Monday, March 19, 2012

Flash back to...THE DARK LORD



Hello everyone,

This week, I’m sharing a bit about my Amber Quill Press historical romance, The Dark Lord. It’s a Gothic-style romance set in the Carpathian mountains. This novella was one of the original three that I submitted to the AQP “Amber Heat” contest back in 2005. The other two novellas were A Most Unusual Princess and TheSexy Stranger

When I set about creating the mysterious “Dark Lord” Adrik, I wanted to make him a flawed (and sympathetic) hero. He has two physical ailments (one most romance heroes never have!) as well as several psychological scars. As if they weren’t enough problems, he also has a reputation as a murderer (among other things). 

Everyone in the tiny, remote village is terrified of him and his castle – except the heroine, Katarina. This innocent peasant girl agrees to be his companion, yet instead of fearing him as the other companions before her; she takes the time to get to know him and helps him heal.

Here’s a plot summary:

Explore the mysterious, sensual castle of…

THE DARK LORD

Katarina, an innocent village girl, agrees to become Lord Sebestyen Adrik’s latest companion, despite the dreadful rumors she has heard about him. When she arrives at his isolated castle high in the Carpathian Mountains, she discovers that the mysterious “Dark Lord” is a lonely, troubled man haunted by a cursed past. Katarina is left alone with Lord Adrik every night---will she become his next victim or find a way to cure him?

I’m happy to report that reviewers loved the book!

“8.5 Rating and a recommended read! Kelli A. Wilkins has a talent for writing the intriguing short fantasy, I've enjoyed every one of her stories to date and The Dark Lord is no exception. I really enjoyed her story twist; it made me wonder how she would resolve it. I would recommend anything by Kelli A. Wilkins including this short.” - Aline de Chevigny, IntheLibraryReviews.com

“5 Stars… The Dark Lord is a historical romance with a slight twist of intrigue to display a bit of suspense and just a drop of horror in the works to make the story flow along smoothly and keep the reader interested. Author Kelli A. Wilkins has woven together a wonderful story with characters who try to move both earth and sky to make their dreams come true.” - Wanda Maynard, Simegen.com

“5 Unicorns, Superb! Add to your immediate reading list… The Dark Lord is a superb gothic story of a tortured hero and an innocent, strong willed woman. The Dark Lord kept me interested from the very first sentence. I enjoyed the sinister surroundings of this story along with the sweet love that blossoms between the main characters. This is definitely a story to add to your immediate reading list.” - Anita, Enchanted in Romance.net

 “Blue Ribbon Rating 4.5! Containing a fascinating plot, a mysterious Lord, and a girl that is not afraid to face “the dark lord” in his lair, this is a story that is sure to capture your curiosity and keep you reading until the very end. Katarina isn’t your typical timid girl, which is the main reason I adore her. Sebestyen is in so much pain, both physically and mentally; it’s impossible not to love him. Rumors have caused him much heartache and practically destroy any chance he would have of finding love. I thoroughly enjoyed how the story turned out.” — Chrissy Dionne, Reviewer, Romance Junkies

And to spice things up – here’s a short excerpt!

Sebestyen peered through the small vent in the wall and watched as Katarina untied the laces across her bosom. Her green dress fell open, and her breasts were illuminated in the candlelight. He licked his lips and stared at her rosy nipples. It had been years since he had suckled a woman. He swallowed hard. It had been years since he had done anything to a woman.

Katarina climbed into the tub and splashed water over herself. He held his breath and waited to see what she'd do next. If she was an obedient girl, she'd wash herself as he had instructed. If she wasn't obedient, he'd have to barge in there and soap her himself. He grinned. Now, which would he prefer?

So far, Katarina was working out perfectly. She was much more accommodating than the other girls. One had started fighting him the moment he'd tricked her into his lap, and another had burst into tears when he had told her to wash. Katarina seemed sensible and willing to follow his orders, but was she the one?

His heart thundered as Katarina soaped her arms and chest. Her nipples perked as she washed herself. He longed to feel her silky skin beneath his hands. Perhaps that would spark his body into a response. He looked down, hoping to see a bulge in his breeches. There was no reaction.
"Give it time," he muttered, slipping his hand between his legs. It was Katarina's first night here; if he disturbed her now, she would be put off to him. He stroked himself faster as she bathed. Despite the deep ache in his loins, his member remained soft and useless.

He studied Katarina as she stepped from the tub. Her pink nipples begged for his lips. The thatch of wet hair between her thighs teased him. Her long legs led to a tender, pink place untouched by a man. He'd give up everything he owned just to know the pleasure of a woman, to feel the sweet release he savored, but that could never happen. His suffering was punishment for his heinous crime...

I hope you’ll check it out. It really is a good story, with a perfect blend of gothic mystery and spicy romance. The Dark Lord, and A Most Unusual Princess appear together in my Amber Quill Press anthology, Naughty Nobles

As always, excerpts, reviews, and more details on all my romances are on my website: www.KelliWilkins.com

Happy Reading!
Kelli

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flash Back to... The Sexy Stranger




Hi everyone!

Today we flash back to one of my first Amber Quill Press romances… The Sexy Stranger!
This contemporary romance was one of three stories that I submitted to the Amber Quill Press “Heat Wave” writing contest (way back in 2005).

This short and fun romance puts a different (and sexy) spin on hitchhikers and mistaken identities. I wanted to add some elements of danger to the story, but without putting my characters into too much jeopardy. This novella is a very condensed version of an idea I had for a longer romance with more “bad guys” and a detailed backstory about the characters – and the crimes they’re going to commit. (And who knows, I might just write it one day.)

Here’s a short summary:


The Sexy Stranger

Lauren's life was predictable and boring—until the day she met a sexy stranger along a deserted Nevada highway. When an ex-con named Matt jumped into her car, he introduced her to a world of steamy passion and intrigue she had only seen in movies. Lauren soon realizes that this bad boy has a romantic and passionate side he’s been shielding from her—along with a few other secrets, as well.

 A brief excerpt:

Matt bent forward and slid his tongue down her belly. He stopped just before he reached the edge of her hot-pink panties. She groaned and writhed on the bed.

"Don't make this harder than it already is," he whispered. "I'm gonna take a shower. Don't go anywhere," he said as he climbed off the mattress.

A few minutes later, the bathroom door opened and Matt came out wearing a pair of gray briefs. The sight of his tanned, well-muscled body sparked a lustful craving deep inside her. A trickle of water dripped down his chest, and she longed to lick it away.

"Been a good girl since I was gone?" he asked, sliding into bed and straddling her chest.

"I had no choice. I'm stuck here." She rattled the handcuffs. "Why don't you take these off me?"

"Why should I?"

She stared into his eyes, then trailed her gaze down his torso until she was looking at his gray briefs. "Because, I'll make it worth your while."

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(and yes, this novella heats up pretty quick! Amber Quill gave it a Heat level of 2!

 I’m happy to say that readers and reviewers fell in love with Matt and Lauren and their wild adventures. Here are a few kind words from reviewers…

“4.5 Hearts!...Very sensual!...I can definitely recommend this wonderful read! Ms. Wilkins has packed a lot into this sexy story. There is some humor, some extremely hot sex, a bit of mystery and suspense, and finally, some real love between Lauren and Matt.”—Yvonne, The Romance Studio

“5 Cups!…Has it all; suspense, drama, and sensual heat that are sure to pop some firecrackers. Ms. Wilkins’ style is clear and straightforward, her writing nearly flawless with no loose ends. This reviewer will not only be adding this book to her keeper shelf, but will also be watching for even more tantalizing tales from the talented Ms. Wilkins.”—Kimber, Coffee Time Romance

“Blue Ribbon Rating 3!..A quick, fun story for all readers to enjoy!”—Tracy Marsac, Romance Junkies Reviewer

“A lunch-break read that will have you smiling for the rest of the day! Kelli Wilkins knows just how to brighten a small part of the day.”—Jan Douglas, Writers Unlimited

“8.7 Rating!...An erotic comedy. You can see the charged heat between Matt and Lauren. You can feel the attraction to each other grow as the story progresses. You can't help wondering if Lauren will allow her feelings free reign, and if Matt is truly as kind as he pretends to be. Another fabulous story by this Kelli A. Wilkins.”—Aline de Chevigny, In the Library Reviews

"...A hot, sexy, fantasy read. The sparks between Lauren and Matt quickly turn to flames. If I close my eyes and imagine an encounter with a hot sexy stranger, this steamy short story fulfills the fantasy. It’s over quick, but it’s the perfect length to create an intense erotic daydream.” Nannette, Joyfully Reviewed

“...Every woman’s secret fantasy. This short story telling the encounter of one woman hell bent on making a new life after her boyfriend leaves her touches something in every woman. While a brief telling, this story hits the bull's eye with sexual desire, anticipation and a thrilling ride. Kelli A. Wilkins shines in this story. The fantasy comes to life for every woman who reads it. I found myself captivated from the first sentence to the ending. Well done, Ms. Wilkins. Well done indeed.”—Emma Gayle, Romance at Heart

“Kidnapping, hot sex, criminals and even a bank robbery—The Sexy Stranger has it all and then some. Kelli A. Wilkins crafts this little scorcher just right to please, and does it with style and interesting plot twists. Surprisingly well developed for a novella of this length, The Sexy Stranger is an erotic read, and a funny one to boot.”—Michelle, Fallen Angel Reviews

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I hope you’ll check it out and spend some time with The Sexy Stranger!

Next week we’ll be taking a look back at my historical novella, The Dark Lord!

Until next time,
Kelli