Celeste Prater has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book, Fueled by Lust: Celius. As part of her book tour Celeste will be awarding a $25 GC for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
Writing a book has been on my bucket list for years. I finally got serious about it in 2010 after I finished by Master’s degree. Between 2011 and 2013 I read over 600 erotic romance novels to figure out what had been done to death, what was riveting and held my attention, what not to do to the poor readers, and what I hadn’t seen. Then I had my epiphany about the story I needed to tell. Drusus (Book 1) just rolled out quickly after that. I then hit the internet and researched publishing companies and learned how to prepare the package for submission.
Over an eight month period I submitted it out and waited on pins and needles. Many of the publishers don’t want you to have your submission floating around to multiple sites (which I don’t blame them), so the wait was atrocious. The first one rejected me because I firmly believe I pissed off the submission editor. Her email kept eating the revision she asked for and I made the mistake of submitting it back to the main website and then copying all three of her emails asking if she’d received it. She rejected me less than thirty minutes later after stating that she has 24 hours to respond to inquiries. I’m glad I didn’t end up there, so it was really a good thing. They take lifetime rights of your books. I think that’s a little harsh, so someone was looking out for me.
The second one rejected me a month later. No reason given, but I probably freaked them out with the graphic sex. I should have researched them a little better. Live and learn.
On the third try, I got picked up by Siren Publishing. It was a very wild moment. I was sitting in my cubicle at work and trying not to scream like an idiot when I got the email. I did do a little wild dance that I should have filmed. It was crazy. I love being a part of Siren’s catalog. Great people to work with! Excellent edit staff and they are very quick to respond to any questions. They own my heart.
The part that had me stunned for a little bit was when I joined the Siren’s author’s group and found myself among a group of writers that I had read multiple times and thoroughly enjoyed. Very surreal to become one of them.
What is your favorite indulgence (food, spa treatment, etc.)?
I like going to the movies by myself. I just want to sit there and get lost in the story without having to talk to anyone or fight over the popcorn. I haven’t been in a while, so I definitely need to indulge myself. Thanks for reminding me!
Tell us about the Fueled by Lust series.
The Insedi are a race of beings that were living peacefully on their home world until a neighboring planet’s ‘mad king’ decided he wanted to take them over. He thought that by killing all of their females he could control them. Instead, he got a planetary war and a whole lot of trouble from the Insedi warrior breed. In order to assure their continued existence, the Insedi needed to find a mate alternate. To do this, they travel through a planetary vortex back to the home of their original ancestors—Earth.
The Insedi came into existence when an ancient Roman Emperor and his wife stumbled upon a planetary vortex that took them to an alien world occupied by pure energy forms known as the Nubis. The Nubis were intrigued by the humans, mimicked their essence, and formed the first Insedi breed. This is why they look just like humans, carry ancient Latin names, and can still reform into their pure energy form. The Insedi have a symbiotic relationship with their planet and require energy stabilization. Only mated Insedi are fully stable. Those without mates need to constantly replenish.
Since Earth doesn’t provide their usual energy source, the Earth-bound males were fortunate enough to stumble upon an alternate—sensual and sexual desire. They take on the roles of male strippers and male escorts in order to be around this energy until they can locate their mates. Now you know where the title comes from—they’re FUELED BY LUST.
The main setting for the series is Austin, Texas and the Insedi home world of Insedivertus, but there are instances where the story will lead them to other planets and galaxies. It’s got a mixture of mystery, angst, unbridled passion, humor, and some good twists.
I strongly recommend that the series be read in sequence. Each installment has a main focus on a set of characters, but some of the story’s overlap and characters from prior books make appearances again. The world and cast of characters grow with each book.
What do you like best about your hero, Caelius Meron?
Caelius is the youngest of the Insedi warrior’s that are earth bound. He’s twenty-six and has only been on Earth for less than six months, so he’s struggling to acclimate. The language throws him off quite a bit. You see him in smaller parts throughout the series, but quickly learn in this installment that he’s more mature and alpha than anyone gave him credit. He wants to find his mate so badly that it almost drives him nuts. I absolutely loved Caelius’s personality. He’s a total sweetheart housed in an intimidating body. When he spots the love of his life, he’s willing to sacrifice his own happiness to just know that she’s okay. I loved that he’s able to see past the outer shell of someone and truly find their essence.
What’s next for you?
I’m almost done with book 6 for Maxim’s story. I’ll probably have it over to the publisher shortly after Caelius’s release on 10-9. I’ve already have the beginning of book 7 for Makar and Baruch’s installment. You’ll first meet them in Book 4 for Lucien, and will find out a little more in Maxim’s book. It will be my first foray into the ménage world. I can’t wait!
Thanks so much for hosting me today. Enjoyed it! Big hug to my fans!
Caelius Meron strips at Heat Seekers Male Revue just so he can find his mate. So imagine his shock when he finds her in a cooking class he was forced to attend. So what’s the problem? There’s twenty-two of them according to Rhia Brennan. Undaunted by her claim that he’s too young, Caelius battles every roadblock she places. But what if one may be too difficult to ignore?
Kallon Aceso knows exactly who should own his heart, but Ulixes Dionysus doesn’t appear to want it. But is it really something else buried so deep that it may keep them apart forever?
Travel with these two Insedi as they both chase their hearts desire, only to be thwarted by misconceptions and mistakes from the past. Can they scale these insurmountable walls, or will they have to walk away and forever mourn what they could never have?
Book 5 in the Fueled By Lust Series brings back the sexy males that make your legs tremble just by saying your name.
Lowering his voice, Caelius leaned in even closer. He feared he may have disappointed her, and he didn’t want to miss any part of her expression.
“Does what I do each night bother you?”
She looked up and blinked a few times before she spoke. Her voice came low and husky, and his skin pebbled.
“No. Not in the least. It was the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” He watched her throat work on a hard swallow before she continued.
“Your body was gleaming and showed off every single muscle as you swung that sword. It was the first time I’d seen your hair down, too. It’s…it’s beautiful. After you won, you worked your way down the row of women and paid each one of them close attention. I’m sure they felt like they were the only person in the room when you looked at them. With every song, your body swayed perfectly to the music, and it mesmerized me. I…uh…yeah…it was great.”
Caelius was having a hard time focusing on her answer. Her jasmine-scented desire had resurfaced and was wreaking havoc on his concentration, not to mention his cock. It was at full length and pushing insistently against his jeans. He said the first thing that came to mind. Something he wanted very badly.
“I want to kiss you, Rhia.” He wasn’t expecting her to recoil as if he was a hissing viper. Her laughter was shaky and broken.
“Good grief, Caelius. Why on Earth would you want to kiss me?
Author Bio and Links:
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 my 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 master’s of science.
My true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females.
Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, Maxim 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.
Book 1 DRUSUS was nominated as Top 5 Finalist and placed 3rd in the 2014 RWA Passionate Ink’s 9th Annual Passionate Plume Book Contest in Erotic SciFi/Fantasy Category, Book 2 SEVERUS achieved BEST BOOK review rating and won April 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, Book 3 CATO won the May/June 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS. All currently released books in the series have resided made it into the Top 5 Bestseller Lists at Bookstrand.com within days of release as well as making it into the Top 10 Hottest New Releases in Erotic Science Fiction on Amazon.
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