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Sleeping Beauty and the Demon on Cocky Confessions

cocky confessions_tealMarina Myles and her hero are visiting today. Her Cursed Princes romance series with Kensington are fairy tale retellings that are hot, a bit twisted, and feature immortal Prince Charmings, who aren’t always good!

Dragomir Starkov is the hero of her third novel, Sleeping Beauty and theSleeping Beauty And The Demon (eBook) Demon. He’s a mysterious illusionist who can make woman do things by way of his dark, hypnotic stare. He’s fallen for Rose Carlisle—a beautiful young woman yearning to be protected by his magic and their love affair begins one stormy night in 1912 New York City. Right after Drago opens his magic show, he spots Rose in the audience. Interestingly, he isn’t shocked to see her because he has willed the blond beauty to come tonight…

Glad to have you today, Dragomir.

*nods* Thanks.

So you compel women with your stare.  Sexy! Let’s start out with what attracts you. Is there a specific body type, hair, or eye color? Does your current lover meet the criteria? I love women with long blond hair, firm curves, and violet eyes. Not only does gorgeous Rose meet the criteria, she is my dream girl.

So what’s the hottest thing she’s said to you? In the midst of our fiery lovemaking, she whispered in my ear, “Drago. Your touch will always be magical to me.”

And is there a favorite piece of her clothing you enjoy removing? Her blouse, skirt, chemise, and undergarments. Everything!

Sounds wicked hot. What do you believe is your most attractive feature? Perhaps my eyes. Although they’re almost black, I’m told they flash with desire when I am aroused. Oh, and women seem to love my rich, Romanian accent.

I’m sure they do. Tell our audience what intrigues you most about your lover? Rose has the face of an innocent angel, but she is more than willing to gain carnal experience.

Is there a special place you like to take her for a romantic evening? In the plushest box of the theater where I perform. Late one night, after everyone was gone, I laid her over a damask bench, unbuttoned her blouse, skimmed my lips down her neck and—well, you’ll have to read the book to discover the rest!

Public places…oh yeah! Do you rely on physical prowess or your intelligence to attract women? Other men may rely on these things, but I’m able to use my magical powers. Hypnotism can make for an incredible, sexual encounter.

What a cool power. With that said, what worries you most? I’m worried about Rose succumbing to the curse cast upon her as a child. I am here to protect her from it and guard her fiercely.

A curse? Well then, she’s lucky to have your protection. Do you have a secret no one knows? My biggest secret is that I am immortal and have experienced life for many centuries. In all that time, I never found a soul mate. Until Rose.

I always love hearing that from a hero.  Last but not least, what’s one thing you’ve never told your lover? That I am immortal. And when Rose discovers my demonic powers, it makes for a very interesting turning point in Sleeping Beauty and the Demon!

I’ll bet! *winks*

I hope you enjoyed this interview. Thanks for having me.

It was great to meet you! Now an excerpt for our readers.


Rose began to cry all over again. “But I don’t know if my feelings for you are real.”

With a slow, sultry motion, Drago leaned in and began to kiss away her hot tears. “Your feelings are very real.”

Her eyelids grew heavy and her eyes fluttered shut against his touch.

“They’re very real because I love you in return. And I’ll never let you go.”

“You still haven’t given me an answer,” she said hoarsely.

“If I did hypnotize you, do you want me to lift my spell?”

His warmth enveloped her—and because she knew deep down that she would never feel alive without him, all she could was answer honestly. “No.”

Apparently, that was all he needed to hear. Urging her head upward, he covered her mouth with his. Body aflame, she parted her lips and let his tongue glide forward. Its sweet taste intoxicated her—and as his hand dropped from the curve of her neck to the roundness of her breast, she pressed against it to make his grasp firmer.

In a single scoop, Drago lifted her off the divan and carried her into his bedroom. After he laid her on the bed, he lowered the gas lamp’s flame to a dim glow. Then he stood to remove his shirt. When he joined her on the mattress, another surge of desire shot through her.

“My rosebud. I want you more than any other woman I’ve known. Without you, food has no taste, music holds no gaiety, and life has no meaning. Will you let me show you how much I love you?”

Rose could only whimper a response. A slip of air separated them and she could smell his masculine scent sweep forward. Reeling with anxiousness, she reached for him and he caressed her lips with his again. She put a hand to the angle of his jaw and felt it clench and unclench as his experienced tongue rolled in and out of her mouth. She never knew a kiss could offer so much satisfaction. What carnal delights awaited her when she was finally naked in Drago’s arms?

Naked? My God! Reality washed over her. What on earth was she doing in this apartment, with this man who was so much older and more experienced than she?

As if he’d read her thoughts, Drago said, “Don’t worry, Rose. This will be our little secret.”

Before she knew it, he was unbuttoning her lace blouse. As his deft fingers moved over the fabric, he continued to devour her with hot kisses. Meanwhile, Rose’s desire for him made her throws her cares to the wind, fueling her willingness.

That sense of empowerment stopped her from freezing with self-consciousness when he exposed her breast.

“Christ,” he said gruffly at the sight. “You’re so damned beautiful.”

She blushed and looked away.

“As you’ve guessed by now, I’m a bad man,” he murmured, just as gruffly. “A man who wants to make love to you hotly. Wickedly.”


marinamylesMarina Myles’s love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale. During her college days in Dallas, she received degrees in English Literature and Communications—and enjoyed the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Now that she lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she hasn’t left her glamorous life behind completely. After all, she gets to divide her time between her loving family, her loyal Maltese, and worlds filled with fiery—but not easily attained—love affairs. Visit her at

Represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency

Published works – The CURSED PRINCES series with Kensington

Beauty and the Wolf

Snow White and the Vampire

A Warlock’s Dance (novella)

Sleeping Beauty and the Demon

Christmas at Thorncliff Towers (releases November 2014)

Cinderella and the Ghost (release February 2015)!/marinaauthor



Cocky Confessions: Robert Stuart of Leslie Hachtel’s Captain’s Captive

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Captain's Sunset SilhouetteToday I’m interviewing Leslie Hachtel’s hero from her soon to be published novel, Captain’s Captive.

Welcome, please tell us a bit about yourself. 

My full name is Robert Stuart and I am a sea captain.

How did you become a sailor?

I have been smitten with the sea since I first saw the ships coming and going in the harbor when I was a small boy. When I was old enough, I bought my own vessel and have moved cargo between ports ever since.

When did you meet your lover in Captain’s Captive?

The year now is 1723. I ‘met’ Marilee long before I met her. Let me explain…My first mate hired her as a cook on a crossing from England to the colonies. She was disguised, very effectively I might add, as an old woman. On our last night at sea, she came into my cabin without her masquerade. I have been madly in love with her ever since, even though I didn’t recognize her the next morning, as she was back in disguise.

Ahh, the mystery! Tell us something no one would believe about you.

I was seasick the first time I made a crossing. But I wouldn’t let it deter me.

**chuckles** Seaman are a strong-willed breed. Something you’d never tell lover?

The number of my conquests. A gentleman never tells. Marilee was my last, my forever. What I have gained in skill should only contribute to her pleasure.

No doubt! Is there anything you’ve done that could have landed you in prison?

I have acted the pirate in my younger days and plundered other ships, including those carrying the British flag.

Whose your best bud and what do you guys do for fun?

Tate, my first mate, is my best buddy. We have grown very close over the years and used to love going to pubs and doing some serious drinking when we were in port. Which included chasing skirt.

As they say, one in every port! Until you met Marilee of course. A favorite piece of clothing to remove from your lover.

The chemise. It’s such a silky thing and feeling it slip off her body —well, just thinking about it excites me.

The hottest thing Marilee has ever said to you. It’s actually ‘I love you.’

What intrigues you most about Marilee? Everything. Her beauty, her intellect, her courage. Plus, she is a very enthusiastic lover.

She’s a lucky lady. What worries you the most?

I will want to go back to sea and she will want to stay on land. I don’t want to be without her or our son.

Any hobbies besides sailing around the world?

Dancing. It is something I don’t get to indulge very often, but I love nothing more than holding a woman by the waist, and twirling with her around a room.

That sounds so romantic. Is there some place you’d love to travel to that you haven’t been?

I have always wanted to go to the Far East. That would have been my next destination, had circumstances not intervened.

Thoroughly enjoyed having you today, captain.  I wish you fair winds and following seas.

Thank you, Dani, Captain’s Captive will soon be released from Black Opal Books. Look for the cover reveal.

???????????????????????????????Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.

However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced four novels, including two historicals. One of her romance novels, “Captain’s Captive” will soon be published by Black Opal Books. Her murder mystery, Harriet, is available on Amazon.

Leslie lives in Memphis, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband, a wonderful stepson, Matt and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.