Guest Author & Giveaway: Sophie Renwick featuring Velvet Haven

Thursday, March 4

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I have to admit that I have some serious cover love for the book featured today.  In fact, it was the cover for VELVET HAVEN that led me to read the introductory story into the World of Annwyn that Sophie Renwick wrote in the anthology A Highlander Christmas.  I loved her story "Yuletide Enchantment", so then I not only had cover love, but a serious need to get my hands on Bran's story in VELVET HAVEN. 

If you've not seen the book, then you are in for a feast for the eyes my friends, but the love story it contains about Bran and Mairi promises to be even better. VELVET HAVEN was released this Tuesday on March 2nd, and it is my pleasure to have the author of the Immortals of Annwyn series, Sophie Renwick, with us today to celebrate.  Enjoy!

Musings on Sexual Tension

First, I’d like to thank you for having me here today to talk about—and give away Velvet Haven: Book One of the Immortals of Annwyn series. This is my debut fantasy/paranormal release, but not my first erotic novel. I’ve already written lots of sex.....(smiley face)

Seductive musings....I do a lot of that when I write. I’m a mental plotter, so my musings usually take me from plot, to characters, which always leads to seduction. It’s the best part of the job, and frankly, one of my favourites!

Let’s face it. Sex sells. And sex in women’s romance is selling like hotcakes. Forget about erotica, or erotic romance, the romance novel in general is getting a sexy makeover. Women of the 21st century are demanding it. We want it, and we’ve finally figured out it’s okay to not want to pretend a headache, but to embrace our man’s—and our—needs. Women, like men, are just as capable as undressing a passerby and wondering what’s beneath that tight t-shirt and 501’s.  But one thing we’re not good at is sex without feeling.

Which leads me into the realm of sexual tension. Yes, romances are sexy these days with lots of explicit scenes. But the build up of those scenes are crucial to the overall reader experience. In many cases, the build up and ‘almost all the way’ scenes are sometimes better and hotter than the actual consummation scene.

Sex without spark, without combustion, is just, It’s more the male domain. Not the female. Of course, erotica is a different story; I’m talking about romance.

Women want to be seduced. With words, looks, touches. We want to be desired, to know the man is burning up for us, and this is what sexual tension does. It makes us breathless, makes our pulse race, makes us want to flip feverishly through the pages until the heroine and hero finally get it on! (smiley face) That’s good sexual tension, and something that is integral to any romance, and reader experience.

Personally, any good hanky panky being carried out in a carriage scene is my fuel. I love them. No carriages in Velvet Haven, but there’s lots of build up to the peak. I think my favorite sexy scene in that book is a shower scene. You’ll know it when you read it. ;) I blushed for the hour it took me to write it, and fanned myself while editing it! But while it’s naughty, there’s a ton of tension building—on both sides. Both characters are in a vulnerable state and that, combined with some naughty words, really sets the stage for a hot encounter. Oh yeah...there’s a tub scene, too....yeah, I like that one, as well! (smiley face)

So, what scene from what book did it for you—made you want to flip forward to see what happens? And why did it work for you?

Hidden from mortals for all eternity, Annwyn, the Otherworld, is home to shapeshifters, wraiths and dragons. But in a nightclub called Velvet Haven, desire brings humans and immortals together…

Built atop the mystic passageway to Annwyn, the gothic nightclub Velvet Haven has seen its share of lost souls—both mortal and immortal. It is here that Bran, the shapeshifter king of the Sidhe, searches for his brother, who is ensnared by a centuries-old curse. When a vision foretells his own death, he knows his time to find Carden is running out.

For help he must turn to Mairi, a mortal woman with an unusual aura. Bran has never liked humans, other than using their sexual pleasure to restore his magic energy. But with Mairi everything is different. Her lush curves and teasing caresses enflame him like no Sidhe has ever done. He has no idea that the woman he’s falling for holds the key to his destruction – or his salvation.

Read an additional excerpt, an exclusive bonus excerpt, and an alternate ending

Congrats Sophie on the first book in this new series, as well as being contracted for the second book!  That's such great news :) Thank you so much for being my guest today, and  a even more thanks for writing such seductive love stories.  I for one can't wait to read Bran's story.  This is one paranormal romance that I will not be missing.

You can learn more about Sophie and The Immortals of Annwyn on her website  And while your there you should check out the section of her site dedicated to the world of Annwyn, which contains a glossary, and a very yummy character gallery (seriously you don't want to miss this one).  Sophie also writes as Charlotte Featherstone.  You can check out her books under this pseudonym at as well as her combined author blog

To celebrate the release of VELVET HAVEN, Sophie is giving away one signed copy to a lucky commenter.  Here's how you can win....

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Sophie posed to readers  (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest is open to anyone 18 yrs or older
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Good Luck!

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librarypat,  March 4, 2010 at 12:45 AM  

I am a Follower.

Julie Kenner's Demon Hunter Soccer Mom series has been one to keep readers wanting to turn the pages. There is a sexual tension there, but it is not the focus of her books. The stories are firmly linked, so much so that when you finish one book, you are in the middle of something. There should be a page that says TO BE CONTINUED. The worst part is having the books come out at least a year apart. The page desperately needs to be turned to see what happens next, but there are no pages to turn.

CallMeKayla March 4, 2010 at 12:52 AM  

blog follower!

Stephanie Meyer's Breaking Dawn made me madly flip through the pages. This wasn't the good sort of 'what happens next, i can't wait' flipping; this was 'this is boring, is this ever going to pick up, i just want to know the end' flipping.

Beth March 4, 2010 at 3:00 AM  

Maybe I'm strange but I've never flipped ahead in a book(unless it's a reread and it's a scene I don't like to read-rare). There have been books that I speculate what might be coming up but those are rare, because usually those are the ones that I just can't put down til I finish them. That doesn't leave me much time to speculate or even think of looking forward of the story.

I'm a follower.

Katrina March 4, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

I never flip ahead....I guess I just feel like I have to read it in order....if I don't like a book I will just stop....but that is very rare

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Tamsyn March 4, 2010 at 8:23 AM  

Hi Velvet, this sounds like the start of a great series. Congrats!
I'm afraid I have the habit of reading ahead - just can't stand the tension.
My favourite scene is when Jessi and Cian finally get together in Karen Marie Moning's Spell of the Highlander. That was one scene worth waiting for!

I'm a GCF follower.

Cecile March 4, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

Please do not enter me... Bran came in my mailbox the other day!!! (He was little cramped but faired ok)
I just wanted to come show some support to you both!!!
Have a great day ladies!

tetewa March 4, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

I never flip ahead while reading a book. Nice having you here today I'm always looking for new authors to read!

Bethie March 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

Looks like this is going to be a great series. Love the cover! OMG! I never flip ahead. I have wanted to so many times. But that is the whole fun of reading a book that builds up to the climax.

I follow on GFC.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Book Junkie March 4, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

I would love to say I had enough self control NOT to flip forward but I am shameless and I don't! With that being said the only time I do is when the story is killing me with boredom, I will skip to the last two chapters, otherwise I am too excited to ruin it.

Follwer (google)


vslavetopassionv March 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

In Special Delivery by Heidi Cullinan, there is a phone sex scene that is so hot and just made me squirm.

I follow this blog through google friend connect.


dyockman March 4, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

No! I am not a page flipper. I won't do it. I will read faster...nearly skimming to get there, but I can't just blatantly skip pages.

GFC Follower.

Sophie Renwick March 4, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

Wow, most of you guys AREN'T flippers! lol! I was thinking more of you would be. I confess to flipping...sometimes I just can't stand it!

Thanks for visiting today!

jeanette8042 March 4, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

Lora Leigh's Coyote's Mate is definitely a page turner because there's a scene where Anya is being taunted and pushed around by the soldier coyotes which creates huge tension and I read rapidly to find out what happens after. Since it's a good book I don't flip pages and rarely do.

I'm a GFC follower!

lilazncutie1215 @

Lisa R March 4, 2010 at 1:42 PM  

I'm a follower on goggle connect
Lisa Richards

I never/ever flip ahead. I'm anal about that and if it's a series book, reading in order.

blogged about contest

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

jedisakora March 4, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

For me it was the tension between Sara and Nic in The Seduction of Sara by Karen Hawkins. I was like are they going to do it soon. Anytime now. Then finally, YES YES YES! ^^

I am a follower

Estella March 4, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

I never flip ahead.
Velvet Haven sounds like an excellent read.

+1 answer

GFC follower

Ina March 4, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

Hi Sophie!
what a fantastic post - at some parts I had to laugh, but I really enjoyed reading it!
yeah, sometimes I'm very curious but I never want to flip forward because maybe I would miss an important part...
congrats on your contract for the second book!!
wish you all the best,

*GFC follower

Isi and Jas' mom March 4, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

Maybe I am boring, but i never want to skip ahead. I have been tempted many times, but I don't want to miss anything
I follow via GFC
mstlee2000 @

Barbara March 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

Hey Sophie and Booklover! Great Interview. I just bought my copy of Bran's tale so no need to enter me. I'm lovin' the cover! Good luck to all her enter!

alba March 4, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

Hello Sophie I cant wait to get to read about The Immortals of Annwyn It sounds like an awesome series..
I have to say I have flipped to the end sometime the middle but I REALLY TRY NOT TOO I am reading the 3rd book in the series I so want to flip but I wont I know there a HEA coming there has to be....
I am a GFC
Have a good one ,

jacabur1 March 4, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

Last book that read and had to skip ahead was years and years ago when read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon for the first time. The scene was on Jamie and Clare's wedding night where they were forced to get married and I had to know if they ultimately made it work. They did and boy did that particular part of the novel work for me, I needed some cold water and to put the book down for a little while and cool off!!!!

I am a GFC follower long time now and have posted the link and information on my blog at :

I am way over 18 yrs old.

Jackie B Central Texas

YzhaBella (aka Kate) March 4, 2010 at 8:00 PM  

I am a follower.

I really hate to say it, but as of yet I have not found that one "build up" scene that has really done it for me. Maybe I'm not reading the right books? It seems to me that while there is some mild "foreplay" the best scenes so far are the actual "scenes". Nothing has yet made me "flip to the action" =(

Great event.
Happy Reading!
Kate (aka YzhaBella)

Heather (DarklyReading) March 4, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

I must admit that I flip ahead in books, usually once I reach the midway point and it's 2 in the morning and I have to work in the morning I break down and flip ahead to see what happens. I can't help it! Not for all books but for most, especially if there's alot of tension, I just need to find out what happens..I'm weak.

I'm a blog follower!

Pamk March 4, 2010 at 9:24 PM  

i just finishd Nalini singh's lates angel book and I had to just about sit on myself to keep from flipping to the end. I was so proud of myself. I have been trying to stop reading the ending first lol. but man it is hard. And for a shower scene i loved Sherri King's Lord of the deep. Man that shower scene had me fanning myself lol. Looking forward to reading your book. Love that cover
Am GFC follower and will post this on my sidebar.

Marianna March 4, 2010 at 11:14 PM  

My issue is that if I love a book I really don't want to skip to the end. I have a great fear that the ending will disappoint.

Now if the book is bad it makes me want to skip ahead and read the last pages. If I like the end then I can continue reading.

I'm a GFC follower.

patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

JustJanet March 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

I'm a new GFC follower.

There are 2 books that stand out in my mind that I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The first one was the scene in Anne Rice's Beauty series (I forget which book) where she is tied to the table and the cat is licking her. Now I'm not into animal sex but it was just so well written and it made me squirm. The second book was Panic Snap. I can't remember a particular scene, that whole book is just a blur I read it so suspenseful...I loved it.


Armenia March 5, 2010 at 1:47 PM  

Hey Sophie and Carrie, great post and interview.

Yeah, I'm a bad girl, I admit to sometimes cheating to see if there is an HEA. Because I'm tortured that way.

I definitely had to cheat on Karen Marie Moning's Dark Highlander. I was made to believe Daegus dies at the end. Come on, I knew there had to be an HEA. I was crying at that point. *sniff* What's a romance junkie suppose to do. Oh, but the ending was sooooo goood!!

I follow

Scorpio M. March 5, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

I generally peek ahead of Lisa Kleypas books for some reason. So it was probably, Tempt Me At Twilight. I know the HEA is there but she typically has an unusual twist that throws me off, so I have to KNOW in advance!

I am a GFC follower.

Amanda March 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

No one scene comes to mind really although thats not to say I havent had any. Usually really good excerpts leave me hanging!

Amanda Leigh March 6, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

I hardly ever flip ahead. My eyes scan ahead on the page without me telling them too every now and then LOL, but that's about it. Though, when I read New Moon it was making me so depressed I did flip ahead to see when Edward would show back up so things wouldn't be so sad anymore.

I'm a GFC follower


MarthaE March 6, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

I rarely flip ahead so I don't remember the last time I did! Probably a mystery where I just wanted to make sure the hero/heroine lived to the end!! I love the sexual tension build up probably more than the actual act - in a book that is!
This book sounds pretty hot!
I am now a blog follower.

Samantha March 6, 2010 at 11:37 PM  

I don't flip ahead no matter what. I'm a fast reader period so it only makes me sit back, turn off my phone and get down so I can stop the anticipation. There was a scene in Passion by Lisa Valdez that made me want to get to the end so bad and that was they were at an outing and the Hero spots the Heroine with another guy. I so wanted him to realize that he was engaged to one of her relatives. I was dying to figure out how it would all play out because the sex in this book was amazing.


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