Spotlight & Giveaway: The Thrust by Shoshanna Evers

Posted March 13th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 25 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Shoshanna Evers to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

Thanks for having me!

Five things on your bucket list:

ShoshannaHeadshot2014_200x3001: live in a fully self-sufficient house (no need for outside power grid, heat, water, sewer, etc). Sort of the like Trent from The Thrust, but with solar panels.

2. I’m having a really hard time thinking of things on my bucket list that I have control over… things like “hold my own grandchild” are out of my hands (and I would prefer if my 4 year old son waited a while to have kids, to be honest)

3. attend one of those survival-skills-learning camping trip thingies. After all my research for The Pulse Trilogy, I want to be as ready for a post-apocalyptic scenario as possible! I want to be the female Darryl from The Walking Dead, minus the zombies.

I’ve just got three things right now that I can think of… I’ve been very blessed to be able to cross a lot of stuff off my bucket list already! 🙂

Would you rather… have a beautiful house and an ugly car or an ugly house and a beautiful car? Why?

I would rather have a beautiful house and an ugly car, because then when you go out and meet people, they don’t assume anything about your level of wealth. But when you are at home (which, since I write full-time from home, is often) you get to be in a great place.

Maybe the ideal scenario would be to have an ugly car that runs perfectly (and off-road), and a house that’s ugly on the outside so it doesn’t attract attention or robbers, but is amazing on the inside to enjoy, lol

Let’s talk about your newest release: The Thrust, Book 3 in the Pulse Trilogy

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

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The Thrust is the third book in The Pulse Trilogy – it’s a post-apocalyptic dystopian erotic romance novel, and it’s the book where everything comes to a climax and also wraps up.

That was the quick summary. Here’s the blurb:

In the gritty conclusion to the erotic dystopian Pulse Trilogy, one couple undertakes a desperate rescue mission in post-apocalyptic New York City.

Trent Taylor and the people of Letliv, a thriving fishing community on the Connecticut coast, must join forces with the survivors of the FEMA camp at Grand Central to save his sister Annie, who is living on the Tracks as part of the soldiers’ private harem.

Clarissa has spent the past year under control of the soldiers, but Trent’s passionate touch sparks her desire. She’s not entirely sure if she’ll be safe with the mysterious stranger, who still mourns his wife’s untimely death. But with her growing need for Trent, and the danger the women of the Tracks face—Clarissa will have to gather everyone together to fight the rule of the soldiers who keep them prisoner. Could their struggle for freedom—and love—mean an escape from this dystopian nightmare?

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

Oh boy, there are a lot of characters, because all of the characters starting from The Pulse, Book 1 in the Pulse Trilogy, have been a part of the entire story… and so we continue with their stories in The Thrust.

Clarissa – our heroine, the red-headed waitress who escaped from the Tracks of Grand Central in The Escape, Book 2 in the Pulse Trilogy (don’t worry, that wasn’t a spoiler) and joined Jenna and Barker. The Thrust begins where The Escape leaves off, so I can’t explain too much…

Trent – the hero – the sexy, muscular man who broadcasts about the independent fishing community of Letliv, CT. He lost his wife when her insulin ran out shortly after the Pulse hit. Trent is Annie’s brother.

Annie – Trent’s younger sister, and Clarissa’s roommate on the Tracks at Grand Central. She broke her leg when a soldier pushed her, and it’s not healing properly without enough nutrition.

Evan – the teenage boy who ran away from his camp when he turned 18, and ended up with Barker, Jenna, and Clarissa on the road. Now he’s been kidnapped by the soldiers and is back at Grand Central, with Annie.

Barker – the sexy soldier who joins Jenna , he was our hero in The Escape.

Jenna – Emily’s roommate from the Tracks, and our heroine from The Escape. She’s a sassy, take-no-prisoners woman.

Emily – our heroine from The Pulse, book 1. A young nurse who has been living on the Tracks with Jenna, until she finds a radio and escapes, joining forces with Mason. In The Thrust, Emily and Mason are living in a cabin in the woods in upstate NY, when they hear Trent’s broadcast about Letliv.

Mason – a gorgeous ex-convict and our hero from The Pulse, Book 1. He’s Emily’s protector and guide as they escape Grand Central, and now he’ll do it again to help her find her friends in Letliv.

Colonel Lanche – the corrupt leader of the FEMA camp at Grand Central in NYC – as his power is threatened, he becomes increasingly violent and sadistic.

Scar – Colonel Lanche’s right-hand man, and Evan’s (the boy they’ve kidnapped) worst nightmare.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

I was pretty surprised when I found out that Trent was essentially an anarchist.

I used to think of anarchists as people who love chaos (they must, if they don’t want government, or so I thought) – but the community of Letliv is peaceful and self-directed. The town is so wary of government and military intrusion (because of the way the events after the Pulse were handled) that they basically isolate their town to keep it free from intervention. They hate tyranny and are willing to fight for freedom.

In order to get a better understanding of how Trent came to be the way he is, since his political ideals have shaped him into this man, who will fight to help save his sister and all of the women at Grand Central from Colonel Lanche, I did a lot of research, watched a lot of Youtube videos from popular anarchists, and asked questions.

I’m sure I’m on some government list somewhere now… 😉

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

I loved writing the first sex scene between Clarissa and Trent. Clarissa has spent so much time on the Tracks, at the mercy of soldiers who took advantage of the desperate situation the women were in. So when she’s ready to sleep with Trent, she’s not sure if she’ll be able to enjoy herself. But Trent is so kind, and so gentle with her, that he makes her feel protected and safe.

Here’s a little snippet:

Clarissa moaned with pleasure beneath Trent. His body was rock hard, one arm gripping the top of the mattress for support. She could feel his triceps muscles flexing, as immovable as stone.

And yet, she wasn’t afraid. It didn’t remind her of the times she’d felt trapped beneath a man on the Tracks, waiting for him to finish so she could eat.

No, this was different. Better. Everything felt good. She wanted more of it, as much as she could take, as much as she could give.

When he collapsed on top of her, panting, Clarissa smiled up at him.

“Are you okay?” he asked. “I didn’t hurt you, did I?”

“You didn’t hurt me,” she said. “This was . . .” God, how to put it? How to explain to him that this moment together was the first step for her toward letting go of her past?

“Thank you,” she finally said. “For everything.”

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

When Evan is kidnapped, he’s sexually assaulted by Scar at the camp. Those scenes, and the scenes that involved Evan’s thought process, his pain (both physical and emotional), were so hard to write. But Evan’s story just ate at me until I told it.

This scene is when Scar attacks Evan on his first night off the Tracks, when he’s bunking with the other soldiers. *TRIGGER WARNING*

God, please watch over Annie and keep her safe, he added to his prayer.

Amen.

Suddenly a thick, heavy hand clamped down over his nose and mouth. Evan couldn’t breathe. He flailed in the tiny bunk, kicking his legs out in terror.

He couldn’t *breathe.*

“Stop struggling,” his attacker whispered in his ear. It was Scar.

Evan stopped instantly, hoping that obedience would calm Scar down. It worked. Scar shifted his hand off of Evan’s nose, but kept it tightly over his lips. Evan breathed as much blessed air as he could through his nose, unable to even open his mouth under Scar’s heavy grasp on his face.

“If you make any noise, I will kill you,” Scar hissed in his ear.

Evan nodded, tears flowing down his cheeks. He was terrified, but he was angry, too. Angry at himself for crying. For showing Scar how much of a hold on him he truly had. And angry at Colonel Lanche for not keeping his word.

Lanche had promised he’d call Scar off.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

Oh, gosh, wouldn’t that be awesome?! That makes me happy just thinking about it. 😀

Let’s see… Clarissa could be played by a red-headed Emma Watson, perhaps, if she had an American accent.

Trent would be a young Gerard Butler, I think.

Evan could be played by Justin Bieber – (take away the money and flashiness, and just keep the sweet face and thin body).

Jennifer Lawrence would be an amazing Jenna.. And I’d love to have Billy Zane (from the Titanic) play Colonel Lanche.

I leave the rest of the casting up to you guys for now, lol

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

If I could have given my characters advice before The Thrust, it probably would be for them to remember that if David could beat Goliath, surely they had a shot at liberating the people imprisoned at Grand Central.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

This is a busy year! Right now I’m writing a book called Kidnap Me, a sexy contemporary erotic romance.

As for releases, so far THE ESCAPE, Book 2 in the Pulse Trilogy, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (an erotic re-imagining), and MAKE ME: Twelve Tales of Dark Desire, have already released this year, along with the audiobook for ENSLAVED, Book 1 in the Enslaved Trilogy.

After THE THRUST, Book 3 in the Pulse Trilogy, I have these books coming up:

Cowboy Heat – a Cleis Press antho edited by Delilah Devlin, featuring my story “Drop Two Tears in a Bucket” – March 18th, 2014

Can’t Get Enough – my short story Blake Eats Out (a Dominatrix Fantasy short story!!) will be in the Cleis Press antho edited by Tenille Brown, out June 21, 2014.

The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride…and Baby, Entangled Publishing, release date TBD 2014

Audiobooks for Enamored, and Enraptured (the Enslaved Trilogy), release date TBD 2014

Audiobooks for The Dominatrix Fantasy Trilogy, The Man Who Holds the Whip, Chastity Belt, Hollywood Spank, Beauty and the Beast, Snowed in with the Tycoon, and the first book in The Pulse Trilogy will all be produced (and released) this year!

Shoshanna Evers’ Short Shorts (an anthology of erotic short stories from my other anthologies) – TBD 2014

Submission: a Shoshanna Evers BDSM anthology – (BDSM novellas book bundle) release date TBD 2014

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: I’ll be giving away an autographed 16″ x 12′ poster of The Pulse Trilogy covers to one US-only winner! But you should still enter if you live internationally, because if the winner is outside of the US, I’ll give them an ebook of The Pulse, Book 1 in the Pulse Trilogy (or a different book if the winner read The Pulse already).

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and Post a comment to this Q: If you had a choice between being in prison – where you would be given three meals a day, a cot, and all of the essentials, OR living free, but having to hunt/fish/grow your own food, find your own water, shelter, etc, which would you choose?

 So.. either you’d be given everything you need to live, but NOT freedom, OR you’d have to get everything you need to live on your own (and go without if you can’t), but have freedom…

I would pick freedom (even if it was hard), but I have friends who would rather the security of knowing where their next meal is coming from, and would prefer prison (in this totally hypothetical future situation only, lol). I can understand both viewpoints, and I’m interested in hearing your thoughts!
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Excerpt

Excerpt from The Thrust, Book 3 in The Pulse Trilogy by Shoshanna Evers
Copyright Shoshanna Evers 2013
Simon & Schuster Pocket Star, All Rights Reserved.

Trent glanced at Clarissa, and she offered him what she hoped was an encouraging smile.

Without Trent to help them convince the people of Letliv to join them in their fight to liberate the camp at Grand Central, they’d be lost.

Trent nodded to the group. “And I’ll work with Clarissa, Jenna, and Barker to make a map of the grounds. We won’t be going in blind.”

The meeting adjourned, and Clarissa followed Trent back up to his house.

“Thank you,” she said, when they got into his living room.

“For what?”

“For everything.”

They were alone again. Barker and Jenna had gone fishing with one of the crews, determined to put in their fair share of work in the town.

Trent still looked pumped from the meeting, as if his adrenaline and excitement had stayed with him even after the last person had filed out of the church.

“You don’t need to thank me,” he said. “I’m doing this for Annie, too. I want my sister safe. And you . . . you knew her. You helped her. That earns you a place in my house, any day of the week.”

“Jenna seemed to think you might have other motives,” Clarissa said quietly. “For asking me to stay with you, I mean.”

Trent paused, looking down at her from his significant height advantage. “I told you I wouldn’t hurt you.”

“I know that,” she whispered. She did. He was good, she trusted her gut on that. “But I don’t think she . . . Jenna doesn’t think you’ll hurt me. Against my will, I mean.”

The air was thick with shimmering desire between them, and for once, Clarissa didn’t attempt to tamp it down.

She hadn’t felt desire, true need, in a long time. Sex on the Tracks was currency, and it hadn’t been fun. Not for her, anyway. Sex with Roy had basically been an experiment with mediocre results. When the time had come for her to actually let Roy inside her, her body had tensed, as if her body remembered what her mind wouldn’t let her forget.

But around Trent, she felt . . . open. Like herself.

Jenna’s words flitted through her mind. Why deny yourself pleasure?

“I admit,” Trent said, his voice low, “you’re a . . . a very beautiful woman. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t attracted to you.”

He stepped in closer, so close they were almost touching.

“But,” he said, “I haven’t been with anyone since my wife died. We were together for ten years.”

Clarissa nodded, feeling suddenly ashamed. He was rejecting her advances, after she’d spent the night imagining that if the bedroom door weren’t locked he’d be all over her.

She felt like a fool.

“I still love my wife,” he whispered. “I always will. Even though she’s gone, I’m not sure how I could . . . sleep with anyone else. With you.”

“No, forget I said anything,” Clarissa said, turning away so he wouldn’t see the shame on her face. What had she been thinking?

Trent reached out and took hold of her arm, gently pulling her back to him. His grasp was strong, but she wasn’t afraid.

“Just forget it,” she said, the heat of his hand still encircling her flesh.

“I don’t want to forget it,” he said. “We both want . . . I do want you. And I think you feel the same the way. We just don’t know what to do with ourselves.” He laughed softly.

“I feel different around you, Trent,” she admitted. “And you’re right, I have absolutely no idea where to go from here.”

Suddenly, his mouth was on hers, her body pressed against his. Her passion spiked, and she opened her lips to let him in.

“What the hell are we getting ourselves into?” he murmured against her lips.

“Let’s not think about it.” She tentatively wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him in closer. He was so tall. Normally a man of his size would have intimidated her, scared her. But instead she felt protected by him.

His length hardened against her belly, reminding her of his desire, and of his potential power over her. And yet, she wasn’t afraid. For the first time in a long time, the idea of having sex didn’t fill her with dread or emptiness.

“I want you,” she whispered.

“I feel like I’m cheating on her,” he said. “I know I’m not. That she’s gone, forever. That we might not be on this earth for much longer ourselves.”

“We shouldn’t do anything you’ll regret,” she said. But she said it with her body still pressed against his. She didn’t want to regret anything either, but somehow, this felt more right than anything had since the Pulse.

He groaned, kissing her again. “Let’s not think about it, like you said.”

Trent’s hands cupped her ass through her pants, pulling her even closer to him. His hardness pushed against her abdomen, and he lifted her in his arms easily, until she straddled his waist.

“Can I take you into the bedroom?”

Was she really about to do this?

Yes.

Book Info:

The Thrust, Book 3 in the Pulse Trilogy

In the gritty conclusion to the erotic dystopian Pulse Trilogy, one couple undertakes a desperate rescue mission in post-apocalyptic New York City.

Trent Taylor and the people of Letliv, a thriving fishing community on the Connecticut coast, must join forces with the survivors of the FEMA camp at Grand Central to save his sister Annie, who is living on the Tracks as part of the soldiers’ private harem.

Clarissa has spent the past year under control of the soldiers, but Trent’s passionate touch sparks her desire. She’s not entirely sure if she’ll be safe with the mysterious stranger, who still mourns his wife’s untimely death. But with her growing need for Trent, and the danger the women of the Tracks face—Clarissa will have to gather everyone together to fight the rule of the soldiers who keep them prisoner. Could their struggle for freedom—and love—mean an escape from this dystopian nightmare?
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Author Bio

Critically-acclaimed author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories including Overheated, The Enslaved Trilogy, and the post-apocalyptic dystopian Pulse Trilogy from Simon & Schuster Pocket Star. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies including the bestselling Make Me: 12 Tales of Dark Desire, Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013, and Agony/Ecstasy from Penguin/Berkley Heat. Evers got her start in 2010 at Ellora’s Cave, with erotic BDSM novellas such as Chastity Belt and Punishing the Art Thief.

The non-fiction anthology Shoshanna Evers edited and contributed to, How To Write Hot Sex: Tips from Multi-Published Erotic Romance Authors, is a #1 Bestseller in the Authorship, Erotica Writing Reference, and Romance Writing categories on Amazon, and the inspiration for her “How to Write Hot Sex” workshop!

Shoshanna Evers has been listed on Amazon as one of the “Most Popular Authors in Romance,” as well as on the Contemporary Romance, and Erotica “Most Popular Authors” lists.

Reviewers have called Shoshanna’s writing “fast paced, intense, and sexual…every naughty fantasy come to life for the reader” with stories where “the plot is fresh and the pacing excellent, the emotions…real and poignant.”

Shoshanna used to work as a syndicated advice columnist and a registered nurse, but now she’s a full-time smut writer and a home-schooling mom. She lives with her family and two big dogs in Northern Idaho.
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25 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Thrust by Shoshanna Evers”

  1. Nicole Potter (@NiiArt)

    Ah…I’d say FREEDOM! Even though meals, bed and roof would be nice, it would all seem…meaningless? I guess without freedom, I wouldn’t see the point. Even if freedom meant hardship, I’d still choose free! 🙂

  2. tori

    freedom. u can always find a way to survive if u know how to hunt fish gather etc. i hunt and fish so i guess thats why i wouldnt care about being own my own having to find my own food.

  3. Christine L.

    Freedom, no question. I’d rather rely on my wits and skills in order to survive than be held captive for the rest of my days.

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