Eden Bradley Guest Post and Giveaway

I’m so thrilled to have the wonderfully talented and awesome Eden Bradley, who also writes as Eve Berlin,  as my guest here on the blog today. She’s here to talk about the UK release of her new book, TEMPTATION’S EDGE, as well as some of her other books. And she’s also doing a giveaway, so check out this blog post–and her books!

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TEMPTATION’S EDGE is out in the UK!

 

Hi everyone-I’m thrilled to be here with Jaci today and talking to all of you! Some of you may already know me-as Eden Bradley and as Eve Berlin. I know the dual pen name thing is confusing, but all of my ‘Eve’ books are slowly shifting over to the ‘Eden’ name, so that should clear things up eventually. Meanwhile, I’m suffering from a li’l writerly schizophrenia-lol!

So-about this book! TEMPTATION’S EDGE is the third book in my ‘Edge’ series, known in the UK as The Pleasure Dome series, which is the name of the BDSM club all of my characters in this series visit. They’re also all friends, and the characters from Books One and Two-PLEASURE’S EDGE and DESIRE’S EDGE-are revisited in this story, which centers around Alec and Dylan’s wedding. It also centers around one of my other favorite things in the world-tattoos. I have a number of them myself and can’t seem to stop-they’re addicting. And so are big, hot men with tattoos! If you agree, then you’ll probably like Connor Galloway, the hero in TEMPTATION’S EDGE.

Connor is my favorite kind of Dominant man-he’s a Dom through and through, the kind who’s so naturally commanding you feel it the moment you meet him. He’s got a dark side he keeps deeply buried, but he’s also has a tender side that comes out when you need it most. *girlish sigh* Let’s meet him, shall we?

What happens when you let yourself fall…

Mischa Kennon isn’t one to take it lying down, at least not until she meets sexy Connor Galloway , a green-eyed Irishman with an air of authority she finds hard to resist. While performing duties as maid of honor to her best friend, Mischa indulges in a casual relationship with Connor. She’s surprised by the thrill of his dominance, and lusts for more feisty battles before surrender.

…over the edge

It’s all fun and games in the BDSM Pleasure Dome Club, until Mischa realizes Connor could master her heart.

…and into temptation?

If she gives in to desire, will it be too much to handle, or will it open her to a kind of love she never thought possible?

 

EXCERPT:

“Come sit by me,” he said.

She did, next to him but not too close. If they had serious issues to discuss, she’d have to maintain a certain distance in order to keep a clear head. Semi-clear, anyway. The man was still in the room. And she suspected up close he’d smell too good to resist.

“Do you want something to drink?” she asked him.  “A glass of wine?”

“No alcohol when we play. No alcohol when we negotiate. Clear heads.”

“Okay. How do these negotiations go?”

“I have a list of questions. You answer. Simple in essence, except that you need to think your answers through, be honest with yourself about what you want, where your boundaries and fears are. And just as crucial that you’re honest with me. This will determine what we might do, and perhaps more importantly, what we won’t do. You’ll be telling me yes, no or maybe for each question. ‘Maybe’ means it’s something I can push you on in the moment, or bring up again later, if I determine you’re in the right space to approach it.”

“If you determine?” She crossed her arms over her chest. That didn’t sit well with her at all.

Connor leaned forward, his elbows braced on his knees. “Mischa, being a dominant is a great pleasure, but with it comes great responsibility. I know we’ve just met, but can you trust in what you’ve seen of me so far? Can you trust that I am Alec’s friend? We play in the same circles, by the same code of ethics. Are you familiar with the Safe, Sane and Consensual credo?”

“Yes. I’ve heard it at the clubs I’ve been to. And I’ve read about it.”

“Then you have some idea of what that code means to me. I take it very seriously. All right?”

She nodded her head. Her heart was beginning to pound. This was serious stuff. The few men she’d ‘played’ with at the clubs had been just that—play—but Connor was the real thing. It aroused her, excited her, so much more than she’d expected. But with Connor, every time she thought she knew what to expect, he surprised her. Including, right now, how quickly her irritation at his bossiness dissolved under the powerful force of his natural command. It was real—he wasn’t some wanna-be, which, she now realized, was probably what those other men she’d experimented with were. And somehow, that changed everything.

“I should also tell you,” he went on, “that when we’re done, if you still have any questions for me, you let me know, and I will answer as thoroughly as I can.”

She nodded again. Licked her lips.

“Remember: yes, no or maybe. Do you want to be spanked?”

She smiled, a little surprised at how quickly the conversation had shifted, how he’d gotten right down to business. But this question was easy enough. “Yes. Sure.”

“Pinched?”

Also easy. “Yes.”

“Hit with a flogger, a slapper, a crop?”

A lovely chill ran through her. “Yes. I’ve had a flogger used on me, but it was one of those soft suede ones. And frankly, he was far too tentative with it.”

“What about with a single-tail?”

“Is that like a short bullwhip?”

He nodded. “Yes.”

“I don’t know. I don’t know the level of pain I can handle, what I might enjoy past a certain point.”

“But you do enjoy the pain?”

“Yes. I always have. From rough sex to a good spanking.”

“But you have never felt that you were a submissive.” It was phrased as a statement, but she knew he was asking her.

“Not in the past. But…it’s different with you. Not that I’ll ever be truly submissive. The submission is part of the pain-pleasure thing. An off-shoot of that.”

“And you’re not entirely happy about it?”

She smiled again, a little wryly. “Not entirely.”

“But you are willing to explore these things with me?”

“Yes.”

“What about anal sex?”

“Yes. I like it a lot.”

A slow smile from him at that. “Ah, good girl.”

There it was, those two simple words again that just made her melt into a pathetic little puddle.

Only for him.

She’d been telling him the truth. Although she’d been spanked, tied up, she’d never felt that sensation of going under, of letting go of control, handing that to another person. It had been more about seeking out extreme forms of sex. Having an adventure. The adventure with him would be something else altogether.

“How do you feel about being tied up? Handcuffed? Chained?”

“Being tied up has never really done much for me. I don’t get the fascination with ropes, and definitely not with silk scarves. That seems…amateurish to me. I love the handcuffs. Really love the idea of chains, although I’ve never used them before.”

“Ah, we are a perfect match, you and I. What about being blindfolded?”

“I…I don’t like it. Enough that I’ve never allowed anyone to try it with me. I don’t like that total disconnect from my environment.”

“You always need a shred of control to hang onto, is that it?”

She raised her chin. “Yes.”

“All right. We don’t have to go there right now. What about hot wax?”

“I’ve played with it before, but I wasn’t the one on the bottom that time.”

He laughed. “And?”

“I like the idea of it. We’ll have to see if I like the sensation.”

“Tell about the Kanji tattoo on the back of your neck—what does it say?”

“My tattoo?”

“Yes.”

She shrugged, trying not to squirm, although she wasn’t sure why now, rather than during all the questions about the floggers and chains. “It says ‘pain is love’.”

He raised one dark brow. “Do you really believe that?”

There was no hesitation before she answered this time. “Yes. Don’t you?”

He smiled a little, although at the same time he no longer looked quite so happy. “Yes. I guess I do.”

He paused, still looking at her. She stared back, watching as he rearranged his features, let the shadow there, a flicker of emotion, fade away. She wasn’t going to ask him about that. She knew the feeling well enough herself.

“Do you have any questions for me?” he asked her finally.

“Are the negotiations done?”

“For now.”

“Then yes, I have a question.”

“Ask.”

“When are you going to take me to that club, the Pleasure Dome?”

He laughed again. “You like the public play, do you?”

“That’s the biggest draw of those places for me, or it has been in the past. More than the equipment, my partners.”

“You like to put on a show, do you? So do I. If you really want to go, then I’ll certainly take you. Not tonight. Maybe next weekend. If you’re still interested, that is. You might run from me again.”

“I don’t think so.”

“What makes you so certain of that?”

“I just…” How to explain to him, without saying more than she wanted to? Without admitting more than she was willing to look at herself? “I want to go. And I have a feeling this is going to work out. That we’ll be good together.”

“You’re not a shy one, are you?”

It was her turn to laugh. “Hardly.”

He stood, absolutely towering over her. He looked a bit intimidating, she could admit to that. The man was a wall. Big and dark, his eyes glittering with mischief. But she also loved it—his size, that shadowed side of him. His wickedness.

He held out a hand to her. “Shall we begin, then?”

She smiled, got to her feet. And was swept into his arms so fast it made her head spin. He turned her until she was face-down on the sofa, her robe gone as if by magic. He held both her wrists behind her back in one of his hands. She was panting instantly, shocked at how quickly he’d gotten her naked and into this submissive position. She also understood, in some distant way, that he’d used that element of surprise to break right through any walls she may have put up. It didn’t scare her. Little did. She trusted him, for all the reasons he’d stated. And it was working beautifully. There was nothing but that small voice in the back of her head that was trying to tell her to slow down, to regain some balance in the power between them. But she was turned on enough to overcome it.

He leaned over and whispered into her ear, as if he could see right into her head, “Just relax now. Give it all over to me. You don’t need to struggle. To argue with yourself about it. Just do it. It can be that easy.”

“It’s not easy,” she gasped, realizing only then that part of her was holding back, hanging onto some last shred of control. God, this really was a mind fuck.

“It’s as easy as you make it, Mischa.”

She tried to shake her head, but he pressed down on the back of her neck with one hand. Gently, but it was enough to press her cheek right into the cushions of the sofa. And he was still using the other hand to hold both of her wrists at the small of her back. She began to tremble all over. It was half nerves, half desire, which was shivering through her in a series of tiny sparks, like small electric shocks. How had he known she would respond like this, when she hadn’t known herself?

He leaned over her until he was whispering into her hair. “I know what you’re going through, Mischa. You’re fighting it. The fight makes it harder on you. I admit I’ll enjoy it a bit. But when you let go the fight, that’s when it can really begin. That’s when you’ll feel it all in some new, sublime way. That’s my goal with you, sweetheart. To take you there.”

“I…I don’t know…” Her anxiety was mounting as she squirmed, and realized she truly could not break from his hold on her.

“Ah, but I do. I can see it in you, the ability. The submissive response to even the most subtle tone of voice, the most subtle touch. It doesn’t have to mean you’ll ever be some kind of slave girl. There’s a world of difference there. Don’t you worry about that. Just be in the moment. Let it happen, as much as you can.”  His fingers flexed on the back of her neck, the fingers of his other hand flexing on her wrists, a small reminder. “Breathe for me, now. Deep breath in, let it out slow. Like meditation. It is a sort of meditation, as strange as it may sound. As odd as it may be to think of being able to relax while I hold you down like this. But that’s exactly the point. You are in my hands.”

As soon as he said it—‘my hands’—she did get it. She did as he said, pulling in a long breath, letting it out a little at a time. Trying desperately to quiet the voice in her head that was telling her it was time to panic. But his soothing tone instructing to her breathe, over and over, was drowning it out.

Time passed. She didn’t know how much. Finally he said, “Very good.” And spanked her.

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Buy TEMPTATION’S EDGE in the US or the UK now! Find all the buy links and see all three book covers on Eden/Eve’s website

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CONTEST! Let’s talk about tattoos! Do you like them on a man? On a woman? Do you think they’re sexy? You already know what I think, but I want to hear your ideas about body art. I’m giving away a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card to one US winner, and for our UK readers, e-copies of my BDSM novella SANCTUARY and Book One in my Midnight Playground vampire series, THE SEEKING KISS. I’ll choose a winner tomorrow and come back to announce here in the comments section. Be sure to let me know in your comment if you’re in the US or the UK!

 

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Eden/Eve : )

37 thoughts on “Eden Bradley Guest Post and Giveaway

  1. 1

    I love tattoos! I’ve currently got 5 of my own with another 2 planned so far! Men look hot with them anywhere but I don’t like tattoos on women’s chests, besides that I think they’re awesome

    I’m in the UK. 🙂

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    Susan T. says:

    Love tattoos on a man. But not every inch covered In tattoos. I love tattoos sleeve.

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    JOYE says:

    I don’t want tattoos on me but some look alright on a man. Just a couple and not a lot all over the body

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    Evelyn says:

    Tattoos are very sexy when dine correctly. I have no problem with a man or woman being inked. I would love to get one and probably will this year

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    Rosarita Reader says:

    I am in the US (Texas) and YES! I definitely think tattoos are very sexy on a man. I don’t have a problem with them on women either, they just don’t catch my attention as much – lol. When reading I am very attracted to muscled, bad ass, alpha men with tattoos. <3

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    Texas Book Lover says:

    I love tattoos as long as they fit the person. Some people try too hard and they just look awkward while others look sexy as hell with them. That goes for both genders (and would be the case if I got one). No matter how sexy a tattoo can look when first done all that ink (and piercings) tends to stretch or sag eventually and that is not attractive. http://oldpeoplewithtats.tumblr.com/

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    Aretha z says:

    Yes I like tattoed guy and tattoo. I am very excited that you love tattoo as well. Wow my favorite author has one same thing with me : the love of tattoo:). So excited ! Awesome !

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      Aretha Harvey says:

      Hey, not to sound weird but we have the same first name!!! i rarely run into people that do so when I do, i am kinda shocked by it, lol.

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    Cassie says:

    I am in the US. I love tattoos on the body, but not on the neck, face or hands. I think they are super sexy when done well and done on the right guy. I don’t think they are as attractive when you’ve aged and they sag.

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    Thank you so much to Jaci for having me here!
    Ashton-I have…I think it’s 6, but most are sort of blended together on my back at this point.
    Susan T. -I LOVE sleeves on a guy!
    Evelyn-good luck with your first ink-yay!
    Rosarita Reader-me toooooo!
    Aretha-we definitely have that in common! It’s almost a fetish for me-lol!

    Eden/Eve 🙂

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      Cool! I designed my first one on my back, my mate done another one and I done the other three myself!! I’d have lots more by now if I weren’t breast feeding! As soon as it stops I plan on continuing!! They’re so addictive!!! 😀

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    Aretha Harvey says:

    I like tattoos. Especially the ones that are colorful! lol. But at the same time, I don’t like Tattoos to be all over the body like Lil’wayne has his.

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    Lise Horton says:

    First have to say how much I love all the Edge series, especially Temptation (read it not once but twice!). The tattoo aspect fascinated me as I love tattoos on both sexes. I do not have one but have figured out my first which I’ll be getting this summer – to celebrate my own first novel sale. It will be the last line of Ulysses, Molly Bloom’s “exclamation”, if you will, which I use in my own book. In a purple script because I’m proud to be a romance writer (and it’s a “Bronx cheer” to the folks who call what we write “purple prose”). Thank you both, ladies for a lovely post!

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    Lise-Best of luck with your first book-very exciting! And thank you for your kind words about this series. 🙂
    Eden/Eve 🙂

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    Deidre says:

    Yes, love tattoos on men or women. They can be very sexy when done properly, as several others have commented. It seems men can get by with more coverage then women normally, but they do have more area to cover traditionally. I have been dying to get one but have held off so far, because I know that once I get one, I’ll probably be hooked. lol

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    Amy R says:

    I like tattoos on both men and women, the more artistic the tattoo the better.

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    Deidre-it is addicting! I always want more ink! But it’s definitely better to wait and know you’re getting the right ink rather than be in a hurry.

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    bn100 says:

    like tattoos on a man
    USA

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    Glittergirl says:

    I like tasteful tattoos in places that make sense. I don’t like random junk placed in stupid places. The body is not a doodle pad. They should mean something and look like art. I don’t have any and never will as I’m a Type-1 Diabetic and don’t heal well. It would probably never heal on me. I’m in the US. glittergirl54 at ymail dot com

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    Susan R says:

    Smoking hot excerpt!!

    I love tattoos! I am still trying to get up the nerve to get my first – I am thinking next year for my 50th birthday.

    Oh – and I am in the US.

    susanmik AT gmail DOT com

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    Glittergirl-I love this: ‘the body is not a doodle pad’. Brilliant!
    Susan-I love to get new ink to celebrate different events-a 50th birthday is the perfect time. 🙂

    Eden/Eve

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    Jamie L says:

    I like tattoos as long as there aren’t too many. I don’t see why some people (male or female) feel the need to cover all of the skin they possibly can. I definitely think they can be sexy, but that’s all depending on what the tattoo is of. I think some of the best tattoos are those that have a story behind them, not just something random or because someone was drunk.
    (I’m in the US)

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    Koozebane says:

    In my town, I’m probably one of the only people *without* tattoos, so I don’t see the allure as often as some would. (I either think “painful!” or “that’ll look crummy once your skin sags.”) I’m more for seeing the scars/freckles/whatever on someone, but I admit that something small and tasteful can look good on the right person, in the right spot.

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    Traci Westling says:

    First… CONGRATS ON UK RELEASE! No one deserves it more than you!! You work so hard to satisfy your readers!! I cannot wait to see the new work soon! So as far as ink on ladies and men.. It’s a personal choice! I have none and would fear the pain itself but I will share this… Up until a year ago .. I never found this art on either sex to be interesting! PAIN IS what I saw! Since having read much erotic romance & BDSM STORIES it is amazing how I’ve come to appreciate it on women more and MEN ALOT more! I’m sure my reading has influenced my thoughts but I’m so glad to be more open minded about this art! My views on ALOT OF things have changed because of all the great reads by you and a few others! I almost said I prefer the ladies to have delicate smaller tats But I just thought about a few people and said .. NOPE… I love being more open minded now ! 🙂 have a great night all! Traci!!

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    Jamie-I always love a tattoo that has a story behind it-and am happy to say all of mine do. 🙂
    Traci-open minded is good! And part of reading is often about expanding your horizons, whether it’s body art or anything else.
    Eden/Eve

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    Kimh says:

    I do like it, it makes sexy look, congrats on the new book,
    In the us, thanks
    Have a great weekend

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    Julie says:

    I love seeing ink–it makes me want to ask a ton of questions! Tattoos are an art form and can be quite beautiful.

    That being said, today I saw a guy with a tatted up face (yes, the entire thing), which was different.

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    Kristina in GA says:

    I love tattoos on guys, especially on backs! 😉 I don’t have any, but wouldn’t be opposed to getting one, just haven’t found the one for me. I’m in the US. Thanks!

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    Thank you, Kimh!
    Julie-I’m not fond of a fully tattooed face. I mean, each to his own, but it’s not for me. But I do love hearing people’s stories behind their tattoos. 🙂
    Eden/Eve

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    Must pick my winners!

    My UK winner is: Ashton Williams-Shone!

    My US winner is: Rosarita Reader!

    Please email me to collect your prizes: eden_bradley@yahoo.com with ‘Jaci Burton blog winner’ in the subject line, and remind me if you’re in the US or UK.

    Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by!

    Eden/Eve 🙂

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    Carol L says:

    I love tattoos if they are on the body, not so much on the face. I think guys are just sexier if they are done right, I’m no so sure about women and tattoos.
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L

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    Cahm Merritt says:

    I like tattoos on men; I am especially attracted to tribal tattoos… on women not so much.
    So I am visual artist and I have drawn images for my son and several of his friends that they are now sporting on various parts of their anatomy for a lifetime. I was honored to be asked and I find the whole tattoo process to be really fascinating.

    Thank you for sharing your talents with your fans!

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    Melanie J says:

    I’m a tattoo fan, in moderation. Some guys can pull off lots of ink and look hot, others – not so much.

    In women, less is more. I myself has 2 – but I can hide them if I need to.

    I live in the USA –

    Melanie J

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    Gabrielle Jones says:

    I kind of like tattoos on guys, usually one or two in the right spot does it for me. On women? Maybe I think it kind of depends, my best girlfriend has two and she can pull them pretty well. I’m bit of chicken so I don’t think I’ll ever be able to have one so for now me admiring them on others works for me.

    fallschangingheart@hotmail.com

    I from the U.S.

    Gabrielle.

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