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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

VIRGIN DANCER - DEBORAH COURT GIVEAWAY



It's Wednesday, sweeties, and my guest today is a very lovely and exceptionally talented lady, someone I deeply admire, and who has become a wonderful friend. And, when I say talented, I sincerely mean it. Her written voice is unique; page after page of sumptuous description that lures you in and keeps you enthralled right to the end. My personal favourite is 'Bound to The Prince', once I got started, I couldn't stop. Please welcome erotic romance author, Deborah Court. Thank you for stopping by, hun. Tell us about yourself.

First, I'd like to thank you for having me on your wonderful blog, Blak! My name is Deborah Court, and the most important thing about me to know is that I live and breathe for books - besides being a health professional and a very proud mom of two lovely children. I started out in the publishing business some years ago, and became a translator/editor of historical romances. At some point in my career just working on other writers' stories didn't feel enough anymore, and I fulfilled my fondest dream - to become a writer myself. My first book, "Bound to the Prince", a fantasy erotic romance, was published last year. Since then, I’ve written two erotic romances and a young adult mystery. My current project is the second book of my Elven Warrior Trilogy.

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?

Usually not in real life, like many authors who claim to find their inspiration while watching other people. I don’t only write, I am also a passionate reader, and I love great movies and TV series. Witnessing other artists' creativity ignites my own. It's wonderful to get immersed in a world a writer has created. Everyday life, although being "real", can be dull and boring more often than not, so it's wonderful to escape from time to time. Just open a book, read the first page and poof! You're in another world. At least this is what a good book should accomplish.

What made you choose to write contemporary erotic romance/romantic suspense literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?

I just write what I enjoy reading most, which is, in my case, means romance of all kinds. In the past, I often wished the sensual scenes in romances were somewhat hotter - not necessarily too explicit, but not too vague either. So I started to write my own stories and included more erotic moments than usual; sexy, a little bit kinky sometimes but also with the kind of passion that only results from a deep, emotional bond. There's nothing more beautiful than sex between two human (or supernatural) beings who love each other so much that they can't bear not to be close, not to touch each other.

I love to read suspense and crime stories so yes, I'd like to write a murder mystery, with multi-layered characters and a very clever plot. But I plan to finish my Elven Warrior Trilogy first before I decide on what to write next.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?

I always start with an idea that's interesting enough to get me hooked. Like for instance, "what would happen if a nurse from New Jersey met an elven prince, who decided to make her his human slave and take her to the lands of the Fae?" (Bound to the Prince), or "What would happen if there was a magic house that fulfilled any erotic fantasy of its female owner?" (House of Pleasure). Then I think about the main characters and a general plot, although I don't plan too much. The title comes much, much later.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?

The beginning is the easiest part, since I start with an intriguing idea and hop right into the action. I also have a pretty good idea how it should end. But the middle part is really hard. Something interesting is supposed to happen, something that will drive on the story and gives the characters the chance to grow. It helps to ask myself what would be the worst possible thing to happen to the characters - and this is usually what I'll write.

Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?

My novels are completely made up in my mind. However, during the time I wrote "Bound to the Prince", I had to deal with a severe illness of a close family member, which gave me a very hard time. Although the story itself has no resemblance to my real life whatever, I put some real, deep feelings into my writing. The pain the characters feel is mine, and also other emotions included in the story. Well, I guess that's what writing should be anyway.

Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?

Not at all - writing both romantic and erotic scenes comes quite natural to me. I have a much harder time writing dialogue or - especially - action scenes. During writing, I draw my inspiration from music. Listening to songs that I find sexy or romantic gets me in the right mood to write very easily.

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?

For me, it would be a total mood killer to use a method or even plan my erotic scenes. I just try to bring myself into feeling the way I want the characters to, then I just go for it and write whatever entices me at the moment. I think that a good sex scene has a certain flow to it, like music, a rhythm or even a song. And it has to be born from the story, from the hero and heroine's desire for each other. I think if a writer plans such a scene like grocery shopping, with a list what to do and where to touch, it's like faking it, and readers will sense that.

Personally, I like the sex in a scene to be bold, but always with love, respect and never degrading (and I'm not speaking about being submissive here). Whatever they do, I want my heroines feel worshipped like a queen by their hero.

Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And why?

I must admit that I am still madly in love with Elathan, the elven hero of "Bound to the Prince". At the beginning of the story, he's heartbreakingly lonely and nearly broken by all the pain and betrayal he’s experienced in his long (immortal) life. But as we watch the shield he built around his heart gradually crack and crumble away, he reveals himself as loving, protective, brave and incredibly loyal. And he has a very wicked sense of humor.

Tell us about your newest release.

"Virgin Dancer" is a romance with suspense and erotic elements. The story is about Jade, a young ballet dancer who just moved to New York City and, at the tender age of twenty-two, is wildly determined to finally lose her virginity. But the man she chooses for that honorable task - Swedish night club owner and sex god Alrik - isn't what he seems to be at first sight …

Just for fun–

What is your favourite colour?  

The green of fresh young leaves.

Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain?

Both - actually, they are not so different if they have a really good reason to act the way they do. A good villain has a strong motivation; usually he doesn't believe he's "evil", he's just driven by dark emotions, like hatred, greed or jealousy. I had much fun creating Ruadan, the villain in my debut fantasy romance, "Bound to the Prince".

What is your favourite movie? And why?
Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow", and Coppola's  “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”? Both movies have strong visual, decadently sensual images, and, of course, Johnny Depp and Gary Oldman with their flawless acting.

If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? And why?

I know the right answer would be "myself", but actually, I'd love to step into another person's shoes for a day. I'd love to do something big and creative, like shooting "The Hobbit". Yes, at the moment it would be nice to be Peter Jackson. To have all his creative possibilities and control would be awesome.

Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?

I'd love to continue what I'm doing right now - write whatever I want, what I love and feel passionate about. If my readers continue to enjoy my stories, all the better. It's so rewarding to hear from people who've read my books, telling me how they felt about the plot and characters, or the world I created. It's like telepathy, even like magic.


Virgin Dancer

Blurb:

Jade, a small town girl who moves to New York to become a professional ballet dancer, is wildly determined to lose her virginity. On the eve of her twenty-second birthday she goes to a Lower East Side club, intending to choose the most handsome, charismatic man she meets to introduce her to the art of love. Instantly she falls for the tall blond Swedish sex god who owns the club as she pretends to be an exotic dancer looking for a job. But Alrik Larsson has secrets of his own, including his involvement with a ring of human traffickers. When the life of her younger autistic brother is placed in jeopardy, Jade has to choose between the two people she loves.  The dancer finds herself balancing on a knife edge as she becomes entangled in a web of danger, mystery and relentless passion in the arms of her Viking lover ...

Excerpt:

"So beautiful," he said, and his deep, rich voice sent shivers down her spine. "I wonder if I should take advantage of this situation. After all, you're just a girl who wanted to find herself a lover tonight." He laughed to himself as he bowed down to her, moving his body over hers. Resting his weight on his elbows, his skin was just inches away from Jade's, nearly covering her. She only needed to arch her back, and her breasts would graze his skin.

Holding her captive with his pale, clear eyes, he stared down at her. "You can't even imagine how much I'd like to take you now." When she gasped, he continued. "Look at you. You want it, too, don't you, Jade? This is what you came here for."

Desperate with want, she closed her eyes, unable to speak a word. Suddenly, she felt his breath on the sensitive side of her neck, and she involuntarily tilted her head to the side to give him better access. Then, his lips were on her, leaving a searing mark on her skin. She moaned when she felt his tongue, barely touching as if he only wanted to taste her. A soft moan escaped her when he covered her neck with more of his sinful kisses, alternating with gentle bites that made her finally give up, yielding to his seduction.

The knowledge of being bound and helpless excited her more than she would have expected, and she turned her head to look into his eyes, ready to beg him if he wanted it. She found that the expression of his eyes wasn't cold anymore, but seemed to burn with a fire that threatened to destroy her.

"Beware, little virgin," he said. "I might be too much for you."

Purchase Link:

THE GIVEAWAY!!!!

Deborah Court will be giving away 2 copies of Virgin Dancer (any ebook format), and as an added bonus she will also be giving away 2 copies of Bound to the Prince! If you'd like a chance to win, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post and specify which copy you'd like! It's that easy! 

Ohh I love the excerpt! I've read Virgin Dancer and Bound to The Prince, both are awesome stories. Thanks again for the interview, Deborah. All the best, hun! 


A last note, Deborah and I have swapped blogs today! It's been awhile since I've done this, and it was great fun. To read my interview click on this link: http://deborahcourt.blogspot.ca/


Happy Yaoi Hunting!!
~ Blak Rayne

13 comments:

  1. It's no secret that Deborah is one of my favourite writers too! A great post, Blak and Deb - lots of great insights too.
    Lyn

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  2. I'd like a copy of Virgin Dancer, It sounds interesting and the excerpt was enticing.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by ManicScribbler and Charles! It's a good read, Charles. And, thank you Deborah, for sharing a little about your life. It was great to have you here today!

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  4. Dear Blak, I feel very honored to be on your awesome blog, and thank you for your kind words. The interview swap was great fun! Also thanks for your comments. ;-)

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  5. Deborah Court is a new author for me but not for long. I checked out her works and they sound great; I will be adding these to my must have list.

    I enjoyed both the interview and the excerpt; both were great reads.

    If chosen, I would like Bound to The Prince, please.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  6. Hi Deborah and Blak, great interview! If chosen, I'd like a copy of "Bound to the Prince". An Elf from a mythical world and a beautiful, present day nurse - this story intrigues me to see how the two worlds collide.
    Now I'm off to Deborah's blog to read about Blak.
    Have a great weekend and holiday all! ~Brenda
    bestloverintown at gmail dot com

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  7. I had to choose sexy, but I was really looking for the HOT button!
    Hot cover, hot excerpt!

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    1. Dear Danita,
      please leave your e-mail address and which book you'd like - Bound to the Prince or Virgin Dancer. ;-)

      Thank you,
      Deborah

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  8. Thanks so much for stopping by Brenda & Steve, Danita, and Booklover! And, Deborah, thank you so much for the fantastic interview, it was a lot of fun!
    xoxox
    Blak

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  9. Hi, I'd like a copy of Virgin Dancer since i haven't got the opportunity to read it yet and the excerpt sounded really great, so i really look forward to this book :)

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    1. Dear Mariana,
      please leave your e-mail address so I can send you a copy of Virgin Dancer. ;)

      Thank you,
      Deborah

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    2. Here it is! Thank you!!
      mariana.aleixo.3073@gmail.com

      Xoxo
      Mariana

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  10. Thanks so much for participating, everyone! I'll contact you via e-mail to send you the books. Enjoy your read, and special thanks to my friend Blak for having me on your awesome blog! *muah*

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