Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Midwinter Night's Delights & other spicy sequels!


Greetings friends and faithful followers....

To celebrate the release of my erotic romance, A Midwinter Night’s Delights, I thought I’d talk about sequels. (For those of you who don’t know, A Midwinter Night’s Delights is the sequel to my 2008 fantasy novella A Midsummer Night’s Delights ).

Midwinter follows up on the main characters, Annabelle & Julian. In the last book, these young newlyweds were introduced to a world of sexual pleasure and fantasies before attending a very special Midsummer Ball. (If you haven’t read the first book, that’s okay – each story stands alone as an individual read. And yes, this book is just as hot – if not hotter – than the first book!)

In the sequel, we discover that Annabelle & Julian have taken what they have learned and gone a bit wild. Instead of being shy and repressed, they are more than eager to give in to their desires wherever the mood strikes. They are sent to Vincent’s estate to learn lessons in self-control and discipline. It was interesting to explore a different side to the games that take place at the estate house and watch how the characters reacted as they received their ‘punishments’ throughout the book.

When I wrote the first book, I deliberately left the ending open for a potential sequel. I had already written a trilogy of fantasy romances – the “Royal Desires” series featuring A Most Unusual Princess, Dalton’s Temptation , & The Pauper Prince, so I knew how characters could ‘run away’ with the story, or how certain characters or storylines need to be further explored.

The “Royal Desires” trilogy basically came about because I fell in love with the characters and wanted to continue exploring their lives, interactions, and find out what happened to them. Dalton’s Temptation, (the sequel to A Most Unusual Princess) lets the readers follow up on their lives and see what new trouble Princess Elara causes for Dalton. (Hint: Marriage never tamed her). When I wrote Dalton’s Temptation, I introduced readers to Prince Allan, and it wasn’t long before it became obvious that he needed his own book as well.

After the release of A Midsummer Night’s Delights, some readers asked for prequel – they wanted to know how the Marquis, Vincent, and his wife, Sabrina, met and what their history entailed. Although I have no plans to write a full prequel, I did give the readers what they wanted. In A Midwinter Night’s Delights, Sabrina tells Annabelle how she met Vincent and how they got involved in their naughty games.

So, will there be a third book? Maybe. There’s definitely potential for another chapter in the saga. Will Lono and Lobo (two new characters) unmask and have their own side-story? Perhaps. I haven’t thought about their backgrounds much, but it would be interesting to learn more about them.

I think sequels are popular with readers because they can follow along with characters they’ve known and come to love. They become invested in their trials and tribulations and want to follow along on their adventures.

As a writer, it’s great to revisit characters we’ve invented, and it is fun to write new stories while introducing new characters into the universe we’ve created. We also need to stretch our imaginations and make each story different – show another side to a favorite character, give the hero/heroine a challenge, or have them deal with something unexpected. I think that’s what keeps readers interested – never knowing exactly where the author will take them on their journey.

I welcome feedback about the book from readers and would like to know what you think. You can contact me via the "contact the author" form in the News section of my website.
Until next time,
Kelli

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Get Ready for A Midwinter Night’s Delights… Coming September 12, 2010




Hi everyone!

It’s hard to believe that summer’s over and we’re already into September. (And yes, the Christmas stuff is slowly seeping into stores…)
I’ve been working on a few romance projects, including revising a full-length historical and writing the sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Delights titled A Midwinter’s Night’s Delights.

A Midwinter’s Night’s Delights picks up six months after the last book and follows the continuing sexual adventures of newlyweds Annabelle and Julian. Once again, they’ve been invited to a free-for-all ball, but this time there’s a catch. Before Sabrina and Vincent allow them to participate, they need to learn how to control their insatiable appetites and undergo certain “punishments” along the way.

So, how did this sequel come about? Readers and reviewers were interested in learning more about the characters and seeing what other erotic escapades awaited them. At the end of Midsummer, I left the door open to a sequel – hoping readers would like to read more. So, I’m happy to oblige.

Some people wanted a prequel – a story devoted to how Sabrina and Vincent met and where they learned to play their wicked games. Others wanted a follow-up story to find out what happened to Annabelle and Julian after they returned home. (Let’s just say they’ve been very “open” to new experiences – but not without consequences!)

I think this story will satisfy both camps. Sabrina’s unusual past and her initial meeting with Vincent are explained. Julian and Annabelle learn about self-control as they become submissives – before the Midwinter Ball even begins!

For readers who want to catch up and see what exciting events unfolded in A Midsummer Night’s Delights, the book link is:
http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidsummerNightsDelights.html

For those of you eagerly anticipating the next round of naughty adventures, the book link to A Midwinter’s Night’s Delights is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidwinterNightsDelights.html

Feel free to share my blog and website with your friends and online groups. (After all, the more, the merrier!)

Kelli

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Midsummer Night’s Delights — True Confessions or Fiction?






A Midsummer Night’s Delights — True Confessions or Fiction?


Do you "act out" the love scenes in your books? Is the sex in your books based on your real experiences? Is it hard to write love scenes?

Believe it or not, these are some of the most common things I’m asked when people find out I write romances.
The questions mostly come from relatives or others who are trying to get under my skin. When it first happened, I didn’t know how to respond. I didn’t want to be completely rude, but after they probed and pestered me, snickering to themselves, I decided to answer the questions. Being a creative writer, I came up with the following:

"No, I don’t act out the love scenes. Do you think mystery writers practice killing people for their books?"

"Nope, sorry. I made up all that sex. In fact, I even made up those characters…that’s what makes it fiction. (And no, the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park weren’t real either!)

"Love scenes aren’t hard to write. I just spy on my characters and write down what they do."


The short answers seem to work just fine. I don’t think the hecklers would sit still and listen long enough to hear some of the real answers.

Love scenes (or sex scenes, or whatever you want to call them) are fun to write. You get to let the characters run wild, experiment, and do whatever comes natural. Writing love scenes is always a process of discovery. I base the intensity and actions in the scene on the particular story, plot, and characters. What’s going on in the bedroom (or study, or bathtub, or…wherever) has to flow naturally into the story and match the characters’ personalities.

Certain characters in my books (like Prince Allan from The Pauper Prince) are up (literally!) for anything, while other characters (Lauren, from The Sexy Stranger) are more conservative.

There are a lot of intense sexual scenes in my book, A Midsummer Night’s Delights, as Julian and Annabelle discover their hidden desires and experiment, but those scenes allow them to grow and learn about themselves over the course of the story. And, yes, it is a story.
And get ready for the sequel! A Midwinter Night's Delights is coming out on September 12, 2010. It's my eleventh Amber Quill Press romance. I'll be blogging about the plot (and how the sequel came about) in next week's post - so stay tuned.
Right now I can say that the sequel is even hotter and more intense than the original. Annabelle and Julian are in for some surprises....
Until next time,
Kelli