Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin
Welcome, Eden /Eve, to the Addicted to You Contest!
Thanks so much, Beth! I always love to drop by and blog with you. 🙂
I remember first hearing of you in 2008, when Forbidden Fruit released to rave reviews. You’ve had a lot happen in your writing career since that time. Can you tell us about your many accomplishments and publications in the past few years?
A lot has happened in the last few years! FORBIDDEN FRUIT was profiled in Cosmopolitan’s magazine, which was very exciting. I wrote a few more books for Bantam/Delta after that-A 21ST CENTURY COURTESAN and THE BEAUTY OF SURRENDER. Then in December 2009, Bantam dropped their erotica authors and I had to reinvent myself. I went to contract right away with both Harlequin Spice and Berkley Heat (I write for them as Eve Berlin). My first Spice novel, THE LOVERS, and my first Berkley Heat novel, PLEASURE’S EDGE, both came out last November. Again, very exciting! But I think one of the biggest changes came about when I decided to get back into e-books. Actually, my fellow Smutketeer and dear friend R.G. Alexander talked me into it, and I’m so glad she did! I’ve published nine e-books with Samhain Publishing, including my popular erotic vampire Midnight Playground series.
I love writing my e-books. There’s more flexibility there—e-publishers can take a lot more chances with challenging material than the big New York publishers, so I get to really stretch my wings and write pretty much any story I want to, hence my dirty vampires and my post-apocalyptic novella, THE BREEDER, which is part of the Wasteland continuity series written with my fellow Smutketeers. Many of my e-books are also contemporary erotic romance, so I get to write in a variety of genres, which keeps things interesting for me.
What’s a high point that stands out for you in your career?
It has to be when my agent first called and left a message saying she read my submission (that was a proposal for what eventually became my second Bantam book, THE DARKER SIDE OF PLEASURE) and would like to discuss my work with me. I was absolutely breathless! I didn’t get to talk to her for five days-a very long weekend passed in between that message and actually getting to speak with her—and I was ready to burst. It was pure torture, not knowing if this was going to be my big break or not. Luckily it was, and we still work very happily together-my agent rocks!
What advice would you give someone who wants to be an erotic romance writer?
Right now the erotic romance market is very tough with the New York publishers. E-books are getting the larger share of the market, which makes New York harder to get into than ever. I think starting, at least, in e-books, is the way to go. Not only are the e-publishers releasing more books, thereby making more slots available for newer authors, but honestly, there’s good money to be made if you work hard at it and can produce a good backlist. Not that money is the only concern for every writer, but if you want to be a career writer, then you have to earn a living. But each writer’s goals are different. For some, it’s simply that validation that comes with a publisher wanting to publish your work. Everyone has to decide for themselves what they want out of this career, no matter what they write.
As far as craft goes, just remember that a good erotic romance requires a consistent sensual pacing, that the sex must be a crucial story element, propelling the characters, relationship and story arc forward. Erotic romance is not just a lot of gratuitous sex scenes—the sex must be necessary to the story you’re telling.
What genres do you read? What other genres would you consider writing?
I read erotica and erotic romance, of course, but I also read a ton of women’s fiction, I love romantic comedy, both sweet and sexy contemporary romance, and the YA that’s out there right now is incredible!
I do have several women’s fiction ideas lined up, and one that I’ve been working on in particular—my deadline schedule has been insane the last few years, and I haven’t had the time to really sink my teeth into it, but I plan to by the fall. I’m dying to write this book when I have enough time to give it the attention it deserves! It’ll be dark, angsty stuff-I’m not sure I can write anything else-lol!
Tell us about your upcoming projects.
I’m about to jump into self-publishing with a short prequel piece to my Midnight Playground series, going into the Viking origins of my most popular (and personal favorite) vampire, Ever. I’ve just finished it, so I still need to polish it, send it through a professional editor, finish working with my boyfriend, Sam Saturday, on the cover design (luckily he’s an artist of many talents!), then get it formatted. EVER: THE TURNING should be out in the next month.
I’ve just starting to work on FALL EQUINOX, another contemporary erotic romance for Samhain to finish off my Celestial Seductions series. It’s in the early planning stages, so all I know so far is that it’ll be a ménage story, which I seem to have a particular fondness for…*G* I’m also working on my third Eve Berlin book, TEMPTATION’S EDGE, a BDSM erotic romance—the second book, DESIRE’S EDGE, will be out September 6th. And I’m awaiting edits on my next Spice book, FALLEN ANGEL, which is due for a February, 2012 release. This one is a very different kind of erotic romance about a young woman who was kidnapped by a satanic cult as a child and the ranger who finds her half-dead on a beach on the Mendocino coastline. An odd set-up, I know! It was a real challenge to write, and surprised me with how utterly romantic the story became as I worked on it.
What else…? EVERSONG, Book Four in my Midnight Playground series, will be out this fall, and I’ll also start work on a steampunk novella that will be part of a self-published series the Smutketeers are going to work on together . So, you know…sitting around eating bon-bons—ah, the writer’s life!
Since you’re celebrating your latest contemporary release, ADDICTED TO YOU, here’s a peek at my last contemporary erotic romance release, PLEASURE’S EDGE:
How do you know…
For beautiful erotica author Dylan Ivory, being in control is everything. Growing up in a dysfunctional home, she raised her younger brother–right up to the day he died in a motorcycle accident. Since then, she has lived a life of perfect order, leaving nothing to chance. Then she met the man who was everything she was not…and everything she wanted.
How far you can go…
Alec Walker is a writer of dark psychological thrillers–and a man who lives for thrills. From motorcycles to snowboards to swimming with sharks, there’s no end to his lust for excitement. His tastes extend into the bedroom as well, and into The Pleasure Dome, the local BDSM club where he lets no rules bind his desires. The only thing he truly fears is love, and allowing someone else to really know him…
Unless you go over the edge?
While researching a book on sexual extremes, Dylan interviews Alec–and longs to taste the temptation he offers. But he’s a self-proclaimed dominant and she refuses to surrender control. Slowly and seductively, though, Alec shows her that by letting go and submitting to his every desire she can experience the ultimate pleasure. But to keep the woman who for the first time brings him to his knees , can Alec take the ultimate risk and surrender his heart?
The alarm went off and Alec slapped at it blindly, turning onto his back. He’d slept on his stomach and come awake with a painful erection pressing into the mattress. And Dylan’s face in his mind.
In his body.
He’d gone to sleep hard and woken harder.
He willed himself to calm, but his cock throbbed with need.
In his mind’s eye he saw long curls shining auburn and amber in the sunlight, falling around her narrow shoulders. A pair of cool, gray eyes that seemed to hold some mystery, something she kept secret from him, something he wanted—needed—to know. Pale, pale skin like polished ivory. The delicate line of collarbone at the edge of her sweater, and beneath it, the curve of her breasts, perfectly formed. He’d been up late last night imagining what they would look like, feel like in his hands. The taste of her beneath his tongue. What it would be like to have her long legs wrapped around his waist as he pumped into her, her pussy hot and welcoming…
Throwing back the blankets, the sheet, he reached down and stroked himself, his fingers gliding over his hard shaft, curling around it.
What would her lush, red lips feel like wrapped around him, her tongue snaking over the head of his cock?
He moaned, stroked harder, his hips pumping into his fist.
Her mouth would be wet, warm, but not as wet as her pussy. He would part her lean thighs, thrust into her, hard, over and over.
Her eyes would glaze over, her lips parting, her body shaking as she came, her pussy clenching him, so damn tight.
He arched into his palm, stroking, feathering his fingertips over the swollen head. He could feel the come rising in his body, his cock pulsing.
Yeah, just need to spank her gorgeous ass, then get inside her. To make her come. To fuck her.
The next book, DESIRE’S EDGE, is Alec’s best friend Dante’s story. Dante is a sexy Dom who is equally wicked and tender, with a little fetish for doing the dirty in the shower-my kind of guy! It’ll be out September 6th!
CONTEST! Since we’re celebrating contemporary erotic romance today, why don’t I give away something in that genre from my back list? If you like a good ménage story, you might like my e-book, SUMMER SOLSTICE. To enter to win a copy, just visit my Eden Bradley website, then come back here and comment, letting me know which of my book covers is your favorite. I’ll announce the winner in the comment section here tomorrow, so be sure to check back!
Thanks again for having me, Beth! I hope readers will drop by to visit my websites: www.EdenBradley.com or www.EveBerlin.com, or my group blog www.Smutketeers.com , where I blog with my awesome fellow Smutketeers, authors R.G. Alexander, Crystal Jordan and Karen Erickson.