Lisa Carlisle – July 2014

carlisletrs0714Lisa Carlisle

Grad student Savannah Evans is thrilled to be accepted as a resident to a prestigious art colony. Where else would she be able to focus on her craft of writing poetry in a setting like that of the medieval-styled castle? The remote New England island is a respite from her hectic city life. When she meets her benefactor, a mysterious French sculptor, her expectations for carefree days writing near the ocean are distracted by unprofessional fantasies about her sponsor.

Antoine Chevalier built Les Beaux Arts on DeRoche Island to bring purpose back to an existence that has lost meaning. He’s wandered the earth for decades and finds solace in returning to art. When Savannah applies for a residency, something about her words touches him. After her arrival, a physical attraction grows between them, which he struggles against.  She deserves more than someone of his kind.

Antoine proposes they become lovers during her stay. But the situation turns complicated when Savannah discovers his secret. She had suspicions about his identity, but finds the truth overwhelming. Consumed by her desire for Antoine and faced with a tough decision, she is blind to the danger that has arrived at DeRoche Island.

A New Adult Erotic Romance
Paranormal / gargoyle / vampire / shapeshifter

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Reviews

“Dark Velvet has a dark eroticism that makes you want to be Savannah. It is a book that is a good, quick and darkly thrilling read.”

“…insanely hot chemistry between the female protagonist Savannah & vampire Antoine. Their intensity starts off right away and you’re not a chapter in before it takes off like a rocket!”

“Sexy, dark, full of intrigue, art, and paranormal sexiness, Dark Velvet has it all in one hot package!”

“An Enchanting Story, as rich and sexy as Dark Velvet – This is a seductive Gothic tale that will draw you in from the first page.”

 

Excerpt

Savannah’s fingers traced the cool marble of the god’s muscular back and then the definition in his arm as he drew an arrow to shoot. She pictured Antoine bent over the sculpture, brows furrowed in concentration, losing sense of time as he polished each portion to perfection.

“Do you like this?” A deep voice whispering in her ear startled her.

She jumped at the sound of his voice, bumping back into his hard chest, and he caught her upper arms to steady her. Only one man in the castle spoke in that smooth French accent—the sculptor himself.

“Oh, I’m sorry, Antoine.” She fumbled taking a half step forward, away from him. “I shouldn’t have touched it.”

“No, don’t apologize.” He let go of her arms, but his warm breath tickled her ear.

He took her hand, caressing her palm, which sent tingles up her arm. Her bottom lip quivered as he brought her fingers to rest again on the marble piece. She thanked the gods he remained behind her so he couldn’t witness her nervous reaction, and she bit her lip to halt the tremors. This was not the way for a young protégée to behave in front of her benefactor. He owned the castle, created the art colony here where she was attending on a poetry scholarship—she shouldn’t go gaga simply from his touch. Which was exactly what she was doing.

“It pleases me that you appreciate my work.” Leading her fingers down the figure’s chiseled chest, he leaned in closer and added, “I liked watching you admire it.”

His voice alone sent flames rippling through her. Every nerve in her being lit with awareness in reaction to him. In the months since they’d met, they’d never been alone in such proximity. Weeks of heated looks from afar had inflamed her desire so the slightest touch became intimate, strengthening her need for more.

Sounds of approaching voices indicated this evening’s performance in the chateau would soon begin. Several of the musicians in the art colony had collaborated on orchestral pieces they wanted to play in front of an audience for the first time. As fellow artists in residence, they sought the support of fellow residents.

Antoine kissed her hand like a suitor in a bygone era. “I hope you enjoy the concert, Savannah.”

Her lips parted, opening and closing like a fish while she thought of what to say. When she mustered up the courage to turn and face him, he had already left the room, filling her with both relief and disappointment. Unaware she’d been holding her breath, she exhaled deeply.

Several times over the course of the evening, Savannah caught Antoine’s dark eyes watching her. Her emotions roiled in confusion while the performers played Barber’s Adagio for Strings.The way he held her gaze without blinking made her squirm in the burgundy armchair. The rising tension and resolution from the violin and cello underscored her tumultuous emotions.

She smiled at him briefly and focused on the musicians, aware of how her heartbeat had escalated. When she glanced again at Antoine, he still watched her unabashed, as if unconcerned about what the others would think. He took a sip of Porto, nodded her way, and then returned his attention to the musicians. She sat up straighter and crossed her legs at the ankles, then uncrossed them, and crossed them again.

The attraction was becoming more difficult to ignore. In light of how he breached the physical distance by touching her so earlier, she feared she’d be unable to keep her desires hidden much longer. She’d developed an instant crush since she arrived at the castle three months before. How could she not be—he was a renowned sculptor with a devastating, dark appeal. What was she to him than just another young resident who would be gone in three months, replaced by another.

Was she reading more into the brief exchange than was warranted?

It’s just a look. Only a casual glance my way. Even as she attempted to fool herself, she knew she was full of shit.

About the author

Lisa loves stories with dark, brooding, isolated characters (like Heathcliff, Dracula, Darth Vader, and Severus Snape) and tough, independent, caring heroines. Her reading tastes very wide and she’ll read almost anything–especially paranormal romance, mysteries, and non-fiction on any new topic of interest.

When she was younger, her life took an odd twist as she enlisted in the Marines for a short while, serving in Parris Island, the California desert, and Okinawa, Japan. She then backpacked alone through Europe,  and lived in Paris before returning to the U.S. She owned a bookstore for a few years as she loves to read. Currently, she lives in New England with her fantastic husband, two kids, a cat, and too many fish.

 

Also by Lisa Carlisle

A Marine’s Proposal
Gargoyle’s Embrace

Bloodlust and Metal

Rock Me Tonight

Fiery Nights

Smoldering Nights

On the Rocks

Betrayed: A Ghost Story

 

Interview with Holly Hewson

HH: Lisa, thank you for talking with us at TRS. You featured book is Dark Velvet and is the first of your Chateau Seduction series. What can you tell us about this exciting series?
LC: I began this series by picturing an art colony set in a castle on a remote New England island, created by a reclusive sculptor. As I worked on Dark Velvet, I grew enraptured with this beautiful island setting and ideas for more stories came to me.

HH:  How does Dark Velvet kick off the series?

LC: Dark Velvet begins the series with a sexy introduction to the art colony seen through the eyes of a young poet who’s infatuated by the sculptor Antoine.

HH:  What do you like best about Savannah and why will readers identify with her?

LC: She’s a little naive and self-conscious when she first arrives to the colony, but grows more comfortable in her skin as she discovers more about her self and sexuality.

HH:  What can you tell us about Antoine and why will readers love him?

LC: He’s dark and mysterious with penetrating eyes, a tortured soul who deals with his torment using his hands to sculpt art, and devastatingly handsome.

HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in this series?

LC: The next part, Dark Muse, is complete and going through the editing process now. It features an introverted painter who works up the courage to paint a sexy rock guitarist–and the sparks fly.

HH:  What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

LC: I’m in a number of boxed sets this year. One features the story Temptation Returns about a Marine returning from Afghanistan to discover the woman he’d never forgotten is now engaged to another men. Another is a short hot story called Better than Cake, which has a married couple on the brink of separation rekindling their love and sexuality at a Cape Cod wedding. Sign up for my newsletter at lisacarlislebooks.com/subscribe to hear when these stories and Dark Muse will be released!
HH: For readers just discovering you, what work would you recommend they read first?
LC: Dark Velvet is a sexy paranormal romance novella that starts a new series so it’s a good place to start. Another option is Gargoyle’s Embrace, a “quickie” with my paranormal romance series with Ellora’s Cave, that’s short and was named a Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews. If you like these stories, move on to the novels or other novellas.
HH:  What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
LC: Reading, riding my bike to cafes, and drinking tea or coffee.

HH:  What are you reading now?

LC: I have this peculiar habit of reading several books at once. Right now I’m reading Outlander, A Walk in the Woods, and Writing the Paranormal Novel, as well as a book in a young adult series called Warriors that my daughter insists I must read.

HH:  Where can readers find you online?

http://facebook.com/lisacarlisleauthor

@lisacbooks

And more–I’m all over the place!

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