Guest Author: Stephanie Draven featuring It Stings So Sweet

Thursday, February 7

First I have to give my apologies to you my friends, as well as to Ms. Draven.  I was supposed to share this post with you last Friday, but for some reason I didn't add it to my calendar....and well...I kind of forgot about it.  I am a slave to my calendar, and am lost without it! (which is why I keep it in "the cloud").  Mea culpa!  Now on to the good stuff...

It seems like the Roaring 20's are making a "roaring" comeback.  There's just enough nostalgia to make it appealing as the up and coming historical romance era, and I for one couldn't be happier about it.  Especially when my guest author today models one of her heroes after the sexy Jonathon Rhys Myers!  It's that bit of Irish rebel that comes through that gets me every time, LOL.

Stephanie Draven is my (belated) guest today to share with us her new Berkley Heat Erotic Romance, It Stings So Sweet, as well as her inspiration that sparked the idea for her book.  Enjoy!


I Dream of Jonathan Rhys Meyers

So, for a writer, I’m a pretty pragmatic type. Here are a few things I don’t do. I don’t do celebrity crushes. I don’t have vivid dreams about them. I don’t dream up fully formed stories in my head. (Especially not ones set in time periods I know nothing about.) And I don’t turn dreams into books that sell to NY Publishers.

Except, in the case of IT STINGS SO SWEET, that’s exactly what I did.

It all started with an unusually vivid dream about Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the Irish actor best known for his starring role in HBO’s The Tudors, where he chewed up the scenery as a skinny and sexy King Henry VIII. I never thought he was my type, but I’ll admit there’s something appealing about those crazy blue eyes of his. Still, if I were going to have a dream about him, you’d think it’d be set in the Tudor court and that he’d be wearing a crown, right?

But no. In my dream, he was wearing an old-fashioned tuxedo, a skinny little mustache and his hair was slicked back in what I now know to be the Valentino style. In the dream, he was at a party and he was guzzling cocktails, glaring all the while. He was very angry at some woman, but I didn’t know why. And he wanted to punish her.

I woke up out of this dream with my pulse racing and my head full of ideas. I immediately grabbed my notebook and started scribbling everything down, convinced that in the morning it wouldn’t make any sense. Then I went back to bed. But when I woke up the next day, I couldn’t get the dream out of my mind.

I knew that whatever I’d dreamed was set in the past, but when? Skimming pictures on wikipedia of men’s fashions, I soon pinpointed it. I’d dreamed about the 1920s--a time period I’d never given any thought to before. But wasn’t that the time of Prohibition? Why was he drinking a cocktail? Well, I soon learned that Prohibition was flouted and that the 1920s are famous for inventive cocktails.

The dream wouldn’t let go. Suddenly, I knew who Jonathan was angry with. He was angry with his wife. And when I asked myself why, the answer came to me in a flash. Because she kissed another man. And now he wants to punish her. But how?

The answer to that question became the first part of IT STINGS SO SWEET, a novel told in three parts. I wrote it hurriedly and finished it in a few days as if it had sprung whole from my head. I was embarrassed to tell my agent about it, at first. “Oh, this is just a little something I wrote down randomly . . .”

But she loved it! And next thing you know, IT STINGS SO SWEET was born. So, wherever you are, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, thanks for the inspiration!

Do any of you dream about celebrities? If so, what was your wackiest dream!

They vibrated with incendiary Jazz. They teemed with sexual abandon. The Twenties were roaring and the women–young, open, rebellious, and willing–set the pace and pushed the limits with every man they met…

In the aftermath of a wild, liquor-soaked party, three women from very different social classes are about to live out their forbidden desires.

Society girl, Nora Richardson’s passionate nature has always been a challenge to her ever-patient husband. Now he wants out of the marriage and she has just this one night to win him back. The catch? He wants to punish her for her bad behavior. Nora is offended by her husband’s increasingly depraved demands, but as the night unfolds, she discovers her own true nature and that the line between pain and pleasure is very thin indeed.

Meanwhile, Clara Cartwright, sultry siren of the silent screen, is introduced to a mysterious WWI Flying Ace. If Clara, darling of the scandal sheets, knows anything, it’s men. And she’s known plenty. But none of them push her boundaries like the aviator, who lures her into a ménage with a stranger in a darkened cinema then steals her jaded heart.

Working class girl Sophie O’Brien has more important things on her mind than pleasures of the flesh. But when her playboy boss, the wealthy heir to the Aster family fortune, confronts her with her diary of secret sex fantasies, she could die of shame. To her surprise, he doesn’t fire her; instead, he dares her to re-enact her boldest fantasies and Sophie is utterly seduced.

One party serves as a catalyst of sexual awakening. And in an age when anything goes, three women discover that anything is possible…

Thanks Stephanie for being my guest today and for sharing the inspiration for your new book, It Stings So Sweet!  I think Jonathon Rhys Meyer has inspired many a good dream, though maybe not as fruitful as your's was, LOL.  It Stings So Sweet was released this week, received 4.5 stars from RT Book Reviews, and was a Top Pick.  Congrats!

If you'd like to learn more about Stephanie and the books she writes you can find her at her website,, her blogTwitterFacebook, Pinterest, & Goodreads.  If you are a fan of Downton Abbey or The Bachelor you will want to check out her blog each week where she give you her "best" and "worst" of each episode :)

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Stephanie Draven February 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM  

Thank you so much for having me!

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