Welcome back, and happy Tuesday to you all. Today, we have the luck of being able to chat with Zoe Blake. I have been facebook stalking her for quite some time, and she does not disappoint! She is participating in a dark anthology based on your favorite fairy tales! I absolutely can not wait to read it with Zoe and some more of my favorite authors (you might be seeing them in the coming weeks!)
Please tell me about yourself…
My name is Zoe Blake. I am an erotic romance author who specializes in historical romance. As far as writing style, I am known for being explicitly descriptive. As a person, I am rather contrary. I adore needlepointing, BBC period pieces and Victorian literature but I also ride motorcycles, have three tattoos and think curse words make the best adjectives.
What events will your fans see you at in the following months?
I will be attending Romantic Times in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m thinking about doing my very first book signing. I am of course nervous. Like it is my sweet 16 and I’m worried no one will show up to the party! I also plan to be at the Romance Writers Association Conference.
Are you a full-time author? Or do you have another job on top of writing?
I am lucky to have two dream jobs. During my down time, I write but for my main job, I am an Event Planner. I plan weddings, large corporate galas, conferences, you name it. I love it. The creativity behind menu planning, designing the décor, coming up with a theme, seeing it all come together. Basically, I design memories for a living.
Tell me about your work in progress…
I am in the middle of my first Western series. I am currently working on “The Gunfighter’s Revenge” the second book. I am very particular about doing research for all my books and getting even the smallest detail correct. My heroine doesn’t wear a gray dress. She wears a dove gray, lindsey-woolsey, full skirt over a bustle. My hero doesn’t shoot a rifle. He shoots a .44 caliber Henry lever action, sixteen shot rifle with a brass frame, good for a thousand yards. The only thing I am fudging a bit is how men in the old Wild West were fonder of drinking sugary concoctions like Champagne Flips than they were whiskey and beer. It’s just not sexy to have your strong, alpha male saddle up to a bar and order a Mint Julep!
The series is based around three soldiers whose lives were changed not by the war-between-the-states but by the various greedy, murderous deeds of others. Now that the war is finally over, they head West to seek their revenge. In the first book, we meet Mason, who decides on a very dangerous path to avenge the murder of his brother. The kidnapping of an innocent, defenseless woman. The problem for Mason is, his intended victim is not so defenseless! In the second, we meet Horn, who is searching the West for the man who framed him for murder right before the war. Along the way he meets Emma…a woman he could possibly learn to love…if he could get her to stop trying to kill him long enough! The third and final book will be Michael…and well, there is a special surprise for that story!
Are you a plotter or a pantser? What do these terms mean to you?
I am the poster child for Type A/OCD personality so I am definitely a plotter. I have a special notebook I use for timelines and future book ideas. I also use color-coded pens to keep track of research notes, character traits, sub-plots, etc. Occasionally while writing, a scene will take the book in another direction so I will momentarily become a pantser. Then my Type A will kick back in and I will actually rewrite my timeline to accommodate the change!
Do you have any advice to new authors?
As I mentioned above, I do my research. I would advise new authors to do the same. It adds a richness to your writing that the reader will appreciate. Many new authors make the mistake of thinking, especially with erotic romance, that all the readers care about are the sex scenes, that simply is not true. The majority of romance readers are professional, educated women. They want a well-written story. To achieve this, you need to do your research. If you are going to write a Western, then go get some books on what life was like in the West, don’t just rely on old Hollywood films (they get allot wrong). If you want to write a contemporary where the hero is military then research about the military. Don’t just make the guy “Delta Force” and have him run around with a “gun” and call it a day. Make him a Captain of the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 who pilots Supra Cobras and carries an M9 Beretta. See the difference?
What is the favorite thing that you’ve written?
So far, my favorite book is “His Dark Obsession”. It is about a wealthy, English lord who introduces an artist’s model into the seductive world of submission and discipline. Unfortunately for him, she is a headstrong American who does not simply fall into his arms. If he wants her, he will have to catch her. Oh…and she is suspected of being a murderess! So he might want to be careful.
One of the reasons why I love this book, is the photography angle. It was far more advanced in the Victorian era than people realized. They actually had small, handheld cameras not just those large, clunky, wooden boxes you see in the movies. It allowed me to explore the modern concept of sexually charged photographs in an historical setting which I believe made for a unique story.
What authors inspire your writing?
I was actually fortunate enough to recently work with several of them on an anthology that is releasing on January 24th, “The Dark Forest”. It is a collection of erotic fairytales featuring Alta Hensley, Tabitha Black, Maggie Ryan, Maren Smith, Addison Cain and Jennifer Bene. This was my first anthology and it was a fascinating process. The challenge of an anthology is to blend each author’s style and shall we say “kink niche” into one cohesive theme and I believe we did an excellent job. Each story is more unique than the last but they are so creative in how each author chose to twist the original fairytale into something seductively charming, dark and alluring.
The Dark Forest: A Collection of Erotic Fairytales Media Kit
Enjoy seven wicked tales from seven bestselling authors, each more deliciously deviant than the last!
Nothing is as it seems in our dark and twisted fairyland. Princes are not charming and the path to happily ever after is paved with creative punishments and supplication. Do not fret for our fair maidens. These are still fairytales. Love will conquer all in the end.
A Beauty and the Beast tale by Zoe Blake
A cursed maiden, a prince in disguise, a savage hunger that would not be denied. The hot tempered, independent daughter of a wealthy merchant, Beatrice the Beastly, as she was called by the villagers, would be tamed by no man. The curse be damned. Appearing before her as a stable master, Prince Rhys is determined to possess Beatrice on his terms. He will use her own wild nature to show her how beautifully primal love can be. Will Beatrice respond to his rough handling or deny them both their destiny?
SLEEP, MY BEAUTY
A Sleeping Beauty story by Alta Hensley
Once upon a time, there were blue skies and bright sunrays.
But not today. Today the ash falls from the sky casting a thick layer of darkness and despair. The powerful Maleficent army is marching through the destroyed land collecting all the young women to add to his collection of sleeping beauties. There is no escape. There is nowhere to run.
Briar Rose has one choice. Submit or die. But when she meets her trainer, a sadistic and damaged man named Prince, she soon realizes that her choices are not so black and white.
In a world cast in an apocalyptic nightmare, is it possible for one woman to find her happily ever after
WOLFFE’S LITTLE RED
A Little Red Riding Hood story by Maggie Ryan
Regina Redd is a young professional woman during the week… and becomes Little Red when with her Dom/daddy, Drake Wolffe. On the day a red envelope arrives, the moment she lifts the embossed black seal, she knows the weekend ahead will require everything she has inside… her deepest desires will be met, her darkest needs fulfilled. You need not bring anything—everything you need shall be provided. Those are the words she reads… the ones that shall begin her journey. How will Master Wolffe guide his Little Red through this erotic, intimate journey to push her limits, to learn she can soar so much higher than she ever dreamed? An engraved invitation, a basket of ‘goodies’ and a cottage in the woods where her big bad Mr. Wolffe is waiting for his Little Red.
A Cinderella tale by Tabitha Black
Trapped in a life of endless drudgery and servitude for her stepmother and siblings, Ella has just one joy; her poster of the rock god Zainon Matthews. Every night before falling into an exhausted sleep, she gazes at his handsome face and wishes he would magically appear and whisk her away to a happily ever after. She has no idea how close she is to getting that wish… or the dark, sadistic desires Zainon will expose her to. As the saying goes: be careful what you wish for.
A Rapunzel story by Jennifer Bene
Rebecca ‘Rapunzel’ Sinclair has spent her entire life in The Tower. A forty-two story monument to her father’s tech company where she lives and works, trying to be worthy of Daniel Sinclair’s incredible legacy. But while her father has kept her sheltered and safe, he has also made enemies, and when one of them rips Rapunzel from The Tower and takes her prisoner she is dropped into a nightmare of pain and pleasure. There are secrets this damned prince knows, and a dangerous history behind his motivations. As her masked captor works to break her down will she be able to face the darkness in her past, and the dangerous desires she’s discovering inside herself?
NIGHTMARES IN WONDERLAND
An Alice and Wonderland tale by Addison Cain
When darkness falls, Alice hears the tick-tock of the grandfather clock, and the hosts of Wonderland come out to play: the Red Queen soaked in blood, the laughing Madman of Cheshire, and a nasty pair of little boys who itch to bite and scratch. Of all who haunt Alice, one devil’s false friendship is far more insidious. The Hatter has all the power, loves to twist and taunt, and is eager to draw sweet Alice into a never-ending nightmare of degradation and fun. Tea anyone?
GOLDI IN CHAINS
A Goldilocks story by Maren Smith
She is an independent career woman with a penchant for the seamy underside of life. Her name is Goldi, and Goldi has always walked her own road. Including the road that led to her latest job. Breaking into that house was every bit as easy as she’d been led to believe. What it wasn’t, was empty and shifters (particularly were-bears) were not known to be forgiving. Now, trapped in the terrifying dark of their basement dungeon, Goldi knows she’s in for a long night of carefully exacted revenge. What she doesn’t know is which might be worse: the inevitable pain as they work in tandem to break her down… or the incredible pleasure that pain brings.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
ZOE BLAKE is a USA Today Bestselling author of historical erotic romance. Her new Ride Hard series in Western romance is filled with action, suspense and of course dominant cowboys and the feisty women they love.
ALTA HENSLEY is a USA Today Bestselling erotic romance author who has had #1 top-selling books in Dark, contemporary, BDSM, erotic science fiction, humor, and historical. She writes the naughty… and then the cure for it.
MAGGIE RYAN is a USA Today and International Bestselling author who loves to create worlds where strong women acknowledge their desire to submit and alpha males accept this incredible gift guiding their partners as they walk along the razor’s edge between pain and pleasure.
TABITHA BLACK is a USA Today Bestselling author who has been writing spanking and BDSM erotica for over a decade, and has no intention of giving it up any time soon.
JENNIFER BENE is a bestselling author of dark and devious erotica, paranormal romance, and other fun, kinky books. She loves wine, whiskey, BDSM, and keyboards – just not necessarily in that order.
ADDISON CAIN is the author of the bestselling Alpha’s Claim series. She has a penchant for dark themes and unrepentant lust. Heroes are villains, wrong is right, and concepts of obsession color her tales beyond simple black and white.
MAREN SMITH is a USA Today Bestselling author with more than 20 years’ worth of books in print. She is well known for both her slightly twisted sense of humor and her unhealthy love affair with coffee.
The Cowboy’s Revenge
Ride Hard Series, Book One
When Mason caught sight of the beautiful woman with honey-brown hair and violet eyes, he could think of only one thing…revenge.
For three longs years during the War Between the States he was forced to wait to learn who had murdered his brother. The wait was over. He would take everything from the man; his wealth, his power…his daughter.
Annabelle was getting as far away from Vulture City, Arizona and her step-father as she could, even if she had to marry the boring banker’s son to do it. On the morning she planned to elope, a handsome stranger shows up claiming her step-father lost her in a poker game and she was now his.
She will fight him tooth and nail every step of the trail even as his punishments get harsher and more creative.
Ride Hard Series – Three Men, One Single Purpose
Three men who don’t give a damn about the War Between the States or that they were on the losing side. All they care about is it’s over…they can finally seek their revenge.
Contains anal play, domestic discipline, and creative cowboy-style punishments.
After a chance encounter on a busy London street, Lord Pierce Warrington vowed she would be his…he just needed to learn her name.
As an American, Sarah Grey still had allot to learn about British society. She didn’t, however, need to be told handsome lords who handled you intimately and demanded to know your name were trouble.
She made her living as a model with Mrs. Mildred Needham’s Studio of Virtuous Young Beautiful Women Artist Models. While it was certainly better than a life in domestic service, sitting for painters and sculptors was not nearly as exciting as Sarah would have hoped. That is until Lord Pierce Warrington strolls in looking to hire a model.
Lord Warrington is highly influential in the new medium of photography. He decides Sarah is his perfect muse…and perfect for a little sinful seduction. Will she be willing to play his dark games? Will she understand his need to explore the delicate balance of pleasure and pain? To capture it on film? To capture her.
What starts as a dangerous seduction turns treacherous when an attempt is made on Sarah’s life. Will the enigmatic Lord Warrington’s games be the death of her?
This book contains domestic discipline, spankings, creative punishments and anal play.
#1 Best Selling Author in Victorian/Historical Erotic Romance
USA Today Bestselling Author
We are all attracted to the forbidden. Addicted to the rush we get from reading something naughty…something kinky. We love to lose ourselves in the fantasy. The powerful lord who sweeps the lady away to his remote estate to ravish her. The cowboy who takes the sassy city girl over his knee to teach her a lesson. The devilishly charming pirate who seduces his beautiful captive. I write those erotic fantasies.
The Submission of Little Emmie
Disciplining the Maid
Chosen to be His Little Angeline
The Duke’s Possession
A Captive of Chance
Hero to Obey – Worth Fighting For
Papa’s Little Pain Princess
His Dark Obsession
The Cowboy’s Revenge