Get into Bed with Entwined: Unbound Authors

entwined_final_600x800_300Lynn Reynolds: What inspired you to write the opening for Unbound

Lacey Michaels: I’ve always had a thing for airports—and no, it’s not a kink, not really. Nor is it anything to do with induction into The Mile High Club—at least not that I’m admitting! ((wink)) To me airports are semi-magical spaces—the arriving and departing planes, the kiosks of upscale shops and restaurants, and the people whose lives intersect there be it for a few slice-of-life seconds in passing— or prolonged welcomes and farewells weighted with life-altering meaning.

Several years ago, I was returning from a first trip to Ireland. Standing outside the security gates at Cork International, I witnessed the saddest of scenes: a young American woman and an Irish man, both in tears, embracing. Clearly their leave taking was not a goodbye but a final, wrenching farewell.

“I’ll never forget you,” the woman said, tears streaming her upturned face, her trembling mouth seeking his for yet another kiss.

“I love you,” he replied simply, pulling her so close that it was as if he sought to absorb her into his skin.

And that’s when I saw it—the rusty glint of his worn gold wedding band.

The woman was ring-less, the considerable luggage all hers. Both seemed to be deep in doomed love and appropriately miserable. Looking on, I longed to intervene, to suggest that maybe others weren’t as fragile as they feared, to beg them to reconsider, to flout conventional morality and take a chance on love.

Of course I did none of those things. I picked up my bags and continued through security—and began rewriting their story in my head.

At the start of our Unbound, Entwined #1 interactive e-book, romance novelist Charity McCormick has just landed in New York’s JKF Airport after a hiking trip to Western Ireland. The vacation has been a convenient excuse to put some distance between her and her dream man, Drew, whom she’s begun dating in New York. What’s her problem, you might well ask? Finally freed from a sexless, decade long marriage, Charity has promised herself a year of dirty, sexy fun—dirty sexy fun the likes of which she doesn’t dare have with Drew. The hot Texas-transplant is definitely monogamous relationship material, but to explore her kinky side, Charity needs a fling with Mr. Right Now! To that end, during the trip Charity hooked up with her sexy Irish tour guide, Patrick, only Patrick is married to Meg. The couple has twenty years and two grown children together as well as a deep mutual affection that’s sadly never found its way into their bed.

Guilty about their brief affair, Charity and Patrick have agreed to break off all contact. Only once she deplanes, she finds his text message waiting. He has confessed their encounter to Meg! Despite her understandable upset, she has invited Charity to return to Ireland and enter into a marital ménage-a-trois. The start of an unconventional Happily Ever After for all? Read our quartet of erotic novellas and decide for yourself.

Lynn: What do you like about the erotica genre?  What is it that draws you to cats as opposed to dogs as pets?

Cecilia Tan: I can’t imagine not writing about sex. To me, the erotic drive is one of the most basic human drives. Books that have a love story and no erotic component just confuse me. If someone wrote a banquet scene and never mentioned the actual food, for me that’s what a romance without sex is like. Everything I know about the characters, or think I know–their quirks, their hangups, their connection to each other, their conflicts, and their passions–can be shown through well written sex scenes. In fact, if I don’t see those elements tested and proven in a sex scene, I don’t believe them!

Cats are exactly like me: very sensual nocturnal creatures who are quiet and self-sufficient. If I had to get up in the morning to walk a dog? Forget it. I wouldn’t last a month as a dog owner.

Lynn: What did you like about a “choose your own adventure” book?  What does your husband think about you writing erotica?

Lissa Trevor: I have always been a huge fan of “choose your own adventure” books.  I would read the books over and over again to make sure I took every path there was.  I didn’t want to miss any part of the story.  When I was a kid, I wrote my own “choose your own adventure book.”  It was about pirates.  I remembering spreading all the pages out on the living room floor and using colored markers to show where the stories interacted.

My husband loves it.  We went swag shopping today at a local sex store.  We had a great time trying out the floggers and whips.  Do you know there’s one out there made out of Koosh material?  He supports my crazy ideas.  Like when I ordered two hundred paint stirrers to use as giveaways for “spanking” or when I drag him places.  This weekend we’re going to the Museum of Sex in Manhattan.

Lynn: Do you find that winning the Lambda Literary Award has changed your writing at all?  What is it that you love about the older editions of erotica?

Debra Hyde: The Lambda was a pinnacle achievement, a validation, and winning it didn’t so much change my writing as freed me to write across a broader spectrum of storytelling. Since then, I’m writing more for the reader’s entertainment, and Hers, my contribution to Entwined’s Unbound, Volume 1, is entertaining first and smart, second.

Why old erotica? Erotica’s history spans centuries and I’m a book junkie at heart. For Unbound‘s Hers, I wanted the presence of 1950/1960s to reflect how far we’ve come in terms of personal freedoms. “Vintage sleaze,” as these paperbacks are now called, were the closest thing to legal erotica that the readers of that era had. In fact, the explicit language of today’s erotica and erotic romance would’ve landed us authors and publishers in jail back then. And we all know the history of LGBT repression during that same period of time. Today, we’re far more free to love who we want and read what we want and Hers, to a small degree, celebrates those facts.

But, to a far larger degree, I aimed to make Hers entertaining, engaging, and hard to tear yourself away from. Let me know if I succeeded.

Buy: Unbound

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Review: Unbound (The Entwined Series, Book 1) by Debra Hyde, Lacey Michaels, Cecilia Tan, and Lissa Trevor

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This is a new type of book that will have you going back for more – it’s interactive. There are four stories to choose from. But I warn you, unless you have no feelings these stories are going to get your blood flowing – and possibly other things as well. And even your partner may benefit. You may want to read in bed, or other comfortable spot, but you definitely won’t need a fire – this will get you plenty warm enough.

Unbound is written in the first person. Charity McCormick is all about wanting to find romance and yet she already has her own Prince Charming. His name is Drew. But something happens to her after she returns from a trip. This is where you can become adventurous – which story will you choose first?

Hers by Debra Hyde

Charity gets an adventure she never dreamed of when she travels to Ireland. She’s ready to explore the unknown and see where it takes her. Debra introduces a character in her story named Riordan. I found it interesting that Riordan happens to work in my neck of the woods.

If you have never personally experienced the BDSM lifestyle, Debra gives you a little background information. Don’t be shy, experience this tale that Debra has written – you know you want to. It’s not all about the sex. Debra builds a relationship between Charity and Riordan.

You don’t realize how quickly the story goes by. With this book being interactive, you can read one story in just a short amount of time. You can also decide whether you want to start reading another one or save it for another time.

Dear Girl by Cecilia Tan

Right from the start, Cecilia shows the reader how technology has affected Charity. I wonder how many others are affected the same way – what would we do if all technology was here one day and gone the next. Charity has to work the old fashioned way. Cecilia shows how sometimes the lines can become blurred between what is reality and what is fantasy.

This is a story of finding your sexual being – now don’t be shy. We don’t necessarily need a name to be fulfilled by our partner. It’s all about sensation and pushing the limits of what you’re used to – your deepest desires. But don’t despair; Cecilia will reveal her male character’s name eventually. You’ll just have to make sure to read her story if you want to find out his name.

Eight Days in May by Lacey Michaels

In this tale, Lacey takes Charity back to Ireland where she meets her tour guide and his wife. It’s another tale of sexual adventures. This tale shows that sometimes sex can be emotional. It can also push you out of your normal comfort zone.

One thing that I liked about Lacey’s story was that I got a chance to “see” more of the Irish countryside. I felt that I got to experience it right along with Charity. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, maybe this will give you some ideas. And depending on how adventurous you are, you may or may not want to be reading this at an airport. It depends on whether or not you want someone reading over your shoulder.

Wild Oats by Lissa Trevor

Lissa takes the reader on a very different journey. Charity gets to choose which way she wants to travel. Her adventure starts at the airport like the other stories but she doesn’t quite leave the same way. Lissa puts in a paranormal twist but it’s more time travel than paranormal.

I feel that her story is the hottest of the four tales – although they are all smokin’. Her story pushes the boundaries of what’s comfortable. Lissa adds in another male character that helps Charity with that. I will say that I was a little disappointed that Charity didn’t choose him in the end but it left me hoping that Lissa’s next story will take care of that issue.

I hope you will choose to get this interactive book and when you are finished, or even right now, stop over to http://www.entwinederotica.com/ and join this series web site. And you will be happy to know that there is a volume two coming. The bad news is it’s not out yet – coming out Winter 2013.

Rating: ★★★★★

buy: Unbound, The Entwined Series: #1

The Best of May 2009

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This past month has been a blast! May was filled with reviews, guest bloggers, author interviews, and many fun articles covering a wide range of topics from TBR piles to romance heroes. I celebrated my blog’s 1st year on the 26th with mantitty and twitter. Thank you everyone who commented and played because you made the day very special! Shared below is the month’s highlights:

May’s 11 Most Commented Posts:

May’s Guest Bloggers:

May’s Author Interviews:

May’s Misc.:

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Review Blind Seduction by Debra Hyde

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I’m going to start off and say that this was a Did Not Finish for me. If it was a print book I would have thrown it at the wall. My biggest problem is the heroine. I just don’t get her. I can’t wrap my mind around a person willing to be that submissive to somebody else especially when humiliation and degradation is involved. The heroine infuriated me to the point where I was ready to grab all the reading material I could find on feminism and start up a local chapter.

As for the sexual content, I was warned by the author, but still I wasn’t prepared. I like to think I’m fairly open-minded when it comes to BDSM and the whole kinky sex scene but I draw the line at urination (which is mentioned as something the couple did in the past). Additionally as a heterosexual woman I was not at all interested in reading about the heroine’s submission under a woman (not once but at least twice with hints of future contact with Dom Blade) because her husband wanted to see it done. All in all the content wasn’t even close to be erotic for me.

Warning: STRONG BDSM, spanking, rope bondage, group sex w/ a single female, F/F & M/F scenes, public sex, voyeurism, domination, submission, side characters telling tales of sex parties, feasts, a girl who is and just wants to be Cunt the dog, etc.

The blurb on the site makes you think you’re getting into a fun sexy story about a married couple looking to explore their sexual horizons. I thought I was in for “Leslie has no clue about the BDSM, Phillip her husband wants to try it out,” but oh no-no…. not even close. Leslie and Phillip have been doing lots of BDSM and Leslie isn’t shocked she’s trained for it.

Meanwhile, readers get to enjoy a creepy pervert called Vincent. He’s strongly attracted to Leslie’s innocence as it were and wants to truly break her in all the way. He’s basically a stalker, identifiable to blinded (by a blindfold) Leslie by rank smell. I’m sure this comes to a head later but I couldn’t make myself read any further.

Rating: 0.5 Stars

Buy: Blind Seduction