Sunday, February 10, 2013

Character Love Letters: It Stings So Sweet by Stephanie Draven (Letter/Giveaway)

Good morning my lovely readers and welcome to our Valentine's Day event, Character Love Letters! We'll be having some wonderful guests joining us all week long celebrating the day of love with love letters to each other and to our readers. To kick off the event I would like to give a swell welcome to Robert Astor from Stephanie Draven's new release, It Stings So Sweet!

They vibrated with incendiary Jazz. They teemed with sexual abandon. The Twenties were roaring and the women–young, open, rebellious, and willing–set the pace and pushed the limits with every man they met…In the aftermath of a wild, liquor-soaked party, three women from very different social classes are about to live out their forbidden desires.
Society girl, Nora Richardson’s passionate nature has always been a challenge to her ever-patient husband. Now he wants out of the marriage and she has just this one night to win him back. The catch? He wants to punish her for her bad behavior. Nora is offended by her husband’s increasingly depraved demands, but as the night unfolds, she discovers her own true nature and that the line between pain and pleasure is very thin indeed.
Meanwhile, Clara Cartwright, sultry siren of the silent screen, is introduced to a mysterious WWI Flying Ace. If Clara, darling of the scandal sheets, knows anything, it’s men. And she’s known plenty. But none of them push her boundaries like the aviator, who lures her into a ménage with a stranger in a darkened cinema then steals her jaded heart.
Working class girl Sophie O’Brien has more important things on her mind than pleasures of the flesh. But when her playboy boss, the wealthy heir to the Aster family fortune, confronts her with her diary of secret sex fantasies, she could die of shame. To her surprise, he doesn’t fire her; instead, he dares her to re-enact her boldest fantasies and Sophie is utterly seduced.
One party serves as a catalyst of sexual awakening. And in an age when anything goes, three women discover that anything is possible…

Stephanie Draven is currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.Stephanie has always been a storyteller. In elementary school, she channeled Scheherazade, weaving a series of stories to charm children into sitting with her each day at the lunch table. When she was a little older, Stephanie scared all the girls at her sleepovers with ghost stories.
She should have known she was born to hold an audience in her thrall, but Stephanie resisted her writerly urges and graduated from college with a B.A. in Government. Then she went to Law School, where she learned how to convincingly tell the tallest tales of all!
A longtime lover of ancient lore, Stephanie enjoys re-imagining myths for the modern age. She doesn’t believe that true love is ever simple or without struggle so her work tends to explore the sacred within the profane, the light under the loss and the virtue hidden in vice. She counts it amongst her greatest pleasures when, from her books, her readers learn something new about the world or about themselves.

Stephanie is giving away a copy of It Stings So Sweet (can only be sent out to US & Canada please) to one reader! To enter, just leave a question or comment on this post for Stephanie or Robert and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Please note that this giveaway ends on Feb. 13th. Additional entries are available but not required  Good luck!
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  1. Great letter. What are Robert's plans to change her mind?
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. what a great letter! :)

    Sounds like a great book with sexy characters!

  3. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me.

  4. Love the letter. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. thanks for the fun post!!!!!!!! This book looks fantastic and It's on the top of my desperately want list ;)

  6. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love the cover on your new book! Thank you for sharing. :)


  8. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks,
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  9. It Stings So Sweet sounds like a steamy captivating read and the cover is just out and out gorgeous! It was already on my wish list radar but Robert's letter is totally intriguing and has me fiending to read their story. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  10. Thanks for having me here! I had so much fun writing this love letter because it helped spark an idea for a possible sequel.

    It Stings So Sweet is what I like to call a novel in three parts. Technically, there are three separate love stories in here. But all three are interwoven into one overall tale of sexual discovery.

    Robert Aster is the one hero who appears in all three parts of the book and his journey from seemingly callow billionaire bad boy into the adoring lover of an feisty Irish-American activist was so much fun to write.

    Also, he's very sexy. Did I mention that?

  11. Debbie, your comment is what sparked my idea for a sequel!

  12. And thank you, Kamla. I'm in love with the cover. Actually, I'm in love with everything about this book.

  13. Love the cover and your book sounds amazing :D thank you for sharing the letter in your characters life!

  14. I agree that the cover is gorgeous. I'm looking forward to this read. Can't wait to see what Robert's plans turn into. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


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