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Monday, July 29, 2013

Blog Tour - "My Body Mine" by Blakely Bennett






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 BodyTrilogy, 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

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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 BodyTrilogy, 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

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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.



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And now for a little one one one with Blakely


1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
As a young child I dreamt of being an actor or a rock star but as an adult my goal has always been to be happy. Thankfully I have achieved that. My adult dream job has always centered on being a highly successful published author. As dreams tend to go, they don’t happen overnight for most of us. It’s a work in progress.

2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
That really depends on length but I would estimate about three to four months. When I’m in it, it’s hard to pull out.

3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
You’ll have to ask my muse this question. The best I can tell you is that I sit in front of my computer and let it flow.

4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
I did for My Body-His: five pages a day, Monday-Friday. For My Body-Mine, I wrote when I was not editing and reworking My Body-His (Marcello). When I’m in the rush of the story, it’s hard to STOP writing.

5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
That’s where my wonderful husband comes in. He is supporting my writing habit these days. He is the one who convinced me to leave my corporate job back in 2012 and try to get published again. The great thing about being a writer is that you can set your own schedule. I have to remind myself of that some days and take breaks when needed.

6. What elements do you think make a great story line?
For me the storyline matters far less than whether or not I can feel the story, connect and care about the characters, and get lost in another world. I read all types of books and love when it’s a story I’ve never experienced before. Those are the kind I like to write too.

7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
Writing is the easiest part. Editing, promoting, blogging, and finally letting the story go to be published, that’s the hardest parts.

8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I have written three novels and coauthored two novels and a novella. My favorite by far is My Body-Mine. It also contains my favorite sex scene. ;)
My published novels:
  1. My Body-His (erotic suspense) book 1 of the My Body Trilogy
  2. My Body-His Marcello (erotic suspense) book 2 of the trilogy
  3. My Body-Mine (erotic suspense romance) final book of the trilogy
My husband and I have written two novels together (From Running to Runner & The Demarcation of Jack) and a novella (Checkmate). I’m currently working on editing The Demarcation of Jack to get it ready for test readers

9. Do you have a favorite character?
Most definitely! Jane from the trilogy is my favorite for sure. She took me on her life’s journey and I felt her at her worst and best. I love her like a dear friend who I already miss. Marcello is a close second for me. I loved how he evolved over the course of the trilogy.

10. Where do you write?
I do most of my writing in our TV room, the laptop on my thighs, and sometimes with my feet up on the ottoman. I have to have the music on. I have also written at Starbucks, the local library and in our cabin. When the words are on full flow, I write anywhere I can.

11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
The first time I tried to get published, I spent most of my efforts on finding an agent. When my husband encouraged me to try again, we decided we would look directly for a publisher. Catherine at Fanny Press loved my writing and the rest is history.

12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
My husband is my biggest fan and my mother and aunt are hugely supportive. I haven’t hidden my dark stories from anyone.

13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I love spending time with my husband and daughter. We have a cabin at a lake and spend most of our weekends, through the spring and summer, there. Weather permitting we go in the fall and winter as often as is practical. We socialize with our friends often, hike, dance, exercise, travel when we can, explore new parks, cities, and restaurants. We are avid movie watchers and readers. One of my most favorite pastimes is lying in the sun reading a good book.

14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Do it! Write and don’t worry too much about editing until you get the story down. Make sure you feel what you’re writing about so the reader will feel it too.

15. Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
Recently I read On Writing by Stephen King and found it so affirming. He’s another author who, for the most part, does not plot out his stories (although as he says in his book, he has on a few and he thinks they are his worst works.) One of the things I find most interesting within novels is the twist and turns that are unexpected. People can say a whole load of things about my books but no one can say they are predictable. They weren’t even predictable to me. They often went in directions I never anticipated. King’s words on excavating the story like you are on a dig, really resonated with me and made me feel so much better about my process.

16. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
I used beta readers (love you all) for My Body-Mine and one of my beta readers is also amazing at proofing so she read it twice through for me. My husband is my go to guy when it comes to bouncing off ideas and he is my first reader.

17. Are you working on anything now?
I’m currently editing the D of J as I mentioned above and am just starting my next series. As soon as I have the title (working title is Stuck In-between) I plan to create a page for the series on Facebook for sharings and updates.

21 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your sit. Much appreciated.

    Blakely

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  2. Hello just dropping by to show some love.

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  3. I loved the excerpts and the interview. I know my fiance' would enjoy reading your books with me. Thank you! kbinmich@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! Thanks for dropping by and for your complements!

      Blakely

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  4. Loved the interview... It is nice to get to "know" the author a little better. Congrats on being able to get a chance to do what you love.. the second time around. :) I am sure you are happy being out of the corporate world and being able to write! Being Happy is a great goal!

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    1. Thanks Joanna. I don't miss the corporate world at all! At least now when I'm working hard and putting in a ton of ours it's for something I love.

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out the post.

      Blakely

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  5. Great interview and excerpt. I'm looking forward to reading the trilogy!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by Inge-Lise. Please let me know what you think. :)

    Blakely

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  7. Awesome interview. I can't wait to dig into the series

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    1. Thanks so much Nicole for checking out the interview!

      Blakely

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  8. books look great! Thanks for letting us get to know you.

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    1. You are very welcome Tina. Thanks for check out the post.

      Blakely

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  9. It is so good to read about your process. I enjoyed the interview and loved the books. You are inspiring

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  10. That is very sweet and nice to hear, GaiaRenee. Thanks for checking out the interview.

    Blakely

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  11. I soooo want to read these. Great interview:)

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