Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway with Celeste Prater

Celeste Prater is back with another novel featuring those sexy Fueled by Lust alien alpha males!

Tana Jameson meets the Insedi Emperor Lucien Tarquinius in LUCIEN, the fourth novel in Celeste Prater’s Fueled by Lust series, now available via Siren/BookStrand and coming soon to major e-retailers.

Want to get to know Celest better? Check out this exclusive interview!

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Emperor Lucien Tarquinius agrees to retrieve the future king of a race that annihilated every Insedi female and doomed his planet’s future. Why would he do such a thing? Simple. He cannot have his enemy retake the throne and continue the war against Insedivertus. Yet, an unexpected encounter changes everything.
Just one day away from collecting the reluctant ruler, the royal transport inexplicably disappears from its flight path. As the empire scrambles to find their missing emperor, Lucien embarks on a journey that challenges his intellect, tests his endurance, and pushes his emotions to the breaking point.
Tana Jameson wonders who she pissed off to warrant an investigative assignment aboard a cargo ship in the middle of the Atlantic. A moment of curiosity jettisons her into an alien world beyond her imagination and directly into the arms of a man stepping right out of her wildest fantasy.
Available at: BookStrand (15% off until midnight CST, July 22nd)

Fueled by Lust series:

DRUSUS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookstrand
SEVERUS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookstrand

About Celeste Prater:
I was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than my small Texas town, I joined the Marines, which satisfied my craving to see more of the U.S. and drive to see if I could be one of the few and the proud.
A firm believer in educating the mind, I have achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a Masters of Science.
My true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females. 
Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Petrus, Maxim, Caelius, and many more have swirled in my dreams until I had to bring them to life and allow them to find love within the pages of the FUELED BY LUST book series.

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Writing male characters.

What types of male characters are found in the FUELED BY LUST series?

First and foremost, the main male characters are all alien. They hail from a planet called Insedivertus. They’re half-human/half pure energy. They look just like a human, but have some interesting alien traits that have intrigued many a reader. Insedi were created by an interaction between an ancient Roman emperor that stumbled upon the planetary vortex that connects our worlds and the indigenous energy forms known as the Nubis.

They have human characteristics and feel all the emotions that a normal Earth male experiences, on top of trying to blend in with Earth’s culture and antiquated technology. So, add a little extra dash of angst to their day-to-day and they can get into all kinds of crazy situations.

You’ll also find interactions with male humans that are ex-boyfriends, protagonists, or supporting characters, but the male POV’s are saved for the alien heroes (or bad guys).

What the reader will find in this series are males that have very distinct personalities. Nothing drives me crazier than seeing a series that introduces a new male hero and the only thing different from the last book is his eye and hair color. These guys all have different proclivities (in and out of bed) as well as personalities that differ greatly on their perception of things. One main commonality is that they want to be loved, just like anyone else.

The males that I focus on are the warrior class of the Insedi race. They’re total alpha males, but when it comes to their females (or males depending on their proclivity), they’re completely besotted. They have respect for others and find it disturbing when they encounter humans (or any species) that mistreat each other. They’re entire reason for being on Earth is to find mates since all of the Insedi females were destroyed by a mad man. Don’t get me wrong, these guys aren’t push-overs. They will put a woman in her place if she acts the fool, and they have no compunction about knocking a dude’s lights out if he deserves it. Each male plays an important role in the Insedi culture and the particular parts they must play to blend in on Earth.  These guys are tight with each other and their stories interweave as their lives play out.

So, basically what you have are alpha males with distinct personalities, big bodies, big hearts, and big goals. They don’t mess around when it comes to trying to achieve the ultimate outcome of mate selection, no matter what gets in their way, even themselves.

As a woman, how are you able to get into the ‘head’ of a male character?

I was extremely fortunate to have had the coolest dad in the world. Okay, I’m biased, but he was pretty nifty. He spent some quality time with his kids explaining the difference between men and women besides their sexual organs. He knew that we all needed to have our heads on straight or we’d end up with some screwed up relationships simply because we didn’t know how to interpret the other person.

What I got from my dad was: With a man you get black and white. There’s seldom a gray area to swirl a stick in until it turns muddy brown. I define the gray area as the rolling tide of feminine emotion that can bowl over even the sturdiest person.

The words that come out of a male’s mouth are usually what he’s really thinking at that moment. Now keep in mind, my dad taught us the average perception as a ‘base’, and as we grew older we got the lessons on the baggage that one carries in life and how that can skew someone’s base thinking.

So, from a ‘base’ viewpoint, when a guy says, “Your shoes look nice today,” he means that he thinks your shoes look nice and it just happens to be today. He’s not comparing them on a scale to yesterday’s shoes, or that you suck at buying shoes and just happened to get it right today or that nice means you could have made a better choice and he would have said fantastic instead. See where I’m going? If not…

Bottom line: It just means the poor guy gave you a compliment, so shut your emotional rollercoaster of a mind down and just say, “Thank you.”

Men also look at love differently. If you’re fed, clothed, happy, safe, and getting the best dick you’ve ever had, then consider yourself loved. It’s that simple. They show you in their actions. If the female keeps her eyes off other males and lays some good loving on him when he’s in the mood, then he feels loved and secure. We’d have some boring books if it was all that simple, right?

Since the books I write provide stories of males in some extreme circumstances, then I have to reveal their ‘baggage’ to add that extra element of angst that gets his head spinning and confused on if he should pursue or escape the female that entered his life. None of that angst is because he’s feeling emotionally vulnerable that particular day (or someone dissed his shoes). No, it’s from witnessing something concrete and life altering that he couldn’t logically set aside and now it’s bleeding into the present. He’s now muddying the females prolific ‘gray area’.

You’ll never hear one of my males say something stupid to a love interest like, “I’m mad at you, and if you don’t know why then you don’t love me.” Sheesh…I’d run from him, too.


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