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The book is called Release and it came to me in one of those magical moments (which is strange for me because I’m one of the worst title creators of all time).
It’s a collection of paranormal erotic novellas, with an overarching storyline, and I was thinking about what that storyline was about and whether it was the name of the book. The basic plot is four spirits, doomed to greyness for all eternity until they earn their release by doing good. Once I decided on Release I realised it not only worked to describe the plot, but it’s a pretty good title for erotica.
The downside – Release is a really hard word to do a Google search on. Bad marketing decision in that respect.
2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?
I always find the ‘who would you cast’ question a hard one, because it’s rare my characters are based on any one person, either physically or personality wise. Plus in this case there’s four stories, so four heroines and four heroes – how do I cast them all?
So instead, I’d say – who do you think is the most beautiful man you’ve ever seen? One who takes your breath away and instantly makes you all hot and bothered? That is Stephen, the hero of the fourth story in the collection. And the heroine? You know that uber-confident woman you’ve met – career-driven, yet sassy, sexy in a subtle but unforgettable way? That woman that works hard, but you know once she’s out of the office she can party just as hard? That’s Jan, the woman who helps Stephen become what he needs to be.
3. What five words best describe your story?
Sensual. Sexy. Caring. Exploration. Pleasure.
4. Who is your favourite fictional couple?
The very first fictional couple I fell in love with was Aragorn and Arwen from Lord of the Rings. When I got to the end of the book, I started reading all the additional material and I came across the appendix with Aragorn and Arwen’s story. By the time I got to the end, my eleven-year-old heart had melted into a puddle of mush. That was the moment I fell in love with romance. I still feel all loved up thinking about it.
5. What song always makes you cry?
Whenever I hear INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart, I tear up. Apart from the fact it’s a beautiful song that I’ve loved from the first moment I heard it (was a huge INXS fan in my teens and early 20s), the fact it’s become so indelibly linked with Michael Hutchence’s death brings back all the sadness of the moment I heard. Still miss you, Michael.
Four stories of eroticism, strength, experimentation, and ultimate salvation.
Cursed after death to live in grey nothingness until they atone for their sins, four spirits have spent centuries doing good for others. Finally they stumble upon the true key to their salvation — because they hurt women in their lives, they’ll only find release by now helping women to become all they should be.
One by one, the spirits meet a woman and as each sexual delight unfurls, the grey nothingness disappears a little more. As the women find their happily ever after, they grant the spirits a chance at peace for eternity.
Follow the journey of four remarkable women — Luisa, Anna, Cara, and Jan — and the four spirits that set them on a new path to sexual freedom and boundless pleasure.
Elizabeth Dunk is the contemporary romance and erotica-writing alter ego of Nicole Murphy, who cut her teeth writing science fiction and fantasy. This is the third Elizabeth Dunk book — Arranged to Love and The Lies We Tell were published by Escape Publishing in 2013.
As Nicole, she has dozens of short stories in print and has published an urban fantasy trilogy, The Dream of Asarlai. Her science fiction romance trilogy The Jorda Series will be published by Escape, with the first book Loving the Prince out in August.
- Nicole’s website: http://nicolermurphy.com
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