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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Eden Bradley


It is always a pleasure to chat with the wonderful Eden Bradley!  There's a lot going on for her that maybe you haven't heard yet and if this is the first time you're hearing of her, then you better get reading!

Hi Eden, welcome back to UTC!

-Thanks so much for having me!

Your books, THE DARK GARDEN and FORBIDDEN FRUIT recently got a cover overhaul. What are your thoughts on the new covers?

-I adore them! THE DARK GARDEN (originally released in 2007) has new covers for both the US and UK re-releases-they’re very similar, both sleek, simple black and white covers, both gorgeous! It’s just the UK for the upcoming re-release of FORBIDDEN FRUIT, and I think I may love that cover even more. Almost every novel I’ve ever written as both Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin is being released in the coming year in the UK by Black Lace Books-very exciting!

In THE DARK GARDEN you tell a very emotional story that talks about BDSM without necessarily involving actual sex for part of the book. How did this story come to be?

-I wanted to tell a story that reflected my real life experiences in the BDSM arena, something I’m very open about. I wrote it with the intention of giving readers a window into some of the psychology behind BDSM practice. I wanted people to know what really goes on in the minds of people who are into this extreme sensual practice, how it often works, and mostly, that a Dom is far more than a bossy guy with a whip in his hand.

I also wanted people to know that in many cases what is negotiated between participants is that the ‘play’ happens without sexual contact. Of course, Rowan and Christian couldn’t keep their hands off each other forever—but part of the fun was watching Rowan break down Christian’s staunchly-held sense of responsibility in carrying out what she signed up for in agreeing to submit to him.

It's always interesting to find out more about the emotion behind a book and I'm assuming there was quite a bit of that with THE DARK GARDEN. Was there a particular scene or topic that was hard for you to write?

-I always fall into my characters, so those moments near the end where they love each other so madly but they both think all is lost is always wrenching for me. Although I sort of love when my own book makes me cry while I’m writing it. *G*

What about research? What kind of research went into this book?

-Well, as I mentioned, this came from a place of real life experience, and the club in THE DARK GARDEN is a blend of the various clubs I’ve visited. So…I suppose the ‘research’ came long before the book was written…? And I didn’t exactly think of it as research at the time. : )

Of course the hero is to die for as usual. What do you think it is about Christian that draws women in like flies?

-I think we’re all drawn to a man who is utterly confident, who has an air of command-and for me (obviously, since I wrote my dream Dom!) I love that he can balance that with a gentle side. And Christian is particularly charming in my mind…even though I’m the one who put him down on paper, I’m not sure it’s something I can pinpoint. All I know is he’s perfect. In every way. *girlish sigh*

We were very excited to see this book at Target (in the US) recently and have heard that Black Lace will be publishing not only THE DARK GARDEN (available Sept 13 in the UK) but the rest of your backlist as well. First of all congratulations! It's always great to see that a talented author is getting in the hands of more readers, but also BDSM is now more mainstream reading than it was even a couple of years ago. How do you see this change?

-Thank you so much! I think this is a wonderful shift, reflecting a more sex-positive view for women. It’s time we came out and admitted that we are sexual beings with needs and desires and fantasies—and that some of those fantasies might have a dark side. It’s time the word got out!

Do you have a favorite BDSM book or Dom? (Not necessarily from your characters alone)

-Oh, you can’t make me choose between my Doms! I love them all: Christian, Decker, Gabriel, Cam, Marcus, Damien, Desmond—not to mention all my kinky vampires from my Midnight Playground series… impossible! But one of my favorite BDSM books of all time is Anne Rice’s Exit to Eden. It’s not romance, per se, and it’s fem Dom, but it’s so gorgeously written, and even though the setting is a bit fantastical the psychology and emotion behind the characters is spot on.

When you are not writing, what do you do for fun?

-I work a lot, but on those rare days off I love to just spend time with friends, going out to eat, seeing movies, and I love to shop, especially for shoes. Or put me in a Sephora store and I’m lost in lip gloss for hours! I’m also a huge art geek, so I love to go to museums.

Say you are attending a convention and you have to put together your own panel. Who would you pick to speak with you and what topic will you talk about?

-The panel would be: Marquis de Sade, Anne Rice, the brilliant Molly Weatherfield (who wrote the book Carrie’s Story-the modern day Story of O, in my opinion) and me—the topic would be kinky sex, of course!


What's next for Eden Bradley?

-Oh my gosh, so much I hardly know where to start!

As we both mentioned, my entire backlist of Bantam and Berkley Heat books are being re-issued in the UK by Black Lace. Harlequin recently released a number of erotic stories from the Spice line as an anthology—12 Shades of Surrender—and my story NIGHT MOVES was one of them. It was enormously popular, apparently, so now they are talking about releasing some of the Spice novels there, too-more news coming soon, I hope!

All three of my Eve Berlin books, PLEASURE’S EDGE, DESIRES EDGE, and TEMPTATION’S EDGE, are being translated into Czech and Slavic. The publisher is very excited about it—apparently I’m their first erotic novels—and they’re flying me to Prague in the spring, and I’m thrilled!

I’m also doing some self-publishing, starting with two previously published books I’ve re-edited and added tons of new content to: SANCTUARY is already available and BREAKING SKYE will be out in the next couple of weeks. After that I’ll be working on two more BDSM-themed novellas, both spin-offs of those two books.

I’ll be blogging and doing interviews all over the place—readers can find out where I’ll be by checking my websites: EdenBradley.com, EveBerlin.com, or my group blog Smutketeers.com.

What else? Life is happening so fast right now, I’m sure I’ve left something out. Oh-I’m about to move across the country to live with my best friend, fab author and my fellow Smutketeer R.G. Alexander. I wonder how much trouble two erotica authors can get into in the same house…? Should be fun to find out!

Ohhhhh that would be the perfect set up for a reality TV show ;)  Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today.  We love having you here at UTC and hope to see you back soon!

Surrender has its own rewards…
This scintillating erotic debut tells the deliciously potent tale of one woman’s quest for self discovery-in the intriguing underground world of Los Angeles’s club scene…

Rowan Cassidy likes to be in charge—especially in her personal life. As a Mistress at Club Privé, the most exclusive bondage/S&M club on the West Coast, Rowan can live out her dominant fantasies safely, and with complete control—until Christian Thorne walks in. Self-confidant and sophisticated, he’s a natural dominant if Rowan’s ever seen one. Yet she can’t stop thinking about him and imagining his touch.

Christian has returned home from Europe, hoping to break free from his dissatisfaction and malaise—and discovers the cure in Rowan. He’s dying to get his skilled hands on her and watch her surrender, to unlock the mystery of her that captivates him. Determined to be her Master, he makes Rowan a daring proposition: give herself over to him for thirty days.

Rowan finds Christian’s offer terrifying—and impossible to resist. But abandoning herself to Christian’s power might be more than she can handle…Or it might be the realization of her true nature and the dark garden within her. There will be only one way to find out. And once the game has begun, there’s no turning back.


EXCERPT:

He led her to the bed once more, and this time he undressed her with his own hands, carefully, tenderly. He helped her step out of her shoes, then her wool slacks, slipped her crème-colored cashmere sweater over her head, left her in her ivory silk camisole and matching thong.
“We’re going to take things slowly.” He spoke softly, soothingly. “One step at a time. I just want you to get used to my touch first. To being under my hands. You know you can always stop the scene if anything gets to be too much for you. But I want you to try to stretch your boundaries a little.”
“Just being here is a stretch for me.”
“I know that. That’s why I haven’t thrown you over my knee and given you a good, hard spanking.”
His wicked grin was infectious and she couldn’t help but smile.
“Ah, that’s better. Come now, sit here on the end of the bed.”
He pressed down a bit on her shoulder, guiding her. The bed was soft beneath her, as though it had a layer of down ticking on it under the rich brown and gold bedspread. The room was warm enough, but she shivered anyway. It was impossible to hold still.
He moved to the head of the bed and she couldn’t see what he was doing, only heard the slide of a drawer. She felt the mattress sink a little beneath his weight as he sat down behind her. When he touched a fingertip to her bare shoulder she jumped.
“It’s all right, Rowan. It’s just me.” He slid that fingertip down her arm, raising a trail of goose bumps. Down her arm to her wrist, over the back of her hand, then back up. His fingers continued their stroking exploration, over her neck, the line of her jaw. She could feel the heat from his hand on her skin. Incredible, how much heat came off that one finger. What would his whole body feel like pressed against hers?
Before she could banish that thought, her sex gave a squeeze, went liquid. She couldn’t fight it with him still touching her. He continued to stroke her skin, moving down to her collarbone, and her nipples peaked hard as he swept across the swell of one breast, then the other. She closed her eyes and let herself enjoy the sensation.
His hand slid over the outer edge of her bra, down over the curve of her breast and she wanted to arch into that hand, to make him cup her breast, but she didn’t move. She was trembling inside with desire.
His hand made its way over her ribcage, the lines of her abdomen, lower, until he brushed the very top of her panties. Her sex ached. She was sure he could sense the pacing of her breath, the heated flush of her skin. But right now she couldn’t find it within herself to care. She only knew she didn’t want him to stop touching her.
He took his hand away, leaving her skin cold. Then his mouth was next to her ear, whispering, “I’m going to blindfold you now.”
Panic hit her full force. “No!”
“Yes.” It was a tone few would argue with.
“I…I can’t do that.”
“You don’t have to, Rowan. That’s the beauty of this arrangement. I’ll do everything.”
He tucked her hair behind her ears while she sat, shaking and silent. She didn’t know how to fight him.
The blindfold came down over her eyes, shutting the world out. She raised her hands to her face but he quickly pulled them away.
“Still, Rowan.”
How many times had she given that very command to the bottoms she’d played with?
“You know how this is done. I want you to focus. To be aware of only the sensations in your body, your own breathing. Shut out the rest of the world. It’s just the two of us now. Let the rest fall away.”
His voice was soothing, hypnotic, yet her pulse was racing. She understood the purpose of the blindfold: to allow her to draw inward, to concentrate only on what was happening to her in this moment. But she couldn’t shut her mind off. She couldn’t stop telling herself why this whole scenario was all wrong, even as her body responded to his nearness, his hands on her. Even though her sex was soaking wet, her nipples hard and needing to be touched.
Pure agony.
He was touching her again. He lifted her hair from her neck, stroked the skin there, making her shiver.
“You’re very responsive, Rowan. I like that. You’re like a deer; hyper-aware, hyper-sensitive.”
He let her hair fall back into place and continued stroking her skin. His fingertips moved over her face; her cheekbones, her lips, where he lingered just long enough that she knew if she darted her tongue out she could taste him. 
Where had that idea come from?

Comment here to be entered to win e-copies of two of Eden's books-Book One in her Midnight Playground vampire series, THE SEEKING KISS, and a copy of her BDSM novella SANCTUARY! All you have to do is go to Eden's website and look at the covers for THE DARK GARDEN-tell us if you prefer the old cover with the corset or the new black and white cover better, and why. 

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41 comments:

laurie said...

i prefer the cover with the corset on it. i find it more attractive and would make me pick up the book to read it vs the other one

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Lisa said...

I like the corset cover. This would make me pick it ip and check it out.

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cupcake said...

I like the simplicity of the new black and white. It isn't as obvious as the corset, true, but it intrigues me and makes me wonder where this book will take me.

Thank you for the giveaway!

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Linda said...

I love the black and white ones, it´s something new now that everyone (and then some) is sporting underwear on their covers.

best wishes, Linda xo

Cathy V said...

This is a difficult choice! They are both mysterious and not the typical body shot which I like. I prefer the corset, it is sexy with a hint of naughty, without being obvious.
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Irayda Moran said...

I like the corset, I would be more inclined to pick up. But the simple black and white is beautiful as well.

Becki Wyer said...

I'm a very visual person (a voyeur lol) so I like the corset cover better. But anything that gets you more readers is great.
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Kaylyn D. said...

They are both great but I like the corset cover a little more.
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Joanne said...

I really like the cover with the corset on it. It's sexier. It would make me pick up the book.

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redjuliet said...

I like the revised cover only because tulips are my favorite flower! I hope that this cover change will help new readers find great books after reading the book that shall not be named. I never worried about covers showing when I read print books but I know many others may have to be discreet. Good luck with your move!

Carin said...

I personally like the corset better, I think its more in line with the book and not the current make everything look like 50 shades of gray trend.
Carin
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laura troxel said...

I am a huge fan of your books. I like the corset cover.
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Elizabeth H. said...

Love the black and white cover. It's mysterious and gets the reader thinking about what the book's about! Thanks for the post and the awesome giveaway!!
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Leah Woods said...

I prefer the corset cover :)

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4d913d8c-ff5b-11e1-bdcb-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I like the new cover best. The entwined tulips suggest a sensual read and pique my interest.

4d913d8c-ff5b-11e1-bdcb-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I like the new cover best. The entwined tulips suggest a sensual read and pique my interest.

Leni said...

I'm torn. On one hand I like the corset because of the way the shape fits onto the cover along with the color of the lettering. But I love the darkness of the new cover. So, I'm going with the new cover because of the color scale.

powerse said...

I prefer he corset cover....I think it's more attractive however I do like the black and white

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SdyLion said...

I am not that crazy about the corset cover personally, and the 2 flowers are nice. But, I am really not a fan of the whole genre trying to mimic the "Shades" artist covers. I like sensual covers, either with people or objects that make the book enticing. I like the redo on the forbidden fruit cover- much better. Not as red-light district. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

LM said...

I like the new cover better-- sometimes simpler is better
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Timitra said...

I like the old cover better because to me it conveys what the book is about better, when I see corsets I immediately think bdsm, flowers don't really convey that to me, even though there is a kind of intimacy between the flowers...it all boils to the fact that I like sexier/raunchier covers!

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Kassandra said...

They are both beautiful but I would be more inclined to pick up the original with the corset to read the blurb.

Kassandra
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Kerry said...

I like both, but I prefer the corset - not a big fan of the monochromic covers!

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Catherine Lee said...

I prefer the old cover. The new one looks like a douche or another feminine hygiene product commercial!

Julianne Keller said...

I like the older cover better. It attracts my attention more than the new cover. I usually pick the books I read by the cover, and if I saw a cover with flowers, I'd assume it would be just a sweet romance and not erotic enough for me.
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Bethie said...

I like the black and white cover best. It is more understated.

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Wendy said...

I like the new covers. When I originally saw them they intrigued me. That's why both ebooks were already on my wish list. Lol.

Jo said...

I like the new cover with the tulips best. My decision wasn't based on which was was sexier - I just like the composition of the tulips cover much better than the corset.

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Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin said...

Akk-I tried to post twice earlier-having technical issues.
Love reading all the comments! Definitely good to know which covers appeal to readers-although this seems split. Maybe I'll get my self-pubbed books up with multiple covers...hmmm...
Thanks for commenting, everyone!
Eden/Eve :)

June M. said...

Although I like both, I personally prefer the new cover. I think it is simple and elegant, and tulips are my favorite flowers! :)

cutiephinphin said...

Both covers are lovely but I prefer the cover with the corset. I think it's sexier with a hint of naughtiness and makes me wanna check the book out.

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lavendersbluegreen said...

Gosh. That is tough. In general I do like black and white but I also love corsets... hmmm. I think I will have to read the book first (since I have not yet) and then I can judge better which I think suits the storyline and also your writing style...

erin said...

Thanks for a great post and congrats on the re-release!

I like the new covers. I'm not ashamed of what I read by any means but it's nice not to have an "in your face" romance/erotica cover. I work in a pediatric healthcare office and so there are a lot of books I can't read at work b/c of the covers unless I buy them on my Kindle. I could get away w/ this one :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Modokker said...

I like both covers but i think i like the original better. I don't really care to much for the ala 50 shades covers that are getting popular although they do remind the reader that it's possibly similar to those books.

Lisa B
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katetaan said...

I prefer the simplicity of the black and white to the blue wash corset. Its a cleaner look and its what draws me in.

Laurie said...

If I had to choose, I'd pick the new cover, the black/white with the entwined flowers is simple but beautiful.

biochemguy said...

I would choose the one with the corset on it because I just find it a tad sexier which is appropriate with this sort of book. Let me showcase it!

Amy Red said...

Black and white cover. It makes me want to pick up the book and look to see what it is exactly...
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Jessie said...

I prefer the corset cover. The minimalistic approach is starting to become the "norm" and every book is starting to look the same. I want my sexy to look..well..sexy.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Evelyn said...

I love corsets!! It's a lot sexier!!!
thanks
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Jasmyn said...

I prefer the black with the white flowers. It looks so much more elegant - and I wouldn't be afraid to carry that into work with me :)