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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Shannon Leigh Interviews Mina and Athan

TITLE: EROTIKOS

AUTHOR: Shannon Leigh

GENRE: Dark Fantasy / Vampire / Shapeshifter / Time Travel / Action / Adventure / Interracial / Multicultural

PUBLISHER: Amber Quill Press



BLURB:

It’s been a long time since Renee and her two friends have gotten together for a girl’s night in.  What could possibly be more fun than drinking margaritas, gossiping about their recent bed-partners, and playing drunken rounds of Twister until they all pass out?  But when Mina shows up toting a bottle of José Cuervo Gold in one arm, and a strange game named Erotikos in the other, the girls’ evening is about to get a lot more interesting. 

Even before they remove the contents, Renee senses something amiss.  This is no ordinary game.  Erotikos promises pleasures galore and adventures filled with sexual delight.  But how can a cardboard pastime with its small stack of cards, two oddly marked die, and eight pewter men accomplish all this? 

After reading the instructions, the girls select their character pieces—an Indian, a selkie, and a vampire.  Three men of varying backgrounds, but all sexy as sin and tantillizing to the eye.  With a roll of the dice, the game begins, and the three women soon find themselves pulled into a place where their wildest fantasies come to life...

INTERVIEW:

Shannon Leigh:
Settles back into her chair as her guests arrive and take their seats across from her. She doesn’t usually host interviews this late in the evening, but one of her guests doesn’t venture out into sunlight. Athan. She watches as the tall drink of water melts into his chair with an eerie grace that makes her shiver. His effervescent gaze settles on her and she feels as though he can see straight in to her soul. Unable to withstand his intense scrutiny, she turns away.

Mina:
“Oh, my God! I can’t believe I’m actually here! I watch your show like every day, Ms. Leigh. You don’t what an honor it is for me to actually be here.”

Shannon Leigh:
Smiles at the dark-haired beauty, pleased by her exuberance. “Oh no, the honor is all mine, Mina. If it weren’t for avid fans like you, I wouldn’t have a show to begin with. And please, call me Shannon.”

Mina:
Beams with giddy excitement.

Shannon Leigh:
Raises the side of her fist to her lips as she clears her throat before addressing her male guest. Chancing a glance his way, she instantly feels the lull of his stare. Caught in momentary entrancement, she merely gapes at his ethereal beauty.

Jet-black hair hangs about his shoulders in glorious waves. She wonders if the obsidian locks are as silken as they appear. His mesmerizing green eyes seem to caress her very flesh, the intense gaze peeling away her clothes to leave her raw and naked to his hungry stare. As his attention moves to the juncture of her thighs, she grips the arm of her chair. Wetness seeps into the crotch of her panties as she imagines him stroking his fingers across her throbbing clit. A flush works its way up her neck and her breaths quicken as a delicious tremor begins in her pelvis.

Athan:
Smiles to himself as he notices the flush of desire on Shannon’s cheeks. He’d forgotten how much fun it was to tease a mortal outside the boundaries of the game. Inhaling deeply, he draws in the scent of her arousal. The sweet musk tantalizes his senses, awakening his own need. Perhaps after the interview...

Mina:
“So, Ms. Leigh, I mean, Shannon, are you going to interview the others too?”

Shannon Leigh:
Feeling as though she’d awakened from a dream, Shannon blinks her eyes a few times in confusion. What the hell was that all about?

Either Athan had captured her in some erotic thrall, or she’d been awake for far too long today. Perhaps these late night interviews weren’t such a grand idea after all. Mentally shaking herself, she focuses on Mina’s question.

“Perhaps. Depends on how the guests respond to this one. The three of you did have some pretty exciting adventures. Speaking of adventures, why don’t you tell us a little bit about Erotikos. It’s a game, right?”

Mina:
Nods her head. “Yeah, it’s crazy. I was just mulling through some old antique shop when I saw it tucked away on a shelf. I had to sweet talk the owner’s grandson into selling it to me. The old woman didn’t want to give it up. Now I know why.” She cast a mischievous glance at Athan, who grins back at her in response.

Shannon Leigh:
Regards the woman seated across from her for a moment. Thick, curly black hair hangs about her heart-shaped face and delicate shoulders with an “I-just-had-a-quickie-in-the-back-seat” tussle. A royal purple dress made of crushed velvet and trimmed with black lace clings to the top half of her voluptuous form like a second skin, forcing her deep cleavage up so high, Shannon wonders how she manages to breath. From her narrow waist, it flares into a full skirt that drags the ground behind. The tips of some wicked-looking granny boots peek out from beneath the hem. Despite her 18th-century vampire attire, she has to admit, Mina is a very attractive woman who seems to have an affinity for equally dark men.

Not sure if she wants to know the answer, Shannon hesitates before asking, “If the shop owner didn’t want to sell it, how’d you get her grandson to agree?”

Mina:
Offers a wicked grin, her dark eyes sparkling with excitement. “Well, let’s just say I had a way of…changing his mind.”

Athan:
Chuckles at Mina’s explanation. “Oh, don’t be coy, my dear.”
His casual gaze sweeps from Mina to Shannon. “What she means, is she sucked and fucked him into compliance. Knowing Mina, I’d dare say the poor lad would have probably given her the key to the entire shop when she was through.”

Mina:
Gasps as though offended by Athan’s explanation. With an impish pout she says, “Well you don’t have to be so vulgar about it.” Then she turns to Shannon. “I can’t help that I like men,” she explains with a shrug.

Athan:
“My dear, you like dick and anything it’s attached to.”

Shannon Leigh:
Seeing Mina’s lovely face scrunch up with an impending outburst of fury, decides she better get this interview back on track. “Ahem. So Mina, you…acquire the game and you take it over to your friend’s house, is that correct?”

Mina:
Casts Athan a final I-hate-you-look before directing her attention on Shannon. “Yeah,” she says with a smile. “Renee, Candi, and I like to have a girls’ night in sometimes. We usually watch movies, get drunk, and play twister—not necessarily in that order. But I thought it’d be fun to play Erotikos. I mean, Twister is great and all, but how much fun can three drunk women have without men?”

Athan:
“I can think of a few ways…”

Mina:
Snorts and rolls her eyes as his implication. “I bet. See why we like to have a girls’ night in?” She indicates Athan with a toss of her hand. “Guys can be such pricks sometimes.”

Athan:
“Ah, back to your favorite subject, my dear. Pricks.”

Shannon Leigh:
Chuckles at their childish squabble. “Getting back on topic,” she announces, trying to get things under control before Mina launches herself at Athan in an all out attack. “It’s girls’ night in and you’re getting ready to play Erotikos. Tell us a little about the game, Mina.”

Mina:
“Well, there are eight characters and settings to choose from. Once—”

Shannon Leigh:
“Eight characters and settings?” she interjects. “Can you tell us about them?”

Mina:
“Sure,” she says with another sparkle in her dark eyes. “Each side of the board has two different settings and matching characters. One side has an Indiana in a teepee—Renee’s favorite—and a cowboy in a brothel. Another has an ocean theme with a merman and a selkie. The—”

Shannon Leigh:
“I’m sorry to interrupt again, but what’s a selkie?”

Mina:
“That’s okay. A selkie is a mystical creature who sheds his skin and becomes a human on land, for the purpose of mating, of course, then dons his selkie skin and becomes a seal-like creature and returns to the sea. That was Candi’s favorite, though, for the life of me, I don’t know why. Candi can’t swim.”

Shannon Leigh:
Nods agreement. “I suppose that does seem odd.”

Athan:
“It’s his dick.”

Shannon Leigh:
Raises her brows with shock. “Excuse me?”

Athan:
“His dick. Surius has a big one. Women love it.”

Shannon Leigh:
“I see.”

Mina:
“Anyway, before we were so rudely interrupted by Mr. arrogant there, side three had purple-capped mountains and dense forestry with…him,” she indicated Athan with a jab of her thumb, “and a werewolf.”

Shannon Leigh:
“And you selected Athan.”

Mina:
Rolls her eyes again. “Yeah, what was I thinking? Shoulda picked the werewolf,” she mumbles.

Shannon Leigh:
Glances at Athan, wondering what his response to Mina’s suggestion might be. He offers a seductive grin that sends another chill of awareness straight to her core. Shannon shifts in her seat, then uncrosses and re-crosses her legs, trying to stunt the tingle between her thighs.

Athan:
“Guess I’m just irresistible,” he offers, sliding his tongue along his lower lip.

Shannon Leigh:
Nearly falls out of her chair at the thought of that skilled tongue laving her pussy from front to back. She had no doubt he’d have her squirming in no time. Heck, if he kept looking at her like that, she’d have to go change her panties. As though reading her thoughts, Athan’s smile widens.

Mina:
“Athan!” she hisses. “Stop that!”

Athan:
Releases Shannon from his thrall and turns to Mina with a feigned look of innocence. “What?”

Mina:
“You know what. Stop tormenting her.”

Shannon Leigh:
Finally regains her composure. “Yes, let’s avoid the…how about we just get back to the interview. Okay?”

Athan:
Shrugs indifference, though his expression shows his disappointment.

Shannon Leigh:
“Okay, so side four has...?”

Mina:
“Side four was completely different, more contemporary with a man on a motorcycle—a Harley, I think—and some sort of business guru in an expensive suit.”

Shannon Leigh:
“Well that offers pretty much something for everyone then.”

Mina:
Nods. “Yeah, guess so. Anyway, we selected our pieces, then started the game. After we each rolled the dice and moved our characters, we drew a card that told us what our adventure would be.”

Shannon Leigh:
“Adventure?”

Mina:
“Yeah, we each had an adventure to complete with our characters. Candi had to find Surius’ pelt. Renee had to fulfill Eyanosa’s Sun Dance ritual. I had to, well, mine was a little unorthodox and I’d rather not go in to that here, but let’s just say, by the time we all finished our appointed tasks, we were more than satisfied.

Shannon Leigh:
“When you say satisfied, I’m assuming you mean in a…” she glances over at Athan briefly before finishing, “sexual manner?”

Athan:
Gives her that toe-curling grin once more. “She came right back for round two so I’ll let you be the judge of that.”

Shannon Leigh:
Feels her cheeks flush from the insinuation and quickly turns her attention back to safer territory. “Mina, I have to say—and I’m sure the audience will agree—that your game sounds…um, well, fascinating, to say the…exciting, actually.” Fiddling with her pad of paper and pen, she casts a sideways glance at Athan and adds, “Maybe sometime you’d let me play as well. I’d love a girls’ night in.”

Mina:
Squeals with delight. “Really? Oh, my God! I’d be so honored. I’ve been dying to give the werewolf a try. I’ll call Renee and Candi and set it up.”

Athan:
Strokes his chin between his thumb and forefinger as he regards Shannon from head to toe with open desire. “And who would you like to…try, Ms. Leigh?”

Shannon Leigh:
Licks her bottom lip suggestively. “I think we both know the answer to that one.”

Turns to address her audience. “Well there you have it, folks. Erotikos, it’s like Jumanji for adults, but with—from what I gather—a lot more intimate excitement. I want to thank all of you for coming tonight. It’s been a very…interesting evening. I’ll be sure to give you update after I’ve had the pleasure of playing a round or two of Mina’s enticing game.”

As they stand to leave, Shannon glances over at Mina with a mischievous grin. “Have time for a quick round backstage?
Mina:
Nods emphatically. “I always have time.”

Athan:
Clears his throat to get their attention. “I certainly hope I’m invited to this rendezvous.”

Mina:
Shrugs with indifference. “I’ve got a date with a werewolf.”

Shannon Leigh:
Loops her arm through Athan’s, “Honey, I’ve been dying to get you backstage all night,” she says with a girlish giggle.

Athan:
“I know.”

He grins at her, his eyes full of promised pleasures to come as they disappear backstage. For the moment, the game is forgotten. They don’t need it to play. But not to worry, Mina doesn’t mind. After all, Erotikos is suitable for one. With seven others characters to herself, she has no intention of being lonely tonight.

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6 comments:

Stacie said...

I love character interviews! You always get to see their personality come through. Fun post!

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Shannon Leigh said...

Thanks, Stacie. They're really fun to write. I feel like I get a chance to interact with them.

daydrmzzz said...

I'm with you Stacie character interviews are always so intriguing.

Robin said...

Very fun interview! Love the story idea!

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Na said...

I will never tire of character interviews. They are the most fun and the most helpful to me because it gives the characters a chance to let their personalities shine. I can see how thrilled Mina is to be part of the interview. I'm happy you broughts your characters to the party.

Cathy M said...

What a fun way to get to meet Athan, and such a sexy beast he is.


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