By Lily Harlem (Guest Blogger)
Hi Lisabet, thank you for inviting me over to your lovely blog today, it’s great to visit again. I’ve been thinking a lot about locations for my stories lately, and the importance of creating an atmosphere for the reader, letting them ‘feel’ the sights and sounds, smells and temperature of where a book is set. Basically how to ‘drop’ a reader into the place you want them to visit in their imagination.
I adore London, that’s no secret, and I do set many of my stories there, both novels and short stories. Whenever I’m there I get a sense of excitement, it’s thrilling to be in such a historic yet modern, happening city. I was lucky enough to live in London for a while and although I’m a country girl at heart I was sad to leave.
I set Muscling In in London, my couple Coben and Sian (who soon become a threesome this story is MMF) live in a lovely town house, the sort I would adore to call home. I can’t resist the majestic white rows of houses that rest almost sleepily in some of London’s busiest areas. The steps up to the front polished doors, the black wrought iron railings and the huge sash windows are irresistible to me. I could never afford one in real life – they’re millions – but in my imagination, for my characters, I can move right in.
One place I wouldn’t want to move right in would be Wormwood Scrubs prison. It’s also in London and full of criminals. My MF novel Rule Breaker starts off here, Lacey, the heroine is a prison nurse and falls for a real bad boy, but oh, he’s so charming and gorgeous and sexy and also just about to walk as a free man again. I worked as a nurse before I started writing, though I never worked in a prison. To make my readers feel like they were really there, in the Wormwood Scrubs medical unit, I called an old friend who does work as a prison nurse. She was great and helped me create that feeling of being ‘locked in’ at work and surrounded by potential danger. Rule Breaker doesn’t linger in London though and soon the setting becomes a beautiful chateau in France. I picked this location because a couple of years ago Mr H took me to stay in an ancient vineyard and chateau near Bordeaux. We were out of season and had the place almost to ourselves. I was mesmerised by the history – if you read the Rule Breaker you’ll learn about monks, wine and whores – especially when I was told The Knights Templar had been there. I soaked up the atmosphere which wasn’t so much creepy as still, it was as if time had left the stone walls and hills surrounding it in peace for many years. I hope that I managed to drop my reader into France in Rule Breaker, and a chateau that wasn’t all about elegance and lavish décor and sophisticated service but a place to escape to and feel alone in the world.
Another place I’ve been to recently in my stories is Southern Spain, the Costa Del Sol to be exact. I love it here, big time! I even try to speak a bit of Spanish when we visit – I’m not very good! Heat of the Day is set near Marbella and tells the story of a threesome who have been having difficulties and how they make up. I particularly enjoyed writing about the beach, a place I’ve enjoyed both lounging on and strolling along hand-in-hand with Mr H. Spain really works for me as a holiday destination, I love the food and drink, the heat, the ocean and inland a real treat last time we visited was a trip to Alhambra, in fact, I must remember the story I dreamed up while wandering around this fabulous place.
Staying in Europe I’ve used Germany for the setting in Accelerated Passion - MF out in February. I’ve been to Germany a couple of times and again I have a go at the language – badly! The Black Forest area is an absolute joy and I’ve visited Bonn too. But Accelerated Passion is about Formula One racing so I needed to go to Hockenheimring – often used on the Grand Prix circuit - and create a fictional holiday home for my couple to be staying in. Think gorgeous wooden chalets, rolling hills, endless flowers and a sunny pool to flirt and take sneaky peeks at a world class racing driver wearing next to nothing!
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to go on a sailing holiday in Greece. I couldn’t sail and still can’t but travelled with people in the know. It was amazing and I had such a wonderful time. I’d never seen blue so blue or been as dazzled by landscapes as I was here, from the quaint ports to the stunning islands rising out of the sea. I decided to set Toy Boy in Greece, actually more than in Greece, on a boat the way I’d been - eating, sleeping, diving in to the sea with dolphins – perfect. I wrote Toy Boy during a particularly cold February a few years ago and each day I enjoyed the fact that I was spending my working hours in the sun!
So you can see that I like to use places I’ve visited to set my stories, that’s not always the case but travelling has certainly influenced by writing. Where too next? Mmm, well I’ve just returned from South Africa which was quite an adventure so perhaps I’ll be heading up Table Mountain again or to the Wine Region or maybe even a romance on safari. The possibilities are endless.
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Back Cover Information for Heat of the Day
When three become two with no explanation, emotions run high, passions flare and hearts are ripped apart.
Everyone can remember a perfect summer—one with endless blue skies, a heart brimming with true love and nights full of hot, sweaty lust. Well, we’ve just had a summer like that, Piper and I, and it was spent in Spain with a man who had that certain je ne sais quoi that we couldn’t resist.
Seraphim came into our lives and blinded us with his beauty, his charisma and his exotic charm. His generosity with his mind, his affection and his body blew us away and the three of us became a joyously tangled trio who needed nothing more than to be together.
So when he left, when we had no way of tracing him, the despair was black, the pain raw and our only comfort was each other. But why did Sera leave? What would make a man walk away from his lovers? And if he showed up again on the doorstep, what the hell would happen after so much angst? One thing’s for sure, it would be an explosive reunion in many ways. Absence might make the heart grow fonder, but it can make the rest of the body highly volatile as need wars with hurt, and pain collides with desire.
Reader Advisory: This book contains M/M and M/F scenes.
Eventually they wandered up the wooden steps to their two-bedroom mobile home. They’d never slept in the second bedroom, it was just used for storage, but it meant the living area was clear for lounging. Plus they had a nice bit of decking with a BBQ that had been well used during the summer.
Flynn flung open a few windows to let the heat of the day out then pulled the guitar from his back.
Piper switched on the shower then proceeded to strip off her clothes.
He sat and watched, absently tuning and strumming, admiring the sway of her breasts and the way her limbs moved like fluid. Even hot and tired she was the sexiest woman he’d ever seen.
“Play while I shower,” she said, curling her hair onto the top of her head and securing it with a pin.
“Anything you wish, my lady.”
She disappeared into the small bathroom.
Flynn listened as the sound of the water became interrupted by her body then he started a lilting melody he knew she adored. The music flowed from his fingertips, the words rolled from his mouth in one long sound. His breathing steadied and his bones relaxed within his skin.
The song was about happy times. Lovers who’d smiled then left. How goodbye was the hardest word.
Halfway through he stopped. A knot of determination twisted his gut. He had to snap out of this and be thankful for the love he had. The woman who made his life the one he wanted to live.
He set down his guitar then quickly shucked off his shorts. He stood in the tiny bathroom and watched Piper holding her face to the stream of water. Her hair was flattened and hung like a long, thin snake down her back. Her breasts jutted upward and her small strip of pubic hair was pressed to her flesh.
He pulled off his T-shirt.
His cock was hard, his heart beating fast. It was time to say goodbye to Sera, for today at least, and claim his woman.
He squeezed into the shower cubicle and circled her with his arms.
“Flynn,” she said, tensing a little. “I was listening to that. Why’d you stop?”
“Enough listening.” He nibbled her earlobe. “Time to start doing.”
She spun in his arms and pressed close. Her skin was like wet silk, her arms a slender vise as they wound around him. “Okay, so where do you want to start?” Her voice held a tone of humor.
“Right here.” He slipped down to his knees. His butt touched the cool, steamy wall and he was aware of Piper also pressing against the edge of the tiny cubicle. “Open up,” he said, his mouth against her belly as he pressed his palms to her inner thighs. “Let me in.”
She did as he’d asked, widening her stance.
He could see the delicate folds of her pussy, the crease of her lips and the trickle of the water over her mound. He adored tasting her, making her come on his tongue, and it was what he wanted to do right now.
“Flynn,” she gasped, threading her fingers into his hair. “Oh God, yes, please.”
“Are you begging for it?” he asked and glanced upward.
“If that’s what it takes.” She grinned sinfully and tilted her hips.
He’d have taken his tongue to her whether she’d begged or not, but it was nice to know she wanted it as much as he did. He cupped her ass and speared into the crack of her lips, arrowing through sweet skin and onto her clit.
“Oh yeah,” she said on a moan, her knees giving a little.
He flicked some more, using the flat of his tongue against her sensitive bud. He knew how to make her come in a minute or two like this but he hadn’t yet decided whether to or not. Maybe he’d just get her desperate for it with a fast oral session then toss her onto the bed and feel her come around his cock. God, he loved that, when she was hot and wet, gripping him, spasming around him.
He released her ass and sought her entrance, pushed two fingers in, rejoicing in the tight sweetness that hugged him.
“Flynn…oh, fuck…I’m going to…” She hooked one leg over his shoulder.
No, you’re not.
He continued to work her up but lightened the touch of his tongue. He wanted to keep her hovering.
She ground against him and tugged his hair. Her body was hot, writhing, frantic almost. On and on he teased and pleased. Her juices mixed with the water and the scent of soap swirled around them.
“Ah, fucking hell, Flynn, don’t tease…” She pressed her heel to his back and sank her buttocks onto his cupped hand. “Let me come. He would in a minute. But right now he was enjoying the fact that only this miniscule cubicle, the water and his tongue existed for her.
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About Lily Harlem
Lily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Pride Publishing, Evernight Publishing, Xcite, and Sweetmeats Press. Her work regularly receives high praise and industry nominations.
Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release, Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Silk Tie, The Glass Knot, In Expert Hands and Scored have been blessed with many 5* reviews since their release.
Lily writes MF, MM and ménage a trois, her books regularly hit the #1 spot on Amazon Best Seller lists and Breathe You In was named a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2014. Her latest MM novel is Dark Warrior.
Lily also co-authors with Natalie Dae and publishes under the name Harlem Dae - check out the Sexy as Hell Box Set available exclusively on Amazon - The Novice, The Player and The Vixen - and That Filthy Book which has been hailed as a novel 'every woman should read'.
One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and down-and-dirty sexy. Enjoy!
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