I’m very pleased that talented, best-selling author Opal Carew has agreed to join us. Please give her a very warm welcome, especially as I’m traveling today. 🙂 This is really a terrific interview and glimpse at Opal’s beyond sexy books.
How far would you go to reach the ultimate pleasure?
Max Delaney is a master of bondage and submission… and Summer Anderson’s most decadent dream come true. From the moment she meets him, she yearns for him to dominate her — body and soul. But once she’s lived out her most forbidden fantasy, can she go back to her ordinary life? And will she ever want to?
4 1/2 Stars!
“A wealth of varied sex scenes and a daring exploration of multiple loves make this tale a must-read … her descriptions of the physical and mental aspects of BDSM are spot on.”
Romantic Times Book Reviews
5 Stars! (Reviewer Top Pick)
“…the ultimate fantasy… skillfully delves into the world of BDSM… well-plotted and truly realistic… wonderfully erotic and totally hot … I highly recommend Ms. Carew’s latest work, SECRET TIES”
Night Owl Romance
It’s fun to read erotica with a believable and engaging plot. As a feminist, I appreciate the fact that Summer and Max directly approach and then satisfactorily resolve the question of whether it’s politically correct to engage in S & M in an era of gender equality.
Publisher’s Weekly, Ladies’ Book Club Blurbs blog
BK: Thanks so much for joining us here today!
What future projects are you especially excited about?
OC: I’m always most excited about the book I’m currently working on, which is PLEASURE BOUND. I’m only a few weeks into it, so it’s not very fleshed out yet, but I love the characters and what I have planned for them. I describe the story as Bad-Boy turned Mr.-Nice-Guy falls for Girl-Next-Door.
Ty, who is a master of domination, has decided to leave that lifestyle behind. When he falls for lovely Marie, his next door neighbour, he plans to handle her with kid gloves.
Marie finds Ty very attractive, and he’s a great listener, but she wants hot BDSM sex and he’s clearly too nice a guy to be the overpowering Dominant of her dreams. Enter Zeke. An old friend of Ty’s who plans to give Marie exactly what she wants.
I’m really looking forward to exploring the interaction between the characters and their growth.
Ty is afraid of the “bad” inside himself, and believes he must suppress it or it will destroy his life. He is especially afraid that if he lets himself be who he is naturally, Marie will reject him, so he suppresses his desire to dominate her. He must come to realize that what he’s been labeling as “bad” is really his assertiveness, which is his strength; that by denying a part of himself, he can never be truly whole.
Zeke has missed Ty and the closeness they once shared. He must juggle his feelings for Marie with his desire to mend the rift between Ty and himself. As the story unfolds, he must also find the strength and understanding to accept who he is as his feelings for Ty become more confusing.
BK: This sounds not only sexy, but a very character-driven story. Good stuff.
Every writer has moments they cringe when they read past stuff, and moments when they think…yeah, that’s good. Would you please share with us a paragraph or two of a sample of your writing of which you are particularly proud and say why you like it?
OC: Boy, you ask tough questions! Well, I think my best writing is in my sex scenes, which might not be appropriate for your blog, so how about I share an entertaining bit from TWIN FANTASIES? This is one of my favorite scenes. (Note: Sam is the name of the cat.)
A mechanical grinding sound, followed by a cat’s hiss and a thunk snatched Jenna’s attention to the living room. Oh, no, it couldn’t be. A loud whirring sounded from the couch.
“What was that?” Jake asked as he headed to the living room.
“Oh, I’m sure it’s nothing,” she said as she tried to scurry ahead of him, but with his long-legged stride he reached the living room doorway before her.
He stared toward the couch, a big smile claiming his lips. She poked her head through and saw Sam sitting with one paw on the base of the purple penis batting with her other paw at the head of the shaft as it moved in circles.
Jenna felt Ryan beside her.
“What in the world is that?”
“I’ll give you one guess,” Jake answered. “Jenna, I see you were enjoying my little gift.”
Ryan waved his hands in front of him as if he could wipe away the image of what he’d just seen.
BK: LOL–oh, too funny. Good choice there, Opal. Okay, now can you tell us about a “˜blush moment,’ an especially humorous or mortifying moment in your writing career?
OC: When you say a “blush moment” it reminds me of how my friends in my local writing chapter like to tease me when we go out to dinner. Someone from the other end of the table will say “Hey, Opal, say orgasm”, then they all watch me blush.
As for mortifying, that would be the first time I met my editor, Rose. I’d been working with her for over a year, but we’d never met in person, so when I decided to go to the Romance Writers of America conference in Dallas, we arranged a time to meet. In the meantime, my agent suggested the three of us get together and, silly me, I assumed that meant we were moving the meeting time. (I figured Rose would be so busy meeting with authors and agents she wouldn’t have time to meet with me twice!) Add on to all that the fact I caught the flu and wound up in bed that entire day with a fever. Imagine my mortification when the phone rang and it was Rose, who’d been waiting for me at the bar for over twenty minutes! Luckily, Rose is a wonderful and understanding person who has never held it against me!
BK: Oh, no. The opposite of what you’d want to happen. Oi, it happens to all of us at times.
What are you working on right now, and when can readers look forward to seeing it?
OC: A year ago, my editor asked me if I would like to switch from writing two books a year to three. I jumped at the opportunity and am now working on the third book on that schedule, PLEASURE BOUND, which should be out in fall 2010. This has led to some craziness with scheduling. For instance, I received the cover for BLISS, my spring 2010 release, before I handed the manuscript in. Also, I received revisions from my editor for FORBIDDEN HEAT, my January 2010 release, two weeks before my deadline for BLISS. At the same time, I was working on new book ideas. Thus, the past six weeks have been crazy because, as you can see, I’ve been jumping back and forth between three different books!
So I recently handed in BLISS, which follows one of the main characters from my third book, BLUSH. (You don’t need to have read BLUSH to enjoy BLISS.) I am really excited about the cover for BLISS. It’s really hot! (Take a look: http://www.opalcarew.com/bookshelf/upcoming.php#bliss)
In BLISS, J.M. is a Tantra master who believes in the spiritual and healing qualities of sex. Kara is a sex columnist who believes sex is purely physical and gets ticked off with the superior types who think otherwise. When the two of them come together sparks fly… in bed and out.
Being part of a romantic relationship with three people has left J.M. longing for a woman who loves him first and foremost, so he has been doing affirmations to attract the perfect woman into his life. When he meets Kara, he knows she is the one. The problem is, not only does Kara not believe in Tantra, she doesn’t believe in love.
J.M. helps Kara explore intensely erotic sexual fantasies for her column. To help, he calls on his sexy friend, Quinn, who is an expert in Kama Sutra. Unfortunately, as the fantasies progress, J.M worries that Kara might be falling for Quinn.
BK: Whoa, after all that, you deserve a dream vacation (and I can understand later why you chose some place like Antartica to cool down.) I’m granting you a dream vacation–I did say DREAM, after all. Where would you go? Why? Who would go with you? What book would you bring with you? What would you make SURE you left behind?
OC: A ride on the space shuttle jumps immediately to mind, with a visit to the space station. (Six people have already done this. See www.spaceadventures.com.) Also, I’d love to set foot on the moon. The latter possibility is still many years off, though.
Thinking more down-to-earth, I would love to see Antarctica, but I wouldn’t want to spend a long time there, so I might decide on a trip around the world with a cruise portion that stops there briefly. (I’ve already spent eight months in Fairbanks, Alaska. Loved the northern lights! Much more colourful than here in Ottawa, Canada.) All things considered, though, I’d probably settle on going to Japan. (Of course, once I read your new book, I’ll probably be dying to go to Hawaii!)
I guess I just love going places that are really different. Who would I go with? My husband and two sons. My boys are in their late teens now and rarely do things with Mum and Dad, but they would probably want to tag along for something like this. What book would I bring? I’d bring my ebook reader loaded with about a hundred books! Not that I would really spend much time reading. Too busy exploring and spending time with my family!
What would I make sure I left behind? I’d be lying if I said my laptop, because I couldn’t manage going too long without writing something. Anyway, I’d need it to store all the photos I’d be taking! What I’d really leave behind are all my worries and concerns. No thoughts of deadlines allowed!
BK: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about?
OC: Well, I’ve told you about two of my three future releases, but nothing about my very next release.
My next book is FORBIDDEN HEAT, which follows a woman who has secretly fantasized about being with two men she knew in college. Even if she’d been confident enough to suggest it then, which she hadn’t, it was an impossible dream because… Trey and Jake were a couple! As the book opens at a wedding over ten years later, she meets the men again, only to find they are now just friends… and they both now date women. This is her chance to live out her fantasy, but as things progress between them, she realizes that Trey and Jake should be together and she decides to be the catalyst to bring them back together again.
FORBIDDEN HEAT is wildly sexy, fun and the most emotional of my books so far. The release date is January 5th, 2010.
Thanks for inviting me to participate in the celebration for your new release, PARADISE RULES from Berkley Heat. I’m sure it will be a huge success!
BK: Thanks so much, Opal. It means a lot coming from you.
Opal has been kind enough to donate a copy of Secret Ties to one randomly chosen commenter on her blog. Since there are no guests at the Paradise Rules contest on Sundays, Opal’s winner will be announced Monday morning.