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50 Shades of Sensuality: Riding Steele by Opal Carew

March 1st, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fifty Shades of Sensuality Comments Off on 50 Shades of Sensuality: Riding Steele by Opal Carew

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It is the final day of the 50 Shades of Sensuality event! We have author Opal Carew here today with another lovely insightful look into the erotic romance genre. The complete Riding Steele novel will be released on March 17, 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin. Please enjoy this wonderful post below!

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Dark Faerie Tales: Why do you think people flock to erotic? Do you think sexy stories sell?

Opal: Fans who write to me often tell me that my stories help them embrace their sexuality and bring a welcome element to their relationships.  I’m have many couples tell me they read the stories together, which I think it a great idea.

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

Opal: Yes, I think people do get them mixed up.  The purpose of porn is to arouse the reader.  Character, romance, and even plot, are not important.  In erotica, the stories are about the sexual journey of the character, so emotion and character growth are important.  Romance, however, need not be an element.  Finally, in erotic romance the development of a romantic relationship is a fundamental part of the story, and a true erotic romance will have a happily-ever-after.

DFT: How do you market your erotic titles? Do you find it difficult?

Opal: My erotic romance novels are published by St. Martin’s Press and they are marketed as romance.  The back jacket description is clear that the material is erotic, but in the bookstore you find my work in the romance section.  Book store staff have told me that is much better because many women still aren’t comfortable browsing through the erotica section, and it’s easier for the staff to recommend books in the romance section.

On-line is easier because you can browse in the comfort of your home.   When I promote my self-published books, I use the same places to advertise and promote as for non-erotic romance.

My stories are very erotic, with explicit sex scenes and sexual themes, but they are also romances.

I do write some erotic short stories and I market them the same way.  I have started an erotica only pseudonym where I write more risqué, taboo stories, and I am finding that more difficult to market.  I’m still figuring that out.   :-)

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

Opal: Even since I first started writing romance, my stories went right into the bedroom.  Back then I wrote too hot for the lines I was targeting.  When I first sold to New Concept Publishing, they asked me to take those same stories and make them hotter, so you could say those were my first erotic stories, but I feel those were actually ramped up romance stories.  The first real erotic romance I wrote, that had an erotic theme, was Twin Fantasies (a novel) and that’s the one that caught the eye of my St. Martin’s Press editor and launched my career.

As you can tell from the title, the story involved twins.  Specifically, two hot male twins.  My idea was that the heroine was dating one twin and would wind up accidentally sleeping with the other twin.  (The two brothers were estranged so she didn’t even know her boyfriend had a twin.)  Originally, I had thought of targeting it to Harlequin, but then when major publishers started to become interested in erotic romance, I realized that I could write a much more interesting version of it, thus my first ménage book was born!

Here’s the backjacket blurb for Twin Fantasies:

Mistaken identity has never been so sensuous….

Jenna Kerry has a secret. She’s always fantasized about sharing her bed with two men, but her fiancé Ryan would never approve. But one night at a posh reception at a luxury hotel, Ryan unexpectedly appears, leads her to his room and shows her the wildest night of her life. The trouble is, he isn’t Ryan. When she discovers the truth-that her fiancé has a twin-she reignites a long-standing rivalry. Both men are determined to have her, and they set out to prove their talents in the most erotic ways imaginable. But does she dare ask them to explore her most hidden fantasy… and can she handle all that these hot-blooded twins have to offer?

DFT: How do you use BDSM in your writing to develop story and/or character development?

Opal: As a writer, I am interested in exploring the exchange of power between the characters.  I focus on one character being Dominant and the other giving up control.  Usually for the character giving up control, this is a new thing, so I take my reader through the discovery process, and why this is exciting, because the character is experiencing these things for the first time.  In the process, they discover something important about themselves.

In my stories, I use the DS relationship to push the characters’ issues and cause them to grow.  It is fundamental to the story and the character growth.

I want to point out that in this exchange of power, it looks like the Dominant has all the power, but in fact, he is responsible for satisfying both their needs, so he must know his partner very well, and be able to read how she is reacting to what they’re playing out. He must be constantly alert and aware of her needs and desires.  Also, the sub has the power to end what is going on at any time.

Examples:

  • His To Command – By giving up control to Matt, both physically and emotionally, Kate learns to give up control in her life so she can take risks (i.e. not play it too safe) and stop limiting herself in life.
  • His to Possess – Dane loves to dominate a woman in the bedroom and to explore that aspect of a relationship and the emotional development that comes with it. In Jessica’s case, Dane’s role as a dominant man actually helps Jessica become more comfortable around authority figures, which translates to Jessica feeling more empowered in her own life.
  • His To Claim – Rafe Ranier is the younger of two billionaire brothers, but Rafe was abused by his father because he didn’t feel Rafe was good enough.  Rafe feels the desire to dominate Melanie in the bedroom, and she wants him to, but he resists, struggling with his fear that he will be abusive, just like his father was.
  • Riding Steele – In this book, I explored the negative aspect of DS as well as the positive.  At the beginning of the book, Laurie is in a relationship with a billionaire Dominant, but I turn it around from the usual sexy rich Dom by having this be an abusive relationship.  She tries to break up with him and things turn violent, and she’s rescued by a tattooed biker.  She then finds herself under the protection of Steele, the leader of the biker gang.  She is now extremely distrustful of dominant men, and she believes this biker is a dangerous man.  When she finds herself falling in love with him, and longing to be dominated by him, it becomes clear that in order to find her happily-ever-after, she needs to come to terms with her desire to give over control to someone, realize it’s not a weakness, and overcome her issues about trust.

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

Opal: I’ve written a lot of group sex scenes that some people might consider pretty outrageous (in Swing, Six, The Office Slave series, Hot Ride, Wild Ride, Riding Steele),  I have ménage in most of my books, and  I have a scene in one book (Secret Weapon) that spans three chapters where the heroine is involved in a poker game with several men that gets pretty wild, but I’d say the most unique was a scene where the hero and heroine don’t even touch for most of it, but she had him so turned on he thought he would burst.  That scene was in Wild Ride where I have a special gag with a dildo that Marissa can make light up and “come”, and when Killer gags her with it [to get some peace and quiet], she teases the hell out of him and drives him crazy.

Character Questionnaire:

Steele from Riding Steele

Riding Steele

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

Steele: Be in the room!

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

Steele:  Nowhere really crazy.  Just your typical places.  In the lake, on the motorcycle, on the pool table in the bar…

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

Steele:  Black leather jacket over a leather harness with chains!  And stilettos, of course.

DFT: Leather or lace?

Steele: Oh, baby, leather is the only way to go!

DFT: What is your idea of a romantic date?

Steele: Pack the Harley with sandwiches and beer, head out to the lake, and go skinny dipping.  And if she’s in the mood, we’d invite a few of the gang along.

DFT: Yes or no to being tied up?

Steele:  When I first met her, she was handcuffed to my bed, and was not really happy about it, but now it’s a definite yes.

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Opal CarewAbout Opal:

Opal Carew is the author of over a dozen romance stories in which she makes offerings of hope, success, and love to her readers. Opal loves crystals, dragons, feathers, cats, pink hair, the occult, Manga artwork, and all that glitters. She earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and spent 15 years as a software analyst before turning to her passions as a writer. Opal lives with her husband and two teen-aged sons in Ontario, Canada.

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

Want to read more from Opal Carew?

Hot Ride Wild Ride Riding Steele Hard RideThe Male Stripper The Stranger The Office Slave (The Offic... The Boss (The Office Slave,... On Her kneesKing and IThe Commander's WomanPassion PlayHis to Claim: A NovelHis to Command (His to Comm...The SeductionBlushSwingForbidden HeatSixTwin FantasiesIllicitTotal AbandonInsatiableBlissPleasure BoundSecret TiesSecret WeaponDebt of HonorTaken By StormCrystal Genie

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Riding Steele

Available March 17, 2015 from St. Martin’s Press

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Being kidnapped by bikers is a harrowing experience, but for some reason, Laurie doesn’t feel as terrified as she should.  The leader’s steely eyes soften when he looks at her, and the others in his gang clearly know she’s hands off.  But does that include Steele’s hands?  Her brain resists him, but her body insists she wants those big hands all over her.

Steele doesn’t know how he wound up in this mess—with a kidnapped woman on his hands and the police hot on their trail.  Now he and Laurie are in hiding at an isolated cabin, and Steele has to figure out how to extricate himself…and steer clear of his accidental captive whose tight, slinky clubbing attire is making him think all kinds of dangerous thoughts…

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50 Shades of Sensuality: Watch Me by Cynthia Eden

February 28th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fifty Shades of Sensuality 4 Comments »

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The final weekend of the 50 Shades of Sensuality event are upon us. Today we have the magnificent Cynthia Eden here to talk about her thoughts on the erotic romance genre and her novel Watch Me. Watch Me is the first novel in the Dark Obsession series, it was released on December 9, 2014. The other two books in this series, Want Me and Need Me are now available.

*Enter for your chance to win 1 of 5 digital copies of Watch Me 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?

Cynthia: I agree—the 50 Shades books have done a lot for the erotic genre.  So many more people are reading sexy books now—and more readers is always a good thing in my mind.  For me, I always tended to write more explicit scenes in my stories. I want my stories to reflect real life situation as much as possible, and in real life, we don’t really use a lot of purple prose. ;) (So to speak!) So I rather just like to tell it, well, the way it is!

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

Cynthia: I actually never think of myself when I write a book. I just get totally into the minds of the characters (which is good considering that I write about way too many serial killers and villains!).

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?

Cynthia: I actually think sex scenes are the hardest scenes to write in any book.  For me, the challenge is balancing the physical and emotional aspects for the characters. You don’t want the scene to *just* be physical or *just* be emotional—a powerful blend is the best for readers.

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

Cynthia: I think people love the books for pure escapism.  The tales are pleasure reads. You can escape from the worries of the real world and just slip into a good book.

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

Cynthia: Emotions and motivations and plots and characterizations and about a million other things are the difference. ;)

DFT: How do you market your erotic titles? Do you find it difficult?

Cynthia: My books contain a mix of elements—some paranormal, some romantic suspense, and definite sexiness (at least, I hope!). I try to market for all of those elements.  Readers are looking for entertaining, good stories, and that is what I try to deliver to them.

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

Cynthia: I definitely plan to see the movie! And my hope is that it will attract more people to sexy romances! ;)

Character Questionnaire

CHANCE VALENTINE from WATCH ME

Watch Me

DFT: Foreplay or roleplay?

Chance: Both.

DFT: Yes or no to being tied up?

Chance: Always up for fun.

DFT: Underwear – Yes or no?

Chance: Why bother?

DFT: Between the sheets or on top?

Chance: Again, why choose? There’s time for both.

DFT: Hot Summer days or cold Winter nights?

Chance: Cold winter nights…

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Cynthia EdenAbout Cynthia:

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller.  Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.

Cynthia is a “hybrid” author. She has published extensively with New York (her New York publishers include Avon, Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin), and she has also enjoyed success in her indie writing career.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate.  Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

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

Want to read more from Cynthia Eden?

Watch Me Want Me Need MeBleed For MeThe Better to BiteConfessions SecretsBroken TwistedAlpha One Guardian Ranger Sharpshooter Glitter and Gunfire Undercover Captor The Girl Next Door Evidence of PassionThe Wolf Within Marked by the Vampire Charming the BeastBurn For Me Once Bitten, Twice Burned Playing With FireDie For Me: A Novel of the ... Fear For Me: A Novel of the... Scream For Me: A Novel of t...Angel of Darkness Angel Betrayed Angel in Chains Avenging AngelHotter After Midnight Midnight Sins Midnight's MasterDeadly Fear Deadly Heat Deadly LiesMine to Take Mine to Keep Mine to Hold Mine to Crave Mine to HaveEternal Hunter I'll Be Slaying You Eternal Flame Never Cry WolfBound by Blood Bound in Darkness Bound in Sin Bound by the Night Bound in Death

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5 lucky readers will win a digital copy of Watch Me

Watch Me

Available December 9, 2014 from Hocus Pocus Publishing

About the Book:

Watch Me…The first book in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden’s sexy new romantic suspense series…DARK OBSESSION.

He was hired to protect her.

Watching gorgeous Gwen Hawthorne wasn’t a hard job—but it certainly was tempting. Chance Valentine had tried to keep his distance from the sexy socialite for years, but when her father hired him to keep watch on her—as a twenty-four, seven bodyguard—Chance knew his control was about to be pushed to the limit.

He’d never wanted another woman the way he desired her. Hot. Intense. Consuming. Being so close to Gwen, Chance knew that he wouldn’t be able to resist her. So he gave into his need, her need, and he took them both to the edge of a dark and consuming desire.

But Chance soon realizes that he isn’t the only one watching Gwen. Someone else is out there, a stalker who won’t rest until Gwen is destroyed. Every day, every moment…Gwen is in danger. And Chance knows that if he can’t unmask the stalker, then he may just lose the only woman he has ever loved.

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50 Shades of Sensuality: The 27 Club by Kim Karr

February 27th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fifty Shades of Sensuality 6 Comments »

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Welcome back to the 50 Shades of Sensuality event! Today we have the talented author Kim Karr. Her new adult novels feature steamy erotic romance. Her new novel, The 27 Club, will be released on March 3, 2015 from NAL/Penguin.

*Enter for your chance to win a copy of The 27 Club 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. 

Kim: LOVE THEM.

DFT: What influenced you to write novels with graphic sex scenes? 

Kim: 50 Shades.

DFT: Has writing these scenes been more freeing in your own love life?

Kim: Not to kiss and tell but YES!

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

Kim: Honestly, no.

DFT: How did you learn to write good sex scenes?

Kim: Assuming my readers enjoy the sensuality I create, I take a lot of time to choreograph the scenes in my head.

DFT: Descriptions and the positions? Was there a lot of research involved? More importantly, did you apply these techniques off the page?

Kim: No kissing and telling!

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

Kim: I think we all like to get swept up in an alternate world once in a while.

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

Kim: Erotic fiction normally has elements of love. Porn is pure sex.

DFT: How do you market your erotic titles? Do you find it difficult?

Kim: I write contemporary romance with erotic scenes.

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

Kim: Introducing Nate Hanson and Zoey Flowers:

He’s fearless. I’m fearful.
He’s wild. I’m tame.
He does what he wants. I do what’s expected.
That’s about to change.

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Connections Series comes an exciting and passionate new romance.

The 27 CLUB…

You don’t know when…

You don’t get to choose if…

When it’s time to join…you’ll know.

You might think you want to be a member—but trust me, this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.

The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. Having just lost my brother to the club, I know there is no doubt. I’m next. This is my destiny… and I was ready to yield.

But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.

Nate doesn’t believe in destiny.

But I do.

And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must.

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.)

Kim: The hero demanded the heroine play with herself while he watched in the mirror.

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

Kim: Just finished watching 50 Shades of Grey and it was amazing! I loved seeing the incredible story that stole my heart being brought to life on the big screen. Jamie Dornan didn’t disappoint as Christian and Dakota Johnson was the absolute perfect Ana.

Character Questionnaire

Nate Hanson from The 27 Club

The 27 Club

DFT: Describe your lover in three words.

Nate: Demanding, sensual, hotter than hell.

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

Nate: Licks her lips.

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

Nate: At video gaming launch party.

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

Nate: Her boots.

DFT: Leather or lace?

Nate: Lace.

DFT: What is your idea of a romantic date?

Nate: Foreplay, dinner, more foreplay, dessert, and then ;)

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

Nate: Pretty much the same as mine.

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

Nate: Her clit.

DFT: Foreplay or role-play?

Nate: Both.

DFT: Yes or no to being tied up?

Nate: For her, yes.

DFT: Underwear – Yes or no?

Nate: She prefers I wear none, for her yes unless I tell her not too.

DFT: Between the sheets or on top?

Nate: On top. Always.

DFT: My lover tastes like _____?

Nate: Heaven

DFT: My lover smells like _____?

Nate: Fresh flowers.

DFT: The sexiest noise my lover makes is ______?

Nate: Screaming my name.

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

Nate: Her boots.

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

Nate: I’m so wet so just thinking about you.

DFT: Porn movies or magazines?

Nate: Movies.

DFT: Hot Summer days or cold Winter nights?

Nate: Cold nights.

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

Nate: Kissing her neck.

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Kim KarrAbout Kim:

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

Want to read more from Kim Karr?

Connected Torn Mended Frayed Flawed UntitledThe 27 ClubToxic

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This contest is provided by Penguin books!

One lucky reader will win a copy of The 27 Club
(US only)

The 27 Club

Available March 3, 2015 from NAL Trade/Penguin

About this Book:

You don’t know when…
You don’t get to choose if…
When it’s time to join…you’ll know.

You might think you want to be a member—but trust me this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.

The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. My brother was recently bestowed membership and joined many of our ancestors before him. I know I’m next. This is my destiny, and I was ready to yield.

But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.

Nate doesn’t believe in destiny.

But I do.

And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must.

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50 Shades of Sensuality: The Raven by Sylvain Reynard

February 26th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fifty Shades of Sensuality 7 Comments »

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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

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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

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

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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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50 Shades of Sensuality: Vanilla by Megan Hart

February 25th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Fifty Shades of Sensuality 5 Comments »

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We have another excellent post today from Megan Hart! 50 Shades of Sensuality continues with Vanilla, a new novel from Megan Hart that was released just yesterday, February 24, 2015 from Mira/Harlequin. Please welcome Megan here today!

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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?

Megan: I think I learned to write good sex scenes the way I learned to write any good scene. Description. Evoking emotions. Moving the story forward through the use of a love scene should be no more or less important than any other kind of scene. What makes a good sex scene, to me, is getting inside the characters’ heads and emotions and eliciting and emotional response in the reader. I do research sex scenes the way I research any scenes in which I’m not sure of how, exactly, the process works. However, I’m blessed with a vivid imagination and that also helps!

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

Megan: Sexy stories definitely sell. I think people enjoy erotic work for a whole bunch of personal reasons, some I couldn’t begin to fathom. Anything that gets the heart racing is fun — reading an erotic story featuring things that you wouldn’t do in real life is as exciting in many ways as reading about rock climbing (if you don’t do that) or anything else, really. And if you like romances, stories about people connecting with their hearts, well…connecting with their bodies makes it all the more fun!

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

Megan: People who don’t read erotic fiction often assume it’s the same as porn. I’ve heard that porn is “visual” and erotic fiction, written. But I don’t agree that’s the only difference. To me, porn is truly in the eye of the beholder. What might be mildly sensual to one reader is outright hardcore porn to another. For me personally, the difference between erotic fiction and porn is the intent of the creator — my work is intended not to only stimulate the reader’s sexual response, but also an emotional one. If I were writing porn, I’d aim for titillation and not much else. That’s the difference, for me.

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

Megan: It’s been a long time, but the first erotic story I can specifically remember writing was a “true life” confession I sold to Playgirl magazine for $25. It leaned more toward porn, to be honest. I wrote other stories in that vein before finally writing what I think is probably my first full length erotic novel, Passion Model. It was based off a short story I’d written, it’s science fiction erotic romance, and I still love the concept to this day. Sex bots!

DFT: Can you please describe your characters from Vanilla and what your book is about?

Megan: Vanilla features Elise, a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. She likes to be on top, no apologies about it. With a lover who broke her heart in the recent past, she’s turned to a sex only relationship with Esteban that fulfills her kinky dominant needs, but not much else. When she meets Niall, a man who is definitely not a submissive guy, she does her best to stay clear. Niall, on the other hand, pursues her and despite her wariness, Elise finds herself falling for a guy who shouldn’t push all her buttons but does. Vanilla explores labels and the things that make us who we are, both in and out of the bedroom, and how it’s possible to be kinky in a lot of different ways that can even vary from partner to partner.

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.)

Megan: I’d say the most outrageous is a fantasy sequence in my novel Broken, in which the hero tells the heroine a story about him being with three women (or is it four, I forget) at the same time. It’s pretty over the top and not very realistic! I don’t remember where I got the idea, just that it worked for the story.

Character Questionnaire

Elise from Vanilla, speaking of Esteban, her submissive lover

Vanilla

DFT: Describe your lover in three words.

Elise: Delicious, acquiescent, mysterious.

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

Elise: Obey.

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

Elise: We’ve mostly been together in hotel rooms, which allow us to explore everything we want to do. Not too crazy or unique, but definitely satisfying!

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

Elise: Lace garter belt and fishnet stockings with a seam, a pair of raspberry lace panties with a teal bow and the marks of my lipstick on his belly.

DFT: Leather or lace?

Elise: Ooh. Both! How can you choose just one?

DFT: What is your idea of a romantic date?

Elise: Dinner, movie, dancing. I’m kind of old fashioned in that respect.

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

Elise: Doing whatever I tell him to do. :)

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

Elise: His hip bones.

DFT: Foreplay or roleplay?

Elise: Again, can’t I have both?

DFT: Yes or no to being tied up?

Elise: Oh, I’m not the one who gets tied up. He is.

DFT: Underwear – Yes or no?

Elise: Yes!

DFT: Between the sheets or on top?

Elise: On top. Always.

DFT: My lover tastes like _____?

Elise: Vanilla.

DFT: My lover smells like _____?

Elise: Dove soap.

DFT: The sexiest noise my lover makes is ___________?

Elise: The way he says “yes, ma’am.”

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

Elise: My panties.

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

Elise: You wanted me to touch you.

DFT: Porn movies or magazines?

Elise: Movie.

DFT: Hot Summer days or cold Winter nights?

Elise: Summer days.

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

Elise: Locking the door and telling him to get on his knees.

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Megan Hart 2About Megan:

Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.

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

Want to read more from Megan Hart?

VanillaTempted NakedDirty Reason EnoughTaking Care of Business No ReservationsPleasure and Purpose No Greater Pleasure Selfish is the Heart Virtue and ViceEvery Part of You: Tempts Me Every Part of You: Resists Me Every Part of You: Taunts Me Every Part of You: Denies Me Every Part of You: Takes MeThe Resurrected: Part One The Resurrected: Part Two The Resurrected: Part Three The Resurrected: Part Four The Resurrected: Part Five The Resurrected: Part Six The Resurrected: Part SevenPlaying the Game Opening the Door White WeddingDon't Deny Me, Part One Don't Deny Me, Part Two Don't Deny Me, Part ThreePassion Model DrivenBrokenSwitchStrangerCollidePrecious and Fragile ThingsThe Space Between UsTear You ApartAll Fall DownIndecent ExperimentThe FavorFlyingFriendly Fire

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Vanilla

Available February 24, 2015 from Mira/Harlequin

About this Book:

It’s an acquired taste…he just has to acquire it

Elise knows what she wants in the bedroom, and she makes sure she gets it. Her thirst for domination has long been quenched by a stable of men only too happy to bow down before her.

But sexual satisfaction isn’t the same as love, and she’s been burned in the past by giving her heart too freely.

Niall is handsome, smart, successful and sweet—sweet as vanilla. When they meet, their romantic connection is electric, even though he’s way on the opposite end of the kink spectrum. Despite how she fights it, Elise falls for him—but how can a relationship work when both lovers want to be on top?

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