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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sexy Beast!
My friend and fellow smut-peddler, Crystal Jordan's first release from Kensington Aphrodisia is out today! Her novella, IN ICE, is part of the Sexy Beast V anthology with the fabulous Kate Douglas and Vonna Harper. As if the cover weren't enough to tempt you, I've interviewed Crystal to find out what goes on in the mind of an erotica author. Read on...

~Tell me about your writing journey: how did you begin to write, how did you come to write erotic romance?
I started out a chick lit writer. Yeah, I know…really different from where I ended up. But I’m a fan of snarky comedy, so that’s what I wanted to write. Don’t get me wrong, I still love snarky dialogue, but I also love the angst-ridden, naughty characters that I
write now. Putting it all together works for me.

Getting into writing was something I did by accident. I’d just finished graduate school and began my first “real” job where I found myself without homework or assigned reading to fill my evenings. I read like mad until I got bored with it and cranky about all the writers messing with my favorite characters. So, I decided to try it myself. The rest is history.

~Everyone always wants to know about the glamorous life of a writer. What’s your typical day like? (You can make stuff up if you want-I won’t mind!).
Well, after my morning rubdown from Fabio, I slip into silk pajamas and then the words just flow forth from my fingers onto the page. Right, then the alarm goes off, I drag my ass out of bed, dress and head for my job at a university library. I do a full day of work teaching research skills to (toootally grateful and fascinated) college
freshman before I head to the gym for a half hour (where Vin Deisel is my personal trainer. Really). After sweating and kinda wanting to die, I go home and open an artery to drip words out one at a time until I make page count. Then bedtime. Wash, rinse, repeat.

~What do you feel are the particular challenges in writing erotic fiction? What do you think are the most common mistakes made by new writers or those who are new to the genre?
I think the biggest issue that writers face is making sure the sex is graphic but not gratuitous. It has to be an integral part of the story and character development or it reads like porn rather than erotica or erotic romance. And those are very different
genres with very different target audiences.

~You’ve written a number of shape-shifters (although often in a very unique way!). Why do you think shape-shifters are so popular with readers?
Well, who doesn’t want a fantasy man who’s a real animal in bed…and out of it? Rowr.

~Just because it’s a personal favorite of mine, please talk a bit about your dirty pirate story. And where did you get the idea for the candle scene? *G*My dirty pirate story, TREASURED, is all my best friend’s fault. She said there wasn’t enough pirate time travel romances…and there were never any brown-haired, brown eyed, history graduate student heroines like her. And so my heroine was born.

The candle scene is all my hero James’s fault. I told him not to do it, but he’s a pirate. He doesn’t deal well with authority.

~You write for multiple publishers-is it difficult to produce enough to keep them all happy? How much do you write each year?
Oh, jeez. I’m a bit of a workaholic, so while I stress out like everyone else, I’ve never had a lot of problem writing enough to keep everyone happy. That may change as I go on, but for now I’m doing okay. I also am an OCD list maker, so I’m anal about staying on schedule and making my page count every day. It’s all about discipline…and neuroses.

Last year, I’m estimate that I wrote somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 words. Holy crap, I’m tired just looking at that.

~You’ve been pretty prolific, but it seems that all of us have those days where we doubt ourselves, where we get burned out or blocked. How do you cope with those moments?
I whine to my friends, they pick me up, dust me off, call people bad names on my behalf, and then kick me back into the game.

~Tell us about your ideal hero. And I want details!
It’s simple, really. Tall, dark, ripped, and gorgeous. Hung like a horse and knows how to use what Mother Nature blessed him with. Well-read and intelligent. Nothing is hotter than a smart man. (Nice! EB)

~If you could be any one of your characters, who would it be and why? Which of your characters do you feel is most like you?
I think the character that is most like me is the one from my very first story, EVERY WITCH WAY. They told me to write what I knew, so she’s me…with magical powers. Her name is Chloe, and she has a crazy family, weird co-workers, and a hero who decides the best way to keep her safe from werewolf terrorists is to just move in to her house…and then her bedroom. I just sold that book to Kensington Aphrodisia, and I believe it should be coming out sometime in late 2010 or early 2011.

~Tell us about your story in the SEXY BEAST V Anthology. And give us a li’l excerpt-I always like a good tease!
My story is called IN ICE and here’s what it’s about: When Jain Roberts’ ship crashes on a distant, futuristic planet, she’s rescued by Kesuk, the lusty clan leader of the Arctic Bears. This magnificent creature with white-blond hair and a potent masculinity haunts her dreams—dreams he intends to make deliciously real, as he draws her into a realm of complete sexual abandon.

And a little teaser excerpt:

“Help me! Please…somebody help.”

Jain’s teeth chattered as she scanned the foreign landscape. Snow covered the rocky ground in a thick layer, and massive trees surrounded the clearing on all sides, hemming her in so she couldn’t get her bearings. Night began to fall, and the temperature dropped rapidly. Crossing her arms over her breasts, she rubbed her numb hands over her biceps to try and stimulate circulation. God, she was so cold. Ice bit into her legs, scraping the skin away and leaving her feet raw and bleeding.

She’d been wandering around naked since her ship crashed, and her personal pod had released her from cryogenic freeze. Had anyone else made it out? The ship had held a full crew and one other passenger besides her. It had exploded in a fiery array of reds, yellows, and oranges, but she’d seen no one else from the ship. The roiling smoke had spun through the towering trees and into the afternoon sky in twists of black soot. Since no rescue party had responded to the crash, she assumed she’d landed in an uninhabited area.

“Hellooooo!” Her voice echoed over the frozen landscape.

With each moment that passed, she felt her strength draining, her ability to reason slipping away. She struggled to collect her wandering thoughts, to plan how to save herself. Fading in and out of consciousness, she wondered how much longer she could last without shelter. She had no idea what planet she was on. She should have landed on Aquatilis, where her brother worked as a marine geneticist, but Aquatilis was almost completely covered in water, and she was in the middle of a mountain range. Something had gone seriously wrong. There weren’t supposed to be any other inhabitable planets in this solar system, but she could breathe and the gravity was almost normal. Where the hell was she?

Kesuk had seen the fiery explosion in the distance and had come to investigate. His sentries fanned out to surround the clearing. The feud with the Browns had just been settled, but it looked as though they wished to start again. He heaved a weary sigh, his paws crunching through the thick sheet of ice as he drew nearer the inferno. Would they never learn?

Their leaders smiled and bowed to his face while their warriors slaughtered his livestock and stole his women. He slid his tongue over his long fangs, enjoying the idea of catching them breaking the pact. His young daughter might enjoy a Brown slave. A low growl of pleasure rumbled through his chest at the thought. He hadn’t started this feud, but he’d finish it.

Relishing the prospect of a good fight, he quickened his pace. Rolling his shoulders, he stretched into a lumbering run, his long strides eating the distance. Pricking his ears, he stayed alert for signs of an ambush.

“Help me.”

The ragged cry sounded to his left, bringing him up short. His breath snorted clouds in the icy air as he waited to hear it again. Padding lightly, he crept between the trees, winding his way toward the origin of the noise.

A woman. A woman unlike any he’d ever seen. Naked, glorious, tiny, her short tufts of brown hair sleek against her skull. Her eyes drew him, greener than the leaves of a Sitka tree. He ran his tongue down a curved canine tooth, eyeing her softly curved form, the thatch of tight dark curls between her slim thighs. Perhaps it was not his daughter who would gain a slave this day. Her sudden appearance and odd coloring demanded he examine her more closely. His men would investigate the explosion and seek him out to report their findings. They knew their duty because he trained them well.

Foolish of her clan to allow her out alone. What was she doing in the borderlands? Her skin was too pale to be a Black or a Brown. He sighed in regret as he drew near. Perhaps she was addled; such birth defects or misfortunes were known to happen. She wandered through the snow, her broken gait and dazed expression making it obvious she would freeze to death. And soon. He raised his nose to the wind, trying to catch her scent. She wasn’t of his clan, that much he knew, but she was on his land.

She belonged to him.


…And now for some silly questions…

~Choose five words your closest friends would use to describe you.
snarky, smart, batshit-crazy (because if you hyphenate, it’s totally one word), irreverent, bossy

~What are your favorite comfort foods?
Turkey club sandwiches, spaghetti, enchiladas, pizza

~Describe your perfect vacation: where would it be? What would you do?
A Tahitian beach with a hot naked Tahitian man…and he is what I would do.

~If you could visit any fictional place (Oz, Narnia, post-apocalyptic Road Warrior world), where would you go?
I’d be on board the Serenity, flying around space with a genius crazy chick, a hot doctor, hotter mercenaries, and a space hooker.

~Do you have a dream car?
A Harley Davidson motorcycle…and a hot man to drive me around on it.

~Do you have a star crush?
Vin Deisel. The bod, the voice. He could make me come on command.

~On a man: boxers, briefs or commando?
Boxers, I like a present to unwrap. And briefs are just…no.

~Is there anything people would be shocked to know about you? C’mon-you know you want to tell!
Nope, sorry. I’m a (very dirty) open book. Ask me anything.

…Now back to the serious stuff…

~What projects are you working on and what can we expect to see released soon?
I have several books coming out in the next year. For e-books, I have BLACK OPALS coming out from Ellora’s Cave and TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART from Samhain Publishing in October of 2008. Later this year, I have a short story coming out from Harlequin Spice Briefs called WILD. In January, the sequel to my Samhain release comes out, BIG GIRLS DON’T DIE.

For print books, the sequel to “In Ice” comes out in December of 2008, called CARNAL DESIRES. Another erotic shape-shifter releases in May 2009, ON THE PROWL. In October of 2009, I have a novella in a holiday anthology from Kensington Aphrodisia called NAUGHTY OR NICE.

And I just sold three new erotic romances to Kensington, two dark futuristic shape-shifters, DANGEROUS TEMPTATION and KITH AND KIN, and one urban fantasy erotic romance, EVERY WITCH WAY. They should come out in 2009-2011.

~Where can we find you on the Internet?
My website:

My blog:


My Yahoo Group:

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posted by Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin at 12:01 AM - 8 comments
Monday, August 18, 2008
Lux is finally here!
The long and breathlessly-awaited LUX IN SHADOW by R. G. Alexander is out today!
One of the hottest, most beautiful covers ever (by the fabulous Anne Cain) so you just know
there has to be something wonderful inside-and there is!

Two mates. One sacrifice. It’s a challenge that could save them all…or destroy everything.

Children of the Goddess, Book 2

Because of his own carelessness, Lux Sariel lost his lover at the hands of the shaman Gray Wolf, and put his Trueblood family in grave danger. Now he’s been sent on a mission to find and protect his mortal enemy’s sister.
His companion is Arygon, a sexy Alpha who won’t take no for an answer.

When the two men find Sylvain, a sheltered and innocent beauty with power beyond imagining, passions ignite—and suddenly none of them are certain of the future.

No one but the Goddess.

She has a plan that will change everything for Her children, Were and Vampire alike. A challenge that will fulfill the promise of what this unusual threesome have found together…or destroy them all.

You can find R. G. Alexander's LUX IN SHADOW, as well as Book One in the CHILDREN OF THE GODDESS series, REGINA IN THE SUN, at Samhain Publishing. And more of R.G.'s books on her website:
Her writing is lush and just...succulent...lovely, sensual prose, and she does amazing world-building for you paranormal fans! Be sure to check out her books!
I want to thank photographer Becki Bellino for this great reader shot of my book, EXOTICA: SEVEN DAYS OF KAMA SUTRA, NINE DAYS OF ARABIAN NIGHTS (care of writer Tracy Ward-thanks, Tracy!).
What else is new with me? I turned in revisions on my upcoming March 2009 book, A 21ST CENTURY COURTESAN and am waiting to hear back from my editor-let's hope she likes what I did with the book! I'm just getting started on my next book about Shibari rope bondage-getting to know my characters, developing the conflict, getting inside their heads. It's a two-part book, in much the same way EXOTICA is, and in the first story, the hero is insisting I do most of the story from his point of view, including the opening scene. He is a Dom, a very powerful personality, so I'm not surprised he's already bossing me around. We may have a little power struggle before this book is done...
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Home from RW Conference and Catching Up!
I've been home since last Monday night, but have been exhausted and working on a deadline, so forgive me for my long-delayed blogging!
So much happened while I was away. It started with my fellow Smutketeers (RG Alexander, Crystal Jordan & Lillian Feisty) plus RG's husband, The Cookie (he's an amazing chef, thus the nickname), meeting at Feisty's house in Nevada for a few days of writerly bonding pre-conference. The Cookie cooked like mad, we all ate like mad, lounged around, and did our Steampunk photo shoot. Here's a peek at the results:The shoot was crazy-we made the guys (The Cookie and Feisty's husband, Manroot) drive us out into the middle of the Nevada desert in nearly 100 degree heat and gale-force winds and carry a 7 foot long couch out to the edge of a hill, where we posed for the pics. We had Feisty's 3 1/2 year old with us (Little Manroot), dressed as Superman. (hey-we were all in costume-he wanted in on the action). It was weird and awesome and *hot* and I can't believe the guys indulged us this way. Thank you, Cookie and Manroot!
Back at the house, we ate and drank our way through the rest of the weekend, went out to dinner and then to the oldest bar in Nevada. (Feisty's friend, Bona {love ya, you dirty girl!}, Crystal, RG, The fabulous Cookie, Feisty, me)
...then we headed to San Francisco in two cars on Monday.
We arrived at the SF Marriott and the madness began-a little crazier this year since Feisty is on crutches (roller derby accident) (and yeah, we get that look from everyone when we tried to explain). The week began with a lovely dinner with my agent, Roberta Brown, and a bunch of her authors, including Saskia Walker, who came in from the UK and was so jet-lagged, poor thing! But I loved getting to know her!
The rest of the week went by in a blur: The Literacy for Life Signing on Wednesday night (I started in this adorable Betsy Johnson jacket over my T-shirt, but it was incredibly hot in that ballroom with several hundred other authors, so I had to take it off-I felt underdressed).
Thursday night was the Passionate Ink cocktail party, which was fun and a bit racy, with bullet vibrators as party favors (the best party gift ever!). Those little gadgets are powerful! Just sayin'... Then there was the Diva dinner, and I have no good pics yet as I don't currently have a camera and must rely on other people to send them to me (if you have any, please send!). That was insane and fun-over 70 Divas at Bucca di Beppo, where they served enough food for 200. After that I slipped into the Kiss of Death chapter contest to see if my crit partner, Gemma Halliday, would win an award (alas, she didn't win, but that must have been some sort of weird cosmic fluke, because her books rock!). Slipped back out to work my local RWA chapter's Moonlight Madness booth until nearly midnight, went back to my room and fell into bed.
Lunch with my agent on Friday, then publisher parties all night long. I wore the cutest little white dress to the Bantam and Berkley parties:(RG Alexander, me, Loribelle Hunt, Jennifer Leeland at the Berkley party)
...then I changed into jeans and lower heels for the Harlequin party-and I'm glad I did!
Wild dancing there, before a bunch of us took off to a little bar to sing karaoke. No pics from karaoke. What happens at karaoke, stays in...oh, nevermind...
(Rhonda Stapleton, Amanda Brice, Gwen Hayes, Loribelle Hunt, Crystal Jordan, me, Jax Cassidy going to the Harlequin party)
Saturday Christina Cross and I took Sandy Barkevitch to get her belly button pierced at Body Manipulations (someone always gets pierced or tattooed at conference-it's a Diva tradition). The guys there were so, so nice, and her piercer did a great job. She handled it like a champ! I was just bummed that I didn't have time to hang out and do some shopping; I had to run back to the hotel to do the Bantam signing. I have no pics-I can't even remember if anyone came by and photographed me. Christina Cross, was my booksigning bitch (an endearing term for someone who stands there with me and piles books on the table, puts 'autographed copy' stickers on them, inserts bookmarks, and chats with people waiting in line. Thank you, darling-you were fabulous!).
Saturday night was the Rita and Golden Heart awards, and Feisty and I were so wiped out we mostly napped through them, then went to a friend's party later for a little while.
Sunday most people were leaving, and I was so tired, I just let myself sleep. I hate those goodbye's, anyway. I always cry the last day of conference-it's too sad! We all get so attached to each other. Conference is such a whirlwind-it's like being through a tornado together. Most people took off, and Feisty and I lounged around until it was time for me to go get my tattoo finished!
I started this tattoo while I was in SF in March-about 5 hours on the table and I couldn't take anymore, so it was left mostly uncolored. So off I went to Tattoo City to see the incomparable Mary Joy Scott. 6 hours later, my tattoo was done!Usually I'm pumped up on endorphins while being tattooed, but this time I lost them after about 3 1/2 hours, so it was a bit grueling, but SO worth it! Isn't she beautiful? She covers most of my left side/back. I'm still healing but already thinking of adding on. I think some floating cherry blossoms would be pretty...
I'm also thinking ahead to conference next year-I can't wait to see everyone again! I miss you, Divas!
Meanwhile, I'm back at my computer, trying to reach an August 15th revision deadline. I would have been done already, but then I had an epiphany about my hero and have gone back in to weave it all together. A writer's work is never done. Good thing I love it so much!
Next up: I'm allowing myself a two day break before I start writing my next book about Shibari rope bondage. Funnnn research!

posted by Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin at 12:10 PM - 15 comments

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