I am over the moon to be able to be part of the Blog Tour to announce the release of Stella Berkley’s latest release, I’ll Be Damned. The cover is smokin’ and since I got to beta read some of the stories in this one, I know the stories are too. I’m a huge fan of Ms. Berkley’s writing.
Title: I’ll Be Damned
Author: Stella Berkley
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Erotic Romance (Dark)
Blurb: For one night, love is enough to bridge the distance between heaven and hell.
In Devil Be Mine, Lucifer’s soul whore, Delilah, is tempted by her favorite submissive, Micah, an angel as pure as she is naughty.
In Fire and Ice, heaven’s black sheep, Qenna, meets her match in Pyro, chaos incarnate and devilish charm in a designer suit.
In Raven, a reaper forces the Guardian, Mara, to accept what’s in her heart or say goodbye to her Raven forever.
In Hunting Pleasure, Lucifer’s Lieutenant, Selene, indulges in heaven’s highest ranking sentinels, Michael and Arael, who turn the hunter into the hunted.
And finally, in No Mercy, God’s right hand, Gabriella, must convince Lucifer to abolish the law standing between her brethren and their lovers. To right a wrong she played a part in, Gabriella agrees to a private meeting with the object of her darkest fantasies—the devil himself.
Excerpt from Fire and Ice
Giant snowflakes drifted down around me, where I perched on the ledge of the war monument. The wings of the stone angel at my back, along with the growing darkness, would mask my own silver wings from any humans who might wander through Centennial Park.
Beneath me, Micah, one of my brothers on high, walked by cloaked in a black trench coat and a fedora.
“You’re not going to Lu’s titty bar, by any chance, are you?” I shouted down to him while suppressing a snicker. “Gabriella’s going to be pissed.”
Micah stopped and turned striking blue eyes up at me, cutting across the winter twilight like beacons. “I—how did—it’s none of your concern, Qenna.” He rolled his head until his neck cracked. “What are you doing down here? Gabriella told you to remain in the upper realm tonight since she’s with Him and Lucifer and can’t keep you out of trouble.”
No wonder she was so crabby earlier. She totally wanted to bone Lu—it was written all over her every time someone mentioned his name. I quirked up an eyebrow and shrugged. “If you won’t answer me, why the hell should I answer you?” I snorted and leaned forward, my long, white hair tumbling over the edge of the monument in spirals. “And you’re one to talk. She told you to stay put, too.”
His eyes darkened before tilting his head forward, obscured once again by the brim of his hat. He gave a disgruntled huff. “Just do us all a favor and keep out of trouble, though saying that to you is like telling a kitten to stay away from a dangling scrap of yarn.” Micah continued in the direction he’d been going. “Lucifer isn’t around to watch his kind tonight, so you’re on your own.”
“Say hi to Delilah for me.”
Micah’s shoulders hunched up, but he never turned back. “And give my regards to Pyro.”
*fans self* Hot, right? Between you me and the palm tree, Stella comes a close second to Lila Shaw for my favorite erotica author.
Now, for my interview with the fabulous Stella Berkley:
Bex: We’ll start out with a basic authory type question. Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Stella: Total, total, tooooootal pantser. Plotting and I don’t get along, no patience for it. Plotting takes patience and forethought and research. Nope, I step onto the path at chapter 1 and take off at a sprint, usually having no idea where I’m going until I type THE END. There’s no better thrill than finishing a book and re-reading it, and it’s all new to me, like reading something someone else wrote. It sounds weird, but I often zen out that much.
Bex: A girl after my own heart. I’m not sure I could write if I had to outline and plot. What authors inspire you?
Stella: My two big ones are from opposite genres, but they have the same talent. Characters. Stephen King and Karen Marie Moning create the most amazing people in their stories, so real I actually miss them when I close the book. I still think about KMM’s character Jericoh Barrons. If I ever create a character half as intriguing, I’ll be over the moon.
Bex: I admit I’ve not read any of Karen Marie Moning. Will have to Google her after this. Speaking of different genres, if you could only write in one genre for the rest of your career, what genre would you choose?
Stella: I love urban fantasy. Mostly because it’s so freeing. I can create whatever I want and come up with some wild explanation for it. No research. Yeah, that’s a bonus. If I want a dragon helipad in the middle of my city? Hell, I’ll make one!
Bex: Another place we seem to agree. I love the creativity the fantasy genre allows for. Let’s turn the conversation to characters. Which of the characters in your current release is your favorite?
Stella: Lucifer. Mmm, let me say it again, slower. Lucifer. Doesn’t it just roll off the tongue? He’s incredibly sexy and all alpha male, which I love, but there’s also a story to him, too. I like my men to have a colorful past to help me understand them.
Bex: Hehe — Nice! If allowed to keep only one book on your bookshelf, what would it be?
Stella: Erg…just one? Seriously?
Stella: Okay, fine. I guess it would be The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton where Anita and Jean Claude finally break the tension they’ve been torturing me with for five whole books. I might have read it a few times. O_o
Bex: Wow. Another author I haven’t read. *jots it down* Let’s focus a bit on you. Morning person or grumpy bear?
Stella: Hate mornings. Hate, loathe and despise them. When I have to get up and go to work. On Saturdays, mornings are awesome.
Bex: Add in Sunday and I’m with you. I savor my weekends. What is next for you?
Stella: Gah, too much. I’ve set myself a lofty writing goal in 2013. I intend to finish 5 novels, three of which are already started. Yes, that’s a lot, but I’ve already finished book 2 of a 7 book urban fantasy series called Ironhill Jinn, and it’s only February. I also have the final book of my UF trilogy coming out in June. Sad and excited at the same time.
Bex: You know I’ve said it before — you’re a writing machine! Thank goodness, because I’m a fangirl (never thought I’d type that in my life). Anyway…back to you. If I were to look in your closet right now, would I find frills and lace or demin and tees?
Stella: Um…neither? I’m a comfy kind of girl. When I’m not in dress pants for work, I’m usually in yoga pants and tees or a sweat shirt. Yeah, it’s not pretty, but it’s comfy.
Bex: I can get behind comfy. For sure. What is the weirdest lesson your parents ever taught you?
Stella: How to drive a combine? Or how to deliver a calf? There are too many to name, really. *snort*
Bex: Interesting parents. I like em’! Now, for probably the most important question of the interview. If you were only allowed to eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Stella: Hands down, cheese cake. With some sort of fruity drizzle on it. *drools* Do you have any?
Bex: Criminy. I wish. We’ll have to hit The Cheesecake Factory after this…now I want some too.
I want to thank Stella for taking the time to visit with us and share her steamy new release, I’ll Be Damned. Make sure you show her the love and go pick up a copy.
About the Author:
Stella Berkley grew up in small town Ontario as a farmer’s daughter, usually up to her ears in some kind of trouble. A career daydreamer, Stella has a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy, especially the dark and steamy kind. Two of her novellas have been published with Cobblestone Press, and two novels by her tamer self were published last year. When she isn’t writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.
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