Held Captive by Shoshanna Evers: Q&A About Her Enslaved Trilogy
Do you know what Ginger Figging is? I’m sitting at a breakfast table at Romanticon a few years ago. There’s this personable, charming, intelligent woman sitting across from me eating her scrambled eggs. It’s Shoshanna Evers. We’ve been making chit-chat and so I ask her what she writes. She says her latest book is about ginger figging. Everyone at the table is clueless, but of course we all want to know what THAT is. Shoshanna explains and our eyes widen. Shoshanna finishes her eggs and apologizes for the graphic sex talk so early in the morning . (You’re curious aren’t you? Look it up on wikipedia here)
…But that all happened before the 50 Shades revolution.
Cut to the New Jersey Put Your Heart In A Book conference: An editor panel kicks off by talking about what’s exciting in the upcoming year. An editor from Simon & Schuster says Shoshanna Evers is the name to watch. That’s right–Miz Ginger Figging herself. After publishing shorter works with Ellora’s Cave, a non-fiction book on how to write hot sex, and even self-publishing some of her own work–she landed a six book deal with Simon & Schuster. She’s a Cinderella story for our digital publishing age.
MADELINE IVA: Tell us all about your new series with Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books. (What’s it about?, when does it release?, etc.)
SHOSHANNA EVERS: Well, Simon & Schuster is calling this series “a sensual romp across the playgrounds of the unbelievably rich and extremely sexy.” So yeah – we’ve got the billionaire “BAD Boys” – that’s Billionaire Arrogant Doms, aka BAD, lol – these three very alpha male hot Doms who run the Brooks Wilde Chase Fund. And the series is about the women they fall for, and how that works out in a BDSM relationship.
This is the blurb for the first book, Enslaved, which, incidentally, is available for pre-order now. *coughs*
From a red-hot erotica writer comes an original eBook—a sensual romp across the playgrounds of the unbelievably rich and extremely sexy.
Elisabeth Anderson’s seen Trevor and his friends at the infamous Manhattan BDSM club WhipperSnapper, where everyone calls them the BAD Boys, for “Billionaire Arrogant Doms.” The BAD Boys—Trevor Brooks, Marc Wilde, and Roman Chase—are aptly named; they’ve become rich from the ground up with their aggressive investing at the Brooks Wilde Chase Fund.
Trevor gives Elisabeth full reign of his estate in Westchester, letting her do as she pleases. He has only two rules. Rule One: she must obey and submit to him while she is living in his house. Rule Two: always answer the blue cell phone. She’s happy to oblige, because being with Trevor makes her want to obey, to love him the way he seems to be falling for her. But Elisabeth’s never been good at being the quiet sub, she’s more of a fiery “brat” who gets off on the punishments she receives more than on pleasing Trevor.
Elizabeth can’t submit to Trevor the way he needs her to, so his friend and business partner (and fellow BAD Boy) Roman takes her in hand. But love triangles can have sharp edges…and somebody’s bound to get hurt.
The Enslaved Trilogy starts with the BDSM erotic romance ENSLAVED, which releases on April 8th, 2013. ENAMOURED releases May 13, 2013, and ENRAPTURED, the final book in the Enslaved Trilogy, releases June 10th! If you want an email when the books come out, you can sign up for my mailing list on my website at www.ShoshannaEvers.com
MADELINE IVA: Tell us about the transition your work has taken from (I’m just assuming here) straight erotica/erotic romance to something (again I’m assuming!!! Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) a series that is more plot driven. Do you have an agent who helped make the magic happen–and how steamy will this new series be, btw?
SHOSHANNA EVERS: I think, ultimately, that all of my stories are relationship and character-driven rather than plot driven (well, we might see that change with my next Pocket trilogy – The Pulse Trilogy, which is a dystopian post-apocalyptic series. Talk about a change, lol!).
The Enslaved Trilogy is absolutely erotica/erotic romance. We’re talking graphic, intense, full-on sex and BDSM scenarios, including (in the first book, ENSLAVED) a male/male subplot. I was surprised by how much S&S let me get away with (um…the heroine may or may not actually have sex with another man in the book…) and the freedom I was given to tell it like I do—raw.
My agent is Courtney Miller-Callihan of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She’s awesome, and she was pivotal in making this deal happen. Basically, she took me on as a client for my book THE PULSE, and when she sold it and two sequels to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint, they asked me to write what I’m known for first – which is BDSM erotic romance. Thus, the Enslaved Trilogy was born! Also, that started an insane kickoff of very tight deadlines, lol.
MADELINE IVA: You wrote something I remember seeing a while back that you promoted as this extremely raw, cave-man-ish, thang (I don’t even know exactly how to describe it, I just got the sense of it being super out there,) work that I think you self-published. (?) Did THAT work have any relationship or drive the inspiration for your new post-apocalyptic work?
SHOSHANNA EVERS: LOL! Yes, Held Captive by the Cavemen is super out there, to put it mildly. It’s a short novella, a time-travel erotic story where this modern-day woman accidentally gets thrown back in time, and is essentially gangbanged by a tribe of hot cavemen. They’re not Neanderthals – they’re homosapiens – humans. Just really, really, primal humans. The sex is intense and hardcore, and she has a fabulous time. It’s definitely “dub-con” (dubious consent) and it’s not for the faint of heart, lol. Read the warning in the blurb and heed it!
But, with the very long time that traditional publishing works, I actually wrote THE PULSE, which is the new post-apocalyptic series you’re talking about, about eighteen months before I even started writing Held Captive by the Cavemen. Since I self-published the cavemen story, I was able to have it available to my readers really quickly. But The Pulse Trilogy will also be from Simon & Schuster/Pocket so it won’t be out for a while.
Thanks for having me today!
MADELINE IVA: You’re welcome.
So everybody, you can find out a lot more about Shoshanna’s books and check out her free reads at www.ShoshannaEvers.com. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and perhaps win one of Shoshanna’s e-reads–your pick!