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Q: Ultimate Night’s Delights is the third book in a series, right? Tell us about the series and which characters are introduced in which books.
A: Ultimate Night’s Delights is the third (and final) story in a trilogy that began with A Midsummer Night’s Delights and continued with A Midwinter Night’s Delights. I never intended to write a trilogy, but the characters kept popping up in my head, and I knew they had more stories to tell!
A Midsummer Night’s Delights introduced readers to newlyweds Julian and Annabelle. They were strangers trapped in an arranged, sexless marriage. To loosen them up, Julian’s father sends them to the Marquis of Demby’s estate to attend a Midsummer Ball. (And this type of ball isn’t for dancing!)
Julian and Annabelle meet the Marquis, Vincent, and his wife, Sabrina. Over the course of their visit, they learn how to open up and explore their sexuality. When they attend the Midsummer Ball, they shed their inhibitions while indulging in their wildest fantasies.
A Midwinter Night’s Delights picks up six months after the first book. (If you haven’t read the first story, that’s okay – each novella stands alone as an individual read. And yes, this book is just as hot – if not hotter – than the first one.)
In the sequel, we discover that Annabelle and Julian have taken what they’ve learned and gone wild. Ever since the summer ball, they have been overindulging in all sorts of erotic activities and are more than eager to give in to their desires whenever (and wherever) the mood strikes – even if it’s at a formal dinner party. Needless to say, Julian’s father sends them back to Vincent’s estate to be disciplined and learn self-control.
A Midwinter Night’s Delights is more intense than the first book. From the outset, readers know that Julian and Annabelle are learning lessons and being disciplined – but it’s all for their own good. I sprinkled in some B/D/S/M to make things interesting. It was fun to explore a different side to the games that take place at the estate and watch how the characters reacted as they received their ‘punishments’ throughout the book. I also shared the backstory about how Vincent and Sabrina met, and introduced two new characters, Lono and Lobo.
Here’s the summary:
Julian and Annabelle are back for a final ball!
The Marquis of Demby’s Midsummer and Midwinter Balls changed Julian and Annabelle forever. Freed from their inhibitions, they now help other shy couples explore their sexual urges and hidden desires.
But life on Vincent and Sabrina’s estate is anything but tranquil. The notorious Duke of Blackwell has discovered the secret about the naughty balls and is out to destroy the marquis.
Vincent refuses to deny the rumors about the “anything goes” parties he hosts, and turns to his friends for assistance. Together, they devise a plan to defeat the Black Duke…and still find time for a few erotic games.
In Ultimate Night’s Delights, I expanded Lono and Lobo’s characters and made them an essential part of the story. I think readers will enjoy the last installment of the series and be satisfied at the ending.
Q: Was it your plan all along to have someone try to end the erotic parties hosted by Vincent and Sabrina?
A: Not at all. When I started plotting the book, I wasn’t sure what direction to go. I knew there had to be something interesting (beyond a naughty ball) that raised the stakes for everyone, and I thought about blackmail. (It’s always a good motive!) From there, I developed the idea of the Black Duke out to destroy Vincent. Then I had to devise a clever way to tie it all together at the end.
Q: Is this the end or will there be more books in the series?
A: This is the last book in the trilogy/series. But just because Vincent’s games will end, it doesn’t mean the characters won’t have fun off-page. I invite readers who fell in love with these characters to visit my site and catch up on all of my romances. I’ve written spicy stories in all genres, including another historical trilogy.
Q: What period in history are your books set in? Did you learn any fun facts while researching the erotic activities of the time?
A: I don’t specify a year or an exact location in this series. I call these historical/fantasies (much like my “Royal Desires” series that’s made up of three other erotic historicals (A Most Unusual Princess, Dalton’s Temptation, and The Pauper Prince).
I like the freedom of creating my own world with these books. I can make up a foreign land or invent a setting whenever I want (or whenever it suits the story) without having to be 100% historically correct, but still keeping the historical “flavor” of the time. However, for my full-on historical romances, (such as The Viking’s Witch), I do a ton of research to be as accurate as possible.)
If I had to pick something close, I’d say the setting is a rural kingdom (English or Scottish perhaps), around the mid-1700s. Men wear breeches, women dress in long gowns and are supposed to be modest, and the church has an influence over social attitudes of the time. But Vincent doesn’t concern himself with any of that!
For the erotic activities, I did some research for the first book (A Midsummer Night’s Delights) to get a few interesting ideas, and then I let my imagination run wild!
Q: What’s next for you Kelli?
A: I’m working on a few new romances for Amber Quill Press, including a paranormal and another gay romance. I also have my second book with Medallion Press (Dangerous Indenture) scheduled for release in May 2014. Readers can keep up with my news, get inside looks at my books, writing tips, and more on my blog.
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Kelli A. Wilkins has published more than 90 short stories, 15 romance novels in varying heat levels and genres, and 4 non-fiction books.
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