New Release: Ophelia’s Lessons by Esmae Browder

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Esmae has partnered with Goddess Fish to promote her new book, Ophelia’s Lessons. As part of her book tour, Esmae will be awarding the first three ebooks in the series: Ophelia’s Lessons, Ravishing Rosaline, and The Taming of the Prude to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for information on how to be included in the giveaway.

Now let’s hear from Esmae as she answers a few interview questions I tossed at her:

Tell us about your experience of venturing into the self-pub world.

Thanks for having me on your site today! As you know I am an indie author and I absolutely love it! Yes, I have been published under the traditional route using a different name so I have a strong understanding of both sides of the publishing coin. I made the decision to independently publish the Naughty Shakespeare series after getting advice from a publisher who told me that I would probably need to change the endings of some of my tales. As you may remember for all that high school required reading, Shakespeare’s stories don’t always have the happiest of endings, and when you write romance, typically a happily ever after ending is required. I decided that rather than fool around with changing the endings of some of the greatest stories ever written, I would just give them a twist that will hopefully satisfy the reader and yet still remain true Shakespeare’s intentions. I felt that publishing these tales myself was the way to go, and I love having creative control over most aspects of the publishing process.

What advice would you give other writers thinking of following the self-pub path?

I would say to go for it, but to do some research first! Hire an editor and be sure to have beta readers. These readers are an invaluable tool that will help your writing grow! I loved getting feedback on the steamier scenes in Ophelia’s Lessons! Some of it even made me blush and that’s pretty darn hard to do!

Ophelia’s Lessons is the first in the intriguing The Naughty Shakespeare Series. What inspired you to write not only this book but to create the series?

Let’s just say that if the Bard word alive today, I would totally Fan Girl him and stalk him at all his local pubs until he promised to be my boyfriend!  I’ve always loved his words and style. But you know, strong women are not exactly his forte. Most of the girls in his plays are not completely developed compared to some of his male characters like Hamlet. I’m not sure if that is because young boys typically played the female roles and perhaps they didn’t have the chops to pull off a fully realized female character or what, but I’ve always wanted more back story about some of his more famous characters. And sex is a big part of a lot of Shakespeare’s work, too. So in my need to create stories for some of these characters, I found that their sexuality just naturally guided the tale.

In Ophelia’s Lessons we learn about sweet Ophelia from Hamlet. Now here’s a girl who really doesn’t get a fair shake in the original play. She is used by her father, brother, and finally Hamlet who basically causes her to lose her mind. I thought it might be interesting to find out where her obsession and love for him came from. Ophelia’s Lessons are a prequel to the story of Hamlet.

Ravishing Rosaline is the story of a lesser known character mentioned only once or twice in the play Romeo and Juliet. She is Romeo’s love interest before he sees Juliet. Romeo calls her chaste and that got me to thinking, what if she isn’t all that she appears?

The Taming of the Prude is a bawdy retelling of Taming of the Shrew. I wanted to give Kate a chance to assert herself sexually in a time when most women were taught that sex and passion were not for well bred young ladies. Of course, by the end of the book, the reader should be questioning just who tames who?

What books do you have in the works?

I’m currently working on an erotic, historical fiction that takes place in Pompeii right before Vesuvius blows. I also have a new series called Carousel Calling which is inspired by the burlesque dancers of the 1940s in New Orleans. I hope to have these tales available soon.

What do you like most about your heroine in Ophelia’s Lessons?

I think the most important thing a writer can do no matter what genre they write, is to show growth in characters. Readers want to feel that they’ve been on a journey, that they have seen changes occur. That’s what I like best about Ophelia. By the time she reaches the end of the book and is about to transition into the familiar tale of Hamlet, she has changed in so many ways. For the better? For the worse? Who knows? Only the reader can decide that for sure! Happy Reading!

MEDIA KIT book cover ophelia's lessonsAbout Ophelia’s Lessons

Sweet, innocent Ophelia–she wants nothing more than to marry Hamlet Elsinore. But what does a simple virgin know about pleasing a man like the sophisticated and charming Hamlet? Not a whole lot, but when her seductive roommate, Portia, learns of Ophelia’s interest, she gets Horatio to “teach” the innocent girl everything she’ll need to know to seduce his best friend, Hamlet.

Set in modern day, this prequel to Hamlet is steamy enough to have even the Bard blushing! Enjoy this first book of Literotica in the Naughty Shakespeare series.

Excerpt

“You look fabulous.”

Portia’s eyes were filled with admiration as she surveyed her handiwork. She’d dressed Ophelia in a simple white dress. It fit to the curves of her body like a delicate glove, the silver zipper in the back running all the way down to the hemline. All a lover would have to do was pull the zipper down and her voluptuous body would be revealed.

“I like your hair up like that, too,” Portia said. “All those springy curls will create a wonderful effect during the heat of passion when he pulls it down.”

Astonished, Ophelia stared in the wide mirror above the couch.

Reflected back at her was a person she’d never seen before–someone who held a childlike innocence on her face that belied her twenty one years. Tucked into that innocence was the possibility of more.

“Well, what do you think?” Portia tapped her foot, impatient. “Do you like it or not?”

“I love it,” Ophelia whispered. “You’ve made me beautiful.”

“You were always beautiful darlin’,” Portia said, giving her arm a squeeze. “You just didn’t know it. And after tonight, you’ll be a little vixen. I have a feeling about you, Ophelia. Sex is going to change everything.”

There was a knock at the door.

Portia clapped her hands in excitement, while Ophelia bit her lip, her heart beating a mile a minute.

This was it.

What she’d been waiting for.

“Take a breath.” Portia instructed her. “It’s all going to be okay.”

With a small nod, Ophelia did as she was told.

“Horatio, how are you darlin’?” Portia opened the door, revealing a dark haired man. In the dim light of the hall, he seemed larger than life, his square shoulders framed in the doorway. “Come on in.”

Ophelia couldn’t help but let out a little gasp of surprise when he entered the room.

Horatio. Hamlet’s best friend. What could Portia be thinking by setting her up like this?

“You look fabulous.”

Portia’s eyes were filled with admiration as she surveyed her handiwork. She’d dressed Ophelia in a simple white dress. It fit to the curves of her body like a delicate glove, the silver zipper in the back running all the way down to the hemline. All a lover would have to do was pull the zipper down and her voluptuous body would be revealed.

“I like your hair up like that, too,” Portia said. “All those springy curls will create a wonderful effect during the heat of passion when he pulls it down.”

Astonished, Ophelia stared in the wide mirror above the couch.

Reflected back at her was a person she’d never seen before–someone who held a childlike innocence on her face that belied her twenty one years. Tucked into that innocence was the possibility of more.

“Well, what do you think?” Portia tapped her foot, impatient. “Do you like it or not?”

“I love it,” Ophelia whispered. “You’ve made me beautiful.”

“You were always beautiful darlin’,” Portia said, giving her arm a squeeze. “You just didn’t know it. And after tonight, you’ll be a little vixen. I have a feeling about you, Ophelia. Sex is going to change everything.”

There was a knock at the door.

Portia clapped her hands in excitement, while Ophelia bit her lip, her heart beating a mile a minute.

This was it.

What she’d been waiting for.

“Take a breath.” Portia instructed her. “It’s all going to be okay.”

With a small nod, Ophelia did as she was told.

“Horatio, how are you darlin’?” Portia opened the door, revealing a dark haired man. In the dim light of the hall, he seemed larger than life, his square shoulders framed in the doorway. “Come on in.”

Ophelia couldn’t help but let out a little gasp of surprise when he entered the room.

Horatio. Hamlet’s best friend. What could Portia be thinking by setting her up like this?

AUTHOR Bio and Links

Esmae Browder is an ex-Catholic school girl from New Orleans who loves vodka tonics and romance. Combining her love of literature with a flair for erotic fiction, she has created a unique series which includes prequels and retellings of some of the Bard’s most famous works. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew–nothing is sacred in Esmae’s Literotica world. You may know your Shakespeare, but you haven’t heard the whole erotic story! An avid blogger at All Things Writing, you can learn more about Esmae there or stop by her website: www.esmaebrowder.com.

Author Website: www.esmaebrowder.com

Twitter @esmaebrowder

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Esmae-Browder/325152790965304

All Things Writing Blog: http://allthingswriting.blogspot.com

Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Ophelias-Lessons-Naughty-Shakespeare-Series-ebook/dp/B00JA269VS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1399426433&sr=8-2&keywords=Ophelia%27s+lessons

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