Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fortune: Arcanium Book 1 Blog Tour and Giveaway

I’m not a BDSM writer, at least not in the sense of contracts, safewords, clubs, and communication. It’s not that I don’t like these things—on the contrary, in the real world, they’re awesome. However, in the fictional world, I prefer to write less codified BDSM. Almost everything I write has those elements in a more organic, natural way, particularly my favorite—power disparity. For the Sanctuary series, it was anxious little Renee against the much more powerful and older werewolf Grant. For the Bloodbound serial, it was Julia against the much more powerful and older vampire.

In Fortune, it’s the fierce but small Maya against the much more powerful and older immortal jinni. Notice a trend? Never let it be said I don’t have a type.

But it’s not a shallow type fantasy. I’ve had a version of it for as long as I can remember, dating back to early readings of Dracula. The things that strike a chord deepest and darkest inside of us stick around for quite a while. Sometimes you end up writing to the tune of that chord for the rest of your life because that’s the niche where you’re most richly fulfilled.

If you’ve read the impressive reader advisory for Fortune, you’ll know that Fortune goes into some pretty dark places. From the very beginning, there’s intense chemistry between Maya and Bell, in part fueled by the aforementioned power disparity, not to mention the matter of captivity.

However, it isn’t until Maya combines the wish that brought her into the demonic circus Arcanium and her own desire for absolution after a wish gone terribly wrong that she—rather than Bell—instigates the Master/slave relationship. For punishment. In a deep-seated need for masochistic submission in order to handle and process what she’s unleashed with her wish. Bell, with all his power, doesn’t trigger the arrangement, but he sure as hell takes it by the reins and takes her over completely, in all the ways she does and doesn’t want. If she wants pain, she’s going to get it. If she doesn’t want to allow herself pleasure, he’ll compel it upon her. That’s what they agreed to, and Maya’s terrified she’ll develop a taste for it.

It’s delicious, it’s dark, it’s utterly delectable from the first hint of flirtation through the development of their unconventional relationship, and I can’t tell you how much I look forward to other people experiencing it with Bell and Maya as well.

If BDSM, or this particular brand of it, isn’t to your taste, don’t worry. This circus has a little something for everyone. Each story is about a different character, with different trials and tribulations, with different wishes and different curses keeping them there. You’re bound to find something that sparks your interest or curiosity.

Welcome to Arcanium.

Blurb for Fortune:

He’s the reason to be careful what you wish for.

After her jealous boyfriend makes an angry, careless wish, Maya DeLuca finds herself trapped in a traveling demonic circus and at the mercy of a devious jinni, Bell Madoc. She joins the other lost souls of Arcanium who suffer in perpetual purgatory under the weight of their wishes, all making the best of a cursed situation.

But Maya’s not even cursed because of her own wish, which means she still has three for Bell to grant.

He may be fond of her—the passion they share is as hellfire hot as it is wrong—but that doesn’t mean she’s safe from his endlessly inventive, wicked imagination. He might twist her wishes at his whim for his own pleasure. Or he might just give her what she wants…which could be even worse.

Excerpt from Fortune:

“If the Ringmaster’s whip makes you think you’re being treated fairly, Maya, I am sure we can come to some arrangement. However, if you go to the Ringmaster with your needs, I require that you limit the damage—the potion does wonders, but some scars run deeper than the healing can reach, and we already have enough scarring down there, don’t we? I will still heal you after your sessions with him, but I will permit them if you feel you need them. Ten lashes a week until you feel forgiven. Does that sound fair?”

“Not enough,” Maya muttered.

“That’s not what I asked. There are other ways to pay. I am offering you one method, but I will only allow so much.”

“Fine,” she said.

“The whisper through your mind is that you want your sessions Saturday evenings.”

A masochistic Mass—the phrase that broke through the fog.

“It would be more convenient during the week when we’re on the road or setting up, but I am sure the Ringmaster will not object. I keep the Ringmaster sated, but it’s important not to give him too much or else he’ll crave more. Do you understand?”

She nodded.

Bell laved over her folds, tracing up and down the labia before swiping through and tasting the wet entrance to her cunt.

Another involuntary reaction, another betrayal.

“What are you doing?” Maya asked, shifting to twist around, but in her position it was hard to move, and her muscles didn’t particularly want to after what she’d put them through.

“I should think that would be dreadfully obvious,” Bell replied, speaking into her inner thigh before returning to her cunt.

“I don’t want to feel—” Her moan cut her off as he slipped a hand underneath her and palmed her clit with broad, luxurious strokes.

“Oh, but you do,” Bell said. He kissed up her spine until he lay on top of her, his cock resting heavy and full against her ass. “You want to feel so much. I can help you. I can punish you, Maya. I desire to give you pleasure, and you will accept it. You will do as I tell you. You will obey my every wish, no matter how uncomfortable you become, because it will eventually give you the pleasure that I crave to offer.”

“That doesn’t sound like punishment,” Maya said.

“Give it time,” he said.

Like the sound of Fortune? Buy it here.

Aurelia T. Evans is an up-and-coming erotica author with a penchant for horror and the supernatural.

She's the twisted mind behind the were/shifter Sanctuary trilogy, demonic circus series Arcanium, and spiritual gothic urban fantasy series Meridian (publication TBD). She's also had short stories featured in various erotic anthologies.

Aurelia presently lives in Dallas, Texas (although she doesn't ride horses or wear hats). She loves cats and enjoys baking as much as she dislikes cooking. She's a walker, not a runner, and she writes outside as often as possible.

Arcanium series page: https://aureliatevans.wordpress.com/arcanium-series/
Blog: https://aureliatevans.wordpress.com/

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