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50 Shades of Sensuality: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

heterosexual couple having sex

We are going to tone it down a bit today with romance author Sylvain Reynard. The Gabriel’s Inferno series was touted as an erotic romance but the authors’ new series is paranormal romance. The Raven is the first book in The Florentine series. It was released on February 3, 2015 from Berkley/Penguin. Please welcome Sylvain Reynard!

*Enter for your chance to win a copy of The Raven at the end of this post!*

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Dark Faerie Tales: Love them or hate them, the 50 Shades books have done a lot for the erotic genre. What influenced you to write novels with graphic sex scenes? Has writing these scenes been more freeing in your own love life?

Sylvain: Thanks for inviting me to join the conversation, Kristie. It’s a pleasure to be with you and your readers.

When I write a sex scene, it’s always to make a point. Usually, I’m trying to reveal things about the characters and show how they interact. When a couple is intimate they have a habit of revealing things about themselves.

As for your second question, I try to keep fiction and non-fiction separate in my life. In my experience, reality is always better than fiction.

DFT: Does your own sexuality come into play when you are writing a particular sex scene?

Sylvain: I think my views of the characters and what they think and feel are the primary elements that shape the scene, rather than my own personal feelings.

DFT: How did you learn to write good sex scenes? The descriptions and the positions? Was there a lot of research involved? More importantly, did you apply these techniques off the page?

Sylvain: Research is essential if you want your readers to believe what you’re writing. I think an author’s writing skills improve with practice.

DFT: Why do you think people flock to erotic? Do you think sexy stories sell?

Sylvain: Yes, I think sexy stories sell. But I think in order for the story to have lasting appeal it has to be about something more than sex.

DFT: What’s the difference between erotic fiction and porn? Do you think people get the genres mixed up?

Sylvain: That’s a great question. I’m not sure I have an answer to it. Certainly, I think people confuse the two on occasion.

DFT: Could you please tell us about the very first erotic story that you wrote?

Sylvain: I wrote a novel, “Gabriel’s Inferno,” about a love affair between a graduate student and her professor. The two characters share a surprising history, however, and as their relationship deepens so do their romantic encounters.

DFT: Can you please describe your characters (from your featured novel) and what your book is about?

Sylvain: “The Raven” is the first book in my new paranormal series. Raven Wood is the female lead and the Prince of Florence’s underworld is the male lead.

Here’s the description:

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi gallery restoring Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semiconscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attackers’ screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her . . .

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. Upon returning to the Uffizi, no one recognizes her. More disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of her disappearance, Raven learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history–the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the police identify her as their prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and most elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets . . .

DFT: What is your most outrageous/crazy sex scene and where did you get your idea? (This can be from any book you have written.)

Sylvain: In “Gabriel’s Redemption,” which is the third book in The Gabriel Series, Gabriel and Julianne have sex in the upstairs corridor of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, during a party.

Truthfully, I was hit with the idea during a visit to the Gallery. I made sure to inspect the corridor (and its walls) for suitability during my tour …

DFT: What are your thoughts on the 50 Shades movie and do you plan on seeing it in theatres?

Sylvain: EL James is a friend of mine. I’m looking forward to seeing her film.

Character Questionnaire

The Prince

The Raven

DFT: Describe your lover in three words.

The Prince: Brave, beautiful, fierce.

DFT: What does your lover do to instantly turn you on?

The Prince: She looks at me with her large, green eyes.

DFT: Where is the most unique/crazy place you have had sex?

The Prince: On top of the Loggia near the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

DFT: If you could have your lover dress in anything you want, and we do mean ANYTHING, what would choose?

The Prince: Nothing.

DFT: Leather or lace?

The Prince: Lace, preferably black.

DFT: What is your idea of a romantic date?

The Prince: She and I together, in bed.

DFT: What is your lover’s idea of a romantic date?

The Prince: She’d agree with my answer above, but would preface it with a film.

DFT: What is your favorite body part on your lover?

The Prince: Her eyes.

DFT: Foreplay or roleplay?

The Prince: Foreplay.

DFT: Yes or no to being tied up?

The Prince: I like to be the one in control.

DFT: Underwear – Yes or no?

The Prince: I don’t wear underwear.

DFT: Between the sheets or on top?

The Prince: On top.

DFT: My lover tastes like _____?

The Prince: Ripe, juicy melon.

DFT: My lover smells like _____?

The Prince: Roses.

DFT: The sexiest noise my lover makes is ___________?

The Prince: She moans from the back of her throat.

DFT: My lover’s sexiest article of clothing is _______?

The Prince: Her underwear.

DFT: The hottest thing my mate has ever said to me is ________?

The Prince: Please…

DFT: Porn movies or magazines?

The Prince: Both bore me.

DFT: Hot Summer days or cold Winter nights?

The Prince: Cold winter nights.

DFT: The quickest way to turn my mate on is by ________?

The Prince: Kissing her.

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About Sylvain:

You can visit Sylvain around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Sylvain Reynard?

Gabriel's Inferno Gabriel's Rapture Gabriel's RedemptionThe Prince (The Florentine,...The Raven (The Florentine, #1)

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This giveaway is provided by Penguin Books!

One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Raven

The Raven

Available February 3, 2015 from Berkley

About this Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…

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7 Responses to “50 Shades of Sensuality: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

  1. LesNo Gravatar
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    Great interview. I can never get enough of him and I can’t wait to read this.

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    It sounds interesting, so yes I would add it to my TBR.

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    This sounds great, plus I love the cover.

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    doubt I’d add it

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    Definitely, Looking forward to reading it.

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    Really cool. Can’t wait to read it.

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    This one sounds amazing and I would definitely add it to my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win!

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