Interview: Beth Kery + Giveaway!

Filed in Beth Kery , featured , Giveaways , Interview , The Danger Lover Posted on October 30, 2012 @ 7:00 am 30 comments

We are thrilled to welcome New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Beth Kery to back BLI today to celebrate the release of her latest novel Exposed to You, which I read and thoroughly enjoyed (my review will be posted later today). Exposed to You, will be released from Berkley Heat on November 6, 2012.

About Exposed to You:

Length: 320 Pages
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Series: One Night of Passion Book II
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Formats Available: eBook, Kindle, Nook, Trade Paperback
Purchasing Info: Publisher, Author’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, The Book Depository, Chapters, Powell’s, IndieBound, Kindle, Nook, iBooks

Book Blurb:

Losing control is just the beginning…

“What would you do if the sexiest man in the world was bent on bringing you unbearable pleasure again and again? Joy Hightower wasn’t sure she could survive the experience…or live without it.”

It’s not often you’re hired to paint a body tattoo—and what a body—on a total stranger at a Hollywood film set. A reserved and careful art teacher, Joy would never forget it. In a rare fit of raw desire she gave herself completely, knowing she’d never see him again, or ever repeat such a shameless, naked impulse.

Little did she know, the man with whom she shared that lightning bolt of lust was star Everett Hughes. For Everett, women and sex came as easily as fame. But how could he hope to convince the guarded Joy that beneath the hard body and sexy façade of celebrity was a real man who wanted only one, real woman?

In the heat of an intoxicating affair, Everett endeavors to break down her barriers, gain her trust, and expose himself as the real deal. But can Joy do the same, and reveal to him the vulnerable woman who longs to be loved, wanted, and desired forever?

Excerpt

Beth! Welcome back to BLI, it’s so great to be able to chat with you about Exposed to You. :)

Beth: Thanks to you and the ladies for having me at BLI, Lea.

Lea: Exposed to You is the second full-length novel in your One Night of Passion series and it’s the love story between Everett Hughes, and Joy Hightower. Please tell us a little about the story. Everett was introduced in Addicted to You, the first novel of the series wasn’t he?

Beth: Everett is Katie Hughes’ celebrity older brother, and yes, he did play a significant role in Addicted to You, Katie and Rill’s love story. Exposed to You is about a woman who lives in fear of the return of her cancer. Joy Hightower has withdrawn from family, friends, home and started a whole new life for herself—a safe, but sterile one. But then Everett Hughes blazes into her world, and he isn’t the type of man it’s easy to say ‘no’ to. They start a love affair. It’s not easy for her to accept that he would choose to be with her, no matter what, and it’s not easy for Everett to convince her that he’s the real deal, not a shallow caricature of a Hollywood movie star. Exposed to You is about opening up enough to trust and let love in, even if it comes at the ‘wrong’ time and seems not only unlikely, but too perfect to be true.

Lea: Everett stood out on page as a secondary character in Addicted to You, much like he does in ‘life’. You really do him proud in Exposed to You Beth. I mean this guy is every woman’s dream for a variety of reasons but he is so comfortable in his own skin and unassuming to quote:

“How could he possibly be so sublimely beautiful and seem about as aware of it as the air he breathed? If there were a trace of disingenuousness in his actions, a hint of contrivance, it’d be one thing. But instead, he was all easy male grace and quick intelligence, good-natured humor interspersed with sudden, dark, smoldering sexuality. He was just . . .

Everett.”

Did the essence of Everett’s character come to you while you were writing Addicted to You? He comes from a very normal background and that is reflected in his “feet on the ground” persona isn’t it?

Beth: Everett was one of those rare characters that really did come to me fully developed. I knew he was effortlessly gorgeous from the first, but quirky and sublimely comfortable in his own skin. I wanted more for him than to make him a movie star stereotype. I thought it’d be fun to make him really psychologically healthy. He balances the considerable challenges of fame with grace and humor, he adores his family and friends and would do just about anything for them. I don’t think Everett is perfect, by any means, but he’s learned from his mistakes instead of making them again and again. He trusts himself instinctively, and that’s why he doesn’t angst over or deny the fact that he’s falling in love with Joy. To him, it’s a blessed experience. He’s waited for it—for Joy—for a long time.

Lea: As you mentioned, Joy is a cancer survivor, and she lost her mother to the same disease. Her cancer is in remission but like anyone in a similar situation, she is terrified it’s going to come back. Joy is lovely and sweet, an extremely private person who doesn’t talk about her fears or history openly. Everett is very intuitive and senses she is keeping something painful inside but she doesn’t share easily does she?

Beth: No, Joy is a law unto herself. She’s learned to contain her fears and manage her life by withdrawing from all the things she deserves—family, friends and the love and acceptance that comes from community. It’s very hard, I think, to see a loved one suffer for so long with a brutal disease. Joy desperately doesn’t want that for anyone she loves—for them to have to helplessly watch her suffer like she did her mother. The last thing she wants to do is fall in love, but Everett makes it impossible to stay locked away inside herself.

Lea: This book is really steamy but the eroticism is so beautiful and tender. Did you craft the relationship between Everett and Joy to show how this almost surreal experience, in a way, breaths life into this woman who has endured so much?

Beth: Everett is the epitome of life, certainly. He’s vibrant and sexy and passionate. The very first scene of the book sort of sets the stage, because even though it isn’t in Joy’s nature to have a sexual exchange with a stranger, she grabs at the opportunity, wanting to hold onto life, feel it, embrace it. Her reaching out to Everett is the true essence of Joy, the fighter that doesn’t want to give up. But she’s also fearful, and she wears her fear like a shroud and withdraws. Everett’s challenge is for her to live life, despite fear. He often makes this challenge sexually, when he demands that she feel full force and completely, participate in intense eroticism with him. He instinctively hates when she shuts herself off and he sort of pulls her out of herself. I think that’s why their sexual exchanges are so intense and might have a surreal quality.

Lea: Can Exposed to You be read as a standalone or would you recommend the stories be read in order?

Beth: It definitely can be read alone. For full enjoyment, a reader might want to read Addicted to You first, but it really isn’t a must at all. There are two novellas in the series as well, Bound to You and Captured by You, but again, each of these are standalones and are love stories about separate couples.

Lea: You’ve had an amazing year Beth, including Exposed, you’ve released 3 books in your Home to Harbor Town, Harlequin Special Edition series. Bound to You and Captured by You novellas in the One Night of Passion series. And, congratulations, you made the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists with Because You Are Mine, your groundbreaking serial erotic romance.

Are you taking a breather or is it full steam ahead?

Beth: Yes, it’s been an intense year. It’s definitely full steam ahead. I have another serial coming out next February called When I’m With You, which takes place in the Because You Are Mine world. Because You Are Mine releases in paperback on January 29. I have several mass market releases next year, including Release and Addicted to You. I’ll be working hard on more books for the Berkley Heat line.

Lea: What can readers expect next from Beth Kery’s desk?

Beth: Ian and Francesca, from Because You Are Mine, are featured in When I’m With You, but I’d also like to be able to do another book furthering their love story. I plan to do another book in the One Night of Passion series as well.

Lea: Okay, please summarize Exposed to You Twitter style in 140 characters or less!

Gorgeous, down-to-earth movie star falls hard for a cancer survivor, but has to convince her that life and love are a risk worth taking.

Lea: I want to wish you every success with Exposed to You, it’s a wonderful, captivating love story Beth. And thank you so much for taking time out of your horrendously busy schedule to chat with us today.

Beth: It was my pleasure. Thank you!

Where to find Beth Kery

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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~*~*Giveaway*~*~

Beth has generously offered TWO print copies of EXPOSED TO YOU to TWO lucky commenters!

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about Beth’s post or a question for her!
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open to International entries!

*International entries to qualify: Please Check your country is on The Book Depository’s list of countries for free delivery.*

Giveaway ends on Saturday, November 10th, 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Lea


Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Cris October 30, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I’ve only gotten into reading erotic romance fairly recently (romantic suspense & thrillers are my standard fare) and have just started the ‘One Night of Passion’ series upon recommendations from some friends… and I’m loving it so far! I’m looking forward to reading more of Beth’s books when I’m done with this one– and I’m stoked there’s loads to look forward to!

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Adisty October 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Nice interview! Congratz on the almost new-release, the book sound good, looking forward to read it.

    Wow, would love to read more about Ian and Francesca, I adore them..

  • erinf1 October 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for a great interview and giveaway! I’ve got major book lust for this title ever since I started reading such great pre-release buzz about it :) I haven’t had the chance to read any of Beth’s other works but they are definitely on my want list :)

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Heather Coulter October 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I love the depth you give your character’s – I have been a huge fan since I read Wicked Burn. I have this on my TBR list.

  • Maria D. October 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Wow…Beth has been super busy this year…I’m anxiously waiting both the release of Exposed to You because I loved Addicted to You and I also really want a paperback copy of Because You Are Mine. My question for Beth is to ask her if she sees serials as just a new novel idea or something that’s going to be here for a while, something that will be a future trend in romance?

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

    • Beth Kery October 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Maria D!

      It’s a great question. The serial is just another reader choice. If readers hate them, they should definitely abstain. I can tell you that some readers loved the experience, just like they would a weekly TV show. The audience was very split. The thing of it is, it doesn’t take away from anything you like. It just offers up a choice for readers who like things quicker and more immediate.

      Thanks, Maria!

  • Michele H October 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Thank you for the wonderful interview and giveaway! I’ve had Exposed To You on my TBR list since I first heard about it. I love that some of your novels can be read as stand alone books so you can just pick one up and read it at any point. I do love reading a full series as well, but it’s nice to pick and choose the books as I find them locally.

  • RACHELLE GUIREMAND October 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Can’t wait for this book and more of Ian & Francesca. Keep up the great work Beth.

  • aurian October 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Good luck with the new release Beth! As a young girl I dreamed of meeting my favourite moviestars and have them fall in love with me. Sadly, they never came to Holland to search for me …

  • Jennifer G October 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I love Beth Kery books! There’s always a great story to go with the hot sex. That’s what I look for in a good book, I can’t wait to read what she comes out with next.
    jengrm82@yahoo.com/@JenniferHope828

  • Jamie ramsey October 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Just read bound to you what a fantastic book and I read the first chapter of exposed to you wow oh wow
    I like that in bound to you and captured by you we’re linked fantastic reads xxx

  • Jamie ramsey October 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Forgot my email jamieramsey100@hotmail.com

  • Teresa October 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Beth I’m a huge fan of you and your books I own everyone we are friends on Facebook my all time favorite is Ian and Francesca’s story they are the sexist characters I’ve ever read you are and incredible writer thank you for that. Teresa

  • elaing8 October 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Congrats on the newest release Beth.I love your books. Enjoyed reading the interview.

    You may have addressed this somewhere and I missed it….The first book,Addicted To You, was under the name Bethany Kane,why did you decide to go with Beth Kery for Exposed to You?

    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

    • Beth Kery October 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Elaine! How are you?

      As in many things, it wasn’t my choice, but the publisher’s. :)

  • Damaris October 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Glad to know it can be read as a standalone book. Although, I’m going to check out Addicted to You. I did read Because You’re Mine and enjoyed it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Alisha October 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    (not entering contest) I just have to say thank you so much for this interview, Beth and Lea! I so very much enjoyed the experience of reading this book (and I thank you, Beth, for the opportunity to do so; was truly an honor and pleasure)…and it’s really cool to get some extra info about Joy and Everett’s origins and inner workings. <3

  • Sasha October 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    That scene where Joy is tattooing Everett…wow! I’ve not read the other books in this series but I’m sure looking forward to reading Epsed To You. Did you choose to write about a cancer survivor because the disease has touched so many lives? It recently touched mine unexpectedly when a high school classmate, in her early 30s, died of lung cancer. Anyone whose survived cancer should live life to the fullest, without apologies. I’m glad Everett helps Jpy learn how to do that. :)

    • Beth Kery October 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Hi Sasha!

      I do know several cancer survivors and several who didn’t survive, but who left a large impact on my life. I often thought of all of them when I wrote Joy’s character. A little bit of all of them went into her.

  • Beth Kery October 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Alisha,
    Thank you so much for beta reading Exposed to You. My heart dropped when I got the print copy and there was no author acknowledgement in it. I’m giving it to you here. Your input was so, so helpful and realistic and just…right on, considering these two characters.

    I feel terrible, because a special effects artist gave me feedback too, Louis Kiss from Rubber Monsters. Anyway, no one got thanks in the book. Not even my husband, who suffers the most.

    Anyway, thank you Alisha. You were an awesome beta reader. I’m thinking of another way to acknowledge you all.
    :)

  • JenM October 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    This book sounds great. Celebrity hero and angsty storyline with the heroine? That is so my kind of book. Looking forward to reading it.

  • Tanya October 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Wow, that is a lot of books for this past year. I enjoyed because you are mine and I am glad to get another book in that series. That was the first of your books I have read and I look foward to reading some of your others.

  • Tess October 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Congratulations Beth on the release of Exposed to You! Wicked Burn is the first novel of yours which I read and I have placed my pre-order for the paperback version of Because You Are Mine – can’t wait for 29 Jan 2013!! I’m a huge fan of your books and I just wish to say that I’ll definitely be reading all your other releases. Your stories help me to escape the stress of daily life and enjoy my one night of passion with the totally HOT book boyfriends you’ve so amazingly written up ;-) Thanks for the interesting interview and a chance to win Exposed to You!

    tess_halim(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Amelia October 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    As a cancer survivor I understand the fear that comes with the possible return of cancer. I’m fortunate that I had an easily treatable form of cancer.
    ameliad63ATgmailDOTcom

  • eli yanti November 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I have not read your book yet, Beth, but i’m planning to order it soon :)

  • Mary Preston November 2, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Everett sounds like such a honey. All of the books look like fabulous reading.

  • Chelsea B. November 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I am excited to a huge amount to read Exposed to You! I’ve been hearing nothing but great things! I love how original the cover is– never seen anything quite like it!

  • Laura November 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    All of your books sound wonderful – I haven’t had a chance to read any yet, but I keep seeing them pop up everywhere and all the reviews seem to be great. Definitely adding them to my TBR list. I do understand the mixed feelings on the serials though. I know I would love them, but absolutely hate waiting too! I’m going to read them all at once, I think. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Readsalot81 November 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I’ve read such awesome snippets from Exposed to You on several blogs and I absolutely can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on the release! :)

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