November is an exciting but strange month for me. I have two releases out: THE LOVERS, from Harlequin Spice, and PLEASURE’S EDGE, from Berkley Heat-written as Eve Berlin. PLEASURE’S EDGE is my first ‘Eve’ book, which is awesome and a bit confusing. As I’ve built the ‘Eve’ website and prepared for the release of my first ‘Eve’ book, I’ve been caught in this bizarre state of writerly schizophrenia. Some people may ask themselves ‘who am I’ in a more existential way, but for me, I actually have to think about it from one day to the next. Which book am I working on? Am I Eden or Eve today?
When I first launched Eve publicly on my group blog, the Smutketeers, Eden interviewed Eve. Er… I interviewed myself. See? It makes my head spin a little. Anyway, I was talking about my first ‘Eve’ book, and that conversation went something like this:
Eve: My debut novel, PLEASURE’S EDGE, will be out November 2nd. I’m so excited about this book!
Eden: Tell us about it! I’ve had a sneak peek and the hero is hot and hunky!
Eve: I think so, too… Alec Walker is one of those huge guys, built like a football player: tall, broad-shouldered, big muscles—my kinda guy. And he’s an experienced dominant, so he’s really my kinda guy! But he’s not one of those asshole dom’s—he’s a true gentleman. That combination will always make me swoon-the sort of man who can spank you until you cry, then take you in his arms and wipe your tears away.
I love my heroine, too. Dylan Ivory is an erotica author, so I suppose you could say there’s a lot of me in her. She’s also a little neurotic, a bit of a control freak (yes, that’s me, too…*sigh*).
Both of my characters are a little complicated, a little angsty, which is always fun to write. And I love writing about someone taking those first steps into the world of BDSM. It makes for some hot sex, but it also makes for complexity and intensity in the relationship.
Eden: Let’s talk more about the hot sex, please. :)
Eve: I had a feeling you were going to want to hear more about the sex! In this book, the power play dynamic is crucial to the sex, and there’s plenty of it! There’s something about an alpha male who can completely take over that can make a woman feel utterly feminine. Or maybe I just like the whole tie me up and spank me thing…*G*
Eden: Hey, me too!
Eve: I knew that about you.
Eden: Am I that transparent?
Eve: Um…yes. Publicly. Is there really any question about that?
Eden: Probably not. But wait—aren’t I interviewing you?
Eve: Are you?
Eden: Now I’m getting confused.
…and so it went…
Here’s the blurb for PLEASURE’S EDGE, in case my split-personality discussion wasn’t telling enough:
How do you know…
For beautiful erotica author Dylan Ivory, being in control is everything. Growing up in a dysfunctional home, she raised her younger brother--right up to the day he died in a motorcycle accident. Since then, she has lived a life of perfect order, leaving nothing to chance. Then she met the man who was everything she was not…and everything she wanted.
How far you can go…
Alec Walker is a writer of dark psychological thrillers--and a man who lives for thrills. From motorcycles to snowboards to swimming with sharks, there's no end to his lust for excitement. His tastes extend into the bedroom as well, and into The Pleasure Dome, the local BDSM club where he lets no rules bind his desires. The only thing he truly fears is love, and allowing someone else to really know him…
Unless you go over the edge?
While researching a book on sexual extremes, Dylan interviews Alec--and longs to taste the temptation he offers. But he’s a self-proclaimed dominant and she refuses to surrender control. Slowly and seductively, though, Alec shows her that by letting go and submitting to his every desire she can experience the ultimate pleasure. But to keep the woman who for the first time brings him to his knees , can Alec take the ultimate risk and surrender his heart?
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I’m starting to get used to the schizophrenia thing, which is a good thing because this week I have to be both Eden and Eve pretty much simultaneously. My Eden book, THE LOVERS, comes out November 1st. Here’s a peek:
It seemed ideal —two months at a charming writers' retreat, surrounded by kindred souls. But Bettina Boothe wasn't prepared for just how long eight weeks truly was. Or that in the process, she would have to open up and reveal the most secret places in her body and soul.
Fortunately, her fellow authors do not share Bettina's self-consciousness and begin to draw her out of her self-imposed shell. One in particular—Audrey LeClaire—seems to ooze confidence and self-assuredness. Dark and petite, Audrey's potent sensuality draws the men and women in the workshop to her like flies to honey. Bettina is just as vulnerable, finding herself overwhelmed by a very unexpected attraction to Audrey who makes Bettina her special project.
But when Jack Curran arrives at the retreat, everything changes. Jack is tall, beautiful, masculine. A writer of dark thrillers, he is as mysterious and alluring as his books. He and Audrey are obviously an item, but they eagerly welcome Bettina into their bed. Suddenly Bettina finds herself swept up in a maelstrom of lust, obsession and jealousy, torn between her need for two very different people in a love triangle where she will either be cherished…or consumed.
I loved writing this book so much! The location, a small town just north of Santa Barbara, is this absolutely gorgeous place on the California coast. This story is sort of dreamy to me-the tone of it, the house on the beach…dreamy and sexy and sensual. And I really fell in love with, Jack. Of course, Alec from PLEASURE’S EDGE totally makes me swoon. So many men, so little time…it’s a good thing there are two of me!
So, how about a little contest? Tell me what you’d do if you had a second you. Would you make your clone run errands for you? Or would you want to trick people by being in two places at once? Take two lovers and switch off without telling them, perhaps? Or am I the only one who thinks like that? Either way, post your answer here and be eligible to win a prize package of the first three e-books in my Celestial Seductions series, WINTER SOLSTICE, SPRING EQUINOX and WINTER SOLSTICE! You can read all about them on my website or on the Samhain Publishing site.
I’ll choose a winner and announce it here on Friday, November 5th, so be sure to check back!
Eden lives in Hollywood and appears regularly on Playboy Radio’s ‘Night Calls’. She loves shoes, tattoos, art, younger men, reading smutty books, chocolate and sex, of course, not necessarily in that order.
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