April 3, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Featuring Stealing Beauty from Jessica Collins
By Jessica Collins
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
All books are standalone, contemporary erotic romance which feature characters from other books. All have an HEA.
She wants him. He needs her. This time, it’s the Beast who’s going to attempt to tame the Beauty. Desire… danger… a whole lotta heat – this isn’t your childhood fairy tale.
A stubborn beauty….
Anabelle Lehala just wants to spend time with her best friend, finish law school, and provide a good life for her and her father. Her world is knocked upside down when she meets a mysterious, captivating stranger who tempts her like no one before. Refusing to be just another notch in his belt, Belle forces herself to stay away from him at all costs.
An egotistical beast….
Rich, powerful, and handsome, Aleksandr Wolfe has been accustomed to getting whatever he desires. That is, until he meets Belle. Immediately captivated by her, Aleks can’t understand why she won’t give in to the obvious mutual desire between them. Helpless to stay away from her, Aleks wonders if she’ll be the one thing he can never have.
The fight for her life….
When Anabelle finds herself in danger after refusing the advances of Gabriel Avenant, a man who believes she is his and his alone, Aleksandr vows to protect her. As their attraction grows, they each must decide if they are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice—their hearts.
He looked at her for a moment before continuing, voice low. “Let’s be honest for a moment, shall we? I’ve been fantasizing about you since the first night we met, and I can feel your eyes on me whenever I’m near you.” He paused a moment, tongue darting out briefly to lick his bottom lip. “We should just fuck and get it out of the way.”
Belle stopped breathing. She wanted to take him up on his offer — she had never wanted to sleep with a man as badly as she wanted him.
“Mr. Wolfe, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I own a club. I deal in attraction. You wouldn’t get a call back.” Belle narrowed her eyes back in a challenge. Ok, so she lied a little, yet he needed to know there wouldn’t be anything between them, no matter how often she thought about it.
“It that so?”
“Yes,” she huffed out a breath, proud of herself for staying strong against his attempts at her.
He stared at her for another moment, his penetrating gaze holding her in place. He stood, walking around the desk towards her, fingers on his left hand grazing the edge of the dark wood.
His face remained impassive, but his eyes, his eyes looked — calculating.
Oh, no. I know that look. I created that look. Belle moved to stand but Aleks was too quick. He leaned forward, a hand on each side of her chair, entrapping her in the small space. The earthy scent she was beginning to grow fond of flooded her nostrils. The muscles in his forearms flexed as he gripped the chair, and the heat from his body warmed her as he leaned forward, dangerously close into her personal space, forcing her head back against the leather.
“Women have pretended to say no to me before. Seems I always change their mind.”
His arrogance was the cold water she needed to focus. She wasn’t about to let him intimidate her. “Pretended? You’re such a prick. I’m not other women.
Belle held his gaze as his look darkened, blue turning cerulean, a slow smile forming on his face.
“Mm hm,” he uttered, not convinced. His voice dropped as he continued, “Tell me, did you think about it the other night? Me fucking you against the wall? Or perhaps you’re thinking about it now — being bent over my desk as I take you from behind?” He wouldn’t release her gaze, pupils dilating as he spoke. His facial expression, his voice, his sheer intensity, all mixed with his words; he was devastating.
“The only reason those thoughts cross my mind is because I have to listen to you talk about them.” She hated feeling the blush creep across her cheeks. He reached with one hand to stroke her cheek with his thumb, his fingers wrapping towards the back of her head.
“Your cheeks turn such a pretty shade of pink when you lie to me, Belle.” The touch sent a jolt through her body as a breath caught in her throat. She knew he heard, being so close to her. He leaned down into her, close enough she could almost feel his chest on hers. He placed his lips next to the ear opposite his hand and she felt his warm breath on her. His masculine scent engulfed her.
“Consider your challenge accepted. You will say ‘yes’ to me, Belle. In fact, you will beg for it.”
“I — I don’t recall offering you a challenge, Mr. Wolfe.” Her voice had sounded raspier than she had intended. She resisted the temptation to lean her face into his.
“You saying no is the challenge. You can tell yourself you won’t give in. You can try to resist me all you want, but it won’t work. I always win.”
Stealing Beauty Teaser Trailer
Jessica Collins – Author Interview
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved reading. I think I realized early on it was something I would love to do at some point when I was an adult, yet never really put much effort into it. I had the idea for Stealing Beauty about 6 years ago, and would write a bit here and there, but it wasn’t until about a year ago I seriously sat down and decided to write it.
How many books have you written?
I finished my first novel, Stealing Beauty, late in 2016 and it’s set for release March 28, 2017. Stealing Beauty is the re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and I absolutely love this novel. I have other books in the works as part of my Fairy Tales After Dark series. All novels can be read as stand-alones, and they are contemporary erotica based on classic fairy tales. I have general outlines for at least 5 more in this series, as well as an idea for another series based on Angels and Demons, and a horror novel.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I’ve always loved the erotica genre and after a few years of reading began to create my own characters. I’ve always been drawn to series where each book can be a standalone, yet all the characters will connect in some way. I’m not a huge fan of the paranormal, but I thought the idea of known characters, such as the fairy tale characters, would make a great series idea.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many! My favorite is Stephen King, but I’m also a fan of Laurelin Page, Lilah Pace, Maya Banks.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Because of my love for horror, and wanting to keep close to the original stories, the novels can be a bit on the darker side. I’m learning to balance heavier topics while trying to avoid what could be triggering to some readers.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My office. My dog sits on the floor behind me, I can lean back in the comfy chair, and put my feet up on our paper-shredder. It’s all molded to my writing “stance” now, lol.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
Both. I have a general idea of their personality and the direction of their story, but then I let them speak for themselves.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No. That would put too much pressure on me.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Editing down. I had so many more scenes I had to cut. The book was originally about 115k words and we got it to around 95k. I’m going to try and incorporate some into other novels.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Hearing someone say they’re excited to read it or they love it. Lol. It’s easy to hear good things!
Do you use images to develop your character’s looks?
Not actual pictures, but I have a general “blur” in my mind of what they look like. Interestingly, I hear their voices clearly. I know exactly they would sound.
Are your characters based on people you know?
There are traits of people I know in the characters.
Do you use your experiences in your books?
I’ve used some… inspiration… for some of the scenes, lol.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
Absolutely. Once I finished Stealing Beauty I assumed I’d immediately start on the second novel, Finders Keepers. That was in August. I haven’t started yet (March!)
What do you think makes a good story?
Realistic characters and reactions. I hate when you get so taken out of the element because the character meets the hero/ine and 4 hours later they’re in love.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, depending on the time and the reason I’m writing – whether is because I’ve had an idea or because I feel pressured to finish a scene.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
I’ve had a few “followers” who started as beta readers and are helping me with marketing. They’re just as excited as I am and it’s been amazing to have their support.
What do your friends and family think about you being a writer?
My family has been incredibly supportive. The women in my immediate family (including my sisters-in-law) read erotic romance. We share books, favorite authors; my mother and I even watched 50 Shades together. We’re that family.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I like to spend time with my husband and our dog, take long baths, and just relax watching T.V
Do you like music or silence when your write?
Mostly silence but sometimes music helps for a particular scene.
Do you outline or do you just write?
Just write with the idea of a general outline in mind. The outline being the classic story.
Do you prefer pen and paper or computer?
Computer. Although when I get an idea and I’m not home, I love the voice notes on my phone.
Do you write as routine or do you write when you feel like it?
When I feel like it. I’m joining a cabin for Camp Nanowrimo this April though and have a goal of 25k words, so I’ll have to have a daily routine for that.
What do you love best about your current book?
My characters. The heroine, Belle, has so many great qualities and I tried to make her as realistic as possible – emotionally strong, yet sensitive at times. And Aleksandr, the hero – I have such a crush on him!
What is your next project?
Finders Keepers. It’s the story of Aladdin/1001 Arabian Nights.
Jessica Collins is a new contemporary erotic romance author currently living in New Jersey along with her incredibly supportive husband (let’s be honest, he enjoys the *ahem* research *ahem* he gets to assist with) and the love of their life – their pitbull. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, taking baths, playing old-school Nintendo on her computer, and appreciating life.
Combining classic characters and erotica, Jessica has created a world the reader wishes they were a part of. Alpha males, confident heroines, amazing friendships, and fan-worthy sex combine with enough tension to keep you on the edge of your panty-soaked seat all night long in the new Fairy Tales After Dark series. Discover how each tale is rewritten into today’s world as the characters search for their happy ending – in more ways than one!
Social Media Contacts
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Publisher: Deep Desires Press – the newest, hottest, erotica publishers. Their webpage is www.deepdesirespress.com and are looking for submissions in all erotica categories.