Friday, August 2, 2013

Interview with Blakely Bennett

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
My Body-Mine was released on July 15th, the third and final novel in the My Body Trilogy. The story is the culmination of Jane’s dark journey to ultimate self-empowerment. Although the novel is still very suspenseful, Jane has come into her own and stays strong and intact as she makes her way to finding the love she has always wanted.

Are you a mom ?
I’m a wife and mother first and then an author. My greatest successes in life are my incredible relationships with my husband and daughter. I’m also lucky enough to have two grown step-daughters that I love and am super proud of. Being loved and supported makes the journey of being published so much richer.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?
Our daughter is sixteen and rather self-sufficient so I wouldn’t say that it’s hard to juggle from a parenting standpoint. However, from a life standpoint, juggling social engagements, laundry, house cleaning, exercise, relaxing, etc. can interfere with the writing process when of the story is flowing like a waterfall and I have to hold it at bay until I can’t get back to the computer again. It is rather fun to have it bubbling over. J

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
Yes.  Don’t ever give yourself away for love or change yourself to suit another.  If someone truly loves you, then they will love the real you. Also, don’t ever love someone else more than yourself as in the case of Jane, it can lead you to really bad places.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I was a cheerleader in high school and I am a nudist.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
I really like Lisa Kleypas who writes historical and contemporary romance and has several great series. Lauren Dane writes great erotica romance and I especially liked the Brown Sibling series. I have not read an erotic suspense series other than my own but am open to finding them out there.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I honestly could see writing in many different genres. I do think it takes a special kind of mind to write a mystery so that genre is not at the top of my list. I imagine any book I will write in the future will have relationships as a focus and include some hot sex. ;)

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
If you all love the trilogy, I will write a prequel to the series about Luke and Janice.

My Body-Mine
My Body Trilogy, Book three
Blakely Bennett

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Publisher: Fanny Press
Date of Publication: July 15th

ISBN: 978-1-60381-534-5

Number of pages: 324
Word Count: 87,000

Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

Book Description:

Jane has accepted that her relationship with her husband Luke, who drew her into the darker side of BDSM, is over. She has taken refuge at the home of Luke’s powerful friend Marcello and his submissive, Janice. With Marcello’s patience exhausted, Jane must either submit to his demands or move on from his household and his support. Ultimately, she signs a six month contract of sexual servitude but, as Marcello and Jane grow closer, Janice feels neglected and jealous, creating tension in their normally easy daily rhythm.

In an effort to help Jane, her best friend Parker introduces her to Chase, a confident and flirtatious man who lacks the arrogance of either Luke or Marcello. Jane’s rapport with Chase is lighthearted and subtle, allowing her to gain a new perspective on men. She is intensely attracted to Chase but does not feel free to consider him as more than a friend.

Once Jane gets a real picture of Marcello’s extremes, she knows what she must do. Her feelings about Luke and Marcello and her own sexuality must be resolved before she can find true love with a man who appreciates everything she has to offer. Can she possibly find the kink she has come to desire without the full-time submission?

My Body-Mine is the final book in the My Body Trilogy.

My Body-His (Marcello)
My Body Trilogy, Book 2
Blakely Bennett

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Publisher: Fanny Press

ISBN: 978-1-60381-525-3

Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 76,000

Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

Amazon              BN

Book Description:

Jane Stiles has embarked on an intense odyssey into the world of domination and submission. She no longer recognizes herself. She has quit her job, surrendered her possessions and agreed to a wedding where she is the only one naked, all for the sake of the elusive Luke—a man so compelling, she can deny him nothing.

Now there is no going back. Her new life will revolve around Luke, his friends and clients. Hovering in the background is Luke’s best friend Marcello, whose ego is as towering as his stature. Marcello has set his sights on Jane. She is drawn to his power, his masculinity, and the challenge he represents, even though she fears and dislikes him. After Luke discovers that Jane has breached one of his many “rules,” he sends her to Marcello for punishment and lessons in Dom/sub culture. What happens there will change her forever.

Jane and Luke reconcile, and even find a rhythm that includes not only bondage and punishment but genuine love-making. Just when Jane is convinced that the happiness and devotion she has always craved is within reach, Luke pushes her beyond endurance, and she rebels in a way her harsh husband cannot forgive. From there, her life spins out of control. But Jane has a strong spirit, and she will prevail. My Body-His (Marcello) is Book 2 in the My Body Trilogy.

My Body-His
My Body Trilogy, Book 1
Blakely Bennett

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Publisher: Fanny Press

ISBN: 978-1-60381-523-9

Number of pages: 246
Word Count: 74,000

Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

Amazon   BN

Book Description:

Jane Stiles is successful in business but bored with her socially mundane existence. One night at a party, she meets an intense and compelling stranger named Luke. This fateful encounter prompts her predictable life path to veer into uncharted territory, sweeping her along on a frightening erotic journey into the world of bondage, domination and submission.

Jane had never experienced genuine desire, and now passion consumes her life, robbing her of free will. Her new lifestyle creates an emotional chasm between her and her old friends. Will they understand why she has abandoned her high ideals and long-term plans for a traditional wedding? What society considers right or wrong no longer matters.

Prepared to surrender everything to Luke, she wonders if her everything will be enough. She now needs his discipline as much as she craves his love and approval. How far down this dark path is she willing to go? Jane’s pilgrimage into domination and discipline has created a war between her mind and her body, and her body is claiming victory.

About the Author:

Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over eight years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction, but especially erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss. She is attracted to stories of self-struggle and ultimate recovery.

Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, also a writer, who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (always on while she is writing—thank you, Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise and finds that, since moving to Seattle, WA, she is now one of those “crazy” people who walk in the rain.

Twitter @BlakelyBennett

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Billy Masters said...

Great answers to a great interview on an exciting tour..

Blakely Bennett said...

Thanks Billy! Glad you stopped by.


Blakely Bennett said...

Thank you, Wenona, for hosting me on your site. I love how colorful it is.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend,


Linnea Tanner said...

Thank you for the tour on Blakely Bennett. I enjoyed learning more about her background.