Monday, November 22, 2010

A Midsummer & A Midwinter Night’s Delights – Two hot fantasy romances










Hi everyone!

Today, I’m sharing an inside look about two of my fantasy romances, A Midsummer Night’s Delights and A Midwinter Night’s Delights.

A Midsummer Night’s Delights introduced readers to repressed newlyweds, Julian and Annabelle. They were strangers trapped in an arranged, sexless marriage. To loosen them up, Julian’s father sends them to the Marquis of Demby’s estate to attend a Midsummer Ball. (And this type of ball isn’t for dancing!)

Julian and Annabelle meet the Marquis, Vincent, and his wife, Sabrina. Over the course of their visit, they learn how to open up and explore their sexuality. When they attend the Midsummer Ball, they shed their inhibitions while indulging in their wildest fantasies.

A Midwinter Night’s Delights picks up six months after the first book. (If you haven’t read the first story, that’s okay – each novella stands alone as an individual read. And yes, this book is just as hot – if not hotter – than the first one!)

In the sequel, we discover that Annabelle and Julian have taken what they’ve learned and gone wild. Ever since the summer ball, they have been overindulging in all sorts of lewd activities. Instead of being shy and repressed, they are more than eager to give in to their desires whenever (and wherever) the mood strikes – even if it’s at a formal dinner party. Needless to say, Julian’s father sends them back to Vincent’s estate to be disciplined and learn self-control.

A Midwinter Night’s Delights is more intense than the first book. From the outset, readers know that Julian and Annabelle are learning lessons and being disciplined – but it’s all for their own good. I did sprinkle in some B/D/S/M throughout the story (and at the ball) to make things interesting! It was fun 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.

After the release of A Midsummer Night’s Delights, some readers asked for prequel – they wanted to know how Vincent and 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 I introduced) 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.

Hot excerpts from both books are on my Amber Quill Press author page: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/bio_Wilkins.html

I welcome feedback about the books and would like to know what you think. Which book or scene is your favorite? Would you like to see a third book in the series? (You can contact me via the "contact the author" form in the News section of my website, www.KelliWilkins.com)

Happy Reading!

Until next time,

Kelli

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Month of Fantasy Romances – Part 3 – The Pauper Prince



Hello everyone!

This is the third (and final) inside look at my Amber Quill Press “Royal Desires” trilogy, which includes A Most Unusual Princess, Dalton’s Temptation, and The Pauper Prince. Overall, the three stories make up a sensual series, but each book can stand on its own as an individual read.

When I was writing Dalton’s Temptation, I introduced readers to Prince Allan. He’s basically the male version of his sister, Princess Elara – hedonistic, selfish, and utterly wild at times. I enjoyed creating the character – it was fun to set him free in a pleasure palace completely without limitations. Before I finished Dalton’s Temptation, I knew Allan needed a book of his own, so I wrote The Pauper Prince.

As I was writing, I decided to take this carefree, rougish prince and turn his world upside down. At the start of the book Allan is banished for his actions stemming from Dalton’s Temptation. He is sent out into the real world alone and broke, forced to make his way and learn his lessons.

Here’s the full synopsis:

The Pauper Prince

This time it’s all about Allan…and he never expected to fall in love!

Banished by the Royal Family, pampered Prince Allan is forced to abandon his life of luxury. Lost in a commoner’s world, Allan is miserable—until he has an unusual encounter with a shop girl named Claudette.

Allan must earn the respect of the woman he loves while keeping his true identity a secret. In a final effort to redeem himself, he exposes a dangerous smuggling operation involving the Royal Fleet—at a deadly price. Can he keep Claudette and his royal title? Or will he lose her forever when she discovers his shocking secret?


Over the course of the book, Allan suffers life’s lessons at the hands of his evil employer and falls in love—twice. The story introduces us to Claudette, a seamstress who fancies Allan and helps him adjust to the life of a commoner. Although Claudette appears innocent, she has a secret past and a bit of a naughty side.

Although The Pauper Prince has a happy ending, it is a bit darker than the other two books in the series. I wanted to contrast Allan’s easy-going pampered life with his new, harsh and gritty existence. (And it broke my heart to kill of a secondary character that I utterly adored.) Readers may also be surprised to discover a few things about Allan, as well. (I don’t want to give away the secret).

But what about Dalton and Elara? They’re in the book too, as minor characters. Elara and Dalton play important roles in the finale of the story, and we get to see how these lovebirds are adapting to their married life. (Again, there’s a secret I don’t want to give away!)

Readers and reviewers loved the book and the trilogy as a whole. Here are a few kind words:

“Kelli A. Wilkins finishes her trilogy of books, which started with A Most Unusual Princess and Dalton’s Temptation, with a bang. The Pauper Prince is a riveting tale, and it is a must read for anyone who enjoys fantasy Romance. It is stuffed full of action, love, excitement, sedition, and scurvy characters that are set to make our prince’s life miserable in the extreme if he lets them. Skillful crafting allows the reader to slip under the spell of Allan and live his every ache, pain, and triumph. The Pauper Prince is a real must read, and in case you haven’t read the others, I would suggest you get A Most Unusual Princess and Dalton’s Temptation, too. Kelli has definitely written a trio of must buys for Amber Quill!!!” - Rose, Reviewer, Romance at Heart


“5 Coffee Cups! I honestly started out not knowing if I would like this book or not and then found myself glued to the pages, unable to stop reading until I had read the final page. All I can say now is WOW! The Pauper Prince is a real page-turner! There is non-stop action and mayhem from the very first page. The characters are spirited and so realistic that you find yourself relating to them very easily. The love scenes are highly erotic, but tender and emotion filled as well. This is one book that I have no problem giving my highest rating, and I highly recommend it to everyone!” - Regina, Reviewer, Coffee Time Romance


“4.5 Nymphs! What a story Kelli A. Wilkins has written with The Pauper Prince! So much mystery surroundimg Allan… The twists and turns throughout the book will keep you reading to make sure everyone involved survives their adventures. These characters came to life for me and I was fascinated by Allan’s persistence to survive everything that happens to him… With all the other surprises in the book, you will not be bored reading this one and it is definitely not one to put down for long!” - Goddess Minx, Literary Nymphs Reviews Only

I hope you’ll check out one (or all) of the books in the series. They’re a fun read with a blend of sex, humor, and suspense. If you’ve read the trilogy, let me know what you think! What was your favorite book? Which scenes did you like best? Readers can contact me via the form on the “News” page of my site: www.KelliWilkins.com

Next week, I’ll share a bit about my three-book fantasy anthology, Naughty Nobles.

Happy Reading!

Kelli

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Month of Fantasy Romances – Part 2 – Dalton’s Temptation


Hi everyone!

Welcome to Part 2 of A Month of Fantasy Romances. 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. A Most Unusual Princess also appears in my anthology, Naughty Nobles.

In the sequel, Dalton has been sent to an emperor’s pleasure palace to conduct business. Naturally, this doesn’t sit well with Elara, and she decides to sneak along on the trip – even though it’s expressly forbidden. Here’s the plot summary:

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.

This book introduces us to Elara’s brother, Prince Allan, (who later goes on to have his own book The Pauper Prince.) We also get to know more about Dalton and Elara’s relationship and watch how they interact and respond to challenges in their lives.

In Dalton’s Temptation, I deliberately focused on the theme of fidelity. Elara wants to test Dalton’s loyalty, so she masquerades as a sultry girl in a pleasure palace. Naturally, she gets in over her head and into trouble. I enjoyed taking Elara out of her element and giving her new challenges and experiences. We also got to see a different side to Dalton’s character and learned about his weaknesses and desires.

I enjoyed writing this story. It has a little bit of everything: humor, sizzling love scenes, an element of danger, and a drop of sadness. Readers and reviewers also loved the book (and the trilogy overall). As soon as I finished writing Dalton’s Temptation, I knew that Allan needed to have his story told, so I began writing The Pauper Prince. But more on that next week…

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. Ms Wilkins has wet my appetite for more." - 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 Dalton speaks. 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


If you’ve read the trilogy, I’d like to hear from you! Which book was your favorite and why? What did you think of each book and the trilogy as a whole?

Until next time…

Kelli

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Month of Fantasy Romances – Part 1 – A Most Unusual Princess


A Most Unusual Princess is an Amber Quill Press “Heat Wave” contest winner and the first book in my “Royal Desires” trilogy. (The other two books are Dalton’s Temptation and The Pauper Prince.)

Together, they make up a fun trilogy, but each story stands alone as a separate read. A Most Unusual Princess also appears in my anthology, Naughty Nobles.

A Most Unusual Princess is a sensuous 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 young woman who is used to getting her own way. Dalton innocently comes along and catches Elara doing something very unladylike – and from there 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. It’s a unique blend of humor, human drama, and sensual romance. Not long after completing A Most Unusual Princess, I knew Dalton needed his own book, so I wrote a sequel, Dalton’s Temptation. (But that’s 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 charming---and 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 her---until she meets the mystery man.

The book link is:

http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MostUnusualPrincess.html

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

“4 Beacon Review! A Most Unusual Princess by Kelli A. Wilkins is a lighthearted and often funny story. Elara and Dalton’s growing relationship is very entertaining, as they are two very appealing main characters.” — Moe811, Reviewer, Lighthouse Literary Reviews

“8.9 rating! A Highly Recommended Book! A Most Unusual Princess by Kelli A. Wilkins 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 considering the short length. 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

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

Until then, happy reading!
Kelli