Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Eve Silver GuestBlog: Serendipity


Contest!!! One lucky commenting Bella will recieve a copy of "His Dark Kiss" courtesy of Eve!
Ours started as an e-friendship that turned into a totally fun in-person thing when we met at RWA Nat'l. Eve Silver's second novel, "His Dark Kiss," is just terrific. I read it straight through on vacation this summer; gosh, I love advanced copies.

Oh! There is this scene where her hero is totally seducing the heroine but he does this thing where he ends up not making love with her, but the way he does it is hotter than many full-on love scenes I've read. Squeeee!

I love that Eve hangs with us often, and it'll be cool to have her with us all day. So please, Bellas, a warm welcome...

Serendipity. That must be it. Here I am, guest blogging the day after Halloween, and how perfect is that because everything I write ends up dark, dark, dark.

So here’s a secret for you. My November release, HIS DARK KISS, was a light regency romp when I originally conceived it. The first scene was supposed to be between the heroine, Emma, and her two lovely dowager aunts. So I began to type (I’m a pantser—that means I write with no real plan of where I’m going or how I’ll get there), and oddly, the aunts came across as two hideous, vicious women with hearts of pure venom.

Okay. No problem. Scratch the aunts. Let’s start with Emma’s arrival at the pretty, sun-dappled castle… Type—type—type— (Here’s another secret: I don’t know how to type. Never learned. I took Latin instead. I hunt and peck with two fingers.) —O-o-o-kay. The castle began to emerge from the mist, dark, spooky, a crumbling ruin. Somehow, this light romp was not at all what I expected. In fact, it was positively gothic.

But what exactly is a gothic?

Think Daphne Du Maurier, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney as fabulous recent examples, but the gothic novel originally rose to popularity in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The story is one of darkness and terror, mystery and deceit.

The protagonist is young and female, thrown into frightening circumstance, and her story often begins with a journey. Reflecting a grim and frightening mood in the crumbling ruins of an ancient castle or isolated house, the setting is so strong it becomes a character in the story. There is often a villain, nefarious and wretchedly evil. The hero is isolated from society, a tormented outcast. And the gothic novel involves a mystery.

The hero, ah, the hero... I've blogged about him before. The tormented hero is definitely hot. In HIS DARK KISS, Lord Anthony Craven is dark and delicious, a brilliant tortured man, haunted by guilt. He is seemingly past redemption.

Emma Parrish, the heroine of HIS DARK KISS, is strong enough to be the match for Anthony, the woman who can thaw his frozen heart and help him redeem his soul without sacrificing her own.

And if you like them tortured, just wait for the hero of my August 2007 release, DARK PRINCE.
So, if you had to pick an actor to play the tormented,
dark hero, who would it me and why?
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42 comments:

Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Eve,

I read Dark Desires and I really liked the book

Which actor would I choose for a tormented hero? Good question but hard to answer.

I guess I would take Viggo Mortensen, loved him in LOTR

KimW said...

His Dark Kiss sounds like a page turner! I'll have to put this one on my list. I'd choose Josh Holloway for the hero. He's mysterious, dark and oh, so hot!

Stacy~ said...

Hi Eve! I love gothics - they're wickedly delicious (I keep hearing that Fergie song "Delicious" in my head, and that's so not what I mean).

As for the actor to play tormented, guys like Clive Owen and Gerard Butler come to mind immediately. Both sexy with those intense eyes. I love that.

Minna said...

David Boreanaz. He was wonderful in Angel.

Tam said...

I haven't read any of the dark series you have, but this book sound real good ... from what I'm reading here the other dark books are good too. I would love to WIN this book & if it not the first in the series then I will just have to go out and buy the rest in the series. I so love to read a series in order. :)
I agree with Minna. David Boreanaz, I thought he was good in Angel too.

ev said...

Minna- I agree. Angle...mmmmmhhhhhh....grr.arrgh.

Nina said...

I vote for Hugh Jackman since he already does that so well in the X-Men movies! Clive Owen gets my vote as well!

krissyinva said...

Hi Eve! These books sound great, I'll have to add them to my list. I agree with kimw, Josh Holloway would be my pick for my tormented hero.

ev said...

make that Angel. LOL

amy*skf said...

Hi Eve! I loved Dark Desires--I think the other thing that comes to mind with gothic, is you never really know what the Hero is thinking--or up to. Which of course adds to the mystery...oooh.

I agree with Stacy--Gerard and Clive.

DougRay Scott comes to mind--you know, I guess I like them with an accent--to really get across the torturedness (I know it's not a word) of their lives.

amy*skf said...

Ev--the Angle thing reminded me--we got a save the date AND a wedding invitation from the same people and both times my first name was Angle! Needless to say, I think it's hysterical.

Eve, I was so happy to see you're a pantster and you took Latin instead of Typing--I was in Drama class instead of Typing...

MaryKate said...

I'm among the lucky few who had an opportunity to preview HIS DARK KISS for Armchair Interviews. It really is a magnificent book. Atmospheric and moody. Also, I'd classify it as a classic gothic because you never see into the hero's mind, so we have no real idea what's going on. It really is a fantastic read.

Tortured hero? Well, Gary Oldman played the h*ll outta one in BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA (the movie). I'll also vote for Angel.

If we're talking about Josh Holloway (who plays Sawyer), I'd classify him more as an anti-hero, and I'd classify Jack, Matthew Fox's character, as a tortured hero.

My favorite tortured hero in romance? That's easy, Jack Seward from Connie Brockway's ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

I'm so glad you're blogging today Eve! It's so fun when one of the Bella's blog!

CrystalG said...

I agree with Nina regarding Hugh Jackman. He was the first actor that popped in my mind.
His Dark Kiss sounds great. :)

Julie in Ohio said...

Hey, Eve!! I'm with MK, it's always fun when a Bella blogs. :o)

Dark Desires was the first and only gothic book I've read. I am now eagerly awaiting His Dark Kiss. :o)

Amy- I forgot about Dougray Scott. He would play tortured very well.
David Boreanaz also does the tortured routine very well. YUM!!

I would have to vote for Colin Farrell. Tortured. Self destructive. Sexy as sin. Accent. He has it all. :o)

Jennifer Y. said...

Clive Owen, Viggo Mortensen, and Christian Bale would be my picks. I think they could play dark and brooding very well.

Vivi Anna said...

Yeah Eve!!! I too love when Bellas blog!

I loved Dark Desires. My first gothic too. And I can't wait to get my hands on His Dark Kiss. But I'm going to get it when you're here having a few drinks with me!

Everyone jealous yet???? Eve and I are going to party in 9 sleeps!!

Woot! Can't wait.

Vivi Anna said...

I forgot to add my vote for tortured hero...

Christian Bale, Edward Norton, and Joaquin Phoenix...

mmmm, now I"m hungry for a Vivi Sub Sammie.

amy*skf said...

How much fun are you guys going to have? I'm thinking, all of it.

What about McSteamy from Grey's Anatomy--I'm so sorry I don't know his name.

MaryKate said...

Ames - Eric Dane. SIGH. He's swoon-worthy.

Cryna said...

My pick would be Hugh Jackman because he just seems the type that can carry it off.

amy*skf said...

MK--I should have known you'd come through for me--even his name is swoon-worthy. He's just so badbadbad looking--and I mean that in the best possible context. Plus I know he could pull-off tortured.

Eve, the cover model for HIS DARK KISS is dreamy...

Maureen said...

I would pick Russell Crowe because he could easily play a chracter that you're not sure if he's good or bad.

ev said...

Michelle- in case you missed it in yesterday's blog- thanks for the heads up about Connie's site!! I emailed her my info.

Manda said...

Yay, Eve! I loved Dark Desires and can't wait to get my hands on HDK...

As for the tortured hero, what about Jonathan Rhys-Myers? I think he could play tortured quite well---definitely has the eyes for it. And I have to agree with the Clive Owen crowd--yummy!

Eve Silver said...

Hi everyone!!!

Just got home from the day job and I came right here as soon as I walked in the door. Thanks for all your great comments. Please excuse any typos as I reply...

Dannyfiredragon and Jennifer Y - Mmmmm... Viggo... loved him in LOTR. He's so hot, he sizzles.

Kim W, krissyinva, and MaryKate - Josh Holloway... ooooh... I hadn't thought of him, but maybe... (and MaryKate, thanks for the kind comments about HIS DARK KISS!)

Stacy - intense eyes are definitely a must for a dark tormented hero.

Minna, Tam and ev - David Boreanaz will always be Angel to me *grin*. (I have a hard time remembering he's a new character in Bones).

Nina, CrystalG and Cryna - I'm a definite fan of Hugh. (Actually, I'm sort of picturing him as the hero of me new paranormal story coming from Warner Books in Fall 2007).

amy*sfk - yes, exactly!!! Not knowing the hero's thoughts really ups the mystery. And yeah, sigh, I adore the cover model on HIS DARK KISS.

Julie - Dark Desires was your first gothic, but I hope it won't be your last. One of my faves is Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn.

Vivi - can't wait to see you bella!!! 9 sleeps and counting. Woo-hoo!!! (For those who are wondering, I'm flying to Vivi's home town to attend a conference). And I loved Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line.

Eve Silver said...

Manda, yes, Clive Owen has a definite appeal, but I sort of think of him as the nice guy. Not sure why.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ciao, Bellas! Congrats, ev, on your Hot Dish win. When can we expect our casserole...?

Hi, Eve! Thanks so much for being here. Lucky girl, I want to go to Vivi's hometown for a conference.

I've gotta run out again, but I have to comment about Manda's Jonathan Rhys-Meyers thing.

I was looking for artwork to put with Eve's blog, and I kept thinking : Gormenghast. And when I think Gormenghast, I can't help but think JRM. So, I, like, totally can't think of him in a sec'shual way, cause of that creepy role. And, oh yeah, him all bare-bummed nekkers in that horrible film "The Governess." Apologies if anyone loved it.

But he was great as the way-too-skinny-to-be-believable soccer coach in Beckham. :)

So,Eve, what is it about you and the sensual scenes that include food, Bella?

Julie in Ohio said...

Hey, Eve!! I'm new to the goths so I'll take any recs you can give... :o)

Eve Silver said...

LOL! Michelle, the scenes just write themselves the way they want to be told. But I do love the grapes in Dark Desires.

Eve Silver said...

Hmmm...Julie, I'll give this some thought.

Ann Christopher said...

Hi, Eve--

Fancy meeting you here! I was as Borders this VERY afternoon looking for HDK--not there yet, but 3-5 days.

I love gothics, and loved Victoria Holt's books, especially THE DEVIL ON HORSEBACK, about the English nanny and the Comte during the Revolution. Great book.

Mary Kate--love Jack Seward in ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

Love Calder Hart in Brenda Joyce's DEADLY series.

Actors--Joaquin Phoenix--was he tortured or what as Commodus in GLADIATOR??

I keep waiting for Denzel to play a tortured romantic hero. I'd LOVE that!

Talk to you soon--

Ann

Eve Silver said...

Hi Ann! I've heard that some stores have HIS DARK KISS, and internet orders are being shipped, but other stores haven't received theirs yet. It isn't on shelves in my local stores, but I'm checking daily, LOL!

Eve Silver said...

Oh, and Denzel... yes, I can see him as the tortured hero.

Playground Monitor said...

I would have said Dougray Scott but he's got that really cute role on Desperate Housewives now and well... My sister and I watched Phantom of the Opera last Friday and Gerard Butler was just the most tortured soul in that. I've seen Pierce Brosnan do some dark hero stuff too. Who was it that played in the movie where his son was kidnapped and then he turned the tables and offered a ransom for the kidnappers? Any role where a father has a kidnapped child or child in any sort of peril will be full of darkness .

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Karen B said...

Joaquin Phoenix...he does tortured/tormented well!

catslady said...

Hugh Jackman jumped into my head first - such a versatile actor, then Colin Farrell and last but not least, Joaquin Phoenix.

I love the covers!

Eve Silver said...

Thanks for chatting with me Bellas! It's been great!

ev said...

michelle- you actually expect me to cook in it???

Amy S. said...

Oded Fehr

LISA WILLIAMS said...

Hugh Jackman.

Deborah Chan said...

Joaquin Phoenix is a good choice.

Shuck Ying said...

Yes, I would pick David Boreanaz