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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Guest Blog: Paloma Beck: Religious Inspiration for Erotic Book?

Am I seriously going to talk about religion while I’m promoting my erotic paranormal romance series? Yes I am. Stay with me though. It’ll get interesting, I promise.

As a reader, I want the heroine in books I read to be strong and to have a story of their own to tell beyond being mated to the alpha hero. If given the chance, the heroine should be able defend themselves. If not with physical strength, at least she needs to be capable of using her intelligence, wit and female moxie.

The idea behind the women in the Seven Sin Sisters series came to me while sitting in church one Sunday. I’ve always felt Mary Magdalene was much like an overlooked bff to Mary the Mother of Jesus who received the glory. What fanfare does Mary Magdalena get? Not much. But she’s one of my favorite people in the bible and she was actually one of Jesus' most committed disciples and absolutely was the most important female disciple of Jesus. Yet on those important days of the church’s celebration, she’s just among those secondary characters we hear about in the background. Most people don’t realize she actually became Jesus' close friend –not just his Mother Mary’s friend- and she was with Jesus during his last days. She was at the cross well after all his male disciples (except John) left and she was at his burial. Most profound is that she was actually the first person to see Jesus after his Resurrection. A woman was chosen to be the first person to see Him – I love this.

So given all this information, when I think about the type of person Mary Magdalene was, I imagine she would’ve been a kick-ass heroine. And the idea of her being the Goddess they worship seemed a perfect fit. After all, she is considered a saint by the Catholic Church (and her feast day is my sister’s birthday, July 22). It was a sign.

But what about those demons the sisters possess? Well, the Bible tells us that Jesus cleansed Mary Magdalene of her seven demons. So here’s where the idea for their seven sins –demons living within them for a sacrifice they make- was born. And of course, the name -Circle of Magdalena- just fit. The heroines of the Seven Sin Sisters series have the strength of the original Mary Magdalene. They possess her perseverance, her tenacity and her leadership in a cause greater than themselves. One of the sisters takes a big interest in the history of Mary Magdalene so readers will hear about her more in a later book.

Series: Seven Sin Sisters Series, Book Five
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Elements: Adult language/ Explicit Sex/ Consensual Adult Spanking
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing

The seven Sinster sisters are entwined in a legacy originating back from the time of the Italian Wars in the 1500s. One by one, they’ll find their mates from the immortal Valendite Breeds and secure their place in history.

Amelia, a genetic physicist and the eldest Sinster sister, has devoted her adult life to determining the genetic anomaly of the Magdalena Circle women. The discovery means the women will no longer serve as the singular means for the Valendite Breed’s survival. However, in the wrong hands, the discovery takes on new meaning and puts their society at risk.

While investigating, Gage, a TEU weapons specialist for the Valendite Breed, accidentally shoots Amelia and then unknowingly bonds himself to her. Now with their enemies closing in around them, Amelia must fight against her soul sin to find the happiness she’s longed for. Everything shifts for the couple when Gage takes her in hand and convinces Amelia to trust in the prophecy to bring them together.

Lustful Cravings, Seven Sin Sisters, book one (8/2012)
Eternal Envy, Seven Sin Sisters, book two (10/ 2012)
Holiday Gem, Seven Sin Sisters, book three (12/2012)
Vanished Pride, Seven Sin Sisters, book four (2/2013)
Holding Hope, Seven Sin Sisters, free short story (5/2013)
Frozen Fury, Seven Sin Sisters, book five (7/2013)

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Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction... she's a happily married carpooling mom writing erotic romance. It's almost naughty! Paloma writes in both the Contemporary and Paranormal realms, journaling the stories her characters tell her, and they are anything but PG. She dabbles in vampires, witches, menage, spanking and bdsm - all in her books, of course. Paloma believes a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better.

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Fran Lee said...

Sounds fabulous! Thanks for the great post!

Rose Anderson said...

ooh sounds fascinating!

Molly Daniels said...

LOL....inspiration arrives in different ways! I once wrote an entire song during a sermon. Thought I'd been writing only 5 mins; I finished it, sat back, and my pastor said 'Amen' and stepped down from the pulpit! I'd not heard a word of it, and had been writing for 20 mins.

Sandy said...

Amazing concept, Poloma. I have watched some history channel stories that believe Magalena was Jesus's wife.

Sandy said...

I'm so sorry, I misspelled your name, Paloma. It's a beautiful name, too.

Paloma Beck said...

Thanks for stopping in, everybody. I get caught sometimes scribbling notes for books during church! You just never know where the inspiration will hit so I always carry around a notebook.

Melissa Keir said...

I love this series. I have a couple of the books on my pile of TBR. I've loved hearing about your thinking behind the series.

Thanks for sharing it!!

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