Guest Author & Giveaway: Beth Kery featuring Because You Are Mine

Tuesday, August 14

I don't know about you, but there have been many a night where I've gone to bed super late, to the point where my sleep for the night is much more like a nap than a full night's sleep.  I sometimes become so engrossed and obsessed with a story that I think to myself...."I'll just finish this one chapter, then I'll turn out the light"....but then there is something that entices and tempts me to keep on reading, and before you know it you are reading the last lines and it's no longer late, but early in the morning.  Don't you love those kinds of books?  Even though you do pay for it the next day :)

I had that same kind of reaction while reading parts I and II of Because You Are Mine by my guest author today, Beth Kery.  Except that I didn't stay up all night reading it until I finished the book, because it is being release in installments.  Frustrating on one hand, but on the other hand it's like savoring something so good that you want to make it last as long as possible. 

Beth Kery is my guest today to share with us her new novel Because You Are Mine, insight into her characters Ian and Francesca, as well as a special excerpt. Enjoy!

Welcome back to Seductive Musings Beth and congratulations on your new book, Because You Are Mine!

Because You are Mine is being compared to, and marketed to readers who like both the Fifty Shades of Grey series, as well as the Bared to You Crossfire series by Sylvia Day.  From a marketing perspective I can see how this would have some serious benefits, but as a writer I’m sure you don’t want your story to considered a "knock off", or an imitation of those other works.  What do you want readers to know about Because You Are Mine, that makes it different even though it involves a similar theme, and similar covers.

I’ve said that in many respects, Fifty Shades of Grey created a whole new genre—what I would describe as a sort of Harlequin Presents combining erotic sex scenes, the tried and true, popular romance classic mixing with the new craving for erotic romance. I know the emphasis has been on the Twilight fanfic stuff in regard to popularity of Fifty Shades, but I think there are some pretty old romance roots in E.L. James’ writing. To that extent, Because You Are Mine can certainly be compared to Fifty Shades or Bared to You. I also write for Harlequin Special Edition, for instance, and there are overarching similarities in that line. However, every writer has her own unique voice. As you know, I’ve been writing erotic and contemporary romance for quite a while, and do feel I have something unique to offer this popular new genre.

Do you worry that readers may not receive each installment as positively, as they would the book as a whole, since they can't read it all at once and understand all of the plot dynamics as each one is released?  I’ve seen some reviews already that are critical about the lack of character development, or understanding of Ian and Francesca’s immediate attraction to each other in the first installment, “Because You Tempt Me”, which seems premature at this point, because unlike the 50 Shades and Bared to You series, each installment is only a few chapters long.

Every author expects some criticism when they release a book. It goes with the territory. The serial concept is an old one being brought to life again, and it’s a change to what readers are used to. There will be some dislike of the different publishing format, no doubt. I have received much, much more positive feedback then negative, however. People have busy lives. There are those who really like the idea of consuming a book like they would a television episode. I like the idea of the element of time being more controlled, so that the ‘episode’ can be talked about simultaneously, using social media and other pathways, giving the romance community and readers something immediate to share.

I know I’m often telling my husband that I can’t ‘commit to a movie’ at the moment, but how about a television show? I think some people feel the same way about a novella or serial versus a full novel. The nice thing about it is, voracious readers who consume a novel in hours aren’t left out, by any means. A reader can wait until several installments are out to read, or wait until all of them are out. Or, they can read weekly. Given the feedback I’ve been getting, people like the idea of a choice. Rather than just waiting until September 18 (when the final installment is released) and having a traditional release of the book all at once, people can read Parts weekly. People demand availability of choices in this day and age, and this publishing model offers that. There’s always the option of waiting until the book is fully out and available in September with this format. (Keep in mind, if this had been done under the traditional model, readers wouldn’t put eyes to this until next winter, at the earliest, probably not until spring of 2013. The publisher allotted a huge amount of energy and resources to make these extra choices possible to readers).

I see it as a freedom versus a restriction.

One of my favorite things about your website page for the Because You Are Mine serial, is you get a preview of each installment, with a hint as to what it is about by the subtitle for each one.  It begins with “Because You Tempt Me”, and continues with “Because I Could Not Resist”, “Because You Haunt Me”, “Because You Must Learn”, “Because I Said So”, “Because You Torment Me”, “Because I Need To”, and finally  “Because I Am Yours” .  I LOOOOOOVE those!  Did you write each installment with those ideas in mind, or was it more like writing any of your other novels, then breaking it up into installments? 

Thank you! We needed to come up with Part titles early on, as this was a very fast moving project, and the sales department needed to have a complete package to send to retailers. I’m proud to say that I came up with the Because concept. I’m usually terrible at titles, but this just popped into my brain, as if divinely inspired for once. Berkley helped to tweak the Part titles until we got what we wanted. We knew from the very beginning that each Part—two hefty chapters—would be under that title. The titles came even before the synopsis, and then the writing. It was challenging for me, because while I’m not a meticulous plotter, I do have definite plot milestones in place. Still, I’m used to being able to change milestones as I write, given character development and a deepening understanding of the story. Fortunately, Berkley was so great about letting me go back and tweak synopses in order to assure the details fit. As for each Part title, I think readers will definitely think they fit the content. In fact, just by coincidence, some of the covers fit ideally as well. (Notably, the car keys for Part V and the crystal chandelier in Part VI). I was thrilled with how well it all turned out.

Another of my favorite things about the book is the repeated use of the word “because” in the titles.  One of my favorite books so far this year used a single word repeatedly throughout the story, “more”, such a simple word but it carried such varied and powerful meanings to each character.  Does “because” hold that same kind of power to the story beyond the title(s)?

Interesting about the ‘more’. Yes, I do believe that ‘because’ is relevant. It underlies the struggle and conflict, and highlights the irresistible, electrical nature of Ian and Francesca’s passion for one another. It conveys the idea—“Maybe I shouldn’t have, but you were impossible to resist.’

We’ve talked a bit about the book in general, but I’m sure everyone else is just as curious about your hero, Ian Noble, as I am.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Francesca, fall in love with him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in Because You Are Mine?

Ian is a favorite hero for me. He’s undeniably a very strong alpha male, but technically, he’s a reluctant dom. He doesn’t like his need to constantly control every aspect of his business or his life, but he learned the necessity for complete control at a very early age. Paradoxically, his controlled, powerful persona was a direct result of his vulnerability. Because we get to be in his point of view a lot, we understand that this is a man who has, and does, suffer, believing he is destined to be alone and eventually rejected. I think being in the hero’s POV for this type of story adds a whole different dimension to the super-alpha dom. Yes, he is superbly in control and strong, but there are reasons behind his seeming aloofness and cool exterior. To be allowed into his inner realms in a rare experience, and that’s what makes the fantasy for the reader. Through the heroine, Francesca, we get to be the one who tears down these incredible defenses and sees the beauty not only of the outer man, but the inner.

Because You Are Mine is a love story that begins as a sexual obsession between billionaire entrepreneur Ian Noble and an artist/graduate student, Francesca Arno. He commissions her to do the centerpiece painting for his new headquarters, but there are threads that connect this couple even farther back in history than before their first meeting.

I would describe this story as a little bit Cinderella, Pretty Woman, Fifty Shades, and Beth Kery rolled into one. Even though I wanted this book to have that dark, obsessional sexual edge, I also wanted the lighter, magical moments of first falling in love—an outdoor lunch at a Parisian café, an impromptu summer concert on the lawn, the perfect gift given at the perfect moment…

What's your favorite scene or moment from Because You Are Mine, and why? Can you describe it for us without giving too much away?

My favorite scene takes place in front of a famous statue of Aphrodite, housed in a museum owned by Ian’s family in Paris. It’s such a sexually charged, raw scene, but very beautiful and poetic, as well, given these two characters love of art and Ian’s hopeless desire to heal—to cleanse himself as Aphrodite does in myth with her ritualistic daily bath. I just think to be made love to by a force of nature like Ian Noble in this amazingly romantic setting with Aphrodite looking on—well, a woman’s fantasy come true.

What are five seductive facts about this book that readers would love to know?
  1. The writing/publishing process was so innovative, I was doing edits on the last Part when the first Part was made available to the public.
  2. I’m beginning another serial in Ian and Francesca’s world involving a different hero and heroine even as I do this interview.
  3. I came up for the title for the second serial, due out in January, while doing this interview. Thank you for that. ☺
  4. Ian is much more haunted by the mystery of his father than he lets on in the book, although he does mention it in Because You Are Mine. He’s very afraid that he carries the blood of a criminal in his veins, a degenerate who might have harmed his mother while making him.
  5. The schedule for writing Because You Are Mine was so intense, I began to dream about these two. Due to the pressurized quality of the process, no characters have felt quite as real to me, psychologically speaking, as Ian and Francesca.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

There will be another serialized novel, as I said, which will take place in Ian and Francesca’s world, releasing in January of 2013. Upcoming, I have the novella from the One Night of Passion series, "Captured By You", being released under Beth Kery. In November, Everett Hughes’ novel—Exposed to You, also under Beth Kery—will be releasing from Berkley. Very excited about this one. Everett is one of the healthiest heroes I’ve ever written—so incredibly alpha, but so dang sweet and wonderful. Love him.

Thank you so much Beth for being my guest!

I really appreciate you asking me to be here!

It starts with that first look, when you know you have to have him…

Francesca Arno has been commissioned to create a grand centerpiece painting for the lobby of Ian Noble’s new skyscraper. It’s at a cocktail party in her honor that she first meets him—and the attraction is immediate for Francesca. It’s also bewildering. She’s not used to such a wholesale sexual response to a stranger. Enigmatic, darkly intense, with a commanding presence, Ian completely unnerves her. And she likes it.

For Ian, she’s the kind of woman he can’t resist—one that comes all too rarely: a true innocent. But he can sense in her a desire to open up, to experiment, to give herself to the fantasies of a man in control. The first kiss, the first caress, the first challenge for a woman who craves what she’s never had—a man who gets what he wants

The red-hot romance between Ian and Francesca was ignited in Because You Are Mine Part I—that which comes with the first look, the first caress. Now comes the first act of defiance that takes them one step further into forbidden desire.

A heated argument between Francesca and Ian leaves the impetuous young woman alone again, and free to do whatever she chooses, and with whomever she desires. She’s not about to answer to any one man—especially Ian. Until he catches her. As he takes her to his penthouse, the tension is incendiary. One thing is clear for both of them. Francesca must be punished.

Outraged and unbearably excited, the naïve Francesca loses whatever control she had. After all, Ian is too dominant a man to fight off. She did disobey him. She does deserve it. Francesca just never realized how much she wanted it. But when Ian discovers how naïve Francesca really is, he wonders if taking advantage of such innocence is going too far, even for him

What are the mysteries of attraction? They’re about to be explored as national bestselling author Beth Kery’s Because You Are Mine continues, drawing two lovers closer and closer…

Knowing just how innocent Francesca is, Ian finds himself struggling with whether or not to pursue her. But he has to have her. Because when it comes to this particular obsession, desire trumps all caution.

Unnerved by her own longings, Francesca avoids Ian until he confronts her with a tantalizing proposition: a purely physical relationship—her reward, alluring, forbidden pleasure. It may be a mistake, but her need for Ian can’t be denied. Suddenly she’s swept away to Paris, overwhelmed by the beauty of the city, by the irresistible man at her side, Francesca abandons all reservations, and finally opens herself up to the man who has haunted her fantasies.

Enjoy this special excerpt just for Musings readers!

“God I want you,” he said almost angrily, before he captured her mouth with his, his tongue parting her lips. Coming into full contact with him was like suddenly being submerged in a fire. The sheer force of him, his taste, inundated her. She staggered slightly in the heels, and he caught her tighter against him, her body molding against stark, unrelenting muscle and rigid male arousal. She’d never experienced so much concentrated male desire. Had this inferno been building in him all day? All week?

She moaned into his mouth, her female flesh melting against his hard male heat. His hands shifted to the belt of her wrap dress. When he sealed their kiss roughly a moment later, Francesca felt dizzy with excitement. He stepped back. The sides of her dress gaped open, exposing her bare skin to moonlight. He pushed the material aside, exposing her near-nude body. His gaze ran over her. Her breath stuck in her lungs when she saw the reverence in his rigid features mingling with blazing lust. His nostrils flared slightly.

“I want you to remember this for the rest of your life,” he said abruptly.

“I will,” she replied without hesitance—who could possibly forget such a charged experience?—although she was bewildered by the meaning behind his words.

“Sit here,” he said, putting his hands on her hips.

She opened her mouth to express her confusion, but he was guiding her to the marble pedestal surrounding Aphrodite. She sat and felt the cold, hard marble beneath the thin fabric of her dress. Ian put his hands on her knees and spread them. He knelt before her.

“Ian?” she asked confusedly.

Were his hands shaking as he slid her panties down her thighs and over her knees? Her sex clenched tight in rising anticipation.
“I thought I could wait. I can’t,” he muttered, and she heard the harsh regret in his tone. He looked into her face as his hands caressed her thighs and hips, and she felt herself heating the cool marble. “If I don’t taste you now, I think I’ll die.”

Excerpt of Because You Are Mine by Beth Kery.  Copyright August 2012.  Published with the permission of InterMix, an imprint of Berkley/NAL. 

Congratulations Beth and thanks again for sharing Because You Are Mine with us today!  I have to admit I didn't know how I would feel about a book released in serial installments, but I can tell you now I'm a complete convert!  By the end I have no doubt that I will be as obsessed with Ian and Francesca as they are with each other, LOL.  Good thing today is Tuesday, because that means that part III, "Because You Haunt Me" is now available, *squee!*

If you'd like to learn more about Beth Kery and the books she writes you can find her at her website,, her blogFacebook & Twitter.  Right now Beth's book Paradise Rules is on sale for $6.00, and Tricked Truths is FREE!

To celebrate the Because You Are Mine serial novel, Beth's publisher would like to giveaway a print copy of Wicked Burn (one of my absolute favorite Beth Kery novels) to one lucky Musings follower.  AND since it has been awhile since I've had a readers' reward giveaway, as a thank you for your Amazon purchases, I'm going to giveaway the first two installments of Because You Are Mine to another lucky Musings follower....that way you can be obsessed with Ian and Francesca just like me :)

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*yadkny* August 14, 2012 at 1:14 AM  

I think the books being released as a serial is a great idea. I've seen some really great reviews on just the first installment alone and some that have really left some readers speechless and anticipating. Beth Kery is a new to me author that I am really looking forward to reading... just can't decide if I should start the serial or wait until all of the installments are out:) Thanks for the giveaway!

Carol L. August 14, 2012 at 6:36 AM  

I honestly don't know how I'd feel about installments. I usually wait for a couple books in a series to come out before I read it. I read so fast and then the wait would be very anxious for me :)But just reading the excerpt/blurb has me loving the idea of Ia and Francesca already. lol
Love Beth Kery's work.Thanks for the opportunity to win the Print book.
Carol L.
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Karen H in NC August 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM  

I'm in agreement with Carol L. I usually wait for all books in a series to come out before starting to read bk 1. A book released in installments would not really lure me in since I'd still wait to read them until they were all released.

Thanks for the giveaway.

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Carin August 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM  

I have a love/hate thing with books coming out as a serial. I love that I don't have to wait as long but I finish really fast and I am still waiting LOL! Thanks Carin
mawmom at gmail dot com

books4me August 14, 2012 at 9:52 AM  

I've read a series of books like this...Kallysten has two series like this...I think it's great for the author as folks want to purchase ALL the books to keep the story going. I like it because the ebooks cost less so I can afford them as I read along!

The series sounds great and I can't wait to start reading it!

Kathleen O August 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM  

Books that come on in a series like this are new to me. It is not like reading a book that is a trilogy with different characters in each book, maybe about a trio of friends or family members. This is one story in three parts. Like 50 Shades. I have only read the first book in that one... But this one sounds a little different and I want to read all three.

ClaudiaGC August 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM  

I think I will wait with reading this series till all parts are published. I don't like cliffhangers and, knowing Beth's writing, it would kill me not to be able to read the next part for another week. :)

claudigc at msn dot com

erin August 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM  

Thanks for a fun post and giveaway! I agree w/ the others. I have mixed feelings about serials b/c I usually wait for regular series to end/get pretty far along before I start. I'm impatient and don't like waiting :) So I guess I was wondering... is the author thinking about bundling this series once it's all over?

Estella August 14, 2012 at 4:32 PM  

Love the sound of the serial
Am not entering the contest because I hate the twitter and facebook stuff with Rafflecopter.

Joanne August 14, 2012 at 4:35 PM  

I like series books, this way we get to know the characters better because we see them in more than one book, there's more secondary characters and more plots. I haven't read the first two books but after the great interview, I put them on my wishlist.


Maris August 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM  

Are your future books going to be setup as a series? Are other authors going to following this setup as well?

Damaris (Maris)

Tore August 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM  

I think it is a good idea to make them into the series. I can't wait to read the books. Please enter me in contest.

Maria pronounced Mariah August 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM  

I think these sound terrific...but I don't have the patience to wait a week between installments. I want to sit down and read them all together so am waiting till I can get them all together.

I'm sure then I will sit and pine for the next set!

Thanks so much!

Stacy M August 14, 2012 at 11:44 PM  

I not sure I like installment, kind of like to read from beginning to end, get the entire over with. Hate the suspense. But I will take it any way I can get it as long as the story is good.

Danielle West August 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM  

I haven't started the series yet because of the serial release. 8 installments at $1.99 is kind of steep for me at the moment to commit to, but I am really interested due to reviews. And I really just want to read them all at the same time.

Mocha Princess Aurora August 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM  

I have been wanting to read this series! Count me in for this giveaway!!!!

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