Monday, March 04, 2013

Why Write Erotic Suspense? by Blakely Bennett

I am an avid reader of romance and erotica.  I read many other genres but if I’m catching a plane, my guilty pleasure is finding a romance novel I can read during the flight.  I’m definitely not opposed to writing romance, my husband and I have written a few together that we hope to revamp and get published in the future.  After a while though, I do get bored with the predictability of it. 

Romance has a particular story arc and I wanted to veer from that standard.  I am also very intrigued by the power dynamics in relationship and suspense is a wonderful place to explore the more intense, darker side of the interplay.

The My Body Trilogy which includes: My Body-His, My Body-His (Marcello), and My Body-Mine is a journey through the debauched side of BDSM.  The lifestyle is just a backdrop where the main female character, Jane, finds her sexuality, loses herself in the process and finds ultimate self-empowerment in the end.

I have found it fascinating that people sometimes assume, because the trilogy is erotica that it implies romance.  That’s not to say there is no romance in the story.  You will definitely read some of that as well but it’s more about the struggle of power and what you should be willing or unwilling to give away for love.

I have just finished the first draft of the last novel of the trilogy and I know when I’m completely finished; I will miss Jane a lot.  She was poking me to write her story before I even started and we have lived together (in my mind) for a long time now.  I have enjoyed writing and feeling her journey every step of the way and I believe you will as well.

My Body-His was released November 15th and My Body-His (Marcello) will be out March 15th.  The last book, My Body-Mine will be for sale starting July 15th.

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My Body-His (Marcello)
My Body Trilogy, Book 2
Blakely Bennett

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Publisher: Fanny Press

ISBN: 978-1-60381-525-3

Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 76,000

Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

Amazon              BN

Book Description:

Jane Stiles has embarked on an intense odyssey into the world of domination and submission. She no longer recognizes herself. She has quit her job, surrendered her possessions and agreed to a wedding where she is the only one naked, all for the sake of the elusive Luke—a man so compelling, she can deny him nothing.

Now there is no going back. Her new life will revolve around Luke, his friends and clients. Hovering in the background is Luke’s best friend Marcello, whose ego is as towering as his stature. Marcello has set his sights on Jane. She is drawn to his power, his masculinity, and the challenge he represents, even though she fears and dislikes him. After Luke discovers that Jane has breached one of his many “rules,” he sends her to Marcello for punishment and lessons in Dom/sub culture. What happens there will change her forever.

Jane and Luke reconcile, and even find a rhythm that includes not only bondage and punishment but genuine love-making. Just when Jane is convinced that the happiness and devotion she has always craved is within reach, Luke pushes her beyond endurance, and she rebels in a way her harsh husband cannot forgive. From there, her life spins out of control. But Jane has a strong spirit, and she will prevail. My Body-His (Marcello) is Book 2 in the My Body Trilogy.

My Body-His
My Body Trilogy, Book 1
Blakely Bennett

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Publisher: Fanny Press

ISBN: 978-1-60381-523-9

Number of pages: 246
Word Count: 74,000

Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

Amazon   BN

Book Description:

Jane Stiles is successful in business but bored with her socially mundane existence. One night at a party, she meets an intense and compelling stranger named Luke. This fateful encounter prompts her predictable life path to veer into uncharted territory, sweeping her along on a frightening erotic journey into the world of bondage, domination and submission.

Jane had never experienced genuine desire, and now passion consumes her life, robbing her of free will. Her new lifestyle creates an emotional chasm between her and her old friends. Will they understand why she has abandoned her high ideals and long-term plans for a traditional wedding? What society considers right or wrong no longer matters.

Prepared to surrender everything to Luke, she wonders if her everything will be enough. She now needs his discipline as much as she craves his love and approval. How far down this dark path is she willing to go? Jane’s pilgrimage into domination and discipline has created a war between her mind and her body, and her body is claiming victory.

About the Author:

Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over seven years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction, but especially erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss.

She is attracted to stories of self-struggle and ultimate recovery. Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, also a writer, who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (always on while she is writing—thank you, Pandora), and a good friend.

An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise and finds that, since moving to Seattle, WA, she is now one of those “crazy” people who walk in the rain. You can find Blakely on the Web at:   

Twitter @BlakelyBennett

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bn100 said...

Sounds interesting