I’m stoked to welcome the incredibly talented K D Grace today to talk about Body Temperature and Rising.

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When I first started writing Body Temperature and Rising, back in its earliest incarnation, I hadn’t actually planned it to be a romance. It was my first attempt at an erotic novel, written as a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project. But, as is often the case with my writing, my characters have their own ideas about where they want to go, and it’s frequently quite a different place from where I had intended.

I hadn’t written very many chapters before it became evident that there was no getting around the romance aspect of the novel, and nor did I want to. What was unfolding with the witches of the Elemental Coven and Tim Meriwether, and Marie Warren, the outsiders who are drawn in by circumstances beyond their control, was more of a group marriage. Every member of the coven was committed to all the others, and because the primary magic of the Elemental Coven is sex magic and the generating of magic from sex, it made sense that sex would be something openly shared between all of the members.

That dynamic gave the story another dimension that it wouldn’t have otherwise had, and made it fascinating to write because of the complications each extra person added to the equation. What I found most amazing as I wrote the novel, as the characters revealed themselves and the plot unfolded, was the lack of jealousy within the circle, and the fact that there was always enough love to go around for everyone.

One of the best things about writing erotic fiction, to me, is being able to explore in a safe place, in a fictional place, different aspects of human relationship and different contexts for human sexuality. The Elemental Coven was a great place to explore such a comfortable group relationship, because sex is not only the basis for their magic, but it’s the glue that holds the coven family together. Also the circumstances in which they find themselves, the on-going battle with the demon, Deacon, means that they must rely on each other, and they must trust each other completely. Introducing Marie and Tim as new members, who must earn that trust, who must come to understand the sexual bond and how to use it makes for a dynamic group relationship. It also makes for lots of fun, hot sex scenes with endless possibilities – especially when it’s all set in the context of sex as ritual and sex as magic.

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American transplant to the Lake District, MARIE WARREN, didn’t know she could unleash demons and enflesh ghosts until a voyeuristic encounter on the fells ends in sex with the charming ghost, ANDERSON, and night visits from a demon. To help her cope with her embarrassing and dangerous new abilities, Anderson brings her to the ELEMENTALS, a coven of witches who practice rare sex magic that temporarily allows needy ghosts access to the pleasures of the flesh.

DEACON, the demon Marie has unleashed, holds an ancient grudge against TARA STONE, coven high priestess, and will stop at nothing to destroy all she holds dear. Marie and her landlord, the reluctant young farmer, TIM MERIWETHER, are at the top of his list. Marie and Tim must learn to wield coven magic and the numinous power of their lust to stop Deacon’s bloody rampage before the coven is torn apart and more innocent people die.

More info, excerpt and buy links: http://kdgrace.co.uk/books/lakeland-heatwave-book-i/

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K D Grace was born with a writing obsession. It got worse once she actually learned HOW to write. There’s no treatment for it. It’s progressive and chronic and quite often interferes with normal, everyday functioning. She might actually be concerned if it wasn’t so damned much fun most of the time.

K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels, The Initiation of Ms Holly, The Pet Shop and Lakeland Heatwave Book 1: Body Temperature and Rising are published by Xcite Books and are available from all good paperback and eBook retailers.

Her erotica has been published with Xcite Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and Scarlet Magazine.

Find out more about K D Grace on her website http://kdgrace.co.uk.

She’s also on Facebook and Twitter.

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