I’m thrilled to have my dear friend Rhenna Morgan as my guest today. Rhenna is an awesome storyteller and her hot new book, Unexpected Eden, is now available. As part of her book tour she will be giving away two prize packs that include a $25 Amazon Gift Card, winner’s choice of an e-book or print copy of Unexpected Eden, an Eden Series mug, Eden Series tote, Eden Series pen/stylus, & Eden Series post-its. See the bottom of this post for more information.
Now enjoy this short interview with Rhenna:
What is your favorite indulgence (food, spa treatment, other)?
Oh, man! I have to pick only one? (Yes, I’m the girl who’ll buy a shoe in every color to avoid making a decision.)
I guess I’ll rule out dessert because I never pass it up, which makes it more of a habit than an indulgence. Romance books are so far past indulgence it’s not funny. Without them to disengage my mind in times of stress and anger I’d have been incarcerated years ago.
The spa treatment option sounds mighty good, but I’m thinking that’s a little too specific. How about we say time alone with no agenda whatsoever. With a full-time job, a full-time writing career on top of it, two little girls and a hubby, time alone with no agenda is definitely an indulgence…and I can fill it however I want.
What was the inspiration for Unexpected Eden?
It’s a little embarrassing really. I was entertaining two or three couples in my kitchen and scrambling in all directions to get them drinks and food. I stooped to pull a platter out from under a cabinet when I realized I needed something else across the room. Without even thinking about it, I reached out my hand and tried to will the object to fly into my palm.
Yes, I looked like a complete idiot. And yes, everyone saw me do it. When they asked me what I was doing I realized I’d truly expected the object to obey my mental command because I’d been dreaming of having that exact capability for several weeks. Until that moment, I’d just forgotten about the dreams.
It made me wonder—what if such behavior was a clue I had a unique power that simple wasn’t yet unlocked? What if I was part of a race capable of such things? One that looks just like humans only more powerful? Maybe I’d merely gotten “lost” in the human world?
And voila! The Myren race was born.
What do you like most about your heroine, Lexi?
There were two things that intrigued me about Lexi as she came out on the page. The first was her instincts. With all of our technology and focus on facts, I see more and more people ignore or discredit their innate sense of intuition. Women, in particular, seem to possess an affinity for a sixth sense, and the fact that Lexi honors hers in all she does—often despite what common sense tells her—appeals to me greatly.
The other side to her story that resonated with me was how she’d always felt like a misfit—until she found her true home. Maybe it’s because I’m a creative person working forty hours a week in a “normal person” world, but I can really identify with that aspect of the book. The day I walked into my first writer’s convention was the day I said, “Holy cow. These people get me.”
What qualities are a must-have in a great hero?
I know I’m probably supposed to give you a physical description (and God knows my Pinterest boards make it clear I love my eye candy), but I’m gonna go with three things more important than looks:
Nothing is sexier than a man who can and will own up to his feelings, is smart, and will take out any obstacle in the way of getting what he wants. (Especially if what he wants is his heroine.)
What’s next for you?
More Eden! I just got word that Kensington/Lyrical Press will be acquiring book two in the series, Healing Eden, which is Galena and Reese’s story. The tentative release date is sometime in the latter half of 2015.
There are a total of four books planned for the series. I’m nearing the end of book three, Waking Eden (Ramsay and Trinity’s story), and hope to squeeze in Eden’s Deliverance before the end of 2015. Oh, and I plan to wiggle in the first in a flamin’ hot new contemporary series somewhere along the way.
During her book tour, Rhenna will be giving away 2 prize packs including: $25 Amazon Gift Card, Pick of e-book or print copy of Unexpected Eden, Eden Series Mug, Eden Series Tote, Eden Series Pen/Stylus, & Eden Series Post-Its.
Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.
Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question—is she Myren, or human – which makes her forbidden fruit?
When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.
Lexi high-stepped it down the hall to the room she shared with Eryx. Sconces blazed to life along the walls with each step, Eryx setting them alight with his mind to light her way. Providing what you need.
Ugh. Not something she could think about right now. His sure, confident strides sounded behind her. No matter how far ahead she tried to stay, his hunger burned inside her. Stupid gift. Now that she’d somehow uncorked it, she couldn’t get it turned it off—and damned if she wasn’t a raging inferno as a result.
She’d thought asking for time would calm his fears. Maybe ease his foot off the throttle a little bit. But oh, no. She’d tugged the lion’s tail, tossed out a slab of meat, and thrown the cage door open wide.
The door to their room whipped open and thudded against the wall.
She flinched, but kept going. “You don’t need to be so melodramatic.”
She’d gone for playful, but ended up sounding like Marilyn Monroe on a heaped-up dose of Spanish Fly. Moving to the dresser, she tugged off her blue leather sandals. “Maybe we can rest later and you can teach me how to move things with my mind instead.”
Eryx ripped his tank over his head and tossed it to the floor. Smooth muscles, flexing under tight, tan skin.
She closed her gaping mouth. Tugged the lion’s tail indeed.
“I thought I’d give you something else.” He stalked her until her back met the wall and caged her with arms on either side of her head. “Something that will feed you instead of drain you.”
He ran his nose along the column of her neck and inhaled, slow and deep.
Goosebumps prickled along her forearms and her belly fluttered. “I thought you said I needed to rest.”
“You need energy. I’m going to give it to you.” He nipped her earlobe then sucked at the same spot. “You said you’ve never known family or love.” His hot breath brushed across her skin and his tongue traced the shell of her ear. “So I’ll give you that too.”
A blowtorch, insane, leave-me-here-to-die-in-glory fire blasted from her insides out. Where the hell was her caution? Her worry?
“I warned you.” He bit her lower lip and the sting zinged to her nipples. His hands abandoned the wall and caressed her back, her thin cotton tunic a nearly non-existent barrier. “You said you could take anything I threw at you.” He whipped the tunic over her head and the indigo fabric sailed to the floor behind him. “Then you’ll have me.” His gaze lowered to her bare breasts. “All of me.”
About the Author:
Rhenna never thought a weird dream, a bucket list, and an addiction to romance novels would lead her into publishing, but that’s exactly how Unexpected Eden came to life. Okay, there might have been a jillion revisions in there somewhere, and a few points where her family thought she’d lost her ever-lovin’ mind, but pretty much everyone’s accepted that this author thing is chronic.
When she’s not working on the rest of the Eden books or her naughty contemporary romances, you’ll find her chasing two precious little girls, batting eyelashes at her indulgent husband, or driving with the top down and the music up loud. Oh, and “researching” on the internet. Those half-naked men she uses for inspiration don’t download themselves.
She’d love to share her “research” with you too and get to know you a little better in the process. Find her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media links at www.rhennamorgan.com. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter there too for snippets, upcoming releases, and author news.
If you enjoyed Unexpected Eden, Eryx and Lexi would sure appreciate it if you shared your review at Goodreads, Amazon, or other favorite online bookstore. Lexi would make you a mean cyber-cocktail in exchange if she didn’t have her hands full with Eryx, but rumor has it they haven’t left the royal suite in days.
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