Reviews for Bitten by Darkness
Evernight Publishing Editors Pick! -- "I just wanted to tell you how much I loved this story. You've hit all my reading 'sweet spots' -- vampires, a creepy Gothic mansion, sci-fi, and Dracula. . ."
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About Marie E. Blossom
Marie E. Blossom is an erotic romance devotee, the steamier the better. After years of devouring romance novels, Marie decided it was time to write her own, mostly because she loves a happily-ever-after ending every time. She likes to stare out the window and daydream. She knows how to tango. Her teenage sons learned their best curse words from her. She met her husband at seventeen and keeps the first book he gave her on her desk. She also writes erotic romance novels (ménage) under the pen name Erin M. Leaf.
Want to know a little bit about me? Read on. . .
The first time I set foot in Manhattan I never went above ground. I took a bus to the Port Authority then walked through a tunnel to Penn Station where I hopped a train to Connecticut. I was 18. Last year I experienced a hurricane, an earthquake, and blizzard within two months time (complete with power outages and crazy evacuations). I once set a calculus textbook on fire. I wear five earrings in each ear.
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An Evernight Publishing Editors Pick! -- "I've read a lot of sci-fi and this one absolutely stacks up with the best."
Queen Ximena is devoted to her people and will gladly sacrifice herself for them, even if it means her death. Her bodyguard, Zefirino, is devoted to her and will gladly sacrifice himself to keep her alive.
When a terrible enemy suddenly attacks their planet, how will they protect those they love without losing each other? Together they survive an assassination attempt, invasion, and capture, but they both know that their duty may eventually tear them apart.
How can Ximena give her life for her people when she knows that Zefirino will die trying to save her? Who does she put first: her planet, or the lover she isn't even supposed to have?
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An Interview with Marie E. Blossom
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Marie, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Bitten by Darkness and features two unlikely lovers. Where did you get the idea for their unique and engaging story?
MEB: I began with the first sentence. I know that sounds silly -- doesn't every novel begin with a sentence? -- but I truly began the book when Jasper's thoughts popped into my head while I was bicycling. I think his character, his voice, is very strong, probably because of what he's suffered in his life. I could feel his rage and his desperation for revenge all cooped up behind an inhuman self-control. Here is the first sentence:
"Jasper Librae fell in love three hundred years ago with a backward planet at the edge of the galaxy, far from his home of Dekcol."
HH: What do you like best about Sienna and why will readers empathize with her?
MEB: Sienna is spunky. There is a lot about her life that doesn't make sense to her, the most important being the feeling she's always had that something indefinable is missing inside her soul. To her, it feels as though a piece of her psyche is incomplete. That feeling is what defines her character, but she refuses to let it dictate the course of her life. I like that about her. She isn't a pushover. When bad things happen, she doesn't just cower behind a tree. She kicks butt.
HH: What do you like best about Jasper and why will readers love him?
MEB: Jasper is an incredibly complex man. He comes across as calm and controlled, but there's a lot going on behind his face. The best part of his personality, however, is that his personal darkness is built upon a sense of honor and the belief that true love is a real and attainable possibility. He can't help falling for Sienna, even in the midst of disaster.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?
MEB: I loved Jasper's personality. I loved creating conflict that took him out of his comfortable existence and made him rethink everything he assumed was true. The other thing I most enjoyed about writing Bitten by Darkness was the world building. I couldn't just have a simple vampire plot, oh no ... I had to make it complicated. I always find myself creating spaceships in my stories.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
MEB: Right now, I am working on a contemporary erotic romance about an ex-Air Force pilot and a woman who desperately needs his protection. I adore my characters. John is sweet and honorable and scary as hell when the people he loves are threatened. Liselle is strong, but her life has been so difficult that she's finding it hard to keep going. When they meet, all sorts of good things happen. He saves her from a blizzard! She saves him from his nightmares! The working title is called Seducing Liselle. I hope to release it sometime in the spring.
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
MEB: As far as writing goes, I hope to write more! I have so many ideas for new novels and sequels that I'm desperate to spend more time typing and less time doing laundry and vacuuming my house. I write under two pen names so I'm quite busy: Marie E. Blossom for traditional erotic romance and Erin M. Leaf for menage and mm erotic romance.
HH: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
MEB: A lot of my ideas come from dreams I remember, random snippets of dialogue in a movie or book I like, and of course, good old daydreaming. For about ten years after college, I had nothing to say. No ideas, no stories, no characters ... it was like my brain was asleep. When I began writing again (over a decade ago) the ideas flowed out of everything, as if I'd unstoppered a geyser. I don't know how to explain it. After I capture the initial image or idea, I usually build my novels entirely from the characters' personalities: what would the heroine do if her car broke down, or if her best friend died? What would the hero do if he were with her?
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
MEB: I wish my writing schedule made sense. For example, I'd like to wake up, eat breakfast, and sit down and write for a few hours before lunch, but that happened maybe once this past year. My schedule more often looks like this: wake up, eat, exercise, clean/cook/ferry kids somewhere, answer email or do promo for novels, etc. I have a tendency to do any number of unimportant tasks, too, before I actually manage to sit down and write. I get most of my writing work done in the early evening. I think it's because my brain is finally fully awake and capable of dreaming: that weird sort of semi-functional state where I can follow my characters into their world.
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
MEB: I'm pretty happy with any sort of interaction: Facebook, Twitter, comments on my website. I even enjoy reading the not-so-great reviews. I learn a lot from my readers and every comment I receive makes me want to write more and better. I work hard to improve my craft so that my novels can be a place where the real world disappears.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
MEB: I'm really excited about Bitten by Darkness being released in January. I'm also very much looking forward to finishing up Seducing Liselle, and the shifter romance I'm writing as Erin M. Leaf, Something Shifty. I have more book ideas just waiting for me to get started on: a steampunk novel, another Four-Letter Word novel (writing as Erin), and possibly another contemporary. I have an idea for a novel where the heroine "rents" a companion for a week and her one request is that he not speak for seven days. Of course, it becomes a huge misunderstanding and the hero isn't at all the guy she thought she was getting... Heh.Top
HH: Thank you!