Estelle and I met through BVS publications. Her first book comes out July 30! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her and I’m reading her book and enjoying it.
Estelle Pettersen is an Australian author and former journalist whose romance stories explore empowerment, freedom, and finding one’s strength. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Journalism and Psychology, from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her second degree is an MBA from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and is passionate about history, languages, cultures, traveling, food, and wine. She is happily married and living in Norway these days.
Tell us about yourself.
Firstly, thank you for giving me the opportunity for this interview. I’m an Australian living in western Norway with my Norwegian husband and two kids. I’m an introverted book lover, animal lover, and a coffee/tea addict.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always wanted to write since I was a child. My English teacher in high school encouraged me the follow the writing path, so I studied journalism at university. Being a romantic at heart, I used to daydream and scribble love stories, pretending that I wrote copious amounts of notes, during lectures.
Life became quite busy, particularly after I met my husband and moved to Norway. Two kids and years later, I started writing fiction as my solace and to calm my soul. I wrote on a platform called Wattpad, where I made friends with other writers and readers who enjoyed my stories.
I received encouragement from a few people, including a book agent, to submit my manuscript to a romance publisher, and I was thrilled when Black Velvet Seductions accepted Lessons on Seduction.
What genres do you like to read? Are these the same genres you write in?
I love all genres except fan fiction. I enjoy reading thrillers, nonfiction, horror, the classics, and, of course, romance stories. When I was fifteen, a friend came over to my place with a bag full of steamy romance books. Some of the pages were folded to mark where the steamy and emotional scenes were. I remember reading them and thinking, “Wow! I’d love to write a romance novel one day.”
I write romance stories, with Lessons on Seduction as my debut romance novel to be published by Black Velvet Seductions.
Is your book for adults, young adults or children?
My book is an erotic romance, so it’s for adults only.
What is your current release or project?
Lessons on Seduction is my current release, due to be released on July 30, 2020.
Tell us about the key characters
The protagonist is a young woman named Sapphire because of the color of her eyes. She breaks away from societal expectations and conformity to find her own strong voice. She represents both femininity and empowerment, and is willing to stand in the firing line to protect the people she loves. Sapphire is pansexual and has a crush on her close friend, Vera, who later introduces Sapphire to her brother, Julian.
Inspired by the brooding Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, Julian is the kind of man Sapphire’s family and most friends would tell her to stay away from. She’s attracted to his intelligence and his sexual allure, but he holds a dark secret that could destroy their relationship. He’s never been in love until he meets Sapphire, so their relationship is a new experience for him.
What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?
When college student Sapphire Blake finds herself fresh out of a breakup, she is ready to embark on a new journey in her life. A dark, sensual journey. Freeing herself from the expectations set by her family, friends, and church, an innocent and unworldly Sapphire begins experimenting with her new casual lover, Vera Richland.
Julian Richland is ridiculously handsome, smart, and intimidating. This university professor finds himself enthralled in a sensual relationship with a woman willing to pay top money for his time in the bedroom. To pay off his debts and continue leading his lavish lifestyle, Julian discovers the world filled with sex, drugs, and lies may not be for him as he first thought. With his contract almost up, Julian has his sights set on a new endeavor.
When the pair are introduced by none other than Julian’s own sister, sparks are ignited as Julian sees past the conservative stigma Sapphire believes the world has placed on her. Instead, he sees a sexy vixen—and he can’t help but admit he wants her.
As the couple begins a dangerous, passionate liaison, secrets become exposed and lives are threatened. Will Julian be able to save his relationship with Sapphire and rekindle the fiery flame they share? Or, will fate have another ending in store? Find out in this thrilling and erotic new adult romance.
Share an excerpt
Welcome to my Playground
First semester at Montville State University, August
“Baby, come back to bed,” she purred, grabbing my arm.
“I need to get to class. There’s no time to sleep in.” I sat on the edge of the bed, gently loosened her grip, and kissed her forehead.
“Oh, honey, please, just one more time.”
“There’s a coffee machine on the kitchen bench. Help yourself to it on the way out.”
“You were good, sugar.” I leaned forward and ran my hand along her smooth, tan, inner thighs. I slid my index and middle fingers inside her wet slit, pulled out, then licked them to taste her scent.
Melina Montes, or Mindy, was a college student in her prime.
Her flavor? Spicy and aromatic.
She was a sexy hellcat whose tits were popping out of her low-cut tank top when I recognized her across the room at a party last night. Dark hair: check. Dark eyes: check. Tiny waist and a fucking banging body: check, check.
She and I had had casual sex before, so it didn’t take long for the familiar flirtation to turn into a make-out session, which resulted in business in the bedroom in my apartment, where she was a star.
Mindy was a little minx who knew how to satisfy a man. Her naked body was a piece of caramel cake, with small droplets of brown candy on the peaks of her breasts, and a smooth pussy that flowed cream so tasty and hot.
She fucked like a pro and knew how to handle my cock with her mouth. She started on the head, tasting it with her tongue, before using her suction technique, which was spot-on perfect.
Sixty-nine was my favorite number, so while she worked her magic on my cock with her lips, I snacked on her exquisite pussy. That pussy had a landing strip of short, dark hair, which I inhaled to take in her aroma. She was musky, sensual, and pleading to be licked.
My tongue landed on her landing strip, giving it gentle licks. Then my mouth dove into her core, nipping, sucking, and circling the ripe center with my wicked tongue. Her whimpers and mewling grew louder as I continued eating her while pinching her perfectly plump nipples with my fingers and thumbs to stimulate a little more pleasure. Those nipples were divine—they were territory that I’d visited from time to time before, nibbling, licking, and devouring them until they were sore.
“Oh my God, oh my God.” Mindy’s filthy mouth broke away from my cock and prayed to a divine deity.
I continued to roll her nipples between my fingers while feasting on her clit, wanting more of that pussy cream. Her body quivered as I continued with the motions, bringing her to a state of euphoria.
“Fuck, Julian, I’m going to come!” Mindy screamed.
I broke my kiss, positioned myself on top of her, and grabbed a condom. Once I had it on, I slid my hard, throbbing cock inside her, pounding into her sweet, wet pussy at a paced speed, until she screamed unfiltered pleasure peppered with obscenities. We both came hard and fast before I collapsed onto her body, catching up on my breathing. A minute later, we lay in silence, and Mindy’s head rested on my chest. She played with the contours of my chest and stomach, tracing her fingers from my sternum to just above my love trail.
“Your abs. They’re so fucking rock hard,” she whispered, before falling asleep.
I’d just had the fuck of my life with Mindy. I’d known her for years, and she would come onto me like a cat in heat. We were amicable, but I wouldn’t call her a friend, so it was a case of acquaintances with benefits. You see, I met her through my sister, Vera, years ago—they both went to high school together and studied law in college. We hooked up from time to time, but that’s all it was.
After a night of little sleep, I woke up at seven, showered, and got ready for class. The mirror reflected a clear image of a man with mahogany hair and light bags under his dark, burnished eyes. I stared at the man, who was six feet tall with broad shoulders and a muscular build, thanks to my daily routine at Evolve Gym. The exercise initially helped me with a few back problems and eventually became a habit of taking care of myself. I lathered my square, unshaven jaw and started shaving for a fresh, clean look.
Do you have a favorite scene?
I have a few favorite scenes, where there is tension and conflict between characters that need to be resolved. I added these scenes for the characters to grow and appreciate each other. There’s a scene where Sapphire and Julian haven’t seen each other for a while – the flame between them never dies.
What advice would you give a beginner?
Being an author is a dream but it requires work, work, work. Writing and editing is one element of being an author. It also means stepping out of your comfort zone, learning from mistakes, and learning to handle exposure. This is something I’ve learned from the other authors at Black Velvet Seductions, who have been my mentors and have a wealth of experience as writers.
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