I’m so honored you stopped by to learn a little about me and my first CYOA (Choose Your Own Romance) A Soldier’s Seduction. With the different possible choices—for both the reader and for myself—this was such a fun story to write. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 😉
I’d also like to thank my wonderful host for having me here today. You so totally rock!
Tell us about your journey to publication.
Well, one day at work, I got bored and decided to write down one of the stories rolling around in my head. It was a romantic suspense about a woman who falls in love with her murdered husband’s little brother as they search for the killer. It never got published, and I looked back at it a few years back and I can see why. The idea’s good, but the writing was atrocious. 😉
After that story, I drifted around a while, “trying out” different genres until finally discovering I really like the hot stuff. Seriously, like it, LOL. Not sure what that says about me, but I really don’t care. *grin* Sex between consenting human beings, no matter the number of partners or genders involved, is beautiful to me.
My first published erotic romance was with Ellora’s Cave, a sexy paranormal about a fallen angel. Since then, I’ve been published/contracted with Silk Words and Loose Id. It’s been a fun journey, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
What is your favorite indulgence (food or spa treatment or other)?
Coffee, coffee and coffee.
Did I mention coffee?
In case you haven’t guessed, I’m a total coffee addict. I probably spend more at Starbucks in a month than I do at the gas pump. *hangs head* It’s quite sad. I keep saying ‘one day’ I’ll get my addiction under control, but luckily, “one day” hasn’t come yet. J
A Solder’s Seduction is a “choose your own ending” book. Tell us more about that and how different it was to write.
For me, the hardest thing was to stop thinking in a straight line. These stories are fluid. You’re having to put together different storylines, remember what is said in each storyline, make sure you don’t repeat yourself—or worse, forget to add something important that you mentioned in a previous “fork.”
It’s a bitch on my ADHD, but it it’s fun too. There have been many, many times where I’ve been torn over two different directions I wanted to go with my hero/heroine? Now I get to explore more.
In A Soldier’s Seduction, my heroine, Gen, gets to choose whether she wants to seduce her best friend by taking him to a sex club or by inviting him to her place for an intimate dinner in. Does she entice him further by playing a game with melted chocolate or does she take him straight to her bedroom? Does she stay on their “private” platform at the sex club or do they go mingle?
And for the reader, part of the fun is going back once you’ve finished and making different decisions on your next read! It’s great fun. J
What do you like best about your heroine, Genevieve?
She’s frackin’ fearless! Once she realizes she’s in love with her best friend/business partner, Liam, she makes plans to do something about it. And damn does that girl go big! (And depending on which “side” of the story you read, one plan is bigger than the other, LOL).
What are you working on next?
Well, I’m finishing up self-edits on another Silk Words CYOA story. I also have a military-themed m/m erotic romance coming out from Loose Id in early October. After that, I’ve got to do self-edits on a military-themed romance novel about an Army hero who lost part of his leg after an IED explosion. So much to do, so little time, LOL!
Blurb for Soldier’s Seduction:
GENEVIEVE FOSTER can no longer deny the truth. She’s fallen in love with her business partner and best friend, LIAM ENGLAND. She’s hesitant to tell him the truth, at least until she learns his National Guard unit is going back to the Middle East. Now, all bets are off. She heads to the mall for the perfect erotic outfit. And by outfit, she, of course, means lingerie. A dark blue baby-doll for an intimate evening in or a leather bustier for a night of sinful pleasures at The Erogenous Zone…
Pick Your Path to Romance.
Blurring the line between fiction and gaming,SilkWords.com offers high-quality romance and erotica that allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. SilkWords is the place for smart, busy, adventurous women to unwind and have fun.
“Are you ever going to un-blindfold me?”
“Maybe,” I teased, praying my nervousness didn’t leak through.
Taking Liam by the hands, I tugged him from the passenger’s seat of my Ford Escape. I’d given my handsome companion only one clue about tonight’s adventure — to wear something sexy — and damn if Liam hadn’t delivered.
A pair of black sheen slacks covered his legs, and the light blue button-down I’d given him on his last birthday had beautifully brought out the azure of his eyes. I’d hated to cover them with the blindfold, but it couldn’t be helped.
He’d shaved and cut his hair, his blond locks sporting an Army crew cut, making him look strong, virile, a vision of alpha-tastic yumminess. He’d no doubt fit right in inside The Erogenous Zone. Lord knew he was doing a number on my erogenous zones.
My heart had been doing the samba since I’d knocked on Liam’s door. I’d had to employ every self-restraint trick I’d known — as well as several I’d invented on the fly — just to keep from jumping him right then and there. I’d put a lot of planning into our erotic outing, and I didn’t want to derail everything because I couldn’t control myself.
Liam had talked about coming to The Erogenous Zone since the club had opened, but reservations were few and far between. He’d asked me to come with him. I’d been thrilled until I’d learned his request probably had more to do with the fact couples had less of a waiting list than single males. Still, I liked to believe Liam had wanted to go with me because he wanted me at his side.
“There’s a step here,” I said as we left the shadows of the parking lot behind and moved into the soft glow of the club’s outside lighting. Liam held tight to me as we stepped over the curb and onto the path leading to the entrance. The club loomed large and imposing in front of us, an enormous brick building with graffiti spray-painted on the sides. According to the website, the place had been an abandoned warehouse before the owner had repurposed it, and from where we stood, an abandoned warehouse was exactly what it still looked like.
As we reached the entrance, a man the size of a small mountain approached us. He wore all black, save for a tiny splash of color on the right pocket. Written in multi-hued lettering, the club’s logo stood out against the dark background. Two full sleeves of tattoos covered his arms. Metal studs pierced his eyebrows, his nose, his lips — all in multiple places.
“Do you have a reservation?” The bouncer’s voice reverberated, a deep, gravelly resonance I swore I could feel inside my bones.
I swallowed hard, hoping to displace the unease suddenly bottlenecking in my throat. “Yes. For Genevieve Foster. Plus one.”
Muscles glanced at his clipboard and then opened the door. “This way, Ms. Foster. If you’ll see Rachel at the front desk, she’ll get you checked in.”
I nodded. The reality of the moment bitch-slapped me. I was about to take my best guy friend into a sex club so I could seduce him. Our entire relationship hinged on what would happen in the next few moments. I could finally have the man I loved in my arms, or I could lose a dear friend forever.
Things hadn’t seemed this real in the planning phase.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Brandi Evans was raised by a caravan of traveling Gypsies. She spent her days learning the ways of her people and her nights lost in legends as old as time. Okay, not really, but that’s way more interesting than the truth!
In reality, Brandi grew up the oldest child of an ordinary family. Grade school, middle school, high school. Nothing extraordinary happened until she left the nest. She joined the military, went to college, got married, and became a mom. And somewhere along the way, she discovered she liked to read—and write!—stories hot enough to melt eReaders.
These days, she calls The Natural State home where she lives with her hubby, two beautiful daughters, two dogs and a cat who has yet to realize she doesn’t own the place. Soldier. Wife. Mom. Multi-published smut writer. Brandi’s life might not be “traveling Gypsy” interesting, but she’s had fun. And in the end, isn’t that all that really matters?
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