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Welcome Eden Bradley/Eve Berlin! (And a giveaway)
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

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?

*****
EXCERPT-Warning-X-Rated!

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…

He groaned.

“Fuck.”

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.

Dylan…

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.

Dylan…

Yeah, just need to spank her gorgeous ass, then get inside her. To make her come. To fuck her.

Dylan!

*****
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.

Eden/Eve 🙂

46 comments to “Welcome Eden Bradley/Eve Berlin! (And a giveaway)”

  1. Elizabeth
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:13 am · Link

    My favourite cover is pleasures edge



  2. Stella (Ex Libris)
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:25 am · Link

    So many beautoful and sensual covers but my absolute 2 favoueites are The Lovers (wow, gives me shivers, so sensual, elegant and classy, delicious!) and then there is The Beauty of Surrender. Beautiful also. Intriguing. Can’t wait to read them! 😀

    Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com



  3. StacieDM
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:34 am · Link

    I love The Darker Side of Pleasure cover. It is so simple but makes a huge statement. Purple is also one of my favorite colors.



  4. Mary G
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:43 am · Link

    Hi Eden
    Just wanted to say I loved Forbidden Fruit – it’s on my keeper shelf. I didn’t know that you wrote under Eve Berlin as well. That excerpt was smokin’. Good luck on your foray into self-pubbing.



  5. Pauline
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:49 am · Link

    Hi Eden,

    Without a doubt, my favourite book cover of yours is ‘The Darker Side of Pleasure’, I loved that it led you into the story even before you turned to the first page.

    Thanks for a great interview and giveaway!! 🙂



  6. Amelia
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:52 am · Link

    I’ll have to read the book after reading the excerpt!



  7. Susan C
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 10:43 am · Link

    Pleasure’s Edge is my favorite. It is so sensual!

    Enjoyed the great interview and hot excerpt too!



  8. R.G. Alexander
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 10:48 am · Link

    I love all of them…not entering…just sayin’ 🙂



  9. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 10:48 am · Link

    Ooh-you’ve all mentioned some of my personal favorites! Getting a new book cover is always exciting! Working on my own cover with my boyfriend for my self-pubbed book was fun and stressful-lol! I had no idea how hard it is, so I have a new respect for the cover artists at my various publishers.
    Let me ask all of you: How much does a books’ cover help you decide whether or not to buy the book?



    • Mary G
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        · June 1st, 2011 at 12:38 pm · Link

      Re: covers. Some are works of art but I still purchase by content/author. The only difference a cover makes is if I read it at home or if I can read in publicLOL 😉



    • Dawn
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        · June 1st, 2011 at 9:59 pm · Link

      The cover is a huge part of what helps me pick a book unless I’m already a fan of the author. Like you I buy them all cause I know they will be amazing xoxox



  10. Marika Weber
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 10:52 am · Link

    Ever’s story is coming? Oooo thank you, thank you! Good luck with the self publishing route. Also, Fall is in the planning stages? WOW! Again, thank you again. Its the only one that I don’t have, for obvious reasons. LOL! Don’t enter me in the contest since I already have Summer.
    🙂



  11. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 10:59 am · Link

    Marika-Yes-Ever’s story, EVERSONG, is coming out this fall, and I *had* to write about his Viking origins in the prequel story I’m self-pubbing, which will be out before EVERSONG. What is it about a Viking that’s so damn sexy?
    I just started writing FALL EQUINOX, and I think this one is going to be HOT! I’m already in love with my two heroes, Rylan and Caleb. 🙂



  12. Lindsay J
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 11:04 am · Link

    I adore the cover of THE LOVERS! Fantastic interview and thanks for the chance!

    As for your question, sometimes it just depends. But if I really love the cover, I’ll buy it whether I want to read it or not, just to have it sitting on my shelf. I’d say, in general, the cover of a book and how appealing it has does play a small part in buying it.



  13. JeanP
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 11:06 am · Link

    I like them all but the one that stands out for me is Pleasure’s Edge. It kind of draws me in, wanting to pick it up and find out more.



  14. Bonnie H
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 11:29 am · Link

    Hello Beth, and beautiful Eden!! I love love love every single one of your books and covers – The Breeder is a particular favorite as far as covers 😉
    The cover is important to me when buying a book – not as important as it used to be, however. When I became a reviewer, I discovered some excellent ebooks that had, in my opinion, awful covers – so I learned not to “judge a book by its cover” (DUH lol)
    I really can’t say enough good things about Eden and her books – she is a wonderful, caring, generous person and a very gifted author! Beth, I haven’t read any of your Bethany Kane books yet, but I adore every story of yours I’ve read, Sweet Restraint being a particular favorite 😉
    Don’t enter me in the contest, I have all of Eden’s AWESOME books! Thanks ladies!! xoxo



  15. Maranda Melton
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 11:39 am · Link

    My favorite would have to be “The Breeder” I just love how exotic she looks & her gorgeous outfit,.



  16. Blanche
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 11:58 am · Link

    You have so many beautiful covers! Picking just one is tough but The Breeder cover always catches my eye when I see it!



  17. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I do love my cover for The Breeder! I love all the Smutketeers’ Wasteland covers. The print anthology cover for our Wasteland series is based on my cover for The Breeder-they added a HOT guy-always a good thing!



  18. Laura Bowles
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 12:32 pm · Link

    My favourite covers are Wasteland and The Lovers. I know that ebooks seem to be the “in” thing now but I still prefer a paperback. I have bought a few ebooks to read on my desktop but I work nights and need papaerbacks so I can read them when I like. I may someday go to ebooks but then what would I put on my book shelves in my library?

    Thank you.



  19. Lisa B
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 12:40 pm · Link

    You have the HOTTEST! covers. All are great. Covers are a big turn on or off and the case may be for me. If the cover sucks i won’t even check the book out. To many on the market to choose from so a cover has to stand out some. I think if i have to choose i choose the cover for The Breeder. Love the info on writing Erotica. I read it but no idea how you write it. I agree it can’t just be sex sex sex though. Must have a story to go with the sex. Sex must be written well and hot too! lol

    Enjoyed this interview.

    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com



  20. Joder
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 1:14 pm · Link

    My favorite cover is for The Darker Side of Pleasure. It’s simplistic, yet has bright eye-catching colors that draw you in.



  21. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Laura-I still have a great love for paperback books, too. Looking at the bookshelf in my office or at the big stack of TBR books in my night stand makes me happy. 🙂



  22. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Lisa B-we don’t always have control over our covers-I’ve been very lucky, for the most part. 🙂
    Joder-I talked with my Bantam editor about the cover for The Darker Side of Pleasure (which I loved immediately!), and she told me their marketing department did research and found that colors in the hot/deep pinks were most likely to draw the female eye. Interesting!



  23. ClaudiaGC
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 1:24 pm · Link

    My favourite cover is for The Darker Side of Pleasure. I love the pink and bow. So simple but yet it tells already important things about the story.



  24. Gabrielle J.
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 1:32 pm · Link

    A lot of your book covers are really nice Ms. Bradley but the one I couldn’t help but continuously look at was the cover for your book in The Wasteland series The Breeder.

    I just thought the cover was really intriguing and I also think that it tells a special story all it’s own, ya know? Without words. 😎 🙂



  25. Jen B.
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Your covers are all great. Good color and composition. But I really like The 21st Century Cortesan. The shape of her body and the colors are stunning. The picture sort of draws you in. I want to know what she is doing on the settee.
    jepebATverizonDOTnet



  26. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm · Link

    The covers do tell a story, when done right-and I think The Darker Side of Pleasure works so well because it’s subtle, yet clear.
    Jen B-I love the cover for A 21st Century Courtesan, too! It’s so soft-which that story needed. That heroine’s journey is pretty hard-edged, but there is definitely a softness to her-and the story, too.



  27. Jessie
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 2:58 pm · Link

    I like all the covers! I have to say my favorite is Tempt Me Twice though. I just love menage!



  28. Junegirl63
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 3:15 pm · Link

    I already have Summer Solstice so don’t count me in for the contest but I love two of your covers equally for different reasons….I love The Seeking Kiss for the way that the colors were combined with the backdrop of the three characters and I love A 21st Century Courtesan because while it’s a modern title and a modern woman – the character’s pose on the cover is timeless



  29. Dani D
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Oh my stars this book sounds um um good!



  30. Betty Lewis
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:41 pm · Link

    Foe me it was a toss up of Tempt Me Twice and Pleasures Edge. Both were very Hot!



  31. Leni
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 6:55 pm · Link

    There were quite a few that I wanted to list, so I had to narrow it down to two covers. The Turning Kiss. Love the couple and the color just adds so much to bring out a mood. And The Darker Side Of Pleasure. The bow and the color bring it all together.



  32. JoAnna B
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 7:05 pm · Link

    I love the cover of The Turning Kiss. I loved the background!!!



  33. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 7:28 pm · Link

    I love the colors in The Seeking Kiss and The Turning Kiss covers, too. Especially The Seeking Kiss-it reminds me of a tourmaline. 🙂



  34. Michelle
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 7:35 pm · Link

    My favorite cover is Spring Equinox. Love the colors. Thanks for coming today and talking about your writing. The excerpt was great



  35. Kim D
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 8:59 pm · Link

    I’m torn between Pleasures Edge and The Darker side of Pleasure! Awesome excerpt, thanks for the chance at a book, sounds really good!



  36. Theresa M
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 9:07 pm · Link

    Thanks for the excerpt, I can’t wait to pick up a copy of Pleaure’s Edge!!



  37. Lisa F.
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 9:52 pm · Link

    I love Pleasure’s Edge and The Dark Garden. As far as a book’s cover deciding if I would buy the book, yes and no. If I like the author and what she or he writes I would buy it even if it was a blank cover. But covers that stand out and catches my eye makes me pick up a book and read the back. I’ve found alot of new authors that way.



  38. PhyllisC
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 9:57 pm · Link

    All of your covers are very nice, but The Turning Kiss really jumped out at me. I really like it.



  39. Dawn
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 10:05 pm · Link

    Eden/Eve you are amazing and I love everything I’ve read from you. I know you have a busy summer ahead of you and I can’t wait to get my hands on it all xoxox



  40. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · June 1st, 2011 at 10:37 pm · Link

    So interesting to read the different views on the book covers! So many people love The Darker Side of Pleasure, so I guess the marketing folks at Bantam know their stuff! But I also love the variety of answers-it just goes to show you that we each see beauty in different things. 🙂
    Dawn-thanks for stopping by-*smooches* to you!
    Beth-thank you for having me here to celebrate the release of Addicted To You-I think we all can’t wait to read it!



  41. Robin Snodgrass
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      · June 2nd, 2011 at 7:21 am · Link

    Great interview. Sorry I’m a day behind in getting to read it. Got to say I enjoyed it and learning about your books. The covers are terrific and they sound like my kind of reading material.



  42. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
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      · June 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 am · Link

    Stay tuned for my winner announcement! 🙂



  43. Kelly Thrash
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      · June 2nd, 2011 at 4:48 pm · Link

    My lovely hot sexy Eden/Eve! 😉 I’m late but I already have the book so I don’t need to be in this contest. SO I can proudly say that I own everything Eden/Eve has ever written and There is only one book left that I haven’t read yet. :mrgreen: If you haven’t read anything by her yet you must get out there and do it now!!! 😎

    Love ya!
    KittyKelly



  44. Jolene A
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      · June 5th, 2011 at 11:28 am · Link

    I’m late, as always but I just wanted to say WoW, what a hot excerpt, can’t wait to read your books



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