Monday, December 8, 2014

Breathless Monday: Ivy Bateman and the Art of Falling Forever

Thanks for stopping by for another spot of Breathless Monday. Angels are the new vampires...or something like that. Today we introduce Ivy Bateman and her sexy new tale...

Ivy Bateman: The Art of Falling Forever

1. How did you start writing erotic romance?
About four years ago a friend of mine mentioned to me that her sister was a lawyer for a romance publisher and that they pay good money for books. I was looking to get into writing so I took a look at their website. They were looking for submissions for a number of ebook romance lines including full on erotica. They rejected my submission, an erotic tale called “Between the Lines”, but a year later Breathless Press said yes to it and the rest, as they say, is history.
2. Plotter or pantster?
Vaguely plotter, but mostly pantster. When I sit down to write I have a mild idea of what I want to write, but most of the story comes to me as I’m writing.
3. What are three things you have on your writing desk?
A bee doll (you know for Ivy B), a container of pens, and too many scraps of paper.
4. Favorite food?
I love kettle chips and I like them from the freezer. No PMS cycle can be complete without a bag of those bad boys in the house. AND dark chocolate! I especially love dark chocolate with sea salt. Oh my…it's heaven.
5. Tell us a little about your new release. What character in the book really spoke to you?
On December 12/14, my six release with Breathless Press The Art of Falling Forever, is coming out. This is a holiday story about a girl named Amy who has recently lost her mother. Her mother was always in charge of the town's Christmas Pageant and when she died, the duty was passed to Amy who doesn't yet understand the importance of being in charge of the show. One night, Eilam, her mother's best friend who always plays the Angel, plants a chaste kiss on her cheek. This unexpected bit of affection begins to open the door to a family secret which reveals an incredible history and gives Amy the answers to questions she's had her whole life.
Amy really spoke to me, almost more than any character I've written ever has. In August my mother-in- law passed away and my grief for losing her is mirrored in Amy's journey. Writing this story was a very therapeutic venture although I miss her more everyday just like Amy misses her mother.

6. I write because ____...
I love storytelling and entertaining people.
7. What is your favorite type of character to write about?
I really enjoy writing fish out of water characters. It’s fun because you have a character that grows and has many places to go in the story.
8. What is the sexiest scene you ever wrote?
Oh boy…well in “Between the Lines”, when my main characters finally get to the bedroom is the most graphic scene I’ve ever written, but personally I think the scene in the elevator when they first meet is one of the sexiest and scenes I’ve ever written. It’s full of lingering looks and wonderful tension.
9. What advice would you give new authors in the erotica/romance field?
Write what you’re really passionate about. The reader will know if you’re just phoning it in or if your heart really isn’t into it. They’re very smart that way!
10. What is next on your writerly horizon?
I'm just in the polishing stages for super hero story called Edged in Flame. It's going to be part of an anthology of super hero stories with Breathless Press and if I'm not mistaken will be coming out in February, 2015. Edged in Flame is a short story about a girl named Lizzy who doesn't have super powers, but walks the streets at night with her boyfriend Greg looking for evil doers. One night, after a fight with Greg, she heads out alone and is saved from what could be a serious situation by a real life super hero.

Thanks very much for having me on today! And thanks to those of you who have stopped by. Be sure to stop by my blog Ivy B Misbehavin ( on December 12/14 for a chance to win a copy of The Art of Falling Forever.
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading,
Ivy Bateman

A chaste kiss on the cheek leads to the discovery of a lifetime.

Even though Eilam has always been part of her world, Amy never thought of him as more than her mother's friend. One night, after rehearsal for the town's Christmas Pageant, Eilam reveals that not only is there more to him than Amy had ever imagined, but that together they could be the next chapter in a story that has played out in her family for over 2000 years.
While struggling to cope with the death of her mother and the responsibility of being in charge of the biggest even of the year, Amy must decide whether her future lies with her estranged boyfriend Troy or the enigmatic Eilam.

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The doorbell chimed, causing Amy to nearly jump out of her skin. She glanced at the clock. It was almost five, which meant that it could only be Eilam and he was now the last person she wanted to see. Tracy demanding she explain her new attitude, Troy begging her to take him back—either scenario would have been preferable to what waited for her on the other side of her front door.

The bell chimed again, followed by insistent knocking. "Amara, I know you're in there. If you don't open the door I will be forced to break it down which, as I'm sure you've figured out, would blow my cover."
Amy smiled a little. He somehow knew that she'd discovered the truth. She remembered his voice on the phone, his suspicious tone. He must have guessed or known she would soon be on a path of discovery. But how? She touched her cheek. Of course, the kiss.
"Please let me in. There's so much you need to know."
Amy pushed herself to standing, taking the box of secrets with her. She placed it on the table in the living room and then went to the front door. She opened it, slowly and cautiously, blocking Eilam's immediate entry with her body.
"Amara, please don't be afraid."
"Why not? You give me so much to be afraid of, being a shapeshifter, or whatever it is you are, who haunts the women in my family. I think you should go."
"No, I'm not going to go. Not until you've given me a chance to explain myself. I don't mean to be firm with you, but please let me in."
Amy looked at his beaten fedora, his crinkled coat, his bright blue eyes, and his wispy white eyebrows. There was nothing malicious in his demeanor and yet he was changed. He seemed older in a seen a lot of time kind of way, and stronger too. She couldn't help feeling he was now a stranger, but Amy had to trust her mother would not let her be in the presence of a madman.

About the author:

When she was just nine, this girl began her journey for a life on the stage. Attempts were made, classes were taken, lessons were well learned but, at the end of the day, a decision to live life off the stage was made. But all was not lost. While at college she met the love of her life and his support and strength has helped her to see that she has talent waiting around many corners.
When the stage beckons, she answers its call, and her new passion for writing has enhanced many of her theatre dreams and as well as the occasional book, she now occasionally writes a play.
The love of her life generously reads everything she writes and although he may not always be her muse, he is always her biggest fan.
The Art of Falling Forever is Ivy's sixth release with Breathless press. Between the Lines, Ivy's first Breathless Press release was released in January, 2012. This was followed by The Fifth Story in September, 2012, Baby, You're Cold Inside in December, 2012, Christmas Eve Surprise in December, 2013 and I'll Call You Alice in August, 2014 that was released on its and as part of the anthology Wonderland Tales.
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