesy incredibly kinky. He had an innocence and a stupidity about his flowing mane most of the time, but when the chips were down, he could bulk up, get serious, and power into a man with a giant-ass sword. I was fifteen. And I was captivated by the whole world of isolation, natural paradise, psychic powers and technology. Now I’m all grown up and am writing kinky scifi-fantasy shapeshifters. They say you always remember your first. “
~Mima, author of WITHIN REASON
Eden: This reminds me of being a kid-maybe five years old-and I was in love with Kimba the White Lion (does anyone remember that cartoon?). Yes, he was a lion. And he was animated. Hey-I was five! But I totally get it, Mima. Although no lion shapeshifters for me…but never say never.
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“Being possessed by a love is a full body experience. It’s like the object of your love permeates your soul, encompasses every heartbeat, gets into every cell and hums. Your bones tremble in tune with their voice. You taste them on the air, hear them in the wind. Being possessed by love is enthralling and makes you feel alive.”
~Inez Kelley, author of SALOME AT SUNRISE
Eden: I love how sensual your interpretation is. It’s like that for me, too-it can really take over the senses.
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“Obsessive love makes you do things that you tell yourself you will never do. Things like driving past his house just to see if he’s home yet or sitting by the phone from 5 o’clock on because he said he’d call you “tonight”. Things like calling in sick to work because he decided he wants to go on an impromptu trip mid-week and you can’t stand to not be with him. You might even help him write his master’s thesis, just to help him get it done sooner. You are not a morning person, but you’ll let him in at 6am to spend some time with him before work. And if you could kiss him forever, you know it would be paradise. You forgive him for stuff you would tell your friend to dump her guy over. Things like that phone call to a “friend” on your hotel bill when checking out after your romantic getaway that wasn’t great or perhaps figuring out he’s actually in town on Valentine’s Day when he says he’s away and realising he’s with someone that’s not you. You believe him when he tells you that no one will love you like he loves you. And you believe the stories he tells you because he is your drug of choice. He is what wakes you up and makes you feel alive. His possession and this obsession will send you from the heights of ecstasy to the depths of Hell. And even after you get out, even after you are years away, your heart still picks up a pace when you think of him.”
~MG Braden, Author of VAMIRE ORACLE: HARMONY
Eden: Aw-yours is so sad. But true, too. *sigh* There can definitely be a dark side.
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“Describing what it feels like to be possessed may be hard to describe. It’s such an elemental feeling, so consuming, I shiver to dive into the depths of it. Yet I will… The first time I saw my husband…
I saw him standing there with his booted feet crossed at the ankle. He wore tight jeans with a few rips, a t-shirt and a black leather vest, topped with a bad boy attitude that immediately commanded my attention. It begins with the shiver of awareness, that whisper dancing up my skin, making the small hairs stand at attention. My stomach clenches as heat radiates out from below my waist, sending slow pulses through my body, growing stronger as it travels outward.
My nipples pop like small pink diamonds, reacting to his raw sensuality and his nearness. My breath puffs out in short bursts as warmth seeps into every fiber of my body.
He turns to look at me and one corner of his mouth kicks up. I swallow the lump in my throat and step toward him, ready and willing, to be his.”
~Beth Williamson, author of UNBRIDLED
Eden: Oh, I love this! And I know that sensation, where your breath catches and you go hot all over…and after that moment, you can never stop thinking about him…
We’ll be celebrating all week, so be sure to check back for some awesome guest authors, giveaways, and more smutty fun! And remember, POSSESS ME is available for pre-order right now on Amazon , Barnes & Noble and Borders !
And now for a contest-because it wouldn’t be Smutketeers without some free books! Tell us about your moment of obsession or possession, and be eligible to win! One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of my erotic Shibari rope bondage novel, THE BEAUTY OF SURRENDER! The winner will be announced on August 2nd!
All For Smut, and Smut For All!
As part of the continuing celebration of our upcoming October 20th releases, R.G. and I have talked to bunch of our fellow authors about what makes vampires so alluring. The sensual appeal of vampires seems to be wide-spread, whether these authors love to write them, read about them, or watch them on film. I thought you’d all like to know what some of your favorite authors are thinking…
Incredibly prolific author Michelle M. Pillow is a favorite of readers everywhere, and I’m sure many of you have read her work! Be sure to catch her latest release, LAST MAN ON EARTH, from Ellora’s Cave! Michelle says about vampires:
‘I love vampires! What could be more alluring than being immortal, all-powerful, and eternally beautiful?’
Author Beth Kery writes hot stories with a wicked edge. Her newest is PARADISE RULES, which I’d buy just for the cover! I love her philosophy about the undead:
‘I’m drawn to the psychological aspects of the vampire story. All human beings ‘feed’ off each other as well as offer nourishment in the symbolic sense, meaning we draw off others’ energies and give our own to sustain others. Doing this in a healthy way is the eternal battle of human beings. In it’s darker aspects, it becomes the quandary of the vampire: how to live with an eternal thirst, how to tame the desire to take without harming…how to live with the gnawing fear that one can never give in return. ‘
The ever-fabulous Tawny Taylor’s latest release is TORRID HUNGER from Ellora’s Cave, Book 4 in her Twilight’s Possession series. Tawny loves her vampires—and you will, too!
‘To me, the vampire is the ultimate bad boy. He’s dark, powerful, eternally young and his sensual appeal is irrevocably tied to the danger of falling under his seduction. Under the veneer of a polite, civilized exterior lies a feral beast with dark urges we long to explore and understand.’
Jennifer Colgan does love a hero with some bite-the first book I ever read of hers was her erotic werewolf tale, WOLFSBANE, still available from Amber Quill Press. Keep your eyes open for her next book, LA VIDA MUERTA, coming from Amber Quill in November!
Jennifer is a long-time lover of vampires (ooh-that didn’t come out quite right-lol!).
‘I’ve been a vampire fan since Joss Whedon introduced Angel…yum. I guess I’ve become addicted to heroes who bite. ‘
James Buchanan’s erotic fiction is hot and sensual—and all male. He hasn’t written any vampire stories (never say never, James!), but understands their irresistible appeal.
‘Vampires are just hot. I don’t write them, but I love to read them. The dark eroticism of blood play, the forbidden lure of ancient knowledge, vast power shackled to unbearable need, being immortal in a world that fades before your eyes: the rich tapestry of loss woven into a vampire is a sensual feast. Jean Claude, Armand, even Dracula all have tragic hero written throughout their characters and I just eat it up.’
Jina Bacarr is one of my fellow Spice authors. She often incorporates her own world travels into her exotic tales. Her current release, CLEOPATRA’S PERFUME, is available now, and she has more in store for us in February with THE BLONDE SAMURAI!
Jina had this to say about our favorite immortals:
‘Imagine a tall, sexy vampire holding you close in a passionate embrace and inhaling the scent of your fragrant perfume. How can he ever forget you? He won’t. Because he’s a vampire, the memory of you will stay with him for eternity…’
Our friend, the gorgeous and talented Samantha Kane, has a new release tomorrow! PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM is the first book in the Cougar Challenge series from Ellora’s Cave-and you know I love the sound of that, being an official cougar myself-meow! Here’s what Samantha had to say:
‘The reason I love vampires has nothing to do with the whole mystical blood-sucking thing. For me it’s all about the dark, tormented soul of the ultimate bad boy. Evil? I think not. Just really, really misunderstood. ;-) Nothing the love of a good man or woman can’t cure.’
Stephanie Draven writes hot, myth-based speculative fiction for Nocturne, so the idea of monsters roaming the earth and interacting with humans is something she’s thought a lot about. Her latest is MIDNIGHT MEDUSA! Here are some of her thoughts:
I love taking ancient Greek stories, uncovering the primal associations and eternal truths behind them, and turning them into modern mythology. That’s what I’ve done for gorgons, dryads and chimeras in the pieces I’ve written for Silhouette’s Nocturne line. One thing I have yet to tackle is the vampire.
The modern idea of what a vampire is stems almost entirely from 18th Century Western European lore, but of course various legends of vampirism can be found in cultures all over the world and the vampires of Greek Mythology weren’t even undead (which from my standpoint, makes them hotter because I like a lover with a heartbeat). What really fascinates me about Greek vampirism though, is how female-centric it is. Let’s face it, not many of the ancient Greek city states held women in high regard, but it’s plain that they feared women’s sexual power. Their legends of vampires were about irresistible women who seduced young men to feed upon their blood–a cautionary tale about sex outside of marriage if ever there was one.
But when I think about the sexiness of vampirism, it isn’t about the blood or the feeding. For me, it’s the idea of an exchange of power. We all know people who we teasingly say “suck the life out of us.” But we’ve probably also all felt the attraction to someone who needed us. Someone whose emotional (or maybe even physical) well-being relied upon something only we could give them. All these tortured alpha heroes in romance novels have this in common–they need nurturing that only the heroine can provide. And that taps something very deep in women because we feed people.
Whether it’s nursing a baby or cooking a meal, women have always had this role which has deep biological and sexual roots. I think the sensuality of a vampire isn’t only in that he’s a predator, but that he is so needy. So in need of sustenance that he wants to take it from our body, and that’s a hard thing to resist.
Kate Pearce writes hot, hot, hot and sensual stories-which anyone who’s read her House of Pleasure series will know! Next up for her is SOME LIKE IT ROUGH, an anthology from the Kensington Aphrodisia line. We can’t wait! Kate loves a good vampire story.
‘I’ve always loved reading books about Vampires, from the classic Anne Rice, to L K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and most recently, the J R Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood. For me one of the big thrills is the immortality aspect, that Vampires have lived through the ages and survived to tell the tale, (although some of them still seem pretty dumb despite all that experience. :) ) When I got the opportunity to create my own Vampire Tudor world, complete with its own set of rules, I jumped at the chance!’
R.G. and I agree that there is just something incredibly sexy about a creature who is acutely aware of every nuance of human existence: the sound of a beating heart, the scent of blood, the irresistible fragrance of human skin. They are creatures of the night, of the dark, where anything can happen. Maybe that’s why vampire stories are always so popular, why we love them, as writers and as readers.
We want to know what you think: what is it about these blood-sucking devils that we just cannot resist?
Everyone who posts today will be eligible to win! Those who are residents of the continental US can win a signed copy of my debut novel, THE DARK GARDEN. Those who live outside the US are eligible to win a copy of my e-book, BREAKING SKYE. (Just be sure to put into your post whether or not you are a US resident. Sorry folks, but shipping out of the country is expensive!).
And everyone who posts through our release date, October 20th, is eligible to win our October Grand Prize! We’re not telling what it is just yet, but I promise it’ll be grand-LOL! The Grand Prize will go to one of our most prolific posters, so don’t be shy! You’ll have to check back for the Grand Prize announcement, as well as excerpts from our books, R.G.’s MIDNIGHT FALLS, and my novella, THE SEEKING KISS!
Oh-and today’s winner will be announced on Friday in the comments here, so you must check back to see if you’ve won!
Crystal Jordan: What’s a day in the life of Kate Pearce like? While we’d love to think it’s all bons bons, silk peignoirs, and a sexy pool boy waiting on you hand and foot while beautiful words pour forth from your fingertips onto the keyboard, we know that’s probably not how it works out. You have several children of varying ages, a husband, cats, dogs, and a partridge in a pear tree. How do you manage the work-life balance?
Kate Pearce: Sometimes I wonder how I manage it and there are some days when I just want to run for the hills with my lap top under my arm. The trouble with having 4 kids between the ages of 7 and 20 is that they all need different types of parenting and they all expect me to drop everything and do what they need. Most of the time, obviously, I don’t mind, but some days, when I ‘have’ to get some writing done, it seems as if the family are conspiring against me to invent new and interesting ways to stop me sitting down at my keyboard for more than 5 minutes at a time LOL
My day is comprised of dropping kids off to school, picking them up, shopping, laundry, waking bigger kids up in case they forget to go to college or their part time job-you name a time of day and I’m usually shouting at someone to get a move on J
In the evenings I try and spend some quality time with my lovely husband of 22 years but normally we just stare at each other, hug and try not to cry too much, LOL
CJ: What is your writing process like? Do you have a daily or weekly word count that you try to meet? Or do you wait until the last minute and write like mad?
KP: I try and write Mon-Fri about 2-3 hours a day. I aim for a minimum of 5 pages but prefer 10. I find it I do it this way I’m usually not too rushed as deadlines approach.
CJ: What made you write romance? Why erotic romance? It was because you could write the sexy boy-on-boy action, wasn’t it? You can tell us. We won’t tell anyone, promise!
KP: I love reading romance novels, I really do, so writing them was a no-brainer really. But I always had this tendency to write very steamy and slightly outside the genre, so finding an e-publisher who was willing to publish my work was a far better fit for me at first. The boy-on-boy action just kind of happened. I didn’t ever plan to write it, but it just came naturally with the stories I wanted to tell about not so conventional Regency Rakes.
CJ: Do you read in the same genre(s) you write?
KP: I read everything I can get my hands on except horror and thrillers.
CJ: Do you believe in love at first sight? Soul mates? Reincarnation of long lost lovers?
KP: It’s a great question. I have to say that the first time Mr. Kate Pearce kissed me I knew I was going to marry him, so I can’t really say I don’t believe that there is something funky going on in the love zone sometimes. I love the idea of reincarnation as well.
CJ: You have a degree in history. How do you think your educational background has impacted your writing?
KP: I think it helps with my research. I know how to find stuff out quickly and efficiently and how to distill it down into something usable.
CJ: You’ve written for a number of publishers, in different lengths and both print and e-books. Do you have a favorite story length (novel, novella, short story)? And what do you think are the benefits of writing for e-pubs? For the larger New York publishers?
KP: I think I prefer to write about 85,000 words and up because you can get such a lot in there, but I also like to shake things up and write shorter. It’s great for tightening up the technique to write that perfect short story.
CJ: We know you have a lovely singing voice. Have you ever performed in public?
KP: Who told you that?? When I was a lot younger I performed at several concerts and also in various Gilbert & Sullivan musical operetta’s. I did once think about going on and doing it professionally but even I realized that a) I wasn’t ever going to be that great and b) I didn’t have the cutthroat personality needed to succeed in that industry. I’m not sure if I can still sing btw-it’s been a while LOL
CJ: Name three of your favorite movies of all time.
KP: Singing in the Rain
It’s a Wonderful Life
CJ: You have some rather manic deadlines coming up, which means great things for your readers! Tell us about your current release(s) and what you have coming up next.
KP: Picture Kate blowing into a paper bag.
Currently out is ‘Simply Shameless’ the third of the Regency-set erotic romances from Kensington Aphrodisia.
Next up in October, is “Simply Wicked”.
I also have the fifth Simply novel due to my editor in June-it will be called “Simply Insatiable” and it’s about the evil Lord Minshom. I am enjoying writing it immensely. Then in July I have a contemporary erotic novella to get in to Kensington, which is a new thing for me. I haven’t started writing it yet but it’s all in my head.
And then, I have another ‘Simply’ novel to write by October and I’m not sure what that one will be yet!
CJ: If one of your books were made into a movie, which one would you want to see on the big screen the most? More importantly, who would play in the starring roles?
KP: Ooh I’d love to see Simply Sexual made into a movie. I have no idea who should play Valentin and Peter and Sara, although I have had readers suggest people to me
CJ: Do you have any appearances coming up?
KP: I’ll be at the RWA ‘literacy for life’ signing in July in Washington D.C.
CJ: Where can we find you on the Internet?
*And now for some quick questions…
~Beach or mountains?
~Cozy PJs or sleeping in the nude?
~On men: boxers, briefs, or commando?
~Rock star or cowboy?
~Men in uniform: turn on or take it off?
~Leather or lace?
Leather-(note my kinky short story in L is for Leather from Cleis press)
~Voyeur or exhibitionist?
~Tattoos or piercings?
~Men’s chests: hairy or waxed?
A little hair is fine by me
~Sex on the beach, screaming orgasm, or blow job shot? (As a drink, of course!)
Sex on the beach-but no sand please!