Today I’m welcoming back guest author Aurelia T. Evans – and my gawd does she have an awesome book to share with us!
Are you interested in horror and romance, then check out Aurelia’s, Fortune!
What is your favorite thing about writing?
I suppose I share a desire with many writers to leave the real world behind and make one that isn’t necessarily better, but definitely in my control. Real life is so often out of my hands. When I write, I’m the goddess of my own worlds, and I can make it as spectacular as I want, enjoy things that don’t exist or wouldn’t be nearly as good in the real world, and take a short break from reality. I guess in that sense, all writers are at least a little dissociative.
What do you find is the hardest thing about being an author?
Managing writing time with real life demands. Last year, I had the fortune of having all the time in the world to write and do associated writerly things. Of course, I was sick and in pain for a good portion of the summer, but I was insanely productive, and I produced a lot of good stuff. This year, I’m working in addition to writing, and that time spent working or recovering from work is really cutting into my writing time, which I both want and need. After last year’s prolificacy, I’ve barely produced anything this year, and I haven’t written anything since I started working.
Suffice it to say, I’m not happy. But I have to make it work somehow.
What inspired you to write Fortune?
It was a combination of a personal challenge to figure out a way to write erotic horror romance (when erotic romance and horror really don’t mix well), plus a dream I had a few years ago about a bratty girl left behind in a demonic circus. I didn’t intend to start a series, but once I finished the first book, I still had so many stories about Arcanium and its inhabitants left to tell. Now I’ve written five books and have more in my to-do list if the series does well.
Was there anything you found particularly challenging when writing Fortune?
The aforementioned tension between the two diametrically opposed genres of erotic romance and horror was one of the biggest challenges. I wasn’t even sure that Totally Bound would accept it, because I didn’t scrimp on the horror. Yet in the midst of blood and gore, there’s a powerful dark romance that emerges in the midst of the horror, so I’m thrilled Totally Bound’s taken in the Arcanium series and encouraged me with it. I’ve yet to be told to tone it down. J
If you were to give your book a Heat Rating, (lowest) 1—simmering, 2—sizzling, 3—on fire, or 4—blazing (highest), which would it be and why?
To date, the Arcanium series probably has some of the hottest books I’ve written, in part because I don’t have to hold back on darkness, depravity, or creativity. Demon sex gets weird in all the right ways.
What’s next for you?
I’ve already written up to book five in the series. Carousel comes out for early download in June, Aerial comes out for early download in July, and Ringmaster comes out for early download in August. I’m working on preparing Contortion for submission before finishing out the Sanctuary trilogy with Call for Blood, then maybe tackling a novel or two in a new dark urban fantasy series that’s been percolating. There are still more Arcanium stories that need to be told. We’ll see whether they get a chance to come to the light.
He’s the reason to be careful what you wish for.
After her jealous boyfriend makes an angry, careless wish, Maya DeLuca finds herself trapped in a traveling demonic circus and at the mercy of a devious jinni, Bell Madoc. She joins the other lost souls of Arcanium who suffer in perpetual purgatory under the weight of their wishes, all making the best of a cursed situation.
But Maya’s not even cursed because of her own wish, which means she still has three for Bell to grant.
He may be fond of her—the passion they share is as hellfire hot as it is wrong—but that doesn’t mean she’s safe from his endlessly inventive, wicked imagination. He might twist her wishes at his whim for his own pleasure. Or he might just give her what she wants…which could be even worse.
“They won’t be able to see,” he whispered and guided her in front of him, pushing the curtain to the side so that she could peer out. She cautiously leaned forward.
Lady Sasha and Lord Mikhail went out into the ring, the curtain closing behind them, but Maya kept her eyes on Lord Mikhail in particular, his back just as attractive as his front. She couldn’t help but ogle at the way his rear worked under his leather pants. Maya shifted under Bell’s grasp, but he didn’t let her slip from under his touch.
Bell’s hand on the bare skin of her shoulders was doing things to her that she didn’t want to think about, because it simply wasn’t okay for her to be feeling this way—especially with a demon kidnapper. The place where he touched her prickled, not unpleasantly.
She didn’t want it to turn her on, that or the caress of his breath against her ear and over her neck. It took all her willpower not to tilt her head and present her neck to him, a completely involuntary and unwanted response. What’s more, it seemed to come out of nowhere, pre-wish flirting notwithstanding. All of those raging hormones were supposed to have taken a back seat to fear and hatred, plain and simple.
“Don’t worry,” Bell murmured, his lips brushing the shell of her ear. “It’s not you. As succubus and incubus, Lady Sasha and Lord Mikhail are very useful for adult-only entertainment. However, lest that concern you, they aren’t allowed to screw the cast.”
Bell seemed to know exactly what his purring of the word ‘screw’ did to her, but he didn’t do more than tease. She doubted her clenched teeth were the reason why.
“Even with our ‘no touching’ policy, they do manage to keep Arcanium pretty sexually charged for cast and audience alike, especially in the evening. You might just find yourself jerking your boyfriend off in public where all and sundry can see you.”
“Oh God, you saw that?” she asked.
Her face flushed again, but now the heat suffused the rest of her body. And the whole time she couldn’t stop watching Mikhail flex those amazing, gleaming muscles and display his assets—spiced with memory accents from last night in the RV, different muscles, different assets, different actions, different man. Her mind spun in a lustful haze.
“No one else saw,” he said. “I assure you, everyone else in the audience was more concerned about what was going on between their own legs, enthralled by their sex demon of choice or inspired into sordid deeds with their partners as well.”
“I’d bet five dollars you were looking for me,” Maya muttered.
A slight rustle. Then he produced a five-dollar bill before her eyes. Maya clutched the curtain as he slid it into her corset between her cleavage.
“Now you can look,” he said, “if you desire.” He’d said that word deliberately too, and she tried not to show him that it got to her.
Purchase for early download at Totally Bound (general release on May 15): https://www.totallybound.com/fortune
Print preorder: https://www.totallybound.com/fortune-print
Arcanium series page: https://aureliatevans.wordpress.com/arcanium-series/
Aurelia T. Evans is an up-and-coming erotica author with a penchant for horror and the supernatural.
She’s the twisted mind behind the were/shifter Sanctuary trilogy, demonic circus series Arcanium, and spiritual gothic urban fantasy series Meridian (publication TBD). She’s also had short stories featured in various erotic anthologies.
Aurelia presently lives in Dallas, Texas (although she doesn’t ride horses or wear hats). She loves cats and enjoys baking as much as she dislikes cooking. She’s a walker, not a runner, and she writes outside as often as possible.