Interview with Author and Publisher Eden Myles

Welcome back sweet peas, tonight I have another good friend and writer with me and she’s a publisher too! Eden Myles owns Courtesan Press, has a flock of talented writers in her stable and is a fantastic writer to boot! Check out my interview with her below.

Thank you Eden for taking the time to do this interview for my blog.

When did you first start writing fiction? It actually began in high school. I was deeply into the journalism program, went to all the games for free with my little journalism pass!

Did you have any formal writing training or education? Journalism experience, only. And a small number of Internet articles. Do they count?

What drew you to erotica and other spicy fiction genres? I grew up during the romance explosion of the late 80s and the 90s, when the shelves were full of bodice-rippers. I think I just extrapolated from there.

Where do your ideas come from? I’ve been a lifelong fan of nighttime soaps, the steamier the better.

What do you do to tackle a project? Do you write outlines or keep all in your head? I’m a messy writer. I have notebooks full of story ideas and research material. In the end, I usually just write by the skin of my teeth anyway.

Did you ever feel uncomfortable writing the “steamy scenes?” Maybe the last time was in high school, when I was writing Josie and the Pussycat fan fiction, but not lately, no. *grin*

How does your family react to you writing erotic romance or do they know? They’ve actually been very supportive of me throughout my career.

How did you come up with the Dollhouse series and which book is your favorite of them all? That happened right after I finished Fifty Shades of Grey. I thought, “Yeah, I could maybe do that,” but I wanted it to be high-class and kind of artsy. I wrote the first collection, Evelyn, over four weeks, with one book a week. I think she’ll always be my favorite.

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Have you ever thought of trying another genre?  I’ve been playing with speculative fiction, but nothing too serious just yet. Who knows?

What made you start your own publishing business on top of already being an author? It just sort of grew organically out of a collection of us. I really didn’t mean for it to happen that way, which proves that business has a mind all its own.

How long has Courtesan Press been in business? We’re going on four years now.

What’s it like to work with so many writers in your stable? All of them are great, very cooperative. And they go out of their way to help each other out.

What are the challenges of owning your own press? Probably trying to get in enough time to do some serious writing.

What do you like to read when you’re not writing? I’m an avid cook and gardener, as well, so I have stacks of cooking and agricultural magazines lying around all the time.

Who is your favorite writer? Jane Austin, hands down.

What current projects are you working on? I’m sort of in between, at present. But I really want to get back to the antics at the Dollhouse Society.

What does the future hold for Courtesan Press? I’m not sure. We want to try a number of different angles. When we know for certain, the world will be the first to know!

What can readers expect from your own writing in the future? Basically, anything can happen.

Where can readers find you and your work? https://courtesanpress.wordpress.com, of course!

Thanks so much for taking the time the do my interview, it was fun for me, how was it for you? Lol. Thanks for letting me hang, J.!

Check out more of Eden’s titles below! 

 

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Interview with Author Jay Ellison

Hello again my lovelies. I thought I would add some exciting new content to my blog and expand a little. I  hope you will enjoy this interview with Gay Erotica Author Jay Ellison. It was so much fun to pick his sexy brain. 🙂  If you are a gay romance or erotica author please feel free to contact me for an interview. Now… on with the show!

I want welcome Jay Ellison, the author of the Wolves of Wall Street series to the J. Ashburn Blog. Thank you Jay for taking the time to do this interview for my blog. I’m a big fan of your work and knew we would connect when I found out we shared a love of Paranormal Gay Romance and especially Shifters.

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When did you first start writing fiction? That was probably around grade school. I used to write books about animal facts and staple them together, ha!

Did you have any formal writing training or education? Actually, I have a background in advertisement, so unless you count ad copy, no.

What drew you to the paranormal as opposed to just plain romance fiction? I’m kind of a closet fan of horror movies, the real classic stuff, and movies like The Wolf Man and Curse of the Werewolf are staples of my Halloween viewings. I think CotW is a pretty sexy film, and I often have that and Oliver Reed in the back of my mind while I’m writing The Wolves of Wall Street series.

What do you do to tackle a project? Do you write outlines or keep all in your head? I’m kind of a seat-of-your-pants writer. I mean, I write some things down, and then I pitch it like, “Well, here’s what happens, basically…” and if the publisher thinks it’ll work, I’ll just dive in and try and make it work. It’s worked out really well so far.

What drew you to Courtesan Press and working with Eden Myles? We shared the same online workshop and just really clicked. Eden had the outlet and I had the material she wanted to publish.

Where do your ideas come from?  Other books and movies, mostly. But I also like to borrow some elements from nighttime soap operas. I think it’s a really excellent way to mine ideas.

Did you ever feel uncomfortable writing the “steamy scenes?” I think maybe the first time, but, then, after that, you sort of realize that this is as much a part of the characters as what they wear or what their favorite food is. You can express personality as much in sex as in anything else you’re writing about.

The romance genre, particularly gay romance, seems to be predominately written by women authors, were you hesitant to get into this type of fiction and how do you manage expectations from readers? I haven’t really seen any disadvantages. I think the genre has gotten very progressive over the years. There are more and more guys stepping up to the romance plate. It’s extremely liberating.

How does your family react to you writing gay erotic romance or do they know? See, that’s what pseudonyms are for!

Have you ever thought of trying another genre? I have some interest in doing historical romance, or just plain historical literature. Who am I kidding? I just like cowboys and pirates, lol.

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What do you like to read when you’re not writing? I like classical literature. William Golding, Nathanial Hawthorne. I also don’t mind diving into the forerunners of romance—Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and the Regency writers. I think it’s important to understand where everything came from. On the other hand, I’m also a fan of pretty much any kind of pulp literature.

Who is your favorite writer? I’m a big fan of Ian Fleming.

What current projects are you working on? More books in The Wolves of Wall Street, and maybe something new in The Dollhouse Society. I would like to expand into the shared underworld of TWoW, maybe explore the Fae and the scandalous secrets of the Summer Court as first seen in In Wolf’s Clothing.

What can readers expect in the future from you? More hot, supernatural protagonists, of course!

Where can readers find you and your work? The best place to catch new titles is by signing up for alerts from https://courtesanpress.wordpress.com.

Thanks so much for taking the time the do my interview, it was fun for me, how was it for you? Lol. It was fun. Thanks for having me!

 

More Jay Ellison Books:

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Jay Ellison’s New Shifter Book!

Hello my lovelies,

My good friend Jay Ellison, of Courtesan Press, has just unleashed a new gay shifter book and I know you will all love it. Check out the synopsis and excerpt below then click the buy links at the end and get it now! You won’t be disappointed.

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Title: Demon Wolf

Author: Jay Ellison

Series: The Wolves of Wall Street / The Dollhouse Society

Demon Wolf

Natural-born witch Cody Goodrich is homeless, job-less and desperate for money. Then he lands a dream job as a “manny” to Lucien Romanov’s four rambunctious children. The problem? The children are just a little bit strange–and out of control. They roughhouse, have enormous appetites, and sometimes even bay at the full moon. Mr. Romanov, the otherwise debonair billionaire stockbroker, isn’t much better. He’s rough, aloof…and deliciously seductive. It’s not fair to stick that much sexy in one package. Still, Cody has his own troubled past. He is determined to resist falling for his husky, wolfish boss and the draw of a loving family that’s eluded him up until now, but some spells–like love and lust–are too powerful for even a witch to resist.

Excerpt:

I nodded and got up while breathing a huge sigh of relief. I guess Mr. Romanov hadn’t noticed me last night. That or he’d decided not to eat me. But as I was heading for the door, Mr. Romanov stopped me with his next words. “You liked that moment when I took him, bent him over the sofa, didn’t you?”

I stopped but didn’t turn around. I couldn’t bear to see the look in his eyes. I didn’t know if it was human…or not. His dark brown human eyes or the red eyes of the wolf?

He continued. “You wished that was you. It turned you on. It made you come, didn’t it?”

I swallowed hard against what felt like a lump of jagged rock in my throat. I thought my heart might beat right out of my chest. Cold sweat drenched me up and down.

“You’re right about everything, little witch.”

Oh god. Oh god.

“Everything except one thing…I don’t eat humans. I do enjoy fucking them, however.”

Other books in the Wolves of Wall Street series:

Cry Wolf (The Wolves of Wall Street #1) Lone Wolf (The Wolves of Wall Street #2) Dark Wolf (The Wolves of Wall Street #3)

Available from

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019GGANUK/

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B019GGANUK/

Amazon CA – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B019GGANUK/

Nook – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/demon-wolf-jay-ellison/1123141433

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/601086

Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/demon-wolf-2

All Romance – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-demonwolfthewolvesofwallstreetthedollhousesociety-1950514-354.html

Bookstrand – http://www.bookstrand.com/demon-wolf-the-wolves-of-wall-street-the-dollhouse-society

Courtesan Press Does it Again with a Hot New M/M Release!

Hello my lovelies…

My friends at Courtesan Press have added a new vixen to their stable: Adalind Winters and she has a written a hot, new gothic, erotic mystery: The Little Death: Book 1 in the Erotic Mysteries of Dorian Gray. You won’t want to miss this all new  take on a classic…

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Let me introduce you to the new title with a synopsis and a quick Excerpt!

Title: THE LITTLE DEATH

Author: Adalind Winters

Series: The Erotic Mysteries of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde’s classic tale of lust and depravity was only a footnote in a much darker story…

Detective Dash Chandler of the NYPD is called out to the scene of a gruesome murder at a local BDSM club. The murders are strangely ritualistic…and familiar. So familiar, in fact, that they appear to mimic that of history’s most famous serial killer: Jack the Ripper. When further murders start turning up, Dash is convinced darker forces are at work. What’s more, the sly and seductive owner of the club, Mr. Dorian Gray, insists the murders are being committed by an immortal monster with an eye toward instigating the apocalypse. He knows because he is part of the same circle of cursed immortals. Mr. Gray is tall and beautiful, and he holds a kind of hypnotic charm over everyone he encounters. It isn’t long before Dash finds himself falling fast…but is he falling in love, or merely falling under Mr. Gray’s spell?

A brand new romantic gothic erotica series from Courtesan Press.

Excerpt:

“This way,” Dorian said, unlocking the door.

Detective Chandler gave the room a dubious once over, but Dorian wasn’t insulted. He would have been disappointed in the detective if he hadn’t been more cautious. The walls of the room were wainscoted, and there were plush, forest green velvet furnishings and heavy drapery on the windows. Pictures dotted the walls, though none but one meant anything to him. Most had been picked up at auctions or gotten through trade. He had chosen mostly portraiture, the subjects languishing like white swans on divans or sitting like nymphs on swings in deep forests. There was even a triptych of nude forest maidens dancing with silken scarves around one of the old gods with his buck’s head and cloven feet.

“I promise I don’t bite…unless you ask very nicely,” Dorian said with his utmost charming smile.

“Do you always do that?” the detective asked, staring at the triptych with something that was either fascination or horror.

“What’s that, detective?”

“Flirt with every man you meet.”

“Only, I assure you, the more fuckable ones.”

AVAILABLE FROM:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YPPRKPE
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00YPPRKPE
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00YPPRKPE
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00YPPRKPE

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His to Tame (The Dollhouse Society) by Eden Myles

Hello my sweeties,

Today, my friend Eden Myles from Courtesan Press has dropped by to tell us about her sensual, seductive new release: His To Tame (The Dollhouse Society) See below for the description, alluring cover art and tantalizing excerpt to get your engines running. Don’t miss out on this delicious title. You won’t be disappointed… Courtesan Press is top-notch in erotic fiction. Carry on!

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HIS TO TAME (The Dollhouse Society) by Eden Myles

Secretive. Seductive. Scandalous.

Discover the secret behind the mysterious Dollhouse Society, an exclusive collection of powerful men and women and the modern-day courtesans and courtiers who service them…

Morgan Fawkes is a self-proclaimed control freak. As acquisitions editor of Harper House’s romance imprint, she has to be. And yes, the fact that she runs the romance department but has never had a romance that’s lasted more than six months is not lost on her. Talk about cosmic irony. Then her boss, Malcolm Sloan, suggests she try on the life of a courtesan for size, just for a little while…and he has the perfect gentleman in mind. Malik Tallman, ex-MMA fighter and CEO of Graffiti Records, is a hard man from a troubled past. As founder of one of the biggest record labels in the country, Malik does not suffer fools lightly. As a gentleman, his brutal, unforgiving disciplines are legendary…and not for the faint of heart. If Morgan wants to succeed as his courtesan, she must learn quickly to submit completely or suffer the sweet wrath at the end his merciless flogger. Too soon it’s a war of wills between Morgan and Malik–a war that might just leave both of them changed forever.

This book is a work of erotica and is rated Sextreme. 18 years and older only, please.

Download a Three-Chapter Excerpt: https://courtesanpress.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/his_to_tame_excerpt.pdf

Excerpt:

“Morgan,” Tallman intoned, standing by the mantel, a hand in one pocket. “I gave you a direct order. You also failed to address me correctly when you first arrived, so I wouldn’t compound my punishment, if I were you.”

My mouth dropped open and I almost protested that, then reconsidered. I had agreed to do this. I would do this.

I can do this, I thought, getting to my feet and unbuttoning my blouse. He watched me intently while I stripped off my blouse and then reluctantly went to work on my skirt. I hesitated when I was down to my underwear and stockings, shivering in the room even though it was warm, thanks to the fireplace crackling away, blind to this, my greatest humiliation. “I’m not really used to this,” I mumbled. “I’m a pretty modest person.”

“It’s not as if I haven’t seen every private part of you already, Morgan,” he intoned.

His words made my legs shake and a blush creep up my neck. I thought about how I’d acted like some sex-starved hussy the other night, doing everything he wanted, giving myself over to him to use as he saw fit. He was right, of course. He’d touched and tasted me everywhere. I unclipped my bra, then, not looking at him, slid my panties down, leaving on just my black silk pull-up stockings and heels, as par his instructions. My immediate instinct was to cover myself—not just modesty but the sheer vulnerability of being naked in a room where he was not—but I forced my shoulders back and stood up straight to meet his even gaze.

His eyes glittered as he nodded for me to continue.

Available at:

http:/www.amazon.com/Tame-Dollhouse-Society-Eden-Myles-ebook/dp/B00TZDDQV8/
http:/www.amazon.co.uk/Tame-Dollhouse-Society-Eden-Myles-ebook/dp/B00TZDDQV8/
http://www.amazon.ca/Tame-Dollhouse-Society-Eden-Myles-ebook/dp/B00TZDDQV8/
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121362802?ean=2940151516723
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/his-to-tame-the-dollhouse-society
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/525868
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-histotame-1759571-354.html
http://www.bookstrand.com/his-to-tame-the-dollhouse-society
Or Visit:
http://courtesanpress.wordpress.com/

The Sizzling Summer Sales Continue!

Catch the Heatwave for even more deals this July!

Courtesan Press and J. Ashburn Fiction have teamed up to bring you hot discounts on their titles all this month. Pick-up some romance and erotic titles at great prices. And we’ve also joined Smashwords’ site wide discount for July.

Titles are available at your favorite retailer!  Check out the selections below!
Man and the Beast- Book 1 of the Beast Within Trilogy by J. AshburnBook 1 of The Beast WIthin Trilogy

Book 1 of The Beast WIthin Trilogy

99 cents at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J6R1MAK
99 cents at Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/man-and-the-beast-j-ashburn/1118954139?ean=2940149309238
50% off at Smashwords- use code SSW50: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/422043

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Manlove & Menage: 10 Erotic Books in One by Jay Ellison, Alex Crossman & Madeline Apple

99 cents at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Manlove-Menage-Erotic-Books-One-ebook/dp/B00L5X8WOW/
99 cents at Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manlove-Menage-Erotic-Books-One-ebook/dp/B00L5X8WOW/
99 cents at Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/manlove-menage-jay-ellison/1119848204
99 cents at Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/manlove-menage-10-erotic-books-in-one
99 cents at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/450454
99 cents at All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-manlovemenage10eroticbooksinone-1555760-362.html
99 cents at Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/manlove-menage-10-erotic-books-in-one

Visit J. Ashburn Fiction at https://jashburnfiction.wordpress.com/
& Courtesan Press at https://courtesanpress.wordpress.com/

Sizzling Summer Sale!

 

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Hello all of you sweeties,

Summer got you hot? Well, have I got something to make it scorching!

My friends at Courtesan Press have invited me to participate in a Heat wave sale all through July! You can get great deals on romance and erotica titles by myself, the authors at Courtesan and other authors and writers. Just look for the sale banner out there (see above) or on Facebook.

Now being a fledgling.. or whelp as I like to  call myself, 🙂 I can only discount one title but it’s a great start! Beginning tomorrow, June 30th, Man and the Beast, Book 1 of the Beast Within Trilogy will be 99 cents on Kindle and Nook!  So bookmark this page or the links above and scoop up the beast for a great price.

It’s the perfect time to get the first book as Book 2: Lure of the Beast has just gone live!

Thank you to all the readers and enjoy the heat wave sale all through July.