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Held Captive by Shoshanna Evers: Q&A About Her Enslaved Trilogy

7 Feb

The best part is that it’s a Christmas Story (!)

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.  

Dom Fantasy

Young hot male gives it up to a sexy older woman.

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.

EnslavedThis 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.

Enamoured…Rich to the point that these guys can do anything they want and get away with it, or so the rumors go.

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.comEnraptured

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.

Chastity BeltMy 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?

Held Captive

A young woman who’s had a long-time fantasy about gettin’ grunty old-style suddenly finds her fantasy comes to life. Classic over-the-top erotic fantasy & NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.

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  Don’t forget to leave a comment below and perhaps win one of Shoshanna’s e-reads–your pick!

Pictures In The Eyes Of The Beholder

19 Jun

Woman Hiding Behind BookIn going through the process of getting my website completed, I’ve been thinking a lot about author photos. For writers of erotic romance, in particular, this can be a tricky decision. To have a photo, or not to have a photo. That is the question. Like many, I have a “day job” unrelated to my passion for writing, and the day job folks  . . . well, let’s just say there’s a certain image in the corporate world which may or may not look favorably upon an erotic romance writer.

So. The photo. In my quest to address this issue as it pertain to my own site, I decided – for inspiration – to go on a voyeuristic exploration of other writers’ sites and see what they’re up to, photo wise. My first stop was at the port of Ms. Misty Dietz.

Now, before I say anything about the photo Misty uses on her site, let me just say that I really love her site in general. First off, it tells me what she’s writing. I know within seconds after her homepage opens that Misty’s stories have a dark side, that she veers toward suspense/paranormal romance versus sweet or inspirational. Her tag line, “Love, Sex & Danger. Buckle Up.” gives me a pretty darn good clue about that. And she does have a picture, beautifully displayed in the bio section of the site. Good on ya, Misty.

Hmmm. OK, that was informative. But perhaps I also need to look at a writer who’s really known for her blistering hot erotic romances. I decided to check out Delilah Devlin’s site.

Like Misty, Delilah chooses not to put her photo on the homepage but instead reserves it for when readers click through to the bio page. There we can learn about her childhood, her writing awards, her loves and interests, even where she went to school. Very informative! And we also get her photo. Unlike Misty’s photo, which is so good it looks professionally done (or maybe Misty is just uber photogenic), Delilah’s picture is more like a good picture that a friend took with a smartphone. Oh, and she also has an adorable picture of her and her sister when they were kids. Love it.

Next stop, Tiffany Reisz. Author of the very sexy and extremely hot The Original Sinners series, Tiffany’s a writer we love here on Lady Smut. (see Madeline’s Q&A with Tiffany here). Tiffany also has a really cool website. It’s moody, all black, white, and grey, well organized, and let’s us learn a lot about her. Going with the theme of no photo on the home page, Tiffany’s pretty mug is revealed on her bio page. The picture, I must say, really goes along with the mood of her writing. It’s a black and white picture of her in profile but looking out at the viewer. Really cool.

In my (admittedly somewhat limited) research of romance and erotic romance writers’ websites, the majority (although not all) of writers are indeed using author pictures. Other sites I looked at include Shoshanna Evers, Erica Chilson, Joey W. Hill, Robin Schone, Ella  Quinn, and Lisa Valdez. Now, I wasn’t born yesterday and am aware that some of the pictures may not be of the authors themselves. For a variety of reasons, some of us just don’t feel comfortable having our faces out there. Hey, I get it. That was the point of this exercise, after all. To photo, or not to photo. How do you answer the question?

Charlotte Stein Is In Control

8 Nov
Charlotte Stein first caught my eye when she posted on a group blog called Passionate Reads about her obsession with Michael Fassbinder.  After that, my friend Nara recommended I read a novella Charlotte Stein’s called RESTRAINT.  It blew me away.  Loved it!  And then, the same friend Nara Malone, who recommended Charlotte’s story Restraint, recommended I try SHELTERED and I just loved that book too.  Since then, I’ve become a big, big fan.
Right now I’m reading CONTROL and enjoying it mightily.  Charlotte Stein is a clean, excellent writer.  Her books are exactly what erotic romance should be: thoroughly emotionally engaging, with hot, hot sex that I think pretty much any reader will enjoy.
Today on Lady Smut I get to ask her some questions about her process as well as her interests in erotic romance.  You, lucky reader, can leave a comment down below and win your choice of one of her books.
MADELINE IVA: I love the way you manage to get your heroine to be the aggressive one when things start getting steamy–even if up to that point she’s the most inexperienced one or she’s insecure.  Tell us how you craft that kind of scene–and what you enjoy about it.
CHARLOTTE STEIN: I think the thing I always think about is – just because a heroine is shy or insecure or inexperienced, doesn’t mean she won’t be excited when sudden sexual situations present themselves. It’s a bit like trying new and exotic food. Yeah, you might find the weirdass thing on your plate somewhat terrifying, but if you’re the kind of person who just loves food, you’re going to go for it. For me, it’s basically the same principle. You might be scared, but seriously, who would pass up a hunk who looks like Armie Hammer? No one would. Most people wouldn’t be able to wait to get their hands on him.
So I guess the most important thing in crafting a scene like that is to express eagerness, even as you counter it with trepidation. The tension between the two always works well.
MADELINE IVA: What’s your background in writing aside from erotic romance? Because you’re an awesome writer, and, well…how’d you get to be so good at it?
CHARLOTTE STEIN: LOL awww that’s the sweetest question I’ve ever been asked! Thank you. That’s made my day, that has.
I don’t know whether I really am, but any ability I have has come from three things: writing every day for years before I ever published, reading voraciously, and learning everything I could about writing and publishing. You’ve got to love it, too. You’ve got to really love it. If I don’t love what I’m writing, it dies a death for me.
MADELINE IVA: It’s so hard for many writers to know how to pace the beginning of a book.  We want to take a large info dump on the reader, mostly.  You seem pretty brilliant at these perfectly spaced blots of needed info.  What tips can you offer a writer about how much back story to place at the beginning, and what information the reader can wait for?
CHARLOTTE STEIN: Oh God, just been having this talk with my creative writing students. It’s one of the hardest things to do – pacing the info. But what I always recommend is to just stay in the moment, in the beginning. Focus on an event that’s happening right now, instead of the end game of a story you’re trying to tell. Readers will stay with you as long as the action is coherent and people are doing recognisable things – really it’s us who panic that the reader won’t understand the wonderful world we’re trying to create, and the brilliant plot and characters.
You have to take a leap of faith!
MADELINE IVA: At least two characters in your books come from a very sexually repressive background.  Is this your way of getting around the problem of a lack of barriers between modern day lovers, or did something else (from your own past, perhaps?) inspire you to write about this kind of character?
CHARLOTTE STEIN: Yes yes yes yes. You hit the nail on the head with that first guess. I’m naturally drawn to repressed characters, both male and female, but part of why I’m drawn to them is the idea of barriers and boundaries. I love the idea of the forbidden, and in a modern setting things are only really forbidden if the characters think they are. And that’s why I like them.
MADELINE IVA: I’m dying to know some of your favorite erotic romance authors.  I know that you’ll probably want to give a shout out to many friends and not offend anyone who might feel bad at being left out–feel free to do so–but please let us know if there are there any erotic romance book titles in particular that you simply could not live without?
CHARLOTTE STEIN: I have many, many friends who are my friends because I’m a fan of their work. In fact, I’d say 90% of my writer pals came about that way. Portia Da Costa, Justine Elyot, Cara McKenna, Ruthie Knox, Delphine Dryden, Daisy Harris, Shoshanna Evers, Janine Ashbless, Madelynne Ellis…all became my friends because I loved their work.
But if I had to narrow it down to particular book favourites of mine:
The Stranger, by Portia Da Costa
Menage, by Emma Holly
Dirty Thirty, by Cara McKenna (actually, my fave McKenna is summat else, but I can’t say what)
Dreamers In Time, by Sarah Copeland
Meeting Her Match, Justine Elyot
MADELINE IVA: What kind of erotic romance do you prefer to write? I’ve read two of your m/f titles, but I know you’ve also written excellent m/m/f  romances. ;> ( ALL OTHER THINGS, CONTROL, DOUBLED, GUARDED, etc, etc.)
CHARLOTTE STEIN: I prefer to write MF, to be honest. I love menage, but my weakness is for deep, unending, passionate, explosive connections between two people. I want crossing oceans of time to be with each other, can’t breathe without the other person, obsessed beyond all reason love and lust – and it’s only recently that I’ve really felt like I can write that. Up until the start of this year, the market was all about hotter sex and darker scenarios and women with seventeen men – which is fine. But it’s not my thing as much as that quite sexually straightforward one on one connection.
MADELINE IVA: Do you like to stick with what you know, and what your readers may expect, or do you like to shake things up? Hey, didn’t you write a book for EC’s Kink line called CLOSER? What was that experience like? Would you do something like that again?
CHARLOTTE STEIN: I like to stick with what sets me alight. I do listen to the market, and there are certain things I won’t write because I know it won’t sell. But I don’t feel hampered by that, because there are so many different types of heroes and scenarios that I love. I love dominant heroes, I love submissive heroes. I love vampires and werewolves and aliens and the apocalypse. I love suspense, new adult, angst, drama, contemporary, billionaires…you name it, I love it. So it’s just about finding something I’m excited about within existing genres and trends, and finding new directions and angles within that.
As for Closer…it was fun to write, but no, I don’t think I’d ever write anything like that again. It’s shorter than I would ever write now, for a novella, and it’s missing that real love connection I was talking about earlier. I was aiming for dark kink, but I think you can tell from reading it that my heart really isn’t in dark kink.
I’m actually quite light and vanilla, at heart! I prefer to wring the most juice out of a quite simple sexual situation, and have the intensity come from the emotion rather than some kink I’ve just jammed in there to shock and awe. I’m not always successful at it, I’m sure. But I try!
MADELINE IVA: Thanks so much, Charlotte.  I think you are hands down, one of the best erotic romance writers that I’ve read.  Please readers, I encourage you to leave a comment below and you’ll have a chance to win one of these Charlotte Stein titles: RESTRAINT, SHELTERED, or ALL OTHER THINGS.

The Pain Game

31 Oct

Following up on Liz’s post from yesterday, let’s talk about pain in erotic romance. This is a topic from which some will run away in fear, so it’s particularly suitable for today since it’s Halloween.

Hollywood “erotic thrillers” have explored this topic thoroughly in several movies, good, bad, and forgettable. The first thing that comes to mind is the pretty wretched Body of Evidence, starring Willem Dafoe and Madonna. I don’t remember much about this movie (thankfully), although one thing that did stick in my mind was the candle wax scene. If you haven’t seen the movie and are interested in the topic of pain as erotic pleasure, rent the DVD and fast forward to this scene. For all the slams the movie has gotten, seeing Madonna pouring burning hot candle wax onto Willem Dafoe’s stomach may be worth your time.

Turning next to choking, I’ve got to confess that this one doesn’t do it for me. There’s a bizarre scene in the movie History of Violence in which Viggo Mortensen’s character has rough sex with his wife, played by Maria Bello, and part of it includes him choking her. Now to be fair, I personally have issues with anything too tight around my neck, including clothing or jewelry so the choking thing is a tough one for me to swallow (ha! I had to say it). But trying to keep an open mind and think about it in an erotic way . . . ummmm no. Nicht. Nein. Perhaps it’s the fact that going over the edge with this can lead to really, really bad things. Hot candle wax might give you a nasty burn, but it doesn’t kill you. Choking on the other hand . . .

OK, moving on. The big association of pain and erotic pleasure comes most obviously via the BDSM culture. We’ve got to give it to Fifty Shades for bringing this topic out of the dungeon and into mainstream living rooms, but BDSM fans have of course been mixing their pain and pleasure for a good long time before Fifty Shades was even a germ of an idea. There are a lot of quite good erotic romances that explore this subject in interesting ways. I recommend checking out Shoshanna Evers’ Chastity Belt or Punishing the Art Thief, Tiffany Reisz’s The Siren, or Jennifer Probst’s Dare Me. The list goes on and on. There are many more really good BDSM romances than I can recommend in this post. I’d love to hear about the ones you love, and why the element of pain and erotic romance work for you.

Also remember, we’re giving away First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost for the best comment of the day.

Happy Halloween!


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