Thursday, November 21, 2013

Announcing the Release of 'Golden Locket' by Primula Bond, Interview and 5 Star Review

Immerse Yourself in an Elegant Erotic Love Story

The Golden Locket by Primula Bond: Book Two in the Unbreakable Trilogy



ebook; published 21st November
7.99 – paperback; Published 19th December

Following a romp to number 19 in the Sunday Times Bestseller chart, Gustav and Serena and back in The Golden Locket, the second book in the Unbreakable Trilogy.

Ensconced in their Manhattan penthouse, all seems blissfully happy for Gustav and Serena. Still in the first flush of love, they have every satisfaction they could need.

But as they enjoy their New York pleasure ground, ghosts start to emerge from Gustav’s past, and when his damaged younger brother, Pierre, comes back into his life, he brings with him a dangerous threat. With temptation waiting at every turn, can Gustav and Serena survive all the excitement that the Big Apple holds?

About the Author:

Primula Bond’s career in erotic fiction began twenty years ago when she was rejected by Mills and Boon for being too explicit. She has been writing erotic short stories and novels ever since. She has now returned to her romantic roots with a sophisticated trilogy which captivates the reader with what Primula describes as the ‘good, old-fashioned love story’ it has at its erotic heart. Oxford-educated, Primula Bond lives in Hampshire where she works as a legal secretary and is married with three sons.

Silver Chain Amazon 

Praise for The Silver Chain, Book One in the UnbreakableTrilogy

Exciting and dripping with drama, Serena and Gustav's passionate journey is one readers
won't forget… after finishing this story fans will be begging for the second instalment.’ (Romantic Times Book Reviews)

‘I enjoyed The Silver Chain for its lush, poetically descriptive prose as well as the slow,
sensual burn that ignited within the first pages and teased me along until the very
end.’ (Literary Vixens)

 ‘Amazingly different erotic romance. I really loved the book.’ (BJ’s Book Blog)


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For further information please contact the Avon publicity team at LightBrigade PR:
Jo Marino – jomarino@lightbrigade.co.uk / 07951 499 056

Interview with Author

1.       Where did the idea come from for the book?
               
I was asked to write an erotic trilogy by Harper Collins about 18 months ago, just when I was making the decision to stop writing erotica after 20 years because it wasn't paying enough! 50 Shades had opened up the erotica world to the mainstream reader and they wanted another author to expand the genre. I started with the characters: Serena, who is like a feistier, more talented, more beautiful and more damaged  version of myself at that age. Then Gustav stepped forward as her opposite number, and my ideal man,  starting with his looks and filling in his character and background as he took on three dimensions.  He began      as a vampire hence his dark, mysterious, wolfish air which I had to explain with an abusive marriage and the loss of the one person he held dear in the world – his brother. That part of his story was gleaned from a couple I know personally, where the wife really was as horrific as Margot Levi. The journey through mistrust through to attraction, passion and love had to be worked out according to their lights, ie how it would read realistically while retaining the fantasy and romance, and the most dramatic way seemed to be to throw grenades (in the shape of unwelcome faces from the past) into their paths, just as things looked as if they were going smoothly. Throw in exotic locations, interesting occupations, lovely clothes, delicious food and of course incredible sex, and these two very different people were able to meet, ignite, overcome threats and sabotage, and (hopefully) live happily ever after.

2.       What genre does your book fall under?
               
                What attracted me to the suggestion that I come back into erotica was the narrowing of the      
                definition to Erotic Romance. I was become less and less comfortable anyway with the hard       core stuff I'd been asked to write, and was only too happy when the publishers outlined their limits to the use of language and content, ie there was to be more focus on the romance and relationships, and less on  a series of sex scenes linked by a flimsy story line. I've always been a romantic at heart, so to focus on that, and have sex as the cherry on the cake, suited me perfectly.

3.       Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?



                We can but dream! My ultimate fantasy would be sitting in a cinema with a vast box of Maltesers watching those opening credits!  My instinct if a film were made would be to swerve the Hollywood hype, be groundbreaking and original,  and go for gorgeous unknowns. But to give an idea, I've always had Olivier Martinez, the French actor, in my mind  for Gustav, Josh Holloway from 'Lost', or Dominic Zamprogna (from 'General Hospital').  They must have silky dark hair, haunted, Slavic cheek bones, black eyes, and the constant hint of unshavenness. Amanda Seyfried would make a great a red-haired Serena. Pierre would have to be a thicker set, younger version of Gustav, the Puerto Recan actor Sharlim Ortiz  perhaps if he put on a little muscle.  Polly could be the Swedish actress MyAnna Burring who was in  'Twilight' and also 'Downton Abbey'. Salma Hayek, Diane Lane, Rachel Weicz or Demi Moore        could be Margot, the evil but charismatic ex-wife. Tilda Swinton could be Crystal, the  enigmatic housekeeper, but she might steal the show! 




4.       What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
                Gustav Levi and Serena Folkes seal their relationship by moving to New York  to pursue his           business interests and further her photographic career, but a longed for, yet feared, face from the past reappears and threatens to destroy the love they have worked so hard to  achieve.

5.       Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

                Neither. Harper Collins are publishing it, and I don't have an agent because the terms of this       contract are non-negotiable, and unless some amazing offers such as film come up, I don't want to share 15 % of my earnings  - such as they are - with someone else!

6.       How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

                The Golden Locket, like all three of the books in this trilogy, took about two months to get           down on paper before being minutely examined and radically changed by my editor!

7.       What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

                I would compare these to Sylvia Day's and Nikki Gemmell's erotic series.

8.       Who or What inspired you to write this book?

                It was a simple request from my publishers that got this journey going, but once I'd agreed to    write this trilogy, various shadowy outlines of characters who were already in my mind started to come to life. It helped to have a particular love for the pre-Raphaelite paintings and their female models, who were all pale-faced red heads and upon whom my heroine Serena is physically based. My hero Gustav was inspired by a mixture of modern day vampire    stories and the old gothic hammer horrors. And without wanting to sound too trite, it was great writing a compelling love story having known love and happiness in my own real life,   but I also drew upon the slings and arrows of life that my husband and I both suffered in our previous relationships before we got together.

9.       What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
               
                These books are set not only in London and New York but Paris, Venice and Morocco, too. Oh, and Devon, and while it is pretty intense stuff, there are moment of levity, too.

                I have designed this trilogy to end at a logical moment, leaving my main characters in a great       place, but if my readers love the trilogy and don't want to let go of the characters completely, I have a few ideas for spin-off books involving some of the secondary characters who have a significant role to play and who definitely have taken on lives of their own.


My 5 Star Review

I received the book from Netgalley for an honest review.

This is the second book in the Unbreakable Trilogy Series, and I have to admit since I read The silver chain as well, that I loved this book more.
The complexity of the characters came more to the forefront and I could connect with both Serena and Gustav on a personal level in this book. Previously they were distant as if it could never happen but in this book their characters came to maturity, gone was the awkwardness of a new relationship when they met in Book 1. They were more relaxed and open with each other, with no hidden agenda's as they went on an exploration journey with their lives and sexuality.
Many of the question raced in book 1 was answered in this book, as you indulge yourself in the pages of this well written story. With believable scenes that captured the attention and kept me guessing on the outcome. The story unfolds flawlessly as they embark on a journey together, committed and very much in love. 
Gustav's past came in view as we met Pierre, his younger brother and learn more about the fight that led to the separation of them for five years. The road to discover one another again and the havoc Gustav's ex-wife had caused. Although she remains an illusive character, her presences could be felt throughout the story line. Even between Pierre, Polly and Serena her lies could be seen that brought on a whole new set of problems.
The devastation that Margot left behind in both these men are mind boggling to say the least. She controlled both to the point of obsessive and abusive behavior and kept them apart due to lies and sick games.
The added characters of Mr and Mrs. Weinmeyer, the Robinson family, the Club Creme, Tomas and Crystal gave the story an erotic feel as you indulge in their fantasies. The boundaries were consistently moved of what was aloud or permissible within the relationship. It left Serena vulnerable during her commissions and she found herself in awkward positions often to discover what she was comfortable with at the end.
The Golden Locket's significance could be seen throughout the story as it unfolds, the silver chain always connecting them as a couple in the most erotic love scenes. Its conclusion was touching and very romantic. 
As we move from New York to Venice we learn more about her self-discovery and her love for the one man she could not live without. Real, believable characters that would captivate you till the very end...and of course we are left with another cliff hanger. 
Will we finally meet this illusive ex-wife of Gustav? We can only hope and see what the author has planned for Book 3.
I would recommend that book 1 would be read first since Book 2 do continue where they left in The Silver Chain.

  

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