I am pleased to have Anne Marsh author of the Bond With Me here at FVBR.
BOND WITH ME opens in M City—Moscow in the near-future. The year is 2090 and Russia has become a dark world in which humans have become increasingly aware of their paranormal neighbors and of the power those neighbors exert. Russia has always been a magical place for me, and BOND WITH ME owes its birth to my Russian summer. As a Russian minor, I made the obligatory pilgrimage to the former Soviet Union, splitting my time between Petersburg and Moscow. I did make it to a few clubs (shh, don’t tell my mother), where I discovered that no party was complete without bottles of iced vodka, champagne and bowls of caviar. I’d assumed this champagne-and-caviar decadence a myth, but it turned out to be more fact than fiction. My hero and heroine meet in a club, surrounded by the pounding rhythm of the music and the erotic possibilities of strangers meeting, touching—and slipping away from each other. Brends Duranov, of course, spots Mischka Baran as soon as she sets foot in his club and decides instantly to pursue her. Before the night is over, he’s made her a darkly seductive offer: bond with me. In exchange for her soul, he’ll grant her one favor. Any favor at all. Surrounded by the pulsing beat of the club music and the hotter heat of the Fallen angel bracing her against the wall as he whispers his dark offer, Mischka Baran is tempted.
Mischka isn’t the only one—her cousin, Pell, is also tempted by the Fallen, following her own dark angel out of the city and into the Russian countryside. I fell in love with the Russian countryside myself, through the windows of the Petersburg-Moscow train. The impossibly green Russian forest slipped past the windows as the train clacked relentlessly onward and the conductor poured endless glasses of sweetened tea in silver holders (our teacher had inadvertently over-tipped—giving the woman ten dollars—and so the conductor poured tea, glass after glass, for our entire group of sixty, determined to provide value for the tip). I ended up watching the views from the hallway—two of my fellow students hooked up and pleaded for an hour alone in our compartment to explore the erotic possibilities of the swaying car and the train’s rhythm. Pell and Dathan make love—and Dathan reclaims his wings—when they spend the night at an abandoned country estate, surrounded by the luxurious, decadence of the Old World place, a place like the ones I watched from the windows of my train.
BOND is a series of erotically-charged Russian moments. Dathan’s seduction of Pell in a bathhouse. The chill winter air against bare skin. The view of the Moscow River from the intimacy Mischka’s flat as Brends and Mischka learn each other. Every place has its stories, and these are just a few of mine. What places do you associate with romance and erotic adventures? And are they rooted firmly in reality, in your fantasies or, like BOND WITH ME, a blending of both?
Thank you Anne for stopping by today and for the wonderful guest post. –FV
Anne would like to giveaway an e-book copy of her upcoming release of BOND WITH ME to one lucky commenter. She would also like to giveaway a print copy of her book THE HUNT.
For entry, leave a comment answering Anne’s question from her post:
Every place has its stories, and these are just a few of mine. What places do you associate with romance and erotic adventures? And are they rooted firmly in reality, in your fantasies or, like BOND WITH ME, a blending of both?
Please specify if you would like to win the ebook copy of Bond With Me, the print copy of The Hunt, or if you would like to win either one.
Giveaway is open to all and will run through August 28th, winner announced the following day.