Spotlight and Interview: The Viscount Returns by Eryn Black
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Eight years away to seek his fortune, Lord Robert Edden, the Viscount of Carlton has returned to find his estate transformed and his young bride a grown woman. There is little he can confess to his wife of his years away as he demands answers from her for the misuse of his lands as he has been away. Robert had left as a young man eager for adventure, but he has returned to his wife a Viscount ready to claim everything, including his bride. After so much time passed, would she welcome him with open arms or cast him out of her bed? As master of the house would he find his place or seek the next shooting star to chase across the ocean?
Married at a young age and abandoned on her wedding night, Fiona has spent the last eight years working on the lands her husband had left behind with no expectation of his return. For eight years she had been haunted with the memories of that one night they had shared in her bed. With so much time passed is there hope that she could once again open herself up to the man who had abandoned her and would he be able to accept the consequences of their one night together?
**Content Warning: This story contains adult language and sexual situations, including M/M. It is not intended for anyone under the age of 18**
He smiled, remembering how scared she was when he came to her on their wedding night. She was in the very bed that she lay in now, with her coverlet pulled tight to her neck. Ready to get the whole business over when he rushed to her side, he pulled the coverlet back with force. Looking back now it was perhaps the wrong tactic to take. The intention was to make it quick and meaningless, just as he expected the rest of their marriage to be. He did not hesitate to take her maidenhead nor pause when she cried out in pain.
There was no denying that he had been a bastard to her that night. But then something changed and she came alive in his arms. Moving together their bodies spoke to each other and something changed between them that he had not expected. Their climax was in harmony and he was suddenly taken away to their many years together, of children and happiness. That was the
moment he had made his decision, if he was going to make his escape and find his fortune he had to do it soon before he fell in love with her. He had been a coward. A knock at the door awoke Robert from his dream.
He answered the door with admittance before hearing
who it may be. Turning to the sound of a guttural
sound, he saw Allen peering around the door. He had a
sheepish cock to his brow and waited for Robert’s
reply, which was quickly answered with a nod.
Stepping in, he closed the door behind him.
“Allen, I am sorry about what we have found here.
I never expected—”
Extending a hand before him, Allen silenced his
friend. “Please, do not trouble yourself. I know how hard you have worked and I have been there when you sent out the bank drafts home and I do not need to look hard to see what you had described to me so often. It is obvious some wrong has fallenon your family.” He stepped closer, but seemed to keep a distance. “With the knowledge of your son and the condition of your
marriage I think that your family and your estate need
you.” There was no avoiding the divide that was coming between them from honor and obligation. They had both been at fault for trying to escape the lives and
birthrights they had both been born into, and Allen knew as well as Robert that it was time to put their adventures aside to take their obligations with both
hands. It was time for them to grown up, and in doing so they had to put their friendship aside in exchange for the family and people who had been waiting all
these years for them to return to England.
“I know.” His head fell forward. Robert was weakened by his failure.“The first thing I need to do is find what became of the fortune I have sent over the years and what became of my steward. I have yet to see him since I have returned and I am beginning to fear that I was the fool in all of this.”Crossing to the window with determined steps, Allen released a deep breath. “I fear I may add to your pains. I will not be here when you awake.” It pained him to tell Robert. They had been friends for nearly eight years and lovers for almost six. “I don’t understand?
Is there something—”
Risking a step, he was stopped by the look on Allen’s face. Looking over his shoulder, his brow was creased in pain. “Your wife needs you and you need to know your son. That box you stowed in your saddle bag may be a few years late, but it holds every intention you had in taking your rightful place.” Nodding his head to stop Roberts’s argument. “You have a family here that needs you and I am a barrier for you.” Taking hold of Roberts’s shoulders, he smiled warmly. “This is not goodbye for us…we shall meet again.” He pulled him into his arms, their mouths molded together, but Robert could not find the peace in Allen’s touch that he was used to. “I could never stay away from you for good.” Tilting his head with a correction. “With the approval of your wife, that is.”
~What are you currently working on?
I always keep an open book of notes for future projects. Currently I have three projects in the works and one nearing final edits.
Seduced By Her Master is the follow up to Maid For His Submission and currently being given the extra special attention of a very talented and sweet Beta Reader.
Ravenous Desire is Book two in my Nephilim War series and while giving us the love story of the werewolf lovers Margaret and Archie (from Vol. 1) set in Victorian London, readers are given the chance to learn of the Werewolf origin as well as insight to the dark forces that threatened the life of Anna Carpenter from Book one.
The Earl’s Lady Wife the sequel to The Viscount Returns brings us to one year after Robert and Allen have returned from their travels in the American frontier. Now settling into the role as future Earl of Clifton, Allen finds himself betrayed by both his fiancé and recently returned rogue and lover. Lost in drunken despair for the shame his sham of an engagement has brought to his family, he turns his attentions to one of the chambermaids under the employment of his traitorous Fiancé. Given the choice between a future of loneliness and ridicule vs. the loving and comforting touch of the beautiful Eva. With the help of his friends Robert and Fiona Edden not only does Allen hope to find a long awaited happiness, but also together Allen and Robert are able to uncover the truth behind the death of Lord Fortagrew and the tragic death of Robert”s Brother. This book Also offers a chance to witness the growing bond between Lord Robert and Fiona from The Viscount returns.
~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read, Read, Read, Read. Is the best advice I can offer anyone. You want to keep the language alive in your head and reading is your strongest tool.
Something that I always keep at my side are two notebooks. One to take down notes for future projects and the other to give myself a daily bullet point task outline for my stories. Organization is key and keeping outlined notes for your daily writing not only helps you visualize your story before putting them to print, you also can help keep your word count high and productive. An important thing to remember is that you will always divert from your previously written plan and never fear that. Trust your instincts in the heat of the moment.
~Are you an organized author or scattered?
When writing multiple books at once you have to be organized to a point of OCD, however being a Dyslexic Author organization is a very important tool to keep me on track.
I keep a character bible for every book and when they cross over in series the bibles keep growing and growing.
~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?
I do make a quick bullet point plot in the beginning just to note how my characters get from A to D, but detailed plotting is on a daily basis. Before I get to writing –normally over morning coffee- I outline the scenes I plan to concur that day. Often details change as the flow takes hold of my hands and my Muse inspires me.
~Do you have any strange writing habits?
I don’t know if these would be called strange. I do make playlists inspired by my characters for when I am driving and when it comes time to write a heated love scene I will pour myself a couple fingers of Hennessy. I suppose the only strange thing I do is keep-scented oils around; roses, lemon and sandalwood help bring the environment of my characters alive to me and other mementos. When I was writing Seduced By Her Master I walked around with a set of ban-wa balls in a velvet pouch in my pocket or purse as way to keep focused on the main character.
~Do you have writers block and how do you work around it?
Everyone has suffered from writer’s block and it stinks. My moods and the story I am writing determine how I deal with it, I either force myself to type something for the time being and address it later or I step away completely and read a book.
~Do you work on 1 story at a time or multiples?
I always have two or three in the works and a couple waiting to go back to. I am ADD and OCD so focusing on one kind of goes against my nature. It is all about staying organized.
~What is your favorite genre to read?
Before 2008 the only romance novels I ever read were classics, but once the love bug bit I have not stopped reading. I still love to read adventures and comics, but romance now dominates my interest.
~What is the most wacky/crazy weird thing you received from a fan?
A picture messaged to me of him naked hugging his kindle. I am still trying to figure out why.
~What are your favorite hobbies?
I come from a theatre family so other than reading, what most people would consider a hobby I have always done socially or for work. Painting, woodworking, wiring ,lighting and F/X for my mother’s shows tends to be a focal fun activity for me when I am not writing. Other than that I love watching old movies and TV shows.
~If you had a warning label what would it say?
Beware, she talks a lot.
Thus goes everyone to the world but I, and I am sunburnt
Much Ado About Nothing
About the Author
A California girl to her core Eryn was born in East L.A. and raised by her inspirational and talented mother in Sierra Madre, California (hidden above the rosy city of Pasadena). There she indulged herself in reading Anne of Green Gables, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Ivanhoe under the California sun, but she never had any interest in the romance genera beyond the classics. Then one long lonely night a few years ago she came across a friends discarded paperback romance and she has been hooked ever since. A lover of reading and a lover of… well… just a lover Eryn has taken on this new adventure in her life putting pen to paper and digging deep to reveal all of the delightful and erotic stories that have tormented her dreams. Eryn hopes that you will enjoy reading her adventures as much as she has enjoyed writing them.
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