Hello everyone – this week please welcome A.C. James, author of the Ever After Series, and she’s sharing the story behind this series. I’m going to let A.C. take center stage *hugs A.C. and moves aside*
The Story Behind the Ever After Series
This series all started with pepperoni eaten late at night while reading a book from The Original Sinners series before bed. Being a huge Vampire Diaries fan due to reading L.J. Smith prior to the popularity of the television series, I of course fell in with Ian Somerhalder who plays the character Damon Salvator.
I just love bad boys.
Don’t we all?
And he embodies the character L.J. Smith describes in her books so perfectly.
At any rate, I had this dream that Ian Somerhalder was doing all sorts of kinky things that you’d expect from Søren in the Original Sinners series.
I blame the pepperoni.
But my husband says I just have a terribly dirty mind ;)
This image inspired the hero of my story—Arie. Just picture Ian Somerhalder but with smoke gray eyes.
I’ve always loved history.
My father was a substitute history teacher in between voluntarily enlisting in the military during Vietnam and becoming a police officer. He instilled in me a love for history and I’ve always thought of it as dirty, old gossip. Desperate Housewives but with hand grenades—it can’t get any more awesome than that.
The Hellfire Club history provided the perfect backdrop for a vampire series. What if the Hellfire Club never ceased to exist but simply changed names and locations over centuries of vampire ownership? What if it evolved into a BDSM sex club?
History, fairy tales, and folklore have a way of incorporating themselves into fiction, giving writing depth and inspiring new stories that have a life of their own.
Nothing is ever new or original—from borrowed music riffs to tropes that we see repeated in various books. I’d love to claim originality on this one but I really owe it to Philip Wharton, 1st Duke of Wharton and Francis Dashwood, 15th Baron le Despencer.
Both had dirtier minds than me.
(According to the gossip we call history.)
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Eternal Ever After - Ever After Series Book 1
Genre: Steamy Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Wandering Impulse Press
Date of Publication: 11/23/13
Number of pages: 307
Word Count: 88K
Cover Artist: Ramona Lockwood
His past holds a secret…
Arie Cush has a secret that he thought he’d left behind. When his past follows him to Chicago he must protect someone that reminds him of all the painful memories he’s tried so hard to forget. But when every touch from her sets his heart and body on fire—he finds it hard to maintain his aloof façade.
That becomes her nightmare.
Holly Ellis has secrets of her own. An encounter with the handsome stranger who frequents her coffee shop reveals a vampire with baggage. Even though it might be more than she bargained for, she can’t resist the one person who understands her.
But her life is in danger and a supernatural threat could reveal the underground world of vampires to humankind in this Gothic Cinderella re-telling.
Inside Scoop: This story contains bondage, anal play, a M/F primary romance with mild F/F situations.
Warning: This book is fictitious. The bdsm portrayed in this story does not portray the lifestyle. Vampires will be vampires. They don’t exactly stop to discuss a scene, pain thresholds, and there is no aftercare involved. Trust is an intrinsic part of the lifestyle. Use due diligence and research before deciding to make fiction into reality.
Heat Level: This book is a steamy romance. It’s the development of a romantic relationship that contains more explicit language and sex. The sex is not an inherent part of the story, character growth, or relationship development, and if removed you still have an amazing plot.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.”
–Holy Bible: King James Version
I never guessed that I could die with a sea of faces surrounding me, all cheering for my death. A woman wearing a jacket dress made of brocade only laughed louder when blood splattered the low square neckline. Where is Arie? I scanned the crowded club but all I could see were pale faces, some half covered by masks.
My time had come and I prayed she would finish me off quickly. The warm trickle of blood ran down my neck and chest, saturating the corset bustier of my gown. It seemed like a shame to ruin such a pretty dress. Strangely, I felt relieved the bodice was black and not a light color that would show a stain.
The fear of dying or more accurately, the fear of not existing, scared me stiff. Perhaps if I had satisfied this existential anxiety with faith I wouldn’t jump from panic to ambivalence. I should be angry at everyone who simply watched.
They must think the gruesome display is part of the entertainment for tonight. After the bloody burlesque show I could hardly blame them.
Holly, I gave you the chance to leave. The telepathic transference hardly seemed relevant at this point. I knew if I’d never gone to the Hellfire Club, I wouldn’t be facing death now. Still, if my death meant the killings would stop it seemed justifiable.
“No!” I could barely hear Arie scream above the cheering voices clamoring for attention. The constant drone defies my effort to form coherent thoughts. I looked up and could see him on the balcony. When I blinked he had disappeared into the throng. I could feel the blood continue to trickle down my neck as she drained me. Dizziness threatened to pull me under. The audience applauded her brutality. I crumpled at her feet, looking up at her smile as thin as paper.
Blood. So much blood. My blood.
I didn’t want this to be the story of my death but this part is only a fragment of a narrative as old as time. Its voices fill the shadows with whispers of legend. We are told that the damned cease to exist and those absolved from sin are given eternal life. The damned can never be saved. They walk the earth in an eternal hell.
I fear it will be my curse if death doesn’t claim me instead.
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Cursed Ever After – Prequel short stories
Paranormal BDSM Erotica
DOMINATE YOUR DESIRES WITH FOUR EROTIC SHORT STORIES.
Arie is having a bad night but what else is new? When vampires deal with demons nothing less can be expected. He heads to the Hellfire Club to report back to his sexy boss, Tessa Green, anticipating that she'll be less than satisfied with the details of his night. Instead he finds a hot new hire waiting in her office. Alone in the office, she offers him an intriguing opportunity to improvise. Will he take the bait?
Luna is always tied up in difficult situations. Obsessed with someone she can never have. From the moment Luna first met Victoria, she knew she was different--hot, dangerous, and unlike anyone she's ever known. Luna can't stop thinking about her. Can't stop fantasizing about her. Can't stop craving the one thing she knows she can never have. The one she wants--the vampire she wants abstains from blood and sex.
To distract her from her obsession, Luna begs Tessa to find an appropriate diversion. Bound and gagged in her dungeon at the Hellfire Club (HFC), Luna gets an unexpected visit from a sibling that leaves her feeling conflicted and heartbroken. Arie steps in when Luna is vulnerable. Is there more to this hot alpha vamp than his hard-ass facade?
Victoria has a sordid past and this macabre tale is woven with lies, blood, betrayal, and vengeance. In the far north of France in the 1700s she took care of a young girl and her ailing mother. She never planned on falling for Henri in the process--except she fell in love with the wrong man. She fell in love with a monster. Sometimes evil hits too close to home. And when you trust the wrong person you might just get burned.
Tessa Green is the most famous dominatrix in Chicago and rules the notorious Hellfire Club. She also happens to be a vampire. And the senator is just another toy for her amusement. Sometimes the power and authority that comes with leadership can be a strain. He relishes her dominance, her demands, and her control. Sometimes being free happens only when chained and who better to keep his secret than Tessa. Or is she really keeping his secret?
THESE STORIES CONTAIN ORAL SEX, WHIPPING, SUBMISSION, AND BONDAGE. IF YOU LOVE SUPERNATURAL HEROES AND SEX WITH VAMPIRES YOU'LL LOVE THIS.
Cursed Ever After – Prequel short stories
Author – A.C. James
Prequel of the Ever After Series
Genre – Paranormal BDSM Erotica
Four Shorts: Ruler (Arie); Bound (Luna); Burned (Victoria); Chained (Tessa)
These four shorts are actually introductions to the four main characters in Ms. James new BDSM erotica series.
Arie, steel gray eyed, curly haired, muscular leather jacket clad vampire works at the Hellfire Club, sort of managing anything unmanageable for his boss lady, Tessa Green. He has his own skeletons in his closet as do all the working members of the BDSM club, Hellfire.
Tessa Green, a vampire and famous dominatrix with a heart, controls the Hellfire Club.
Luna, a faerie in love with Victoria, has continuous issues with her half demon sister Daeveena…always stirring up trouble. Luna is a working member at the club.
Victoria, falsely accused of being a witch and nearly burned to death at the stake many years ago, was rescued and saved by a vampire. She abstains from blood and sex, and also works at the club.
Ms. James created the Hellfire BDSM Club and it’s the perfect backdrop for this series…getting to know a bit of the backstory of the four characters within these short stories gives the reader a one-up for what’s to come in the first book, Eternal Ever After. I’m absolutely looking forward to reading this next one, a little taste of Ms. James’ characters is not enough;)