We’re in for a huge treat today as we have two wonderful authors joining us on the blog. First Author Scarlett Valentine joins us to talk about her new series The ABCs of S-E-X – which is unique in that she hopes to work her way through the alphabet one book at a time with a new book for each letter of the alphabet. Here’s the unique part…she hopes to incorporate as many romance sub-genres as she can within the series. Sound like fun? It is. Read on for even more fun and a chance to win a nice prize.When you’ve finished reading Scarlett Valentine’s post be sure to scroll on down to hear from Black Velvet Seductions’ author Renee Reeves who also has a prize up for grabs.
Thanks for having me here today. As you know, today is the official release of Awakening, book one of The ABCs of S-E-X: Love by the Letter Series. I’m really excited about this series and appreciate the opportunity to tell your readers about it.
Indeed, congratulations on the release of Awakening! Thanks for joining us to celebrate the release. I’m eager to hear more about Awakening and the rest of the series.
I understand that Awakening is the first in The ABC’s Of Sex: Love by the Letter Series. Can you please tell us a bit about the overall direction of the series?
Very simply put, The ABCs of S-E-X: Love by the Letter Series follows the alphabet by the letter. Each book in the series will be released in alphabetical order. Awakening is book one, Beguiler is book two, then C and so on.
The series will include stories from as many romance subgenres as possible. Awakening is a historical. Beguiler is a paranormal, set in contemporary times but is also a ghost story. Others will include romantic suspense, sci-fi/futuristic romance, other historical eras, straight contemporary, fantasy, etc.
The series will also include stories between heterosexual couples, bisexuals, gay and lesbian, ménage, kink, and anything else where an interesting story can be told.
The ABCs of S-E-X: Love by the Letter Series is not a free for all though. I draw the line at the same things the industry does . . . rape, coercion, beastiality (unless it’s a shifter story, in which case industry accepted love scenes apply), pedophilia and the usual no-no topics.
At the end of the day, every story is a love story, ending in a Happily Ever After, or at least a Happy for Now.
How many books in the series?
Because The ABCs of S-E-X: Love by the Letter Series follows the alphabet, there will be twenty-six stories in the series. Most will be novellas, but a few may be short stories. I think novellas are the perfect length for erotica stories so there aren’t any full length novels in the works.
How will the other stories in the series relate to this series?
This series isn’t a traditional series with the same characters in each book, though secondary characters from one story may have a spinoff story of their own that includes something a bit spicier to keep things exciting. The main relation is that the stories are being told alphabetically from A to Z.
Do you have blurbs or mini-blurbs for the other books in the series that you could share?
At the moment, I don’t have any blurbs to share. But I can tell you that Beguiler, book two, is about a modern day ghost hunter. Like we all did, he grew up reading fairytales. When he read a tale called The Woman in the Wall he became obsessed—so much so that he spends years researching the legend and developing an interest in the paranormal. Now, he’s a professional ghost hunter and his crew travels the world doing paranormal investigation. This story takes him to the place where he believes the legend began. What he finds is much more than he ever expected.
Of course, this is a sexy romp. What does he discover and how will it end? Folks will just have to read the book when it’s available to find out. Beguiler should be available sometime in the New Year. I hope you’ll have me back to talk about it when it is.
Definitely! Would love to have you back when Beguiler comes out.
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In the spirit of the day that’s in it, being Halloween and all, I’d like to ask your readers to post a comment with their absolute best Halloween memory. Doesn’t have to be a long story—just a memory of something they did or that happened, why they chose a costume, a party they went to or hosted, etc. I’m giving away a little Halloween treat for the best story!
Entrants must supply an email address or web link so I can contact the lucky winner for their postal details. Deadline is tonight at midnight PST.
Thanks for letting me be here today.
“What’s a little bondage between friends?”
Available now – Awakening, book one of The ABCs of S-E-X: Love by the Letter Series
About Scarlett Valentine
Scarlett Valentine is the alter ego of award-winning romance author, Kemberlee Shortland. Together they write Erotomance — Erotic Romance.
Originally from Northern California, Scarlett has spent the last fourteen years living in Ireland. She’s traveled extensively through Ireland and Wales. When she’s not writing, she can often be found castle hunting.
Scarlett’s stories cross subgenres to explore hetero, gay and bisexual relationships in a series of stories that include time periods from historicals and contemporaries, futuristics and science fiction, paranormal and suspense, and more.
Awakening is the first book in The ABCs of S-E-X: Love by the Letter series and is available 2 November 2011 though Highland Press.
Ysbail of Ellesmere is a pawn in her guardian’s war. For decades there has been unrest between the marcher lords and Owain Gwynedd ap Gruffydd, King of Gwynedd. The most recent war had been the bloodiest she could remember in her eighteen years. Madog ap Maredudd, Prince of Powys, and his allies lost untold numbers of men at the hands of Owain’s soldiers. When a settlement of truce is presented to Madog, it’s at Ysbail’s expense. She is to marry Bedwyr ap Owain, one of King Owain’s bastard sons, and his most notorious henchman. If all the rumors and stories she’s heard are true, she knows her marriage will be rife with horror and fear.
Since proving himself worthy with his sword, Bedwyr fights at his king’s side. He’s shed oceans of blood and sent untold numbers of men to their graves. He’s become what his name foretold—the grave-knower. He’s afraid of nothing, least of all death. All men fear him, including those who fight at his side, and sometimes even his own king. Terror of him lives within women’s hearts; only the bravest of whores accept him into their beds. And children weave their own tales of the monster they hear him to be, embellishing the details to their own gruesome degrees.
When King Owain informs Bedwyr that he’s to marry Ysbail of Ellesmere as part of a peace settlement with Madog, Bedwyr is furious. A man such as Bedwyr can only survive on the battlefield. For without love, hatred will send a man like him to the edge of insanity. Then push him over. But when Bedwyr sees Ysbail for the first time, blood-thirst turns to blood-lust, and he vows to show her that she should have no fear of him.
An Excerpt From Awakening:
He glanced at his wife lying beside him, panting as hard as he. When she looked his direction she gave him a broad smile. Her face was awash with light that had nothing to do with that which emanated from the hearth. She held passion’s glow.
Rolling over, he pulled Ysbail onto her side to face him. He stroked her cheek with the back of his finger.
“Ysbail, what is it you are doing to me?” It was a rhetorical question, but she replied anyway.
“What do you want me to do to you, my lord?”
Such an innocent question, yet it was loaded with so much intimation.
“You know not what you are asking, cariad.”
“I may be naïve in the ways of lovemaking, but I am not a simpleton.”
She did not say this with malice, but of forthrightness.
“You are anything but simple, Ysbail. Everything about you speaks of dignity and pride.” When she tried to look away, he steadied her gaze with his. “You would have had to be raised in a nunnery not to know the stories surrounding me. Yet, you held your head high when you were forced to wed with me. If you were not a strong woman, I fear you could not adapt to life with a man such as me. For you will need to be strong to be my wife. My life is not an easy one.”
Ysbail raised herself onto an elbow and gazed down at him. He was not prepared for what she asked him.
“Will you grant me a boon?”
“A boon? You need ask no favors from me. Ask and I will give you want you want.”
That must have pleased her, as she reached down to smooth the damp hair from his face. She delicately stroked the scar over his left eye, and said, “Tell me how you came to be the Grave Knower.”
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