Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Romance Rewind... Dalton’s Temptation

Hi everyone!

This week, I’m sharing a bit about Dalton’s Temptation. This book is the second story in the trilogy that began with A Most Unusual Princess and ends with The Pauper Prince. Together, they make up a fun trilogy, but each story stands alone as a separate read. (Excerpts, reviews, and summaries of all three books are on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com)

Dalton’s Temptation focuses on the theme of fidelity. Elara wants to test Dalton’s loyalty, so she masquerades as a sultry kharim girl in a pleasure palace. Of course, she gets in over her head and into trouble. 

I enjoyed taking Elara out of her element and giving her new challenges and experiences. I also got to show a different side to Dalton’s character as he (and readers) learn about his weaknesses and desires. The unique storyline was an interesting way to showcase Dalton and Elara’s relationship and see how they interact and respond to challenges in their lives.

Dalton’s Temptation was fun to write. It has a little bit of everything: humor, sizzling love scenes, an element of danger, and even a drop of sadness. This book also introduces readers to Elara’s charming, womanizing, “bad-boy” brother, Prince Allan. 

When readers ask me if I ever have characters who want to “run away” with a story, I always point to Allan. By the end of Dalton’s Temptation, I knew Allan needed his own story, and so The Pauper Prince was born!

Here’s the plot summary to Dalton’s Temptation:

After only four months of marriage to Princess Elara, Prince Dalton is sent to Emperor Salizar’s “pleasure palace” on business. Not wanting to be left behind, Elara risks her safety and sneaks along on the trip. Aided by her brother, Prince Allan, she disguises herself as one of Salizar’s sultry kharim women and decides to test Dalton’s loyalty.

Masquerading as Oonish, Elara goes out of her way to tempt Dalton at every turn. Despite Dalton’s resolve to resist the indulgent girls, he finds himself falling under the spell of the mysterious Oonish. After nearly giving in to temptation, Dalton discovers Elara’s trickery and turns the tables on her, making her into his submissive playmate.

Here’s what reviewers had to say…

“5 Roses! I thought the first book [A MOST UNUSUAL PRINCESS] was hot, but this one is worth reading. Kelli A. Wilkins did a superb job in this one and introduces us to a new side of Dalton. The beginning was just about Princess Elara, and this time we learn more of Dalton. I loved this story and it’s hard for me to give a Historical Erotica a 5 for the first part and a sequel but Kelli Wilkins did a beautiful job in showing us a princess with stubborn heart to love and a man who completes her in every way.” - Lena, Reviewer, Mybookcravings.com

"A 5! Where do I start about DALTON’S TEMPTATION? For starters, this is part two of a series. Yet, it stands alone. At least that was what Ms. Wilkins told me, and she was right. I didn’t feel as though I missed something from book one or that I felt left out of a secret joke. Her writing style and characters makes me want to read book one (A MOST UNUSUAL PRINCESS). I can’t wait to get a copy of the first book to find out how it all began." - Miranda, Reviewer, BDSM Reviews

“4 Coffee Cups! Ms. Wilkins has created a page turning story that you cannot help but finish in one sitting. Dalton and Elara are unforgettable characters. The sex scenes are hot, hot, hot! The twists and turns make it impossible to figure out what happens next. DALTON’S TEMPTATION is definitely on this reader’s keeper shelf!”- Jenifer, Reviewer, Coffee Time Romance

“DALTON’S TEMPTATION is truly exceptional and first rate! Kelli A. Wilkins is amazing and brilliant with her writing talents. She captures you from the first moment. I totally enjoyed myself reading this book. I for one would love to see another book on this family giving Allan his own story. It would be interesting to see who can tame his wildness.” Sensual Reads.net

Dalton’s Temptation is available in ebook and paperback format. Order your copy from:

Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/Daltons-Temptation-Kelli-Wilkins/dp/160272993X/ref=sr_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375814060&sr=1-17&keywords=Kelli+A.+Wilkins


Next week, we’ll meet The Pauper Prince! But first, here's a reminder:

I’m a featured author on Book Reviews in the month of July! Check out this post for an inside look at my writing book, You Can Write – Really! http://www.b00kr3vi3ws.in/2015/07/YouCanWrite.html

Read my other posts & info on how you can win a free book:

Read my latest interview! I talk about my writing book (You Can Write - Really!) and answer a few unusual questions! http://the-thursday-interview.blogspot.ie/2015/06/kelli-wilkins.html

The Big Summer Issue of my newsletter is posted online! Read an exclusive excerpt from You Can Write – Really!, a mini-interview, and get links to guest blogs and a contest. Click here: http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=22898315cc16de805e424f799&id=424d14a7e0&e=a49cf7ab1f

Happy Reading!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Romance Rewind - A Most Unusual Princess

Hi everyone,

As most everyone knows by now, I write romances in nearly every genre: contemporary, paranormal, gay, historical, and fantasy. My next series of blogs is going to offer readers an “Inside look” at three of my historical/fantasy romances. I’ll share a bit about the making of the book, some kind words from reviewers, and the book summary. 

Let’s get started with A Most Unusual Princess. This fun and sexy novella is the first book in my “Royal Desires” trilogy. (The other two books are Dalton’s Temptation and The Pauper Prince.) Together, they make up an exciting series, but each story stands alone as a separate read.  Why? Because when I wrote A Most Unusual Princess, I never expected I was writing a trilogy.

A Most Unusual Princess is a sensual novella about unruly and willful Princess Elara, and Dalton, the guard tasked with protecting her while she searches for a suitable husband. This story was the first erotic romance I ever wrote – and it was a lot of fun. 

From the outset, we learn that Elara is an opinionated (and spoiled) young woman who is used to getting her own way. When Dalton innocently catches Elara doing something very unladylike, the Dalton-Elara love/hate relationship is born. I enjoyed writing Dalton and Elara’s story and fell in love with the characters from the outset. The book is a unique blend of humor, human drama, and sensual romance. 

I never expected I’d visit with these characters again, but not long after completing A Most Unusual Princess, I knew Dalton needed his own book, so I wrote a sequel, Dalton’s Temptation. (But more on that in next week’s blog….)

Here’s the plot summary to A Most Unusual Princess and a few kind words from reviewers.
Princess Elara needs to find a royal husband, but claims that no man can satisfy her. Dalton, Elara’s special guard, finds her unusual behaviors charmingand enthralling. Dalton’s aloof manner intrigues Elara, and despite their differences, they share tender moments and intimate nighttime passions. Elara is heartbroken when her father chooses a “proper” husband for heruntil she meets the mystery man.

What the reviewers say.....
“5 Coffee Cups! Bravo to Ms. Wilkins for writing a twist in the book that makes the reader want to continue reading until the end. The way Ms. Wilkins allowed the two lovers to explore their bodies for the first time was so hot, I doubt a fire extinguisher would have been able to extinguish their passion for each other. The combustion sizzles between the pages as Elara desires to be closer to Dalton. I loved the banter between the two.” — Cherokee, Reviewer, Coffee Time Romance

“8.9 rating! A Highly Recommended Book! A MOST UNUSUAL PRINCESS is a new erotic twist on an old beloved tale. The interaction and friendly bickering between Dalton and Elara made me laugh out loud at the characters. I truly enjoyed this romantic tale and would highly recommend this book.” - Aline de Chevigny, Inthelibraryreview.com

“4 Stars, Excellent! Ms. Wilkins has written a wonderful Princess fairytale, with humor, stimulating encounters, and sweet romance. The characters are well developed. The storyline is interesting and the sexual situations flow smoothly with the story.” - Polly, MayReviews.com

“A MOST UNUSUAL PRINCESS is an amusing book that will seize your attention from the first word. Elara is a woman who wants to get married on her own terms, not those set by her father. The growing attraction and love between Elara and Dalton carry this sweet story. Ms. Wilkins has created appealing characters that will touch your heart.” - Tewanda, Fallen Angel Reviews

Order your copy of A Most Unusual Princess from:

Amazon:     http://www.amazon.com/A-Most-Unusual-Princess-ebook/dp/B002NOGDYI/ref=sr_1_23?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375814176&sr=1-23&keywords=Kelli+A.+Wilkins

Next week, I'll share some insight into Dalton's Temptation...

Until then, happy reading!


Friday, July 10, 2015

Heating Up Summer Romances with Sizzling Details

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying the summer! Today I’m sharing a few thoughts on using details to spice up your summer romances. 

Close your eyes and imagine yourself at the beach. The ocean waves are rolling into shore… you feel the sun on your skin and the warm, gritty sand beneath your toes… the air smells like salt water mixed with coconut suntan lotion… You open your eyes and see a tanned hunk standing in front of you. A bead of sweat drips down his six-pack abs…. 

Did it feel like you were on the beach? Could you sense everything happening around you? Good, because conveying sensory details to readers is an excellent way to draw them into the book and make them part of the action. 

More than anything, readers want to get inside the story, feel what the characters are feeling, and live vicariously in the world the author has created. When writing a summer romance, authors can make the most of sensory details to bring the story alive.

An author can (and should) explore all the details of a scene to give the reader the experience of “being there.” Here are a few examples of how you can bring everyday surroundings to life and enhance the senses:

What’s the weather? What time of day have you set your scene? Early morning sunrise? In the blazing afternoon heat? A cool summer night? Does a sudden thunderstorm send everyone at the baseball game running for cover?

Liven it up with color! Summer colors are usually bold and bright. Describe your heroine’s hot pink bathing suit, the hero’s cherry red convertible, or the vibrant turquoise beach towel they make love on…

Add some flavor: The sense of taste is usually hard to work into a romance, but you can get inventive. When the characters kiss, what do they taste? Zingy lemonade? Beer? Mint chip ice cream? Spicy BBQ? Does she taste like the strawberries she’s just eaten?

The sounds of summer: People spend lots of time outdoors in the summer, so what do your characters hear in the background? People talking? Kids yelling and playing games? Splashing in a lake or a pool? Carnival-ride sounds from a boardwalk? Sea gulls calling? Lawn mowers buzzing?

Look around: What do your characters see or notice as they go through a scene? Fireflies? Bees buzzing around flowers? A tattoo peeking out from under a bathing suit? Her long legs? Are people watching them kiss on the beach?

Breathe deep: The sense of smell isn’t always crucial to a romance, but having your character follow his nose to the smell of burgers on the grill or relaxing in the comforting smell of smoke from a campfire can enhance a scene. Maybe your heroine is turned on (or off!) by the scent of suntan lotion. Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers. Flowers are blooming all summer, and your heroine can be an avid gardener who loves the scent of roses, while your hero has allergies!

Reach out and touch: Summer is a great time of year for your main characters to touch each other. Explore the feel of a shirt stuck to her body, sweat trickling down his back, the brisk coolness of walking into an air conditioned room, jumping into a cold lake, what it feels like to touch the other person’s hot, sweaty skin…
Authors can work “summer details” into a romance in countless ways. In Trust with Hearts, I had the hero and heroine have sex in his car after going to a drive-in—and get busted by the cops! I also had Curtis rescue Sherrie when she got overheated while gardening. He was worried she had heat stroke and brought her inside to cool down. (And that’s when they shared a kiss!) 

My summer paranormal romance, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover, is set at the beach. I used a variety of details to describe the hero’s obsession with the sun, sand, and surf (or as he put it: wax, water, and waves). I contrasted that with details of being with the vampire heroine at night (moonlight reflecting off the ocean, making love on the deserted beach, and swimming at night). By enhancing the details, I showed how Brian and Cassie lived in completely different worlds (literally, night and day!) and still found summer love.

The next time you read a summer romance, pay closer attention to the little details the author has added. Notice how they draw you deeper into the world of the characters and the story. And don’t we all want to get swept away into another world for a while?

Whether you’re writing a summer romance, or losing yourself in one on a lazy afternoon, enjoy the rest of the summer!

Happy Reading,
Kelli A. Wilkins

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 95 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. 

Her newest book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction was released in spring 2015. This fun and informative non-fiction guide is based on her 15 years of experience as a writer, and is available exclusively on Amazon. 

Kelli published three romances in 2014: Dangerous Indenture (a spicy historical/mystery), Wilderness Bride (a tender historical/Western/adventure), and A Secret Match (a gay contemporary set in the world of professional wrestling). 

Her romances span many genres and heat levels and yet she’s also been known to scare readers with a horror story. In 2014, her horror fiction appeared in Moon Shadows, Wrapped in White, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/@KWilkinsauthor.  Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.

Here are a few links to find Kelli & her writings on the web
Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb