As someone involved in BDSM practice for over twenty years, best-selling and award-winning author Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin loves to write about the sensuality and complexities of kink. She has published dark, edgy erotica and erotic romance for Bantam, Berkley, Harlequin/HQN, Black Lace Books and Samhain Publishing, and more recently she’s ventured into self-publishing. Her books have been translated into German, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Czech and Japanese.
Eden, who is obsessed with art, tattoos, shoes, lip gloss and cupcakes, has appeared regularly on Playboy Radio and conducts workshops on writing craft and writing about sex.
Visit her websites: EdenBradley.com EveBerlin.com or her group blog Smutketeers.com
When power play becomes more than just a game…
Submission. Spanking. Perhaps even a flogger, a whip…These are the things Skye has always craved, the desires she has never allowed herself to explore. Until now. She thought she was looking for a single experience, something to purge these strange yearnings from her system. Instead she finds a man whose absolute authority and stunning good looks leave her breathless. Helpless. Willing to do anything he asks of her. But only for one night…
Adam has other ideas—BDSM is a process, not a single experience. Skye could be the perfect submissive once he’s done training her—for someone else. For him, that’s always the way it’s been. But Skye is different. Enticing. Intoxicating. Irresistible. Soon all he can think of is breaking Skye—and keeping her for himself.
A BDSM novella from the author of the acclaimed novel THE DARK GARDEN-if you loved 50 Shades, you’ll lose yourself in this tale based on a true story!
**BREAKING SKYE was previously released in 2006-now newly edited and with new content!
Let’s get to know you a little better!!
A: If you could visit any period in history, what time frame would it be and why?
The 1920’s. It just sounds like so much fun…the speak-easies, the music! I’d have to be in Paris, of course.
A: Quick: five single, non-related words to describe the hero and heroine in your current WIP. (Make sure to tell us the characters’ names!)
Hero: Jamie Stewart-Greer: Dominant, Damaged, Kind, Raw, Loyal.
Heroine: Summer Grace Rae: Feisty, Sensualist, Feminine, Lost, Yearning.
A: This is a Launch Party for my new book, “Trade Winds,” where I make NO secret about my love for waterfall sex. *Grin.* So spill: what’s your fantasy outdoor sex fantasy? Perhaps you’ve already written it? Which book was it in?
Not quite as romantic as your waterfall scene, but it’s sex in an alley in a big city at night, up against a chain link fence. This may or may not have been taken from real life… Oops! Did I say that out loud?
A: What are you looking forward to seeing or doing the most this summer? Any summer rituals or traditions you’d like to share?
Going to the Carmel Valley in Northern California for my family’s yearly summer retreat. It’s gorgeous there, and we do absolutely nothing! Heaven!
A: Do you use music for inspiration? If so, what gets your motor running for what scenes?
I do! For this last book (DANGEROUSLY BOUND, a new BDSM story out in April 2014) I was playing a song list on a loop while writing the entire book-the tone is pretty dark throughout: ‘Maui’ by Kava Kava, ‘Burning Desire’ by Lana del Rey, ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri, ‘Dark Doo Wop’ by MS MR, ‘Mistake’ by Nickelback, ‘Touche’ by Godsmack, ‘Let it Take You’ by Goldfrapp…
A: Same question, only apply it to movie and TV stars. Who’s on the top of your hottie list right now?
Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) from True Blood! I’ve been doing a marathon. They haven’t necessarily inspired my work…I rarely model my characters on an actor…but they are definitely some fine motivation!
A: What’s your astrological sign, and do you think it fits you?
I’m a Virgo, and boy am I a Virgo! I’m a bit obsessively clean, tend to…obsess on other things-lol! And I think it’s classically Virgo to be sensitive (physically, emotionally) and to have a need to live in attractive, serene surroundings-I have to have pretty things, especially in my office and my bedroom.
A: When was the last time you cried, and why?
I cried today watching Long Island Medium-that show always makes me cry!
And now for some true silliness:
Pie or cake? Cake! Red velvet or chocolate, please.
Snickers or Milky Way? Neither. I’m a chocolate snob-lol! Right now it’s anything imported with caramel and sea salt.
Vickie’s Secret or Freddies of Hollywood? Both!
The Rock or Vin Diesel? The Rock by a landslide!
Tooth extraction or pap smear?Noooooooo!!!!!
Awesome foreplay or mushy post-coital cuddle? Damn, you’re hard on a girl! Awesome foreplay followed by mushy cuddling. With some other stuff in between.
Anything else you want to share or pimp? And be sure to give us all your social media contacts, too!!
When power play becomes more than just a game…
BDSM. Submission. Spanking…These are the things Skye has always craved, the desires she has never allowed herself to explore. Until now. She thought she was looking for a single experience, something to purge these strange yearnings from her system. Instead she finds a man whose absolute authority and stunning good looks leave her breathless, willing to do anything he asks of her. But only for one night…
Adam has other ideas. Skye could be the perfect submissive once he’s done training her—for someone else. For him, that’s always the way it’s been. But Skye is different. Enticing. Intoxicating. Irresistible. Soon all he can think of is breaking Skye—and keeping her for himself.
This man… he could not be the man who would strip her bare, put her on her knees and do unspeakable things to her. Lovely, wicked things she had only ever imagined in the darkest corners of her mind. He was too perfect for the role, as if he’d stepped out of her fantasies. But she knew the moment he stepped into the café and she caught the first stunning glimpse of his face that he was the man she was there to meet.
When she’d posted her ad on the bondage.com website her cousin Esme had told her about, she’d imagined finding a man with an air of command. A man who lived by the ‘Safe, Sane and Consensual’ credo. A man who could guide her through this experience with practiced, capable hands. He was all of those things, she knew, from their two weeks of communicating via email.
Confident. Commanding. Intelligent. Kinky. And he came with the best possible references from others who knew him in the kink community. He had it all, on paper. And in person…he was almost too beautiful to be real. Like some fallen angel with his evil-looking goatee, his sharply-honed bone structure, the way his dark hair, worn a little too long, fell into his eyes. She watched as he approached, broad shoulders shrugging their way out of his black wool coat. Adam Dunne had an enormous, palpable presence that mirrored his size—she swore she could feel it emanating from him.
Power. That’s what it was. Power and a stark male beauty that made her breath catch.
Pull yourself together. He’s just a man.
Except that he was so much more. She knew it in that very first electric instant.
She took in a breath of the coffee-scented air and forced her fluttering pulse to calm as she pushed her long hair from her cheek.
He stepped closer and as he pulled his coat off she saw him shiver a bit at the damp San Francisco cold. Perhaps he was human after all.
He was beautifully dressed in a way that seemed almost European to her: black slacks that looked as if they’d been custom-made, a thin, dark wool sweater, a gray scarf looped casually around his neck.
He spoke her name in a low voice that felt like a caress. “Skye.”
Certainty in his voice. She had a feeling this man never doubted himself. That no one ever doubted him. A Dominant through and through. What had she heard this kind of man called in her research on the Internet? A ‘true Dominant’?
He smiled crookedly, just a small quirking at one corner of his mouth. There was a scar on his lush lower lip, which made her want to reach out and touch it, just trace it with her fingertips.
Of course, she would never do such a thing. Definitely not with a man like him.
She curled her fingers around the handle of her tea mug as she looked up into eyes that were a dark, dusky blue framed in thick lashes. “What? Yes. You must be Adam.”
He nodded, took her free hand as he slid into the chair across from hers. He held on a few moments too long, the lambent heat of his touch making her wonder if she wanted him to let go. Making her want to yank her hand back to safety at the same time.
She had never in her life thought herself to be in over her head with any man. Until now…
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