Today is Tempting Eden’s official release day! I’m filled with both excitement and trepidation. Margaret Rowe’s writing is much darker and more explicit than Maggie’s, but I must say it’s been fun to exercise both sides of my imagination.

Here’s Tempting Eden’s notorious first line: “When he was done, she’d be the greatest whore in all Christendom.” People have asked, “Why did you write about a girl tortured and trained by her stepfather?” All I can say is that the idea took hold of me when I was writing a light, frolicsome (unpublished) book, and I couldn’t shake it. I never had a nasty stepfather (or a nasty father for that matter), I have no personal knowledge of dominance and submission, and I certainly have never hung out in a house of prostitution. But there was Eden, vulnerable and isolated, needing her hero to help her overcome her past and me to tell the story.

Have I scared you off yet? I hope not, for Tempting Eden is an emotional Regency Noir that will “stay with you long after the final page is read.ā€ (~Featured review, The Season) Writing it pushed me past my own comfort zone. I know the book will not appeal to the conventional romance reader, which is why it’s marketed as erotic romance. But if you’d like a chance to win a copy of Tempting Eden and decide its merits for yourself, just leave a comment below. Because I have somewhat run out of ideas, I’m going to plagiarize myself from last month’s Margaret Rowe contest and ask, “What’s your greatest temptation?” I had lots of entries, and most of them involved chocolate in some way. šŸ™‚ I’ll announce the winner–and something else pretty exciting–on Monday, June 7. Get tempted!

(For more chances to win a copy this month, please visit my news page to see my guest blog stops.)