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Amir Barghi Author Interview

Sarah follows the story of a woman who’s caught in the grip of an abusive man and is changed by the experience. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The story of Sarah is not a new one. It might have happened for thousands of women in history who were persuaded to marry much older men or sold by their family. Most of them succumbed and accepted their fate but Sarah was different. She apparently had everything a young girl wished to have, even a young sexual partner, and her old husband didn’t care. However, it wasn’t the life she wished to have. She wanted her freedom and it was so interesting to me because few people are like her.

Sarah is an intriguing character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Sarah not only has a beautiful face but she also has a beautiful soul. She is not just a sex object. I wanted her lover to see and understood that, too. Sarah betrayed her husband; she broke all societal norms and still wanted to go back. She wanted to make a new family with her lover and live like an ordinary woman but society usually doesn’t forget or forgive such a reckless, bold woman, and either punishes her harshly or simply exiles her. In most stories they don’t have a happy ending. They commit suicide like Anna Karenina or Madam Bovary. I know this is closer to real life, but I don’t like this ending. Therefore, just a revolution could change her doomed destiny and society might ignore her reckless behavior.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I think love and hate are the most important themes for me to explore in most of my stories. I believe a good story must follow just one general theme, not more than one. As one of my professors always told me: ”A story with too many themes just confuses the readers.” I tried to explore the concept of different types of love in my story, because I think the colonel and Sam both loved Sarah in different ways. The colonel loved her as his possession and Sam loved her as a human being.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have already written 10 books; two were translated and published on Amazon, Sarah and Devil’s Garden. I am actually working on others to translate and publish as well. I think my next book will be the story about a poor girl who manages to rescue a mentally sick prince with music and her magical songs. This time a female character will save the soul of a young man.

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Nightingale has the most beautiful songs among the birds, but never sings in the cage. Sarah, a lonely girl with a lot of expectations, fell into the trap of a man, kept her captive because of her astonishing beauty, but never understood her feeling. First, she tried to adapt to a new life. However, it led her to unwanted change. Finally, she returned to herself when she broke the cage, got free.

Storm Front: Storm VIII

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Steven Paul Germane’s Storm Front is the eighth book in his Storm series. Like the books before it, it follows the life of Philip Stevens, fondly known as Storm. As such, a lot of the characters and dynamics are the same, making it particularly easy to follow if you have read the previous books.

Even if you have not though, you can still follow along. Although I highly recommend going and reading the other books in this series first as there are some character developments and story points that you’ll miss along the way that are critical to setting the backdrop to this sultry erotica novel. This will also prepare readers for how utterly raw the story can get.

This unapologetic erotica novel is filled with a lot of sex scenes that hard core erotica fans will enjoy as almost every page has one. With no need to build up to a sex scene the book can feel overwhelming and feels like we are constantly moving from zero to a hundred in a few sentences, setting a quick pace for a variety of very vivid scenes to play out.

There is a family mystery brewing in the background of this story as well, but it is overshadowed by the unabashed erotic exploits of the characters to the point that it almost feels like a minor point in the story. It left me feeling like this is an erotica novel for erotica fans as the the fluff of a story-arc is superseded by the scandalous and detailed sex scenes that are the centerpiece of this book.

The writing is clear and concise, eliminating the risk of you having to wade through long-winded prose. Also, the book has no grammatical or formatting errors – a sign that it was thoroughly edited.

Storm Front: Storm VIII gives long time fans of the series more of what they enjoyed in the previous books. This is a salacious and extremely graphic erotica novel that holds nothing back and will leave you shocked or entertained, or both.

Pages: 198

Storm

Storm: Book 1 by [Steven Paul-Germané]

Steven Paul-Germane’s Storm is an intriguing mix of erotica and mystery. It follows the life of Philip Stevens (Storm), a young man born into privilege. Born on a stormy day in June, he is a triplet, his two brothers are almost identical to him. It’s therefore no wonder that each triplet was hell-bent on having an individual personality separate from the rest while growing up. Unfortunately, Storm’s major personality trait is that he is a player, using both men and women as sex toys. As such, a big part of the book is filled with his sexual exploits. That aside though, there’s a serious mystery plot taking place concurrently – someone is stalking members of Storm’s family. This escalates from page to page, leading to a series of unfortunate events. Ultimately, there are many casualties and broken hearts. What’s more? The plot twist at the end is not only unpredictable but also downright disturbing. If you are a reader into books that leave you wondering what you just read, Storm is for you.

Another great thing about this book is the fact that its dialogue and prose are written in light, simple language – there are neither long-winded paragraphs nor heavy vocabulary. This makes the book easy to read. Also, the fact that the book is written in the voice of the main character from the beginning to the end gives it a uniformity that makes it a breeze to read. The disclaimer on the first page letting you know that there are a lot of erotic scenes in the story is not an understatement, readers looking for a hardcore erotica novel will have their fill with this book. If you are a reader looking for a vivid erotic novel then this is for you, as it very descriptive and this sometimes overshadows the mystery at the center of the story, making it feel like more of a subplot.

While the premise of the book is incredible, its outlandish story will entertain readers who are looking to read shockingly provocative carnal literature. Storm: Book 1 is an easy book to get into and has an interesting premise, with a little editing, this book has the potential to take fans of Fifty Shades of Grey to the next level.

Pages: 394 | ASIN: B0792JG5HQ

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SARAH

SARAH by [Amir Barghi]

Sarah: The Eternal Beauty is an erotic crime thriller set in 1974 following a young girl named Sarah who is forced to marry a ruthless older man to save her brother from debt after their father’s death. After Sarah marries the Colonel, her life is one of luxury and excess, but it does not bring her happiness. Though her husband professes to love her, she is nothing more than a possession to him. When she tries to escape the marriage, the Colonel refuses to let her go and uses her son to keep her tied to him. Sarah becomes a different person from the innocent girl she once was. Will she ever be free?

This short story was a quick read that showed the powerlessness that women often face in a male dominated society when the options are limited for those trying to escape a life of poverty. When Sarah was first introduced, I could sympathize with her character being forced to marry a man she didn’t love to save her brother from debt and keep their family home. Although I didn’t like the person she became during the marriage, I liked that the author wrote a happy ending for her, which is unfortunately so often not the case in real life. I felt that the ending of the book was a bit too abrupt, though. I wanted to know what happened to Sarah and her son after the dramatic ending. I would have liked to see who she became once she was finally free from the Colonel.

While I enjoyed the story overall, I felt that there were several areas throughout the book where I would have loved to have more detail so that we can dive deeper into the reasons and motivations behind Sarah’s actions, because at times I felt that her actions were inconsistent.

This intriguing thriller could benefit from some editing so that inconsistencies don’t distract readers from the interesting story. The story tense switched back and forth between past tense and present tense and there were a variety of grammatical errors that hampered the overall flow and understanding of the story. But all of this could be fixed with a good editor.

Sarah: The Eternal Beauty is a thought-provoking melodrama that has all the potential to be a riveting novel. Readers looking for a dramatic portrayal of what women face in abusive relationships will find an fascinating experience in this provocative psychological thriller.

Pages: | ASIN:  B087WTQWVF

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Year of the What?

Year of the What? by [Jennifer Lieberman]

Year of the What? by Jennifer Lieberman is an entertaining women’s fiction story adapted from the author’s award-winning solo show. Dana came to New York as a naïve young woman who was saving herself for “the one.” But after four years of being part of an “us” she realizes that she has lost herself and doesn’t know who she is as an individual once the relationship ends. While working as the executive assistant to a wealthy real estate investor, she sets out to rediscover who she is meant to be and finally follow her dream of acting and writing plays. Along the way she struggles through a series of adventures and misadventures in the dating world.

I liked the element of self-discovery in this story and Dana’s willingness to try new and different experiences. By stepping out of her comfort zone, she learned unexpected things about herself. I enjoyed watching her gain self-confidence and figure out what she truly wanted out of life, and the kind of people she wanted in her life. At the beginning of the story she came across as a bit too naïve about love and relationships after having lived in New York City for several years (and having a woman like Kelly as a roommate), but I was happy to see how the author showed Dana had matured by the end of the book.

I was pleased to find that this book is an empowering story about a character taking control of her life, especially towards the end of the book. Too many times, Dana engaged in sexual acts while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which brought into question whether her judgement was impaired while making decisions that were out of the norm for her. It seemed to me that she was letting things happen to her rather than making conscious choices to forge her own path, and she begins to realize this. As you can tell, I was deeply connected to the character. The fantastic writing makes it easy to form a bond and I was certainly invested. 

The story structure is unique in a sense that the chapters start out with a provocative statement and then the narrative backtracks to explain the current scene and show how Dana had arrived at that moment. I liked this because the reader gets more context, giving the statement more meaning. While I enjoyed the story I felt there was a lot of backstory details when it came to secondary characters. I did like the recounts of the past when reading about Dana in the present because the reader gets to learn more about her as a person and what she has been through.

Year of the What? is an engaging story with a compelling character that goes on a lively journey of self-discovery that was so fascinating and very fun to follow.

Pages: 201 | ASIN: B08NT1PV64

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Sixty Position With Pleasure

Sahlan Diver’s Sixty Position With Pleasure is an intricate mixture of erotica, mystery, and futuristic themes. Set in 2050, it follows the life of Charlie Gibbs – an English man who just moved to a small Irish town – Kilgarney. As a computer specialist freelancer, he is tasked with undertaking a tedious job at a local company.

As the rest of the world is reeling from the aftermath of global warming, Kilgarney is prospering. It has lost its former freezing weather, leaving it at just the ideal temperatures – not too cold nor too hot. Coupled with the town’s newly-formed lake and beautiful scenes, everything seems to have suddenly conspired to make Kilgarney a tourist attraction.

But while this brings in extra revenue, it also attracts powerful yet manipulative people to the town. This culminates in a political power struggle and a game-changing referendum to decide whether Kilgarney should be an independent state. Amid all this political turmoil, strange things are also happening in Charlie’s personal and work life.

For one, his boss dies mysteriously, bringing a new woman to his life – a woman with sexual demands that are beyond the ordinary. All through the book, we see Charlie struggle to make sense of a mind-boggling mystery while being a politically active citizen experiencing an exciting affair.

Since most of the story is told from Charlie’s perspective, it is really relatable. We get a clear understanding of who Charlie is and can truly empathize with him. The mystery part of the narrative is particularly riveting because we only know what he knows. As such, we are also quite invested in finding out who the bad guys are.

If there is one thing that makes this book stand out though, it has to be its unpredictability. The author does a good job of giving us clues while still leaving us in the dark. From page to page, we learn new information that makes us more interested but still struggling to create a pattern.

Clearly, the author took their time to create a solid plot. Beyond that, they managed to mirror our current society and the issues that usually divide us. Within this book, issues like climate change, religion, politics, and women’s rights are tackled in interesting ways and seamlessly woven into the narrative.

Moreover, the writing is light yet informative, sometimes even humorous, making the book easy to read. Ultimately, considering its level of complexity, it was executed beautifully. Sixty Position With Pleasure is a provocative and thrilling novel that will leave you with plenty to ponder.

Pages: 438 | ISBN: 1838229116

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Embellished With A Fantasy

A P Von K'Ory
A P Von K’Ory Author Interview

The Chase follows a man who has it all, but falls for a woman who is able to resist his charm and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to be with her. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

My inspiration for the book was my own personal relationship with my husband, who is also an aristocrat of French-German descent. I just wrote a blog article on this which you can find here:
https://bookstolightyourfire2.blogspot.com/2021/09/golden-shana-chase-by-p-von-kory.html
I first wrote about a fictive form of our relationship in my multi-award-winning Bound to Tradition Trilogy, which is very literary and an intercultural study in itself. Then I expanded on that to the next generation – the youngest daughter Shana, and her steamy, complicated romance with Roman.

Roman is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character’s development?

Let me put it this way; Roman is a young version of my husband, embellished with a fantasy or two of my own (but no secret to my husband) woven into the story.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The vagaries of interracial attraction and relationships, pointing out the pitfalls in stereotyping that doesn’t exist in real life, and including the rough patches as well as the exhilarating ones. These relationships tend to be volatile in a positive sense and very enriching. It’s not a wonder that the Bound to Tradition Trilogy won so many awards in four different continents!

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’ve completed 4 books in the GOLDEN SHANA SERIES
English Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkGuFzsRgsM
Bk 1 Golden Shana: The Chase
https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Shana-Chase-Von-KOry/dp/1511638451
Bk 2 Golden Shana: The Capture
https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Shana-Capture-Von-KOry/dp/1511638508/
Bk 3 Golden Shana: The Untouchable
https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Shana-Untouchable-von-KOry/dp/1725967073/
Bk 4 Golden Shana: The Deception
https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Shana-Deception-VON-KORY-ebook/dp/B08QLCNCGB
and I’m working on the 5th book – GOLDEN SHANA: THE CONQUEST – which I hope will conclude the end of Shana and Roman’s story. Those two seem to demand more from me each time I finish a book about them. We’ll see. Apart from that, I’m working on the second book of my psychological thriller LONDON SPARKS (https://www.amazon.com/LONDON-SPARKS-P-VON-KORY/dp/B085K5JZSM), as well as a new thriller UNTAMEABLE set in New York and The Hamptons. The first paragraph of UNTAMEABLE, consisting of only two sentences in the prologue, sets the theme of the book:

I was eight years old when my mother said the three familiar words that turned me into a murderess less than an hour later. At that age, I already knew things some septuagenarians have no idea about.

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Love, a word Roman can hardly spell, hits him when he sees Shana one evening. She’s the first woman not dropping to her knees at his mere presence. Used to getting whatever he wants, he chases her. Only to discovers that she prefers the girls. Roman can’t let that deter him. But is he for once up against his own comeuppance? At any rate, he needs assistance, which comes in the form of Alyssa, Shana’s BFF. Trouble crops up when Alyssa is all too ready and willing to drop on her knees for him. Roman can’t get anywhere near Shana on his own. Would he start anything with Alyssa as long as this finally leads him to meet Shana in person?

Then there’s Marie, his current companion who has a life-changing surprise for him.

Golden Shana: The Chase

Golden Shana: The Chase by [A P von K'Ory]

A.P Von K’ory’s Golden Shana: The Chase is not an ordinary romance novel. While the book’s main character, Roman, is a billionaire, that is not all there is to him. Unlike many other books of this genre, this story’s character has surprising depth to him and builds a fascinating personality beyond his money. Yes, he is dashingly handsome and is known as a ladies’ man, but he is also straightforward with every woman he gets involved with. He is clear about what he wants and never cheats. He is honest about who he is – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

At the beginning of the book, he is with Marie – a beautiful young woman who feels more for Roman than the usual lust. But sooner than later, his sights are set elsewhere, taking us on a journey that is the main premise of the book. As Roman pursues his new love interest, we get insights into her life as well, particularly the state of her romantic relationships. She is different from the women Roman has been with before. She doesn’t latch onto him immediately nor does she seem to be swayed by his good looks. She has her own ambitions, has money of her own, and is living a private life. And she doesn’t like to be ordered around. More importantly, she is dealing with some deep trauma that makes her wary of men.

As we read from chapter to chapter, it is easy to root for her and even hope that Roman doesn’t manage to pull her into his whirlwind of a life. If there is one thing the author has done well though, it is to seamlessly give us the perspectives of the different characters without divulging too much. By using flashbacks, the author has allowed characters to tell us their backstories without it feeling like the story has an extra narrator looking in. And since the story is in the third person, there is some uniformity despite the jumps we take between characters. Also, the book’s ending is unpredictable and there are enough steamy scenes to last you a lifetime.

Golden Shana: The Chase is an alluring romance novel with seductive characters and sultry drama. Fans of erotic romance will haven plenty to enjoy in this riveting novel.

Pages: 392 | ASIN:  B00WA7M3OC

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