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Heavyweight UFC fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.

The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.

As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.

Read an excerpt from the book:

“What’re we gonna do about that, Juliet?” Romeo sat back in his chair and ran a hand over the fine hairs on the back of his neck as he studied her. “You don’t strike me as a rule breaker.”

“I’m not,” she assured him. “I always play by the rules.”

“But not tonight?”

“Nope, not tonight. I told my brother I was out on a date with a cop.”

Romeo had been taking a sip of his water but coughed into his glass. Then looked at Jules with wide eyes and laughed. “Are you friggin’ kidding me?”

“No.” Jules laughed with him. “Wyatt hates you. I couldn’t tell him I was buying you dinner.”

“I’m personally insulted by that.” Romeo did a very good job of feigning insult. “I don’t think I like being your dirty secret.”

“I’m sorry.” Jules frowned before an incredulous laugh burst out of her. “Were we pretending to be allies? You’ve been bad-mouthing my best friend and my brother to the media for the past four months.”

“That’s part of the game. It’s what the promoters want. It’s what the fans want, and I like to give the fans what they want seeing as they’re the ones who make sure I get a paycheck. And I thought we already decided we weren’t enemies.”

“True,” Jules had to reluctantly agree. She took another bite of her forgotten dessert, letting the sweetness rest on her tongue for a long moment before she sighed. “I’m not real sure what we are.”

“What would you like us to be?” Romeo countered tauntingly, his tone daring her to be honest.

Jules sat there quietly as she considered her answer. She really didn’t want to be enemies with him, not after tonight, not after what he’d done this morning. She genuinely liked him, but it was more than that. She was drawn to him like a moth to a flame. Everything in her was humming for something she was finding hard to name. Friendship, sure, but there was something much more carnal between them. The word lovers seemed all wrong; it implied something soft and sweet and romantic, which was the very last thing she wanted from a man like Romeo.

“Sweaty and naked,” Jules finally settled on. “Wild, sweaty, and naked. That’s what I want us to be.”

Romeo sucked in a sharp breath. His eyes widened. His entire body tightened as if something electric had struck him, but Jules had to give him credit. He recovered quickly and leaned forward as his voice dropped to a low hum of arousal. “You wanna take off?”

About the Author: A freckle-faced redhead born and raised in Hawaii, Kele Moon has always been a bit of a sore thumb and has come to enjoy the novelty of it. She thrives on pushing the envelope and finding ways to make the impossible work in her story telling. With a mad passion for romance, she adores the art of falling in love. The only rules she believes in is that, in love, there are no rules and true love knows no bounds.

So obsessed is she with the beauty of romance and the novelty of creating it, she’s lost in her own wonder world most of the time. Thankfully she married her own dark, handsome, brooding hero who has infinite patience for her airy ways and attempts to keep her grounded. When she leaves her keys in the refrigerator or her cell phone in the oven, he’s usually there to save her from herself. The two of them now reside in Florida with their three beautiful children, who make their lives both fun and challenging in equal parts—they wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Friday Spotlight: Kele Moon

Master Cutter
By Kele Moon
My new novel, Beyond Eden is by no means a short story. At over 120,000 words it’s certainly longer than the average erotic romance and I worried about breaking the current tending by putting such a hefty book on the market. Imagine my surprise when readers started sending me emails thanking me for writing a longer novel that they could really sink their teeth into. I was stunned at how many people were grateful for the longer length of the book, many begging me not to write shorter books in the future.
What people may be surprised to learn is that in another file on my computer, I have approximately 80,000 words of cut scenes from Beyond Eden. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to writing. If a scene didn’t work for me I’d simply cut it and start over.
I heard the advice at a writer’s conference that if you have reached a point where you can’t write anymore, if you’re stuck and unable to push forward in writing the story, it’s possible you’ve taken a wrong turn. The suggestion was to go back, try to find where the wrong turn was taken and then cut and start over. It’s been a hugely successful tactic for me as a writer, even if I had to put scenes I loved into a cut file that will probably only ever be read by me.
I think a lot of authors hesitate to cut scenes once they are written, feeling like their work is being wasted, but I don’t think that’s true. I actually went back and read through all the cut scenes from Beyond Eden not too long ago and I was shocked to see how much of what I cut ended up being used in different ways for other parts of the story. It turned out the ideas were right, I was just putting them in the wrong places. Other scenes that didn’t end up in the story at all still helped shape and define the characters. Even if certain bits were left out of the story, they existed to me as an author and helped define the characters in a way that made them live and breathe for the readers.
No writing is wasted writing. It all helps hone the story, even if it’s not included in the final draft. Creating a story is a journey, part of that journey is getting to know your characters. Even if you write scenes that will never see the light of day, it was an exercise that gave your characters dimension they may not have had before.
And you never know what you could end up using later. My favorite cut scene from Beyond Eden is now perfect for the prequel I’m working on—it was a good scene, it was just in the wrong story!

Thursday Spotlight: Kele Moon

Writing characters with character
By Kele Moon
My tastes as a reader have always varied vastly, from children’s fiction like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, to Pat Conroy’s modern day southern classics, and of course, a massive amount of romance and erotica from every genre possible.
I never understood why I lacked a specific genre, why my favorite books were never anything alike. It took me years to figure out that I was a character reader. I have a passion for vibrant, true to life characters that carry the story and are so real to me it feels as if they truly live and breathe in my mind.
As a writer, I started to study what makes a character stand out. What elements it took to make a protagonist visceral to a reader. I could write a book on all the tiny different elements that go into making real characters, but the most important rule is they need to have flaws. Granted, they need to have strengths as well, characteristics that make us love them, often times despite their flaws, but an imperfect character is vital. It makes them believable. No one is perfect, and if a perfect person did exist no one would want to hang out with them. We need to see their quirks, their secrets, their tragedies as well as their triumphs. More so we need to see how these different elements shape the character.
For example, in my book Beyond Eden, Danny, one of the heroes, is a callous, abrasive person few feel at ease with. But, what makes him likeable is his true, undying love for both Eve and Paul. He will do literally anything to keep them happy and safe. While he’s sarcastic and bitter about life, Danny is the character readers and reviewers rave about over and over again despite being the devil character in my Garden of Eden themed romance.
Flawed characters with strengths that make them redeemable resonate with readers.

Wednesday Spotlight: Kele Moon

Believe in the impossible
By Kele Moon

Two years ago my life was essentially in shambles. A series of horrible failed pregnancies and health dramas left me fighting for my life more than once. So harrowing were these experiences I was depressed and traumatized long after I started to gain my strength back. To top things off, I was in an unhappy place both financially and career wise and quite honestly the light at the end of the tunnel seemed dim.

It was at a point when it felt like things couldn’t get any worse that my husband got the sudden urge to look for a writer’s conference near us in the hopes of cheering me up and inspiring me since writing has always been the one great remedy for my life’s ails.
It was either by luck or destiny that he discovered Romantic Time’s annual conference was in a few days and just happened to be right up the street from us that year. The rush to get registered was frantic, but at the very last minute, without knowing it was going to happen, I found myself at the Romantic Times writer’s conference with my friend Lori Toland.
It inspired both of us and we came home enthusiastic and reenergized. I felt the passion to write in a way I hadn’t in years. More so, I felt the hope that I could get published. Going to that conference made what had always seemed like an unattainable dream something a little closer to a possible reality.
I finished my first book Beyond Eden in three months, and it was a manuscript I was incredibly proud of. It flowed out of me as if I had always been meant to write it, surprising me with its depth of emotion. The characters were so real and vibrant to me I wouldn’t have been surprised to run into them walking around the corner, and their love story was one that I was proud to have told.
Almost directly after finishing Beyond Eden, I found out I was pregnant again. I wasn’t supposed to be able to have any more children, more so attempting it was a huge health risk. Despite the odds, I decided to brave another pregnancy, emotionally aided largely by the triumph of finishing my first novel after years of dreaming about it.
I won’t bore you with the details, but just know that I did get my book published and it has been receiving rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. And despite facing huge health odds, I had a wonderful, healthy pregnancy and now have a beautiful baby girl who is so sweet and happy she’s like a radiant ray of joy for our whole family.
Strangely enough, a writer’s conference helped me believe in miracles.

Tuesday Spotlight: Kele Moon

Two is better than one
By Kele Moon
A rising trend in erotica is the ménage romance, where we see a heroine falling in love with two male protagonists. And why not? Two heroes can be better than one. Aside from the obvious benefits (the fantasy of having two men caring for the woman they love) there is potential for fantastic angst, conflict and sexual tension when you’ve got a built-in love triangle.
In my new book Beyond Eden three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in an erotic Garden of Eden tale. The story is a male/male/female ménage, meaning there are strong romantic elements between the two heroes. That’s always something that has appealed to me with ménage—the idea that three people could truly fall in love with each other. Writing it was a wonderful, emotional journey that I enjoyed immensely. 
I believe ménage is an interesting way to try out male/male romance that is becoming hugely popular in erotic romance. There are also many male/female/male ménage romances available where the two heroes aren’t romantically involved with each other, but are both dedicated to loving and pleasing the heroine.
I’ve been reading ménage for years, though granted it used to be much harder to get a hold of and I tended to grab whatever I could find. Now with the enormous growth of the erotic romance market the choices in ménage romance have become greater. It’s in every genre of romance from Sci-Fi to BDSM and the pairings and plot lines are often more complex and deep than they seem at first glance.
If you’ve never tried two heroes instead of one, give it a taste. . . You might just love it!

Monday Spotlight: Kele Moon

Writing Beyond Eden
By Kele Moon

 Hi, my name is Kele Moon and I’m here to talk about my breakout novel Beyond Eden. Unique and passionate, this erotic Garden of Eden tale has received rave reviews from both readers and reviewers alike since its release last month from Ellora’s Cave. Over a year in the making finally getting the book I breathed my heart and soul into out in the world is very exciting for me. I appreciate the lovely ladies at Whipped Cream for letting me tell you a little bit about it.
Set in modern day Tampa, three lifelong friends come together for a very emotional journey that takes them Beyond Eden. Danny, Paul, and Eve are just regular people, trying to live normal lives, but dark secrets and burning passions make it impossible. The mirror to the original Garden of Eden love story becomes clear when the devilish Danny charms Eve and Paul to take a taste of the forbidden.  
In writing Beyond Eden I challenged myself with the question, “What if you WANTED the devil to win?” As an erotica writer, temptation was a compelling topic to explore, but I was inclined to make giving into temptation the ultimate aim as opposed to resisting it. What unfolded as a result is something I’m very proud of. The journey the characters take is extremely poignant and I fell in love with all three of them along the way. More so, I fell in love with the passionate love story they let me tell.
Laced with symbolism, the magic of true love and a taste of the forbidden Beyond Eden is a dark, edgy, extremely emotional erotic romance with the strong BDSM elements that help to tell Danny, Paul and Eve’s story.


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Taste the Forbidden!

My new book Beyond Eden is not an ordinary romance. For one, it’s a M/M/F ménage, which is becoming more common, but it still far from typical. It’s also a BDSM romance with dark, edgy themes and complex characters. So, no, it’s not ordinary by any stretch of the imagination—but, have no question, it is a romance.

I thrive off finding passion and true love in places one wouldn’t usually expect, and I’m extremely proud of achieving that with Beyond Eden. Despite the edgier aspects of the story, the one thing that has resonated with reviewers is that at its core, Beyond Eden is an extremely passionate love story, which is what I think all erotic romance should be.

Erotica has been around for centuries; it’s an art form that is often censured, yet coveted behind closed doors and I’m excited to see it finally finding a footing in the romance market. It makes it possible for writers like me, who write romance outside the box, to spread our wings. Trust me, flowery prose does not a love story make. True, undeniable love comes in all sorts of different packages, and the erotic romance market has a plethora of those.

Despite sex being a lot of what helps the story blossom, the love stories in erotic romance can be just as potent, if not more so than traditional romance. There are no closed doors, the words are less flowery, but more real to life and I think that makes identifying with erotic romance easier than people realize. When you can relate to the characters, their passion and love become very real to you and it makes for an extremely potent reading experience.

Take a dip into erotic waters. Try a romance that’s a bit edgier than you’re used to, but be warned, the forbidden can be addictive!

Three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in this erotic Garden of Eden tale.

Tall, dark and handsome Danny Carlow has always gotten whatever he wants except for the two he wants more than anything—his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve. Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.

Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave behind her true love Paul for the Siren’s call of New York City. Ten years later with her life in shambles, she returns home. When Paul’s waiting arms aren’t available, Eve falls for Danny’s charm and finds herself a willing accomplice in the dangerous games Danny plays.

Former college football star, Paul Mattling is now a successful attorney with a bright future ahead of him. But behind those brilliant blue eyes are secret desires for a taste of the forbidden. Will he play it safe or will he give into Danny and Eve and bite the apple?a