It’s Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous with Avery Aster. American Novelist of the dirty romance series The Manhattanites is here to give us the dish on what’s fab and drab about having characters with so much stinking money they might just not know what to do with it all.
What are the biggest CONS to have an über wealthy hero/heroine in a novel?
The biggest con is…reader perception that The Manhattanites don’t have real personal issues and character arcs to go through. Sure they may have little cosmetic enhancements here or there, wear more Chanel than Coco ever did in her day, and not have to worry if they’ll make it to their next payday without going hungry, but they suffer. They face addiction, struggle with abandonment issues. They have partners who’ve cheated. They get lonely. And yes, their cray-cray egos can get in the way of true happiness.
The other negative is finding beta-readers who know their shit. I mean really know the difference between leather goods from France verse Italy or what does a cock tastes like after downing a spoon full of caviar. Sometimes I don’t have all the answers. *smile*
What are the biggest PROS to having an über wealthy hero/heroine in a novel?
Oh gawd! Where do I start? I know the reader trend is dying down on wealthy characters and leaning more toward New Adult with the kids coming out of high school or college, but I grew up reading Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz so if the heroine didn’t have money at the start of the novel she was rolling around naked in it when the credits hit. To me…money is just as hot as sex so why not keep it in the book? I write to escape. I read to escape too. I want to go on their jets, into their mansions, wear their furs and have crazy sex in their Park Avenue penthouses. So if I’m pushed on the subway, alone at a coffee shop on Lexington Avenue or just sitting in Central Park I think about my characters, their upbringing, their life at the Avon Porter Academy and what they are like today as adults. That’s the fun part. The glamour.
But on a deeper level, say for example with Taddy Brill in Unscrupulous I’ve painted a thin line between her over the top riches against the damage of what she has to overcome from her past–to get on with her future. Often with characters like this there’s more at stake with their business lives and their success. The reader feels the pressure. That’s rewarding for me as a writer when it all comes together.
Unscrupulous by Avery Aster
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Tone: dirty, sarcastic, and witty
Heat Level: scorching
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publishing Date: August 14, 2013
Series, #: 2 The Manhattanites
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Unscrupulous (#2 The Manhattanites)
Content Warning: due to graphic sex scenes, strong language, suggestive themes, mature humor, and just about everything your friends ever told you not to do–including getting vajazzled, this novel is for adults only.
At thirty-three Warner Truman is one of the richest men on the planet, a spa mogul who buys and sells resorts at will. He holds powerful executive’s careers in his well-groomed hands. Nothing is beyond Warner’s reach…until he meets her.
Stunning, tantalizing, and perverse, Taddy Brill captivates Warner’s carnal desire like no woman he’s ever met. A self-made millionaire, Taddy is tougher than steel, more brilliant than diamonds and, at twenty-seven, she’s never depended on a man for anything…until she meets him.
The more Taddy plays with Warner’s affections, driving him to erotic heights, the more she is confronted by a dark past. But before she can love him, Taddy must meet her worst fears head-on or risk losing it all, including herself
Undressed (#1 The Manhattanites)
Milan’s notorious playboy, Massimo Tittoni, seems to have everything–Lamborghinis, exotic women, palaces throughout Europe and business success. Ramping up his fabric company to go global with a new apparel brand, he ruthlessly stops supplying fabrics to the American client who inspired the collection. But once they meet, what’s he willing to give to get her in his bed?
Upper East Side designer Lex Easton will be damned if she’ll let an Italian stud muffin knock her down. So what if she named her favorite vibrator after him. With Fashion Week approaching, she’ll do whatever it takes to secure the fabrics she needs to become the next Diane von Furstenburg– even sleep with her rival. But when she arrives in Europe the paparazzi chronicles her every move and she finds herself in a situation never imagined. Lex’s Louboutins stilettos are dug in deep to win this war. All’s fair in love and fashion!
Avery Aster’s super-glossy debut novel is loaded with passionate escapism, pitting American ambition against Italian tradition. Erotic romance fans who appreciate extended sex scenes, witty banter and glamour mustn’t miss Undressed.
Inside Scoop: Though the hero and heroine remain monogamous, their Prada-wearing friends indulge in a ménage a trois and other fashionable sexual fun and games
Undressed (The Manhattanites #1) is regularly priced at $8.75 and will have an amazing 65% off the retail price at $2.99 from August 14th, the same day that Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites #2) launches, until August 27th.
Meet Author Avery Aster:
AVERY ASTER pens erotic romance for Ellora’s Cave. As a resident of New York’s Upper East Side and a graduate from New York University, Avery gives readers an inside look at the city’s glitzy nightlife, socialite sexcapades and tall tales of the über-rich and ultra-famous. “I write about what I see in my metropolis that never sleeps–Manhattanites on the quest for a passionate thrill,” Avery says. “By and large, my characters are drop-dead gorgeous, ripped straight from the headlines and on the hunt for their next conquest.”
UNDRESSED #1 (Lex & Massimo) launched The Manhattanites series, exploring people’s forbidden desires of lust and longing. UNSCRUPULOUS #2 (Taddy & Warner) is the highly anticipated prequel coming August 14, 2013. Also, stay tuned for the sequel with UNSAID #3 (Blake & Miguel) coming winter 2013.
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Enter in The Manhattanites Rafflecopter prize contest (must sign up for Avery’s newsletter and will only be notified about upcoming releases) and win:
- First prize: a $200.00 American Express gift card.
- Second prize: your name in Avery Aster’s upcoming novel; Unsaid (#3 The Manhattanites) scheduled to release fall/winter
- Third prize: ebook of Unscrupulous & Undressed
- Fourth prize: ebook of Unscrupulous
- Fifth prize: ebook of Undressed