Happy Halloween My Pretties!
I'm thrilled and chilled to be celebrating All Hallows Eve with the lovely Lily Harlem who has dipped her toe into the paranormal abyss with equally naughty and blood-thirsty results. Come sit by the fire, grab some cider, put your back to the wall and join us for some spine-tingling fun...
Have You Been Bitten Yet?
Thanks so much for inviting me over today, HK. I’ve brought with me some hot vampires and seriously sexy shifters! My two newest releases are Bite Mark and Claw Mark – do read Bite Mark first! – and I’m very excited about my first dally into paranormal erotic romance. I’ve mixed my supernatural heroes with one of my other favourite sub genres – ménage a trois - because I’m never one to say three is a crowd! Right since the start of my writing career throwing a plus one into the bedroom has been a bit of a habit of mine.
There is something about ménage a trois relationships that really sparks my imagination. I love the dynamics and the endless possibility for conflicts, sexy positions and happy ever after’s. Throw in fangs and claws and I had a great time writing these books.
I also adore setting my books in London – Bite Mark starts off there – it’s my most favourite city and I try and get there every couple of months for shopping, or dinner or meeting up with friends and family. It was one of these trips, in December 2012, that I had the idea for Bite Mark. Mr H and I were in the Smithfield region which is very central, just outside the meat market, which by the way has been operating as such for over 800 years. Mr H had a meeting and I found myself a corner spot in The Butchers Hook and Cleaver to wile away an hour and watch the world go by.
But it wasn’t a happy, bright people watching morning. No. It was dark and dank, the fog lay heavy in the air –pea soup Londoner’s call it – and it was hard to see anyone until they were right up close. Figures moved about in the distance, eerily, the lights were still on despite it being daytime and the car headlights were just fudges of brightness.
In the mist I spotted a man, not one of the market workers or even one of the hospital staff that whizz around the area (it’s right next to St Bartholemew's Hospital, a huge place that has many outbuildings). He walked tall, slower than the other people I’d seen, and he had on a hat and carried a cane. He looked out of place, but not majorly so, maybe only to me and my imagination. I began to think of him, as he moved from one end of the market to another shrouded in mist, as a vampire. Perhaps, I wondered, he liked to hang out around the meat. Maybe the scent of blood to him was like us visiting a pretty summer garden to smell the flowers.
And that was it. I was off on a story about The Worshipful Company of the Ancient Order, a secret group of vampires who live in central London with HRH The Queen’s permission and a young butcher girl, Beatrice searching for a missing friend.
When I reached the end of Bite Mark, my two vampires and Bea find themselves lurching into another drama. This time The Carlton Pack, a group of dangerous shifters, are involved as is an evil vampire who is after Bea’s rare Bombay Blood . Claw Mark was born as I had to tell Isaac and Caleb’s story too. They’re great and it’s definitely hard to choose a favourite, vampires or shifters? I hope you’ll check out these two paranormal novels. They’re getting a great response from Amazon readers already. There is a bit more information below. And if you find yourself free on Halloween why not join The Brit Babes for some spooky fun at our Facebook Shivers and Tingles Party! There will be steamy excerpts, sexy pics, raunchy gossip and a contest or two. Hope to see you there.
But Aimery’s friend Ryle wanted in on the action. My head was spinning, my body reacting to theirs whenever they were around. But I had questions: What was their obsession with my rare blood type? How did they always appear when I needed them? And how old were they?
Learning the truth about my lovers brought new fears and delights. They could take me higher than I’d ever gone before, show me pleasures I’d never imagined and were prepared to kill to protect me. Being mortal had never been so much erotic fun—or so deliciously dangerous.
But when everything crashes down, literally, I can see no way out of the darkness—death my best option. Until two unusual men come bounding to my aid.
Gentle Caleb and prickly Isaac have secrets. They’re full of passion, desire, love and lust and their isolated lives are weaved with mystery. But I know what they are. I’m also craving some serious satisfying, a distraction from my dilemma, and it seems these guys are up for the job.
Will my life always be turbulent, terrifying and tempting beyond belief? Nothing is certain in a world of vampires and shifters.
Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release, Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse, draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Silk Tie, The Glass Knot and Scored have been blessed with many 5* reviews since their release.
Her novel, Breathe You In, a super-sexy romance with a twist that will not only heat you up but stay with you for years to come, was named a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2013.
Lily also co-authors with Natalie Dae and publishes under the name Harlem Dae - check out the Sexy as Hell Box Set available exclusively on Amazon - The Novice, The Player and The Vixen - and That Filthy Book which has been hailed as a novel 'every woman should read'.
One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and down-and-dirty sexy. Enjoy!