The lovely Anna Dase over at Reading Between the Lines has interviewed me, covering Asteria, writing and life in general. We both agree that the world needs more vodka bars. There’s an exclusive giveaway over there, where you can win one of five bundles, each bundle containing a copy ‘The Elf Princess’s Lover’ and a copy of ‘Music’.
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A special post today, as part of the Rites of Spring Blog Hop. You can find lots of other cool articles over the next few days by using the links at the bottom of this post.
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A Little About Asteria, my new novel…
UN translator Lucy Snow sneaks into an embassy party and meets Prince Jagor, heir to the throne of the fabulously rich kingdom of Asteria. Their initial steamy kiss isn’t enough for the prince: he offers her a job as his personal aide and in the glamorous hotels and casinos of Monaco, they engage in a secret love affair.
But in Asteria, women are ‘owned’ by their men, both in and out of the bedroom. Loving Jagor will mean accepting his collar…and his every command.
Lucy must overcome the Queen, the media and the will of the Asterian people if she’s to be accepted as Jagor’s bride. And when the royal family is plunged into danger, Lucy must become stronger than she ever dreamed…
In this blog hop, the idea is to talk about a first for one of our characters. I thought about choosing Jagor and Lucy’s first kiss, or the first time they had sex. I thought about highlighting the BDSM aspects of the book with the first time Lucy wore a collar, or going with a steamy extract and doing the first time Lucy dares to try…nah, you’re going to have to read the book 😉
Eventually, though, I settled on this. It’s a scene from chapter 15, in which Lucy and Jagor make their first public appearance in Asteria as prince and Exkella (princess-to-be). I picked it because, for Lucy, it represents a dramatic shift from her normal life. She’s always been shy, burying herself in the depths of the UN, head down and headphones on. When she begins her secret romance with the prince, her life changes: but at least the secrecy means she’s seen as ‘only’ a royal aide and not subject to media scrutiny. When Jagor and Lucy go public with their relationship, though, she finds herself at the center of a media storm: everyone wants to know about the American plucked from obscurity: the woman who’ll be their next princess. All this while she’s struggling to come to terms with the ways of Asteria itself: and trying to deal with the ultimate mother-in-law from hell: the Queen.
The photos of us in Paris had been gradually appearing on gossip sites and in newspapers over the last week. Ismelda had put out a carefully worded statement that confirmed that the Prince was engaged to an American woman. A separate statement confirmed that he was no longer seeing Calara: the exact timings were left vague. I’d been surprised there weren’t more questions about the overlap: in America, the press would have mercilessly scrutinized every detail.
“Our press is a little different,” Jagor told me, looking almost ashamed. “The royal family has a greater degree of influence than in some countries.”
“Meaning you control the press?” I’d always believed in a free press. Now I was scared enough that total control seemed very appealing.
“More like they try not to offend us. It’s not always a good thing: it can make it difficult to judge things, sometimes, when we have no real feedback. The foreign press can be useful for that: we have no control over them.”
Great. It was going to be open season in all the newspapers back home.
Ismelda gathered us together, the King joining us at the last moment. She showed us into an old, stone-floored room with a large balcony at one end.
“You’ll be on view from about halfway down the room,” she murmured in my ear. “Stand tall and stay close to Jagor: keep an arm around his waist. Big smiles.”
We walked in a line: The Queen, the King, myself and then Jagor. Just before we reached the halfway point, Ismelda whispered “Relax!” in my ear and then stopped, remaining out of sight while we walked on.
Jagor was taller than me, so he saw it first and I heard him draw in his breath. Then I was close enough to see over the parapet myself and I felt my mouth drop open.
We were perhaps four stories up, looking out of the front of the palace. Beyond the canyon that separated the palace from the city, a crowd stretched back at least as far as the first cross-street and filled our view left to right. There must have been twenty or thirty thousand people. Ismelda had done a very good job spreading the word that the Exkella would appear. Terrifyingly, they were there for me.
“Wave,” the King said helpfully – if he hadn’t, I think I would have just stood there, open-mouthed.
I waved, copying their practiced, lazy motion. Running through my head was I can’t do this, I can’t do this.
The crowd cheered; a wave of sound that rose up towards us. Jagor pulled me a little closer and they seemed to like that, too. Then he turned me and I realized he was going to kiss me.
A kiss? Is a kiss on the agenda? What sort of kiss? How sexy should we make it? We’d done it before at the Louvre, but this was different. Twenty shining camera lenses just felt intimidating. Twenty thousand watching faces was terrifying.
My fear lasted until I felt his lips on mine, and then as my eyes closed, the sound of the crowd seemed to die away and there was only Jagor, our lips moving slowly, his arms sliding around my waist and pulling me in. When we surfaced, the crowd were roaring. I waved again, dazed, and we were walking away.
Was that it? I wondered, did they stand in line and wait for hours just to see that? I felt like a cheat.
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As part of the Lucky in Love Blog Hop (organized by the awesome Carrie Ann) here’s a special post about love, luck and Lucy. I have two giveaways for you: there’s a big giveaway as part of the hop that includes prizes of a $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card and a Swag Pack of paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies and more! The swag bag’s only available to US readers, I’m afraid, due to the cost of shipping it, but the gift card is up for grabs internationally). Then I have my own giveaway: I have three copies of Music, my 5-star rated erotic romance, to give away (available on all popular electronic formats – I’ll contact you after the hop if you win). That too is open internationally, to anyone over 18. To enter BOTH giveaways, all you have to do is comment below and include your email address.
Save for pure, dumb luck, Lucy and Jagor would never meet.
Let’s go through the list, shall we? First of all, he’s a prince. The only people he mixes with are royalty, the very cream of Asterian society and a few foreign politicians. He doesn’t hang around coffee shops where he might just happen to bump into my heroine, Lucy. Should he require a Starbucks, his motorcade stops and one of his assistants brings him one. Queuing up to sprinkle vanilla on your latte simply isn’t done when you’re a prince.
Secondly, he lives in a tiny Central European state. When he does want to indulge in the playboy lifestyle – which he does, often – you’ll find him in the Monte Carlo casino, or in Paris. All thousands of miles from New York, where my heroine resides.
Thirdly, Asteria is almost as secretive and isolated as North Korea. Life in the fabulously rich nation is very different to America: women are collared and owned by their men. Outsiders aren’t allowed in and very few Asterians ever leave the country. It’s not like Lucy can arrive as a tourist and meet Jagor on a tour of the palace.
And finally, he’s not looking. Tradition has it that royalty can only marry other royalty – or at least the very top tier of society. He’s not scouring the globe looking for a commoner to marry – and a commoner is what Lucy is.
And yet…and yet they get together despite everything that’s against them. Let me take you on a journey to show you how fate intervenes.
Lucy works as a translator, buried deep in the heart of the UN, headphones on and head down as she transcribes speeches. She’s reluctantly dragged along to an embassy party by her much more outgoing friend Gwen, using a couple of tickets meant for their bosses. They wouldn’t have a hope of getting in, if Lucy hadn’t brought the security guard coffee a few times when he pulled door duty.
Simultaneously, Jagor is on a one-off visit to the UN as he prepares to sign the very first treaties between Asteria and other nations. He’s only in town for one night, flying off the very next day on his private 747. He’s invited to the party at one of the West African embassies by a friend and – never one to turn down a party invitation, attends – just for a few hours.
But all that isn’t enough. Just being at the same party won’t create that magic moment that gets them together. Even if Jagor happened to notice Lucy across a crowded room, Lucy would run and hide. No, we need chaos to lend a hand. We need Louis, a hot guy Gwen’s been chasing, to draw Gwen away. That leaves Lucy alone and distracted: distracted enough to bang into the Belgium ambassador and spill red wine down her dress.
Then she can run upstairs to find a bathroom, and find herself in the off-limits, private area of the embassy. We need the dress to be borrowed, from Gwen, so that she’s so frantic in trying to wash the stain out, stripped to the waist in front of the sink, that she leaves the bathroom door open.
We need Jagor to be stalking the dark corridors at that very moment, like the barely-caged beast that he is. We need him to glance through the open bedroom door, straight into the bathroom, and see the topless Lucy in the mirror.
And when they meet, when he tries to get the measure of this strange and beautiful young woman he’s run into…then we need just one more bit of luck. We need Lucy, languages whizz that she is, to have learned some of the Asterian language. Just enough that, as she’s about to leave the bedroom, she says a few words in apology.
Because that’s when everything changes.
That’s when Jagor realizes he’s met someone much more interesting than a mere translator. He’s met someone he wants to be with: to make love to: to enslave. That’s when he closes the bedroom door…and that’s when everything starts.
We stood there for a second, just looking at each other. I had time to notice things now, like how strong his hands looked. Or the way his pecs curved under his tailored white shirt. Or how the dark shadow of his stubble shone black in the warm light from the bedside lamps: again, I found myself thinking of an animal. If I kissed him, it would brush against me: would it be scratchy? It looked almost soft.
Why was I thinking about kissing him?
It occurred to me that we were both in a very dangerous situation here. Alone in a room with a closed door and the lights romantically low. If anyone should come in, it was going to take a lot of explaining to convince them it was innocent.
Is it innocent? I asked myself. What the hell is going on here?
I was very aware of the closed door, and his possible reasons for closing it.
“I should go,” I said.
He just stared at me, the way a cat will stare at a mouse. My heart was thumping so hard in my chest, I was sure he must be able to hear it.
“I really think I should go.” I tried to say it firmly, but my voice quavered. It wasn’t fear: or if it was fear, it wasn’t him I was scared of.
He gave me another one of those looks. Then he took a step towards me.
All I had to do was walk to the door and leave. Why was that so hard? But my legs felt like concrete, even my arms hanging limply by my sides. He took another step towards me, and now he was close enough that I could smell his aftershave. It was like nothing else I’d ever smelled: not like one of the scents you buy at a store, all alcohol and chemical scent. This was like open spaces and cold, hard rock and the wind: if the outdoors had a smell, this was it.
“I really think….” I trailed off.
He put one huge hand beneath my chin and used the edge of it, very gently, to tilt my face up to his.
“Don’t think,” he said softly. I didn’t realize until afterwards that he’d said it in Asterian, because as soon as he’d said it, he was kissing me.
His lips were warm on mine, sending a jolt of heat rocketing down through my chest, blossoming in the very core of me. His chin was brushing mine, and his stubble grazed me. It was rough, but it felt good. He was bending down slightly to reach me, and I suddenly became aware that I was stretching up to meet him, my lips flowering open. I was kissing him back.
His breath was hot against me as he parted his lips, his tongue greedily seeking mine. It was the first time I’d been kissed in months. His hands were in my hair, stroking through the soft strands, his palms warm against my temples. Little shocks of pleasure were darting down through my body from everywhere he touched me, seeking my groin. He was starting something inside me, something primal and out of control, so strong it scared me.
He broke the kiss and leaned back from me. The loss of his touch was like a physical pain.
“Tell me you want me to stop,” he told me: and he said it in English, not in Asterian, so there was no danger of me misunderstanding.
My chest was heaving: I was panting like I’d been sprinting, my eyes huge and wild, my face flushed. Between my legs, I could feel heat building, turning to wetness. I hadn’t been this turned on in…I wasn’t sure I’d ever been this turned on.
“Tell me you want me to stop,” he said again, and this time I actually took it in. Not “Do you want me to stop?” Not a question. A challenge.
I focused on him, looked into his eyes, so he would know I understood and, with a lurch of my stomach, a flash of what the hell are you doing, Lucy? I kept absolutely quiet.
And then he was kissing me again.
This time his whole body pressed against me. I could feel the hard outlines of his muscles through my dress: his broad, strong chest, his hard leg pressing against my own soft thigh. He was so much bigger than me, towering over me, one arm slipping under my back to support me and – oh God – he was bending me backwards; my back arched, my breasts mashing against his chest. His lips lifted from mine, laying kisses along my neck and a shudder went through me. I felt like I was melting, dissolving into him. I felt like, if he let me go right at that instant, I wouldn’t fall: I’d just float four feet off the floor.
His other hand was on my hip, and the warmth of it, so close to my groin, was making it impossible to think. I was gasping, moaning, my eyes fluttering closed, giving myself up to his touch.
We were spinning slowly around, as if dancing, and then the hard wood of the door pressed against my back. One of his hands thumped into the door next to my face, loud and aggressive, making me jump. He started nibbling and sucking on my upper lip and I groaned at the feeling, my breath coming in hot little gasps.
He slipped one hand under my dress and smoothed over my leg, just above the knee. His tongue was in my mouth again, my head pressed back against the door.
The hand slid up my thigh, higher and higher. He wasn’t exploring, wasn’t hesitant. He was moving very deliberately, and I sensed the only reason he didn’t go straight there was to make me wait.
The heat was building inside me, a dark, twisting power focused right between my thighs. As he kissed me, his chest was rubbing against my breasts through the dress, my nipples throbbing, almost painfully hard. His hand reached my hip and I panted in urgency. Then he started to slide it, very slowly, around to the front—
“Lucy?” Gwen’s voice, not three feet away.
My eyes flew open, my whole body spasming against the door, held tight between it and Jagor’s body. I couldn’t have moved if I’d wanted to.
She was in the corridor, right outside. Jagor was kissing me, preventing any attempt at speech. I didn’t want to speak: I just wanted him to pause for a ‘sec, wait until she’d gone. If she caught us—
And then Jagor’s hand slid all the way around to the front. He cupped my mons through the thin silk of my panties, the warmth of his palm going straight through them, and a quick, high cry escaped me.
A second’s silence from outside. Then, suspiciously, “Luce?”
He stopped kissing me for a moment, but only long enough to smile. Then his lips were on mine again, and suddenly I had to dig my nails hard into my palms to stop myself from crying out, because his hand was slipping under the thin triangle of fabric and sliding down to rest against my moist lips.
He stopped kissing me again, and moved his head back a little. He wants to see my expression! I realized.
Two fingers were rubbing against the softness of my lips and I flushed red, knowing that he could feel how wet I was.
“Lucy?” Gwen’s voice was right outside the door. “Are you in there?”
His fingers pushed inside me, stretching me deliciously around them, and my head lolled back against the door as my back arched. I forced myself to make no sound, even though I wanted to yell, to scream, to bang my fists against the door.
And then his thumb found my clit and circled and I was lost, both hands coming down to clasp his arm: whether to stop him or urge him on, I don’t know. His fingers were moving inside me, his thumb stroking and rubbing and God I was bucking against him, suddenly over the edge, the orgasm ripping through me. Hot explosions were going off in my mind, destroying me, leaving no thought or sensation except what he was doing to me. Gwen was forgotten; the embassy was forgotten; my job was forgotten. All that mattered was him and me.
I could feel myself spasming around his fingers, my thighs clamping hard around his hand. I folded silently at the waist, my head on his chest. He held me under the arm with his free hand, easily supporting my weight: I would have collapsed if he hadn’t.
When the shudders started to subside, I pressed myself back to standing, leaning heavily on his arm. My legs still felt like they could give way at any second. Reality started to slowly creep back, like awakening from a dream.
As if he knew what I was about to do, he gently removed his hands and stepped back.
I grabbed the door handle and wrenched it open, and then I was running down the stairs, heels loud on the polished wood, my heart thundering in my chest.
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A feel a glass of red coming on.
Okay, it’s here: the fourth and final book in the Asteria series is out. If you’ve read Princess, I know you’ll be wanting to find out what happens to Lucy!
This one brings everything to a dramatic conclusion and ties everything up. I’m not telling you if there’s a happily-ever-after ending: in fact, you may notice that there’s not even an extract of this one on Amazon. I tried, but there was just no way I could do it without spoiling things! What I will say is that there’s a definite ending: I’m not leaving things open for a sequel. If there are more Asteria books in the future, they won’t be about Lucy and Jagor.
It’s been a lot of fun writing this series: it’s a bit emotional, actually, coming to the end of it. I might do a separate post about it in a few days, when I’ve had time to think about it.
The novel version, which combines all four books, will go live within the next few days. Remember that if you want to get it at a discount price, you need to be on my mailing list (there’s a sign-up link on the right-hand sidebar).
The penultimate book in the Asteria series is OUT NOW for the princely (sorry) sum of $2.99/£1.99 on Amazon. Blurb below, extract on Amazon.
Due to various quirks of publishing the fourth and final book will arrive close behind this one – by the end of February, in fact. Then there’ll be the collected edition comprising all four books on March 4th. So buy the remaining two parts or wait for the all-in-one: it’s up to you. I wanted to ensure you all had all the facts so you could make your own decisions 🙂
Note that while the individual books are only available on Amazon, I’m putting the collected edition out on Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and on All Romance Erotica. If you’ve been enjoying the series on Kindle but have friends with other e-readers, I’d really appreciate it if you’d tell them about the collected edition.
Now hold on tight for the final book!
Lucy has her prince…but her problems are just beginning!
Jagor has proposed: at last, their relationship is out in the open! But Lucy finds that living in the media spotlight is even harder than sneaking around as a secret lover. Becoming a princess might not be the fairy tale she thought: there’s Calara – Jagor’s ex – to contend with, not to mention the ultimate mother-in-law from hell: the Queen.
Life in Asteria holds its own challenges. Marrying Jagor will mean accepting his collar and Lucy must decide whether life as a submissive Asterian woman is really what she wants. Meanwhile, the same dark forces that tried to assassinate the King have returned…and this time they have Jagor and Lucy in their sights.
Today only, I’m slashing the price on The Elf Princess’s Lover like an enraged warrior with a shining blade. Instead of the usual $2.99 or £1.99, you can pick it up for the next 24 hours for just 99c/79p – for a full 30,000 words of romance!
The Elf Princess’s Lover is a full-on fantasy yarn and remains one of my favourites. If you’re a LOTR fan, you’ll feel right at home. Expect sword fights, bandits, horse riding, inns with roaring fires and copper baths and a hero and heroine madly in love but divided by their cultures! Blurb and extract after the cover pic.
She is an elven princess…
A virgin who’s only seen the kingdom from the safety of a tower window. When her caravan is attacked and her guards slain, her only hope for survival lies in a human.
He is a commoner…
A hired sword who blames the royals for the death of his family and detests everything the princess stands for.
Anger and distrust turn to desire…
Forced to work together to survive, the princess and her rescuer find themselves in love… and lust.
But their love is forbidden…
Will the princess risk the kingdom for them to be together… or will tradition tear them apart?
This erotic romance contains explicit scenes.
Here’s an extract:
‘You asked why I hate the royals,’ he snarled. ‘And I am telling you of your father!’ He took another angry step towards her: they were a foot apart now.
‘I am not my father!’ she shouted, the words hot in her throat. The appalling level of her disrespect seemed to make them echo around the room like thunder, challenging her, ordering her to take them back. But she stood firm, determined, staring up at him with tearful eyes.
And suddenly he lunged forward and was kissing her, and her mouth was open and her tongue was joining his, the anger and lust mixing together into something far more potent than either. All the dark thoughts that had built while she bathed, all the desire that had wound up tight inside her since she met him, it all exploded at that second. They were both panting, half from hate, half from passion, and started laying kisses across each other’s mouths and cheeks. Salranna was out of control and she didn’t care. He, too, seemed lost in the fire, and that was much more frightening.
He pulled back, as if sensing her thoughts, and they stared at one another. His eyes were wild, but he gave her one last chance. ‘Do not start what you cannot finish, princess.’
Two beats of her racing heart, and she lunged for him as he had for her. She knew, she knew, that she was doing something that could never be undone, that would change her life forever, and she no longer cared. Her lips met his, firm and insistent, and it was done.
He pulled her to him, his hands tangling in her long golden hair, twisting the wet locks around them. He was over a head taller than her: her head was bent back to kiss him, and that made her breasts press against him through the thin towel. She could feel the heat of her body soaking through the damp fabric, her flesh hot against his shirt.
He dropped one hand to the side of the towel, and with a low grunt pulled it from her. It fell to the floor, and suddenly she was naked before him, the first time she’d ever been naked in front of a man. He took a step back to look at her, and the feeling of being viewed so intently, of someone drinking in every detail of her, made her whole body seem to throb. Her mind screamed at her to hide herself, to put her arms across her breasts, to cover her groin, yet she stood there, arms by her sides, and let him look.
Her long, golden hair was plastered wetly down her back, emphasizing her high cheekbones and graceful neck. Her light tan skin was soft and unblemished, muscles honed by playful exercise, not labor in the fields. The finest foods, the purest spring water meant she glowed with good health and youthful energy, heightened now by her arousal. Her face was flushed, her full, soft lips parted, showing perfect teeth.
Her body was slender, as was typical for her kind, but the full ripe breasts and flared hips were more akin to a human woman. Already her nipples were hardening as Rafe stared at them, his gaze like a physical touch on her. A softly concave stomach led down to her smoothly toned thighs and the delicate curls of golden hair between them, barely concealing her soft, pink lips.
The third (and penultimate) book in the Asteria series will be called ‘The Princess of Asteria’.
If you assume that we go back to Asteria in this one and that Lucy’s role takes a dramatic change…you wouldn’t be wrong. But I guarantee you won’t be ahead of the ending.
The Princess of Asteria’ will be out in the next week or so: I’ll keep you updated.
The final book in the series (which will tie everything up) will be out on or before 25th Feb. The reason they’re so close together is that Princess has been finished for a while but was delayed several times in the editing stage. It’s now finally coasting down the slipway and in the meantime I’ve almost finished the final one.
As usual, subscribers to my mailing list will get the chance to snap up the books at a lower price for a limited time. There’s a sign-up link in the sidebar if you’re not already on it.
Wow, I have quite a lot of news for you. Fire up the Tanya teletype (dit dit dar dit dit dit dar dar).
The Palace of Asteria has amazed me with its success: and that’s all down to you lot, so, in all seriousness, thank you. You make it possible for me to do what I love.
I had to go away and think about how to continue the series: the plot was already scoped out, but I had to get a handle on the size of the thing. Now that I’ve done all that, here’s the story.
First bit of news: there will be a third part and a fourth part, and that will be the end of the series (the end of Jagor and Lucy’s story, at least. There may be more stories set in Asteria, but they’ll be new series). Planning it with two definite parts (instead of the ‘release a part and then gauge whether to do another) is a big risk, but I owe it to you lot to do this properly, and properly demands doing two more. Doing two more means I can tell the story I want to tell without compromising, as I’d have to if I squeezed it all into one. Knowing where the series ends means that I can tie up all the loose ends in the next two books and make sure I don’t leave you hanging.
Second bit of news: I’ve been writing this for quite a while now, from shortly after the release of Palace, but I didn’t want to announce anything until I knew the shape of it and had everything worked out. Part three is already written and is with my editor. It’s substantially longer than either of the previous parts. It’ll be out in early February. I’m well underway with part four, as well, and it’ll be out at the end of February.
Third bit of news: The Asteria series is going to be released as a novel. This will be all four parts in one book, with some changes, but I won’t be adding reams of new material. The title will be Asteria: In Love with the Prince. There will be a paperback edition. I tell you this now because, if you want to wait for the ‘all in one’ version then I want you to have that option. It’ll be out at roughly the same time as part four (the paperback may take a little longer). I don’t know the price yet, but it’ll be comparable with other full-length romances.
Wow. It feels good to get all that off my chest. Should have a part 3 cover to show you soon.
Maybe it was the champers, maybe it was the singing, maybe it was the rather awkward party tryst that I’m not going to blog about. But I got a bit misty-eyed about MSL – it was my first series and while I’m having a lot of fun writing Asteria and have no firm plans to revisit Erica, Jacques and the rest of the old crew, I also wanted to do something to sort of tip my hat to the books that got me started. So I’ve done something a bit crazy: all four parts remain at $2.99, but the bundle is temporarily available for $0.99 – yes, for less than a dollar you get all four books in one – about 85,000 words in total. I’m only keeping it up for 48 hours: 1st of Jan for those without hangovers and 2nd Jan for those with.
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