Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Kensington/Lyrical Press
Date of Publication: 12/29/2014
ISBN: 978-1-61650-629-2 Print
ISBN: 978-1-61650-628-5 ebook
Number of pages: 259
Word Count: 81,411
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde Media
Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.
Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question—is she Myren, or human - which makes her forbidden fruit?
When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.
Rhenna never thought a weird dream, a bucket list, and an addiction to romance novels would lead her into publishing, but that’s exactly how Unexpected Eden came to life. Okay, there might have been a jillion revisions in there somewhere, and a few points where her family thought she’d lost her ever-lovin’ mind, but pretty much everyone’s accepted that this author thing is chronic.
When she’s not working on the rest of the Eden books or her naughty contemporary romances, you’ll find her chasing two precious little girls, batting eyelashes at her indulgent husband, or driving with the top down and the music up loud. Oh, and “researching” on the internet. Those half-naked men she uses for inspiration don’t download themselves.
She’d love to share her “research” with you too and get to know you a little better in the process. Find her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media links at www.rhennamorgan.com. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter there too for snippets, upcoming releases, and author news.
If you enjoyed Unexpected Eden, Eryx and Lexi would sure appreciate it if you shared your review at Goodreads, Amazon, or other favorite online bookstore. Lexi would make you a mean cyber-cocktail in exchange if she didn’t have her hands full with Eryx, but rumor has it they haven’t left the royal suite in days.
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Please welcome Unexpected Eden author Rhenna Morgan to Diane’s Book Blog.
Thanks so much for hosting me today, Diane!
What is your favorite part of Unexpected Eden (Book 1 in The Eden Series)?
I’m one of those die-hard romance lovers. Between my need for happily ever after, my fascination for rituals, and anything hot and steamy, I’d be hard pressed not to put Lexi and Eryx’s mating night at the top of my favorite scene list. Everything about their special night is straight up romance, mysticism, and hot, hot, hot chemistry.
A close second though is when Lexi learns to fly. I’ve had several of my readers comment that they particularly enjoyed that part of the book. I can’t blame them. Everything I wrote in those scenes was based on actual dreams I’d had of flying, so I guess the enjoyment successfully landed on the pages.
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
I should have been a lawyer. The first thing I did with that question was make sure you said characters, not character. J
So, greedy little writer that I am, I’ll take Eryx (the hero), Ramsay (his twin—because hey, everything’s better in pairs), and Ludan (because…um…Ludan doesn’t need a reason. J )
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always been a writer…even when I didn’t really want to be. I was always the person friends and family hit up when they needed something particularly dull or annoying composed. You know…resumes, cover letters, the occasional sales pitch.
But every time I read a book—particularly those that left me with a pleasant sigh on my lips when I closed the back cover—I’d hear a little voice in the back of my head say, “You could do this.”
It wasn’t until I’d burned through about half of JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series that I finally chanced picking up my computer and really giving the fantastical tales in my head a shot. Authors like JR Ward, Kristen Ashley, Sylvia Day, and Karen Marie Moning all created the romantic escape I needed in my life, and left me with that pleasant sigh when it was all over. If I can do that for even one other person, I’ll be a happy, happy writer.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Seriously, I’m only halfway joking. The line, “Write drunk, edit sober,” has its merits. Beyond that, it’s all about discipline. Setting down every single day and putting one foot in front of the other. Some days, it works. Some days, it fights back. Either way, I’m there, slugging my way toward The End.
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
Ebooks, baby! Which is kind of funny when you consider how terribly hard I fought giving up my paper copies. I love, love, love being able to cart around my entire library in one device. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stumbled on to a new romance reader, whipped open my device, and started pouring through my shelves to offer them recommendations. I mean, let’s face it. I’m on the down side of my forties and my memory isn’t what it used to be. A woman needs something to help jar her memory, and a transportable bookshelf is just the ticket!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just that my books are all about romantic escape—a chance to check your brain at the door and simply enjoy. Yes, there’s conflict, but it’s not contrived for the sake of keeping the couple apart. My heroes are strong and willing to pull their heads out of their bo-hineys once they’ve figured out where they’ve gone wrong. My heroines are smart and learn from their mistakes rather than continuing to repeat them. Together, their chemistry is smokin’ hot.
I hope everyone will join Lexi and Eryx in Eden and share in the adventures they encounter.
Thanks so much for having me today. And see you in paradise!