Lust Eternal features an ancient warrior who has been damned to spend all eternity in a magic lamp, cursed with unending lust and the inability to rind the one thing he deeply craves: True love. Where did this idea come from and why did it appeal to you?
I’ve always loved fantasy. Mythic elements pop up in my books frequently. More frequently so in my imagination. A magic lamp—or any kind of enchanted prison—is an archetype that has always appealed to me. As well as the struggle for redemption. This story has them both.
And I can’t deny that a magical palace—complete with an enchanted banquet table, which will supply your every desire—isn’t alluring. I can’t help but imagine none of those gastronomic delights have any calories at all!
This story has all of the elements I adore. A hero aching for a long-lost love, a heroine who needs to stand up for herself and come into her own, and plot twists that will (I hope) delight the reader.
How is this book different than your other works?
Most of my current works are contemporary or historical erotic romances. I love writing them, but there are rules to follow when one is writing about the “real” world. It’s fun to step into a fantasy land where rules can be rewritten.
I also enjoy exploring philosophical postulations and playing with concepts and ideas. This kind of book allows for the suspension of rational assumption to give room for such explorations. Lust Eternal delves into some of my favorite suppositions about the true nature of our existence. I can’t go into detail without giving away the final plot twist…
What is the most intriguing element of this story for you?
Though this is an erotic fantasy, as with all my books, there is more to it than hot steamy sex. This is a story of a man who blames himself for the death of the woman he loved above all else. And through the story, he makes discoveries that allow him to release this overwhelming guilt and seize back his life.
Aimalee earns her redemption in helping Keeshan achieve the goals he thought were utterly hopeless. She also reclaims her sense of self and wins her heart’s desire.
Any interesting tidbits about the writing of this book?
Originally titled Magic Lamp, this book was one of my early works. I wrote it long before I sold Adam’s Obsession (my first book). Once I sold and started writing and editing regularly, my style changed a little. And when I looked back at my older books (and there are a lot of them!) I realized my skills have improved.
The challenge there is, when you revisit an older book, heavens, it needs a lot more work! I am very lucky to have a patient editor who could see the potential in this story beyond the issues of semicolons and the dangling participles.
I am also fortunate to have wonderful critique partners who just wouldn’t let me forget about this book. They kept bugging me about it until I simply had to take the time to edit it and then submit it to Ellora’s Cave.
I’m glad I did. I love this story. It’s one of my favorite books. I hope you enjoy it.
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Lust Eternal by Sabrina York
For thousands of years, Keeshan has waited. A curse put him in the lamp, damning him to an eternity of pleasing the women who find it. Each time, the women enter the lamp, ensnared in a web of lust and love. And each time, just as he grows to care, the women leave.
But Aimalee is different somehow. With her, Keeshan’s desire knows no bounds—he needs to be with her, inside her, every second she’s there, like an addict who just can’t get enough. Eventually she’ll leave just like the others but until then, Keeshan plans to indulge her every sinful urge. And maybe, just maybe, she’s the key to breaking the curse.
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A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave