Tuesday, May 25
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Today is kind of a special day because my guest, Elizabeth Amber, opened up a whole new reading world to me and needless to say her novels hold a special place in my booklover heart.
A few years ago I was book browsing on the internet and came across a book cover like none I had ever seen. It was NICHOLAS, The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber. I had never heard of Aphrodisia before, and the author was also new to me. Covers like the one on NICHOLAS are fairly common now, but then...in 2007....I was completely stunned with cover love. I don't think I even bothered reading the blurb, or the excerpt...I knew I had to read it. I read it. I LOVED IT! Thus began my love of the Lords of Satyr series, as well as steamier erotic romances in general. Elizabeth Amber is my guest today. I hope you indulge by reading the interview as well as an exclusive bonus excerpt just for Musings readers. Enjoy!
Welcome to Seductive Musings Elizabeth! I am so pleased to have you as my guest today because I've been eagerly anticipating your newest book in the Lords of Satyr series, DANE. For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story, and who are some of your favorite authors to read? Who's your new "favorite find"?
Thank you! I’m so pleased to be here today. I’m anticipating DANE as well—it releases around May 25th, give or take a few days. For me, a great love story is all about emotional connection and sexual tension between the hero and heroine. I want to read sex, too, but sex usually falls flat without that emotion and tension. Some of my favorite authors include Lisa Valdez, Kresley Cole, Lora Leigh, Anna Campbell, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nalini Singh, and many others. Jennifer Ashley is a recent find for me.
DANE is the fifth book in your Lords of Satyr series. Can you tell us how each of the books are connected, and for someone who has not read NICHOLAS, RAINE, LYON, or DOMINIC (the first four in the series) can you give us a brief summary about each of these stories? And do they need to be read in order?
They’re all stand-alones and can be read out of order:
Nicholas (1), Raine (2), and Lyon (3) are half-satyr/half-human brothers, who guard ancient secrets and engage in carnal rituals in their ancestral vineyard in Tuscany, Italy, circa 1823. (In myth, satyrs are the carnal followers of the Roman wine god, Bacchus.) When they receive a letter informing them that their ElseWorld ruler revealed upon his deathbed that he bore three half-fey/half-human daughters, the satyr lords go in search of them. These females are living in various locations in Europe, where each is unaware of her unique heritage and is in some sort of danger. The satyr have traditionally protected the fey, so the brothers feel obligated to offer them the ultimate protection--marriage.
Dominic (4) tells the story of Nicholas’s sister-in-law, Emma, in 1850 and delves into the paranormal a bit more—Dominic is a full satyr demon hunter, who’s despised and feared by the very people he protects. When Emma’s husband cannot engage in a birthing/bedding rite due to a war injury, Dominic is summoned to engage her in the rite in his stead.
DANE (5) is set in Rome during the forum excavations, about sixty years after Nicholas. It begins a new trilogy featuring half-satyr/half-human alpha males--Dane and his two brothers, Bastian and Sevin. It’s 1880, and the satyr and their closely-guarded ancient secrets are in imminent danger of being discovered by humans, as the forum excavations commence.
photo copyright & courtesy of Elizabeth Amber
If you had to describe your novel DANE and grab the attention of a potential reader in a two or three sentence quote from the book what would you choose?
The early October breeze rattled silvery-green leaves on gnarled olive branches, alternately revealing and concealing the meddling female from view. As she moved past in a direction parallel to Dane, he angled his jaw so his eyes could follow her.
Perfect. Now he wouldn’t have to go hunting tonight.
Tell us about your hero, Dane/Dante. What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Eva, fall in love with him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in DANE, Lords of Satyr?
Dane and Dante are one in the same. Fragments of a single mind. Possessors of one body. Dane has been through the fires of hell and emerged a strong, sexy alpha male. He trained as a tracker, and there’s more than one secret stirring inside him. He and his youngest brother mysteriously disappeared when they were boys. Dane was found a year later, wandering in the forum excavations. His brother is still missing and will soon turn 18, the age at which the satyr begin to change physically and are ready to engage in the ancient mating rituals. The secret to his brother’s whereabouts is locked inside Dane. The clock is ticking.
Each of the Satyr's heroines are unique...not your typical heroine, Eva is no different. She is a Satyr herself which seems unusual, even for the world they live in. I find it interesting that her name is Eva, much like Eve the first woman. Tell us more about Eva.
Though there have been rumors through the centuries, there has never been a satyr female in all the history of their kind. Until Eva. If anyone discovers that she’s satyr, factions in both worlds (Else and Earth) will try to control her, to study her. She’s the offspring of her fey mother’s liaison with a satyr lord, who mysteriously disappeared years ago. Like Nicholas, Dane, and all other satyrs, she is called to heed a carnal ritual on one special night every month. These nights are exceptionally difficult for her since she cannot reveal her true nature to a male partner for fear of discovery. She is newly arrived in Rome and has come in hopes that she may discover who fathered her and learn the secrets of her heritage. Meanwhile, she is called upon to use her matchmaking skills to find wives for the satyr lords, who require human brides to entrench themselves in EarthWorld society.
Good catch on the significance of Eva’s name. I actually named her after my bf, but she noted the Eve/Eva connection as well.
Dante is the first one to encounter Eva during moonful, then later in that same meeting, Dane. What did each of them think when they found her? And what elements of each personality draws her to them?
Dante is a fragmented personality within Dane, who only shows himself when Dane becomes sexually aroused. Dante’s visits are rare, but when he comes forth he is all about sexual satisfaction and keeping Dane from finding out what happened during their mysterious missing year when Dane’s brother was lost. Dante relishes the sexual act and Eva quickly falls under his spell in chapter one. After all, it’s the night of the carnal ritual, when the satyr are called to fornicate the night away.
Dane is stunned when he meets Eva trespassing in his olive grove. His attraction to her is so strong that his mind fights free of Dante’s hold for a brief time. He wants her and almost has her, but she escapes.
Both Dane and his alter, Dante, sense there is something very different about Eva. To their astonishment, they realize that she’s a female satyr.
What's your favorite scene or moment from DANE, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?
I think chapter 2 is one of my favorites. It’s a scene between Eva and a shimmerskin male (shimmerskins are sexual partners that only the satyr can conjure from thin air) she has created after her first meeting with Dane in an olive grove on his land that afternoon. It’s now the night of a carnal ritual and she was both thrilled by and terrified of her attraction to Dane. Her mother and nursemaid schooled her endlessly that exposure of what she is will lead to her family’s destruction, so she fled him and returned home to her room to engage in the ritual. The partner she creates strongly resembles Dane and she imagines what it might have been like, if she’d stayed with Dane as he’d bid her. She could have spent the night in his arms…but didn’t dare.
I read on your website that we can look forward to two more Satyr novels. Yeah! What’s next for you, what are some of your upcoming releases, or new projects you are working on? And how many Satyr books do you envision for this series?
I’m contracted with Kensington to write 2 more for a total of 7 in the series. The next two will feature Dane’s brothers, Bastian and Sevin. There’s a fourth brother, Lucien—the one who’s still lost at the beginning of DANE--and he may get his own book.
If there was a poll who do you think readers would choose as the most lusty Satyr? Would that differ from your own choice?
Since I love them all and readers all have different favorites, I’ll let each satyr speak on his own behalf. Guys, readers would like to know which of you is the most lusty. Your thoughts?:
Nicholas: I am, obviously. I crave women. Though I take care to keep my heart at a distance, none of my partners have reason for complaint. I’m the most creative lover a woman could desire. Nothing is out of bounds, if it brings pleasure.
Raine: Some women prefer restraint, brother. A little finesse. After my ex-wife’s cruel defection, it will take a very unusual female to capture my heart again.
Lyon: As for me, I love women—all shapes and sizes, inside and out. Though I don’t want to be tied down, I’m always willing to tie a woman down, at least for an evening of pleasure. So, if you’re not otherwise engaged tonight…?
Dominic: There’s no room in my heart for anything but the destruction of my enemies. Love would render me weak, and that I cannot afford. I’m all that stands between my people and the demons that are attacking my world.
Dane: Who among us is the most lusty? Ask Dante. I’m told he knows what he’s about when he has a woman under him. However, I wouldn’t know. Dante takes over my mind and body during any sort of carnal engagement. I lose myself to him, no matter how I fight. Although he is a part of me, I despise him. I want what he has. Lust should be mine to enjoy. And then, one night I meet a very special woman trespassing in my olive grove, and everything changes.
Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?
My fortune would read: “You will be forever beautiful, inside and out.”
The dark sensuality of the Lords of Satyr returns to 1880s Italy, where these powerful men indulge their lust without inhibition…
An Appetite For Pleasure
When Dane Satyr approaches Eva for her services as a matchmaker, she offers him more than just introductions. Dane has discovered that Eva is a Satyr like himself, full of insatiable passion and dark desires. Their attraction combusts instantaneously, unlocking pleasures that neither can resist repeating…even as Eva seeks out a mortal bride for Dane…
A Demand That Can’t Be Denied
Dane knows that the anonymous enemies of his past are now smiling in his face, but unmasking them is no easy task. A ring of sex slavers is at work amidst the high society he courts, and revealing his sensual powers could expose his greatest vulnerability. But having sampled the delights of a satyr mistress, Dane finds his own desires rising against him as well…
Happy Release Day and sincere thanks to Elizabeth Amber and all of her lusty Satyrs for being my guests today! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. If you'd like to learn more about Elizabeth and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.elizabethamber.com, on Facebook, and her Yahoo Group.
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