The Pleasures Series Give Away

Would you like the chance to win the first two books in ‘The Pleasures’ Series? That’s right, I am giving one lucky winner the chance to win a copy of both The Pleasures of Winter and The Pleasures of Summer courtesy of Penguin Ireland.

The Pleasures of Winter

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All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is share on Facebook or Twitter and comment on this post to confirm that you have done so. A winner will be picked at random on Saturday! Good Luck.

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The Pleasures of Summer

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No i don’t mean the weather and a good job too as in Ireland Mother Nature has decided to skip summer this year. No it is the new book by Evie Hunter. You will remember Evie’s first book, The Pleasures of Winter, a sensation last year selling over 50,000 copies. Well she is back with a brand new story – The Pleasures of Summer and it is sure to be, well a pleasure!

So whats it all about?
Summer O’Sullivan is an IT girl. She spends her life partying, shopping and then partying some more. She is a spoilt little rich bitch that is used to wrapping daddy round her little finger. Now she is in danger and daddy wants her protected. She manages to get rid of every bodyguard hired to protect her, but she hadn’t bargained on Flynn Grant walking through her door.

An Irish Ranger, Flynn is more than a match for all Summer tries to throw at him. He has dealt with the Taliban for heaven’s sake – no society girl is going to best him. It doesn’t take long for Flynn to set down the ground rules and Summer breaks them just as fast. She wasn’t however expecting to have to deal with consequences!

When they have to flee London for a safe house in the remote Scottish Highlands the two struggle for control. Days are long and Summer reveals there is more to her than sleek hair and perfect nails. As the lines become blurred and hearts become tangled will their ever-changing relationship cause her to be in more danger than ever? When the games are over and it’s a matter of life and death who will finish the victor?

I started this book on Monday afternoon and was finished it by Tuesday evening, I really couldn’t put it down. I woke with a start on Monday night as the book fell out of my hand and landed with a thud on the bedroom floor. When I woke at six the next morning instead of rolling back over for another hour I turned on the lamp and picked up where I had left off the night before. The story had consumed me. It wasn’t just a love story, it wasn’t just an erotic tale it combined both of these and then throw in a bit of an action story too with guns and explosives not to mention your Special Ops missions. The story was constant, always something happening but it was believable. That is the most important thing isn’t it? We all get lost in the fantasy, imagining it was us – but it has to be viable, I mean there is only so much sex a couple can have – right? Evie Hunter has a unique way of telling a story that you really don’t know whats going to happen next, she is certainly got the knack of penning a page turner! I cannot wait for book 3!

How lucky was I to get an interview with Evie Hunter?

This interview is a bit different to the norm. Evie Hunter is actually two authors Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley who met at a creative writing workshop in Dublin in 2010. On discovering that they shared a passion for erotic fiction, they became the best of friends. In early 2012 they got a chance to co-write a series of erotic novellas for an American publisher. When they completed the second one without killing each other, they decided to take on something bigger. Eventually, they emerged into daylight, clutching THE PLEASURES OF WINTER, saying ‘Never again’ … until the next time.

So the questions have been put to both ladies and they will both answer all the questions. For Caroline McCalls interview clck HERE and for Eileen Gormley’s interview click HERE

Finally, to be in with a chance to win a copy of both The Pleasures of Winter and The Pleasures of Summer click HERE

Caroline McCall – The Interview

Caroline McCall is one half of the duo that make up Irish sensation Evie Hunter. I hope you enjoy reading her interview as much as i did. For Eileen Gormleys answers to the same questions click HERE.

Eileen Gormley(pink top) Caroline Mc Call (Red top)

Who is Evie Hunter?

Evie Hunter is writer of romantic fiction and erotica who lives in Dublin. Her life is much more exciting than ours. While Eileen and I are stuck at the laptop, Evie goes to wild parties, lounges around in lingerie and generally has a wild time with handsome cover models.

How did you come up with the name Evie Hunter?

Penguin asked us for a pen name. I came up with Evie Elliott and Eileen chose Helen Hunter – so they took half of each suggestion.

Is it difficult to write a book by collaboration?

It can be and to be honest, I don’t think it’s something that everyone can do. You need to be in tune with each other and it helps if you have the same taste in books. Working with another writer requires discipline and openness as well as the ability to get along well. Eileen and I have arguments, but usually only about the characters.
Before we start a new book, we agree the main outline and as we write, we have chapter by chapter plot meeting so that neither of us goes off on a tangent. But that doesn’t always work because sometimes creativity takes over. Your characters develop a mind of their own and you just have to go with it.
Occasionally, a secondary character really springs to life and wants to take over the book. If that happens, we rein them in and promise them a story of their own if they behave.
We also split the research. Eileen takes care of most of the physical research. I like doing the visuals: what the characters look like; what they wear and where they live.
Evie Hunter has a Pinterest page for each book. We use the page like a storyboard while we are writing and then ‘release’ a version of the board for our readers.
Reader Advisory: do not open Evie’s Pinterest pages while you’re in the office.

Was there a structure as to the direction the story would take?

Always. Eileen and I have written two full length novels and two novellas in the past ten months. With an extremely tight writing schedule, every word counts. We simply don’t have time for major rewrites at the end.
Our writing is planned to allow for editing and making sure that the copy as clean as possible before we submit to our publisher.

Were either of you ever surprised by the direction the other had taken the character?

Oh yes! Especially when writing the dialogue for the characters. We use yahoo for that and write dialogue at each other. In that way, the characters conversations remain fresh and sharp. I love seeing the expression on Eileen’s face when my character says something really outrageous to hers.

Were you excited to read what had happened since you last had the story when your turn had come back around?

It’s always fun to open up the latest version and see what the other one has been up to – especially when you’ve done something horrible to them in the last scene.
While working together, we write alternate scenes with split POV (point of view). I write the female character and Eileen writes the male and when we’re writing the sex scenes, there is a tendency to try and out naughty each other.

You ladies certainly seem to know your stuff when it comes to self-defence and weapons, how much research did you have to do?

We are very hands on when it comes to research. Our action scenes are tightly choreographed and we try to write what is accurate and physically possible. Eileen did the lion’s share of the weapons research. (She’s quite bloodthirsty!)
We owe a great deal of thanks to the wonderfully handsome sexy guys who bared all about guns, fighting and shooting people. A special thanks to Dave Hodson of Mircat Manufacturing, who advised us about archery for the house party scene.

What was your favourite part of the story?

That’s a difficult one because we had so much fun writing Summer. I love the fetish club scene where Summer gets into trouble and Flynn tracks her down. And the last scene between them, because it’s sexy and romantic.

Is this the end of the line for all characters in the story or did I possibly see a hint of another story between Andy and Sinead?

Good catch! And no, it’s not the end. Andy and Sinead will have their own stories. Both characters will appear in the next book – The Pleasures of Autumn – which is currently underway.
Sinead comes across as the uptight bossy cousin in The Pleasures of Summer, but in Autumn, readers will see a whole new side of her. As for Andy – mmmmmm. Let’s just say that we’re dying to get our hands on him. (laughs) Flynn’s boss, Niall Moore, will also be making a return appearance. Niall is about to find out that he’s not always in charge.

Did you ever imagine when you signed up for a creative writing course, that it might bring you to this point?

Never! Well, maybe not never, but I honestly didn’t think I’d see the word bestseller associated with my name.
Writing is something you have to do because you love it and you are utterly passionate about it – and not because you want success.

Why do you think women have become more open about wanting to read erotic stories in the last couple of years?

It’s a trend which has been happening for at least a decade. It’s no secret that women love reading hot romance, but the advent of the e-reader has made it more readily available. In the past Eileen and I have written for American publisher Ellora’s Cave. They sold less than fifty books in the first month they were in business. Twelve years later, they have sales of 190,000 books per month.

Do you have a motto that you live by?

Never give up!

The Pleasures of Winter sold more than 50,000 copies, were you surprised at all by its success?

Eileen and I are passionate about romance and erotica. We’re both avid readers and we write what we would like to read ourselves.
It’s wonderful that other readers feel the same about out book and we hope they enjoy Summer just as much.

What advice would you give other people who would love to start writing?

Write. Write every day. Join a writers group and get feedback on your work. Strive to improve by accepting criticism and reading other writers and most important of all finish it.
Get that first draft down – you can’t edit nothing!

What is the best advice you were ever given (any topic)?

Learn how to chop your own sticks!
That one is courtesy of my Dad. (laughs) Poor Dad – imagine the trauma of having six daughters (and one son). That, and would ye all ever elope and leave me in peace were two of his favourite expressions.
We were brought up to be strong, independent women. He is also a great reader and I inherited my love of books from him.

Do you get nervous as you are approaching release day?

Yes. There is a heart-stopping moment when the publisher tells you that the books have arrived from the printers. You go to the office to pick them up and there it is – your baby.
It’s ready to go out into the world and you hope that people will love it as much as you do. But yes, it is a nerve wracking time. It’s also pretty hard to launch one book while you’re in the middle of writing another.

Eileen Gormely – The Interview

Eileen Gormely is one half of the Irish senastion that is Evie Hunter. I hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as I did. For Caroline McCall’s answers to the same questions click HERE

Eileen Gormley(pink top) Caroline Mc Call (Red top)

Who is Evie Hunter?

That’s an easy one. Evie is Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley.

How did you come up with the name Evie Hunter?

Penguin asked us to come up with a pen name. I used to work as Helen Hunter when I was reporting for the newspapers. Caroline’s grandmother was Evie Elliot. So we split the difference.

Is it difficult to write a book by collaboration?

It has its challenges, but it’s fun too. The big difference is making sure we have the same vision of our main characters. Of course, as with real life, the other character can surprise you.
Sometimes we end up yelling at each other over where the story is going or how our characters behave, but it’s never personal.

Was there a structure as to the direction the story would take?

Oh yes, with the insane deadlines we have, it’s essential we know where the story is going. As it is, the plot changes when we write, but we have planned out the structure of the story so we know where we’re going. We start by developing the characters and outlining the story, then we meet at least once a week to fine-tune what we will write that week. We can’t afford to write stuff we are not going to use.

Were either of you ever surprised by the direction the other had taken the character?

All the time. It’s one of the big differences that a co-writer brings. She has her own idea of how the characters will behave and how they will react in certain situations. Sometimes I write what Caroline has written and go, “You bitch, look what you did to my guy!”

Were you excited to read what had happened since you last had the story when your turn had come back around?

Yes, it’s a bit like watching a television program and you can’t wait for the next episode to see what happens next. You know where the story is going, but are dying to find out how it gets there.

You ladies certainly seem to know your stuff when it comes to self-defence and weapons, how much research did you have to do?

I love that sort of research. I get to meet experts in their field and ask them all sorts of questions and to try out their weapons. I’ve done some martial arts training myself, and grew up in the country where people had shotguns and rifles. My father had crossbows and bows and arrows. I learned the hard way that you do not shoot arrows straight up into the air.

What was your favourite part of the story?

Oh, I think that has to be the bits in the croft when Flynn expands Summer’s education. Hey, when you’re living in an isolated croft with no electricity, you have to find something interesting to do.

Is this the end of the line for all characters in the story or did I possibly see a hint of another story between Andy and Sinead?

My lips are sealed. But some of the characters in this story will ride again. Literally!

(Luckily for us Caroline forgot to seal hers 😉 )

Did you ever imagine when you signed up for a creative writing course, that it might bring you to this point?

When I started Patricia O’Reilly’s course, I was completely burned out. I felt I had no creative juices left at all. I would have been happy if I had managed to write a short story. I would never have foreseen a single novel, never mind this.

Why do you think women have become more open about wanting to read erotic stories in the last couple of years?

Yes, I think that’s the biggest contribution that 50 Shades of Grey has made. Women can now admit to reading erotica and not be considered weird. Of course, they’ve been reading this stuff for years. Ellora’s Cave sells 190,000 books a month, so it’s a huge market. But now it’s mainstream, not an invisible genre.

Do you have a motto that you live by?

If not now, when?

The Pleasures of Winter sold more than 50,000 copies, were you surprised at all by its success?

I was amazed by the numbers. It was odd, because we sweated bricks writing it, and it took over our lives for months, then when it finally appeared on the shelves it was almost an anti-climax. It looked so small beside all the other books, and we wondered if anyone would actually read it. Hearing that fifty thousand people have read it is astonishing.

What advice would you give other people who would love to start writing?

Just do it. Don’t wait for inspiration or the perfect time or the perfect office. Sit down and write and keep writing until you have written a book. But write because you love it, not because you think your book is going to make you millions.

What is the best advice you were ever given (any topic)?

I hate this sort of question, so many people have given me awesome advice. But I suppose the best one is the simplest one: Just get on with it.

Do you get nervous as you are approaching release day?
Not so much release day. The time I worry most is when we’re getting the story finished, so that we have it done on the date Penguin are expecting and then we’re on tenterhooks waiting to hear what Patricia Deevy thinks about it.